Guinness Extra Stout

Total Score: 6.65/10 Coffee1 Caramel1 Smoke1 Nonicpint1

Had this once many moons ago… I remember the ABV being 6.9% and now it’s 6 even, and brewed by the boys at Fosters (boo/hiss) under licence… here’s hoping it doesn’t taste like anything else they brew!

Poured from a 750ml “tallie” into a tulip Guinness pint (obviously not the whole tallie).

A: Appearance? Who doesn’t know what a pint of Guinness looks like – jet black (technically deep ruby) body with a bone white head that sits thickly atop… actually, the head is different to the classic “draught” pint in that it sinks back down to a thin lacing like a standard (non-nitrous) brew. 6/10.

S: It smells like the draught except a bit more pronounced; roasted chicory, malt grains and hint of caramel. 8/10.

T: The chicory is quite up front and personal with this brew. There’s a bitter note like burnt coffee and the caramel malts line the rest of the palate. Another thing that stands out is a smokiness that you would normally expect from a smoke beer. This is Guinness, but it misses the more refined flavours of its draught cousin. 7/10.

M: A flavour-heavy stout that is also quite watery. The carbonation reminds me why the nitrous primed draught is so much better; there’s no smoothness here. 4/10.

D: Overall an interesting in some ways (flavour, aroma) but lacklustre in others (mouthfeel, lack of balance) vacation from Guinness draught that once again proves to me that they don’t make it like they do in Ireland. It’s worth a try and is still not bad, but the watery body is a major disappointment for me – with these flavours I would expect the viscosity of an engine oil. 6/10.

Food match: For compatriots; Vegemite on toast. Everyone else; spit roasted pork or beef casserole with potatoes and gravy.

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