Bottle of Guinness Extra Stout on table beside pint glass filled with Guinness

Our Brands: Guinness Extra Stout

Based on a beer first brewed in 1821, this stout has the trademark Guinness flavours at its core.

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History & Heritage

Every Guinness you’ve ever enjoyed can be traced back to the original recipe. A direct descendant of the brand’s archival recipes, Guinness Extra Stout is based on a beer first brewed in 1821, when Arthur Guinness II set down precise instructions for brewing his Superior Porter. Sharp and crisp to the taste with the trademark Guinness flavours at its core.

Still brewed at the St. James’s Gate brewery in Dublin, Guinness Extra Stout is crafted from the finest quality malt, hops and Irish barley. Sharp and crisp to the taste, it’s an entirely different experience from the smooth, creamy Guinness Draught  and punchier Foreign Extra Stout, but the trademark Guinness flavours still preside. 

Behind the Beer: Guinness Extra Stout

Tasting Notes

Aroma: Medium and balanced. A roast character with subtle fermentation fruitiness.
Flavour: A perfect rounded flavour of bitter and sweet.
Palate: Smooth with a slight bite leading to a dry finish.
ABV: 5%
Appearance: Distinctively black full-bodied liquid with a rich creamy head.

Interesting Facts

  • Guinness Extra Stout is over 200 years old, and is as bold, lively and tasty as ever!
  • The first beer pairing in our history was Guinness Extra Stout and oysters in 1837, noted in the diary of Sir Benjamim Desraeli – to be future British Prime Minister!
  • In 1898, Arthur Shand was hired as the first travelling quality controller and market researcher – basically Guinness’s first Brand Ambassador!
  • Guinness Extra Stout can be enjoyed chilled from the fridge, or equally delicious at room temperature.