Sunday, December 10, 2017

Guinness Extra Stout (2017 re-review to BJCP specs)

DOB: 7/23/17

2015 BJCP Category: 15C Irish Extra Stout

AROMA: Plenty of dark malt with a definite roast character but it is not prominent. Cocoa powder is present to give it a sweetness. Low floral/earthy hops. Clean, but mild nose. 9/12

APPEARANCE: Opaque jet black (44 SRM). Large tan froth retains and laces well. 3/3

FLAVOR: Moderate malt flavor and dark roasted grains throughout. Becomes slightly bitter and dry on the backend, but flavor is more akin to dark chocolate than coffee. Nothing acrid or burnt. Low floral/piney hop flavor, though actual hop bitterness is low. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, but somewhat starchy. 15/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-light body; moderate carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink, but seems too light for the style. Feels much lighter than 5.6% ABV. 3/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: Interesting that the progenitor of the style isn't a World Class example, but merely good (at least judging by this bottle). 7/10


NOTE: See my 2008 original review here: