Guinness has more than one product, not just Stout, and they brew different products for different markets, not just porter (e.g. Stout), but other ales and lagers. I like their Harp lager, but that also tasted better from the tap in Dublin than out of the bottle here.
The Extra Stout we get in the U.S. is most likely brewed for what Guinness thinks we think a stout should taste like, probably tasting much like their products for the British market. If you find Extra Stout to be too bitter, look for Red which is formulated for a less bitter taste.
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I'm a Guinness drinker myself and I also find the bottles to be very bitter, if you can find it in the cans that have the ball or "widget" it is much better tasting, closer the draft, but in the end you can't beat a pint of properly poured Guinness on tap.
So true in all aspects. The bottles don't have the widget anymore.
Guinness draft in a bottle has a little capsule in it that looks like a rocket that releases CO2 when you tip the bottle. It is the closest to the real thing IMHO.
Only the cans have the widget now.
It's actually nitrogen in the widget.
There are a lot better stouts out there than Guiness!
My taste buds beg to differ. I haven't found one that even compares yet.