Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Malaysia) - Guinness Anchor Berhad / Sungei Way Brewery
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Reviews by Cawdog:
3.95/5 rDev +1.3%
Not much to complain about here, although as with the other reviews I think that a higher ABV would give more prominent flavours. There is a bit of metallicy bitterness that isn't at all unpleasant though, and this was surprisingly refreshing in the heat of South East Asia.
07-14-2011 14:48:43 | More by Cawdog
More User Reviews:
4.35/5 rDev +11.5%
Its one of the best buys while you are in Malaysia - easily available and great value for money. I had heard so much about the FES version of Guinness, I was really keen on trying this one. Poured into a pint glass out of the 11.2 oz bottle.
Pours like molten coal into the glass, slick and dark. Except for the brownish hue on the side, the colour is jet black with a 1" thick tan coloured head with decent retention. Not much lacing is evident as you swirl around. Guinness has always been pleasing to the eye and the FES is no different - there is just something about these "dark" beers. The aroma is rich (not complex) - roasted malts with heavy doses of coffee and chocolate. No hop presence in the nose at least.
The first sip establishes the difference between the Extra Stout and the "FES" - this one is fed through a woofer. Rich coffee and burnt toast flavour with a nice, creamy mouthfeel. The roasted malt induced bitterness lingers on and fades into the palate. This is not dry but has rich malt character that creates a chocolatey sweetness. The bitterness builds on with each sip. So much flavour and depth for 5% alcohol is a great trade off. I would rate this very high for drinkability - how I wish I'd packed a few bottles to bring back home. Now I got to plan a trip yet again - worth it for this FES for sure.
09-01-2011 10:18:21 | More by BeerSingh
4.43/5 rDev +13.6%
330mL bottle. Brew date: Mar. 4, 2011; best by Mar. 4, 2012. 6.8% ABV, 15.9 degrees Plato. Bought in Qingdao, China.
Appearance: Three fingers of khaki colored, creamy head which had excellent retention. Very dark brown color. The head not only left lacing, it completely coated the sides of the glass as I typed this.
Smell: Sweetness, slight caramel, hint of chocolate.
Taste: For the amount of bitterness, it was very smooth. The bitterness is of a roast malt character; the hops are strictly in the background. Very slight hint of the alcohol level.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Low on carbonation, to the point of stickiness. Very long, dry, bitter finish.
Overall: Excellent example of a dry stout. Much better than the bottled and tap version of the normal Guinness. I do not know why my bottle is labelled as 6.8% ABV, when other reviewers here in Asia reported 5% on theirs. Is Guinness now brewing in China? I am unable to determine this. Anyway, quite a delicious drink. Highly recommended.
11-06-2011 13:40:19 | More by dbaker61
3.98/5 rDev +2.1%
I was never aware that this was brewed in Malaysia. In fact the can and the bottle in Hong Kong only have this information in Chinese. I had to ask my wife to confirm this when I suspected it was the case, since I can't read Chinese.
Anyway, I frequently drink this from the bottle (poured into a glass), and the taste from bottle and can is identical, as far as I can tell. But either way, the Foreign Extra is much better than the canned Guinness Draught, which is also readily available here, and I think it's better than the Guinness Draught on tap in the bar, at least the draught version that we have in Hong Kong. Never tried it in Ireland, where people constantly claim it's incomparable.
IMO, this is the best beer under $10 (US$1.25) available in Hong Kong.
03-21-2013 15:10:47 | More by tonton
3.45/5 rDev -11.5%
A: pours a black color with a small creamy head that fades to some lacing.
S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coffee and bit of chocolate.
T: Taste of roasted malt, almost burnt with bit of caramel, some coffee and a bit of chocolate. Decent bitterness and a dry finish.
F: Full body, creamy texture with a decent balance.
O: Nothing fancy but still a nice offering of the style.
06-05-2013 21:38:01 | More by soju6
4.25/5 rDev +9%
Had a few of these while in Cambodia. As others have noted, this is not 5%, but 6.8%. Best before October 2012.
Beer is black with a moderately sized tan head. Head dissipates at a fair pace but not fully, leaving a generous film. Quite a lot of lacing.
Smell contains roasted malt and some dark fruit (plum, raisin).
Taste is full of roasted malt with a lot of dark fruit overtones. Raisin, plum. A but of cocoa. Relatively bitter finish. Quite a fruity stout, almost reminiscent of some BSDAs.
Full bodied, with moderate to low carbonation.
This is a Guinness? Miles better than the normal stuff. A very good stout, and a godsend in the world of crappy lagers that is Southeast Asia!
01-07-2012 22:06:22 | More by jrenihan
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
From a can bought in Taiwan. Pours like a regular guinness, white head with a dark black body. Overall, basically like a draught Guinness but stronger. The aroma is more distinct and the taste of roasted malts more heavy. Also a little bit more carbonation. Better than the draught version.
08-02-2009 14:06:45 | More by Evocatus
3.53/5 rDev -9.5%
Can from 7-Eleven in Kuala Lumpur.
A - Black, two finger brown, fluffy head. Some sticky lace around the glass and a film of retention.
S - Well blended chocolate and rich dark fruits, sweet plums. Nice stuff.
T - Not too far off from the Carlsberg Danish Royal Stout I just had in fact. Quite sweet with sugary notes, and lot's of sweeter dark fruits.
M - Not overly bitter. A sweet finish with a full body mild carbonation.
O/D - Quite sweet. A little tough with the sweetness, but the depth is there. Tasty enough.
12-15-2012 14:01:03 | More by tbeckett
4.18/5 rDev +7.2%
Review from notes
A - I had this from the bottle but closer inspection depicted a very dark brown/black that formed a rocky tan head with very good retention.
S - chocolate malts, cocoa, coffee, and a light floral tone as well.
T - very similar to the Guinness Extra Stout but not as rich in flavor. Burnt toast, expresso, dark chocolate, and a bitter finish with lingering roasted maltiness
M - full bodied, medium carbonation. Not as smooth as a Guinness from a nitro can but still good.
D - quite drinkable, makes for good sessioning
Overall - I thought this type was supposed to have a higher alcohol content than the Extra Stout. Anyway, it was decent, very much like the Extra Stout, but just a bit less flavorful. Nonetheless, it was quite enjoyable. I will buy it again the next time I go to Hong Kong!
01-08-2009 04:27:30 | More by DmanGTR
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.13/5 rDev -19.7%
320ml in Melaka, Malaysia (8.90RM):
Black with a creamy, tan brown head that slowly fades to leave thick lacing.
Sweet with roasted malts, sugar, figs, dates and raisins. Finished with some alcohol and light chocolate.
Sweet withsugar & dark fruits (plum & dates mainly). Strong alcohol, some grain & coffee with some chocolate too.
Light medium with lots of sugar & carbonation. Very sweet & with strong alcohol throughout.
Not a bad a foreign extra really although definitely not as good as the Nigerian or Irish versions. Came across as too sweet and the balance with the alcohol wasn't great.
09-19-2013 08:55:58 | More by flyingpig
4/5 rDev +2.6%
pretty much the same as the bottled version. please see my review for that.
maybe some more malt vinegar notes in the nose as the beer warms. this applies to both the canned and bottled versions.
again, i wonder what compelled them to brew this at only 5% ABV?
04-22-2008 12:27:19 | More by tai4ji2x
United Kingdom (England)
3.2/5 rDev -17.9%
Purchased at the Wellcome supermarket in Taipei City, Taiwan; coming in 330ml can, at 6.8%abv., BB 02/11/2012, served lightly chilled in a Kasteel’s long-stemmed broad-rimmed goblet.
A: pours a nearly black hue with a thick and loosely foamy tan head; the carbonation level is moderate and not too lively.
S: dusty notes, black date’s sweetness, roast malts’ burned aroma, jammy black prunes’ sour-sweetness, and bready malts all come in one. Not particularly complex but quite pleasant.
T: sour-bitter sweet swallow, with roast malts abound, coffee-ish roastiness and burned black sugar ensue closely, leading towards a rather thin, slightly metallic and roasted-nutty bitter aftertaste. The sour edge of roasted malts comes a bit too flat and too much at the expense of an overall balance, IMO.
M&D: the mouthfeel is okay, not too fizzy and yet not quite refreshing, while the flavour profile goes rather simplistic, like a fortified version of Guinness Draught with added sourness and sugar. Also, the dry-bitter undertones in the finish do not fare too well with the light body. I personally wouldn’t want to try it again.
02-01-2012 18:41:36 | More by wl0307
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Malaysia) from Guinness Anchor Berhad / Sungei Way Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.