Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by SaCkErZ9:
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
I have been looking for this beer for a very long time and finally found one here in the US. Bought this four pack in Key West of all places.
Pours from the bottle pitch black, much darker than the traditional Guinness stout. Topped with a rather dark, mocha colored creamy head. Lacing abounds and the retention is great as well.
Aroma is quite roasty with dark fruit undertones. Not a whole lot of coffee but there is a touch of light coffee thrown in the mix.
Nice flavor. More of the robust roastiness with some burnt charcoal (as opposed to unburnt) and burnt wood. Overall, a burnt taste that is neither offensive nor overly distasteful. There is a bit of acridness to this one that really tweaks on the taste buds. Starts out smooth and silky and finishes like sucking on aspirin; very long finish.
I havent had many FES but this one was a treat. I think I like this better than the original. A very nice, different beer.
07-10-2012 19:25:11 | More by SaCkErZ9
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4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Great to see this in my area finally.Poured into my Guiness pint glass deep near pitch black except for a bit of tawny highlights when held into some light,a well formed toasted almond colored one finger head atop.Great aromas of deep roast coffee,bitter chocolate,and sweetish rum,all came together really well.Huge roasty flavors from the onset,bitter and racey with bitter chocolate elements,just sweet enough with some dark fruit,and molasses notes to keep everything together well.This a great export stout,I loved drinking this.
10-21-2010 21:23:24 | More by oberon
4/5 rDev -1.7%
I poured this from the bottle to a pint glass
It poured dark brown almost blackish with a little light coming through when put up to the lamp. There was a off white/tannish head unlike the regular guinness with a creamier head.
I took a smell and it hit me with the roasted malts and grains, a bit of something sweet. That first sip was a little creamy but a bit thinner than your irish stouts. The taste was obviously a blast of roasted malts, grains, and some burnt chocolate. There was also a good balance of alcohol, I could barely notice it in the taste. The usual guinness has 4.5% where as this is around 7.5% and after a few you will actually feel the difference. This drinks much better than a thicker stout, leaving you not full after a few, and leaving you with a little of a buzz!
03-19-2011 18:45:10 | More by stewfnrocker
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
Pours a deep and thick, black, used motor-oil kind of color with spots of dark ruby shining through the edges of the glass. Head is a creamy shade of tan, lasts for a while, though not as long as the head on the draught nitro cans (of course). The aroma hits with toasted malts and barley, light toffee-like sweetness, and is slightly reminiscent of red wine, via the alcohol. The initial taste has a nice carbonation bite with an onslaught of roasted malts and dark fruits, like prunes and raisins. Bitterness is present with a light but noticeable bite from the hops. The caramel/toffee notes come through at the end, and even more so when the beer starts to warm up. Not much "cocoa" flavor here, mostly just dark fruit sweetness, roasted malt, toffee, and slight floral bitterness. Alcohol shines through in the flavor much like in the aroma - nearly in the form of "wine". Medium body with a dry finish.
Say what you want about them, but Guinness really does make a nice product - both tasty and accessible. This is probably the best brew in their line-up, and at 7.5% ABV, it's definitely their strongest. Be careful, or this one will sneak up on you.
11-14-2012 12:37:20 | More by tectactoe
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
WOW, what a find. I was in Aruba and met some people at the Divi Pheoix. I checked out their little store and there it was. Soooo much better than the USA extra stout and 7.5% ABV. This stuff was even cheaper than Heineken at $2.85 per bottle. Which isn't cheap, but compared to a $6.00 Balashi draft at the pool, it is a steal!!!
About the beer itself, it is everything you could want from an off-the-shelf Stout.
07-06-2010 17:31:50 | More by ExtraStout
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Reviewed from notes made on 2/17/11.
A medium-hard pour into a snifter yields a 2.5 finger fluffy and bubbly light brown head. This rests atop a dark, dark brown body. As the beer recedes, thick, globby lace is left on the sides of my 23 oz. snifter.
G.F.E. smells nuttier than any other stout I've inhaled. It is much like the taste of an almond in smell form. A very roasty and toasty aroma supports the nuttiness. Some dry, earthy hop smells mingle with other scents and deeper inhales reveal a light milk chocolate sweetness.
Roastiness trumps nuttiness in the taste. An acidic, roasty, coffee-like flavor bites at the sides of my palate, complemented by an ever-present milk chocolate flavor. A little bit of the full, mild almond taste lands on my tongue. The finish is nicely bitterseet and fairly dry. I can tell this is decently hopped, but I cannot pinpoint exactly how the hops influence the taste.
A very nice harmony exists between the bitter hops and roasted malts and a sweet creaminess in the mouthfeel. I'd say that the roast and hops win in the end, but reallly the balance is quite tight. This brew has a rich, medium body with appropriate carbonation.
I could certainly tip a few of these, although the bittersweet roast might creep on my palate after a stretch. I am quite happy that this is available in the States now and will seek it out when I'm in the mood for an alternative stout.
02-26-2011 01:11:04 | More by TCHopCraver
4.15/5 rDev +2%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):
Finally, our friend has come to the US--hopefully, she'll stay. The head towers from a moderate pour, and slowly cascading bubbles take some time to build it. Black color is nothing but expected. Uniting sweet aroma with deli- cate roasted grain, Madeira-alcohol and a faintness of hop. Silky smoothness gives the beer a gentle landing on the palate. Mild-roasted flavors pull on the taste buds, while currant berries and a warming alcohol show its size and complexity. Modest hopping, though the sweetness stays in control (or at least the roasted flavors and alcohol keep it in check). Bittersweet finish with a breath of alcohol lingering. No hype of a single-release day of a limited batch needed here--greatness can come in large quantities. Just keep it coming.
02-04-2011 02:17:41 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
This 33cl bottle of Guinness Foregin Extra Stout pours into my tulip glass a viscous, deep dark charcoal black with a sweet two finger creamy tan head on top. When held up to the light..pitch blackness...leaving sticky trails of lacing as well. Sweet! Aromas of roasted, slighty smoky dark malts with a slight lactic, cream undercurrent. Bitter coffee mingles with a touch of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit.
First sip brings a smooth, roasty dark maltiness that has a creamy feel to it and a slight sour twang. The bitter coffee comes in midway through along with some smoky chocolate notes. A little fruity, this is really a nice smooth, creamy stout. Finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness. Quite a depth of flavor when compared to the US version.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body. Still, this is not a heavy stout by any means and it goes down with ease. If I could get this one around here...I'd buy it more often. They really should export this to the US! Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample another side of Guinness.
02-01-2006 03:30:19 | More by orbitalr0x
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
A_Black with dark brown highlights. Thick khaki colored head with great retention. Lacing coats the glass.
S_Roasted malt,black licorice and a touch of coffee.
T_Same as nose. Tons of roasted malt with a touch of sweet black licorice. Chocolate and coffee notes come through as well.I've read a couple reviews describing this as tasting liike regular Guinness but intensified. I have to concur. Not overly complex but definitely rich in taste.
M_Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. On the verge of being a "big beer" but very drinkable.
D_ABV is a bit high but this is a very drinkable beer. Great example of the style.
12-18-2010 07:44:19 | More by nickadams2
4/5 rDev -1.7%
In a pint glass this beer was black, very black, with a thick cafe-au-lait head. A bit on the sticky side.
Roasted malt aroma, some dark chocolate.
Strong espresso taste, a little smoky. Some dark chocolate.
Compared to the usual Guinness, this is hands down the superior beer.
05-16-2011 11:24:19 | More by lordofthewiens
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
Pouring it out of the bottle into a straight pint glass, it is completely black and opaque. It poured 3 fingers of head that quickly receded. Drinking it down, very good lacing as with most; one of the best things of any Guinness is the awesome lacing. This one was no exception.
Smell - good, nothing too overwhelming but it definitely hints at a lot more flavor than draught or stout.
Taste - awesome, chocolatey, roasty, etc, etc, etc. It has a distinctive bite at the beginning.The flavor is overwhelmingly refreshing for Guiness. The taste here really lives up to the promising look and feel.
Mouthfeel - not too thick but heavier than the Stout from what I remember, definitely lends itself to drinkability.
Overall, definitely glad I picked this pack up - not a huge Guinness fan but I will definitely drink this stuff again.
03-07-2011 00:55:14 | More by andrewsporter
4.5/5 rDev +10.6%
This is the Guinness I was waiting for.
After being lulled into believing that Guinness Draft was real Guinness and believing I had merely outgrown it, the love is back.
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Weizen glass, appearance is dark - gotta be black - no light through whatever. Incredible head that retains forever after a two minute pour.
Taste and mouth feel is of chocolate and milk with a little hops.
Very nice, enjoyable stout that deserves a place in my stash.
Better than good but not a wow though so I can't push it up to a 5.
10-08-2010 21:02:29 | More by NWer
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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