Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by ThePorterSorter:
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I waited for approximately 6 months from when I first had this beer in Dublin at the Guinness Factory tour until it was finally released for export to the U.S. My gf was actually more excited than me when it finally hit shelves, however the beer is still long awaited. My main draw towards this beer is nostalgia, the beer is simply good memories in a glass. We shall see how well it traveled!
Black, thick dense with a cocoa tan head. The beer looks like what hot chocolate should have been growing up as a kid. Although the head is only present for a few minutes, it sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. There is always a residual micrometer thick fluff that blankets the deep blackness below. 100% of my examining light source is absorbed by this beer including the lamp shade, bulb and base. Absolutely wonderful and heartwarming.
Sweet, roasty, and bitter hoppy. However, the hops could easily be overcome by the mixture of Tom's "maine woodspice" and B.O stewing in my pits. There is a faint whisper of keytone/ethanol that makes an appearance. Chocolate calls to me above all, but I could see mocha as well. I have had beers of this like and know enough to expect robust flavors from a smell this profound.
Bitter followed by sweet maltiness. There is an aftertaste of burnt caramel wood sugar, which may explain some of the immense blackness of this beer. However, this beer doesn't take on all the characteristics of a barrel aged brew, the wood sugars are a mere subtleness. Letting room temperatures have their effect allows a more smoothed sipping beverage, but cooler sipping temperatures will also allow ample gratification.
The beer feels balanced taking into consideration the expected intensity of any "Extra Stout" interpretation. An intrinsic feature of this beer would be its profound bitterness, however, the bitterness is not too overwhelming for the roastiness of the malt.
The beer doesn't make any claims that it can't back-up. "Always rewarding. Pure Beauty. Pure GUINNESS." This is my favorite Guinness because of how well it travels and is able to reproduce greatness. The hops are distinct, the malt is thick, and the beer exemplifies its class. What more could you ask for?
Serving type: bottle
11-23-2010 02:57:27 | More by ThePorterSorter
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4.03/5 rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Guinness foreign extra stout
330 ml bottle served a bit too cold into a pint glass aboard the cruise liner while on vacation. Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised that this was carried, although the ship ran out about halfway through the cruise.
Appearance - even a gentle pour yielded an impressive 3 fingers of tan frothy head. Retention time was near eternal and as always this Guinness poured a light eradicating black. A massive cylindrical prism forms as the head slowly recedes down the sides.
Smell - roasty coffee and mild yet simultaneously bold malts. A little more aromatic as it warms.
Taste - there's a moderate caramel sweetness up front before the roasty coffee flavor takes over transitioning to a trace of liquorice and maybe a touch of tobacco. No significant Booze is perceptible either.
Mouthfeel - Smooth and velvety, reasonably well carbonated but not a distraction. Slight warmth in the back of the throat. Much fuller than standard Guinness available in North America.
Overall - a delicious stout that is easily drinkable yet at the same time can truly give you warmth from the inside due to the higher ABV. An excellent beer that I hope to run across at home sometime soon.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 08:35:12 | More by DenisKolkin
United Kingdom (England)
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Totally black with great beige rocky head that dissipates but leaves good lacing. Aroma is of bitter coffee and roasted malt. Tastes of burnt flavours and coffee. Highly bitter for a stout with a long lasting aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat milky with moderate carbonation.
Overall,an excellent foreign extra stout. Very roasty with tons of burnt flavour and a lasting finish. Satisfying and enjoyable every time. Bigger than a standard stout but without the hugeness of an imperial stout.
My mark out of 100 would be 93.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 19:25:33 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,807 ratings.