Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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Reviews by rajendra82:
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I am finally getting around to sampling this renowned beer. I have seen it on and off on the shelves in the past, but just never picked it up each time due to various reasons. The pour was deep brown coming out of the bottle, but in the glass it looked very black. The head that formed showed the classic cascading action to grow to four or five fingers thick before settling down to a large mass crowing above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was roasty and robust with a generous helping of coffee, brown sugar, and toffee. The taste was excellently balanced between cream, chocolate, coffee, and molasses flavors. Not as aggressive as many newer variations of the style, but very approachable as a result. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but the carbonation made it feel silky smooth. From my reading about the history of Guinness, this is probably closest to the original recipe from last century than the watered down mainstream variant sold today. People had it better back then.
Serving type: bottle
01-05-2012 03:54:25 | More by rajendra82
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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
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,813 ratings.