Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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4/5 rDev -1.7%
I have not been drinking as much Guinness in the last few years so nice to have a new (old) offering to try.
The color of the FES is a dull black with hints of ruby along the edges and bottom of the glass. The head a creamy and resilient though over a few minutes falling to a thin half finger coating that leaves a light lacing. The aroma seems subdued to me. I smell earthy hops and toasty elements of the malt though both seem faint.
This is a big stout especially for a company known for session beers. Upon imbibing I tasted the sharp crisp hop flavor that melds with the toasted malts with the glue of subtle booze notes. The malt is semi sweet with hints of coffee, and a hint of smokiness. The hops are strong but one sided in a good way the crisp bite of what must be noble hops leaves lots of room fo the roasted malts to shine through.
The mouthfeel was better than I expected but still seemed just slightly thinner than desired in the mouth, but this thinness makes me want to drink another Foreign Extra after this one is done!
11-15-2010 22:52:02 | More by jorg2619
4/5 rDev -1.7%
Presentation: 330mL bottle.
Appearance: Chocolaty body with plenty of head and lots of lacing.
Smell: Very sweet. Almost a bit like a milk chocolate bar, not something I desire from my beer.
Taste: exceptionally smooth for a 7.5% beer. Very reminiscent of an extra stout but with an added bonus. Taste is also a bit sweet but it doesn't take too much away from the beer; the alcohol and slight hop bittering take the edge off nicely.
Overall: After having this hyped up a bit I was slightly disappointed. It is the best beer I've had on my visit to the UK thus far. Added points for excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.
06-02-2009 20:25:13 | More by JFazekas
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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