Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
I picked this bottle up in Jamaica in April 2008, BB March '09. Two finger tan head that slowly retreated, ring remained with lace that slid down the sides of the glass. Midnight black, opaque. Smell of chocolate almonds, with warming, pumpernickel bread. Moderate retention.
Taste was more sour than I remember last year in Negril, the fresher version was sweeter. Taste today of dark sour fruit, bitter in mid-mouth and a lingering sour / bitter swallow. With warming, more molasses, cold strong coffee, rich texture. Overall, bitterness dominated with a sour twang, not bad at all, better than the nitrogen canned version we have in Ontario but did not quite measure up to the John Martin version I reviewed side by side today.
I might add that this compares favourably to the fresher bottled versions I had in Jamaica, I recall those were a bit too sweet, annoying at times. Although I might have had four or five in a session alongside a few Red Stripe on some days ... so I best not be too critical. Irie!
04-22-2009 01:01:52 | More by ThatWineGuy
4.03/5 rDev -1%
Picked this up on a whim as I saw it as a single in a local place. Poured into a tulip glass.
Beer is quite dark and has a nice thin wispy tan head.
The smell almost reminds me of butterscotch in a good way it is very faint.
The taste is almost has a burnt chocolate or coffee taste but agin not a put down really nice.
The feel is similar leave a nice little aftertaste after a sip.
Overall nice to finally have this and good to see it available here in the us.
05-13-2011 22:30:53 | More by Casey10
4.53/5 rDev +11.3%
Had the pleasure of having this the day after having the Special Export from Belgium. Not as good, but still an exceptional stout. Seek out while on vacation.
Head not as huge as Special Export, but still very sizeable. Coffee colors in the head. Thick lacing stays with you.
Smell: chocalate malt and some medicinal notes. The medicinal flavor is somewhat pleasant, but that the best way I can describe it.
Taste: like the smell, except more intense. Chocalate malt astringency is on the tongue while the sip is completing.
Mouthfeel is smooth.
Drinkable? Yes. Of course. Maybe a little more drinkable than the Special Export. Hides the alcohol rather well.
Not an earth-shattering experience. Although the first time I had this a few years ago, it opened my eyes to what a stout could be. Very much worth looking for when you are on a cruise.
06-17-2005 02:58:31 | More by GeoffFromSJ
3.58/5 rDev -12%
This beer pours a thick black with a finger of thick tan head with little to no lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with sour notes as well as some roasted barley. The taste starts sour and then moves to coffee and chocolate and finishes with some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh for my liking and the taste lingers with you for some time. I would say worth a try if you are a fan of sour stouts.
03-14-2011 22:07:49 | More by csiewert
4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
Reviewed from notes. Poured into a proper Guinness pint glass.
A: Huge frothy tan head with a creamy consistency. Dark brew with ruby edges in the light. Sizable head of retention and plenty of lacing.
S: Roasted sweetness. Berries and milk chocolate.
T: Wow, I'm impressed. A nice balance of bitter fruity hops. Berries are there, and are balanced out by a hoppy bite. Bitterness really clings to the palate. Florals really coming out, too. Warmth brings out the espresso bean malt. A little hot, but not overwhelming. I'm really surprised by the hops in this one.
M: Medium and creamy. Carbonation is fine for the style.
D: Guinness...this might be the most impressive brew I've had yet!
03-13-2011 03:38:28 | More by washburnkid
3.23/5 rDev -20.6%
L: Black body, tan head that's a little short, nice lacing 4/5
S: One characteristic smell, a sweet syrupy roasted malt aroma 3/5
T: Really builds on the dry bitterness of the draught. Taste opens up as you drink it. Overall reminds me of their extra stout. Slightly better than average 3.5/5
M: There is a problem with the carbonation, can feel it affecting the taste as it calms down in the mouth. Overall it seems a little heavy and somehow sharp. This really holds the beer back 2/5
D: Mouthfeel harms an otherwise very drinkable beer. Alcohol is unnoticeable 3/5
I haven't had a Foreign/Export Stout before, but this would fall short for a RIS or even a stronger regular American Stout
12-11-2010 04:21:59 | More by zachary80
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Very excited to try this beer. The first bottle I had did not impress me, but as I come back to it for a review, I am quite pleased. The appearance is a nice black with deep copper edges, topped with a mocha head, which laces nice, like rows of icicles. Those nose is a wonderful chocolate coffee marshmallow. The taste is a rich, perfect melding of bitter french roast coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt marshmallows. The finish is drying, but not dry, and the mouthfeel is full and soft. Drinkability is good. Paired with some spinach and garlic chicken sausage and a side of teriyaki green beans.
01-03-2011 05:10:14 | More by sacrelicio
4/5 rDev -1.7%
11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.
A: Black body. Two-finger tan head with good lacing.
S: Chocolate, plums, and yeast. Almost Rochefort-like.
T: Some roasted notes. A good amount of bitterness. Surprisingly fruity and yeasty. I think I'd mistake this for a dubbel in a blind taste test.
M: Creamy with medium carbonation.
D: Definitely the top of the line in the Guinness lineup. Unfortunately, so many brewers have taken stouts to another level that for this to only now be available in the US is too little, too late. Still worth a try, though.
01-08-2011 03:50:52 | More by BarrelO
4.48/5 rDev +10.1%
This is my first foreign/export stout, so here goes:
Into a nonic:
A: dark black body with a two and a half finger tan foamy head. The head must have lasted at least a good three minutes. What a show I had just watching the intricate bubbles pop out from the sides of the glass into the head while a light foamy lacing appeared as the head dissipated.
S: great combination between the chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and barley.
T: all of the previously mentioned smells in the flavoring combined very nicely.
M: medium with a slight watery feel. It still felt pretty good on the tongue.
O: I'm pretty much blown away because I didn't think this was going to be this good. This is quite impressive, however, I still feel as each new style presents itself to me that I need to have others just so I can compare.
08-28-2012 00:13:14 | More by BeerKangaroo
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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