Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A - Pours a opaque jet black with a magnificent FIVE-finger tan head, with an amazing cascading effect. (Not a nitro bottle!) Head is creamy, becoming craggy as it subsides, leaving almost total lacing covering every inch of the glass. Seriously, this is the best looking beer I have ever seen.
S - Roasted grainy malts, hint of chocolate, and some musty hops.
T - Roasted barley malt begins the show, but almost immediately followed by an earthy euro hop bite which carries right through the finish. Esters of bittersweet chocolate, black currant, and pipe tobacco. A hint of lactose sugar comes out as it warms, invoking a "hot chocolate" taste. Flavors are rich and nicely balanced. Sweetness stays in control, but also in check.
M - Thick and chewy, with some of the grainy-ness in the taste and aroma coming out in the feel, but then gets silky as it finishes. Medium-high carbonation. Drying finish. Everything works here.
O - Ok...THIS is what Guinness should be. Their best product by far, and a million times better than the "pub draft" crap that most people associate with the brand. So good it made me want to go to the fridge and get another bottle right away. Could be the best example of "just" a "regular" stout....and it's "just" splendid.
12-19-2012 04:51:05 | More by TempeBeerMan
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
A - Pours heavily and VERY dark, can't see through it at all. Leaves a MASSIVE three-finger head that takes a long time to go away, leaving almost opaque lacing. Hardcore look.
S - Similar to regular Guinness, sort of a burnt coffee smell with some chocolate, touch of molasses/syrup.
T - The way regular bottled Guinness ought to be, with a little extra kick. Coffee, chocolate, molasses. Very roasty.
M - Quite heavy body, but ends sweet even after the trademark Guinness roasted bitterness. Like whole milk, if it were beer. I mean that in a good way.
O - Whoa. This is probably what all stouts should aspire to be.
12-06-2012 09:22:00 | More by punky796
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
It looks like the ultimate beer the moment you pour it, but be prepared with a much larger glass than you think you'll need: The foam is enormous, rises instantly, and takes minutes to settle. An English pint glass for a bottle will almost do. Once it does begin to subside, the foam is still so substantial that it has the appearance of a root beer float. It's as black as can be; only by shining a bright flashlight right through it does a deep blood red color come through.
I don't get a lot of smell from it, maybe a bit of sweetness. Flavor is very rich, almost has a firewood-like roastiness to it, with an excellent sweet and tart balance and a bite of extra alcohol. At first the bitterness seems to fill the mouth, but the taste doesn't linger more than a few seconds.
Compared to regular Guinness Stout, it's a bit sweeter and a bit less mouth filling.
I'm amazed by this beer, loving it and can't wait to crack another.
12-06-2012 02:45:27 | More by JoshuaB
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
I poured a bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance- Black in color with two fingers worth of lingering tan head. Each drink leaves a nice ring of sticky lace.
Smell- Bitter dark roasted malt aroma with raisin, molasses, and chocolate.
Taste- Roasted malt and bitter hop flavor with notes of sweet molasses, raisin, and hints of chocolate.
Mouthfeel- Full bodied and slightly creamy. Nice amount of carbonation.
Overall- This is the best Guinness that I have had out of a bottle. Not as good as a Guinness draught on nitro-tap but pretty close.
11-29-2012 21:59:47 | More by scratch69
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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