Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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3.4/5 rDev -16.5%
Ba Review #233
Served On: 11/02/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: L1286GG003 23:42
This was a 12oz. bottle from a 4-pack I got at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick for $8.99.
Look: Poured a monster 3-fingers of a thick tan head with some serious lacing. The brew was pitch black (no surprise there).
Smell: Aroma was of robust winter fruits and a sweet lactose quality. Some slight hits of roasted barley or peat smoke.
Taste: First was a black coffee bitterness, probably from the hops. Then a hint of roasted dark chocolate in the middle. The finish was more bitterness with the roasted notes retuning along with some sweetness. The 7.5% ABV was completely hidden.
This was a really nice variation on the Guinness brand. The hoppy bitterness was a nice addition the usual Guinness palate that I'm used to.
11-02-2012 16:53:23 | More by CraftBeerTastic
4.03/5 rDev -1%
Serving Type - Bottle
Appearance - Dark tanish black with a killer 2 inch foamy, creamy head with tons of lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, plum, rasin, some brown sugar and mollasses. Some chocolate and caramel.
Taste - Sweet fruits mixed with roasted malts start this off. Caramel and added sugars give it a nice balance between the roasty malts. Some hops add a little tropical flavor, and alcohol warmth is present. Clear at the finish i get the classic guinness dry stout slavor.
Mouthfeel - The tounge really gets alot of the sugars, caramel malts and hops. The palate gets more malts, and a little dry malt flavor along with some alcohol. Aftertaste is sweet and dry.
Overall - Really nice beer. Far superior to regular guinness. Has alot of flavor, balance and easy to enjoy. This is awhole different beer then guinness draught but still has the flavor and feel. Nice, glad it came to the states, worth a try.
10-31-2012 00:03:47 | More by wvsabbath
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
a beautiful dark brown almost black pour with an exact 2 fingers of fluffy tan head (excellent lacing).
a creamy Chocolatey, hazelnut, coffee smell.. I know I haven't had guiness in a while but this is by far the best smelling stout I've smelled in a long time. It has a very cream like smell to it that's indescribable unless it's in front of your nose. Sweet like kahlua or a light rum of sorts.
damnnn the taste really falls short on this one. I was really hoping for the same characteristics as the smells but I got a very traditional dark roasted grain bill instead. Chocolate and smoked flavors are very strong. Some tobacco in there as well.
rich and creamy up front with a chalky finish. It's a heavy medium body beer with low carbonation but the creamy/silk feel makes it seemed watery.
as far as guiness beers go, this is really the only one you should be drinking. It's a damn near perfect stout, and yes I feel weird typing this, but I can't help it, it really is that good. As ridiculous as it sounds it feels as if they paid a smaller brewer to make this for them and stick their name on it - it IS that hard to believe that they made something this good.
10-24-2012 00:35:47 | More by facundoCNB
4.33/5 rDev +6.4%
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout has only been available in the states since 2010 (or so I've read). While the rest of the world got to enjoy this very nice brew, Americans had either regular Guinness (which is a nice brew as well), or the Guinness Draught with the nitro widget. Seeing how many consider this to be the best brew in the Guinness portfolio, I was very excited to snatch up a four-pack of this.
Guinness Foreign Extra pours a very dark, pretty much black color which permits no light to shine through it. A big, light tan foam forms and retains extremely well leaving an impressive lacing behind. The aroma is of dark toasted grains, cofee, some chocolate, light amounts of dark fruit smell and some burnt grains too. The mouthfeel is smooth with a low-moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor is of a deep, dark roasted bitter coffee taste. Some of the dark fruit taste comes through, some unsweetened chocolate flavors, some burnt notes. There is a nice roasted bitterness throughout and leading into the finish with some woody flavors present. The roasted bitter flavors linger on awhile in the aftertaste, and some nutty flavors make their way through as well. The beer concludes with a small amount of alcoholic warmth.
This brew is a bit more flavorful and intense than its "normal" version, and it boasts a higher ABV % as well. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is a nice big beer, which should definitely be savored.
10-16-2012 07:33:21 | More by Beastdog75
3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a thick tan head. The head has fantastic retention, very slowly fading over time to give a great level of lacing.
Smell – The smell is of sweet dark fruits and bitter roasted malt. There are other notes of a caramel sweetness as well as some aromas of dark chocolate.
Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and some caramel and dark fruit flavor. The sweeter flavors lose some ground in the taste while the roasted flavors grow more and more bitter. Some light coffee flavor enters the profile with a bitter herbal hop flavor. This creates a quite roasted off bitter flavor at the end of the taste; a rather off aftertaste of these flavors lingers on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of its creaminess and has a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average carbonation is good at hiding some of the non favorable flavors at the end of the profile, but not great for the roastier flavors of the foretaste; which the body does a nice job of enhancing.
Overall – The taste and feel start out great, but that off bitter-herbal-roasted flavor that is left on the tongue really bring the brew down.
10-14-2012 00:32:50 | More by Darkmagus82
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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