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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,692 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1692
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today it is enjoyed by millions around the world.

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ChrisKayler

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Glassware: Samuel Adams Summer Ale Glass

Appearance: Color is black with fringes of brown, opaque. An aggressive pour produced a 1/2 inch finger of head that was creamy and frothy and diminished quickly.

Smell: Smell is of bread, caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, all burnt and roasted.

Taste: Taste is similar, with sweet malts transferring to milk chocolate and then to dark chocolate. Roasty taste is present throughout. A slight cream taste is also present.

Mouthfeel: Body is full with a slicky and creamy texture. Carbonation is average.

Overall: A decent stout, but I would much rather go for the Sam Smith's equivalent.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 02:31:40 | More by ChrisKayler
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ncketchum

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a deep dark brown, lots of foamy head, fades to a thin lacing, dissimilar from what I'm used to from the Draught

S - smell is sweet malts, cherry, coffee,

T - roasted malt forward, significant amount of hops, great balance of sweet and bitter

M - medium bodied, not much carbonation

O - in my opinion, this is much better than the run-of-the-mill Guinness Draught you get around these parts. I've never been to Ireland, so I can't comment on how this differs from getting it local. Excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 03:00:44 | More by ncketchum
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an English pub glass.

A: Pours nearly pitch-black, with ruby/blood red hues when held up to the light. Large two-finger, foamy head is gorgeous, but eventually fades down to about a 1/2 inch that retains throughout. Wonderfully thick beige lace is left behind as the beer diminishes.

S: Toasted malts, hints of chocolate or toffee. Slightly alcoholic undertones hit the back of the nostrils.

T: Full-flavored, bitterness from the dark chocolate notes. Light notes of coffee and malt. I'm detecting another sweet flavor lingering in the background, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly. A pinch of hop bitterness as the beer finishes.

M: Silky, smooth, creamy. Mild carbonation. This beer has wonderful texture all throughout.

O: It's been said before, but I'm going to say it again. This is the pride of the Guinness line. This is leagues ahead of the Guinness Stout that's on tap in most commercial bars. This beer is a wonderful treat that I'd go for time after time.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:20:54 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; medium head, light brown

Aroma: Sour; musty

Taste: Creamy; bitter; hints of dried fruit

Remarks: Better as it warmed up; but a little too bitter for me. I've always felt Guinness was a bit too thin for the style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:33:57 | More by IchLiebeBier
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Why-P-A

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and cloudy, bottle pouring leaves a minimal head creamy head.

S: Typically lagers have less aromas developed but this is rich on the nose with dark burnt coffee.

T: Dark and hearty. Several layers of malt transitioning slowly from sweet initially to dark and bitter. No smoky malts or yeast esters both of which would be uncommon in this style but still a lot of flavor.

M: The burnt malt character and high alcohol give this a very dry finish leaving you thirsty.

O: Unlike traditional Guinness this beer is strong with lots of flavor. While not as well balanced as Guinness lager this is a truly a strong and flavorful beer. Immensely popular in many parts of the world, this dark strong beer is still drank year round, often only marginally cold.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 01:46:38 | More by Why-P-A
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JohnQVD

New York

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, almost black body with a thick (one-inch) foamy light brown head, which eventually gives way to leave enormous chunks of foam on the glass. Smell is largely chocolate with a touch of roasted grain. The taste is bitter chocolate, with sour notes and a dry finish that leaves a touch of bitterness behind. The feel is remarkably light, with a medium, tangy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 18:18:49 | More by JohnQVD
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ACinSC

South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Guinness FES is a most worthy propitiation for the rancid-in-comparison Draught. This is the beer that got me hooked on porters and stouts. I'm so glad they finally started importing it in the States!

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. The color of the beer is a dark brown. Tan head is usually about half a finger thick or a little more. The roasted malt smell quickly settles in your nose and begs for a sip.

The taste is best described thus: as though a truck full of Draught crashed into a truck full of 70-80% cacao baker's chocolate. I find it to be a little sweet, which is why I took .75 off of the taste, because although it is very strongly hopped, the sweetness of the malt is a bit strong and it even overpowers the bountiful hops. It's probably to mask the higher alcohol content (which is nearly undetectable), but some drinkers may consider this a flaw. I am not awfully bothered by it. On the plus side, the sweetness nicely rounds out the "roasted chocolate malt" flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. Again, this beer is liquefied chocolate.

The aftertaste is a welcome bitter chocolate that lingers for many minutes after consumption.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 06:27:02 | More by ACinSC
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MikeB20

Delaware

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

P: 11.2oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Opaque black with a creamy light brown head. Lacing is generous and sticks all the way down the glass, leaving a ring after every sip.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some earthy malt sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

T: Intense dark roasted malt that lingers on your tongue. Initially sweet, with a solid bitterness that builds in the finish, but with no discernible hop flavor. A little charcoal and alcohol as it warms.

M: Creamy and smooth, not quite the same as a nitro beer but very good given it's not. Moderately high carbonation comprised of tiny bubbles which I think adds to the smooth drinkability of the beer.

O: This is a really nice straight up stout. These days it seems like everyone is adding something to a stout or aging it in a barrel. Every now an then you need to be reminded of what the style should fundamentally be and I think Guinness hit it with this beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 20:27:30 | More by MikeB20
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Segelstrom

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured into frosted tumbler w/ over 1" creamy head. body was dark chocolate and clear although opaque

S - notes of bitter chocolate - nice strong aroma

T - brought back the memories of the Guinness of old. After the Brits tried to dump all the other Guinness stouts on us. This is the only one and it is full of flavor. Don't bother w/ the other stouts from Guinness

M - delightful carbonation -- smooth

O - a go to beer for all the stout lovers and that includes me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 21:14:49 | More by Segelstrom
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a large crowning head of creamy tan brown head. Colour is black and thick. Retention is pretty good and has nice really sticky lacing on the glass. 4

S – has a sweet malt and spice character. Dry roasty malt with layers of underlying herbal and sweet malty notes, rum cake, espresso bitterness, a further interesting array of rich aromatics balanced together. 4

T – has a mulled spice character, sort of spiced cranberry sauce. Bitter caramel, very dry and rich, bitter coffee a sort of liquory sweetness and demura sugar, restrained creaminess. A bit syrupy, dry clove and smoky pepper spice. Finishes dry and roasty with a lingering dark malt character, restrained nutty (hazelnut) character. 4.25

M – Big maltiness with a underlying herbal spiciness, little carbonation. Drying tannic alcohol on the finish off of a big but generally drinkable big stout. A restrained creaminess and some subtle smokiness coming through to dry it out, nice crispness. 4.25

An interesting export stout, surprising level of herbal spicy bitterness. A lot of rich alcohol soaked coffee and herbal spice character, all balanced quite well. Interesting complexity and good feel, yet I would hesitate to drink this on a regular basis, a bit herbal-booze forward though balanced with a nice dry fruity finish. A very good beer, but not my favourite style of stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 23:19:07 | More by mick303
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pmcadamis

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Inky black brew with a two finger brown head.

S - Coffee, prunes, raisins, rum, and fruit cake. Smells nothing like the standard nitro stuff in cans or on tap at every bar in town. Complex and rich.

T - Rum soaked fruitcake. Espresso with a touch of milk and sugar. Brown sugar and a hint of soy sauce.

M - Full bodied and rich. Slightly sweet up front, a little boozy in the middle... finishing off-dry with a lingering taste of spiced rum and coffee. Almost a little too sugary though.

This is an outstanding brew that is almost nothing like the Guinness nitro stuff that can be found at every bar and grocery store in town. This is a big chewy brew to be sipped, not swilled. A nice companion to the eminently sessionable "regular" Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 16:55:47 | More by pmcadamis
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle from Ireland served in a snifter. As almost anyone reading this already knows, this is a near black brew with a towering, creamy, beige-hued head with very good retention and attractive lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and dark roasted barley nose with hops, mild alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Richer than I remember, this has a load of dark, roasted barley with a bit of dark fruit and toffee, a hint of coffee, and a touch of smokey molasses. Eventually, some earthy/herbal hops join in, making for a good sweet/bitter balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; medium-light carbonation; nicely soft and creamy

O: It's been at least a few years since I've had this, having had a good number of fine stouts from around the world in the meantime. I was pleasantly surprised: this certainly exceeded my expectations. Surprisingly satisfying and flavorful given the standard/common Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 00:29:18 | More by chinchill
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tronester

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a super creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee. Taste begins with a bit of molassas, then some pumpernickle bread, then some smooth chocolate and earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall a very nice beer. Easily the best offering Guinness has.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 21:27:52 | More by tronester
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a bottle at the Apothecary alehouse the other evening.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The is attractive as well, as I pick up light licorice, malt, vanilla, some light cherry and a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. The nose is fairly complex, and there's something of an "old ale" aroma to this beer that is nice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly dry stout. There's something of a light bitter, burnt toast finish to this beer, which keeps things interesting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most and is a bit thin. I thought this beer had more of porter quality to it than I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and if I had to guess, I would not have thought the abv. was this high.

An interesting beer, though I guess I was expecting a bit more from it. Frankly, given a choice, I think I prefer the lower alcohol draft version of this beer. Nevertheless, I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 12:55:28 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Mumps

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this the first time this week. What I would expect from Guinness.

Poured this into a pint glass. Nice dark brown/black color with no light allowed through from the near by lamp. Decent half inch tan colored head.

Smelled like a stout, malty and rich, deeper than most, including Guinness Draught.

Taste, again like a stout, but better. The coffee and chocolate tones seemed clearer and your average stout.

Mouthfeel was a little lacking. Felt a bit thin, didn't quite have the "liquid bread" quality that you'd expect.

Overall I enjoyed it a lot and will probably be buying a 6 pack soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:11:17 | More by Mumps
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ElSid

California

4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy St. Patty's!

Freshness Date: None

A: Thick blackness topped off with a fluffy light brown head which leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Moderate bourbon along with toasted grain and bread. Plums and raisin along with caramel, brown sugar sweetness and earthy bitterness, which comes through intermittently.

T: Charred bread and grain, cocoa nibs, plum and raisin dark fruit presence. Caramel and brown sugar bring sweetness to the middle which fades to an earthy, leafy bitterness and warming bourbon alcohol finish.

M: Creamy smooth with a big mouth feel and decent carbonation.

O: A classic Irish Stout with wonderful dark characteristics and smoothness. Happy to take this brew in on St. Patrick's. Hope everyone is staying safe out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:16:12 | More by ElSid
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with a big head of khaki foam. Retention and lacing are excellent, making this perhaps the best looking stout I've yet seen. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and molasses. Earthy, herbal hop note.

Bittersweet on the palate. Definitely more aggressively hopped than Draught or Extra, with a prominent bitterness that picks up toward the finish. Slightly smokey with a molasses flavor that picks up as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is rich and somewhat creamy - more heft than its Guinness siblings, though not as silky smooth as Draught.

With a much more bold flavor than Guinness Extra and the smoothness of Guinness Draught, this is the beer-lover's Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 00:20:55 | More by gr0g
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heygeebee

Australia

4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/11, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. BB 2012, but I'll take it :-)

Can't really add to so many reviews, but pours thick n black, head is two fingers easily. Clumpy/spotty lace. Aromas full and intense roasts to the fore, vanilla and coffee. Robust taste, roast driven. Medium weight overall and really - really - smooth. Overall beer presence in glass belies moderate ABV. End of beer experience? Roast City...

If only it were easier to get in Aus.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 10:33:04 | More by heygeebee
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Huffs

New York

4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass, developed a tan head which lasted well beyond, as would be expected from Guinness, and laced exceptionally. Appearance was black, of Guinness. Aroma was strong of coffee and malt and hop. Perhaps a hint of chocolate. Taste was coffee and dry hop. Mouthfeel was full and a bit carbonated. Aftertaste was super dry.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 01:51:10 | More by Huffs
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JJKBeerLvr

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark color with good head. Head was light color.

Smell: Strong hop aroma, and some malt aromas as well.

Taste: Nice malt flavors, as well as a nice balance of strong hops flavor.

Mouth feel: Medium body, and silky smooth.

Overall: Great stout. The best beer that Guinness makes, and one of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 22:14:54 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today, it is enjoyed by millions around the world." Brewed in the style of a Foreign/Export Stout. Available in 4 packs or as part of the Guinness Winter Variety Pack. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a robust medium brown head, very foamy with very high staying power. Body color is near pitch black, solid and with no visible carbonation. Lacing is thick and consistent with staying power of its own. Visually, it is far more impressive than Guinness's more commonly available offerings, the head quality and body color is superb in this stout, and visually it's up there with some of the most sought-after imperial stouts. 4.5

(Smell) A robust yet simple aroma. Bready roasted barley malts, creamy caramel candy, a stick of licorice and molasses. It's a bit more herbal than most stouts and there's a definite dark candy pep to it, the licorice is very notable as it warms. Potency is above medium and the balance is pleasant. I really enjoy the aroma of this beer. 4.25

(Taste) Bready caramel and dry chocolate malts follow through to an herbal hop finish with a touch of licorice spiciness. Semi-thick syrup with an imbalance in favor of sweetness with a moist finish. The balance is great and the drinkability is superb despite having a high sweetness. A fantastic flavor that is night and day in terms of flavor from their standard draught. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) A mild stickiness. Mild carbonation, a touch of creaminess and some spice create a general pleasing balance. The body is medium+ for the style and the body is just shy of heavy overall. Alcohol presence is mild, well concealed by the substance in this beer. I can't pick too hard on this beer although I think that a little more creaminess or crispness could do the texture some good, it is overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Overall) You don't have to travel the world or even wait in line for a wristband to get one of the world's most enjoyable stouts. Sometimes it's available even in your grocery store. I have very few gripes with this beer as the balance is great and the flavor is highly drinkable and accessible. One of the biggest things to note is the overall sweetness, which may distract the drinking experience for some, but not for me. This is certainly worth a try. 4.25

Guinness Ltd.'s
Guinness Foreign Extra
4.21/5.00

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 04:14:55 | More by Jadjunk
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Time to be " That guy " Once again..

A - Pours impenetrable black with a huge, light mocha head. Head was so huge because of the carbonation. Left good amounts of lacing.

S - Lots of dates and figs up front, cherries as well. Perhaps this was marketed under the wrong style?.

T - Huge amounts of cherry up front followed by a boat load of dates and figs. I do not taste any hops at all. The roasted malt comes through as the beer sits in your mouth. Doesn't taste like any stout I've ever had.

M - Medium creamy body with light carbonation.

O -Overall, Guinness simply does not brew great beers in my opinion. It wasn't bad, bit it definitely wasn't sepctacular. Stout? WHERE?!

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 05:28:24 | More by SometimesIfart
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MUSHROOMCLOUD

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown with a 2" beige, dense head that hangs around a while and leaves a thick lace.

Brown sugar, molasses, burnt toast - twangy sour funk....lots to like.

Rich...grainy, earthy malt. Cocoa or un sweet chocolate? Coffee with cream. Boozy. Slight twang in the end. Delicious.

Thick and velvety. Long, lingering finish.

Outstanding...feel like I should have been drinking this for years. Time to play catch up....

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 23:24:48 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
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screamking

Ohio

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance-dark brown almost black, darker then I expected, half inch light brown head goes away quickly. 4.25

Aroma-roasted malts, vanilla bean, brown sugar,slight Carmel. 4

Taste-deep roasted flavor, mild coffee, not that complex for a stout. 3.5

Feel-thick, little alcohol at first then dry dry dry. 3.5

Overall-good not great. With all the other offering around at this price point you can usually do better, but you could also do much worse. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:33:09 | More by screamking
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Seekerpilgrim

Washington

4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring a muddy brown, sweet notes of burnt brown sugar and coffee waft off the very dirty head, backed by an almost meaty undertone. On the tongue, a surprisingly complex balance is maintained: the extra hops attack up front, receding quickly as the brown sugar kicks in, a bit cream...followed by the coffee, earthy and gritty, and completed with a slightly dry finish reminiscent of Guinness Draught...all delivered with a full mouthfeel that satisfies like the act of chewing jerky.

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much with this one, but I'm very pleasantly surprised as it's rapidly risen of the ranks of my favorite beers. Not really a session beer, as it's quite complex and demands you attention, but perfect now and again, either on it's own (perhaps a third beer to wake up a numbing tongue), or with a heavy, meaty dish (including jerky). Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 02:41:30 | More by Seekerpilgrim
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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