My local beer store recently brought in Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. I have never been a "Guinness guy" like some can be. There always seems to be a devoted Guinness drinker in every beer crowd. But when I saw Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, a beer very hard to come by, I was intrigued. Beer Advocate rates it very highly (BA 91, the brethren 96). High right? So I had to buy some and try it for myself. First, let me say that I like it. It's a good beer. 7.5% ABV contributes to a nice warming feeling. The alcohol is not at all evident. It's got nice fruity notes. Good malt presence. Nice on the nose. BUT (you knew there was a "but") I was still a little disappointed. For several reasons. There was way too much of a head on this beer, and it doesn't seem to dissipate. It seems like you're drinking mostly head. Second, there is absolutely no carbonation to speak of. Third, I detected no hop presence to counterbalance the malt sweetness. To me, this beer almost tastes more like a Doppel Bock than it does a stout. Is this typical of Irish stouts? Again, don't get me wrong; I liked the beer. But I must confess that I was expecting a lot more from this highly rated beer. Anybody else feel this way? Or disagree?