Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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#2,799
Reviews:
889
Ratings:
2,425
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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330mL bottle to tulip. Recently available to the US market. Sampled 1/12/11. $10 for the 4 pack.

A:
spec·ta·cle [noun]: an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is nothing short of a poured spectacle, starting as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. Half of the contents goes into the glass and the head grows steady and fast. Really fast. Just over the rim with no sign of stopping. And right before the head starts spilling over, as if someone pushed the pause button on life, the head immediately halts, and there is no movement to be seen. No cascading bubbles, nothing. And the appearance holds steady for quite some time.

The head rises and falls with three distinct appearances. First is three fingers of froth that doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The second look happens as the head begins to deflate: rocky and cavernous. After settling is complete, I'm left with a lumpy yet creamy texture almost identical to an ice cream and soda float.

As if it even matters, the rest of the brew is solid in appearance too, but a detailed account is not needed. A perfect 5 easily.

S:
A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

T:
Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

M:
The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

D:
This could be my everyday stout. I'm off to the store to buy more.

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"6.5% Alcohol. Brewed in Kingston Jamaica. Best By Mar 2007" (oops)

Gorgeous. Like herbal single orgin chocolate. Complete, complex and alluring. On the palate it is quite tart up front, like sinewy vine sap (from hops, I gather). Then this releases its grip to reveal toasty fine bitterness. Throughout there is an effusive display of sweet herbs, pomegranate, black grapes, vanilla and coffee. Winey. Food beer. Perfectly weightless. Unexpectedly refreshing and complex. This is not milquetoast, childish beer.

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Had the Caribbean version of this one earlier this year and fell in love. This one is also good, though I find it not quite as powerful. Shame...

Excellent dark black in color, opaque, no light getting through in traditional Guinness style. With just a little effort this beer produces a two and a half finger tall head of rich mocha creamy goodness. Leaves a heavy blanket of lace that slowly recedes into droopy legs.

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Small bottle brought home to try from my roomie... 330ml..

- Long lasting light mocha head... leaves a nice thin layer on top and some lacing... very dark jet brown/black brew..

- Ester, raisin, smokey and tart.. woody, salty, fig... light bitter grassiness... prominent smoke flavors....

- Rich smokey roasted barley... roasted grains, fig, raisin... grass, wood.... burnt barrel goodness.... lts of dark roasted barley here. Light bitter hop. Bitter coffee notes as well..

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,425 ratings