Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

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.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. The lacing forms large blobs which segregate as they fall to the black liquid. The head does not stick around long.

Within the smell is some toffee, caramel, and maybe a touch of coffee.

The taste provides some subtle chocolate with a nice coffee bitterness. The hops provide ample bitterness making an easy drinking stout. The caramel and toffee also come through in the flavor along with a nice roasty-ness.

Medium in the mouth with hop induced drying in the end.

This is a very drinkable stout and my favorite of the Guinness' that I've had.

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Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to their 250th Anniversary Stout of 2010 but less hops florals and more strong hops bitters and dryness. I wish they'd have continued their 250th Anniv Stout instead, but on the other hand the bitters-freaks on here (BA) seem to rate this beer higher than their 250th Anniversary rated last year.

A= pretty near black as usual. Very big brown head depending on how it's poured. Plenty of rimming and pooling and lacing, throughout.

S= bold, nice, the varieties of malts and toasted versus whatever really do a great job here. You can smell the malt bitterness as well as the dry hops bitters up-front. The 250th Anniversary had a lot nicer hops florals but were probably more expensive as well as less profitable, unfortunately.

T= strong, and definitely on the higher end of IBU bitterness as well. Bold flavor, I like it better than their old standard. This one in my glass is refrigerator-cold and room-warmed for about 5 minutes (couldn't wait!). I'll have to try a non-refrigerated one as well. Probably has tons more flavor and nose when warm, and you'll probably find me at the local V.A. hospital as well ;-)

M= bitter, bitter and dark coffee dry bitter and.... Plus a little molasses for love. Dry chocolate. More bitters. Burnt molasses.

D= wow good question. I think I could handle maybe 2 of these at home? In session with buddies at a bar, there's no telling. I mean, none of us would probably remember enough to tell! The 7.5%ABV certainly makes a difference in this one versus the traditional Stout.

Is this the part where I sing, now?

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Photo of iD9
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tuliped Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Typical of a stout. Dark through the body with brown and red hues lacing the edges. The head pours a medium tan. Looks good but it seems to die-off pretty quick. Lacing is not particularly impressive.

Smell: Stouty. A little roasty but not too much. A few hints of dry, woody tones? I dunno pretty much like the normal extra stout but there is something here I'm not used to. Reminds me of bananas?

Taste: I can taste those awkward notes in the body of the beer too. Shouldn't be skunked, never had a problem at this store before. A bit of dry roastiness kicks through the back though this brew is decidedly less dry than the normal extra stout. An improvement except for whatever the weirdness is thats running through it.

Mouthfeel: Very good. A bit bigger and creamer than the extra stout without being dominating.

Drinkability: Also good, if not a bit unremarkable. You certainly can't taste the alcohol. Suffers from the awkward taste profile but its totally manageable, no prob.

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Photo of dciBA
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour produces a couple inches of foamy tan head. The beer is nice and black like a proper stout. Smells like regular guiness stout just stronger. Milk chocolate and freshly brewed coffee are the strongest on the nose with some dark fruit as well, from the yeast no doubt. Also a fair amount of hops are detectable as well. Taste follows smell with milk chocolate on the front of your tongue followed by a nice roasted malt flavor. Some residual hop bitterness as the beer goes down. Body is fairly thick with just the right amount of carbonation. Absolutely no hint of the above average abv%. Well done guiness. Thanks for making a proper stout for beer geeks and better beer fans everywhere.

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Photo of tjdietz
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a tumbler a beautiful black color with 2" beige head

S- lots of roasted malt comes through Along with faint hops

T- roasted malts and currant dominate this flavorful brew. Has that guinness taste to it but a more flavorful beer then the extra or draught. As beer warms some alcohol can be detected but not overwhelming.

M- very velvety and silky feel to this one, quite nice

Overall a very good offering and a new favorite!

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Photo of schmidtn
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If Turkish coffee produced a head when poured, it would look like this.

Collar dissipated in a few minutes, but left nice lacing.

Smell of hops and malt producing an almost dark chocolate aroma. Bittersweet.

Not a sweet beer. Bitter and flavorful. Toasty and Roasty. Not a heavy as one would think upon first glance.

Clean dry finish, lightly carbonated.

Not as drinkable as many stouts as this is a stronger brew, but this taste is a treat.

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Photo of andrewsporter
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring it out of the bottle into a straight pint glass, it is completely black and opaque. It poured 3 fingers of head that quickly receded. Drinking it down, very good lacing as with most; one of the best things of any Guinness is the awesome lacing. This one was no exception.

Smell - good, nothing too overwhelming but it definitely hints at a lot more flavor than draught or stout.

Taste - awesome, chocolatey, roasty, etc, etc, etc. It has a distinctive bite at the beginning.The flavor is overwhelmingly refreshing for Guiness. The taste here really lives up to the promising look and feel.

Mouthfeel - not too thick but heavier than the Stout from what I remember, definitely lends itself to drinkability.

Overall, definitely glad I picked this pack up - not a huge Guinness fan but I will definitely drink this stuff again.

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Photo of MLasoski
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to give this a try, considering it's time to get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day.

A: I slow-poured this into a Guinness glass and saved about 2 ounces in the bottle. I let the frothy 1/2" head settle then poured the 2 ounces on top. The body is a deep burnt brown with a slightly-visible cascade of carbonation beneath the head. Looks delicious!

S: Smells of roasted barley and hops. The roasted character is forthcoming when taking in the aroma.

T: This beats the regular Guinness Draught hands down. The higher ABV plays a factor when all the roasted flavor comes together - an obvious difference from the regular Guinness.

M: Roasted and smoky flavor at the start with a frothy character when taking it down. The hops present themselves as it's swallowed.

D: Quite drinkable! I've had two and I could definitely finish the four pack right now. The ABV will undoubtedly pack it's punch in the end but it's all worth it since this is a very decent representation of the style.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, with a brown one finger head that lasted, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smells is of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is great, powerful roasted malt flavors are accented by great crisp coffee flavors, mid level bittersweet toffee notes, and a hint of chocolate, rounded out with brown sugar and molasses.

Feel is rich, smooth and luxurious. The smooth carbonation accents a nice roasted and lightly bitter aftertaste.

Great beer. I can see why this one is popular.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, brewed in Ireland. It pours dark brown/black and opaque, with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasty and a little estery, closer to the Belgian version than the Extra version available for so long in the US.

Big roasted malt flavors, a little bit bitter more from roast than from hops, with some slightly sweet undertones that are a little yeasty. Plums and raisins way in the background.

Light carbonation, thicker than average body. OK but not great, nothing I'm all too hot to go after again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - A mild roasted aroma with lots of caramel and hint of molasses. Some fruity notes in the background, a little bit of plum and red apple.

T - Dark caramel and mocha notes up front with a little bit of red apple. Some spicy, chicory notes in the middle with a hint of licorice. The malt character darkens significantly in the finish with lots of coffee, smoke, burnt caramel, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and much more enjoyable than the draught. The roast character is very strong, especially in the finish and has a nice level of complexity with molasses, smoke, and spicy licorice giving the beer a depth that one doesn't normally associate with Guinness. Despite the robust flavor the beer finishes relatively dry with just a little bit of caramel sweetness to round out the roast character, this dryness helps to keep the beer drinkable to the end of the glass.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg as part of a mix-a-six- poured chilled into my Bass trademark glass.

The beer is an impressive deep brown bordering on black -it is opaque with a thick rocky tan cap which becomes creamy and laces the glass in rings after each swallow. The bead is very small, micro-sized mimicing a nitro pour. The smell is sweet and nutty with a fruit ester from the yeast and slight earthy element that adds to the light berry note in the aroma. the feel is roasty and moderately bitter, but smooth bitterness with moderately high effervescent quality and slightly fuller than medium body with gentle spiciness and subtle sweet accent with an almost minty clean quality and semi dry efffect on the palate.

The flavor has mild char notes which leads to a slightly creamy and mildly sweet malt flavor which is juxtaposed by a moderate spice and bitter hop taste. The stout finishes roasty w/ mild warmth and has dry toasted grain flavors lingering on the palate. A very good beer IMO, maybe not the ultimate example of the style, but suitable for a nice mid-winter quaff. I could enjoy this with shellfish but it really is substantial enough to consume by itself.

Edit - re-review taken from Notes -8/12
I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed from a mug.

The color is black as night and opaque with a 3 finger cream mocha head thick lace sticks in a web with fine bead and good retention. The smell is reminiscent of dark sugar and raisins with light rum-like alcohol odor with slight woody nose and hint of mineral with light spice and slight dark cocoa with a hint of of toffee in the background. A moderately full feelig beer with nice smooth texture and moderately highly carbonated with medium Bitterness and roasted character with semi-dry finish and mild sweet undertone.

The Foreign stout has a flavor with dried fruit and currant notes with pine hop taste in the forefront and mild dark chocolate with bitter and light brown sugar elements with subtle spice with a crisp mineral yeast element that adds to the complexity with dry hints of toast and mild caramel malt with light peppery flavors with a gentle hint of hops in the finish with mild alcohol in the taste. Overall I was pleased to try this great beer again, it is a great foreign style stout which may not be the ultimate example, but really drinkable and pretty hiqh in quaffability for the strength!

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Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a wine glass from a 11.2 oz. bottle, this a new addition to the landscape here on the West Coast. Pours a solid black with no notable highlights. Half inch of mocha foam bubbles away slowly, keeping a thin cap throughout the glass.

Smell of roasted malts with light chocolate notes and a bit of dark fruit along with a hint of alcohol. Notably brighter in a somewhat lagerish sense and more varied than the Coopers Stout it sits aside.

Flavor flip flops the nose a bit, being more singe minded in nature. Roasted malt and sweetened dark chocolate are prominent, and with a rather creamy finish that lingers only briefly, lingering a bit longer with warming.

Tastes like a slightly condensed version of their standard Extra Stout which I would reach for next time given the price differential. Yet this bottle from Dublin surely beats out the Island version as for complexity and flavor.

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Photo of chefelf
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first saw this in Jamaica but didn't get a chance to try it until I was back home in the States. I enjoy the Foreign Extra a bit more than the standard Guinness stout. It has a higher alcohol content than the regular stout (at 7.5%) and a bit more flavor comes along with that too.

There is a smell of dried porcini mushrooms while sipping. At least that's what I smell. I'm pretty sure I haven't eaten any porcini mushrooms lately so it must be coming from the beer.

Either that or my wife was using this glass to rehydrate some dried porcini mushrooms. I'll have to get back to you on that.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a mug.

This brew is striking. It pours black with three fingers of nice, cappuccino coloured head. The aroma is mostly of some dark (think 60%) chocolate and coffee imparted by the roastiness of the brew. The taste? Excellent. This is what I thought Guinness was supposed to taste like from what I'd heard about it from casual beer drinkers. This is an outstanding, smooth stout that's just a joy to drink. The coffee and chocolate work together in perfect harmony, striking the perfect balance between sweet and bitter.Towards the end a surprising amount of hops come through, working together with the roastiness to create a wonderfully refreshing, bitter aftertaste.

Both the mouthfeel and drinkability are absolutely off the charts. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky in the mouth, and leaves a wonderful spiky aftertaste on the tongue and the roof of my mouth that's surely imparted by the nice dose of hops. The drinkability? This is 7.5% alcohol and I downed this mug in about 15 minutes flat, which is crazy fast for someone who'll nurse a pale ale for two hours. This is honestly a superb beer, and I'm glad after trying all the lesser varieties of Guinness, I've finally found one that I can love whole-heartedly. The fact that my workplace has just started carrying this is a dangerous prospect, I see the 8.99 four-packs coming home with me far too often.

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Photo of sdj5
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark, two finger tan head.

S: Roasted coffee, fresh sweet bread, cream

T: Sweet, roasted, resinous, dark chocolate lingering, raisins, dates, lactic acid on the end

M: Feels exceptional in the mouth

D: Honestly is one of the most drinkable beers I've had

I recommend this beer. If it weren't so costly it would be my new Guinness.

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Photo of rings
3.13/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As expected, my bottle of mud pours deep and black, with a thin chocolate head that held steady throughout the serving. Without the nitrogen pour, the bubbles were a little bigger, of course, but the lacing was still generous. A little fuller in body, the hoppy bite was noticeable, relative to the standard U.S. Draught version. There's a little alcohol heat and a nice lingering sweetness, balanced by the hoppy bitterness.

While I like this better than the typical draft, Guinness is still a far cry from any number of the HUGE assortments of stouts and porters readily available in nearly any local brewpub or brewery. All in all, while this is a very serviceable quaff, I'd prefer to drink local and fresh.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in appearance with a highly sustained, light tan head that's an inch and a half when poured. After letting it sit for about 15 minutes, the head remains the exact same. The nose offers sweet malts with some chocolate raisin flavors. The taste closely resembles the nose and offers some bitter cocoa and light hops. There is a crisp malty body that makes this one tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very rich and coats the palate. A good amount of carbonation also is a plus. This brew is very smooth and tasty so the drinkability is quite high.

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Photo of patm1986
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle

A- dense 1" head. Thick, sits atop a black as anything body like frosting. Head retains very well. Guinness looks good.

S- caramel, brown butter, dark roast, hop-oily--which is really cool to find--sweeter tones of dark fruits like prunes, too. This is interesting.

T- very nice. Not too coffee-bitter, roasty. Great balance, because of the hop background. earthy sugars present, like honey, pine, and maple, which come through in a subtle combo.

M- semi-dry, lightly bitter finish is the star aided by the hop characters. Sweetness keeps it smooth. Ample carbonation.

D- light but with some body. The hops make for an excellent balance and a pleasant palate.

NICE. This is delicious.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark, dark brown with a ruby hue into my pint glass with about two fingers of fluffy tan head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malts, earthy hops, milky chocolate, spice and nuttiness, kind of like some sort of spiced nut bread.

T - Roasted malts, bitter coffee/chocolate, earthy hop presence is there as well as the dry nuttiness. Bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice balance.

D - This is good, but it is very dry, making it hard to enjoy more than one.

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Documented to be a world class brew but apparently only available here in the States in recent months, it's black as night with a thin light brown head and decent streaks of lacing. The aroma is of charcoal malt with some bitter cider. Pleasant and edible. The flavor is much the same with a hint of chocolate. It's a solid mid-bodied brew with a smoothness worthy of Guinness. There's an almost chalky feel, maybe resinous. It's a luscious flavorful stout with more typical stout flavors than the classic Guiness Stout. This is more of a meal although it is in no way overdone and not too sweet. It's a very tasty treat. Right up there with the best!

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Photo of beerman207
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bamadog for the recommendatnion of this one. My first thought towards a Guiness was "meh" as I've had the Guinness experience already. However, after the pour of this beer I realized I hadn't experenced all that Guinness had to offer - wow.

A: Beautiful - pours perfectly in the glass - head lasts longer than I ever could imagine from this brewer and the lacing is amazing - Perfect.

S: Malt, bread, vanilla, burnt sugar

T: Malt, chocolate, some hop presence, even a little booze

M: Light bodied. Easy to drink'

D: Very high - this beer is a new fav.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I know i've had better beers, but it has been hard to remember when, at those times I have found myself drinking this.

Appearance: Bottle-poured into a Pilsner Glass, fills the glass with a luscious smoothness and thickness, filling out and topping off with the deep, faint brown head of foam over a black body of liquid.

Scent: burnt coffee, soured berries some malt sweetness

Taste: Rich, robust roasted character. Sweet, warm. Roast prickles the tongue and cheeks. Chocolate and raisin richness perk up from time to time to add dimension to a beer that is not overly complex, despite it's ABV.

*Tried this one again. Notes are a little different: flavor lacks desired depth of complexity, and lactic twang finish becomes much. Though that lactic twang and slight astringency give the beer a unique profile, they're somewhat off blance.

Mouthfeel: smooth... the perfect blance of silky and clean smoothness. For such a big beer this is far from the heavy; however, it's substantial enough to be satisfying even for a relatively small offering.

Overall: American craft brewers take note: sometimes you just have to get over yourself and make good beer. While many brewers certainly offer exceptional strong Stouts and Porter, the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach has its drawbacks.

This beer is suprisinly simple, and tries to satisfy both desires for both treating the palate and refreshment.
This is an over-looked style, unfortunately. However, Guiness has definitely achieved the benchmark!

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Photo of TCHopCraver
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 2/17/11.

A medium-hard pour into a snifter yields a 2.5 finger fluffy and bubbly light brown head. This rests atop a dark, dark brown body. As the beer recedes, thick, globby lace is left on the sides of my 23 oz. snifter.

G.F.E. smells nuttier than any other stout I've inhaled. It is much like the taste of an almond in smell form. A very roasty and toasty aroma supports the nuttiness. Some dry, earthy hop smells mingle with other scents and deeper inhales reveal a light milk chocolate sweetness.

Roastiness trumps nuttiness in the taste. An acidic, roasty, coffee-like flavor bites at the sides of my palate, complemented by an ever-present milk chocolate flavor. A little bit of the full, mild almond taste lands on my tongue. The finish is nicely bitterseet and fairly dry. I can tell this is decently hopped, but I cannot pinpoint exactly how the hops influence the taste.

A very nice harmony exists between the bitter hops and roasted malts and a sweet creaminess in the mouthfeel. I'd say that the roast and hops win in the end, but reallly the balance is quite tight. This brew has a rich, medium body with appropriate carbonation.

I could certainly tip a few of these, although the bittersweet roast might creep on my palate after a stretch. I am quite happy that this is available in the States now and will seek it out when I'm in the mood for an alternative stout.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured around 45 F into a tulip glass, the beer formed a thick, dense, tan head that stayed with the beer all the way down, with heavy lacing. The beer is nearly impenatrably black. The nose is molasses, tropical fruit, and a spiciness I can't quite identify. Molasses is also apparent in the flavor, with a nice roastiness, light coffee notes, and again some tropical fruit. Hops contributes a nice bitterness and dryness on the finish. Lots of carbonation supports the beer, which is heavier than "draft" Guinness but still of moderate body. I could drink a few of these, although I fear after 3 or 4 I wouldn't be able to stand up. Overall, this is an excellent Irish foreign export; perhaps the best of this often overlooked style I have had.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,307 ratings.
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