Name: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
Brewery: St. James’s Gate Brewery
Country of Origin: Ireland
City & State: Dublin, Ireland
Style: Foreign / Export Stout
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.5%
First Brewed: ca 1900s
The beer is dark, but not black, and topped by a wispy brown head. The nose is dominated by hops, which give way to notes of burned breakfast toast and rich malty flavors, including coffee, licorice, a blackcurrent, and a hint of banana.
We haven’t reviewed a beer in a LONG time. I mean, we did move… But we are slowly getting back on track. Tonight we are reviewing a bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Not sure how this is different than Guinness… But I don’t really like Guinness. I know, I am sure we lost some readers me saying that. But unless it is being poured in a logo glass in Ireland, it’s just not my favorite style. Maybe this one is better.
Sheryl just called it, “gross.” Great. Good way to get back into it. Here goes nothing.
In the Glass: There is a LOT of head. I was also drinking a bottle of Widmer Hefe so I could unlock a badge on Untappd. I have to drink more of that for yet another badge… It’s not good, so wish me luck! This beer is also producing quite the lace. Not sticky, but truly overwhelming.
Nose: It smells like metal. Not pennies… But just, ugh. Not a very good aroma at all. The 7.5% ABV is the only thing I am holding on to here. Let’s see what she tastes like.
Flavor: It’s not gross, but it’s not good, either. I mean, why would someone order a pint of this? I don’t like Guinness and this is worse than Guinness. I mean, granted… If I am in a bar on a cold rainy night in Ireland, and this might be good. But the flavor and mouthfeel just aren’t there. The finish is nice, but that’s it.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin, someone carbonated, and leaves your palate with a thin layer of flavor that isn’t a good thing.
Aftertaste: The aftertaste is the best part. It has a nice burnt toast flavor to it, and I bet this would pair well with food. Not sure what food, but I bet this would be a good food beer. Maybe something deep fried. You would never know it was 7.5%, either. Maybe that’s a good thing.
It’s not quite as thick as Guinness… But it reminds me of it. That’s for sure. I really want this brewery, because of how popular they are, to be good. But nothing from them has ever impressed me. Can we do a DIPA next?
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout – The bottle says: “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.”
We haven’t reviewed a beer in quite a while, especially not one from the list. This one, I know, is a form of Guinness. I’m not sure exactly what kind of Guinness, but honestly, most of them taste about the same to me. But I will let you know.
In the glass, the beer is very dark, basically black. I mean, it’s Guinness. It’s basically the blackest of beers, right? It’s what people think of when they think of Guinness. It’s thick and black and chewy. This one had a lot of head too. It’s only about a half a glass of beer, but Ricky’s glass had head up to the top. This beer actually smells good. It smells kind of smoky and kind of chocolatey… like just a bit of smoke with dark chocolate. Ready for a taste?
Hmm. That’s one powerful taste. The first thing that hits me is that it tastes very bitter. I’m sitting here, and I still taste the bitterness very strongly on my tongue several minutes later. It’s a thick, creamy mouthfeel, and the initial taste isn’t bad, but the bitterness is just overwhelming. I do like Guinness, but whatever version this is is just too bitter for my liking. This is probably not one I would buy again. It’s too bad. If it wasn’t for the bitter taste going down and the bitter aftertaste you just can’t get out of your mouth, it might not be too bad with that taste and mouthfeel.