Sunday, March 17, 2013

Review: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
7.5% ABV
Guinness & Co., St. James Gate, Dublin, Ireland
11.2 oz btl
Served in Dogfish Head Signature Glass
Reviewed on 8/5/12 

This stout pours a dark color with a good thick toasted brown head with decent retention.  Quite good lacing.  Decent evident carbonation.

Smell has coffee, dark chocolate, malt, toastiness, hints of licorice, slight berry.

Taste is much like its smell.  Coffee, dark chocolate, malt, smokiness/toastiness, slight licorice, berry, and caramel.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, with great definition and balance of flavors.  Slight dryness and bitterness at the end.

Overall, this version of Guinness makes it time to revisit the classic brand.  A tasty, smooth, well balanced stout that stacks up well with other craft versions.  Much bolder and full of flavor than a classic Guinness.  Surprising.  If you're going to drink a Guinness on St. Patrick's Day, this is the one to go for. 

My score: 91

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