Wednesday, 14 March 2012

REVIEW #67: Guinness Foreign Extra (Guinness / St. James' Gate)

Pours a ruby-tinged black with a head the colour of bourbon biscuit cream. Distinctive sweet chocolate milk aroma with a nutty roast scent. Darkly sweet and creamy up front followed by a semi-astringent roast barley bite and grassy hop. Praline, hazelnut and coffee notes lead to a simultaneously sweet and bitter finish. Much drier than its relation Dragon Stout.

Guinness often brew their Foreign Extra Stout local to the region of the world its sold in. This one however comes from the original Guinness Brewery, St. James' Gate, in Dublin. The brand itself is now owned by corporate drink giant Diageo (who also own Desnoes & Geddes of Jamaica who brew Dragon Stout). Their Foreign Export Stout is an infinitely tastier, more characterful, less creamy affair than the ubiquitous Guinness Original; I just don't trust a stout with a white head!
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  • ABV: 7.5%`

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