BONUS — Guinness Foreign Extra Review

October 17, 2010 — Guinness Foreign Extra Review

It isn’t always that we decide to sit down and review in and of its itself, by its own merits, and not decide to mix it up with some other ingredients to make a cocktail. However, Guinness is still my favorite beer. Now, I have had some amazing microbrewery stouts in the past, but there’s still something incredibly unique about the flavor of Guinness that keeps me coming back for more.

So, I was thrilled to see a new variation of Guinness at my local liquor store this Friday. the Guinness Foreign Extra.

Different from the Extra Stout, the Foreign Extra has a darker, hoppier quality to it’s taste.

Nose: Strong malty scent. Smells great. Eager to dive in.

Taste: Very intense and heavy. If you think you have to cut Guinness Draught with a knife, then wait until you try the Foreign Extra. It’s very strong and malty, backed up with a strong hops flavor. Not for the faint of heart, or for the uninitiated beer drinker.

Heavy on the palate afterward. I’m not thinking this is an every night drink, so thankfully it’s only in a four pack. Powerful, but damn tasty!


— Mark


  1. is this the FES that I used to buy in the British Virgin Islands? I used to carry as much as I could back home (to the delight of my friends)….

    A lot higher in alcohol and much more flavorful!

    • Warren — Right on the money, actually! It hasn’t been available in the United States for a long period of time, is my understanding. It has a higher alcohol content than the standard Guinness draught, and definitely has a more up-front flavor.

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