Day #183 – Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

July 3, 2011

I had a HUGE brew day today and boy am I beat. My pal and I planned to do a big IPA project in which we brewed 6 beers with the same base recipe with us only changing the hop varieties.


Today we knocked out 4 of those beers and we will finish up tomorrow. I could use a nice refreshing beverage, and I think I have just the one.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

I have a new style on tap for the blog today! This beer is classified as a Foreign Stout, and believe it or not the style originated from this beer. A Foreign Stout is usually a hopped up version of a regular stout. This was originally done for the preservative properties hops impart for long voyages overseas. The Foreign Stout style however is not nearly as robust as it’s Imperial cousin. This one has an ABV of 7.5%.


This beer is black. There’s no other way to go about saying it; it’s just dark! Very dark black appearance with a tall brown head that foams up and sits tall. Looks nice.

The aroma is immediately noticeably different from the original Guinness Extra Stout (which I’ve had but not rated.) This beer has a distinctly sharp spicy aroma. There is a large dark sweet malt aroma with a bit of chocolate. Not much but it’s there. I’m assuming the bite of spice is stemming from the added hops.

The flavor is very bready to begin with. Dark bitter malts fill in after that and seriously dry out the palate. The higher alcohol can certainly be felt by the presence of a sharp tingle. Give this one a try.




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