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Foreign Extra Stout – Guinness

Foreign Extra Stout – Guinness

Originally released to foreign countries (ie: not the US or the UK), Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness was well known to international travelers. I was able to enjoy a variant of this beer on a beach in Bermuda, but it was finally introduced (as a different recipe) to America in 2010. This recipe far surpasses the original variant that I sampled (which as it turns out is because the Bahamanian version’s brewed in the Bahamas itself). After its introduction in 2010, it’s been generally available year-round (but may not be always available in your market). 7.5% ABV and it packs more flavor in than normal “Guinness” does. It’s a Foreign Extra Stout, not an Irish Dry Stout (as Guinness Draught is). Some hops flavor, plenty of punch, chocolate-caramel-coffee flavors, and isn’t boozy. Finishes clean. Overall, an excellent beer and one you should probably consider as being way better than you’d think it is.

Overall: 95

O’Hara’s Irish Stout – Carlow Brewing Company

O’Hara’s Irish Stout – Carlow Brewing Company

Sampled in 2009 – 4.3% ABV doesn’t mean tasteless. Roast malt flavors combined with Fuggle hops give this a dry mouthfeel, which is desirable for a dry Irish stout. Coffee, mocha, and peat flavors commingle to create that ‘stout’ flavour, while still managing to be full-bodied. Completely black and opaque when poured, with a espresso colored head that dissipates pretty fast. Low carbonation help prop the drinkability up, along with a slight creaminess as the beer warms. Overall – I probably prefer this to Guinness if I’m not going for a creamy beer.

Rating: 82