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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Guinness Foreign Extra - Guinness (7.5% ABV)

Everyone loves Guinness... don't they? Well, It is probably the most famous brew in the world, and for good reason. However, they have a secret weapon in the shape of their 'Foreign Extra' which packs a healthy 7.5% ABV. It's very popular with the Nigerians, apparently.

Appearance is almost black, as you'd would expect, with a mocha head which sticks to the glass like glue. Head is really thick and creamy.

Really strong on the nose. Roasted malts and tons of booze give off a fruit cake and sherry aroma. Plenty of prune and raisin in there to give plenty of sweetness, with hints of coffee in there too.

Upfront taste of roasted malts with an intense coffee flavour. Mid-palate gives off syrup-soaked cherries, prunes and raisins, before a moderate hop bitterness on the finish to balance. Dry finish with a sweet sticky malt and hop flavour lingering on the palate. Heat from the alcohol is prevalent throughout and is borderline overpowering.

A tad thin, but at the same time slick and smooth, this brew packs a full body and lots of warmth. Astringency levels err to the side of 'puckering' and carbonation is as it should be

I'm not sure whether not I should love this or just be moderately impressed by it... It is very different to 'vanilla' Guinness and the booze is a little on the high side. Having said that, it is a well constructed beer with a ton of flavour and great for a cold winter evening. I may just have to try 4 or 5 of these in single session to make up my mind; in the mean time, have 4 stars.



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