I know what you’re thinking. Guinness, Robin, really? But hear me out: in 2010 Guinness announced that they were going to start exporting Foreign Extra Stout to the U.S. And I got my hands on some of it.

Brewed by St. James Gate in Dublin, Ireland; Guinness is probably one of the most recognizable beer brands. But to be perfectly honest, the standard Extra Stout is really not that good. This one’s different. Guys, this tastes NOTHING like the usual Guinness draught you buy by the four-pack to make Irish Car Bombs with. This is not the Guinness that squeaky girls drink to prove they like “dark” beer. In other words, this ain’t yo momma’s Guinness.

What all Guinness should taste like

StyleForeign/Export Stout. What this means is one of these beers is brewed like a normal stout except with an exorbitant amount of hops to keep it fresh for the overseas journey.

Overall Impression: Mmmmm….THIS is what Guinness should be. Regular old Guinness, you could probably drink buckets of. This stuff, this beer has some body to it! Drink it slow and savor it.

Appearance: Lovely black-dark brown color, beautiful head retention.

Smell: Roasted coffee/espresso

Taste: The bitterness doesn’t really come out until the second sip. At first you get roasted coffee with a hint of cocoa (as one would expect for a stout) , but then the hops hit you hard. And you like it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fairly creamy. Textbook stout.

Try this if you like: First of all, if you really, really like Guinness Extra Stout, don’t bother with this. But if you recognize ES’s shortcomings, here are some other beers to look for: Fade to Black Volume 1 by Left Hand Brewing Company, Black Hole XXX Stout, Goose Island’s Honest Stout

5 Stars

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