In a bit of good news for hardcore beer drinkers across the United States, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is now available for sale across the country. Originally known as the West India Porter, The Foreign Extra Stout was first brewed in 1801 at St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin. After debuting in the U.S. market in 1817, the export of the brew to the country was halted during prohibition.
Deep brown in appearance, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is carbonated unlike the nitrogenated Guinness Draught with which most of us are familiar. The specialty beer is 7.5 percent alcohol by volume and possesses strong, roasted aromas followed by a unique bittersweet taste that beer aficionados can enjoy. Produced using four basic ingredients (grain, water, hops, and yeast), the Foreign Extra Stout is brewed at a higher hop rate than Guinness Draught and is known for its initial effervescent impact, which leads to a dry finish and a full bodied palate of roast character.
“Guinness Foreign Extra Stout appeals to beer drinkers who love to explore beer and are looking for a serious stout,” said Patrick Hughes, Brand Director, Guinness. “It is a unique beer with a distinctive taste, aroma and color and offers Guinness fans another way to enjoy the high quality, rich, satisfying Guinness experience that is the core of our brand.”
Foreign Extra Stout is recommended to be served in a Guinness goblet, but can also be enjoyed chilled straight from the bottle. Guinness recommends drinkers use a one-part-pour at a 45-degree angle and follow a five step ritual: Chill, Release, Pour, Toast, and Enjoy Responsibly.
Surprisingly, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout makes up 45 percent of Guinness sales globally and is regarded as a more sophisticated option for those who enjoy an occasional Guinness. It is now available at your local package store and is sold in packs of four.