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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,099 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,099
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 155
Gots: 197 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today it is enjoyed by millions around the world.
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Photo of Rivoire
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I would say I prefer "classic" Guiness from Ireland, but this one is also good and reminds me the true one. Crafted is from far better!

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

- more bitter and hoppy than the normal Guinness but not as good in my personal opinion

Photo of brother_rebus
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Picture a guiness. Light body. Smooth finish. This beer is not that. It is a hoppy version. With different malt. And an unpleasant boozy afterbreath.

Photo of boyntonliquors
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a world class beer using an old Irish recipe which has the wort/mash exposed to wild yeasts. This along with the use of high quality barley malts and enough hopping to please an American palate makes this beer a surprise find from the Guinness Brewery which is owned by the Diageo Group (read Smirnoff). The beer is made to transport and because of this cellars very well and even bottle conditions which producing a great Irish stout.

Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on close out and can't translate the date.

Aroma is floral and fruity/boozy, with that signature Guinness roast malt character underlying, and a hint of tobacco.

Flavor is roasty at the base, but notes of raisins and dates add sweetness and complexity, leading to a lightly bitter, ashy finish. Nutty malt surfaces in the aftertaste.

Far more complex malt character than the standard version. The alcohol is slightly fusel, but the dark fruit detracts.

Photo of tjcapture
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A really good stout, of the mass produced, probably one of the best.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice foamy tan head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is an obscure The lacing left over is plentiful and looks really nice.

The beer smell is nice and roasty with a bit of dark fruit and caramel note to it. The smell is pretty simple but smells well done.

The beer taste is similar to the smell but a bit stronger. The beer has roasted malt notes with caramel and dark fruit notes to round it off. Additionally, the beer also has a bitter hop flavor as well to make a bit more complex.

The beer mouthfeel is a bit light for a stout. The beer is supposed to be heavy bodied but feels on the lighter side to the point that it feels medium bodied. The carbonation is biting and gives it quite a bit of texture, making it feel like a more thicker foam.

Overall, pretty good beer and well worth drinking if you can find it. This is one of the beers that started me on the path to beer geekdom (before I joined beeradvocate) and is still pretty good after having so money different beers.

Photo of CIBoy10
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My sister-in-law brought me one from Dublin.

Look - nearly black, oily, nice off-white creamy head.
Smell - tobacco, lots of barley, Guinness (duh), cream, coffee.
Taste - tastes a lot more like "regular" Guinness than I thought it would. A little more bitter and hoppy. Very balanced and slightly more complex.
Feel - smooth as a baby's bottom, velveety and creamy.
Overall - As a huge Guinness fan, I'd rank this #1 of the 3 I've had in the portfolio. #2 would be (the ubiquitous) Guinness Draught and #3 The (original/regular) Extra Stout

Photo of MattyDTD
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma of Dark Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Cocoa, Barley Malts and Cream. What Guinness should taste like. Very fruity and leaves your tastebuds dancing. The best from the guinness range in my opinion.

Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Under license in St Lucia. Perfect.

A: Black w/ massive, creamy, lasting tan head. Lacing galore.

S: Nose is blackened roasted grains, wood char, french roast black coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Flavors follow the nose and are surprisingly sweet, big, bright and roasted, black strong coffee and bitter chocolate, that culminate in hops, espresso, crema, old wood, church interior.

F: Mouthfeel - among its best parts - is creamy, bright and balanced. Finish is bitter espresso and grilled wood.

Great balance and blend of roast, bitter, sweet, malt etc. Extremely drinkable.
Makes a great black and tan with the local Piton lager too.

Photo of thommo_nk
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional, the best mass produced stout in the world in my opinion

Photo of wmardis
4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A truly excellent brew. "Chewy" as as GREAT stout should be.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The head on this beer is just incredible. Huge, rocky, tan head that lasts forever on tap of pitch black liquid. Roasted malt aroma and flavor with burnt grains. Medium-full bodied. Dry and bitter in the finish.

My favorite of the Guinness lineup. This is strong and full of flavor, barring almost no resemblance to the Guinness most of us know and love.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an incredibly dark brown, as close to pitch black as brown can get. Beers easily will form a 1.5 finger head on its own. Head is extremely creamy with some thick clustering, looks like the head of a root beer float. Head is a light tan.
S - Definitely has an alcohol presence. After letting it warm up a bit, much more inviting aromas are present such as black coffee, light chocolate and even the presence of dates.
T - Not for a first time stout drinker, but a DAMNED good stout. A sweetness, comparable to dates shines through once you've allowed it to warm up a bit, there is still quite an alcohol presence as well as it's bitterness, but it isn't overpowering.
O - An excellent stout, but I feel it would be enjoyed more by a seasoned stout drinker rather than a newcomer to the world of stouts.
V - So worth it. You'll notice that there is Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness *Foreign* Extra Stout, these both typically run at the same price, but wow is the foreign variant so much better, it's flavors and aromas are much deeper and complex and quite frankly if you're paying the same amount any way, then it is entirely a good value.

Photo of ChadwickHines
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

My favorite in the Guinness line up. Great taste and strong. Taste is great and addictive

Photo of Brabander
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Alcohol really well hidden, smooth and creamy head and very drinkable....not really a beer with deepness, just a good stout.

Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Black body. Big, dense beige head. Great lacing.
S: Buttery chocolate.
T: It's a richer version of Guinness with quite a bit extra. Fairly sweet, very buttery, and plenty of chocolate. It's slightly rummy, slightly muddy, and has some bonfire smokiness. In the aftertaste I get some citrus on top of all that chocolate. As it approaches room temperature there's a pronounced fishy flavour, weirdly. It also gets more buttery.
M: Lively mouthfeel but smooth. Not sticky at all.
O: Great. I needs me some oysters.

Photo of soneill065
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

The extra hops intensify the charcoal taste that is common in all stouts a little too much. I would much rather stick to the extra stout(original) any day.

Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Whoa. This is really, really good. Better than the usual extra stout. It's rich and earthy and chocolatey. It smells so fantastic. I'm gonna need more of these.

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%

330ml bottle purchased in Japan; 5% ABV.

The aroma is very bold and expressive with lots of brown sugar, molasses, prune, raisin, caramel, dark chocolate. The body is virtually black; the light tan head is dense and fluffy. The flavor is not quite as elaborate as the nose—bread crusts, brown sugar sweetness, moderate bitterness, coffee, and a nice peanut shell finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a fairly full body; a little dry in the finish.

I enjoy a Guinness Draft well enough, but given a choice I'd take this Extra Stout any day. The aroma is bold and complex; and the flavor, while not quite as expressive, is still satisfyingly rich with roasted malt in the lead, sweetness in support, and a punctuating bitterness that stops shy of astringent.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

my memory appears to be not entirely correct on this stout but drinkable enough

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +1%

11.2 ounce brown bottle. Best before date 19:15 whatever that means.

A: Pours black with crimson edges under a lofty 2-finger thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Sweetly roasted malts, chocolate cake batter, faint vanilla, sherry-like note, wood, earthy.

T: Follows nose with minor heat noticed, bittersweet chocolate, faint char.

M: Full body and full carbonation. Rich, smooth, creamy chocolate and roasty finish.

O: Not the usual Guinness stout, this is way better.

Photo of DiverJon
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Much much different than the Guinness Extra we all know and love. Smoother with a nice bite this is a superb stout

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guinness foreign extra stout

330 ml bottle served a bit too cold into a pint glass aboard the cruise liner while on vacation. Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised that this was carried, although the ship ran out about halfway through the cruise.

Appearance - even a gentle pour yielded an impressive 3 fingers of tan frothy head. Retention time was near eternal and as always this Guinness poured a light eradicating black. A massive cylindrical prism forms as the head slowly recedes down the sides.

Smell - roasty coffee and mild yet simultaneously bold malts. A little more aromatic as it warms.

Taste - there's a moderate caramel sweetness up front before the roasty coffee flavor takes over transitioning to a trace of liquorice and maybe a touch of tobacco. No significant Booze is perceptible either.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and velvety, reasonably well carbonated but not a distraction. Slight warmth in the back of the throat. Much fuller than standard Guinness available in North America.

Overall - a delicious stout that is easily drinkable yet at the same time can truly give you warmth from the inside due to the higher ABV. An excellent beer that I hope to run across at home sometime soon.

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Totally black with great beige rocky head that dissipates but leaves good lacing. Aroma is of bitter coffee and roasted malt. Tastes of burnt flavours and coffee. Highly bitter for a stout with a long lasting aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat milky with moderate carbonation.

Overall,an excellent foreign extra stout. Very roasty with tons of burnt flavour and a lasting finish. Satisfying and enjoyable every time. Bigger than a standard stout but without the hugeness of an imperial stout.

My mark out of 100 would be 93.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,099 ratings.