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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 825
Hads: 2,182
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 176
Gots: 255 | FT: 1
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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 bwood06
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a small pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Pitch black beer that shows a slight mahogany tint around the edges with tall creamy tan head that dissipates very slowly. Head rose very nicely even with a slow and easy pour. Moderate carbonation clinging to sides of glass. 4.25/5

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla come out right off the bat and dominate. Rich dark maltiness, roasted in character with even a hint of umami. A bit leathery as well. 4/5

T - Dark bitter roasted malt that is reminiscent of pumpernickel bread. Herbal hops finish out the flavor profile. Toffee sweetness up front with a leather and tobacco middle. Very earthy. Booziness near the end when the hops come into play. 4/5

M - Full bodied with a dry finish. Decent carbonation burn along with a drying astringency at the end. Somewhat chewy and doughy throughout. Thick but light at the same time due to the amount of hops. 4.25/5

O - Nice balance between bitter & sweet. Very strong flavors. Much more hoppy than other Guinness brews. Comes across as a meal in a glass and sits in the stomach as such. 4/5

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours black with a large tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, light caramel. Taste - Sweet, roasted coffee, caramel with a long dry bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice lacy head. Excellent flavor with flavors of dark chocolate, toffee and coffee. Slightly bitter finish. I find this to be far superior To the standard Guinness draught.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9 month old bottle into a stein

L: Inky black with a long lasting 1-finger khaki head
S: Chocolate, some hop resin
T: Malty, sweet, some dark fruit, chocolate, bitter coffee
M: Creamy, a bit hot, full-bodied
O: A giant leap past regular Guinness, very enjoyable

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Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice cream head with good lacing as the beer is consumed. Love the taste and feel of the beer! Comforting! Chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee. Feels substantial on the palate. Will definitely buy again when I can.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in Ireland at the St.James Gate brewery (the most popular paid visitor attraction in Ireland in 2014 with over a million visitors). Very close to the city centre if you ever visit. 330ml bottle enjoyed in Offaly 40 miles from Dublin. An excellent stout.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured many times into an English pub glass.
With that in mind, here's my latest take on a top standard for the style.
The appearance, well, it pours like motor oil (think I even hear the "chug chug" from the pour). A one finger off white to tan head starts and drops in a slow fashion leaving rings of foamy lacing.
The smell takes a roasty chocolate and drops in rich roasty coffee tones.
The taste replicates the smell and has a rich creamy roasty coffee aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel has about a medium bodied feel with that rich creamy roastiness settling over my tongue. Its not as boozy in the feel, thinking that its going to be that way due to the higher ABV, but I like that hiddenness to it.
Overall, to me, I love this beer, I see nothing wrong with it and will be almost always drinking this every St. Paddy's day!

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from 330ml bottle.

L) Very dark brown / black. Opaque. Dense light tan head of 1cm thickness that looks like it will last forever. No movement in that badboy.

S) I've probably cooled this too much, but here goes. Faint hints of roasted malt. And alcohol.

T) FIrst off is a definite sourness, then a lightly bitter dark chocolate flavour, finishes with a nicely warming kick of booze. I'm a bit annoyed that I shoved this to the back of the fridge and it is now too cold to get a lot of taste out of.

F) Has the required weight in the mouth that a 7.5% stout would be expected to give. After that, there is no dank or bitter aftertaste.

O) A very good strong / imperial stout. Are there any bad ones???

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Photo of doktorhops
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Time for me to review the best beer to ever come out of Nigeria “Wait... what?!” I hear you say: “I thought that Guinness was an Irish beer?!” You’re right - but this is Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - a beer that is synonymous with and brewed in Nigeria. As far as I can tell (and I’m happy to be corrected by anyone on this fact) this is the best beer brewed in Nigeria. “Why?” I’ll tell you why - Export Stouts are highly concentrated versions of the Stouts we know and love, just as India Pale Ales are highly concentrated versions of Pale Ales, Export Stouts take the good stuff of Stouts and amp the volume up to a hearty 12.

Poured from an odd-sized 325ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deeper and darker ruby/cola colour body than Guinness this brew presents, for all intents and purposes, as an opaque black with a centimetre of tan head that disintegrates leaving a chalky lace covering. Looks intense. Smells intense (and my nose is 3 meters away from the glass). 7/10.

S: Medicinal bitter/menthol/toffee/cola syrup. This is nothing I expected from Guinness - one of the safest pair of hands in the brewing industry... this is nuts. Huge boozy dark rum note for a 7.5% ABV brew... I’m just hoping that isn’t going to trash my tongue with fusels - I was planning on enjoying another brew after this. 7/10.

T: Flavour is a bit nuts too... there’s all sorts of craziness going on: Roasted barley, tobacco, 85% chocolate, cheap dark rum (yep was hoping I wouldn’t taste that - I detest cheap dark rum) earthy and sour notes as well. This is a handful of a Stout on first sip, but then it calms down a little bit. Finish is light roasted coffee grind bitterness with a touch of dryness. That tobacco really comes through with a toasty/earthy note - very cigar-like. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a touch watery - but then again Guinness and water go together like cats and salami - with an almost flat carbonation. 6/10.

D: There’s some interesting aspects of this brew that work together but somehow became dissonant at the same time, it’s really hard to describe, I like this but at the same time I hate it... overall this is not the best Export Stout I’ve had - I would go with Coopers Best Extra or Southwark Old Stout, both from my land of birth: South Australia... huh, I just realised why I love Stouts so much - it’s in my blood. 7/10.

Food match: Cigars are the obvious choice, less obvious: Heavy smoked cured ham with Swiss and goat cheese on crusty bread.

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Photo of Bone53
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with no light shining through. A one and half finger light brown, creamy head

Smell: Dark fruit, bakers chocolate, roasted malt. Semi sweet

Taste: Roasted malts upfront, dark fruit in the middle, then finishes with bakers chocolate and more roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth, but not as smooth as the regular Guinness. More dry and bitter. Higher abv so that is expected

Overall: Never thought id actually enjoy a Guinness product, but i sure did with this offering. More roasted malt and robust in general. This is what i wished the other variants would be like. The roasted malt and bakers chocolate finish is what sold me. Bar Harbor is still my favorite dry stout, which i dont think will change any time soon. Good job Guinness nonetheless. You surprised me!

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Delicious Stout, dry dark fruits on the nose some sweetness on the aroma too. Very malty, chocolaty, smoky, some coffee notes, some maple, perfect sweetness. Very nice colored head that leaves some fine lacing behind.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A deep black body here that has ruby hints against the light. The top is crowned with a massive beige head of mixed foam. Excellent retention to the head and evidence of light streaming CO2 activity.

Smell - Coffee Liqueur, raisin, prune and sweet caramel are the main elements I can detect but there is a strong roasty toasty malt current in here.

Taste - Sweet sour and bitter. Roasted burnt malt at the front which is very heavy indeed. This one starts rather sour at the front of the mouth and retains a sour undercurrent the whole way through. In some ways this has some milk stout elements. There is also the coffee and caramel ending that was found in the nose.

Mouth feel - A rather cloying end finishs what is otherwise a creamy feeling body. There is some boozy numbing like feeling in here. It is sound in this respect but not as good as I had hoped for.

Overall - Not bad but not really great either. I found this beer looked great but did not deliver anything amazing in any other element.

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Photo of hopley
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

• Look - 4.75 - Jet black with creamy clinging head. Head drapes down the side of the glass in an artful look of drip. Spectacular.
• Smell - 4.0 – Creamy watered-down Guinness.
• Taste - 4.75 - Mild stout, strong and creamy. Tasty – doesn’t have the dryness that regular Guinness does.
• Feel - 4.75 - Thick and creamy.
• Overall - 4.75 - excellent, my favorite Guinness offering.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.