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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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91
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2,098 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,098
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 155
Gots: 197 | 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 oberon
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this in my area finally.Poured into my Guiness pint glass deep near pitch black except for a bit of tawny highlights when held into some light,a well formed toasted almond colored one finger head atop.Great aromas of deep roast coffee,bitter chocolate,and sweetish rum,all came together really well.Huge roasty flavors from the onset,bitter and racey with bitter chocolate elements,just sweet enough with some dark fruit,and molasses notes to keep everything together well.This a great export stout,I loved drinking this.

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

I poured this from the bottle to a pint glass
It poured dark brown almost blackish with a little light coming through when put up to the lamp. There was a off white/tannish head unlike the regular guinness with a creamier head.
I took a smell and it hit me with the roasted malts and grains, a bit of something sweet. That first sip was a little creamy but a bit thinner than your irish stouts. The taste was obviously a blast of roasted malts, grains, and some burnt chocolate. There was also a good balance of alcohol, I could barely notice it in the taste. The usual guinness has 4.5% where as this is around 7.5% and after a few you will actually feel the difference. This drinks much better than a thicker stout, leaving you not full after a few, and leaving you with a little of a buzz!

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

Pours a deep and thick, black, used motor-oil kind of color with spots of dark ruby shining through the edges of the glass. Head is a creamy shade of tan, lasts for a while, though not as long as the head on the draught nitro cans (of course). The aroma hits with toasted malts and barley, light toffee-like sweetness, and is slightly reminiscent of red wine, via the alcohol. The initial taste has a nice carbonation bite with an onslaught of roasted malts and dark fruits, like prunes and raisins. Bitterness is present with a light but noticeable bite from the hops. The caramel/toffee notes come through at the end, and even more so when the beer starts to warm up. Not much "cocoa" flavor here, mostly just dark fruit sweetness, roasted malt, toffee, and slight floral bitterness. Alcohol shines through in the flavor much like in the aroma - nearly in the form of "wine". Medium body with a dry finish.

Say what you want about them, but Guinness really does make a nice product - both tasty and accessible. This is probably the best brew in their line-up, and at 7.5% ABV, it's definitely their strongest. Be careful, or this one will sneak up on you.

Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW, what a find. I was in Aruba and met some people at the Divi Pheoix. I checked out their little store and there it was. Soooo much better than the USA extra stout and 7.5% ABV. This stuff was even cheaper than Heineken at $2.85 per bottle. Which isn't cheap, but compared to a $6.00 Balashi draft at the pool, it is a steal!!!

About the beer itself, it is everything you could want from an off-the-shelf Stout.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 2/17/11.

A medium-hard pour into a snifter yields a 2.5 finger fluffy and bubbly light brown head. This rests atop a dark, dark brown body. As the beer recedes, thick, globby lace is left on the sides of my 23 oz. snifter.

G.F.E. smells nuttier than any other stout I've inhaled. It is much like the taste of an almond in smell form. A very roasty and toasty aroma supports the nuttiness. Some dry, earthy hop smells mingle with other scents and deeper inhales reveal a light milk chocolate sweetness.

Roastiness trumps nuttiness in the taste. An acidic, roasty, coffee-like flavor bites at the sides of my palate, complemented by an ever-present milk chocolate flavor. A little bit of the full, mild almond taste lands on my tongue. The finish is nicely bitterseet and fairly dry. I can tell this is decently hopped, but I cannot pinpoint exactly how the hops influence the taste.

A very nice harmony exists between the bitter hops and roasted malts and a sweet creaminess in the mouthfeel. I'd say that the roast and hops win in the end, but reallly the balance is quite tight. This brew has a rich, medium body with appropriate carbonation.

I could certainly tip a few of these, although the bittersweet roast might creep on my palate after a stretch. I am quite happy that this is available in the States now and will seek it out when I'm in the mood for an alternative stout.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Finally, our friend has come to the US--hopefully, she'll stay. The head towers from a moderate pour, and slowly cascading bubbles take some time to build it. Black color is nothing but expected. Uniting sweet aroma with deli- cate roasted grain, Madeira-alcohol and a faintness of hop. Silky smoothness gives the beer a gentle landing on the palate. Mild-roasted flavors pull on the taste buds, while currant berries and a warming alcohol show its size and complexity. Modest hopping, though the sweetness stays in control (or at least the roasted flavors and alcohol keep it in check). Bittersweet finish with a breath of alcohol lingering. No hype of a single-release day of a limited batch needed here--greatness can come in large quantities. Just keep it coming.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 33cl bottle of Guinness Foregin Extra Stout pours into my tulip glass a viscous, deep dark charcoal black with a sweet two finger creamy tan head on top. When held up to the light..pitch blackness...leaving sticky trails of lacing as well. Sweet! Aromas of roasted, slighty smoky dark malts with a slight lactic, cream undercurrent. Bitter coffee mingles with a touch of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit.

First sip brings a smooth, roasty dark maltiness that has a creamy feel to it and a slight sour twang. The bitter coffee comes in midway through along with some smoky chocolate notes. A little fruity, this is really a nice smooth, creamy stout. Finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness. Quite a depth of flavor when compared to the US version.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body. Still, this is not a heavy stout by any means and it goes down with ease. If I could get this one around here...I'd buy it more often. They really should export this to the US! Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample another side of Guinness.

Photo of nickadams2
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Black with dark brown highlights. Thick khaki colored head with great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Roasted malt,black licorice and a touch of coffee.

T_Same as nose. Tons of roasted malt with a touch of sweet black licorice. Chocolate and coffee notes come through as well.I've read a couple reviews describing this as tasting liike regular Guinness but intensified. I have to concur. Not overly complex but definitely rich in taste.

M_Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. On the verge of being a "big beer" but very drinkable.

D_ABV is a bit high but this is a very drinkable beer. Great example of the style.

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

In a pint glass this beer was black, very black, with a thick cafe-au-lait head. A bit on the sticky side.
Roasted malt aroma, some dark chocolate.
Strong espresso taste, a little smoky. Some dark chocolate.
Very dry.
Compared to the usual Guinness, this is hands down the superior beer.

Photo of andrewsporter
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring it out of the bottle into a straight pint glass, it is completely black and opaque. It poured 3 fingers of head that quickly receded. Drinking it down, very good lacing as with most; one of the best things of any Guinness is the awesome lacing. This one was no exception.

Smell - good, nothing too overwhelming but it definitely hints at a lot more flavor than draught or stout.

Taste - awesome, chocolatey, roasty, etc, etc, etc. It has a distinctive bite at the beginning.The flavor is overwhelmingly refreshing for Guiness. The taste here really lives up to the promising look and feel.

Mouthfeel - not too thick but heavier than the Stout from what I remember, definitely lends itself to drinkability.

Overall, definitely glad I picked this pack up - not a huge Guinness fan but I will definitely drink this stuff again.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Guinness I was waiting for.
After being lulled into believing that Guinness Draft was real Guinness and believing I had merely outgrown it, the love is back.
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Weizen glass, appearance is dark - gotta be black - no light through whatever. Incredible head that retains forever after a two minute pour.
Taste and mouth feel is of chocolate and milk with a little hops.
Very nice, enjoyable stout that deserves a place in my stash.
Better than good but not a wow though so I can't push it up to a 5.

Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl/330ml brown bottle. Clear best before date on the back. "Guinness is good for you" on the neck label and cap (something you wouldn't see in the states).

Appearance: Pitch black in colour with deep ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. Head pours thick and rocky. As it slowly retreats it leaves its tracks along the bottom of the glass to form a creamy, bubbly crown tan lace.

Smell: Toasted malts, toffee and rum-like aromas.

Taste: Upfront bitterness of semi-citric hop and astringent roasted malts (much more roasted and bitter than its sibling beers). Dries the palate. This is a full-bodied beer with a smooth overall mouthfeel, gets a bit slick and chewy. Malt flavours of bitter chocolate and coffee with light caramel. Hop bitterness runs along side the roasted, all the way to the end. Combined flavours take on a raisin-like character. Finishes real dry, a bit nutty.

Notes: When you think "Stout," this is the one that should come to mind. A world-class beer that should be available to the world. Sadly you can only purchase it in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

At 7.5%abv. its the strongest in the line of Guinness products. This robustly strong beer was originally produced at the begining of the 19th century to withstand long voyages, at the time mostly to the Caribbean. It's brewed in the same fashion today.

Purchased and reviewed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A tall tan head sits on top of a thick pouring and very dark black body with deep garnet highlights. The head hangs on well and maintains a small covering on top of the beer as I drink. The glass holds on to some nice lacing as well.

Smell: The aroma has dark roasted and toasted malt notes. Within this I get a hint of coffee, some sweetness a touch of something fruity and a very slight boozy note.

Taste/Palate: Its aroma comes alive here on the tongue. The dark roasted malt brings a full bodied hit of toasted barley notes with sweet touches of toffee that play well off the slight sweet boozy notes. Holding the sweetness in check are some dark roasted coffee notes and mild hop bitterness. The palate has a creamy, slightly slick and full mouth feel and soft carbonation.

Notes: Why did we have to wait this long to get this here in the states? This beer brings it! lol

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown color, 1 finger dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: smells like regular guinness with a touch of alcohol

Taste: taste is a bit better than guinness. roasted malts and chocolate. ends with hops. nothing special but not bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for a stout but very smooth.

Drinkability: good drinkability. the 7.5% abv is barely noticeable.

Overall better than Guinness but I'm still not impressed. There are definitely better stouts out there. I probably won't buy this again.

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

11.2 ounce bottle, best before dating of 01:11 on the rear label...part of a four pack from DeCicco's.

Pours black, lang lasting mocha head, that puffy, frothy and going to an interesting merainge. Leaves tons of sheeting and thicker lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and malt balls in the nose.

Full flavor stout, more chocolate, more dark sweet malts, mocha, pleasant waves of bitering hops mid way through add to the intrigue and interest.

Thick and smooth, alcohol well hidden. Dense and delicious. A clearly high quality product from an old time and true heavy weight of the good beer world. Go get some.

Photo of ElSid
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy St. Patty's!

Freshness Date: None

A: Thick blackness topped off with a fluffy light brown head which leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Moderate bourbon along with toasted grain and bread. Plums and raisin along with caramel, brown sugar sweetness and earthy bitterness, which comes through intermittently.

T: Charred bread and grain, cocoa nibs, plum and raisin dark fruit presence. Caramel and brown sugar bring sweetness to the middle which fades to an earthy, leafy bitterness and warming bourbon alcohol finish.

M: Creamy smooth with a big mouth feel and decent carbonation.

O: A classic Irish Stout with wonderful dark characteristics and smoothness. Happy to take this brew in on St. Patrick's. Hope everyone is staying safe out there.

Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and some meadow

Taste: creaminess—especially in the beginning, smoke—especially in the middle, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, high carbonation, sweet and smoky

Overall: I love the smokiness in here. I was not expecting that. I could see myself having a few pints of this on a cool night. I may like this better than the original.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have heard a lot about this beer, lets see if it lives up to my expectations.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a lot of sweet, sugary notes. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit and a little bit of bitterness. There is also a sweet, fruity medicinal taste that I don't really like.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than some of the the other Guinness beers I have had, but nothing special. It is certainly not as good as I was expecting it to be. Just a slightly above average stout here.

Photo of FMetzger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely the best Guinness I have ever had. I am a fan of all things Guinness, so I was surprised when I was on a research trip to a remote town called Hopkins Village, and was able to get Guinness in a bottle! Belize is hot and humid, but drinking this beer did not feel out of place, even on the hottest days.

A: Dark, thick. Pours thick head when forced, but the head dissipates rapidly. Best to just drink from the bottle.
S: Malt comes through. Very faint hops.
T: Absolutely delicious. Slightly sweet, rich. Not overpowering.
M: Rich. This will wash the sand out of your mouth without killing your palate.
D: Very drinkable. I lived off of this and Belikin Stout for over a month during a very hot July.

Photo of icebergfat
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just drank one of these at a brothel on St.
Marteen don't know if it was the beer or the location I liked better but it was a welcome change from the weaker guiness at home because of the 7.5% content overall very good the carribean is paradise. Wish I could find this in the States.

Photo of livewire05
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've was quite excited to try this beer, after all the good things I've been told about it. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout definitely doesn't disappoint. The pour yielded a dark black beer with a creamy coffee brown head. I got an aroma of roasted coffee. Taste-wise, this was leaps and bounds better than the standard Guinness - a swirl of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Full bodied. Quite an excellent beer.

Photo of bsp77
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Almost pure black with nice tan colored head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses, caramel, licorice, smoke and cream. The roasted notes are lighter than expected - just a touch of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: More smoky, roasted (coffee and chocolate) and dry than the aroma indicated. Some just barely sweet molasses, licorice and caramel are noticeable before a fairly bitter hop and roasted bite at the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a somewhat full creamy body and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Now this is a Guinness! Best Foreign/Export Stout I have had.

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 MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness stout glass.

Appearance: A very dark black with only a slight amount of brown color shining through. Moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark roasted malts with dried dark fruit. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Also a hint of vanilla. The dark dried fruits stand out. A lot stronger of an aroma than the other Guinness beers.

Taste: Tastes stronger too. The dark roasted malts and dried fruits along with the chocolate and coffee make this fairly sweet. The chocolate and a decent amount of hops give a bitter finish. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Dry.

Overall: A very tasty and well balanced stout. A nice mixture of sweet and bitter.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. I've had draft Guinness plenty of times, but I think this might be only the second time I've had the foreign export....

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very dark brown hue that looks night black once the glass has settled. Fast pour produces a massive coffee-coloured head with staying power. It reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing. Great aroma of roasted malt and coffee, although a little less upfront than some other stouts. A whiff of alcohol.

A rich flavour of dark roasted malt with burnt notes and more than a hint of coffee. Faint undertones of sweetness and caramel. Medium bitterness that is more pronounced upon swallowing. A lingering roasted aftertaste. Fantastic velvety smooth mouthfeel - feels thick and substantial. Slides down very nicely.

Excellent - a superb stout. Delicious flavour and texture. I like the 'original' Guinness, but this has a lot more merit. Seek it out...

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,098 ratings.