Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Amazing. This is truly as close as you get to perfection in a bottle. Pours a beautiful fluffy two-fingered light brown head which retains at about one finger. Looks like beautiful brown clouds! Bursting with delicious smells-slight hit of EtOH allows the nose to take up a flowing smell onslaught of toffee, really dark chocolate and dark caramel. You may also pick up some of the hops in the nose, but they will hit you in the taste. Tastes first of very dark chocolate, and retains a flavour of coffee throughout. The sweetness of the toffee, ethanol and chocolate at the beginning of the taste are complemented wonderfully by the hop bitterness which lingers throughout with the coffee. The beer feels very smooth and pleasing and invites you to take another sip. Really a spectacular stout...probably one of the best in the world!

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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 mbrady55
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark black but when held to light revealed a ruby red character. smell was subdued but nonetheless presented a nice roasty character as well as some chocolate. taste was where this shined, roasty and delicious all around, nice dark chocolate and almost milk like quality. full mouthfeel and was incredibly drinkable, i could put down these without blinking an eye, although they do creep up on you after a few.

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Photo of irishevans
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as pitch, and no light coming through even when held up to the light. the head, which is a medium to light tan in color, poured just over 2 fingers thick, but then settles down to about three quarters of a finger. leaves a nice bit of foamy lace behind too.

N- Roasted, almost burnt malt all day long, and definite chocolate scent in the mix as well. there is also a bit of a floral aroma, likely from the generous amount of hops that Guinness claims to brew this with.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits like dates or perhaps raisins, chocolate flavor, all dancing a beautiful ballet on my palate. the floral taste from the hops shows up near the finish, and lingers, although the malt does come back at the end. it has a lovely bitterness to it, mostly roasted malt, but also a nice bit from the hops too. there is a subtle heat from the alcohol too, but it does not overpower any of the rest of the flavors, at all.

M- gets off to a very smooth start, then gets a bit more crisp from carbonation as it goes along, then ends up on again on a smooth, albeit bitter note. it takes you on an absolutely lovely ride.

O- The staple of the style. complex in flavor, mouthfeel, nose, and even the appearance is perfect. this is quite a beer. I have to say I'm sold. Huge fan of this.

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Photo of mustang70
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is my first review so I'll do my best.

poured into a pint glass from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

it poured a thick black that you can't see through. a good 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. good lacing that sticks to the glass.

I smell roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

taste of roasted malts and coffee. I slight taste of alcohol and a sweetness at the back.

it has a thick chewy feel that's not too much on the pallet.

overall I really enjoyed this beer. having had Guinness on tap and in the bottle I must say this is my fav. at 7.5 abv I would never guess it. very easyanxious to drink. I would drink this more regulary if the price was better. will definitely buy again and recommend to others.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yet another brewery for Guiness Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours deep black with a two finger off white to tan head of loose bubbles that slowly melts leaving a thick mapping in it's wake.

Aromas are solidly British Stout with burnt malts and a hint of hops with a trademark yeast.

Taste is burnt dark malt with some coffee and chocolate as well as a bit of bitter hops at the end. Very solid and satisfying. Still with the very classic Guinness tastes, smells and feels.

Mouthfeel is substantially creamy and smooth and alcohol is almost completely hidden.

Love this stuff.

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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 ronniebruner
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you can find this, do yourself a favor and snatch it up! This varies from the regular Guinness which is brewed in Toronto, Canada. This beer has a sweeter taste, an exceptionally smooth taste, a beautiful white foamy head and an aroma worthy of the most expensive brews. A little hard to find, but worth the chase when you finally catch up with it.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, dark yellow brown almost black with a dark tan foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing, clear

S: chocolate, coffee, slight hops, dark roasted malts, slight burnt charcoal smell

T: very hoppy up front with a strong bitter presence, flavors of bitter dark roast coffee and chocolate, finish sweetens with big roasted malt

M: quite heavy and oily, alcohol is subtle but there, low carbonation

O: an excellent export stout if you love the dry burnt quality of Guinness

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Photo of pkalix
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark and menacing at 7.5%.
pours the obligatory dark guinness color with little head, slight spidery lacing and a thin, tan film over the brew.
smells . . . . like guinness, with something to prove....
tastes . . . . like guinness, but with something else in there. alcohol, maybe? (i once had a 'discussion' with someone over the abv of guinness. he was very surprised to learn the 'regular' guinness was a 4.2%). but even at that low level of abv it has mysterious healing properties. walk in to the pub with an ear ache, head ache, or some other pain, and it mysteriously disappears...
mouthfeel... wonderful. after the beautiful aroma that only guinness can provide, the mouth is awash in deep, dark flavors and excited with the extra stimuli. thick, deep, rich. cant session past a couple of these higher-ended abv's, but that's where something lager-like comes in to focus. i know the guinness lager isnt a great brew, but i really like the style. great follow up to this bounty.
overall, i love this stuff. i keep a couple in the frig for whenever i get tired of the same ole, same ole. not for every night. not for anytime. but every once in a while, these are the prescription for what ails ya. maybe try a back of some good whiskey for a great evening home alone . . . . sorry, i'm a loner.... cant give it all 5's - is there anything in the world which really is? (except for freely given, passionate oral gratitude) but this is one of my tops. salud!

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Photo of bobquick
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout more than the "mother's milk" of regular Guinness. Hops it you first with a bitter bite, but the malt keeps it from overwhelming the balance. The alcohol is very present in the mouthfeel and burns a bit on the back of the throat. 7.5 percent. NICE! That's where the RIS confusion comes in. Great beer.

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Photo of knoxtennessee
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my god.
I've waited 8 years for this beer, and it didn't disappoint.
This thing pours pitch black with a tan head that fades into a long lasting thin tan head. The nose is a big snort of creamy roasty sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly more fruity than anything. Has that classic Guinness funk, but at a little bit higher levels.
The flavor is nice and sweet with the same fruit but also with a load of dark chocolate and dried cherry, finishing roasty and surprisingly dry. The body is thick and luscious without any heavy cloying quality. The finish is slightly acidic and calls you back for more.
Amazing, just absolutely amazing.

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Photo of bnes09
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black and perfectly opaque. Huge whole wheat colored head which will not give up. Forms a silky lace line with every sip. Beautiful.

Big burnt charcoal aroma. Dark, roasted and bold as hell! Creamy hints also. Awesome!

Roasted flavor is powerful with burnt toast and charcoal flavor. Bold coffee and baker's chocolate bitterness. Smoked maple wood and tobacco. Herbal, floral hops are assertive but overpowered by the roasted barley. Delivers a massively bitter palate assault that is actually very satisfying in my opinion. Underlying cherry sweetness mid-drink adds an interesting touch. The creamy lingering finish reminds me I'm drinking Guinness.

Medium to full-bodied with some spritzy carbonation to bring the bitterness to the palate. Creamy mid-drink and dry in the end.

Wow! This is one hell of a stout. Highly complex and delicious. A must try.

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Photo of Beer_loverUSA
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Used Pint beer glass and poured from a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle.
Best before 05/07/12 yet purchased 23/07/13 for $1.89 a bottle.
Smokey sweet aroma.
Milky smooth with a hint of alcohol.
A hint of malt, and barley/wheat well toasted making a sweet-bitter combination.
I've had Guinness on 5 continents and this is one of the best; even if the Best Before date was a year ago!

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a mocha colored head - good retention and some lacing.

Smells of banana, rum, raisin, creme brulee.

Sweet banana, bitter coffee, rum, Burnt sweetness of creme brulee in the back. Finishes dry with raisin notes and slight oaky wine taste. This is an excellent beer full of flavor and none of them are artificial.

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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 putnam
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"6.5% Alcohol. Brewed in Kingston Jamaica. Best By Mar 2007" (oops)

Gorgeous. Like herbal single orgin chocolate. Complete, complex and alluring. On the palate it is quite tart up front, like sinewy vine sap (from hops, I gather). Then this releases its grip to reveal toasty fine bitterness. Throughout there is an effusive display of sweet herbs, pomegranate, black grapes, vanilla and coffee. Winey. Food beer. Perfectly weightless. Unexpectedly refreshing and complex. This is not milquetoast, childish beer.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black body with dark tan head.
Aroma: Sweet charred malt aroma.
Taste: Slightly sweet large amounts of elegant bitterness. Alcohol noticeable but only to the degree that it balances the bitterness. More coffee than chocolate, but hugely complex in any case.
Mouthfeel: This is a big boned, super slick beer.
Notes: Although, not the strongest beer in the Guinness line-up (that would be the one for Belgian export at 8%), this is a full strength lovely beer.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Budweiser Pint Glass, don't jugde me...

Appearance-Black body with a 3 finger frothy mocha head. Head slowly dissipates into a thin creamy head and leaves some amazing soapy sticky lacing. Not sure how much better a beer can look.

Smell-Roasted malts. Smells sweet with some dark fruits. Get some light hop aroma as well. Light chocolate and vanilla notes.

Taste-Shockingly complex and absolutely delicous. Huge sweet toffee up front. Followed by some chocolate, vanilla and dark fruits. Then suprisingly I got some citrusy hops at the backend ends with a smooth velvety sweet malty finish.

Mouthfeel-Creamy, Smooth, coats the tongue completely. Medium to Full bodied with perfect carbonation.

Overall-This beer is outstanding. To think that I've had so many Guinness' in my lifetime and never had the foreign extra that's available to me. This is a top notch Stout. Drinkable, Tasty, Complex, and smooth. It's just an outstanding beer, and my biggest suprise of 2011 thus far.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring a muddy brown, sweet notes of burnt brown sugar and coffee waft off the very dirty head, backed by an almost meaty undertone. On the tongue, a surprisingly complex balance is maintained: the extra hops attack up front, receding quickly as the brown sugar kicks in, a bit cream...followed by the coffee, earthy and gritty, and completed with a slightly dry finish reminiscent of Guinness Draught...all delivered with a full mouthfeel that satisfies like the act of chewing jerky.

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much with this one, but I'm very pleasantly surprised as it's rapidly risen of the ranks of my favorite beers. Not really a session beer, as it's quite complex and demands you attention, but perfect now and again, either on it's own (perhaps a third beer to wake up a numbing tongue), or with a heavy, meaty dish (including jerky). Cheers!

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

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark pitch-black hue with a thick, dark brown, 4-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail down the glass, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Toasted malt aromas with a chocolate and coffee overtones and a hoppy background.

T: Equally sweet and bitter with toasted malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee background with an alcoholic zip and a hoppy finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome stout – what every stout should strive to be. Soo smooth and tasty.

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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 Bouleboubier
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, the wait was worth it. I remember inquiring about this at the Foodery in Philly more than 5 years ago and was disappointed to find out that the US didn't get this.

Had the more ubiquitous export stouts: Lion, Dragon, etc. Anyway, this has been the best of the style I've experienced so far.

Nearly flawless pour - coal black, a voluminous mocha-shaded head - lasting, creamy, dimpled - that leaves handsome drapes of lacing - as much as one associates a thick, creamy, dense head with Guinness (Draught) - this may be why I hesitate to give perfect marks to the look (but it's damn close). Moving on, the aroma is surprisingly not as rich the flavor - just lightly bitter/roasty and sweet, yet naturally appealing. My oh my, does this taste and drink wonderfully! The bitterness kicks up a couple notches, though never coming off biting or feeling astringent. There is a light, smooth acidity that lingers from a moderate-strength roasty foundation - but just a soft touch. Instead of chocolate flavors (which I was half expecting), I found subtle vanilla notes, starting in the tail of the middle through the finish. Delightful. Add to all of this some molasses flavors and light viscosity and an almost perfect mid-range degree of body, and this is a thoroughly well-balanced, highly enjoyable export stout - and one of the best no-frills, stronger stouts I've had. Says a lot. Again, worth it.

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Photo of MadCat
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with a big creamy brown head that lasts, tons of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, pumpernickel bread, hints of sweetness and anise.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, hints of pumpernickel, sweetness, and anise. There's a flavor in there that I can't quite identify, but seems to be common in Irish and English stouts and porters. Rather complex.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall: Leaves me wanting more! I love this beer, glad it is easily available in the US now. Probably one of my favorite stouts, but I might be a bit biased since Guinness Draught is what got me into beer. But it still is great too.

Also, this is my first review with the "Overall" category, so I slightly changed my format, combining my "drinkability" and "overall" parts.

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Photo of elwood522
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So glad this one finally made it to the US. Even though I do find it a bit watery, I like Guinness draught as a session beer. This puts it to shame though. All the best qualities of a roasty stout with a nice hoppy finish. Very sneaky ABV. Could have about 2 before I would need a nap.

A: dark as night with a thick dark head
S: roasty and sweet
T: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee at first then getting hoppy and sweet in a perfect balance. Really great aftertaste.
M: Just right. Not too bubbly or too flat.

Overall one of my favorite beers of all time. Get it!

Great bottle and story too.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.