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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,803
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 101
Gots: 98 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

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.

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Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on my recent trip to Jamaica. Bottle says it was brewed an bottled by Desnoes & Geddes of Kingston, Jamaica.

I like how this beer poured. Rich, deep chocolate brown. Thick, foamy head that was tinger tan. Never quite vanished. Nose is malty with lots of toast.

Flavor is nice. Never been a huge fan of the style because it always seemed a tad out of whack to me. But this one has decent balance. Malts are heavily roasted and the hops have a nice spruce springiness to them. Kind of a clove flavor as well. Medium to full body that does not cloy at all. Hops do slightly linger and the alcohol is lightly pronounced. Easily drinkable but it might numb the taste buds a bit after several bottles.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2006 03:38:17 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of searsclone


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of 17:50

Pours black with enough toffee colored head to fill the rest of shaped pint glass.

smells earthy

tastes like smoked bacon, candy and coffee with a bitter aftertaste

mouthfeel is crispy and somewhat thick

I don't have a taste for this, although it is the best drinking Guinness that I have tried. The alcohol is well hidden, and I feel that if I liked the taste, I could easily drink this.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 22:46:01 | More by searsclone
Photo of morebeergood


3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish style pint glasses. Very dark brown color. Medium sized white head. Lots of roasted notes in the nose. Taste was much more rich than the traditional Guinness. Mouthfeel was also thicker, and you could really notice the additional alcohol. Also, not as bitter as the Extra Stout available in the US. But, this seems to be less memorable than the same FES I had down in the Caribbean -- not as "exotic".

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:59:12 | More by morebeergood
Photo of tozz8

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A--Guinness Black; which is extremely dark ruby. Thu ruby color is only visible by holding the glass at an angle to a light. Fluffy mocha colored head that does not go away--hast lasted for more than 20 minutes now.

S--Sweet chocolate malts dominate with a bit of caramel and toasted malts supporting.

T--The word 'Hollow" comes to mind. Strong chocolate malt flavor. When thinking about the taste my mind produces an image of a hollow tree trunk--weird. Woody toasted malts. More bitter than regular Guinness A fruity tone comes through after a while of sampling

M--Thick. Coats the tongue. Almost not detectable carbonation

D--Compared to regular Guinness, this is not quite as drinkable. As 7.5% beers go, this is one of the most flavorful, easy drinking beers i've had in a while. If i want Guinness at home, this is will be my choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 01:28:48 | More by tozz8
Photo of thekanna


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with an off-white tan head.

S: Strong roasted malts and some heavy whipping cream.

T: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bitterness at the end. Also, Guinness' characteristic iron metallic taste (almost like blood) in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin to be a great stout; but then again, the original Guinness also suffers from the same problem.

D: This didn't really taste all that different from a normal Guinness extra stout to me, but it's still a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 01:19:03 | More by thekanna
Photo of LiquidCucumber


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark stout with faint brown at the edges and a huge meringue-like head that settles into becoming even thicker.

S - Some chalky cocoa with hints of dark fruit; specifically raisins. Another more savory smell that is kind of ambiguous, I think it's a bit like warm meat.

T - Roasty, chalky malts followed slowly by a lingering sweetness that reminds me a bit of prunes or plums. Fairly one-dimensional, but way better than regular Extra Stout.

M - Creamy and medium body, this seems a touch light on the body, but pretty darn good regardless.

D - Stuff flew out of my glass. I think that what it lacks for in complexity it makes up for in high drinkability for a stout. Not sure if I would pick up again due to the high amount of excellent craft brews in the FES's price range.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 02:48:47 | More by LiquidCucumber
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3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. Poured from bottle. Good 2 inches of head in the glass, low caronation. Dark brown color, with red hues when held to the light. Smells of coffee. Tastes of coffee. Heavier beer, so I feel the drinkability is at 3.5. But it's a great beer to casually sip on.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 18:30:36 | More by falconmatt
Photo of chefelf

New York

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I first saw this in Jamaica but didn't get a chance to try it until I was back home in the States. I enjoy the Foreign Extra a bit more than the standard Guinness stout. It has a higher alcohol content than the regular stout (at 7.5%) and a bit more flavor comes along with that too.

There is a smell of dried porcini mushrooms while sipping. At least that's what I smell. I'm pretty sure I haven't eaten any porcini mushrooms lately so it must be coming from the beer.

Either that or my wife was using this glass to rehydrate some dried porcini mushrooms. I'll have to get back to you on that.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 12:57:39 | More by chefelf
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass pitch black with a nice 2 finger head that bubbled down to a very thick film. Decent lacing .
Smell was of roasted malt and big alcohol which was a bit off putting
Taste was burnt malt a slight coffee and chocolate presence.
Mouthfeel is a light medium just assumed this would be a bit thicker.
This is a very nice beer, will it blow people away- well if they only drink regular Guinness .
Personal note - this should just be labeled "Standard American Stout" skip this and drink a local stout or 2.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2011 23:25:07 | More by sliverX
Photo of JMD


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with light tones of ruby when held up the light. Huge pillowy tan head that seems to last forever. Leaves thick lacing down the glass.

S: Nice toasted malt aroma. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, and some light expresso. Aroma is nice but a bit subdued.

T: Big malty flavor. Toasted bready malt, bittersweet chocolate and tobacco. Some molasses, brown sugar and light coffee. Finishes with a nice hop bite.

M: Light bodied with ample carbonation. This beer would be better with a little more body, it's very close to being watery.

D: This is a nice flavorful stout from Guinness, but a bit inconsistent. If there aroma was more prominent and if it had a little more thickness, this would be outstanding. That said, still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 00:24:58 | More by JMD
Photo of Tilley4


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The big brother of the classic...

Large frothy head atop a midnight black brew...lots of lacing on the NB globe...

Rather subdued aromas of dark toasted malts and cocoa nibs... Nuances of hops present as well here... Very subtle...

Bitter hops upfront surprise me but are soon followed by a roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate sensation...hints of booze present every now and then...

A tasty, although not sessionable, brew... The ABV would get to me after a few of these... I like this though... Very tasty and a nice fall sipper...

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 14:09:27 | More by Tilley4
Photo of dbossman


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black with a brownish red tint; bubbly head--big loose bubbles stick to each other as the head loses retention around the perimeter first; lacing is beautiful

S: Grainy malt presence with a little bit of chocolate and coffee; much more subdued than anticipated; actually more of that wet grainy sour funk that I get in all of Guinness beers

T: Chocolate and coffee sit on top of a dark roasted maltiness; a touch of alcohol cuts through the chewy malt profile==a touch of the funky soapiness that I get from most Guinness varieties but this is much much better

F: Extremely creamy--sticks pleasantly to the top of the mouth

D: The best Guinness version hands down and like most Guinnesses this beer is chuggable; but there's the weird Guinness funk that still creeps through but like I said this is a solid, highly drinkable brew overall

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:20:21 | More by dbossman
Photo of Mumps


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this the first time this week. What I would expect from Guinness.

Poured this into a pint glass. Nice dark brown/black color with no light allowed through from the near by lamp. Decent half inch tan colored head.

Smelled like a stout, malty and rich, deeper than most, including Guinness Draught.

Taste, again like a stout, but better. The coffee and chocolate tones seemed clearer and your average stout.

Mouthfeel was a little lacking. Felt a bit thin, didn't quite have the "liquid bread" quality that you'd expect.

Overall I enjoyed it a lot and will probably be buying a 6 pack soon.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 02:11:17 | More by Mumps
Photo of Thorpe429


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for the bottle. Shared with family and tasted side-by-side with a can of the Draught. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a mocha head and some good lacing. Really good retention overall. The nose brings quite a bit of roast and chocolate with a hint of buttery diacetyl, though this never reaches an unappetizing level. The taste is more roast with a nice, dry coffee character. There is a touch of bitter dark chocolate in the background as well. Dry roast is what really sticks with me. Impressive in that this is fairly complex, though I'll say that the feel did not really help the flavor, as the finish was too dry for my liking. It left me parched, which is a good goal for the brewer, I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 14:04:26 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - solid black on the pour. A healthy lighter mocha head of three fingers strong in a Duvel goblet. Good hold on the head, a number of lace rings left behind as we go.

Aroma - about the same pleasant roasted grain aroma as the normal Guinness, but with a light vapory alcohol edge.

Taste - good rich roasty flavor, some good coffee flavors in support, both intensified by some well-leveled abv. Notes of licorice on the swallow, and a finish of deep roast.

Mouthfeel - average weight, maybe a bit more. Low carbonation, pretty smooth.

Drinkability - the best Guinness product by far IMO. Welcome to the states. A nice fall sipper after spending several hours out in the evening chill tonight.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 03:08:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of bamadog


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Haven't had a Guinness product in nearly 2 years, but the draught was something that was part of the regular college line up. Review is from notes taken on 12/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is deep, dark brown/near black and starts with a big 2 an 1/2 finger creamy tan head with really good retention; body is entirely opaque; head eventually fades to a thick and incomplete skim with a plateau of larger bubbles in the center; nice webs and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not especially robust or overpowering, but there are definite hints of the bittering hops; bit of a sweet, milky chocolate aspect lying underneath it and some well roasted barley; also a bit of a coppery/metallic bite at the beginning of each whiff -- I remember this being in there in the draught version as well.

Taste: Definitely NOT the Guinness of my college days -- this rendition is by far superior to it. Nice roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate that is smooth and a little milky/creamy in presence; an earthy hoppiness to it that even belies a hint of citrus... Very nice overall and I'm very pleased by this stout. The FES is not a style that I'm especially well versed in yet, but this one makes me want more.

Mouthfeel: Body is a solid medium in terms of weight, and it is very smooth, almost silky; carbonation is present, but it's very light and soft and adds to the creamy body; a thin, dry sticky coating is left all over the palate and the belly is even left a little warm.

Drinkability: Cheers to Guinness for this one! It's super solid with great flavors and a near perfect mouthfeel; weight might slow me down after one or two, and the ABV would likely catch up at 7.5% after a couple as well, but nice for a cold night and I'm more than cool feeling that I could drink 2, maybe even three. Price point was good too -- 2 bucks/bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 02:51:06 | More by bamadog
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Guinness beer that looks and feels more like an American Stout.

More intense than the regular Draught, with a heavier dose of bitter coffee and other roasted flavors.

Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and toasted grains stand out. Burnt caramelized sugars. There's a sour aftertaste that brings this one down a notch though.

Same great silky feel you'd expect from a Guinness, though frothy and fuller feeling than the others.

I didn't notice the moderately high ABV, and could have downed another.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 02:56:41 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely black with faint ruby highlights. The fluffy, light brown head produced some nice lacing and remained with the beer throughout. Malty aroma with plenty of sugary fruit and roasted character. Roasted malt and dark fruit kicked off the flavours, with light hop bitterness following closely. Slightly acidic. It finished with a dry, roasted bitterness. Smooth and slightly creamy texture with a bit of stickiness. Definitely worth trying, this is much more interesting and flavourful than the draft Guinness you find in everywhere. Thanks Viggo.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 21:39:03 | More by DrJay
Photo of elgiacomo


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by March 28, 2011.

Pours heavy dark brown/black with a large foamy brown head that recedes beautifully and leaves very intricate patterns of lacing.

Aroma features coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cinnamon, a little dark fruit and earthy/floral hops. Smooth aroma, moderate strength.

Flavor is very roasty and chocolaty along with dark fruits, coffee, a bit of a sourness/lacto kick, and a fair amount of citrusy hops, wasn't expecting that but I like it. Finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, prickly carbonation.

Excellent stuff, hopefully it becomes more widely available around here.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 02:25:41 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of DannyDan


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blackish-brown body with a thick tan head that has excellent retention and outstanding lacing. A very great beer to look at. The smell is some roasted chocolate and coffee with some cherries and maybe some other fruits. The taste is some roasted chocolate followed by some coffee than there is some bitter hops along with some molasses, and some fruits and finishes with more hops and some alcohol, but alcohol taste is not real strong. The mouthfeel is a nice creamy full bodied feel that is very drinkable for being a full bodied beer. A pretty good foreign stout, but I prefer Lion Stout over this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2011 01:29:20 | More by DannyDan
Photo of DUBinMIA


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pitch black with thick head and foam 3in. good lace.

Smell is sweet. Liquorish smell some dark fruits.

Heavy malt flavor. Dark cherry and some floral hop notes but very faint.

Full bodied

Not bad… better than regular Guinness. Worth a shot to try if you can pick it up. Don’t judge by the Guinness name this is better.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 03:36:34 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass black with some slight brown translucency. The head was tan to brown, large, and in charge lacing, no coating the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was surprisingly low. The main aromatics were chocolate and some expresso coffee, but both aromas were at lower levels. Some light fruitiness existed, but it was not prominent and also some grassy hop flavor was notable as the beer warmed, but again it never became easily distinguishable.

The flavor was chocolate with expresso coffee and strong grassy bittering and hop flavor. The hop flavor grew and increased with time and the other flavors diminished into the background. The balance was decidedly toward bittering with no attempt at all to balance the with malt.

The finish was dry with lasting grassy hop bittering, very long into the aftertaste with some expresso coffee flavors along for the ride. The body was medium or just a bit more and lighter than expected. The beer was bitter enough to let you know that you are not drinking an everyday stout, but the beer seemed somewhat one dimensional and lacking in character other than bittering. A darn hoppy brew!

275 ml bottle. Best before October 2005. Label says "Brewed under license in Barbados by Banks Barbados Brewery, Ltd." I wonder how FES from Guinness is when it comes from the UK. Thanks to Ninjaworm!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 23:34:01 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Patrick999


3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone imperial pint glass, it looks like...well, Guinness - it has that standard Guinness appearance. Really dark, big-ass crown of cascading foam. A great-looking stout.

Smells mostly of malted milk balls, a little caffe latte.

Pretty unique taste. I don't know that I've ever tasted a stout quite like it. It isn't, as I suspected it might be, simply a pumped-up version of the US Extra Stout. It's complicated....definitely more hops than any other Guinness I've tasted....bittersweet and roasty, the bitter roastiness lasts and lasts on the palate. Almost seems a little sour at times, too. A dark plum-y fruit taste manifests a bit as it warms. Not quite as creamy as I thought it might be.

I'm not quite sure what to make of it...some sips, I think it's really, really good, others, it comes off as a bit of a discontinuous mess. Ratings-wise, I'll have to split the difference. Regardless, there is a lot of flavor here.

Feel is not as creamy and soft as I probably expected.

While it's pretty unique and worth trying, I don't know that I'd go to great lengths to track down a bottle. That said, it would be nice if this was an option for us in the United States. It does hold your interest, and retains much of the standard Guinness drinkability - I drained the pint glass pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 19:41:06 | More by Patrick999
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Any Guiness is a must for good ole St. Patty's Day. Reading and research has unearthed some rather interesting details about this brew. This is made with regards to an old recipe that Guiness used for their export beers and has some "intentionally" skunked brew added in. And so as not to bore you with details...The pour is opaque jet black joined by a soapy beige head that dissapates much quicker then the typical "nitroed" version. Smell is oatey, malty and not like an OG Guiness. Taste is obviously similar to smell but with higher notes of dark chocolate and some lingering bitterness. For 7.5%ABV it hides the alcohol very well and is no where near as creamy as the Guiness everyone knows so well. Did that just rhyme? Which brings me to my next point, this brew will undoubtedly leave you feeling full and "fuzzy buzzy".

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 22:58:57 | More by RashyGrillCook
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3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with an off-white, creamy head that leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes.

Aroma is earthy and roasted with notes of caramel, dark malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste is roasted with notes of coffee and dark malts but it is a bit thin and astringent. The finish has a roasted bitterness that is a tad sharp.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for a stout with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a classic and is good, but falls short of some of my favorites. The thin flavor and taste leaves me wanting, but the aroma is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 04:27:56 | More by trevorjn06
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,803 ratings.