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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,938
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 117
Gots: 132 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of BetterBeerPlz
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

BetterBeerPlz, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of gc4hokies
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally bought a four pack of this at the local grocery store after eyeing it for the last several trips. I'm not a big fan of the regular strength Guinness that passes for stout here in the U.S., but this is different!

Pours a dark almost jet black with an ample tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with a slight smell of baking bread and licorice. Pretty faint, though.

Mouthfeel is substantially more viscous that regular extra stout.

Taste, sweet at first then blackened malt with a tinge of alcohol at the finish. Very nice.

Hopefully in the future this will replace extra stout on the taps everywhere. Good beer.

gc4hokies, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DaPan, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Nathanhlind, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

SaxmanRick, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of Hopstronaut
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Hopstronaut, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of guinness_myBoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

guinness_myBoy, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of M1k3y
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

M1k3y, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mpayne5, Aug 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ricardo_Rosa, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

JohnG1975, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

aoampm, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

gigoat, Sep 12, 2012
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4.24/5  rDev +4.2%

KevChiTown, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of chinchill
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle from Ireland served in a snifter. As almost anyone reading this already knows, this is a near black brew with a towering, creamy, beige-hued head with very good retention and attractive lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and dark roasted barley nose with hops, mild alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Richer than I remember, this has a load of dark, roasted barley with a bit of dark fruit and toffee, a hint of coffee, and a touch of smokey molasses. Eventually, some earthy/herbal hops join in, making for a good sweet/bitter balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; medium-light carbonation; nicely soft and creamy

O: It's been at least a few years since I've had this, having had a good number of fine stouts from around the world in the meantime. I was pleasantly surprised: this certainly exceeded my expectations. Surprisingly satisfying and flavorful given the standard/common Guinness.

chinchill, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle from my local Albertsons in Orange, California.

Yeah boi, back to the honey hole. After sippin' on that nasty black lager that Guinness has pushed as "beer," Raul was hesitant to let these homies back into his kingdom.

But with this new hot joint, not only has Raul opened his doors back open to Guinness, he has let down the draw bridge and took the alligators out of the moat.

Rich black in character, nice head and nice lacing. Flavor? Yeah son, it's on!

Get it. Get it while you can!

RaulMondesi, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beers pours a mysterious jet black with a nice off brown head.

Aroma is complex, burnt toast ad sugar, chocolate, coffee, very nice.

The beer tastes of roasted, more burnt sugar, and some alcohol at the finish.

Excellent creamy full mouthfeel.

Overall this is the perfect example of a stout. It just goes above and beyond in every catagory and really is a treat to drink. It is refreshing and warming at the same time if that is at all possible.

LeeryLeprechaun, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of jmarklan
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Ebony, very slight red around the edges when held up to the light. Really dense and rocky head that takes a while to die down. Decent lacing.

S: Complex. Mocha ish... chocolate and slight coffee, molasses, a bit roasty, slight fruit, slightly metallic, and a touch of a alcohol. Very nice.

T: The taste is virtually identical to the aroma, but a little more emphasis on the bitter dark roast coffee taste in the finish. The alcohol blends in well and adds a slight warmness. Very complex with all the flavors perfectly balanced.

M: Medium body, well carbonated (just right), and very drinkable.

Overall: I don't care for Guinness, but this.... well, this was just delightful.

jmarklan, Mar 24, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 7/11, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong. BB 2012, but I'll take it :-)

Can't really add to so many reviews, but pours thick n black, head is two fingers easily. Clumpy/spotty lace. Aromas full and intense roasts to the fore, vanilla and coffee. Robust taste, roast driven. Medium weight overall and really - really - smooth. Overall beer presence in glass belies moderate ABV. End of beer experience? Roast City...

If only it were easier to get in Aus.

heygeebee, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a deep black body.

S: full roasted malt with nice espresso/ coffee note.

T: very nice roasted sweet malts with coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate notes. More complex than expected.

M: moderate carbonation and moderate to full body.

Overall: this is a very nice beer for what it is. Flavorful and complex.

kylehay2004, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't know how it pours like, or how it looks like... when poured or even color. All I know is that I was given a four pack of this excellent beer... I opened it, and took a sniff...

The smell was roast, burnt, and malty...

I took a sip, burnt vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt...

I gotta say, I haven't cared too much for Guinness in the past, but this was a good beer.

StevenBilodeau, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in of all places, the Bahamas. In fact, this beer is as readily available as any in this country. A slightly more "deco" style bottle then the display on this page. Anyhow, to the beer. Deep, modest stout color. What do you expect? Smell and taste are extremely similar in this case. Very rich, deep smokey tones, followed by a burnt chocolate body and a very light licorice finish. A strange, complex, and very heavy drinker. Not for the timid, this is one you don't pass along to someone you may be trying to convert. Very complex, but very good.

FLAbeergutinMASS, Mar 24, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought all the way from Dublin by my parents...thanks Mom and Dad!

Pours a creamy pitch black with a moka-coloured, thick and chunky head. Decent retention, some lacing.

The nose is weaker than I expected. Astringent minerals, grain, roasted malt, molasses, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Smells good enough but there's not enough there.

Incredibly smooth and well balanced. This is like North American Guinness on steroids. Creamy roasted malt up front, subtly smoky, hints of molasses, strong coffee and dark chocolate, bitter hops in the background. The extra alcohol seems to tie everything together with an added bite. Lingering bitter finish. Perfectly balanced; it's almost as if you can taste the history that's gone into this stout.

The feel is pretty nice, although, as with most stouts, I could use a little more body. Fully medium-bodied, it would be nice if it was full-bodied. Light carbonation fits the style.

This is very drinkable. I would love to drink this all the time...too bad that's impossible. This tastes like what you always wished Guinness would taste like. One of the smoothest, most well-balanced stouts I've had the pleasure to sample.

eat, Oct 08, 2009
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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