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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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91
outstanding

1,895 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 112
Gots: 129 | FT: 1
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Ireland

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 Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black with hardly any light coming through the glass. Big pillowy, frothy tan head floats on top long after the pour. Awesome lacing already just from the head residing.

S- very robust. Dark chocolate malts, toasted coffee, vanilla, prune, and just a bit of hop spiciness.

T- starts malty sweet with notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and cocoa, finishes with slight hop spice and ends very bitter. We're talking the same bitterness from drinking a robust coffee.

M- low carbonation, medium bodied, and silky.

Overall this is my favorite from Guinness, not for the non stout drinkers! My only complaint is that the taste and mouthfeel don't quite match up to the robust smell. Still a great stout!

Treyliff, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of cameraman
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is poured a black color with touches of brown and red along the sides of glass. A thick inch and half high head forms, creamy beige in color that settles on top and goes no where. A sweet dark bread fragrance is there at the start, followed by dried fruit and some raisons, with a touch of coffee. The aroma does finish with yeasty sort of twang at the end, making your nose twitch slightly. The dark bread from the aroma hits the palate in the taste right off the bat that then blends to a yeasty twang. The taste finishes with a burnt grain bitterness and hoppy bitterness of citrus and grass. A thin watery feel that gains weight as it crosses the palate, finishing with mild dryness at the end. This beer was not what I expected the feel stayed the same for a Guinness and the color was probably darker than the usual offering. The things that made this different were the taste and aroma both of which were much better than the typical pint you would get anywhere else, a very good beer.

cameraman, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of mdagnew
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a deep black - no hint of colour when held up to light... Creamy brown, rocky head poured big and foamy and lasted for quite a while.... lots of nice sticky lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, slight spiciness, nuttiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents), treacle notes, leathery hints, some soy sauce traces...

Taste – Nice roasted maltiness, dark fruits (prunes, blackcurrents), definite bitter chocolate notes, coffee, biscuity notes, woody, some molasses, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite smooth initially then some sharpness afterwards. Full body... pretty drinkable given the strength...

Overall - An excellent stout, highly recommended. If only all Guinness was this good... Not quite as good as the Belgian version but not far off....

mdagnew, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black with a nice tan head, that settles to a thin soapy layer, not much lacing.

Smells very sweet, caramel, sort of milky and some coffee.

Wow this is a tasty beer, the beset Guinness by far. Coffee, sweet syrupy caramel,chocolate upfront with a very bitter hoppy finish.

Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, if only you could get this in Canada, instead we get their other secondary bullshit.

GodOfBeer, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured pitch black with a thick head of tan foam.

S - Aromas of Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and Dark Ripened Fruit with a slightly smokey, charred background.

T - Malty and slightly metallic. The taste mellows and the flavors become more pronounced as it warms. There is a slight, almost milk stout like sweetness up front, but finishes off with a nice, but not overwhelming bitterness.

MF&D - Full bodied and sticky. Went down well, even at 7.5%ABV. Perfect choice for the colder weather. I can't wait to try this on draft and with a good cigar.

nasty15108, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of CuttDeez
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - It pours dark as night with a classic guiness head. Looks simply yet awesome.
S - Roasted malt notes with tiny hints of coffee and chocolate. I can pick up sweet liquor notes in this nose as well.
T & M & D - This beer is smooth as silk and light on the palate. It hits the tounge with bitter sweetness. Then it opens to roasted malt and caramel notes of coffee and chocolate and some deep sweet dark fruits. The beer is light but full bodied in flavor and it finishes dry on the back of the throat.

Incredibly good showing for guinness. I really enjoy this stout!

CuttDeez, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of leokbelo
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got myself the highly anticipated Guinness Foreign Extra, apparently the ONLY Guinness currently sold in America that is actually brewed and bottled in Dublin, Ireland! And what a difference it makes!
Pours a rich dark brown on a pint glass, which then turns into a nice ebony treat, with a creamy 2 inch "mocha" head that dissipates into a nice lacing after a minute.
Roasty caramel / coffee on the nose with hops in the backround. Hoppy on the tongue, again coffee, malty and sweet.
Drinkability is very good, even at 7.5% ABV. Alcohol is present and there to stay.
Overall a great Stout, worth a try.
Highly recommended!

leokbelo, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of Burt
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A. Dark brown with red in it. Has a thick tan head that slow went away but lasted the whole time with a lot of frog eyes. Left a thick lacing on the glass.

S. Very light roasted malt

T. Dark chocolate, black coffee, slight smokiness

M. Light carbonation, that finishes dry

D. This was a nice surprise, it has more flavor than the Draught. Would love to try this on nitro tap.

Burt, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of deaconoflove
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ap. Very dark and rich looking with that fine dark tan head. Head keeps reasonably well.
Sm. Immediate dark roasty malt, touch of burnt, with some hops along side.
Ta. Burnt roasted malt, some hops come through, then roasted, burnt, and slightly bitter finish. A lingering bitterness.
Mf. Nice carbonation. Smooth and filling with staying power. Feels good!
Dr. I think two would be max for me.

deaconoflove, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a very dark brown color. The head was creamy and thick looking. The lacing on the glass was quite impressive, leaves plenty of suds down the glass. The smell of the beer seems to have a bit more of a hop presence that isn't usually common from Guinness. The other aromas consist of some chocolate and some really burnt toast. The taste is very dry and bitter, there is a light amount of creaminess but it's got more bite than most other products from St. James. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy, I felt that it wasn't nearly as heavy as some stouts out there. The body was a bit thicker than the normal extra stout they make. Overall I found this stout to be pretty enjoyable from start to finish. I would enjoy having this one again.

Knapp85, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town. $9.75 for the 4 pack of 11.2oz bottles. Glad to see this isn't a nitro gadget offering.

A beautiful pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of foam. Head retention is decent as there's foam until the very end but there's very little sticky lacing.

The smell is roasted malt, some caramel malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Some bitterness.

The taste fooled me by a bunch. Lots of roasted malt flavour, chocolate, some smokey notes, a malt sweetness that you get typically from a Milk Stout, a touch of anise, and by golly, a goodly amount of a dry bitterness. Very damn tasty and it trumps the aroma big time.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? It is no light weight when it comes to the abv but I'm finding the alcohol is hidden very well. Much more so than the super delicious Belgian(John Martin) version that is only a half a percent more. Not a session brew, for sure, but I've finished my first bottle and 1 more will finish a very good sitting with a very good Foreign Extra Stout.

Bitterbill, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the White Horse in London, England.

Dark Brown.

Slightly astringent, burnt grain, molasses, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and prunes in the nose.

Traditional dry stout characteristics throughout, just much bigger with notes of raisins, alcohol, chocolate, cocoa and prunes. Full bodied.

Wow, Guinness can make a good beer. What a surprise.

Crosling, Jun 25, 2004
Photo of belias
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foreign Extra pours jet black with a nice light brown head which dissipates fairly slowly, and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is rich with coffee and a sweet almost caramel characteristic. Flavour starts off with a bit of caramel, and some dark chocolate, nice and semi sweet which leads into a roasted malt/coffee bitterness. Really well balanced. Mouthfeel is a little on the think side, nicely suited to the ABV and taste. I've pretty much grown up on this stout so have spent many days and night drinking it. its strong but its definately drinkable, and works as a session beer. Despite what you think of guinness draft (i personally like it a lot when in the mood) Foreign extra is miles ahead of it as far as flavour goes and is a great stout by any standard.

belias, May 18, 2007
Photo of yemenmocha
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour with enormous dark tan head, and black body that looks a bit brownish when held to lightsource. Nose is very enticing with some caramel, coffee grounds, and black forest cake. Palate is sweeter than expected, almost roasty-jammy, with some chocolate in the mix. Heavier bodied than expected too, though still fairly drinkable.

yemenmocha, May 05, 2011
Photo of StaveHooks
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as night, 2 finger of dark mocha head that turns to a lighter color as it starts to slowly sink.

S - Roasted cocoa, molasses, a smoked turkey cold cut kind of aroma(good), earthy coffee grinds, brown bread, caramelized brown sugar.

T - Charred molasses, toasted brown sugar, roasted malt comes in strong toward the middle, sugary coffee coats the entire mouth, unknown peppery spice, has a sour fruit characteristic toward the finish. Finishes very dry for all the malty sweetness.

M - Full bodied, luscious feel, moderate creamy carbonation, alcohol is present but fits and plays well with all of it's counterparts.

This is the Guinness that you dream of. A full and robust stout. Complex and extremely tasty.

StaveHooks, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Foreign Extra Stout poured a deep opaque black with a full tan head with great retention. The aroma was surprisingly weaker than expected from such a foreboding brew but was reminiscent of a regular Guinness. The Foreign Extra Stout takes those signature Guinness flavors and turns them up to 11. There are hints of chocolate, sweet malts, and a slight char that leaves a nice bitterness on the palate. It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is heavier than the regular Guinness, but still lighter than expected. The Foreign Extra Stout is the epitome of Guinness and so good.

brurevu, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"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." Brewed in the style of a Foreign/Export Stout. Available in 4 packs or as part of the Guinness Winter Variety Pack. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a robust medium brown head, very foamy with very high staying power. Body color is near pitch black, solid and with no visible carbonation. Lacing is thick and consistent with staying power of its own. Visually, it is far more impressive than Guinness's more commonly available offerings, the head quality and body color is superb in this stout, and visually it's up there with some of the most sought-after imperial stouts. 4.5

(Smell) A robust yet simple aroma. Bready roasted barley malts, creamy caramel candy, a stick of licorice and molasses. It's a bit more herbal than most stouts and there's a definite dark candy pep to it, the licorice is very notable as it warms. Potency is above medium and the balance is pleasant. I really enjoy the aroma of this beer. 4.25

(Taste) Bready caramel and dry chocolate malts follow through to an herbal hop finish with a touch of licorice spiciness. Semi-thick syrup with an imbalance in favor of sweetness with a moist finish. The balance is great and the drinkability is superb despite having a high sweetness. A fantastic flavor that is night and day in terms of flavor from their standard draught. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) A mild stickiness. Mild carbonation, a touch of creaminess and some spice create a general pleasing balance. The body is medium+ for the style and the body is just shy of heavy overall. Alcohol presence is mild, well concealed by the substance in this beer. I can't pick too hard on this beer although I think that a little more creaminess or crispness could do the texture some good, it is overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Overall) You don't have to travel the world or even wait in line for a wristband to get one of the world's most enjoyable stouts. Sometimes it's available even in your grocery store. I have very few gripes with this beer as the balance is great and the flavor is highly drinkable and accessible. One of the biggest things to note is the overall sweetness, which may distract the drinking experience for some, but not for me. This is certainly worth a try. 4.25

Guinness Ltd.'s
Guinness Foreign Extra
4.21/5.00

Jadjunk, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of ElSid
4.2/5  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.

ElSid, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome to finally see this make it stateside.

Poured into a shaker: Black body (what else?) with the tiniest bit of deep crimson highlights. Three fingers of sandy brown head, dropping to a thick coating & an island & leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells of mild milk chocolate & a little cherry-like tartness, like a chocolate-covered cherry. Some chocolatey roast, very nice. Made me say "Mmmm!" more than once. Even a little meaty smokiness in the background.

Roasted barley & some hoppy bite up front, followed by a kind of dark coffee roastiness, restrained dark chocolate, & ending husky & smoky. Plenty of that black patent character that borders on astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium-full-bodied, with more acidity & hop bite that I would've expected. Very nice.

Man, I wouldn't have guessed that I'd be this impressed by a Guinness product again, but this is a really flavorful, nicely balanced brew. Hides the alcohol nicely, very smooth drinker. Gotta say, yay Guinness!

OneDropSoup, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of bmwats
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

Actually picked up a few of these when I was in Dublin checking out the brewery. Glad I did. . .

A: Black with light to medium carbonation. Pours about a 3 finger, brownish gray, frothy, craterous head. Settles into a half finger layer of foam. Foam continues to cling to the glass leaving lacing as it does. Head eventually completely settles to a thin layer, heavy lacing remains throughout.

S: Strong yeast, malt, licorice, with subtle chocolate and nutty undertones.

T: Really bitter, hoppy, yeasty, and a little malt. Creamy with a hint of sweet. Bittersweet chocolate and pecan shells.

M: Bitterness really steps out. Strong alcohol taste. The licorice comes into play. Hops linger and pretty much dominate the aftertaste. A kind of syrupy feel, and finishes a bit dry.

D: Good one to sip on. Again, strong alcohol, but not in a bad way.

Strong, flavorful, good complex taste, and good atmosphere. This is a quality quaff -one to save for a special occasion, savor, and enjoy- if you can get your hands on one.

bmwats, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Edwaka01
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Guinness pint.

A - Black, nothing coming through when held to light. 2 finger dark khaki head receding slowly leaving lace on glass and surface layer.

S - Wow! Dark malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, just all kinds of sweetness abounds here.

T - Really smooth. Still lots of vanilla and caramel. Roasty and toasty malts. Classic Guinness taste with a bit more punch, less bitterness, but overall more flavor.

M - Not as dry as regular draught Guinness. Nice and full, nice coating effect.

O - Awesome. Hard to find near me, so I'm glad I picked up some of this when I did see it. I'll recommend to anyone into stouts, and I'll definitely grab again.

Edwaka01, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Ruger
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours almost completely black with a tan two finger head with moderate lacing.

S - Really sweet roasted malts, coffee and a bit of chocolate.

T - Starts off really sweet and roasty with chocolate and coffee the aftertaste is bitter dry.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation really smooth, leaves an oily feel in the mouth.

Ruger, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of armock
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back a few cans from my recent trip to the Atlantis in Nassau Bahamas.

A - Looks like your normal Guinness black with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with strong toffee scents

T - Way better than American Guinness roasted malt with a slightly sweet toffee

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Again way better than American Guinness Great taste thats easy to drink I wish that I brought way more back from the Bahamas

armock, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of superdavex
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let me just preface this by saying that I ain't a fan of the normal Guinness. I saw this upon walking in to my neighborhood store and looking for something else entirely. When this brew met my gaze, I was so goddamn surprised I couldn't contain myself. I had wanted to taste this for almost as many years as I've been able to legally drink.

I was not let down with the taste, drinkabilty, smell, or what ever else. This was one that we should have had in this country long, long before. I'm sure they missed out on a lot of profit by holding this back from the U.S. They should have seen the boom in micros a long time ago and taken notice.

superdavex, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of malty
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: L0244GF001 05:15 Must mean it's fresh? :-)

Poured into my most special stemmed vintage tulip glass ala Whitbread Extra Stout a death black with no edges. Enormous fluffy khaki head stands a settled 2". Looks ominous like the Grand Teton mountains. Fluffy, protruding, unbroken 1/4" wide rings of lace all the way down.

Smells of freshly melted baker's chocolate over straight out of the oven walnut brownies. Lots of leather and a tinge of moist tobacco leaf. Mashed-up Whopper malted milk chocolate candies with a splash of butter milk drizzled over the top. Very rich and lots of depth.

The leather I detected in the nose is masterfully translated into the taste department. The 3-D chocolate smell experience translates into more of a basic, yet solid chocolate note. The bitterness is what really takes center stage. The back labels reads, 'Brewed with extra hops...' So I guess this is the wonderful outcome - good stuff. The buttermilk element makes a cameo appearance in the taste profile as well.

Mouthfeel is a hint past medium bodied with fine, but a low level of carbonation - very English indeed. The bitter/chalky finish lingers nicely with the leathery dark (somewhat burnt) chocolate flavors.

Drinkability is superb. For a 7.5% stout, it drink just fine with no alcohol taste or burn - just a tiny bit of warmth in my chest.

Overall a fantastic stout that I'm glad I tried. With the fantastic selection of local & regional 'big' stouts out there, I doubt I'll be rushing out to buy a 4-pack of this soon, but you never know. The looks on this baby are absolutely picturesque. The acrid/smokey/bitter characteristics are stellar!

malty, Nov 03, 2010
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,895 ratings.