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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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.

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Photo of MillRat
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a few bottles while in Ireland when we were staying in a place that did not have a pub within slithering distance (hard to believe, but true). Guinness is swimming in the deep end of the pool when they brew this. The color is inky black, and the head is a rich brown as opposed to the light tan of their draught. The aroma and taste is split evenly between the roasted barley and carmelized sugar flavors that range from toffee to molasses. This is a rather full-bodied beer, with a degree of sweetness in the aftertaste that is balanced by the roasted grain flavors and a hop bitterness that is more prominent than in the draught. The intensity of the toffee/molasses flavors makes two bottles plenty. While the draught may be an ideal beer to introduce people to the wonders of stouts, this is for those who are already stout lovers.

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Photo of iD9
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tuliped Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Typical of a stout. Dark through the body with brown and red hues lacing the edges. The head pours a medium tan. Looks good but it seems to die-off pretty quick. Lacing is not particularly impressive.

Smell: Stouty. A little roasty but not too much. A few hints of dry, woody tones? I dunno pretty much like the normal extra stout but there is something here I'm not used to. Reminds me of bananas?

Taste: I can taste those awkward notes in the body of the beer too. Shouldn't be skunked, never had a problem at this store before. A bit of dry roastiness kicks through the back though this brew is decidedly less dry than the normal extra stout. An improvement except for whatever the weirdness is thats running through it.

Mouthfeel: Very good. A bit bigger and creamer than the extra stout without being dominating.

Drinkability: Also good, if not a bit unremarkable. You certainly can't taste the alcohol. Suffers from the awkward taste profile but its totally manageable, no prob.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack this afternoon to use in a stew I'm making for dinner. This was one of the leftover bottles. Poured a deep brown/black color with finger and a half of light brown foam on top. Aromas of plums, raisin, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied, and fairly bitter, with plums, raisins and roasted malt.

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Photo of Dope
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is at least a year old.

A: Pours pitch black with a very large and fluffy medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving huge puffs of lacing everywhere.

S: Fruity. Prunes, raisin, figs, cherries and black licorice. Don't really get any roasted malt character.

T: Again, very fruity. Prunes are the strongest, oddly enough. Lots of black licorice. Some roasted malt character with some big char but not much else. Very smoky in the aftertaste especially.

M: Medium bodied, slick and smooth.

O: Interesting foreign stout, it's mostly char and dark fruits. Almost no coffee or chocolate. Fairly bitter even with a year+ on it. It's not terrible but not what I typically look for in a stout. I think I prefer regular guiness draught over this, amusingly enough.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of roasted malts, some chocolate, and a bit of booze. It definitely promises more flavor than regular Guinness (though I do enjoy Guinness quite a bit). Taste follows with decent chocolate, roasted, and sweet malt notes, with an underlying hint of booze. A bit hoppy too--some nice bitterness in there. Something is a bit off to me, maybe a musty or stale flavor in there somewhere though I can't really pin it down. Not a bad beer by any means, but not a spectacular stout either. Moderate feel in the mouth, definitely more body than what I am used to seeing from Guinness. Decent drinkability, though hampered by the off-flavor I'm getting.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

This beer is black with brown edging. It had a rocky, mocha color head that didn't stay very long. Slightly hoppy aroma noted, also roast coffee. It had a distinct sour tinge to the nose. Forward roasted malt on the tongue initially, semi smoky, oats. It has a very tart, sour taste that I am not used to expecting from a Guinness. Medium body and carbonated. The tartness throws it off a bit, I still prefer the original Guinness in a can with the widget!

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head explodes on the pour! The head reminds me of an Ice Cream Float. The body is the closest to opaque you can get with some very faint ruby on the sides.

I get a licorice smell, some roasted grains and some grass. Not a bad smell at all.

Bitter burnt coffee, some booziness, roasted grains and burnt grass. Very dry taste. It's not horrible but not really all that good.

Very light carbonation despite the bubblage I saw on the ruby red edges. Leaves the mouth feeling very dry and leaving the lips a little sticky.

It's not horrible just about above an average stout. The taste is a little weird for me at first but as it warms it's a little more smooth with the flavors merging quite well. The booziness becomes more pronounce but blends with the flavors. Weird but not boring. I really would have to be in the mood for this again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, brewed in Ireland. It pours dark brown/black and opaque, with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasty and a little estery, closer to the Belgian version than the Extra version available for so long in the US.

Big roasted malt flavors, a little bit bitter more from roast than from hops, with some slightly sweet undertones that are a little yeasty. Plums and raisins way in the background.

Light carbonation, thicker than average body. OK but not great, nothing I'm all too hot to go after again.

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Photo of Holland
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle, no glass, at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago. Going off what I could gather from that experience.

A: couldn't tell much, other than it was heady and very dark.

S: smelled of roasted malts, chocolate, and tons of vinegar of the malt kind.

T: tastes like a nice dry stout with some of the malt vinegar. It's solid, but not super complex.

M: nice mouthfeel - smooth, dry, and carbonated all mixed.

O: seems like an alright beer, and I'd have it again. Maybe this is more of a knock on the Heartland Cafe. It was $6, served in a bottle, and might have been old. Who knows? I'd like to try it again if I could be assured I'd have a real drinking experience.

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Photo of jpro
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got ‘round to trying this one...

A: Poured into a Brooklyn tulip... tar black; three finger mocha head, leaving a fair amount of crusty lace.

S: Super roasted malts; very charry and sweet; not too complex, though - no chocolate, coffee, etc.

T: Initial malt sweetness, followed up by raw, acrid, roasted malt; earthy bitterness on the end - almost more from the roast, though (as opposed to hops).

M: Medium-bodied; higher carbonation; a little watery, though; average.

D/O: Not super tasty or complex, but rather drinkable; the thin mouthfeel detracts a bit, though. Glad to try, and much better than “regular” Guinness.

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Photo of strangefate
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a two-three finger dark tan chocolate head. Tons of lacing. A great looking beer.

Scent is a roasted malt up front with a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

Lots of malt hits your taste buds up front, followed by some coffee, a somewhat bitter hop presence and bittersweet chocolate. On certain sips, I even got some scotch ale/wee heavy like hints.

This is a medium-bodied brew with a fair amount of carbonation. A pretty refreshing viscosity.

A decent beer, but a little disappointing for me since I've wanted to try for this for some time preceding its re-release in the US. It's better than a standard Guinness Dry Stout, but not by much in my book.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black with a thick tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some char and espresso notes upfront, along with milk chocolate and molasses, burnt bread, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor also has coffee and char notes initially, along with dark fruits, dark chocolate, burnt bread, some herbal hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is OK. A decent export stoout, but nothing exceptional...a little underwhelming to be honest.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and some hops. Taste is roasted malts, hops, some chocoalte, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Jamaican version...
Appears a light black with brown edges and a small tan head.
Smell is of buttery, caramel, light, mildly sour toffee.
Taste is of the same aromas with a caramel sweetness standing out.
Mouthfeel is chewy, and medium bodied.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and faint chocolate. Then a hearty malt character comes in but it's on the thin side for the style. There's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are others that are better in the style.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/30/10

A:Pours a dark non transparent color with a big tan head, nice lacing is left down the

S:Smell of roasted malt, coffee, and possibly some chocolate in the mix as well. Much
like a regular Guinness but a little more intense

T:Taste is pretty much the same as the nose but mostly just dominated by robust and
roastiness of the malts. They talk about extra dry hopping on this but I'm really not
getting to much if that at all.

M:Thicker body than the regular style (which was one of the main things it was always lacking)seem like the carbonation was good as well

D:Overall a just above average stout, granted it is better than the original version, but just
nothing to crazy delicious about it. Could see drinking a couple of these if they were
offered for free but probably save my money for something a little better

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Photo of cmannes
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz Bottle poured into a Surly Stein.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a beige foamy head.

Aroma: Slight hints of chocolate with some coffee undertones.

Taste: Strong coffee flavors, with chocolate coming thru. A little bitter up front, but the finish is more subtle.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but very "guiness" like.

Overall: It really strikes me as a more "Guiness" guiness. Almost like the "regular" is guiness-lite.

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Photo of soneill065
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

The extra hops intensify the charcoal taste that is common in all stouts a little too much. I would much rather stick to the extra stout(original) any day.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours almost black. In the light it seems like a very very dark brown with some red to it. Nice mocha head that eventually leaves a very thin layer on the surface. Excellent lacing.

Smells like dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, dark fruits (raisins or dark cherrys). Some nice roasted malt aroma.

Very bitter dark chocolate to start. Also tastes a bit like black coffee. There is a definite sourness to this one. Lingering dark chocolate aftertaste.

Leaves the mouth rather dry. Average carbonation.

The dryness is substantial. Don't think I could down many of these.

Overall, it smells and tastes pretty good. Not sure I'd really go for it again though, but it's a pretty nice offering from Guinness. The best I've had in bottle or can form.

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Photo of wspscott
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Completely black with a thick,creamy, one-finger head that looks like the foam on a cappuchino.
S: Predominately roasted malts with a little sweetness, relatively muted overall.
T: The roasted malts are driving the bus, but there is some definite sweetness as well as some yeasty fruitiness. The alcohol is completely hidden.
M: A definite carbonation tingle, almost too much, it makes the mouthfeel much less "creamy" which I usually expect for the style.
D: A much better beer than "regular" Guinness, but that is not saying much. I like this beer, but I either like RISs more or this is lacking something.

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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.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in the Bahamas and hauled it back to North Carolina. Poured very dark and appeared much thicker or more viscous maybe? Aroma hinted of dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

A very thin tan head was present only briefly. This stout tasted much heavier with notes of coffee and chocolate. The higher alcohol content was very noticeable. I can drink regular Guinness anytime in good quantitiy. This version was sip by the fire Stout.
A nice " heavier " offering from the gold-standard of Irish Stouts.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- The pour results in pretty much half head. It also seems to have excellent retention. And by excellent, I seem to mean obnoxious. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which allows the slightest hint of garnet to show when held up to the light. Looks as if there will be considerable lacing.

Nose- Rich with good amount of complexity and presence. Heavy chocolate notes paired with raisins and roasted malts. Roasted malts have some coffee hints which, in combination with the bitter-sweet chocolate, creates a small sour or tangy note. Lush, dark grains and caramel. Some cocoa as well. Swirling shows some creaminess- milk and vanilla.

Taste- Starts off with raisins on the front. These are very sweet and move into a very bold coffee which turns the sweet raisin notes into a roasted sourness. Lots of cocoa and lots of bitterness on the linger. It's a bit of letdown after the aroma. Some caramel but the flavor profile is pretty much dominated by raisins on the front then coffee in the middle and on the finish. Some chocolate in the background. Lots of woodiness. Some grittiness. It's not a bad beer but I'm failing to understand the high rating of this beer. At this point this really seems just above average. Lots of presence but really lacks integration. The raisin and coffee are good contrasts but they never really meet at any point in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much zing. Some syrup to the texture. Some grit to the finish.

Drinkability- No heat but the notes of the flavor profile really clash. Okay for about 2 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Just above average- I definitely prefer the ease and accessibility of regular Guinness. However, if you like bold, bitter-sweet beers, you might just enjoy it. This will not be a repurchase.

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #233
Served On: 11/02/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: L1286GG003 23:42

This was a 12oz. bottle from a 4-pack I got at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick for $8.99.

Look: Poured a monster 3-fingers of a thick tan head with some serious lacing. The brew was pitch black (no surprise there).

Smell: Aroma was of robust winter fruits and a sweet lactose quality. Some slight hits of roasted barley or peat smoke.

Taste: First was a black coffee bitterness, probably from the hops. Then a hint of roasted dark chocolate in the middle. The finish was more bitterness with the roasted notes retuning along with some sweetness. The 7.5% ABV was completely hidden.

This was a really nice variation on the Guinness brand. The hoppy bitterness was a nice addition the usual Guinness palate that I'm used to.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the Guinness that is darker than the other Guinness, can hang with most craft stout appearances, even exceed it when its on tap. Aroma smells like that brown and black patent malt Guinness relatively light roasting.

Taste chewy, alcohol restrained. Hops out of the way. Bitterness held in check. Combines a smooth yet dry ride. Not as dry as the Irish Dry stout version. Decent price. Decent beer.

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