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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,863
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 110
Gots: 113 | 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 Crosling


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

06-25-2004 17:34:15 | More by Crosling
Photo of belias

Trinidad & Tobago

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

05-17-2007 23:52:43 | More by belias
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

05-05-2011 03:26:02 | More by yemenmocha
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4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

03-17-2011 01:04:58 | More by StaveHooks
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

09-18-2013 17:56:33 | More by brurevu
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%

"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

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02-19-2013 04:14:55 | More by Jadjunk
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

03-18-2013 03:16:12 | More by ElSid
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

01-27-2011 00:11:49 | More by OneDropSoup
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

12-20-2008 06:41:05 | More by bmwats
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

02-09-2012 01:07:59 | More by Edwaka01
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

08-09-2011 04:44:13 | More by Ruger
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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

12-12-2008 02:23:32 | More by armock
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

03-02-2012 04:12:37 | More by superdavex
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

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!

11-03-2010 22:40:19 | More by malty
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Found this one in the Bahamas, a little overpriced at $2.50-$3.00 a bottle, but almost every beer was, and this was by far the best beer I found there

A- A nice color black with a good head on it

S- Strong roasty/coffee-like smell, pretty good, nice and strong, which I like in a stout

T- Kind of bitter, has a roasted/coffee-like taste to it, fairly strong flavor, very good though

M- Not as creamy as I expected, but still very good, nice as smooth

D- Decent drinkability, I had up to about 4 or so in a row, so it was definitely drinkable

07-31-2008 03:30:06 | More by clintone
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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours an almost solid black body with an incredibly foamy 3-finger mocha colored head, that features stupidly high retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, subtle fruitiness, and some smoke. All in all, smells great.

T: The body opens with a nice, chocolaty sweetness from the roasted malts, while the finish is a bit smoky, and surprisingly piny. Generally, hoppier stouts aren't quite my cup of tea (see: Sierra Nevada Stout), but the hop profile here is executed very well.

M: A bit thin-bodied, to be honest, with nice dryness in the finish. It also extracts the piny bitterness without being oppressively sticky or palate ruining. Lowish carbonation.

O: It's not perfect, but it's genuinely impressive, especially next to regular old Guinness Draught. The thin body lets it down a tad, but this is still a really good stout that I will be on the lookout for in the future.

01-18-2012 01:11:00 | More by ThisWangsChung
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

After a lot of searching, I found this at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. Poured into a Chimay goblet (only clean beer glass I had at the time).

Appearance - pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing as it recedes. No light getting through here at all!

Smell - definitely a lot of black malt aroma, but also ground coffee. I smell the hops less than I expected to. The roasty-toasty smells take center stage.

Taste - again, the black malt and a little coffee get you at first, but as that subsides, the hop bitterness picks up a lot. Much more than I thought I would notice, based on the smell. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time. Also, as it warms up a bit, there is a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - prickly. The carbonation is nice, and the beer definitely dries your mouth out, but not in an unpleasant way. I definitely want to take another sip.

Drinkability - very good. I find it to be a nice, balanced beer, not too heavy, and though the alcohol content isn't super high, the flavors still mask it well. I will definitely drink this beer again.

11-11-2010 04:34:51 | More by JimLetson
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New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

I generally do not succumb to cult classic beers that just are nothing at all special without the hype. Yuengleng, Fat Tire, PBR... please. Guinness however is a bit of an exception. I'm fully on board with the allure of the Guinness folklore, even though I know what's fact and what's myth. Guinness in general is something I drink when I want a decent beer to throw back in large quantities, and not consume a days worth of calories on beer in the process. I want to be clear that I know this is not going to be on par with my favorite microbrews, but I still am excited about this previously unavailable and mysterious selection.

it's appearance is a dark, yet vaguely translucent cola hue, with a thick head of creamy foam. Absolutely incredible lacing as it goes down too! The aroma is very, very promising. I am picking up raisins, figs, dark cherries, nuts, toasted bread, and creaminess all intermingled nicely. Now for a taste... Very pleasantly 'roasty,' as the style suggests, with brown sugar, and a noticeable bitter hop presence as well. This beer is light years beyond Guinness Draught & Guinness Extra Stout in the full flavor dept, and not much more in calories. As it warms a bit I notice more of a smokiness and prominent sweet raisin aspect, which are great characteristics. The mouthfeel is light and The alcohol effect is slightly warming. One negative thing I have to say is I get an occasional oxidation off-flavor in the finish. Maybe it's just this bottle. I may edit this out of the review if it does not occur in tasting the rest of the package.

Overall though, I am astonished at how good this is for a commercial offering.

01-19-2013 04:35:48 | More by Neorebel
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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%

11.2oz bottle. Can't decipher bottling date exactly- L0232GF002 suggests 8/20/2010. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 5/14/2014.

A- Dark, opaque nearly black body. One finger offwhite head with good retention. Eventually drops down into a medium sized collar. Small spots of lacing along the glass. For the most part, appears like a big stout.

S- Dark chocolates. Tons of dark fruits- plums, fig, even hints of chocolate-covered cherries.

F- Roast malt, dark chocolate character, dark fruits- figs, plums, subtle tart cherry that comes nowhere near medicinal, some earth. Very cleanly executed, complex and interesting. Certainly above average.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation. Slightly resinous mouthfeel that honestly reminds me of having dark chocolates melt in your mouth. A chocolate-covered cherry finish that is slightly tart but actually accompanied by a nice bitter earthiness that brings it all together.

O- This is a very good stout that is full in flavour and mouthfeel. I am really enjoying the subtle but still hard to miss chocolate covered cherries here. Very glad this is quite easy to find on the shelves around here, even if the price is a little bit more than I'd expect.

05-15-2014 02:15:53 | More by Stevedore
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

11.2oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Jet black color with a 1.5" khaki head. Settles to 1/4" a few minutes after pouring. Swirling the glass thickens the head and laces the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Intense smell of malt, tobacco, bourbon. Hints of raisin and other dark fruits. Slight merlot smell.

Taste: Great roasted malt taste. Flavors of fig, tobacco and raisin. Hops are present upon swallowing leaving a lingering aftertaste.

Mouth: Nice foamy feel as you sip through this beers head. Thick feeling but not a heavy beer. Slightly sticky after sipping.

Overall: Definitely an addition to the Guinness line up that I can stand behind. My favorite bottled Guinness thus far.

01-28-2012 22:10:26 | More by CloudStrife
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a juice glass. Very cool to see this reach our shores (for the first time since prohibition!?).

Exceedingly dark brown, yet clear liquid with the faintest glimmer of auburn highlights when held up to a strong light. A finger of lasting dense tan cream coats the surface, each sip leaves behind crystalline chains of lacing. Superior retention.

Sweet toasted malted flavors suggest molasses, vanilla, and a hint of rhum.

Very rich full roast flavors suggest strong coffee, deep roast malt, bitter chocolate, and light fruit. The hops lend a touch of spicy complexity to the mix, and a distinct layer of low bitterness. Rich semi-dry finish continues to evolve with faint char notes along with a secondary wave of fruity sweetness. Very slight metallic note makes this less suitable for cottage pie and the like than its more easy-going cousins, but the increased intensity in flavor is preferable otherwise.

Very lightly astringent, medium-full-bodied, slightly creamy, slowly warming from the alcohol.

Finally a Guinness that is actually dark, strong, and (moderately) heavy! Would love to see this on cask sometime.

02-01-2011 05:19:23 | More by augustgarage
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Body is pretty, a deep dark, dark brown topped by a couple of fingers of tan head that leave some very nice lacing on the glass. Nice aroma of roasty, dark malt and a good dose of lactic sweetness.
Palate is big on rich, dark, roasted malt, tempered slightly by a lactic sweetness and a very mild, fruity hop profile. Notes of mocha and bittersweet chocolate. A slight sour funk comes through on the finish, rounding out the sweetness in a surprisingly nice way. Body is rich, creamy, velvety, and just about perfect. This is like Guinness taken up a notch, and even without the nitro widget to add extra creaminess, it's thoroughly excellent.

03-18-2012 07:09:48 | More by ElGordo
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A - poured into frosted tumbler w/ over 1" creamy head. body was dark chocolate and clear although opaque

S - notes of bitter chocolate - nice strong aroma

T - brought back the memories of the Guinness of old. After the Brits tried to dump all the other Guinness stouts on us. This is the only one and it is full of flavor. Don't bother w/ the other stouts from Guinness

M - delightful carbonation -- smooth

O - a go to beer for all the stout lovers and that includes me.

05-19-2013 21:14:49 | More by Segelstrom
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4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Color: pours dark brown. sits black with small dark brown rim. head is creamy with great retention and lacing

Smell: great roast aroma with sweet malt. really clean and crisp

Taste: good clean roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and decent hopping. finish is fairly dry and pretty bitter, almost teetering on astringent

Mouthfeel: low, full body with moderate carbonation

Notes: finally, the Guinness we've been waiting for. pretty smooth with good aroma and flavor but i think the finish and aftertaste will put a lot of people off

10-26-2010 02:10:20 | More by Frosty80
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pitch black in color with some light brwn hues. Large 2 finger khaki colored head that falls to a spotty wet lacing.
Roasted grains, coffee and "rum". Maybe the islands are still on my mind but I swear I smell rum in this beer.
Big roasted character with some toffee and a grainy like hop bitterness. There really is no comparison to the Guinness Extra Stout and this one. The FES is by far the better beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, light on the carbonation. A syrupy. Nice crisp feel from the hops.
Very drinkable, very good stout.
Will someone please tell me why we don't have this one in the states.

07-01-2008 02:54:10 | More by wcudwight
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