Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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91
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Reviews: 817
Hads: 2,143
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
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Gots: 228 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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 tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of ByTor2112
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -15%
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. (1,887 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Time for me to review the best beer to ever come out of Nigeria “Wait... what?!” I hear you say: “I thought that Guinness was an Irish beer?!” You’re right - but this is Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - a beer that is synonymous with and brewed in Nigeria. As far as I can tell (and I’m happy to be corrected by anyone on this fact) this is the best beer brewed in Nigeria. “Why?” I’ll tell you why - Export Stouts are highly concentrated versions of the Stouts we know and love, just as India Pale Ales are highly concentrated versions of Pale Ales, Export Stouts take the good stuff of Stouts and amp the volume up to a hearty 12.

Poured from an odd-sized 325ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deeper and darker ruby/cola colour body than Guinness this brew presents, for all intents and purposes, as an opaque black with a centimetre of tan head that disintegrates leaving a chalky lace covering. Looks intense. Smells intense (and my nose is 3 meters away from the glass). 7/10.

S: Medicinal bitter/menthol/toffee/cola syrup. This is nothing I expected from Guinness - one of the safest pair of hands in the brewing industry... this is nuts. Huge boozy dark rum note for a 7.5% ABV brew... I’m just hoping that isn’t going to trash my tongue with fusels - I was planning on enjoying another brew after this. 7/10.

T: Flavour is a bit nuts too... there’s all sorts of craziness going on: Roasted barley, tobacco, 85% chocolate, cheap dark rum (yep was hoping I wouldn’t taste that - I detest cheap dark rum) earthy and sour notes as well. This is a handful of a Stout on first sip, but then it calms down a little bit. Finish is light roasted coffee grind bitterness with a touch of dryness. That tobacco really comes through with a toasty/earthy note - very cigar-like. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a touch watery - but then again Guinness and water go together like cats and salami - with an almost flat carbonation. 6/10.

D: There’s some interesting aspects of this brew that work together but somehow became dissonant at the same time, it’s really hard to describe, I like this but at the same time I hate it... overall this is not the best Export Stout I’ve had - I would go with Coopers Best Extra or Southwark Old Stout, both from my land of birth: South Australia... huh, I just realised why I love Stouts so much - it’s in my blood. 7/10.

Food match: Cigars are the obvious choice, less obvious: Heavy smoked cured ham with Swiss and goat cheese on crusty bread. (2,511 characters)

Photo of codewarrior
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL from a 4-pack, poured into a snifter.

This is the Cadillac of Guinness. The genuine article. I went into drinking this with a lot of skepticism and hope. Guinness draught was my pre-craft go-to beer. Having revisited that beer recently ... I am embarrassed to say I drank swill for years. This beer is a chance at redemption ...

L: Jet black with 2-fingers luscious rich head, great retention and lacing. Dark, dark brown head, far darker than draught or extra.

S: Malty with a subtle bitter sweet. Sweet is burnt toast caramel, bitter is crisp hops. Damn good balance. Simple.

T: Starts down the sweet path gently, then overwhelmed by a soy-sauce bitterness. Bit more bitter than sweet, balance is slightly off, but not unsalvageable. Not lacking for flavor, but still not world class.

F: Consistant and nearly thick enough, pretty good feel all around.

T: Best I've had from St. James Gate. (904 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Fuck you Guinness for putting a freshness "code" and making your website so damn tough to access. Fuck you again for making Guinness Draught. Now on to review.

11.2 oz. bottle with a strange code under Best Before poured into a Lion mug.

Dark brown and clear with a big mocha colored creamy head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Perfect looks for a stout of its strength.

Dark and sweet malts and molasses would be pretty good descriptors for the aroma on this stout. The taste begins on fruity notes that transform into molasses and some acidic notes, and finishes very harsh, charred, and bitter. Didn't expect this from Guinness! Some molasses like flavors linger along with hints of sweetness but overall very dry and deeply bittering.

The body is medium and the carbonation high that works (?) in this case because FES is not a silky smooth stout by any means. Alcohol is never noticed but more than a couple of these won't be too enjoyable.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 2/5; Drinkability 3.5/5 (1,049 characters)

Photo of rdilauro
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was the first time I tasted the new Foreign Extra. It poured and looked like any other Guinness Stout.
The head was the typical Guinness Head, big, white and creamy.
The initial taste gave me a lighter style then the original Stout.
It definitely had more carbonation and did have some nice hints of chocolate and coffee flavors.

However, I felt that the finish was not as nice as the start.

We tasted this one on the warm side. Later on we will taste it when its colder

After tasting the same beer 60 minutes in the cooler longer than the first one, my immediate take was that the carbonation appeared to be higher. Overall, I felt this was a lighter version of Guinness, but I still like the Guinness Draught better. (726 characters)

Photo of beergod1
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful Black, with a Tan foamy lasting head. Smell of burnt coffee, earthy and a touch of hops. But then I tasted it, Actually creamy start Medium Body and dry finish. But the overall taste is something I can't figure out. Maybe it's the "oak"? Kinda Grainy, reminds me a little of the 250th yr. Guinness, But not as bad. This is drinkable, But I don't see myself buying it again.(Actually, this was given to me....thanx D.Kurtz) (441 characters)

Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small 330ml bottle pours with a thick brownish head, a decent proportion of which hangs around for a while. The nose is roasted malt with a hint of molasses, thankfully without coffee.

This is well carbonated and briefly rather too sweet (unfortunately reminding me of artificial sweeteners) before a much needed bitterness takes over lifting the brew to a higher plane. (371 characters)

Photo of ixodus
3.42/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with slight brown hues as it's held up to the light. Poured a small tan head that receded immediately into a thin foam ring with moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, nuts, earthy hops, raisins, bitter chocolate, metal.

T: Bittersweet milk chocolate, nuts, piney hops, roasty, and smokey.

M: Thin bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer. It's quite drinkable but a little on the weak side as far as taste and mouthfeel go. (468 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a snifter to three inches of brown head. It is black is color. The aroma is very sweet with some dark fruit and bready undertones. The taste begins with dark fruits, followed by roasted malt, and finishing with some bitterness. The mouthfeel is not as creamy of the nitrous cans but it's not bad. I still think extra stout is the best of the family. (363 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There were two inches of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Aroma was very underplayed. Notes of coffee, malt, some dark fruits.

T: Had a mild coffee flavor, with some malt and raisins. Kind of on the thin and featureless side. Not offensively bad, but not that memorable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An uneven beer, to say the least. Drinkable, but not my first choice among stouts. (543 characters)

Photo of zoolzoo
3.41/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Stout black, opaque. Large khaki head, gobs of sticky lacing.

S: Mostly roast with a tiny metallic tinge. Dark, bitter chocolate rounds out the aroma. No perceivable sweetness, just bean. Some faint herbal hops float around in the nose.

T: Plenty of roasted malt as detected in the nose. Bitter just about everywhere...bitter chocolate, bitter hops, bitter coffee. A bit acidic. The finish suggests smoke, and lingering nutty/bitter flavors.

M: Carbonation is high, maybe too high. Finish is dry.

O: A good stout. This is different than Guiness Draught, for better or worse. If I could change anything about this beer, I would dial the acidic and dry aspect down. As far as stouts go, this finishes a little funny. Good job on hiding the 7.5 abv though, wow. (766 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-black with a good amount of dark tan head

S-mmm dark roasted malts and caramel...mmmm

T-hmm Guinness really did a good job, it hits with the classic draught guinness taste only much darker and stronger. the dark roasted malts are more evident in the after-taste. has a bit of bitterness to it

M-medium carbonation, much more than guinness draught, creamy finish

D-well...it gets more bitter as the drink goes on...i find this undesirable. the abv hits quickly, its great tasting but its for some reason its a difficult beer to finish. (540 characters)

Photo of CowsCanBark
3.39/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a three-finger light brown head that is very fluffy and takes a long time to diminish, leaving a huge sticky lace along the glass.

Smell: Malts, cocoa, light hops, booze, slight earthy essence

Taste: It's alright. Extremely malty, but not lacking in the hops either. Cocoa bitterness leads throughout, and you can taste the booze a pretty good amount for how low the ABV is.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with high carbonation, drinkability is low, it's a sipper.

Overall: This reminds me of regular Guinness, but with more flavor and carbonation, and a less smooth character. (671 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour with a large brown cream head showing reasonable persistence and lacing.
Aroma is a mix of roasted malt, port, rolled oats, sweet alcohol, liquorice and sultanas.
Flavours are roasted malt with some burnt notes, sweet caramel, more rolled oats and some alcohol. Powerful roasted bitterness. Quite a mouthful.
Creamy body and carbonation. (352 characters)

Photo of Prufrock
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle poured into a pint glass.

pitch brown with a creamy tan head.

coffee and a ton of roasted malts. a hint of alcohol.

smooth carbonation with a slightly thick, alcoholic feel. roasted malt with a touch of coffee and sweetness. less hop character than the standard Guinness. (293 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Time to be " That guy " Once again..

A - Pours impenetrable black with a huge, light mocha head. Head was so huge because of the carbonation. Left good amounts of lacing.

S - Lots of dates and figs up front, cherries as well. Perhaps this was marketed under the wrong style?.

T - Huge amounts of cherry up front followed by a boat load of dates and figs. I do not taste any hops at all. The roasted malt comes through as the beer sits in your mouth. Doesn't taste like any stout I've ever had.

M - Medium creamy body with light carbonation.

O -Overall, Guinness simply does not brew great beers in my opinion. It wasn't bad, bit it definitely wasn't sepctacular. Stout? WHERE?! (682 characters)

Photo of bs870621345
3.37/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the original batch from about 4 months ago.

Pours black, with no light getting through, with an inch of tan head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, toffee, licorice, and a sour note. Very roasted flavor, like a baltic porter

Taste follows smell. The sour note is not very nice. The coffee/toffee/chocolate is nice, but the sourness and heavy roast is not pleasing.

Mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated.

Drinkability is good, carbonation cleans the palate and its very easy to put down. (522 characters)

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown color, 1 finger dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: smells like regular guinness with a touch of alcohol

Taste: taste is a bit better than guinness. roasted malts and chocolate. ends with hops. nothing special but not bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for a stout but very smooth.

Drinkability: good drinkability. the 7.5% abv is barely noticeable.

Overall better than Guinness but I'm still not impressed. There are definitely better stouts out there. I probably won't buy this again. (510 characters)

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$3.25 / ea.

A: Opaque black body topped with a tight tan two-finger plus head of fantastic retention that leaves behind thick sticky lace and a rocky cover.

S: Classic Guinness aroma but stronger. This is a good thing. Sweet fruit aromas fill the nose

T: Bitter coffee and hops from the beginning. Again, this reminds me of classic Guinness on steroids. Everything is just a little more potent. The one drawback is the booze borders on medicinal and can be a bit distracting with fusel hints. Significant bitter aftertaste, but it doesn't linger too long.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. I'd like to try this on nitro to get the creaminess I expect from the brand. Otherwise very ordinary example of the style.

D: The drinkability really suffers from the alcoholic off flavors. One or two is fine, and food really helps. Otherwise, not something I would seek out.

O: So much promise with a great appearance and appealing aroma. I'll try this one again to double check the flavor. Could have been so much more. (1,063 characters)

Photo of bfields4
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black with an of white lacy head.

Smokey quality a bit of almost a funky twang from the yeast. Dark fruits come through.

Dark fruit come through to the taste. Sweet malty characteristics as well.

Light and smooth. A bit rich. A decent beer I was expecting more from the other reviews. The flavors were done well, but not exceptionally well. I prefer Lion Stout to this guy any day. (391 characters)

Photo of seanluvsbeer
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle. huge head of foam like a tit with an inny nipple. smells a bit boozy and coffee and chocolate. slightly heavy. chocolate and very drinkable for 7.5abv slight crack cocaine after taste at first but slowly fades half way threw the glass... ... (255 characters)

Photo of Higravity
3.36/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found it at a beer bar in Windsor, Canada and thought it a steal at $4 CA. The bottle looks a little newer than the one in the pic here. Anyway the pour into the glass was brown black with a tint of red in there too. The head was tan and a fluff if a little thin. It smelled of dark sugar and maybe some slight toffee overall it was rather muted even though I let the bottle warm at room temp for a while. The mouthfeel was not as thick as I would have thought and the flavor was just ok for a semi-big stout. I had some good caramel toffee flavors, but overall I found it too be the myth has built this beer. Very drinkable but not worth the chase some people do to try this beer. (681 characters)

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 817 ratings.