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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,691 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1691
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%


Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
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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SAxDRC5

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 06:04:57 | More by SAxDRC5
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CowsCanBark

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 21:50:01 | More by CowsCanBark
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seaoflament

California

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes straight from Ireland, thanks to jspruit for trading me a few. Had been curious for some time to see how the version in Ireland differs from the version we get here in the states. Mostly though, I will review this as just another stout.

Pours dark, like any stout should, and a good inch and a half of soft, billowy foam forms. Very good retention of course, some lacing as well.

The smell of Guinness is there (a tangy yeast aroma) but this one has a bitter kick to it and clearer aromas of chocolate, toffee, and cocoa. A bit of chocolate milk as it warms up. A touch of vanilla and lactose sweetness is there too.

Hop bitterness up front with bitter chocolate and a roasted finish. Bitter and dry on the finish with a nutty aftertaste. Don't have too much to say about this one, it's just ok. The bitterness seems to tone down as it warms up but I didn't even pour this one cold so it might just be my palate getting use to it.

Mouth-feel is semi-dry with a slight cookie dough after taste and roasted bitterness.

Not a big fan of this one but there's more going on here than on the stuff we get that's for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 21:36:19 | More by seaoflament
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark pour with a nice frothy light brown head. A lot of lacing on this one.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Basically like a coffee infused Guinness.

T: Very light to start, roasted malts and caramel. Strong coffee finish. Very dry and bitter to tie it all up.

MF: Much lighter than I expected.

D: High for a stout. Although I wouldn't pick up another 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 02:56:33 | More by russwbeck
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bs870621345

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 04:00:59 | More by bs870621345
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Bfarr

Washington

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with big tan foamy/frothy head with great retention and okay lacing. Not much in the aroma, a little roasted and sour lager. Molasses and roasted malts with slightly sour finish. A little hoppy and smoky with a roasted finish. Thick yet thin/smooth with a slight fuzz.

Much more drinkable than other Guinness although still probably just a slightly above average stout. Easy drinking to the point of it being unnoticeable except the sour/bitter finish. Not anything I'll be looking for except if it's the only thing available on St. Patrick's Day. I would definitely drink it before any other Guinness I've had.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 01:08:50 | More by Bfarr
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle of the new-to-the-usa Foreign Extra Stout. Pours a black color with a creamy froth of dark tan head. Nice retention and lacing. It is a good-looking brew.

Nose is a little bit of fruit, little bit of roast and some mineral chalkiness that reminds me of Sam Smiths stouts. Not overly sweet and has enough complexity to fall on the upswing side of average.

Seems to have less sweetness than most of the Export stouts I have had. A twinge of sourness and a dry, roasty malt character fit into the Guinness portfolio well. I really think I like the Extra Stout better than this one, even though I had high hopes for this. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and the fruitiness comes and goes in flashes. Of course it is better than the draught, but I cant help but think this is not the same beer that is offered in Africa and Ireland.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:26:01 | More by twiggamortis420
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:36:23 | More by dpnelson1978
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fountainofyouth

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at a bar in Dupont.

Appearance: This is a DARK beer -- brown-black and totally opaque. Light tan head that pours big. Lots of lacing.

Smell: The only Guinness I've tried where hops dominates the malt. A light roastiness follows.

Taste: I was a little disappointed. The characteristic coffee malt was hidden by grassy hops. I could tell there was underlying flavor, but I really struggled to get past the herbal taste. Aftertaste was strangely sweet. The booze, however, is well-disguised.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and medium-bodied. There's a clean finish that may come from the extra booze. It's a pretty warm finish.

Overall: Not your average Guinness. If you want extra kick, this is your beer. If you're looking for the creamy coffee malt to appear more, go with the Draught or regular Extra Stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 02:10:25 | More by fountainofyouth
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Augustiner719

New York

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice black color with a tan 2finger head that pillows down slowly and leaves nice lacing. Great look. The aroma is deep rich burnt coffee and dark chocolate. There is some bitter chocolate notes to and a touch a vanilla to balance out. The taste is fantastic initially, but the aftertaste drags this beer down. There is a nice initial roasty malty coffee and dark chocolate flavor followed by a really tannic and bitter beer face finish. This might be too warm, so I will try again colder. Great viscosity and dryness on the finish but really bitter as the beer leaves your palate. Overall, this is better in some ways that the regular dradt guineas, but drinkability lacks because of th finish and it's higher abv. Really not something to go nuts over.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:54:06 | More by Augustiner719
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Otterburn

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The other beer available in Indonesia is alright too. The head is light brown caramel and it taste like guinness. Its not the best Guinness you,ll had in your life but its decent while you relaxing in the sumatran jungle. with the orang-outang!
But I think I prefer the Bintang, it is more refreshing!!

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 10:18:09 | More by Otterburn
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to victory4me for sharing one of these with me. Tossed it in as an 'extra' from when he had picked up some other beers for me. Poured into a tulip glass.

The color is darker than Guinness Draught, almost opaque but not quite, with brown hues around the edges. A creamy nitro-like head (typical for Guinness) sits in clumps around the top of the beer after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty and inconsistent.

The aroma is strong with roasted barley notes that contribute a charred character. There are also notes of chocolate, a hint of buttery diacetyl, and some light figgy fruitiness. The flavor emphasizes the almost burnt notes from the roasted barley. Earthy hops augment the bitterness from the charred flavors nicely. There is a touch of sweetness, but it comes in the middle of the palate and is quickly swept away by roasted coffee and more burnt flavors.

A little more substantial in the mouthfeel than I had expected. However, the burnt feel of the malts really borders on astringent. Smooth and medium-to-heavy on the palate, the overall feel is pretty good. However, with the shortcomings in the flavor make it tough to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 20:21:01 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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mikeg67

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle. Pours black with a short lived brown head and some lacing. Aroma is of roasted grain, bready malt and some chocolate. Body is full, smooth and oily. Roasted grain, chocolate malt, some dark fruit and a lot of earthy hops fill the mouth. The finish is long and bitter. I can’t say I enjoyed this brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 16:57:41 | More by mikeg67
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; medium head, light brown

Aroma: Sour; musty

Taste: Creamy; bitter; hints of dried fruit

Remarks: Better as it warmed up; but a little too bitter for me. I've always felt Guinness was a bit too thin for the style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 13:33:57 | More by IchLiebeBier
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zachary80

Indiana

3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Black body, tan head that's a little short, nice lacing 4/5

S: One characteristic smell, a sweet syrupy roasted malt aroma 3/5

T: Really builds on the dry bitterness of the draught. Taste opens up as you drink it. Overall reminds me of their extra stout. Slightly better than average 3.5/5

M: There is a problem with the carbonation, can feel it affecting the taste as it calms down in the mouth. Overall it seems a little heavy and somehow sharp. This really holds the beer back 2/5

D: Mouthfeel harms an otherwise very drinkable beer. Alcohol is unnoticeable 3/5

I haven't had a Foreign/Export Stout before, but this would fall short for a RIS or even a stronger regular American Stout

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 04:21:59 | More by zachary80
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Moderate to light brown pour, turns opaque in the glass. Huge head that holds well, has a touch of oil and stickiness to it. Lacing is impressive as well.

Almost sour level of burnt malt, burnt barely and hops mixing. Very piney and earthy hops. A lot of aroma, but not an aroma I'm in love with. Has an almost smoky smell.

Plenty of hops as they said. The burt flavors are pretty limited. They hang around in the back ground never taking control. The barely controls the sweetness and does a good job. It also has all of the burt/chocolate flavors though I have to say they're really subdued. Far more flavorful than anything else they make, but for stouts it's nothing that special.

Drinkable beer without a question. The alcohol is nearly non existent. The body is light enough to drink it. It's pretty easy to drink.

The mouth feel is also solid. Plenty of carbonation. Smooth drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 19:11:58 | More by bobhits
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pulled out of a 4-pack at the Boise COOP over the weekend.. paid ~$2.50... poured into my Delerium goblet. 3 finger dark tan head... great lacing and the expected black brew.

Nose is deep and black with some off putting smoke..

Flavor shows the same char... almost a jerky taste that thankfully dissipates quickly ... burnt sugars with plenty of charcoal... tons of roast and some metallic copper notes... pretty astringent.

Lite/medium body with a nice carbonation.. not digging this one at all.

I am really glad Boise got this one in, but I just never ever.... EVER see wanting another bottle.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 07:06:35 | More by JohnGalt1
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atr2605

New York

3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head. Nice head retention as well
S- Caramel, oats, chocolate and a slight olive aroma from the yeast (same yeast smell from original guinness)
T- Roasted malt comes through with more of the olive flavor, and finishes with a sweet caramel/chocolate flavor.
M- Rich body, but not real heavy, with average carbonation. Much more drinkable than I would have anticipated
O- I think it is a nice spin on the original guinness. The extra hops give the beer a little twist. I like the original guinness so I think this is a nice addition. By no means do I think it's ground breaking, but I could still drink a few

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 00:18:48 | More by atr2605
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at a gas station in Negril, Jamaica. Light aroma, sweet cocoa, almost tangy. Dark tan head faded fast to a film. Opaque black colored beer. Burnt malt flavor, a bit of cocoa, and a strange cigarette butt flavor towards the end. Moderately dry and bitter finish. Moderately light body. I don't like the flavor towards the end, the harsh bitter ashy flavor is unappealing. Give me a Dragon Stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 18:14:57 | More by HappyHourHero
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GreenWBush

Oregon

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back from a bottle shop in London.

Darkened blackened ruby...more so than most Guinness-water we get for here, for sure. Lighter than Nigerian version, though.

Amazing bubbly lace cling, pre-sip. Fresh out-of-oven chocolate cookies, watery alcohol and astringency, intense roast, high and almost piercing weediness. That sourish off-flavor that is so prevalent in Guinness these days. Almost Belgian yeast thing happening.

Taste echoes nose, with emphasis on vinous elements, reediness, metallic hop bitterness, nice sweetness to close.

Better than our crappy Guinness...but not that much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 19:32:39 | More by GreenWBush
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rings

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As expected, my bottle of mud pours deep and black, with a thin chocolate head that held steady throughout the serving. Without the nitrogen pour, the bubbles were a little bigger, of course, but the lacing was still generous. A little fuller in body, the hoppy bite was noticeable, relative to the standard U.S. Draught version. There's a little alcohol heat and a nice lingering sweetness, balanced by the hoppy bitterness.

While I like this better than the typical draft, Guinness is still a far cry from any number of the HUGE assortments of stouts and porters readily available in nearly any local brewpub or brewery. All in all, while this is a very serviceable quaff, I'd prefer to drink local and fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 20:51:49 | More by rings
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azdback

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly pint glass. A deep dark black color, not many highlight other that the very small one I found at the bottom edge of the glass. It was a dark brown color. I can't see the carbonation bubbles but I know they are there because the head is a huge four fingers and a dark mocha color that is very velvety an luscious. The lace is beautiful and sticks in rings all the way to the end.

Smell is European yeast and soggy bread. There are some dark roasted coffee aromas that I can pull out but it is hard to get anything over the dank musty initial smell.

Taste so odd. There are some great dark roasted flavors that get interrupted by this terrible hop bitter. Let it be said that I don't mind some hop flavors in my Stout, but the choice of hop is not my top pick. I understand this is made in Dublin also. I'll stick to America, specifically West Coast.

The mouth is quite unlike the appearance. It does have the bubblyness but feels flat. A bit watery too.

Overall, I must say that I am an American and enjoy beer brewed on this side of the pond. I understand that Guinness is a well respected brand all over the world, I just don't care for this. I know there are a few variations and I will rate them individually as I try them. Thanks to my local purveyor for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 06:07:02 | More by azdback
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BierStein711

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip

After having this stout twice, I can say that it is not finding its way into my cellar again. Out of the two styles of Guinness I have had, I shall stick to the draught. The molasses is overpowering, and that was the only flavor I could find in the heavy mouthfeel. Naturally, when someone tries a beer twice one hopes to be more impressed. Overall, I would not endorse this beer to someone who is looking for complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:49:00 | More by BierStein711
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black with a tan head that is initially thumbs sized & bubbly before settling to half of that size. The retention is about average.

Gives off similar aroma to Guinness Draught but with a stronger smell of coffee and the roasted malts. It isn't as pleasant a smell as the Draught variety it must be said, with the overpowering coffee smell not being to my liking.

A mixture of warm coffee and roasted malts & barley upfront with a long, lingering coffee aftertaste. Again similar to standard Guinness Draught but a lot stronger. You can also detect a taste of alcohol in the background.

Smooth and quite warm on the palate with little evidence of carbonation.

Quite a nice flavoursome beer but one that is far to strong for my liking, especially with the coffee, roasted barley & roasted malts.

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Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 23:57:50 | More by flyingpig
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours an opaque deep chocolate brown, boardering on black. A two finger of creamy light brown head sits on top. Head recedes nicely to a film that retains throughout. Coated lacing remains on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet caramel and vanilla, some dark fruits - raisin and dates, and a bit of bitter chocolate.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel, and vanilla flavoring. Middle is nothing but raisin, date, and a bit of fig notes. Finish has roastiness, bitter chocolate and a citrus hop.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat thin and prickly on the tongue with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not too filling, decent kick, ok representation of style. Overall, this was an average beer for me, one that I wouldn't seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 01:48:41 | More by Jayli
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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