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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 112
Gots: 128 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of gc4hokies
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Finally bought a four pack of this at the local grocery store after eyeing it for the last several trips. I'm not a big fan of the regular strength Guinness that passes for stout here in the U.S., but this is different!

Pours a dark almost jet black with an ample tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with a slight smell of baking bread and licorice. Pretty faint, though.

Mouthfeel is substantially more viscous that regular extra stout.

Taste, sweet at first then blackened malt with a tinge of alcohol at the finish. Very nice.

Hopefully in the future this will replace extra stout on the taps everywhere. Good beer.

gc4hokies, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of DaPan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

DaPan, Mar 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Nathanhlind, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

SaxmanRick, Aug 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Hopstronaut, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of guinness_myBoy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

guinness_myBoy, Jul 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

M1k3y, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mpayne5, Aug 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Ricardo_Rosa, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

JohnG1975, Jul 06, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

aoampm, Aug 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

gigoat, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of andrewsporter
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Pouring it out of the bottle into a straight pint glass, it is completely black and opaque. It poured 3 fingers of head that quickly receded. Drinking it down, very good lacing as with most; one of the best things of any Guinness is the awesome lacing. This one was no exception.

Smell - good, nothing too overwhelming but it definitely hints at a lot more flavor than draught or stout.

Taste - awesome, chocolatey, roasty, etc, etc, etc. It has a distinctive bite at the beginning.The flavor is overwhelmingly refreshing for Guiness. The taste here really lives up to the promising look and feel.

Mouthfeel - not too thick but heavier than the Stout from what I remember, definitely lends itself to drinkability.

Overall, definitely glad I picked this pack up - not a huge Guinness fan but I will definitely drink this stuff again.

andrewsporter, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Been waiting for this one, found it at Whole Foods today.

Pours an opaque onyx with barely noticeable ruby edging when held to the light. The classic Guinness cascade creates a thick, creamy latte-colored head that retains well and leaves behind beautiful lacing.

The aroma is not far off from the Extra Stout that has been on shelves here in the States for years. Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, licorice, and a hint of vanilla.

The taste follows the nose but is more pronounced and still very well balanced. Flavors of dark cherries are detected and add to that Guinness tang. A slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is the highlight, IMO. Full, smooth and extremely creamy. Minute bubble carbonation and an ABV% that is only detected if you compare it to it's counterparts.

I've waited a while to taste this, and I was not disappointed.

ThreeDimesDown, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours beautiful jet black color with a khaki tan head forming thick, dimpled biscuit rising texture floating above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Fine speckled lacing coats the glass evenly as the head slowly fades away. Dark roast malts give of bright coffee/dark chocolate with a slight sour mash note. Air of cherry/fruit note in the background with herbal hops going on. Interesting blend of flavors finishes heaviliy roasted malts/burnt charred malt character in the finish, with sour mash bring hints of cherry/tart fruit. Strong earthy/herbal hoppiness meshed within the dark malt profile. I like the way this beer is going down medium bodied sturdy carbonation level, the bitter dark roasts brings some astringency on the palate finishes heavy with dry dark roasts/bittering hops. Drinability overall is very nice, alcohol is well hidden the booze is not overpowering. Well crafted and thought out beefier version of the beloved Guinness. I've heard people talk about Foregin/Export version of Guinness, I'm glad they decided to release this stateside. Excellent rich, robust/hoppy form of Guinness that I truly enjoy and will advocate to others so they don't miss out.

WVbeergeek, Jan 14, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Beer Review #3 of my cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, May 15-22, 2004.

Purchased just before returning to the boat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Dark chocolate-brown in color with a creamy, light brown head and heavy, heavy lacing around the glass. A thick aroma of dark roasted malts and an alcoholic sweetness wafts up from the glass. Thick in the mouth and quite bitter, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel and a character that's best described as "genuinely Guinness." Alcohol is well hidden.

The sun must be getting to me--put me in a cold climate and I'd love this, but I'm just not feeling it in the islands. Still, I think it's really, really good.

RockyTopHeel, May 23, 2004
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

My second FES.. this one's to serve as a compare with the hard to get SES (Special Export Stout) that I am going to taste tomorrow. I shall cut the chase and go straight to the beer; this one pours out opague very dark brown black with a thick creamy, rocky head that refuses to settle without sitting for a good amount of time. Smells of caramel, coffee and burnt or roasted malts; very light chocolate hint perhaps. The beer enters with a light coffee note which transforms into thick creamy roasted malts with a certain milkiness to it. When I am near the finish, I sense chocolate creeping in and there's also some dark fruits here which lasts well into the after taste. Light caramel, coffee hints show up here and there and the milkiness was pretty obvious after its initial attack on the palates. The taste exhibits an increasing level of bitterness which hits a crescendo in the finish but somehow I felt that I was able to contain the bitterness much better than the last time and I can really enjoy this one this time. The after taste started off with roasted malts and coffee and this quickly moved on to plums and dates with the malts constantly sitting at the back and dark malty fruity aromas on the nose throughout the after taste. Generally this one gets better as it warms; the mouth feel was rich, creamy, chunky and thick, needless to say with average carbonation (as it warms) and topping things up a creamy smoothness as it goes down. Great experience with a great stout; let's see what the Special Export variant has to offer.

basica, Nov 15, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from a 330ml. bottle into, what else?, my Guinness mug.

Appearance: A very opaque brown body with a creamy light brown head. 3-4 fingers easily that seem insistent and drape the glass.

Smell: Roasted goodness, sweet chocolate as well as cocoa powder and some mild coffee.

Taste: Cocoa, roasted flavor on the very low. Sweetened, milky coffee. Not complex but pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium-low with a low lying bitterness that resembles traces left after a gulp of coffee. Marking quality is its creamy smoothness.

Overall: What a Guinness should taste like. Solid as a regular stout.

papat444, Jan 09, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an English pub glass.

A: Pours nearly pitch-black, with ruby/blood red hues when held up to the light. Large two-finger, foamy head is gorgeous, but eventually fades down to about a 1/2 inch that retains throughout. Wonderfully thick beige lace is left behind as the beer diminishes.

S: Toasted malts, hints of chocolate or toffee. Slightly alcoholic undertones hit the back of the nostrils.

T: Full-flavored, bitterness from the dark chocolate notes. Light notes of coffee and malt. I'm detecting another sweet flavor lingering in the background, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly. A pinch of hop bitterness as the beer finishes.

M: Silky, smooth, creamy. Mild carbonation. This beer has wonderful texture all throughout.

O: It's been said before, but I'm going to say it again. This is the pride of the Guinness line. This is leagues ahead of the Guinness Stout that's on tap in most commercial bars. This beer is a wonderful treat that I'd go for time after time.

ThePaintedGrey, Jun 17, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured around 45 F into a tulip glass, the beer formed a thick, dense, tan head that stayed with the beer all the way down, with heavy lacing. The beer is nearly impenatrably black. The nose is molasses, tropical fruit, and a spiciness I can't quite identify. Molasses is also apparent in the flavor, with a nice roastiness, light coffee notes, and again some tropical fruit. Hops contributes a nice bitterness and dryness on the finish. Lots of carbonation supports the beer, which is heavier than "draft" Guinness but still of moderate body. I could drink a few of these, although I fear after 3 or 4 I wouldn't be able to stand up. Overall, this is an excellent Irish foreign export; perhaps the best of this often overlooked style I have had.

MCDuhamel, Feb 22, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

11.2 ounce bottle received in a trade with JoeyBeerBelly. I have a particular affinity for the Guinness brand so I've been looking forward to trying this. Thanks Joe! Bottle pour to a pint glass.

This poured pitch black with an awesome two-fingers of frothy dark mocha-colored head. The head slowly settled to about one finger leaving a heavy trail of sticky lacing.

This is an aromatic stout that you can smell as you're pouring it. Sweet chocolate scents waft out during the pour. Once the beer had settled the aroma coming off was of dark chocolate, with bitter notes of coffee and roasted malt. There's also a subtle fruity booziness, not unlike a faint whiff of brandy. This doesn't smell like beer; it smells like dessert.

The first taste is somewhat of a surprise. This Foreign Extra Stout is very rich. There is a sweet fruitiness initially, akin to tart cherries. After the initial bite an earthy quality becomes noticeable and it remains an undercurrent throughout the flavor profile. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a boozy way. It carries the backend of the flavor and warms the throat as it goes down. The finish is bitter and sticks to the back of the mouth. It's an unexpectedly unique and flavorful stout.

It's a bit intense in the mouth, and the further down the glass I get, the more medicinal the beer seems. Simply put, there's a ton of flavor paired with a moderately high alcohol content. It's delicious, but it's a sipper. It's heavy in the mouth but not outrageously so. Carbonation seems high at first but it's actually balanced out pretty well.

As far as the drinkability goes, Foreign Extra Stout is really delicious. It's intense and contains 7.5% ABV so sessionability is out of the question, but in spite of that I really do want to keep drinking this. It's more of a desert beer than anything, but my, what a desert beer this is. This is really head and shoulders above any other product that Guinness is currently importing to the United States. I highly recommend it.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two enthusiastic Schlitz for this beer. It's delicious and I can only hope that it eventually makes its way to my little town.

weizenbob, Dec 03, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Picked up the first 4 pack that my local bottle shoppe sold. At $10 a 4 pack - well worth the price of admission.

Chocolate/Coffee color. Foamy 1 finger head. True Guinness Taste

I prefer the Draught but at 7.5% - I am happy to have access to the option going into the winter months.

spydo99, Oct 04, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Damn. First time I've had a non 4.2 ABV Guinness. Appearance is black like the night. Two finger head that didn't hold up too long, I'll blame the 7.5 ABV. Some lacing. Smells of caramel, toffee, coffee. Taste of chocolate, caramel and coffee. Mouthfeel is lively carbonation, not too heavy, smooth. Overall, its pretty damn good for a stout. First Export I can think of trying.

dsprainman, Aug 26, 2011
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.