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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,087 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 148
Gots: 190 | FT: 1
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Ireland

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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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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2.64/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Gigantic tan head that stays forever. Jet black beer, can't see through it at all, even when held up to light.

Smells malty, a little sour smell liked mashed grain left to ferment. I'm not particularly fond of the smell - though I don't dislike it that much.

That slight sourness stays through in the taste. It's a slight, but noticeable difference from most stouts. This also isn't as bitter as most stouts. The "roasted" flavor isn't as dominant as I'd expect. It might be that the extra hops are balancing things out more than in other Guinness.

I wouldn't have another. It's unique, can't recall another stout like this, but it's just not my cup of tea.

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2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Guinness & Company--St. James Gate Dublin--Guinness Foreign Extra--Genuine Quality Stout--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 65 IBU's. (2.25 / 5.0) Big dense lacy rocky rich espresso 3/4" lasting head. Black pour & opaque obsidian jet black color .Sweet roasted dark fruit fig plum raisin mild hop front. Roasted crusty slightly creamy sweet burnt dark fruit toffee body. Sweet mild bitter hop hot hint end. Sampled 3/17/2011. Purchased 4-Pack for $8.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/9/2010. Disappointing.

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

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2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin light tan head. Black but has a cloudy, heavy look to it. Low carbonation. Little lacing.

Robust fruity aroma. Lots of fermentation character there. Seems to overpower the roast and coffe from the dark malts. Prunes and other dark fruits play a role. Ok but a bit underwhelming.

Big juicy malt and dark fruit character. Lots of prune juice and fermentation stuff happening. Nice but it overpowers any dark malt roast or dryness. Disappointing really.

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2.85/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Re-review off the FES bottles distributed to the US in October 2010. I've left my original review text below.

A: Pours a pitch black body with a finger of light mocha foam. It retains well and leaves nice lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Dominated by roasted grain; its strength brings a slight lactic twang to the table. I find a little chocolate, but black coffee is stronger. As it warms, a hint of dark fruit emerges.

T: Roasted malt with a slightly sour (lactic) component that I pick up from roasted grain content. A hint of chocolate. Coffee bitterness is strong, as is a generous earthy / medicinal bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. I pick up a smattering of dark fruit that reminds me of my experience with this beer in Ireland, but it is quite obviously not the same recipe.

M: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is ample, maybe a tad high. Long-lasting, lingering bitterness (almost medicinal and aspirin-like) that reflects the higher hop content of this beer. Not a fan.

D: This is like the normal Guinness, but less watered down. It doesn't have the quad-like qualities I noted in the Irish version purchased at the brewery. WTF, what a disappointment.

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Room-temperature bottle into a glass. Purchased at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. [4.5 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 => 4.2, A-]

A: Like the brewery's signature beer, pours a nearly impenetrable body, with a rubyish tint to it when held against the light. The head is a dark tan color with large bubbles; retention is surprisingly good for a beer of this ABV, and it deposits sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, surprisingly strong plums and dark fruits (reminds me of a Belgian quad in its intensity, almost), coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. Very aromatic and pleasant in the nose.

T: Follows the bouquet to a T. Fantastic dark fruit up front, leaning toward plums and figs. The mid-taste is dark sugar, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor gets roastier and coffee-like in the end, with a lightly dry finish and a restrained, residual bitterness. Well-crafted.

M: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Starts off sweet but finishes on the drier side, which I find impressive. A small warming effect from the ABV.

D: I'd prefer to have this over the regular Guinness, but it's not available in the States. Alas.

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2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger of dense khaki head.

S: First thought that comes to mind is barbecue. Smells like roast and fire. However, there's an odd buttery quality to it. Sweet malt and graham cracker follow these strange aromas. A lot of dark fruits, especially prunes.

T: Very heavy on the roasted malts, almost smokey in flavor. Somewhat bitter as a result of this. Only a light sweetness to this one and not really much of the dark fruit that was present in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not sure what all the commotion was about with this. I didn't like this at all.

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2.98/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

the 640ml bottle says "brewed under license for diageo greater china limited" it also clearly states that alcohol is only 5% but clearly says guinness foreign extra stout on the bottle

a: pours deep brown with large amounts of off-white foamy head; not nitro so no beautiful casacading effect

s: caramel/toffee with hints of burnt coffee flavor; sweet molasses flavors also very present

t: delicious coffee malts with with syrupy sweet barley presence

m: it is a real shame this one is from the bottle since the carbon instead of nitrous makes the beer too syrupy/cloying and not creamy enough

d: this is some weird asian guinness foreign extra that is not as enjoyable as other guinnesses i have enjoyed in the past; too syrupy sweet to have the staying power of its brethren

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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