Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 817
Hads: 2,143
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 164
Gots: 228 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 8PCVsFinest
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to have a friend who was visiting London secure 3 bottles for me.

Pours into a pint glass with a thicker, more substantial and lasting head than the "Extra Stout" seen here in NYC. Aromas of coffee, steak, chocolate, and roasted almonds pervade. Mouthfeel is more refined, more complex than Canadian-import Extra Stout.

The head sticks to the pint glass relentlessly. Even with the last viable sip, a rocky outcrop sits defiantly. The aftertaste consists of equal parts roasted earthiness and smoothness. This is clearly a superior beer that should be available to all corners of the globe; it is truly a shame that it is not available in New York City. (684 characters)

Photo of mdvatab
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Been looking forward to trying this one!

Aroma: A cherry and Cabernet Sauvignon tart one-two punch, transitioning to an earthy mineral note. Dark malt and light cocoa also present themselves in the middle. This one definitely leans toward fruity tartness, as opposed to more round, sweet, dark chocolate notes, which is fine.

Appearance: THICK three-finger, persistent, rocky, tan foam rests on top of a brown-black body with a half-centimeter cola-colored corona around the outside. Beautiful lacing, and, in true Guinness fashion, a thick lump of foam remains until the last gulp.

Flavor: Rich, dark, malty coffee, coupled with the vinous and mineral character that was present in the aroma. The flavors are exceptionally balanced. There's a hint of alcohol, evidence of the 7.5 ABV. Bitterness is prominent, and lingers for a while through the finish, but is not out of place.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, and medium-low, creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is what a Guinness should taste like! I'm a big fan. It's dark and malty, but has some fruity complexity that just isn't there stylistically in a dry stout. Many of us beer geeks avoid Guinness, due (among other reasons) to it's commoditized, ubiquitous marketing, and the one-dimensional nature of Guinness Draught. Give Foreign Extra Stout a chance, though. I really enjoyed, and highly recommend it! (1,416 characters)

Photo of sdj5
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark, two finger tan head.

S: Roasted coffee, fresh sweet bread, cream

T: Sweet, roasted, resinous, dark chocolate lingering, raisins, dates, lactic acid on the end

M: Feels exceptional in the mouth

D: Honestly is one of the most drinkable beers I've had

I recommend this beer. If it weren't so costly it would be my new Guinness. (343 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle to tulip. Recently available to the US market. Sampled 1/12/11. $10 for the 4 pack.

A:
spec·ta·cle [noun]: an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is nothing short of a poured spectacle, starting as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. Half of the contents goes into the glass and the head grows steady and fast. Really fast. Just over the rim with no sign of stopping. And right before the head starts spilling over, as if someone pushed the pause button on life, the head immediately halts, and there is no movement to be seen. No cascading bubbles, nothing. And the appearance holds steady for quite some time.

The head rises and falls with three distinct appearances. First is three fingers of froth that doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The second look happens as the head begins to deflate: rocky and cavernous. After settling is complete, I'm left with a lumpy yet creamy texture almost identical to an ice cream and soda float.

As if it even matters, the rest of the brew is solid in appearance too, but a detailed account is not needed. A perfect 5 easily.

S:
A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

T:
Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

M:
The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

D:
This could be my everyday stout. I'm off to the store to buy more. (1,921 characters)

Photo of phenomenologian
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never seen this anywhere. HyVee is the store I usually go to (as I live in Nebraska) and they never have the foreign extra stout just the draught (which I dont love) and the normal extra stout which I drink all the time. I went to Wal Mart and, oddly, they had it. You would think that the store with the more extensive wine/spirits area would have this, but no walmart did.
It was 8. 95 for 4 bottles. A bit pricey, but after having one already, this is my second, I can tell you its worth the price.

poured this into a beer glass. upon opening the bottle generous amounts of smoke come out. pouring it correctly it gives a two finger head of a creamy brown color that laces. The body is jet blackish brown. You cannot see through it at all.

The smell has a roasted tone to it. It smells of barely, hops, and a little bit of alcohol but in the best way possible. It has deep roasted aroma to it that is very very pleasing

It tastes like barely and hops, which has a nice chocolately roasted taste. It has a finish that is very pleasing of roasted tones with a bit of alcohol taste to it. The taste is very pleasing. I really enjoy good stouts and this one is exceptionally nice to drink. The mouthfeel is great. It has little carbonation but enough that its nice. Its very drinkable if you like stouts with roasted tones. The finish is simply a nice roasted hop and barely taste that lingers and is very pleasing.

Overall this is a very very enjoyable to drink and taste. I drink the Guinness Extra Stout on a regular basis as its one of my favorite beers, but this one is an "every once in awhile" beer that has a little bit more bite to it. Its pricey. 8.95 for only 4 bottles, but every once in awhile its VERY well worth the price. Its a great beer. If you like dark beers and stouts, please try this next time you see it. (1,838 characters)

Photo of mschofield
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black, topped with a two finger creamy chocolate head, leaves puffy broken webs of lacing.
Licorice, chocolate, sweet aroma. Dark roasted malt, cream, caramel, charcoal.
Licorice and chocolate taste, somewhat sour and astringent, apple skin type note, bit of pepper. Mocha coffee comes out in the taste when it warms.
Medium-full bodied. (353 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from the UK . Pours coal black with a rich tan head. This is only vaguely related to its anemic cousin. Tastes like a rich complex imperail stout with all the harsh burnt dark malts rounded up into a symphony of goodness. Drank this in a tasting of Storm King and Big Bear from Bear Republic and this stout seemed as complex and big as those two giants. God I wish this beer was easier to find. (407 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of having this the day after having the Special Export from Belgium. Not as good, but still an exceptional stout. Seek out while on vacation.

Head not as huge as Special Export, but still very sizeable. Coffee colors in the head. Thick lacing stays with you.

Smell: chocalate malt and some medicinal notes. The medicinal flavor is somewhat pleasant, but that the best way I can describe it.

Taste: like the smell, except more intense. Chocalate malt astringency is on the tongue while the sip is completing.

Mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkable? Yes. Of course. Maybe a little more drinkable than the Special Export. Hides the alcohol rather well.

Not an earth-shattering experience. Although the first time I had this a few years ago, it opened my eyes to what a stout could be. Very much worth looking for when you are on a cruise. (862 characters)

Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, big light brown head slowly shrinking to lasting foamy thin top, nice lace. It’s a beautiful beer.

Aroma is caramelized & burnt prunes, rich sweet brown bread, caramelized coffee hint, wet leaves, molasses, wine, dry bread crust.

Taste is sweet up front with dry roasty-leafy woody bitterness building and then lingering. It has caramelized coffee and burnt fruits, rum, black pepper, light sour fruit element, but it is mostly sweet and then bitter-sweet. It’s excellent and very drinkable, with good, well-rounded character and some complexity. (565 characters)

Photo of bboelens
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tuliped pint glass

A-Deep deep ruby boarding on black, with a large creamy khaki head that lasts the entire experience

S- Roast malts, coffee, toffee, alcohol

T-Without a doubt the best thing Guinness produces, an explosion of flavor involving, malt, toffee, spice, hops, chocolate, slight nut and earth flavoring

M-Big body, slight carbonation, just fantastic

D-At a hefty ABV and a hefty price, it's not easy to put down too many of these, that being said, this is one of the greatest beers I've ever had the privilege of drinking (565 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle I poured in my Chimay Goblet

Opaque blackness, 2" thick, tan foam with strong lace and major stickiness. Good looker.

Huge roastie barley malt, graham cracker, cream, dark roastie coffee, black licorice. Slightly earthy hop and subtle heat tone with some subtle grains and oats.

The flavor has a big, complex roastie malt, coffee, oats, dark wheat and cream and some subtle dark fruits. A sour-malty and wheat finish, English yeast and barley pops right out at ya. The heat is subtle but effective, dry hop mouthfeel with smooth and rather dry overall medium to hefty. There's a slightly smooth vanilla-like feel, not full or thick but complex for sure.

A really great stout with a classic approach, pure English! (737 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was able to bring a few of these back with me from a recent trip to Nassau in the Bahamas. Pours pitch black with a large creamy tan colored head. Much like the Extra Stout offered in the states but much bolder in every aspect. Too bad Guinness does not ship the Foreign Extra Stout to the states or it would be a regular in my fridge. (337 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I gave this beer a gentle poor and it produced a nice rocky fluffy three finger head. This beer produces great lacing and is pitch black like motor oil. The head is a nice brownish khaki color. Great looking beer.

S - This beer is nice and light on the nose with a nice dark roast creamy smell to it. I get a faint amount of figs and dark fruit. I get a nice chocolate smell on this one as well that seems to be smooth and pleasant throughout.

T - First thing I notice on this one is the dark roast which last a split second. Then I get some of the dark fruit and fig taste along with some nice woody after taste. It lets you know that it is a Guinness beer on the finish that is for sure. I also get some black licorice and anise on it. It seems to change every time I drink it. Hmm. Nice and complex and I cannot detect alcohol on this one at all.

M - Nice full bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated. A bit creamy as well.

O - Very nice beer for anyone who enjoys the regular Guinness but wants to try something on a whole new level. This beer is a great Stout that everyone should give a try at least once. A proper beer for a beer enthusiast. Cheers! (1,164 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rocky mocha colored head. Spider web lacing. Pitch black. Cool.

S: Dark purple fruits, blueberry, currants, black cherry. Roast is there along with maple syrup, milk chocolate, vanilla, but the fruits dominate. Superb.

T: More dark fruits, along with a huge earthy bitter aftertaste. Mildly smokey with some roasted burnt toast malts.

M: Creamy, still a tad more light bodied than I prefer in a stout though.

O: Manages to be unique in the world of accessible stouts. A good one. (488 characters)

Photo of shaunb81
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer while shopping at a Walmart!! $8.99/four pack.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. 1 - 1 1/2 inch foam head. Medium to heavy lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell - Heavy malts here. Roasted, toasted, and buttery all the way through. Much more of a hop presence than Guinness Draught.

Taste - Nutty and sweet on the front end. The bitterness really comes through on the back end. Very earthy tasting.

Mouthfeel - Much more carbonated than Guinness Draught, but not overwhelming. Much less dense too.

Overall - This is quite a tasty beer if you're into stouts. It packs a bigger punch than it's cousin, but is very drinkable. This beer is something that I could drink while at home watching movies, at dinner with the family, or at a bar with some good buddies. Cheer to that!! (795 characters)

Photo of hopley
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

• Look - 4.75 - Jet black with creamy clinging head. Head drapes down the side of the glass in an artful look of drip. Spectacular.
• Smell - 4.0 – Creamy watered-down Guinness.
• Taste - 4.75 - Mild stout, strong and creamy. Tasty – doesn’t have the dryness that regular Guinness does.
• Feel - 4.75 - Thick and creamy.
• Overall - 4.75 - excellent, my favorite Guinness offering. (402 characters)

Photo of sloejams
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I made a point to drink a few of these on my recent trip to France. I should have brought as many as I could home with me. Not being able to get this style of Guinness in the United States is a crime.

Oh the lovely, sweet, thick black elixir. It kind of looks like motor oil. The coffee and toffee aromas hit first. Yum. It has a warming, familiar flavor. It's kind of like that hot chocolate your mother used to make for you. That sort of comfort comes through in the flavor. It's sweet, it's malty - it's delicious.

Night and day from the stuff you can get here - sadly. (579 characters)

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: poured extremely dark, thin mocha colored head.

S: strong enough to overcome my cold! Some coffee, slightly burnt smell but very pleasant.

T: full, complex taste. Follows the smell nicely. A bit of bitterness but very nice. I really enjoy this beer!

M: smooth on the palate. May need to let this warm up a bit.

O: fantastic! I will definitely drink this again! (417 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours completely black with just the tiniest red hue. The head is creamy, thick, and has wonderful retention.

Smell: The smell is an amazing mix of roasted malts, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is noticable, but balances more than offends, unlike some stouts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. Take your Guinness Draught and give it to the dog. This is what a stout is meant to be like. It's incredibly rich, almost unbelievably so, with strong roasted nuts and coffee notes. The alcohol warms the belly in a wonderful manner. The complexity is through the goddamn roof. The mouthfeel is lucious and creamy, rich and full, yet kinda bubbly and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a damn fine stout. If only American Guinness was like this, we'd all be in heaven. I picked this up in Bermuda while on a cruise. They had no good brews on the ship, so I was stuck drinking Newcastle. After I managed to smuggle this one on board, and drink it, I was in absolute heaven. Going from 3 days of Newcastle to this, I'd have to say it was the perfect beer for the moment. Simply stunning. (1,113 characters)

Photo of AmberMan22
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into ~15cl glass. I filled it up just under 3 times.

Foreign Extra pours an amazingly black color, just the tiniest hints of deep ruby when held to light, with a dark tan head, bordering on brown. The head is well over 2 fingers thick, and it sticks to the glass like white on rice.

The smell is of an unexpectedly bitterness (at least the strength of said bitterness), chocolately malt, and a hint of rum.

The Taste really is impressive. The best guinness, no doubt -- hits initially with the coffee/chocolate malt flavor which is incredibly more intense than in the rest of the guinness family. It is met equally with a surprising hoppy bite, dark yet delicious. I don't expect this sort of feel in a stout, which is the only reason I give it a 4.5 out of 5. The hoppiness overrides some of the more traditional flavors, but I am FAR from disappointed.

Like any other guinness, this is a very full bodied, syrupy stout. The large bubbles provide for a wonderful feel, and there are absolutely no complaints here.

I would love to drink this all night. Could I? No. The 7.5% ABV sneaks up on you, because you just want to keep drinking this delicious beverage. This beer is an absolute must-try. (1,227 characters)

Photo of shand
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a mug.

This brew is striking. It pours black with three fingers of nice, cappuccino coloured head. The aroma is mostly of some dark (think 60%) chocolate and coffee imparted by the roastiness of the brew. The taste? Excellent. This is what I thought Guinness was supposed to taste like from what I'd heard about it from casual beer drinkers. This is an outstanding, smooth stout that's just a joy to drink. The coffee and chocolate work together in perfect harmony, striking the perfect balance between sweet and bitter.Towards the end a surprising amount of hops come through, working together with the roastiness to create a wonderfully refreshing, bitter aftertaste.

Both the mouthfeel and drinkability are absolutely off the charts. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky in the mouth, and leaves a wonderful spiky aftertaste on the tongue and the roof of my mouth that's surely imparted by the nice dose of hops. The drinkability? This is 7.5% alcohol and I downed this mug in about 15 minutes flat, which is crazy fast for someone who'll nurse a pale ale for two hours. This is honestly a superb beer, and I'm glad after trying all the lesser varieties of Guinness, I've finally found one that I can love whole-heartedly. The fact that my workplace has just started carrying this is a dangerous prospect, I see the 8.99 four-packs coming home with me far too often. (1,402 characters)

Photo of stealth
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wish I could find this on-tap again. This is an awesome beer. Guinness holds a special place in my heart for getting me into the dark beers to begin with, but with that bias aside, this is real good stout. Nice subtle chocolate with a real rich maltiness. Not many beers beat the look of this one. (297 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a chocolate head that is giant, rocky, and leaves rings around the glass.

S: Creme Brulee and dulce de leche are both delightfully displayed in the bouquet.

T: Creme brulee upfront, with hints of espresso, licorice, and cinnamon. Hops are also upfront, providing contrast to the brew's sweetness.

M: Creamy, but not sticky. Full bodied and nourishing.

D: A vast improvement upon the previously available guinness in the states. I am delighted that this finally made it over here. (503 characters)

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice dark color with good head. Head was light color.

Smell: Strong hop aroma, and some malt aromas as well.

Taste: Nice malt flavors, as well as a nice balance of strong hops flavor.

Mouth feel: Medium body, and silky smooth.

Overall: Great stout. The best beer that Guinness makes, and one of my favorite stouts. (331 characters)

Photo of norwichboy
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’ve never found Guinness very accessible, and it has been the only beer I can remember trying that I have really struggled to drink, even the supposedly perfect pint poured in the Dublin Guinness Factory. I’d long given up on it, but perhaps I can have more luck with the Foreign Extra incarnation of it.

Pours with a large frothy light brown head, long lasting and plenty of lacing. Pitch black hue, completely opaque. Malty aromas are dominant with dark bitter chocolate, coffee and all round roastiness.
Seemed subdued on tasting though: more maltiness and some pleasant bitter flavours, but somewhat lacking in the intensity you would expect from the smell. Medium-to-full body with creamy texture. Lovely finish with malt giving way to a lovely lingering bitter flavour. The length of this is exceptional. Incredibly drinkable: certainly none of the iron filing flavour I'd associate with Guinness Draught, but surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content as well.

Overall, sorry to reach the end of it, and happily converted. (1,044 characters)

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