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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,896
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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Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bouttle poured into a guinness tulip pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a thick steady tan head.

Smell is sweet, rich, boozy, fruity sweet, and rich roasty.

Taste is a good balance between the sweetness (maybe cherry) and the dry roastiness.

Mouthfeel is good and very drinable. I was so excited to see this. This is what people should think of guinness.

aubuc1, Feb 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

LanceRulau, Jun 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

pointone, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Schmoog, May 10, 2014
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black body. Two-finger tan head with good lacing.

S: Chocolate, plums, and yeast. Almost Rochefort-like.

T: Some roasted notes. A good amount of bitterness. Surprisingly fruity and yeasty. I think I'd mistake this for a dubbel in a blind taste test.

M: Creamy with medium carbonation.

D: Definitely the top of the line in the Guinness lineup. Unfortunately, so many brewers have taken stouts to another level that for this to only now be available in the US is too little, too late. Still worth a try, though.

BarrelO, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, nice to see this finally show up on our shores.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, brown head into my glass. Very nice head that fades down, leaving some lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of roasted malt, coffee and just a slight hint of cream, followed by alcohol. Think regular Guinness on steroids.

Taste? Roasted malt and alcohol heat greet the mouth, followed by a dose of coffee. Very robust in nature. There is the odd taste of regular Guinness that lingers but otherwise, it is stronger as advertised.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering alcohol and roasted malt/coffee flavors. Again, I have mixed feelings about the aftertaste.

It's certainly how I described it (regular Guinness amped up) but it's left me wanting more. Perhaps it just needs to warm up a bit? Regardless, I would still recommend it.

Brad007, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of steveh
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First sampling of the new-to-U.S. import.

A -- Pours blackish-brown, a highly roasted coffee look -- pretty much opaque to the light in my Guinness imperial pint, with a long-lasting head that starts out brown and thins to a dark tan.

S -- Roasted malts with sour hints (shades of the old ES and the old Guinness brewing practice of mixing mashes), coffee notes back and hints of citrus and earthy character from hops.

T -- Roasted, patent malt character up front with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Bitterness blend of the roasted malts and vague hop character blend into a dry, bitter finish with a vaguely lactic sour to tart aftertaste. Looking for a hint of sweetness; it may come in between somewhere, but roasty bitterness is the major character here.

M -- A full bodied mouthfeel that's syrupy up front to dry in the finish with alcohol warming.

D -- Drinkability is surprisingly good, at a slow pace. The heavy bitterness could fatigue the palate in quick order, but if a big, robust stout is what you're craving, the FES will not disappoint.

One can't help but wonder if Guinness' Extra Stout and Foreign Extra can survive on the same shelves together. I haven't done a thorough side-by-side yet, but there would seem to be only the slightest of differences between the two; the most prominent being more of that lactic sourness and the bigger warming from alcohol.

steveh, Dec 06, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JackMcAwesome, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

tpacek, Apr 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

BGdad, Dec 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

graybayou, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JDavidRice, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 09-27-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2011
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Guinness tulip pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Black, opaque beer with slight ruby highlights. Big creamy dark tan head of 4 fingers lasts a long time and has very good lacing.

S: Mainly toasted malts, with also some chocolate, coffee and sweetness aromas.

T: Big roasted flavors of burnt malts and bread. The roasted bitterness dominates over a slight sweetness. As the beer warms to room temperature, the bitterness subsides and some woody notes come through.

M: Carbonation is medium-high and the body is medium. A lingering bitterness from the malts make up the aftertaste.

O: Overall a good beer. Dry stout is not a style I'm particularly fond of, but this is a welcome brew from the genre.

sommersb, Sep 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Georgiabeer, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

paulys55, May 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Lare453, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

harpus, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not been drinking as much Guinness in the last few years so nice to have a new (old) offering to try.

The color of the FES is a dull black with hints of ruby along the edges and bottom of the glass. The head a creamy and resilient though over a few minutes falling to a thin half finger coating that leaves a light lacing. The aroma seems subdued to me. I smell earthy hops and toasty elements of the malt though both seem faint.
This is a big stout especially for a company known for session beers. Upon imbibing I tasted the sharp crisp hop flavor that melds with the toasted malts with the glue of subtle booze notes. The malt is semi sweet with hints of coffee, and a hint of smokiness. The hops are strong but one sided in a good way the crisp bite of what must be noble hops leaves lots of room fo the roasted malts to shine through.
The mouthfeel was better than I expected but still seemed just slightly thinner than desired in the mouth, but this thinness makes me want to drink another Foreign Extra after this one is done!

jorg2619, Nov 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Exiled, Dec 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

demgoth, Jul 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

ktheymans, Sep 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

millelacsmark, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

rcatalano, Jan 21, 2012
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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