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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,889 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,889
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 110
Gots: 126 | 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

JDavidRice, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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%

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

rcatalano, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

CelticAleMan, Feb 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Heavenisbeer, Mar 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Benesi88, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

NickThePyro, Dec 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

bcm75, Oct 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Presentation: 330mL bottle.

Appearance: Chocolaty body with plenty of head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. Almost a bit like a milk chocolate bar, not something I desire from my beer.

Taste: exceptionally smooth for a 7.5% beer. Very reminiscent of an extra stout but with an added bonus. Taste is also a bit sweet but it doesn't take too much away from the beer; the alcohol and slight hop bittering take the edge off nicely.

Overall: After having this hyped up a bit I was slightly disappointed. It is the best beer I've had on my visit to the UK thus far. Added points for excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.

JFazekas, Jun 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

kpowledge, Aug 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

yeaprolly, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

RPH2327, Aug 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

GuinnessMeBeer, Sep 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mdconatser, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

SammyJaxxxx, Apr 28, 2014
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.