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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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1,692 Ratings

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Ratings: 1692
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%

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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 akorsak


3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. Foreign Extra Stout bottle in honor of the Americanized St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance: The ale pours a deep black color, almost like oil. The ale's head is a mocha color that leaves a surprising amount of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light chocolate aroma and an underlying hoppiness that is foreign to Guinness Draught. The hop presence is a pleasing sweetness that mixes with the chocolate.

Taste: The ale has a lightly roasted flavor, almost like a Guinness light. Behind that light flavor is a cornucopia of unusual flavors: hops, pepper and spice and even some sourness.

Mouthfeel: This version of Guinness is night-and-day different from Guinness Draught and its widget. The mouthfeel resembles Lion Stout, with the spices and hops that are not found in most other stouts.

Drinkability: The ABV is a little high, but not terrible. The ale is smooth and flavorful, aiding its drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 03:49:13 | More by akorsak
Photo of granger10


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a few bottles of this from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. Poured an intensely dark coffee color with a medium tan head. Lacing was weak. A strong roasted black malt aroma leaned towards being burnt but the alcohol edge overcame that. Bittersweet chocolates and french roast sumatra coffee are the aromatic flavors. Darker fruity plums peak out as well. Taste is smoother than I was expecting. Alcohol delivers a punch right from the start but is never heavy or overdone. Burnt espresso is dominate. Roasted grains and smokey peat are in there deep. Notes of vanilla come and go. A half and half like creaminess comes along and more of a milk chocolate flavor develops toward the finish. In the end the alcohol and espresso are all I'm left with. This is a sipper but quite an enjoyable sipper at that.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 14:17:11 | More by granger10
Photo of Jredner


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle came from Jamiaca and it tastes different than the American/Canadain version so bear that in mind:

Aroma is caramel, chocolate, raiisn and roasted malt. Deep black with a two finger thick mocha head...very Guinness looking. The fore presents prunes, raisins, burnt pumperknikela nd roasted malt. Finish is very toasty and raisin sweet. very smooth mouthfeel. I wish Guinness draft tasted like this. Feels like an Imperial Schwarzbier. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2006 16:20:15 | More by Jredner
Photo of orbitalr0x


3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 33cl bottle of Guinness Foregin Extra Stout pours into my tulip glass a viscous, deep dark charcoal black with a sweet two finger creamy tan head on top. When held up to the light..pitch blackness...leaving sticky trails of lacing as well. Sweet! Aromas of roasted, slighty smoky dark malts with a slight lactic, cream undercurrent. Bitter coffee mingles with a touch of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit.

First sip brings a smooth, roasty dark maltiness that has a creamy feel to it and a slight sour twang. The bitter coffee comes in midway through along with some smoky chocolate notes. A little fruity, this is really a nice smooth, creamy stout. Finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness. Quite a depth of flavor when compared to the US version.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body. Still, this is not a heavy stout by any means and it goes down with ease. If I could get this one around here...I'd buy it more often. They really should export this to the US! Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample another side of Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2006 03:30:19 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of MurphyKieran


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of my favourite beers. It's strong and it's got balls and it's not shy in the bitterness department. It's not the kind of thing I'd suck back several bottles of in a night though, just a couple on a Friday or Saturday night while watching a movie maybe.

Just a note to add - maybe this has been cleared up already, but despite Todd's review from a few years ago, this beer is readily available in supermarkets and off-licenses in Ireland, despite some claims that it's only available in obscure markets like Africa or the Caribbean.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 00:54:07 | More by MurphyKieran
Photo of GreenWBush


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back from a bottle shop in London.

Darkened blackened ruby...more so than most Guinness-water we get for here, for sure. Lighter than Nigerian version, though.

Amazing bubbly lace cling, pre-sip. Fresh out-of-oven chocolate cookies, watery alcohol and astringency, intense roast, high and almost piercing weediness. That sourish off-flavor that is so prevalent in Guinness these days. Almost Belgian yeast thing happening.

Taste echoes nose, with emphasis on vinous elements, reediness, metallic hop bitterness, nice sweetness to close.

Better than our crappy Guinness...but not that much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 19:32:39 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 18:29:55 | More by canucklehead
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Jamaica. The color is pitch black with a creamy, light brown head of average height. Foreign Extra Stout has a rich malty aroma with notes of molasses, although this isn't quite as strong or interesting as expected. The flavor is thick and malty. Rich, sweet malts are most apparent and remind me of toffee or molasses. An underlying roasted malt flavor provides a nice counterpoint to the rich sweetness. The roasted flavors come out more towards the finish and have a drying effect. Anyway, I found this to be a great beer, but not quite awesome enough to live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2005 00:44:05 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of SkeeterHawk


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a rich deep dark red/garnet color with a 2+ inch head after a relatively vigorous pour. The head was tan, and made up of pretty large loose bubbles, so I don't expect it to be around very long. The death of the head does leave you with some lacing to remember it by.

Aroma: A bit of sweet chocolaty malt noticeable through the foam. This doesn't really change as the foam settles, but it just gets more intense. There is a bit of a metallic note developing as the beer warms a bit.

Taste: Very smooth and roasty. There is a bit of tartness that gets you in the beginning, but then this fades to let the roast and sweet malts in to take over the profile. The finish is a little dry and slightly bitter due to the roast. I can’t really pick out any hop presence in here. There is a bit of noticeable warming in the back of the throat after the finish that tells you this ain't no ordinary Guinness.

Opinion: The Foreign Extra Stouts are somewhat of an outcast with the Imperial Stouts rising up as they have here lately. This one is almost getting lumped in with the traditional Dry Stouts due to its "paltry" 7+%ABV. I really like this beer a whole lot better than their original Stout. This one has a whole lot more depth of malt, and doesn’t leave you hanging wondering when you are going to actually taste something. This beer has a very well rounded malt balanced flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 01:12:21 | More by SkeeterHawk
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in the Bahamas and hauled it back to North Carolina. Poured very dark and appeared much thicker or more viscous maybe? Aroma hinted of dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

A very thin tan head was present only briefly. This stout tasted much heavier with notes of coffee and chocolate. The higher alcohol content was very noticeable. I can drink regular Guinness anytime in good quantitiy. This version was sip by the fire Stout.
A nice " heavier " offering from the gold-standard of Irish Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 16:22:42 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of JohnfromDublin


3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tasted this locally (Dublin) purchased bottle on 5th November 2005. A 330ml bottle, best before 03/08/06.

Poured a classic murky black body with a very good coffee tan head. Very nice lacing.

Smell subdued, roasted malts, burnt coffee beans, iron rust.

Tasted fairly good; tastes much like the smells, but with a sweetness that was a bit "clingy". Alcohol well disguised.

Mouthfeel average, and I would not be too pushed about having another. A little dissapointing, I'm afraid.

NOTE: I remember being privileged to drink the blue-capped, no label version given to Guinness brewery staff as part of their weekly "beer allowance" in times past. I recall it as being much more robust in flavour than this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 11:44:41 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of Globetrotter


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this on the shelves of Moscow's best beer kiosk. Brown half liter bottle with a stubby neck and a yellow and blue label featuring a harp above the name. The label is full of warnings about the health risks of consuming alcohol - unheard of in Russia. This brew was produced at the Heineken brewery in St. Petersburg, and is only 6.5% ABV. Perhaps it should have it's own listing. Ingredients include sugar. Best before 7/1/06, I opened it on 9/10/05.

Pours clear dark burgundy under a two figure light brown head with plenty of body and excellent lacing. The nose is mild, featuring roasted nuts and carmel, but also including something a bit on the sour side. The mouth is a bit thinner than it should be, and very well carbonated. The taste definitely starts out with something like unripened plum to go with the burnt malt and very strong dry bitterness. Upon further reflection, the taste reminds a bit of port wine, with an espresso chaser. The bitterness dominates ever more as we move into the finish, and lingers long into the aftertaste, although the sour never really fades, either. Although a bit watery in feel, this is a complex brew worthy of high praise.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2005 19:12:20 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of Bierguy5


3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle, 7.5 % ABV clearly marked along with freshness date. Pours a thick, nearly pitch black liquid. Barely hints of ruby around the edges. Thick tan creamy head shrinking and clinging to the sides of the glass. Smells of coffee, alcohol, and rum soaked fruit. Charred, burnt flavors along with a lot of dark fruity flavors. Good amount of bitterness. Medium body, with low carbonation. This is certainly a different beast from the usual draught. Very nice, but a little too fruity for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2005 12:13:49 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of DrJay


3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely black with faint ruby highlights. The fluffy, light brown head produced some nice lacing and remained with the beer throughout. Malty aroma with plenty of sugary fruit and roasted character. Roasted malt and dark fruit kicked off the flavours, with light hop bitterness following closely. Slightly acidic. It finished with a dry, roasted bitterness. Smooth and slightly creamy texture with a bit of stickiness. Definitely worth trying, this is much more interesting and flavourful than the draft Guinness you find in everywhere. Thanks Viggo.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2005 21:39:03 | More by DrJay
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Barbados, courtesy of Ninjaworm and BiF20 (thanks, Oak!)

thick, opaque, thorughly black appearance, big, rocky, rumbling, cocoa/ tan head, leaving lace, most impressive look for a stout.

Aroma is sweetness, molasses and brown sugar, and that's about it, but rather full with those flavors...

Taste: big, and brimming with thick, viscous, luscious, sweet dark flavors...thick, and slick on the tongue, sleek, silky, dances on the tongue with a light, yet delicious tango...wow, I'm actually feeling the difference, though...it has a little something in the malt, in the yeast,...maybe I need a bottle of the Extra Stout to compare, but it definitely stands above it.

Sweet, but a bit complex, and a rich, delicious thing.
Still on the hunt for the Lagos stuff, but ready to be disillusioned, or at least, understand that it's probably just as good, if not so terribly much better, than this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2005 03:08:26 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of santoslhalper


4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 22:28:22 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at a gas station in Negril, Jamaica. Light aroma, sweet cocoa, almost tangy. Dark tan head faded fast to a film. Opaque black colored beer. Burnt malt flavor, a bit of cocoa, and a strange cigarette butt flavor towards the end. Moderately dry and bitter finish. Moderately light body. I don't like the flavor towards the end, the harsh bitter ashy flavor is unappealing. Give me a Dragon Stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2005 18:14:57 | More by HappyHourHero
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New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 02:58:31 | More by GeoffFromSJ
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North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass black with some slight brown translucency. The head was tan to brown, large, and in charge lacing, no coating the glass from top to bottom.

The aroma was surprisingly low. The main aromatics were chocolate and some expresso coffee, but both aromas were at lower levels. Some light fruitiness existed, but it was not prominent and also some grassy hop flavor was notable as the beer warmed, but again it never became easily distinguishable.

The flavor was chocolate with expresso coffee and strong grassy bittering and hop flavor. The hop flavor grew and increased with time and the other flavors diminished into the background. The balance was decidedly toward bittering with no attempt at all to balance the with malt.

The finish was dry with lasting grassy hop bittering, very long into the aftertaste with some expresso coffee flavors along for the ride. The body was medium or just a bit more and lighter than expected. The beer was bitter enough to let you know that you are not drinking an everyday stout, but the beer seemed somewhat one dimensional and lacking in character other than bittering. A darn hoppy brew!

275 ml bottle. Best before October 2005. Label says "Brewed under license in Barbados by Banks Barbados Brewery, Ltd." I wonder how FES from Guinness is when it comes from the UK. Thanks to Ninjaworm!

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2005 23:34:01 | More by GCBrewingCo
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United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 03/03/06

A: pours a very dark brown to nearly black hue in a goblet, with a foamy brownish head which retreats a bit too fast...
S: the initial aroma is a mixture of fruit-cake or X’mas-pudding like black-fruitiness, burned brown sugar or light caramel, very dark chocolate, sweet plum wine, etc....complex but refreshing.
T: most noticeable initially are the dryish taste of roasted barley and that of crystal malts, with intensive bitterness of both Indonesian coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate (without the sour edge) in the background, while lightly tangy-sweet fruity and medium-intensive nutty savours play the second and third fiddles. The dryish aftertaste lingers well and the residual bitterness is weighty but never over the top.
M&D: overall, the mouthfeel runs from smooth beginning to dryish ending, against the fullsome flavour and full body. It's a very nice stout for beer-tasting or even as a digestif, but not something I would drink for more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2005 03:42:42 | More by wl0307
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a black brown, with small tan head. Smells fruity, bit of roastiness too. The taste is bitter and roasty, with the taste of dark fruits, figs dates that sort of thing. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth although a bit on the thin side, however this is a beer that everyone should try, especially in the caribbean.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 00:50:07 | More by Viggo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Islands' version. A good stout, though there are many better ones. Night and day to the Guiness draft beers being sent here domestically. Very Bitter, fruity, creamy, roasty and burnt parts. Black, cocoa powder, malts. Thin-medium bitter finish. Drinkable. Thanks Viggio.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 14:25:21 | More by Sammy
Photo of maccroz


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer is like chocolate puddin! I was lucky enough to discover a can of this in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. It pours just as you'd expect, like a dark motor oil. A tan/yellow frothy head and a dark "black hole" color.

It tastes like an incredibly rich version of the Extra Stout. It's has exactly what the US domestic version is missing. This beer is luscious.

It's not what I'd call "drinkable" though. You'll catch a nice buzz off the first pint and you don't exactly want to follow it with 5 more.

Regardless of the poor drinkability factor, have one sometime. If you're into dark stouts, you'll totally dig this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 00:05:01 | More by maccroz
Photo of foamer


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a considerable tan head with good retention. Some hints of caramel in the nose, but mostly roasted malt, hints of chocolate and some alcohol as well. Lovely roasted bitterness in the taste backed up with some stronger chocolate notes and a slight warming alcohol finish. Nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. This is far and above the normal Guinness in every way. It's refreshing to see something good from the people who've just brought us Extra Cold stouts...Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 00:59:49 | More by foamer
Photo of UncleJimbo


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle. Purchased at a small shop in London.

This stout poured an opaque black color with creamy, tall, brown foam that persisted for a long time and clung to the glass a bit as it settled. The smell was dark, roasty malt. The taste was somewhat sweet and malty with a touch of tangy mollasses, and a hint of sweet fruitiness in the background, and some bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and fairly dry overall with full body and moderate carbonation. This was a very thick and chewy stout, and was not a beer to be consumed quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 00:26:56 | More by UncleJimbo
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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