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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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1,690 Ratings

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Ratings: 1690
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 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
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

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
Photo of GCBrewingCo

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
Photo of wl0307

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
Photo of Viggo

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
Photo of Sammy

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
Photo of GreenCard


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

Appearance: deeply opaque onyx, medium layer of bubbly tan foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: roasty coffee, hint of sourness, very light fruitiness, wisps of alcohol, malty base

Flavor: a minutely salty malt backbone with a hard roasty edge, dark chocolate, coffee, slight acidity, a little caramel, alcohol, finishes semi-dry with a roasty bitterness and traces of burnt caramel in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, fine carbonation, silky texture, rich alcohol warmth

Other comments: Not sure if this is different from the special Guinness that is made for Belgium (despite the 0.5% alcohol difference). In any case, it's just as yummy if not more so!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 19:42:14 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Vancer


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

Two cold beauties last nite after seeing the ol’ Lady’s charges on the MasterCard bill. Nice, foamy head, good lacing, and a deep charcoal malt aroma / flavor with a finishing hop kick. Seems to have just a smidgen more punch than regular Guinness draft, probably from the extra carbination. Great drinkablity, smooth, with a short afterburn. - wish I had more than 2 in the fridge. Ol’ blister took a drink and almost gagged, but she’s a BMC lite drinker, so what else is new?

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 14:52:44 | More by Vancer
Photo of Tang07


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew!

Nice full bodied
This beer is brewed through out the Caribbean. (Bahamas, Curacao NA, St. Vincent and probably a few other places).
The particular bottle that I am reviewing was brewed in Ireland.

The bottles I get are usually 330 ml.

I usually drink it straight from the bottle but for reviewing purposes, I used a glass this time. It pours black with a brown head. The head is very thick. Depending on how you pour it, it will keep the head on it until the glass is empty. Thus it leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is of coffee and malt.

The taste is of coffe, dark chocolate, and malt. It has a lot of body and has a bit of sweetness with a bitter finish.

Great evening beer. Probably a bit heavy and strong for drinking during the day unless you don't have to do much.
It is excellent with hot and spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 18:43:47 | More by Tang07
Photo of frank4sail

New Jersey

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

Rich sweet malt smell. Big, big initial light tan head. Initial taste of a strong bite of abv and black malt. The brew then sweetens on the tongue with a milk like feel. The finish is one of a slightly sour malt dryness. Dark black opeque look in the pint glass. Lasting rocky lacing head. Good mouth and body to the brew. The beer is solid but does not knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 01:47:28 | More by frank4sail
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a dark ruby/brown body, little light penetration. Tan head forms erupting, good retention and some signs of lacing

Smell, creamy dark coffee aromas, slight hint of vanilla

Taste, chocolatly, very rich, espresso and a malty sweetness. Some slight hop bitterness also

A great stout

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 15:41:08 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh what a surprise, a friend just in from a two week vacation in Europe stopped buy with a gift pack for the “Old Gusler”, some fine brews, from Germany, and a bottle I specifically ask for a bottle of GFE, some thing I’ve not had for some 4 years if my records are correct.

The beer pour the traditional atramentous Guinness color, the head monsterous and a creamy chocolate brown, with the lace sticky and thick Nose is coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nice malt aroma, what a treat for the old schnozzles. Start is lightly sweet, nice malt with the top middling to full n feel, modest in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry, and a treat that’s not too be missed for you stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 22:54:33 | More by Gusler
Photo of bditty187


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shiny black in hue, there is a slight ruby hint around the edges, especially when held to a light. Impressive color. A foamy beige head donned the top of the beer; it was a finger in height at the apex. The head retention was good, after a few moments it subsided to a loose, foamy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well. Still, the appearance of this stout is near faultless. The nose isn’t very talkative; I get suggestions of roast, some char as well. In the way back is a hint of soft, caramel and toffee. The bouquet is disappointing; there really isn’t much to it. It is not inviting because there is so little aroma. Apathetic. The palate is much improved. This is unlike any other Guinness I’ve had. First of all, I can taste alcohol and it is warm and yummy. My bottle proclaims, “6.5% abv”. As expected there is a fair amount of roasty flavors that produce notes of coffee and char. Pleasant. Towards the finish is a lovely toffee, caramel flavor. Then an astringent bitterness kicks in and lasts into the aftertaste. I really like the whole package here; there is heat and roast with hints of caramel and bitterness. This is a very good (Export) Stout; the complexities are apparent and welcomed. It is tasty! The body is a little fuller than medium, it is ideally heavy while not being sluggish, the carbonation is moderately low but appropriate. The mouthfeel is good, better than ordinary. Damn good stuff here. My dear Uncle Allen bought me a dainty bottle of FES on a recent cruise while docked at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It set him back $8 at a tourist trap liquor store. That is way too pricey for this beer, still I am very grateful for the opportunity to quaff this famous Guinness product. Thanks Allen!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 17:08:37 | More by bditty187
Photo of Crosling


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the White Horse in London, England.

Dark Brown.

Slightly astringent, burnt grain, molasses, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and prunes in the nose.

Traditional dry stout characteristics throughout, just much bigger with notes of raisins, alcohol, chocolate, cocoa and prunes. Full bodied.

Wow, Guinness can make a good beer. What a surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 17:34:15 | More by Crosling
Photo of mschofield


4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 19:35:31 | More by mschofield
Photo of oggg


3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I begged the headwaiter at our table on our Carnival cruise to leg me have a Guinness in a pint glass with dinner on board the ship. I picked up the bottle at a random bar on Dominica and brought it aboard in my backpack. It stayed cool in the ice bucket until dinner the next day.

The beer poured black with aurburn tints at the edges, but had an ugly soap bubbly head. There was a moderate burnt aroma. On sipping, the beer had a strong burnt taste. Emphasis on strong. Not much hop presence. Flavor fades to a mild sourness that became strong and lingering as I got to the bottom of the beer and it warmed up. Flaw of beer storage or beer design? In any case, it was creamy and smooth with a medium to full body, and these were huge pluses. The alcohol level is subtle. Overall I would try this again in the hopes that the sourness was an abberration. I would definitely keep this beer cold and drink it cold though. Easily the best beer I had in the Caribbean.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 05:32:51 | More by oggg
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.