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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 825
Hads: 2,185
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 177
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 jcbogantes
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Delicious Stout, dry dark fruits on the nose some sweetness on the aroma too. Very malty, chocolaty, smoky, some coffee notes, some maple, perfect sweetness. Very nice colored head that leaves some fine lacing behind.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A deep black body here that has ruby hints against the light. The top is crowned with a massive beige head of mixed foam. Excellent retention to the head and evidence of light streaming CO2 activity.

Smell - Coffee Liqueur, raisin, prune and sweet caramel are the main elements I can detect but there is a strong roasty toasty malt current in here.

Taste - Sweet sour and bitter. Roasted burnt malt at the front which is very heavy indeed. This one starts rather sour at the front of the mouth and retains a sour undercurrent the whole way through. In some ways this has some milk stout elements. There is also the coffee and caramel ending that was found in the nose.

Mouth feel - A rather cloying end finishs what is otherwise a creamy feeling body. There is some boozy numbing like feeling in here. It is sound in this respect but not as good as I had hoped for.

Overall - Not bad but not really great either. I found this beer looked great but did not deliver anything amazing in any other element.

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Photo of hopley
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of boyntonliquors
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a world class beer using an old Irish recipe which has the wort/mash exposed to wild yeasts. This along with the use of high quality barley malts and enough hopping to please an American palate makes this beer a surprise find from the Guinness Brewery which is owned by the Diageo Group (read Smirnoff). The beer is made to transport and because of this cellars very well and even bottle conditions which producing a great Irish stout.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on close out and can't translate the date.

Aroma is floral and fruity/boozy, with that signature Guinness roast malt character underlying, and a hint of tobacco.

Flavor is roasty at the base, but notes of raisins and dates add sweetness and complexity, leading to a lightly bitter, ashy finish. Nutty malt surfaces in the aftertaste.

Far more complex malt character than the standard version. The alcohol is slightly fusel, but the dark fruit detracts.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice foamy tan head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is an obscure The lacing left over is plentiful and looks really nice.

The beer smell is nice and roasty with a bit of dark fruit and caramel note to it. The smell is pretty simple but smells well done.

The beer taste is similar to the smell but a bit stronger. The beer has roasted malt notes with caramel and dark fruit notes to round it off. Additionally, the beer also has a bitter hop flavor as well to make a bit more complex.

The beer mouthfeel is a bit light for a stout. The beer is supposed to be heavy bodied but feels on the lighter side to the point that it feels medium bodied. The carbonation is biting and gives it quite a bit of texture, making it feel like a more thicker foam.

Overall, pretty good beer and well worth drinking if you can find it. This is one of the beers that started me on the path to beer geekdom (before I joined beeradvocate) and is still pretty good after having so money different beers.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

My sister-in-law brought me one from Dublin.

Look - nearly black, oily, nice off-white creamy head.
Smell - tobacco, lots of barley, Guinness (duh), cream, coffee.
Taste - tastes a lot more like "regular" Guinness than I thought it would. A little more bitter and hoppy. Very balanced and slightly more complex.
Feel - smooth as a baby's bottom, velveety and creamy.
Overall - As a huge Guinness fan, I'd rank this #1 of the 3 I've had in the portfolio. #2 would be (the ubiquitous) Guinness Draught and #3 The (original/regular) Extra Stout

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Photo of MattyDTD
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma of Dark Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Cocoa, Barley Malts and Cream. What Guinness should taste like. Very fruity and leaves your tastebuds dancing. The best from the guinness range in my opinion.

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Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Under license in St Lucia. Perfect.

A: Black w/ massive, creamy, lasting tan head. Lacing galore.

S: Nose is blackened roasted grains, wood char, french roast black coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Flavors follow the nose and are surprisingly sweet, big, bright and roasted, black strong coffee and bitter chocolate, that culminate in hops, espresso, crema, old wood, church interior.

F: Mouthfeel - among its best parts - is creamy, bright and balanced. Finish is bitter espresso and grilled wood.

Great balance and blend of roast, bitter, sweet, malt etc. Extremely drinkable.
Makes a great black and tan with the local Piton lager too.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle. The head on this beer is just incredible. Huge, rocky, tan head that lasts forever on tap of pitch black liquid. Roasted malt aroma and flavor with burnt grains. Medium-full bodied. Dry and bitter in the finish.

My favorite of the Guinness lineup. This is strong and full of flavor, barring almost no resemblance to the Guinness most of us know and love.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an incredibly dark brown, as close to pitch black as brown can get. Beers easily will form a 1.5 finger head on its own. Head is extremely creamy with some thick clustering, looks like the head of a root beer float. Head is a light tan.
S - Definitely has an alcohol presence. After letting it warm up a bit, much more inviting aromas are present such as black coffee, light chocolate and even the presence of dates.
T - Not for a first time stout drinker, but a DAMNED good stout. A sweetness, comparable to dates shines through once you've allowed it to warm up a bit, there is still quite an alcohol presence as well as it's bitterness, but it isn't overpowering.
O - An excellent stout, but I feel it would be enjoyed more by a seasoned stout drinker rather than a newcomer to the world of stouts.
V - So worth it. You'll notice that there is Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness *Foreign* Extra Stout, these both typically run at the same price, but wow is the foreign variant so much better, it's flavors and aromas are much deeper and complex and quite frankly if you're paying the same amount any way, then it is entirely a good value.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Black body. Big, dense beige head. Great lacing.
S: Buttery chocolate.
T: It's a richer version of Guinness with quite a bit extra. Fairly sweet, very buttery, and plenty of chocolate. It's slightly rummy, slightly muddy, and has some bonfire smokiness. In the aftertaste I get some citrus on top of all that chocolate. As it approaches room temperature there's a pronounced fishy flavour, weirdly. It also gets more buttery.
M: Lively mouthfeel but smooth. Not sticky at all.
O: Great. I needs me some oysters.

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Photo of soneill065
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

The extra hops intensify the charcoal taste that is common in all stouts a little too much. I would much rather stick to the extra stout(original) any day.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Whoa. This is really, really good. Better than the usual extra stout. It's rich and earthy and chocolatey. It smells so fantastic. I'm gonna need more of these.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%

330ml bottle purchased in Japan; 5% ABV.

The aroma is very bold and expressive with lots of brown sugar, molasses, prune, raisin, caramel, dark chocolate. The body is virtually black; the light tan head is dense and fluffy. The flavor is not quite as elaborate as the nose—bread crusts, brown sugar sweetness, moderate bitterness, coffee, and a nice peanut shell finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a fairly full body; a little dry in the finish.

I enjoy a Guinness Draft well enough, but given a choice I'd take this Extra Stout any day. The aroma is bold and complex; and the flavor, while not quite as expressive, is still satisfyingly rich with roasted malt in the lead, sweetness in support, and a punctuating bitterness that stops shy of astringent.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me how bottled Guinnees used to looked, cola body huge tobacco stained foamy head
Subdued coffee aroma
Flavour is where regular Guinness should be iron & carbon & dark sugars & fruit at the back
but with a lingering booziness
its slightly thin, dangerously close to watery, but not quite & dangerously easy to down
my memory appears to be not entirely correct on this stout but drinkable enough

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +1%

11.2 ounce brown bottle. Best before date 19:15 whatever that means.

A: Pours black with crimson edges under a lofty 2-finger thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Sweetly roasted malts, chocolate cake batter, faint vanilla, sherry-like note, wood, earthy.

T: Follows nose with minor heat noticed, bittersweet chocolate, faint char.

M: Full body and full carbonation. Rich, smooth, creamy chocolate and roasty finish.

O: Not the usual Guinness stout, this is way better.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guinness foreign extra stout

330 ml bottle served a bit too cold into a pint glass aboard the cruise liner while on vacation. Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised that this was carried, although the ship ran out about halfway through the cruise.

Appearance - even a gentle pour yielded an impressive 3 fingers of tan frothy head. Retention time was near eternal and as always this Guinness poured a light eradicating black. A massive cylindrical prism forms as the head slowly recedes down the sides.

Smell - roasty coffee and mild yet simultaneously bold malts. A little more aromatic as it warms.

Taste - there's a moderate caramel sweetness up front before the roasty coffee flavor takes over transitioning to a trace of liquorice and maybe a touch of tobacco. No significant Booze is perceptible either.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and velvety, reasonably well carbonated but not a distraction. Slight warmth in the back of the throat. Much fuller than standard Guinness available in North America.

Overall - a delicious stout that is easily drinkable yet at the same time can truly give you warmth from the inside due to the higher ABV. An excellent beer that I hope to run across at home sometime soon.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Totally black with great beige rocky head that dissipates but leaves good lacing. Aroma is of bitter coffee and roasted malt. Tastes of burnt flavours and coffee. Highly bitter for a stout with a long lasting aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat milky with moderate carbonation.

Overall,an excellent foreign extra stout. Very roasty with tons of burnt flavour and a lasting finish. Satisfying and enjoyable every time. Bigger than a standard stout but without the hugeness of an imperial stout.

My mark out of 100 would be 93.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying the (better) version of Guiness, excited to try the Foreign Extra! Purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta.

Pours the typical inky black, with a foamy, mountainous 2 inch head. Lots of lacing down the glass. The heads last for a while as a creamy film on top of the beer.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke.

This tastes pretty great, honestly. Creamy, vanilla richness, with a good amount of chocolate and coffee malt flavor. Quite roasty as well. This is miles ahead of the regular Guinness Draught, night and day honestly. There is some roasty bitterness that keeps everything naturally dry.

Rich, creamy, fairly thick body that coats the mouth very well. Awesome. So drinkable. Low carbonation.

This is a revelation, for the longest time I thought Guinness was garbage until this beer. Now I want to try some of the other export versions.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Can't decipher bottling date exactly- L0232GF002 suggests 8/20/2010. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 5/14/2014.

A- Dark, opaque nearly black body. One finger offwhite head with good retention. Eventually drops down into a medium sized collar. Small spots of lacing along the glass. For the most part, appears like a big stout.

S- Dark chocolates. Tons of dark fruits- plums, fig, even hints of chocolate-covered cherries.

F- Roast malt, dark chocolate character, dark fruits- figs, plums, subtle tart cherry that comes nowhere near medicinal, some earth. Very cleanly executed, complex and interesting. Certainly above average.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation. Slightly resinous mouthfeel that honestly reminds me of having dark chocolates melt in your mouth. A chocolate-covered cherry finish that is slightly tart but actually accompanied by a nice bitter earthiness that brings it all together.

O- This is a very good stout that is full in flavour and mouthfeel. I am really enjoying the subtle but still hard to miss chocolate covered cherries here. Very glad this is quite easy to find on the shelves around here, even if the price is a little bit more than I'd expect.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/29/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, herbal, floral, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast malt and earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out as dark and black as a beer can get. A big pillowy tan head (2+ fingers) lasts througout the beer and leaves volumes of sticky lacing. The aroma is very deep roasted malt, nothing really complex but enjoyable in its simplicity. The taste has a little more depth, with some hints of coffee and some pleasant alcohol esters. It's a little thinner in the style of an Irish Dry Stout but has a pleasant feeling on the palate. A great full-flavored stout that packs a punch.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a medium chalice, color is black, solid, head is tan and dense with varied bubble sizes; head lingers exceptionally well and leaves great lacing and presence on the glass.

Smell is mild roast malt, clean bitterness from the hops, maybe some light grass or earthiness, very similar to Guinness Draught.

Taste is wonderful, roast malt and bitterness flavors are similar to Draught but of course doubled in size and presence; clean roast, no sweet overtone, bitter finish and lingering presence. Hops are grassy, earthy light floral notes.

Mouthfeel is another great part of this beer, the flavors present on the tongue then spread through the mouth on the cheeks, carbonation is a bit higher creating a sharper note on the tongue, roast and hops linger nicely and leave a big flavor for a long period.

Overall, a style defining ale and true to its core as the flavor, aroma and mouthfeel are really larger versions of the Draught version.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For all intents and purposes, this beer is black. Straight black. Looks great with a two-fingered head of light tan. Lacing is exquisite. Sticky foam behaving nicely. Retention is excellent. Even after minutes, I still have a dimply head with height.

Deep Euro malt stout roastiness with a touch of the sweet. Lightly charred with a kiss of peat smoke and notes of mucky coffee; still has that Irish Dry background note with earthiness and mineral water. Some lost ripe fruitiness that I don’t want to forget about. Not too shabby.

Rich Export Stout roast, spent coffee grounds, alkaline bitterness, barley grain, smokiness, earthy hops, cocoa, and a trace of cedary goodness. Has a zappy finish that I like, full of malt bitterness and leftover hop kissing. A slight touch of caramel malt graces the flavor profile with a succulence. The smoke makes it, in my opinion.

Easy drinking, I’d say. The body is sturdy. Medium, I’d say, but spot-on. Expertly carbonated, if not a tad biting. Ruffled, in a good way.

Hey man, Guinness makes a hell of an Export Stout. I can’t believe this is my first go-around. I will probably have to nab this from time-to-time to satiate my desire for a good stout, which this is.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.