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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,861 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 1,861
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 109
Gots: 113 | FT: 1
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Ireland

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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

05-24-2005 14:25:21 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours an opaque black color with a massive 4 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thick puffy cap. Nice distinct rings of bubbly lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. There is also a slight cola aroma on this one. Taste is of roasted malt and vanilla cola flavors. There is a chocolate covered coffee bean quality in the mouth as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation making for a crisp yet creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout from Guinness that is much better than their normal variety. This is my first of the style and I would definitely get this one again in the future.

07-16-2011 04:14:41 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-20-2011 18:21:21 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Thanks to drabmuh for the bottle. Shared with family and tasted side-by-side with a can of the Draught. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a mocha head and some good lacing. Really good retention overall. The nose brings quite a bit of roast and chocolate with a hint of buttery diacetyl, though this never reaches an unappetizing level. The taste is more roast with a nice, dry coffee character. There is a touch of bitter dark chocolate in the background as well. Dry roast is what really sticks with me. Impressive in that this is fairly complex, though I'll say that the feel did not really help the flavor, as the finish was too dry for my liking. It left me parched, which is a good goal for the brewer, I suppose.

12-29-2010 14:04:26 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

12-14-2011 04:33:05 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

A: The beer is very dark black in color; traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high creamy light brown head that has good retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted malts and also has some notes of peat and hints of coffee. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The beer is easy to drink but I doubt I could have more than one of these in a night because it's quite filling and also has a relatively high alcohol content.

01-15-2011 16:58:40 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Appearance: It has that great Guinness look, with a nearly pitch black liquid and a massive mocha colored cap that scatters a fair amount of foam around the nonic

Smell: Roasty char, black bread and currants

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a developing sense of molasses, burnt wood and tart currants; after the swallow, the burnt flavors tend to linger along with the black bread; the aftertaste has a lot of char going on

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though I am not crazy about the amount of char in the finish, this is quite a nice stout

12-24-2010 19:03:26 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-22-2014 07:08:41 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-09-2012 00:09:30 | More by acurtis
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet notes is pretty good. Taste is a nice mix between some solid roasted malt with dry notes and some light sweet undertones. Body has somewhat of a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is definitely a step-up from the regular Guinness.

07-27-2012 15:50:07 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Robustly flavored and dry to the finish, this beer spans the gamot of characteristics in a fluid and flawless manner.

The pour brings a very dark brown elixer, almost opaque, and carries a most impressive tan foam stance that lasts the session with stubborn structure. The beer leaves an intricate sticky lace on the glass in most convincing fashion.

Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, malted milk, light char and french roast coffee fill the nose in a balanced and robust way.

Flavors of roasted woods, coffee, and burnt cocoa begin to take precidence in flavor, but then follow with a creamy sweet balance and mild tartness for complexity. Also balanced with English hops, the beer has an added gear of woodiness/earthiness that blends seamlessly with the coffee-ish bitterness.

Very creamy and full early on, the beer makes a quick transition through the milky malted weight, the sweetish mid palate, and into the acrid-dry finish, stopping shy of ashy or powdery. Very well controlled. Maybe the sharpness of roasted grain or hop bite proves too much for some, but this is a well balanced beer on all fronts.

Now, when is Guinness going to give us a Russian Imperial?

11-05-2010 05:17:41 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Much better then I thought it was going to be I have to admit. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 07/01/2010.

The pour was a dark black, no light coming through this one at all with a nice tan head of about two inches capping the top. Nice lacing settling down but eventually a mostly bare top was left without much around the sides.

Aroma is very roasty and smoked. Nice hints of underlying bitter chocolate and sweetness laying around as well. Feel was a touch thin, but other then that seemed to work well as the deep roasted chcocolate came across clearly and the nice roasted and smoked malts added a nice touch.

Overall much better then I thought it would be for sure, Would not mind seeing this one again.

07-02-2010 14:34:43 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

2.9/5  rDev -28.7%

A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger of dense khaki head.

S: First thought that comes to mind is barbecue. Smells like roast and fire. However, there's an odd buttery quality to it. Sweet malt and graham cracker follow these strange aromas. A lot of dark fruits, especially prunes.

T: Very heavy on the roasted malts, almost smokey in flavor. Somewhat bitter as a result of this. Only a light sweetness to this one and not really much of the dark fruit that was present in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not sure what all the commotion was about with this. I didn't like this at all.

09-14-2011 06:09:57 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-06-2011 18:14:40 | More by kjkinsey
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.3%

07-03-2013 05:58:20 | More by ygtbsm94
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-14-2013 04:30:39 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

4.55/5  rDev +11.8%

Black w/tan head. Nothing tastes like Guinness! How do they do it?

Nose is all rich roasted grains, black coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy but bright and perfectly balanced.

Flavors follow nose and are big, bright and bold roasted grain, black coffee and bitter chocolate, that then end with rich bitter espresso. Hints of purple plum in the flavor profile.

Finish is all big bitter espresso, burnt coffee and burnt bitter toast.
This just has the perfect balance and blend of roast, bitter, sweet, malt etc. Extremely drinkable

02-11-2011 07:48:51 | More by GRG1313
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

A: half finger head on a deep black body.

S: full roasted malt with nice espresso/ coffee note.

T: very nice roasted sweet malts with coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate notes. More complex than expected.

M: moderate carbonation and moderate to full body.

Overall: this is a very nice beer for what it is. Flavorful and complex.

04-30-2012 18:09:46 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 28/03/11.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with thin garnets hints at the edges and a big, burgeoning, beige-hued head with good retention.

Smell: Roasty nose with an ardor for bulk chocolate and notes hinting at coffee, salted caramel, and a small splash of lightly tart black currant wine.

Taste: Dark, roasted barley with tones of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and smokey molasses. Medium sweetness. Fruity touch of cassis creeps in midway through. Small hint of licorice. The roastiness meshes well with the floral, herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Small carbonic pinch. The finish starts off malty and sweetish with a hint of alcohol, but eventually trails off into a dull bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit over medium-bodied with medium-light carbonation for a fairly soft mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it. Flavorful and satisfying, the two things I find woefully lacking with the standard-issue Guinness.

07-17-2010 20:21:43 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

This one poured out as a very dark brown color. The head was creamy and thick looking. The lacing on the glass was quite impressive, leaves plenty of suds down the glass. The smell of the beer seems to have a bit more of a hop presence that isn't usually common from Guinness. The other aromas consist of some chocolate and some really burnt toast. The taste is very dry and bitter, there is a light amount of creaminess but it's got more bite than most other products from St. James. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy, I felt that it wasn't nearly as heavy as some stouts out there. The body was a bit thicker than the normal extra stout they make. Overall I found this stout to be pretty enjoyable from start to finish. I would enjoy having this one again.

07-01-2011 20:43:57 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Great to see this in my area finally.Poured into my Guiness pint glass deep near pitch black except for a bit of tawny highlights when held into some light,a well formed toasted almond colored one finger head atop.Great aromas of deep roast coffee,bitter chocolate,and sweetish rum,all came together really well.Huge roasty flavors from the onset,bitter and racey with bitter chocolate elements,just sweet enough with some dark fruit,and molasses notes to keep everything together well.This a great export stout,I loved drinking this.

10-21-2010 21:23:24 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Finally available in these parts. It pours a dark garnet-tinted black-brown topped by a housing project of sandstone foam. The nose comprises light coffee, pretzels, very light roasted malts, salted cashews, and a touch of dark wheat. The taste kicks the roast up a bit, adding a very mild touch of bitter dark chocolate and finishing with a small scraping of charcoal. The body is a strong medium, with a very-light moderate carbonation, a smoothly chewy feel, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is indeed a step-up from the normal Guinness, but not really that big of one. It is definitely denser and drier, with more of a roasted character, but the drinkability remains the same, and the flavors don't really "pop", especially compared to other FES examples. Honestly, not all that different from the normal GES, but it is slightly different (and for the better).

10-30-2010 06:36:03 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

01-10-2013 21:13:50 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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emerge077

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours black, opaque in the glass. Cascading tan foam billows up to the rim, leaving some intricate lacework in it's wake. Retention is ok, there's a floating marshmallow island in the center after the foam subsides.

Mildly sweet aroma of roast malt, somewhat light but pleasant.

Straightforward flavors of coffee, black malt, and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Slight bitterness that suggests the increased hop content mentioned on the label. Slightly woody with moderate roastiness. Easygoing feel, a little bit of slickness there, drying in the aftertaste. Surprising to see this was 7.5% abv. Head & shoulders above the regular Guinness offerings.

02-13-2011 01:37:16 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Found a couple in the British Virgin Islands.

A - Poured out a jet black color with a caramel colored, two-finger head that left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of rich malt. Chocolate and caramel flavors were quite strong, too. It had a coffee like taste.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Great beer, far better than the version we get in the states.

06-16-2008 00:18:28 | More by zeff80
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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