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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 825
Hads: 2,182
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 177
Gots: 254 | 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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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?

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a hint of transparency around the edges. Good head retention on this one.

Smell: Charred malts with a touch of acidity. Not a ton going on in the aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Baker's chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. I'm surprised at how much this still tastes like regular old Guinness, just with actual flavor and body. Dry through and through with a medium-full body. This is excellent stuff, it's a shame that it has such limited distribution.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from johnnnniee. Thanks! Definitely one of the cooler extras I've ever received.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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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 zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost completely black with just a hint of light coming through at the very edge. There are three fingers of tan head and a layer remains.

Smell: Quite sweet and roasty with a bit of cocoa. Smells like a milk stout.

Taste: Sweet with a very mild sour note. Again, this is a lot like a milk stout. The roasty sweetness has hints of cocoa and coffee. There is some warming alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side. The carbonation is mild and very smooth. Overall this beer drinks like velvet.

Overall: This is a very good beer. I've never had it before, and I will definitely search it out again. Super smooth.

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Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - A mild roasted aroma with lots of caramel and hint of molasses. Some fruity notes in the background, a little bit of plum and red apple.

T - Dark caramel and mocha notes up front with a little bit of red apple. Some spicy, chicory notes in the middle with a hint of licorice. The malt character darkens significantly in the finish with lots of coffee, smoke, burnt caramel, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and much more enjoyable than the draught. The roast character is very strong, especially in the finish and has a nice level of complexity with molasses, smoke, and spicy licorice giving the beer a depth that one doesn't normally associate with Guinness. Despite the robust flavor the beer finishes relatively dry with just a little bit of caramel sweetness to round out the roast character, this dryness helps to keep the beer drinkable to the end of the glass.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice aggressive pour yields a thick rich 2 finger darker colored head over just about pitch black color, with slight hints of light in the corners. The head leaves a nice lacing as it fades very slowly.

Nose is just about what I expected, light fluffy creamy dark malts, some light roast, that typical Guinness like patented aroma but with extra darkness and bitterness.

Taste comes creamy, somewhat rich, again the typical Guinness flavor but extra stoutness and bitterness. Fairly bitter, with even a bit of earthy hops I think. A bit of a minerality and briny taste, and hint of booze. Some chocolate and very light coffee roast. Finishes still somewhat sticky sweet but a bit of dryness, with some lingering bitterness, light minerality, and dark sweet malt resins.

Mouth is fairly heavy and pretty creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty smooth, some light lingering sweetness and stickyness, a bit of booze, and fair amount of bitterness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

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

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 15th, 2010. Pours a VERY dark ruby with a brilliant display of downward bubbles. Creamy head with excellent retention. Appears clear, alive, and very inviting, though it's too dark to see through.

Smell: Smells of roasted barley and biscuity hops. A scent of moderate strength. My nose is broken so it's difficult to detect flavours.

Taste: A dash of cream and then a perfect balance of slightly roasted barley and a note of hops, with a cool, refreshing finish. A well balanced, perfect body, though the finish is a bit wetter than I like in a stout. There is a very faint note of coffee and maybe caramel, though these flavours are very toned down in comparison to Guinness Draught. Very well built, a stout done right like only Arthur can.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation but not overdone. What's amazing about this beer is how good its body plays on the palate despite its 7.5% abv. Good thickness. Great body. Near perfect smoothness and wetness for the style. Just a touch too smooth and wet; I'd like a biteen more coarseness and dryness.

Drinkability: I'm going to go broke here in Ireland buying this over and over, but I'm going to be happy while I do it. An amazing beer in my favourite beer style. Hides its high ABV impeccably well. Very drinkable. An incredible beer.

Had to revise this review and tone it down following changes to the review weights. After a revisit, I reduced its score to accurately reflect its quality.

High B+

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and faint chocolate. Then a hearty malt character comes in but it's on the thin side for the style. There's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are others that are better in the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg as part of a mix-a-six- poured chilled into my Bass trademark glass.

The beer is an impressive deep brown bordering on black -it is opaque with a thick rocky tan cap which becomes creamy and laces the glass in rings after each swallow. The bead is very small, micro-sized mimicing a nitro pour. The smell is sweet and nutty with a fruit ester from the yeast and slight earthy element that adds to the light berry note in the aroma. the feel is roasty and moderately bitter, but smooth bitterness with moderately high effervescent quality and slightly fuller than medium body with gentle spiciness and subtle sweet accent with an almost minty clean quality and semi dry efffect on the palate.

The flavor has mild char notes which leads to a slightly creamy and mildly sweet malt flavor which is juxtaposed by a moderate spice and bitter hop taste. The stout finishes roasty w/ mild warmth and has dry toasted grain flavors lingering on the palate. A very good beer IMO, maybe not the ultimate example of the style, but suitable for a nice mid-winter quaff. I could enjoy this with shellfish but it really is substantial enough to consume by itself.

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I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed from a mug.

The color is black as night and opaque with a 3 finger cream mocha head thick lace sticks in a web with fine bead and good retention. The smell is reminiscent of dark sugar and raisins with light rum-like alcohol odor with slight woody nose and hint of mineral with light spice and slight dark cocoa with a hint of of toffee in the background. A moderately full feelig beer with nice smooth texture and moderately highly carbonated with medium Bitterness and roasted character with semi-dry finish and mild sweet undertone.

The Foreign stout has a flavor with dried fruit and currant notes with pine hop taste in the forefront and mild dark chocolate with bitter and light brown sugar elements with subtle spice with a crisp mineral yeast element that adds to the complexity with dry hints of toast and mild caramel malt with light peppery flavors with a gentle hint of hops in the finish with mild alcohol in the taste. Overall I was pleased to try this great beer again, it is a great foreign style stout which may not be the ultimate example, but really drinkable and pretty hiqh in quaffability for the strength!

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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