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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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2,066 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,066
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 142
Gots: 182 | 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 getbehindthemule
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JLSIV
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

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

11.2oz Bottle poured into a Surly Stein.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a beige foamy head.

Aroma: Slight hints of chocolate with some coffee undertones.

Taste: Strong coffee flavors, with chocolate coming thru. A little bitter up front, but the finish is more subtle.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but very "guiness" like.

Overall: It really strikes me as a more "Guiness" guiness. Almost like the "regular" is guiness-lite.

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

Reviewed from notes made on 2/17/11.

A medium-hard pour into a snifter yields a 2.5 finger fluffy and bubbly light brown head. This rests atop a dark, dark brown body. As the beer recedes, thick, globby lace is left on the sides of my 23 oz. snifter.

G.F.E. smells nuttier than any other stout I've inhaled. It is much like the taste of an almond in smell form. A very roasty and toasty aroma supports the nuttiness. Some dry, earthy hop smells mingle with other scents and deeper inhales reveal a light milk chocolate sweetness.

Roastiness trumps nuttiness in the taste. An acidic, roasty, coffee-like flavor bites at the sides of my palate, complemented by an ever-present milk chocolate flavor. A little bit of the full, mild almond taste lands on my tongue. The finish is nicely bitterseet and fairly dry. I can tell this is decently hopped, but I cannot pinpoint exactly how the hops influence the taste.

A very nice harmony exists between the bitter hops and roasted malts and a sweet creaminess in the mouthfeel. I'd say that the roast and hops win in the end, but reallly the balance is quite tight. This brew has a rich, medium body with appropriate carbonation.

I could certainly tip a few of these, although the bittersweet roast might creep on my palate after a stretch. I am quite happy that this is available in the States now and will seek it out when I'm in the mood for an alternative stout.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A very dark brown opaque color with a good head.

Smell – Roasted malts. Earthy with a touch of raisin.

Taste – Roasted malts, with a touch of hops and light smoke.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, light carbonation, and creamy.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinking stout at “only” 7.5% abv.

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

Bottle poured into a snifter

Dark black pour with a brown head that tends to linger.

Smell is strong with roasted notes dominating for me.

Hints of coffee with some bitterness in the finish.

Beer seems to be a stronger more flavorfull version of the "traditional" Guiness. A good stout but not necessarily something I would go out of the way to get but it is very drinkable

Photo of swaghawk
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of SteveB3014
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of imhoudinibitch
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BobMessina
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ncworster
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Bpierso1
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of donmonkey1
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/black. The head is a beautiful tan color, thick, perfect, with great lacing. I can't see any carbonation since the beer is opaque, but I can see bubbles forming quickly at the bottom of the head.

Smell: Molasses, copper pennies, roasted malt, toasted nuts, brown sugar.

Taste: Surprisingly flavorful with a great roasted/toasted flavor, molasses, brown sugar, and pine bark.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, rich and creamy.

This is a great beer. I think it would be better if it had a little more coffee/chocolate taste. It's too heavy to drink in the summer. It's definitely a winter beer, and even then I couldn't drink many, but I'll enjoy each one.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of JohnLynch
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of trevorjn06
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with an off-white, creamy head that leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes.

Aroma is earthy and roasted with notes of caramel, dark malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste is roasted with notes of coffee and dark malts but it is a bit thin and astringent. The finish has a roasted bitterness that is a tad sharp.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for a stout with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a classic and is good, but falls short of some of my favorites. The thin flavor and taste leaves me wanting, but the aroma is wonderful.

Photo of MrOH
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Broke out the Duvel tulip for this one.

Pours opaque black with a big frothy tan head.

Coffee, chocolate, roast, and hint of sour cherry in the nose.

Starts off with strong coffee, then a hint of alcohol and the famed Guinness tang, then slightly spicy bitterness and a hint of banana. All very elegant.

Creamy and full bodied, but the tang and the bitterness keep it from being heavy.

Very drinkable for what it is. There are very few stouts that pack this much flavor into 7.5%, much less ones that you could quaff. I see why this is so popular in the tropics. Great.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into ~15cl glass. I filled it up just under 3 times.

Foreign Extra pours an amazingly black color, just the tiniest hints of deep ruby when held to light, with a dark tan head, bordering on brown. The head is well over 2 fingers thick, and it sticks to the glass like white on rice.

The smell is of an unexpectedly bitterness (at least the strength of said bitterness), chocolately malt, and a hint of rum.

The Taste really is impressive. The best guinness, no doubt -- hits initially with the coffee/chocolate malt flavor which is incredibly more intense than in the rest of the guinness family. It is met equally with a surprising hoppy bite, dark yet delicious. I don't expect this sort of feel in a stout, which is the only reason I give it a 4.5 out of 5. The hoppiness overrides some of the more traditional flavors, but I am FAR from disappointed.

Like any other guinness, this is a very full bodied, syrupy stout. The large bubbles provide for a wonderful feel, and there are absolutely no complaints here.

I would love to drink this all night. Could I? No. The 7.5% ABV sneaks up on you, because you just want to keep drinking this delicious beverage. This beer is an absolute must-try.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.