Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 129
Gots: 151 | FT: 1
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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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001)
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Nate
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MillRat
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a few bottles while in Ireland when we were staying in a place that did not have a pub within slithering distance (hard to believe, but true). Guinness is swimming in the deep end of the pool when they brew this. The color is inky black, and the head is a rich brown as opposed to the light tan of their draught. The aroma and taste is split evenly between the roasted barley and carmelized sugar flavors that range from toffee to molasses. This is a rather full-bodied beer, with a degree of sweetness in the aftertaste that is balanced by the roasted grain flavors and a hop bitterness that is more prominent than in the draught. The intensity of the toffee/molasses flavors makes two bottles plenty. While the draught may be an ideal beer to introduce people to the wonders of stouts, this is for those who are already stout lovers.

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4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark, red-brown brew is almost black and nearly opaque. A frothy, four-finger head erupts when poured into a half liter glass, leaving rocky crags and peaks at the summit in shades of tan and nut brown as it recedes. Plenty of sea-foam-like sections remain clinging to the sides of the glass as the beer is consumed.

A hint of cocoa with malty overtones can be detected in the scent, and carries through with bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavors emerging when sloshed over the palate. Enough hops to chase the sweetness and highlight the malts rounds out a mellifluous mouthful.

This iteration of the brand is much more substantial and robust than the watered-down version brewed in Canada for the North American market. This is a stout of stature and worthy of its reputation.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of 05Harley
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle # LO265GG001.. 04:10

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham, NH

Price - $9.99/4-pack

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a creamy three finger layer of foam. A quarter inch soapy light tan head remains half way through the glass and shows a fair amount of lacing sticking to the sides.

Smell: The aroma is classic Guinness on steroids which is pretty much roasted malts with an underlying scent of coffee.

Taste: Again Guinness, probably the easiest beer to recognize in a blind taste test. Oak flavor with smoke.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a smoke backbone and some hop bitterness. Pretty good carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeah one's enough. After ninety plus years away from America I some how expected this to have more of a wow factor but was disappointed. Still drinkable and one I'll revisit.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of ikats
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased on the island of St. Thomas. Brewed in Dublin (according to the bottle).

Practically back in color with nice, sticky brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin cover leaving nice lacing behind.

Aroma is full of roasted notes, caramel, molasses. Sweet and sticky with a hint to this beer's strength.

First sip is a bit of a shocker as my mind tries to clear any connection or expectations related to a 4% Guinness Draught. The following sips reveal beer's sweet softness with dry bitterness. Strength is lurking in the background. This beer has substance, but even so, it's still not more than medium body.

Fairly drinkable with a nice mouthfeel; although, I cannot imagine it being a session beer.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/30/10

A:Pours a dark non transparent color with a big tan head, nice lacing is left down the

S:Smell of roasted malt, coffee, and possibly some chocolate in the mix as well. Much
like a regular Guinness but a little more intense

T:Taste is pretty much the same as the nose but mostly just dominated by robust and
roastiness of the malts. They talk about extra dry hopping on this but I'm really not
getting to much if that at all.

M:Thicker body than the regular style (which was one of the main things it was always lacking)seem like the carbonation was good as well

D:Overall a just above average stout, granted it is better than the original version, but just
nothing to crazy delicious about it. Could see drinking a couple of these if they were
offered for free but probably save my money for something a little better

Photo of Cs1987
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black, 2 fingers of brownish head which reduced.

Smell - The usual strong coffee smell.

Taste - Certainly stronger than Australian brewed Guinness Extra Stout, but not any better.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Higher ABV, but not really any harder to drink than GES.

Overall - Unfortunately, this fails to improve on regular GES.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 11.2oz. bottle into a nonic Samuel Smith pint glass at low altitude. In my opinion, there's no more appropriate brew than this one to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!

A: Pours a very dark brown with a large mocha colored head that recedes slowly and leaves lacing all over the glass. As expected from a Guinness, it looks beautiful.

S: Roasted barley dominates here, with faint hints of dark chocolate.

T: Starts with deeply roasted barley, followed by pleasant creaminess and a long dark chocolate finish that ends bitter. I applaud the complexity for a beer produced on this scale, and the flavors work in concert with one another.

S: Full-bodied with a creamy body and, considering the style, a very dry finish. I would have liked a bit less dryness here.

D: A fine example of the style, especially considering the large-scale brewing process. Commendable.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle from a four pack. Into a SA Perfect Pint.

Pours a nice ink black with a two finger frothy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, some cocoa.

Darks malts and balanced coffee notes take over first. Slight chocolate in the middle. Leafy and bitter hops at the back end. Finishes with a strong aftertaste of roastiness. Everything within balance and nothing crazy. A stout drinker's stout.

Very smooth, slight prickling from small carbonation at the back. Actually not that dry like I expected.

At 7.5% ABV with a pronounced flavor, this one is just verging on a sipping stout, but it still retains some drinkability.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of nickadams2
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Black with dark brown highlights. Thick khaki colored head with great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Roasted malt,black licorice and a touch of coffee.

T_Same as nose. Tons of roasted malt with a touch of sweet black licorice. Chocolate and coffee notes come through as well.I've read a couple reviews describing this as tasting liike regular Guinness but intensified. I have to concur. Not overly complex but definitely rich in taste.

M_Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. On the verge of being a "big beer" but very drinkable.

D_ABV is a bit high but this is a very drinkable beer. Great example of the style.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of tito42
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. The "best before" didn't get stamped on this bottle.

A: I don't know what else you'd want out of a stout in the looks department. Mondo cocoa head with excellent retention and lacing. Pours nearly pitch black. Just a touch of coffee color at the bottom of the pint glass when you hold it inches from a light.

S: Roasted barley, caramel, and Irish whiskey.

T: Roasted barley, milk caramel, rich malt, and a hops profile throughout. A bitter and dry finish. Extremely pleasant and well-balanced.

M: Full-bodied and rich without being chunky. A nice hops bitterness leads to a dry finish that doesn't go overboard. The 7.5% ABV is masked very well.

O: Now, THIS is a Guinness. This is the real deal. Glad this is available in the U.S. now, had been keeping an eye out for it and there it was today at the Hy-Vee. This will be a staple in my fridge.

Photo of Star80
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new (old) Foreign Extra Stout, what's it all about? Pours out a pitch black with a brown head, thick two finger head dissipates into a thinner one. Some decent lacing for a change! Smell is interesting, has a certain sourness, almost reminds me of a milk stout, with some additional liquorice. No big hop whiffs despite talk about extra high hopping. The taste definitely has peat and smokyness, with an assertive bitterness reminding you that this is the real thing. Mouthfeel is full but not overly rich. The alcohol in this beer is fairly well hidden. I guess the question would ultimately be, how does this offering rate among all the strong craft stouts? It will be a tough sell, the craft beer makers are making some finely made beers that make this beer pale in comparison. This is GOOD, but maybe to little too late, but I do respect an original.

Photo of deepsouth
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to trill for the opportunity to try this one...

this beer poured thinner than i expected. jet black with no head.

the smell is roasted malt, light coffee, a tad buttery & milk chocolate. fantastic.

the taste is complex. woody and dark pitted fruits. a joy on the palate.

the mouthfeel is thinner than i expected it to be, but not bad.

this beer has an awesome aftertaste. they must pour one of these into six US guinness beers and fill the rest up with water and ship it over here. this is a damn fine beer that i wish were the standard guinness in the states.

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

Bitter and dry, with notes of prune, baker's chocolate, and cream.

A: Totally black body without even a hint of highlight, topped with a fairly persistent, frothy, two finger khaki head that leaves a bunch of lace. The head is composed of much coarser bubbles than standard Guinness and does not display the iconic cascade.

S: Aroma is similar to standard Guinness, but bigger. Specifically, I'm smelling malted chocolate, dusty hops, and lactose.

T: The taste is quite a departure from regular Guinness in that it has a ton more fruit to it, namely prune. Not that it's all that pruney, just that it was quite a surprise. Chocolate takes a back seat, and is of the dry baker's variety. Finish is on earthy, acidic hops, and is medium long. Overall impression is one of bitterness and dryness, with acrid hops attacking the whole way and sweetness never really quite getting through, though a bit of cream does.

M: Very grainy texture, and the weight is a just bit under where I think it should be for 7.5%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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