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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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2,037 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,037
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 132
Gots: 171 | 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 strangebrew1981
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of weizenbob
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle received in a trade with JoeyBeerBelly. I have a particular affinity for the Guinness brand so I've been looking forward to trying this. Thanks Joe! Bottle pour to a pint glass.

This poured pitch black with an awesome two-fingers of frothy dark mocha-colored head. The head slowly settled to about one finger leaving a heavy trail of sticky lacing.

This is an aromatic stout that you can smell as you're pouring it. Sweet chocolate scents waft out during the pour. Once the beer had settled the aroma coming off was of dark chocolate, with bitter notes of coffee and roasted malt. There's also a subtle fruity booziness, not unlike a faint whiff of brandy. This doesn't smell like beer; it smells like dessert.

The first taste is somewhat of a surprise. This Foreign Extra Stout is very rich. There is a sweet fruitiness initially, akin to tart cherries. After the initial bite an earthy quality becomes noticeable and it remains an undercurrent throughout the flavor profile. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a boozy way. It carries the backend of the flavor and warms the throat as it goes down. The finish is bitter and sticks to the back of the mouth. It's an unexpectedly unique and flavorful stout.

It's a bit intense in the mouth, and the further down the glass I get, the more medicinal the beer seems. Simply put, there's a ton of flavor paired with a moderately high alcohol content. It's delicious, but it's a sipper. It's heavy in the mouth but not outrageously so. Carbonation seems high at first but it's actually balanced out pretty well.

As far as the drinkability goes, Foreign Extra Stout is really delicious. It's intense and contains 7.5% ABV so sessionability is out of the question, but in spite of that I really do want to keep drinking this. It's more of a desert beer than anything, but my, what a desert beer this is. This is really head and shoulders above any other product that Guinness is currently importing to the United States. I highly recommend it.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two enthusiastic Schlitz for this beer. It's delicious and I can only hope that it eventually makes its way to my little town.

Photo of BogAl
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mani
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DeekNayvuz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of WGO
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jyacco15
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BeerFink
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to my roommate for bringing this back from his trip to Ireland for me. He picked it up at the Guinness brewery in Dublin, bottle says "brewed in Ireland."

Decanting this 330 mL bottle reveals a midnight black brew dominated by a light brown head. As the head dies down slightly, some heavy lacing coats my snifter. The aroma was much sweeter than I was expecting a Guinness to be. Some dark fruits coupled with caramel and possibly some molasses. Plenty of malt in the nose, with a really fantastic nuttiness. An extraordinary nose for an export stout. The flavor is very full, slightly reminescent of Guinness' Extra Stout, but with more depth. Up front, the taste is very robust - a nice presence of roasted barley and black malts, coffee is also apparent. Underneath this malty facade lies some nice bitter chocolate and caramel flavors. The robust malts eventually give way to a definite creaminess along with a hint of dark fruit sweetness. That creamy flavor leads into some spicy hops that help finish things off. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy, but mainly roasted dry. Mouthfeel is very full and almost chewy. Definitely the best offering from Guinness I've experienced.

Photo of PrimScrewhead
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of techfed87
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent-sized head. Color is stark black. Smell is quite malty, giving an almost sweet scent to it.

First sip is a bit similar to the Guinness Extra that I've had before, but with an, excuse the redundancy, "extra" bit of kick that makes everything come alive. What amazes me about this is the sheer body that this beer has. It really is proof that the Guinness name is still worth quite a bit.

You NEED to have this St. Patricks day.

Photo of RHB33
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of ryantupy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark light coffee with very little head. The beer has little color due to its dark color. Its smells great like roaster malts and coffee notes. The taste was what sold me again I could taste roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocalate. Very full bodied and slightly chewy in a way. Its felt great going down and was very drinkable. One of my favorites.

Photo of ncketchum
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a deep dark brown, lots of foamy head, fades to a thin lacing, dissimilar from what I'm used to from the Draught

S - smell is sweet malts, cherry, coffee,

T - roasted malt forward, significant amount of hops, great balance of sweet and bitter

M - medium bodied, not much carbonation

O - in my opinion, this is much better than the run-of-the-mill Guinness Draught you get around these parts. I've never been to Ireland, so I can't comment on how this differs from getting it local. Excellent stout.

Photo of Jenessa
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Nate
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BobMessina
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.

Photo of Dougology
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of M1k3y
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Torey
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of charrel
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of GarretD
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,037 ratings.