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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 112
Gots: 128 | 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.

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Photo of Punkrckr281
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Punkrckr281, May 24, 2012
Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark stout with faint brown at the edges and a huge meringue-like head that settles into becoming even thicker.

S - Some chalky cocoa with hints of dark fruit; specifically raisins. Another more savory smell that is kind of ambiguous, I think it's a bit like warm meat.

T - Roasty, chalky malts followed slowly by a lingering sweetness that reminds me a bit of prunes or plums. Fairly one-dimensional, but way better than regular Extra Stout.

M - Creamy and medium body, this seems a touch light on the body, but pretty darn good regardless.

D - Stuff flew out of my glass. I think that what it lacks for in complexity it makes up for in high drinkability for a stout. Not sure if I would pick up again due to the high amount of excellent craft brews in the FES's price range.

LiquidCucumber, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of ApplePi
4/5  rDev -1.7%

ApplePi, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of jspruit
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is now available more and more around in Ireland-at a relatively affordable price too so that is nice. Poured a jet black from a 330mL bottle with a large creamy tan thick head.

Smells of coffee and molasses and syrup-your tastbebuds already feel a bit heavy when your nose is working.

Tastes of a great stout-more fullness than your average draft stout. Coffee and malty and a bit sweet at the end too-maybe even a bit nutty and chocolaty too. This is definitely a full stout, and I feel like I can detect a bit of the alcohol so I know that it is strong.

I would like to drink more than one of these in a session, but I dont think that I really could handle too many. It is a great beer to enjoy though and I am glad that they are more available to me everyday now!

jspruit, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Tarps68
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Tarps68, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of fsvan
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Extremely dark brown. Not quite black, but about as close as you can get. Three fingers of sticky tan head. A lot of lingering as it settles. What remains is smooth and velvety.

S- Very big smell on this guy, even when slightly too cold. Roasted malt. Caramel sweetness.

T- A dry bitterness up front. Roasted malts. Awesome caramel sweetness follows, which is the main player here. Some slight coffee notes behind that. This is really tasty.

M- Creamy, smooth, well carbonated.

O- I knew this beer was highly regarded, but it is better than I anticipated. Too bad I only bought one.

fsvan, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of CowsCanBark
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a three-finger light brown head that is very fluffy and takes a long time to diminish, leaving a huge sticky lace along the glass.

Smell: Malts, cocoa, light hops, booze, slight earthy essence

Taste: It's alright. Extremely malty, but not lacking in the hops either. Cocoa bitterness leads throughout, and you can taste the booze a pretty good amount for how low the ABV is.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with high carbonation, drinkability is low, it's a sipper.

Overall: This reminds me of regular Guinness, but with more flavor and carbonation, and a less smooth character.

CowsCanBark, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Nitty703
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Nitty703, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of blackened1339
5/5  rDev +22.9%

blackened1339, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of pointone
4/5  rDev -1.7%

pointone, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Sweasty
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally the FES is available to us folks not living in a sketchy African country! This Guinness pours a much darker color than any other Guinness available. This is definitely the best looking Guinness they make. Its not black hole dark, but a nice color for a stout. This brew is a shade above black. Its topped off by a couple fingers worth of dark khaki head. Head sticks around a bit. It eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left coating the glass.

The aroma packs a wallop. Tons of sweet roasty malt in the nose. Notes of chocolate and coffee stand out. Plenty of brown sugar and molasses there as well. This is a solid nose for a stout.

The taste is no less impressive. This is quite the roasty brew. A bitter and dry roastiness dominates. Bitter coffee and chocolate notes abound. Some dark malt twang present as well. Beneath the roastiness is a bit of a dry molasses note. Things finish with more dry roastiness.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied. Has a somewhat light carbonation lending a bit of a thickening quality. Very velvety and smooth on the tongue.

This is unquestionably the best thing Guinness has going for it. Its rich and complex. Not watery like their flagship brew. I think the best quality is the fact they didn't muck things up with that nitro widget. I am glad this brew is available here in the states. It blows the doors off their other offerings. Here's hoping Guinness/Diagio start to focus on brews like this.

Sweasty, Dec 07, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

BDF2000, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of MLasoski
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to give this a try, considering it's time to get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day.

A: I slow-poured this into a Guinness glass and saved about 2 ounces in the bottle. I let the frothy 1/2" head settle then poured the 2 ounces on top. The body is a deep burnt brown with a slightly-visible cascade of carbonation beneath the head. Looks delicious!

S: Smells of roasted barley and hops. The roasted character is forthcoming when taking in the aroma.

T: This beats the regular Guinness Draught hands down. The higher ABV plays a factor when all the roasted flavor comes together - an obvious difference from the regular Guinness.

M: Roasted and smoky flavor at the start with a frothy character when taking it down. The hops present themselves as it's swallowed.

D: Quite drinkable! I've had two and I could definitely finish the four pack right now. The ABV will undoubtedly pack it's punch in the end but it's all worth it since this is a very decent representation of the style.

MLasoski, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of geryeb624
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout pint glass. Been waiting a while to try one of these.

A- Pours a nice dark brown/black color with maybe 3 fingers of cascading tan head. A really beautiful pour. Nice retention and lacing as well.

S- A rich, malty aroma, with a noticeable hoppiness. Not much in the way of a roasted coffee or chocolate smell. Some malty roastiness does peer through as the head recedes.

T- Very nice roasted malt character, with a hint of a coffee-like bitterness. Very clean flavors, with a definite hop bite and some nice earthiness. Very good stout, ventures towards a drier finish as opposed to a sweet coffee and chocolate character.

M/D- Smooth and chewy in mouthfeel, though surprisingly thin for the ABV and style. I actually like that, as this is in no way syrupy. Very easy-drinking as well, given its sizable ABV.

Guinness Draught is bad, Guinness Extra Stout is good, but this is fantastic. An excellent stout, and one that is unique in its excellent dry bitterness. Well-balanced and delicious.

geryeb624, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of RedBaron
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my great friend, Marcobrau, also a BA'er, for this sample. I was hoping to get around to drinking it on St. Paddy's Day over a month ago, but oh well, I was delayed. What I can say with conviction tonight is "Oh, my."

A - Tawny, opaque. Darker and dense than mere Guinness Extra Stout
S - Boozy, woozy, doozy! Sweet, candy-like dark fruit tones (plum, fig, raisin) in the nose - and certainly a wallop of alcohol. Just the proper carbonation (and brownish head at that).
T - Sublime and Showy all in one. Geez, what dark malts and bittering hops DIDN'T the folks in Dublin put in this beer? The initial tastes are of multi-grain influences (sure, barley, but I also think perhaps some oats and rye), but the finish is dry and chocolate-y. Amazing. It has a lot going on, but somehow it is done in just the proper amounts.
M - This is Mother's Malt Milk, to be sure. It has a lot of malt in it, but there are some other qualities to it that I can't quite put my tongue on...or at least articulate here. I'm not crazy when I say there's a lactic (i.e. milk) quality to this beer, am I? I love it! It adds just this much alt sweetness to augment the sugars from raw malted barley.
O - Ya know, this stout reminds me of a stronger version of the old GES we used to get in the Chicago area circa 1990-1995; it had a lactic, almost sour quality to it - much like this sample here - just prior to GUINNESS INC. being a marketing giant in the U.S. days", albeit with a pronounced kick to it.

In any event, this is a helluva complex beer, and one I recommend seeking out. I would absolutely love to try this on draught someday.

RedBaron, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into snifter

A: Typical Guinness black/brown, with a sticky, coffee-colored head that leaves lots of lace.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, brandy, somewhat sour/lactic as well -- like the regular Extra Stout

T/M: Definite sour/lactic flavor -- as I expect from non-draught Guinness. Roasted coffee/grain bitterness in the finish, along with some astringency. There's a sweetness up front, as well, resembling molasses and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is somewhat drying. Overall, I'd say this is sweeter than the regular Extra Stout, and the higher ABV gives a more complex range of flavors.

D: I love all non-draught forms of Guinness. I am a very bad judge of this; I would drink Guinness all day every day if I had the choice. That said, FES is extremely drinkable.

MurphyMacManus, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of jpkoch1962
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stout that is close to perfection. A dark opague ebony dominates the appearance, with a dirty long lasting nitro head. A mixture of deep roasted coffee and vinegar mixed with hops give this ale a intimidating aroma. The chewy, full malty body offsets the addition of lactic acid and bittering hops. The result is a full body, roasted coffee, very bitter yet satisfying stout. One of the best on the market. A stout lover's paradise.

jpkoch1962, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of mjw06
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

take extra stout, and make everything about it extra, and this is what you get. extra color, extra flavor, extra bitterness, extra alcohol and you have foreign extra stout. quite frankly, its the best beer that guinness brews.

looks like a coke, even the head is the color of a coke.

extra sweet, sour roasted smell of barley malts, whiskey scent as well and some hints of chocolate, and a little toasty.

robust roasted taste, almost just a side element, along with everything else you smell in it. a beautiful combination of extra sweet and extra bitter. bitterness and sweetness hit up front and follow through. it works very well. a dry finish on the tongue.

has a medium body, carbonation is a little lighter than in extra stout, and i like it.

drinkable, and this is what i should expect from a stout. foreign stout in my mind is the true guinness. it lives up to the reputation. very complex, great beer.

mjw06, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of Riverared
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Riverared, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of GabrielM
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first GFES, so I'm pretty excited. Poured into a snifter.

A - picture perfect! To quote Chris Farley, this brew is blacker "than the inside of a coffin on a moonless night." The best part, though, is the awesome 1-inch thick off-white creamy head that sits atop. Looks absolutely beautiful!

S - slight chocolate first in, then coffee, some vanilla, roasted malts and a bit of hops in the back.

T - bitter-sweet chocolate and espresso right away, then a surprising hop bitterness. This is mellowed out by some semi-sweet malty goodness, then goes down smooth.

M - creamy, smooth, and lite with fantastic carbonation. Very well balanced and delicious.

D - the dryness and bitterness of the hops of this brew threw me for a loop at first (keep in mind that I've only had Guinness Draught Extra from bottles and tap up to this point, so I was expecting something a bit sweeter). However, I'm chalking that up to a very cold bottle when first poured. Now that its warmed up a little it's going down amazingly smooth! The 7.5% ABV is practically unnoticeable and I know I could easily put back a few of these on any given night.

GabrielM, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Baldjosh
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

Baldjosh, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of imhoudinibitch
3.5/5  rDev -14%

imhoudinibitch, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of theozag
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours flat black with a thick, fat, tan head. This beer's smell is sharp, seeming to me like a heady caramel and coffee mixture. The start is heavily hopped (duh!), flavorful and bitter. The brew is full-bodied and quite heavy-tasting. In short, it entrenches on the tongue and in the mouth, refusing to let go for some time after the last drop is consumed. Foreign Extra Stout tastes of dark chocolate and rich, sugary caramel with a cappuccino undertone that sifts out as you drink. The beer finishes dry and flat with exceptionally potent grit and flavor. Its aftertaste is bitter to the point of pain, and quite long-lasting.

It should be noted that my bottle of FES was about a "foreign" as it could possibly be. It was brewed and bottled in Champs Fleurs, Trinidad, in the Carib Brewing Co. complex. Therefore, one might think my marks a bit harsh for Guinness, but the Irish had barely a hand in brewing this beer. To say nothing of how long it might have sat in storage before it was served to me.

theozag, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of mudbug
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank You Beir One in Newport for getting this!
From the 11.2 fl oz. bottle that looks nothing like the picture above into a standard pint glass results in a pitch black body with a one inch fluffy tan head that recedes pretty quickly into a cap of foam and lace.
Roasted malts, nay, burned grain is in the nose here, a slight alcohol burn is detected, overall aroma is light, not overpowering in any way.
Taste is great with roasted coffee and hop bitterness fighting it out, carbonation is surprisingly lively, not anything like the draught version. Finish is semi dry with a nice bitter aftertaste.
A different beast than their other stouts for sure, Very Good!

mudbug, Oct 16, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

KuehneBe, May 22, 2012
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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