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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,905 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,905
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 115
Gots: 128 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Ireland

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 zeff80
4.33/5  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.

zeff80, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautiful jet black color with a khaki tan head forming thick, dimpled biscuit rising texture floating above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Fine speckled lacing coats the glass evenly as the head slowly fades away. Dark roast malts give of bright coffee/dark chocolate with a slight sour mash note. Air of cherry/fruit note in the background with herbal hops going on. Interesting blend of flavors finishes heaviliy roasted malts/burnt charred malt character in the finish, with sour mash bring hints of cherry/tart fruit. Strong earthy/herbal hoppiness meshed within the dark malt profile. I like the way this beer is going down medium bodied sturdy carbonation level, the bitter dark roasts brings some astringency on the palate finishes heavy with dry dark roasts/bittering hops. Drinability overall is very nice, alcohol is well hidden the booze is not overpowering. Well crafted and thought out beefier version of the beloved Guinness. I've heard people talk about Foregin/Export version of Guinness, I'm glad they decided to release this stateside. Excellent rich, robust/hoppy form of Guinness that I truly enjoy and will advocate to others so they don't miss out.

WVbeergeek, Jan 14, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

nickfl, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent ebony with 4 fingers of mocha head. Very good head retention & above average lacing.

S: Roasty malt by the ton, faint dark fruit notes & carob

T: Roasty, slight hints of coffee, charred grain, dryness & woody hops up front. Slight Baker's chocolate notes mix with roastyness as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with woody hops

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & nice balance

Crazy drinkability, this seems sessionable, not sure I would have the guts to try. Pretty much as good as I remember if being back in the day...

russpowell, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Edit - re-review taken from Notes -8/12
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!

Slatetank, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 4-pack to make Export Stout soup. Had one bottle left over so I decided to drink it. Cryptic code reads L0232GF002 05:37. Served in a CCBW pint glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy tan foam that settles to a thick cap leaving sticky glass-coating lace. Near-black body with a glint of red at the bottom of the glass.

S - Roasted barley, coffee and cream, baker's chocolate, very low sweetness with maybe a hint of caramel in the periphery.

T - Taste has a touch more chocolate sweetness, but it's contrasted with sharp roast espresso and toasted grains. Slightly smokey, dry and mildly bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is moderate, body is medium, and residual stickiness is also medium. Some dry, grainy character in the finish. Obviously it's not as smooth in texture as regular Guinness on nitro. Not obvious alcohol.

D - A solid Export stout. Guinness' second-best offering after the exquisite John Martin version. Extremely drinkable stuff - somewhat ashamed I used most of it for making soup. Oh well, at least I can always buy more for an extremely reasonable price.

MasterSki, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle from Barbados, courtesy of Ninjaworm and BiF20 (thanks, Oak!)

thick, opaque, thorughly black appearance, big, rocky, rumbling, cocoa/ tan head, leaving lace, most impressive look for a stout.

Aroma is sweetness, molasses and brown sugar, and that's about it, but rather full with those flavors...

Taste: big, and brimming with thick, viscous, luscious, sweet dark flavors...thick, and slick on the tongue, sleek, silky, dances on the tongue with a light, yet delicious tango...wow, I'm actually feeling the difference, though...it has a little something in the malt, in the yeast,...maybe I need a bottle of the Extra Stout to compare, but it definitely stands above it.

Sweet, but a bit complex, and a rich, delicious thing.
Still on the hunt for the Lagos stuff, but ready to be disillusioned, or at least, understand that it's probably just as good, if not so terribly much better, than this one.

feloniousmonk, Aug 11, 2005
Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

jlindros, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is black with a thin brown head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and very roasty.

Beer is medium bodied and very bitter. Its a little sweet up front but very very bitter. It finishes very dry, its good but I've had better Guinnesses...Guinnessi?

drabmuh, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

oline73, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has the typical black malt bitterness with a hint of chocolate malt sweetness. It's like a normal Guinness on steroids. It's dry and roasted and smooth as hell. The taste is great as well. It's bitter up front with loads of patent malts. It's goes down smooth and dry with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. I love the black malt component. It's richer than the original, but it hides the alcohol warmth well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine stout. I love the original Guinness, but this one is better.

WesWes, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have heard a lot about this beer, lets see if it lives up to my expectations.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a lot of sweet, sugary notes. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit and a little bit of bitterness. There is also a sweet, fruity medicinal taste that I don't really like.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than some of the the other Guinness beers I have had, but nothing special. It is certainly not as good as I was expecting it to be. Just a slightly above average stout here.

Mora2000, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel snifter. Brought this bottle back from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in June.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate, and sticky sweet dark fruits.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sweet fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall a very solid stout that is very drinkable. Not as thick as the Guinness in the US and a bit sweeter, but could definitely have a few of these. Would definitely have again.

mdfb79, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of jwc215
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted almost a year ago - from notes that were lost, but recently found.

Pours black with a rich, thick, lasting light-brown head that leaves plenty of lacing. Looks almost like a nitro-pour, but natural. Very beautiful to look at!

The smell is of roasted coffee - a rich dark malt with an earthy tone is robust.

The taste is also robust... Roasted dark malt gives a rich coffee impression, with a touch of chocolate. An earthy undertone and the roast balance the sweetness nicely! Finishes dry.

It has a smooth, full body with a lasting aftertaste.

This is a delicious, full-flavored stout. My favourite Guinness brew so far!

jwc215, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -1.7%

MarkyMOD, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive non-nitrogen created head. Leaves plenty of spotty lace. The liquid is near black where no light shines through.

Dark chocolate aroma with a touch of caramel. Mildly sweet and a dab of chalkiness.

Burnt malt flavor with a creamy swallow. Very much like an iced coffee without sugar. I think I detect some alcohol warmth. Not harsh, but still very bitter from the deeply toasted malts.

smcolw, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head; the head disappears somewhat quickly, though it does leave some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, an almost black color and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of burnt, slightly fermented prunes, somewhat acidic espresso and also has a touch of nostril warming alcohol towards the finish. It is quite interesting how fruity this smells, it is really quite amplified, but it also some how smells thin, if that makes any sense. If you really dig there are notes of darkly toasted whole grain bread in the finish that adds some much needed complexity, but you really have to dig to find these notes.

Lightly sweet up front, but this is well balanced by the roast character. The roasted notes start out soft and smooth, but pick up some bite and bitterness as it flows across the tongue. The finish sees the burnt bitterness lingering in a nice way as well as having a roasted coffee / bread character to it. The beer has some viscous heft to it, but it actually seems a bit light for what I was expecting for some reason; the overall dryness and ample roast flavors certainly help to thin the effect of this beer out too. The fruitiness from the nose isn't quite so noticeable in the flavor (the ample roast character in the flavors certainly tempers this), but there is still a note of lightly tart plums in the finish that mixes with some warming alcohol notes that also accentuate the soft fruit character.

For some reason I was expecting great things from this beer; I feel quite a bit let down, but in all honestly this is a more than serviceable stout that I am able to settle in to and enjoy. I wish it had a bit more chewy malt balance to it and the nose is a bit out of whack with its fermented prune focus.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -14%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -1.7%
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+

kojevergas, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard about it 5 years ago, the classic tropical stout among all others even Coopers,

A: Pours black with a frothy medium tan head. Solid retention, and good lace.

S: Sweet molasses, dark malt. Very sugary in the nose, fruity.

T: Sweet dark malt, roasted malt is there, adding a bitterness. Nice complexity from the yeast, firm hoppiness.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, direct flavour, bitter aftertaste.

D: Maybe I expected this to be a mindblowing crazy experience, but it isn't. It's simply a good beer. Tasty, I'd love to have this in the Caribbean on a boat fishing, it'd work great there. Lion Stout is better, but this is a wonderful brew.

Halcyondays, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carib it would appear turn their hand to anything and everything. This product is one of their best.

275ml bottle (like all their other beers), best before May 2009, drank June 2008.

Poured into a half-pint tumbler on the hotel balcony. Looked just like a normal Guinness, dark and with a good deep tan head.

The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all seemed overly burnt. Dry and bitter with some caramel trying to be heard in the mix.

Rich, but not creamy, burnt malts ruled the brew and for some could have ruined it too.

BlackHaddock, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/07/07- Received via trade from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date printed on the neck of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black as expected in the pour. Larger inch plus creamy looking head. Left decent patchwork lace behind.

Smell- Light dusting of chocolate, maybe a touch of hops and the lightest bit of coffee bean notes.

Taste- The cross between dark and milk chocolate comes though consistently, while the coffee flavor seems to be almost absent. Malt is fairly deep and a touch smoky. Seems to be a bit bitter from the handful of hops they put it.

Mouthfeel- A tad more carbonated than I would like, but becomes lightly creamy and more smooth as it warms to room temp.

Drinkability- Don't know what all the fuss is about. It's a pervectly fine beer, but I've had many other of the style that are better and have better outright flavor. I guess it's because of the scarcity.

GClarkage, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

oriolesfan4, Apr 10, 2014
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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