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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 109
Gots: 112 | 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 warpedrevolution


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-18-2012 07:13:27 | More by warpedrevolution
Photo of Higravity


3.38/5  rDev -17%

Found it at a beer bar in Windsor, Canada and thought it a steal at $4 CA. The bottle looks a little newer than the one in the pic here. Anyway the pour into the glass was brown black with a tint of red in there too. The head was tan and a fluff if a little thin. It smelled of dark sugar and maybe some slight toffee overall it was rather muted even though I let the bottle warm at room temp for a while. The mouthfeel was not as thick as I would have thought and the flavor was just ok for a semi-big stout. I had some good caramel toffee flavors, but overall I found it too be the myth has built this beer. Very drinkable but not worth the chase some people do to try this beer.

04-26-2007 16:42:56 | More by Higravity
Photo of lic217


4/5  rDev -1.7%

07-06-2014 18:21:22 | More by lic217
Photo of Peyton5410

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-28-2012 05:46:33 | More by Peyton5410
Photo of EigenBeer


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

11-21-2012 14:34:46 | More by EigenBeer
Photo of philbertk


2.68/5  rDev -34.2%

Guinness & Company--St. James Gate Dublin--Guinness Foreign Extra--Genuine Quality Stout--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 65 IBU's. (2.25 / 5.0) Big dense lacy rocky rich espresso 3/4" lasting head. Black pour & opaque obsidian jet black color .Sweet roasted dark fruit fig plum raisin mild hop front. Roasted crusty slightly creamy sweet burnt dark fruit toffee body. Sweet mild bitter hop hot hint end. Sampled 3/17/2011. Purchased 4-Pack for $8.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/9/2010. Disappointing.

03-29-2011 02:43:14 | More by philbertk
Photo of YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-22-2012 15:02:33 | More by YamagamiTravis
Photo of bconsidine


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-24-2012 19:14:44 | More by bconsidine
Photo of Punisher


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-13-2013 04:57:43 | More by Punisher
Photo of firstlighthiker


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-16-2013 20:01:29 | More by firstlighthiker
Photo of GOBLIN


4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-02-2014 15:43:04 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of davegray


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-31-2013 22:11:28 | More by davegray
Photo of delta490


4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours out as dark and black as a beer can get. A big pillowy tan head (2+ fingers) lasts througout the beer and leaves volumes of sticky lacing. The aroma is very deep roasted malt, nothing really complex but enjoyable in its simplicity. The taste has a little more depth, with some hints of coffee and some pleasant alcohol esters. It's a little thinner in the style of an Irish Dry Stout but has a pleasant feeling on the palate. A great full-flavored stout that packs a punch.

03-30-2014 21:14:05 | More by delta490
Photo of xJMFCx

West Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-03-2014 00:12:31 | More by xJMFCx
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-17-2014 14:57:26 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
Photo of AMCimpi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-27-2014 13:43:05 | More by AMCimpi
Photo of Asics


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-15-2013 05:59:25 | More by Asics
Photo of Chaz


3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a very dark ruby-red, black to the eye, and topped with a two-fingered dark khaki head. As the head recedes there is plenty of lacing left behind.

Nose is "vinuous", for lack of a better word, and offers up dark fruit (plum, raisin) along with light notes of cocoa and espresso, and lighter notes of toffee. Nose is also lightly tangy/sour (I'm getting plain yogurt...) and a gentler hop profile and bitterness is also evident, but as this isn't an American Stout, there's no major aromatic or C hop profile to be found -- plenty of roast, though ; )

Acrid/bitter and lactic-sweet at the moment it hits the lips, the bitterness (and bittersweet character) is really quite expressive from the get-go. Sweetish, but not sweet, and yet still offering up loads of the subtle fruit notes which were present in the nose. Vinous quality from the nose is here in the aromatics of the drink as well, and there's a nice yeasty character, too! It reminds me a bit of D & G's 'Dragon Stout', though quite clearly less treacly-sweet (it's also thinner...)

Rather brisk on the palate as well as impressing me as somewhat-thin in body, the alcohol here is just more than "gently warming", and it actually feels a bit hot for its (lighter) body and mouthfeel -- especially as it warms up.

A fine beer, very good overall, and well-worth the wait for it to finally show up back on our local shelves. I will certainly buy more of it, and will most definitely cellar a case or two : )

EDIT: I sampled another bottle recently and can most certainly recommend it as a 'go to' beer for the early Winter season. Also, while some folks have balked at the $8.99 price point at retail, I find the price to be at least tolerable, particularly when I see people paying upwards of $6 for a Guinness Draught in a bar -- YMMV.

10-23-2010 15:11:33 | More by Chaz
Photo of rootbeerman


4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

A: pours with an amazing creamy tan head that is around a finger and a half thick. It does fall but stays creamy and laces very well. The body is basically black.
S: aroma of a more chocolaty and stronger hop version of the original. Nice dark roasted malt. Clean overall.
T: upfront it almost wants to be a milk stout with great malt sweetness, light chocolate with more of a coffee flavor and light bitterness.
M: as far as stouts go I've had thicker, but this is lightly creamy and lingers a little.
O: I like this, one of two Guinness products I really do like, the other being the original extra stout.

09-03-2011 10:09:49 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of IchLiebeBier


3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; medium head, light brown

Aroma: Sour; musty

Taste: Creamy; bitter; hints of dried fruit

Remarks: Better as it warmed up; but a little too bitter for me. I've always felt Guinness was a bit too thin for the style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

06-15-2013 13:33:57 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of thekanna


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Pours black with an off-white tan head.

S: Strong roasted malts and some heavy whipping cream.

T: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bitterness at the end. Also, Guinness' characteristic iron metallic taste (almost like blood) in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin to be a great stout; but then again, the original Guinness also suffers from the same problem.

D: This didn't really taste all that different from a normal Guinness extra stout to me, but it's still a solid example of the style.

11-09-2010 01:19:03 | More by thekanna
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

I picked this bottle up in Jamaica in April 2008, BB March '09. Two finger tan head that slowly retreated, ring remained with lace that slid down the sides of the glass. Midnight black, opaque. Smell of chocolate almonds, with warming, pumpernickel bread. Moderate retention.

Taste was more sour than I remember last year in Negril, the fresher version was sweeter. Taste today of dark sour fruit, bitter in mid-mouth and a lingering sour / bitter swallow. With warming, more molasses, cold strong coffee, rich texture. Overall, bitterness dominated with a sour twang, not bad at all, better than the nitrogen canned version we have in Ontario but did not quite measure up to the John Martin version I reviewed side by side today.

I might add that this compares favourably to the fresher bottled versions I had in Jamaica, I recall those were a bit too sweet, annoying at times. Although I might have had four or five in a session alongside a few Red Stripe on some days ... so I best not be too critical. Irie!

04-22-2009 01:01:52 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of Casey10


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Picked this up on a whim as I saw it as a single in a local place. Poured into a tulip glass.

Beer is quite dark and has a nice thin wispy tan head.

The smell almost reminds me of butterscotch in a good way it is very faint.

The taste is almost has a burnt chocolate or coffee taste but agin not a put down really nice.

The feel is similar leave a nice little aftertaste after a sip.

Overall nice to finally have this and good to see it available here in the us.

05-13-2011 22:30:53 | More by Casey10
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Had the pleasure of having this the day after having the Special Export from Belgium. Not as good, but still an exceptional stout. Seek out while on vacation.

Head not as huge as Special Export, but still very sizeable. Coffee colors in the head. Thick lacing stays with you.

Smell: chocalate malt and some medicinal notes. The medicinal flavor is somewhat pleasant, but that the best way I can describe it.

Taste: like the smell, except more intense. Chocalate malt astringency is on the tongue while the sip is completing.

Mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkable? Yes. Of course. Maybe a little more drinkable than the Special Export. Hides the alcohol rather well.

Not an earth-shattering experience. Although the first time I had this a few years ago, it opened my eyes to what a stout could be. Very much worth looking for when you are on a cruise.

06-17-2005 02:58:31 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of crob3888


4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-18-2011 02:38:34 | More by crob3888
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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