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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,801 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 101
Gots: 96 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
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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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -26.3%

07-10-2013 21:35:40 | More by TheMrFarnham
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sacrelicio

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer. The first bottle I had did not impress me, but as I come back to it for a review, I am quite pleased. The appearance is a nice black with deep copper edges, topped with a mocha head, which laces nice, like rows of icicles. Those nose is a wonderful chocolate coffee marshmallow. The taste is a rich, perfect melding of bitter french roast coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt marshmallows. The finish is drying, but not dry, and the mouthfeel is full and soft. Drinkability is good. Paired with some spinach and garlic chicken sausage and a side of teriyaki green beans.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 05:10:14 | More by sacrelicio
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GOBLIN

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-02-2014 15:43:04 | More by GOBLIN
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BarrelO

Virginia

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black body. Two-finger tan head with good lacing.

S: Chocolate, plums, and yeast. Almost Rochefort-like.

T: Some roasted notes. A good amount of bitterness. Surprisingly fruity and yeasty. I think I'd mistake this for a dubbel in a blind taste test.

M: Creamy with medium carbonation.

D: Definitely the top of the line in the Guinness lineup. Unfortunately, so many brewers have taken stouts to another level that for this to only now be available in the US is too little, too late. Still worth a try, though.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:50:52 | More by BarrelO
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first foreign/export stout, so here goes:

Into a nonic:

A: dark black body with a two and a half finger tan foamy head. The head must have lasted at least a good three minutes. What a show I had just watching the intricate bubbles pop out from the sides of the glass into the head while a light foamy lacing appeared as the head dissipated.

S: great combination between the chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and barley.

T: all of the previously mentioned smells in the flavoring combined very nicely.

M: medium with a slight watery feel. It still felt pretty good on the tongue.

O: I'm pretty much blown away because I didn't think this was going to be this good. This is quite impressive, however, I still feel as each new style presents itself to me that I need to have others just so I can compare.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 00:13:14 | More by BeerKangaroo
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

10-22-2012 15:02:33 | More by YamagamiTravis
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afinepilsner

Iowa

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle
7.5% abv

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout was black in color with a bit of red when held to a light. It had a large light tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell was roasted malt. The taste was mainly roasted malt with some coffee and baker's chocolate. The finish was dry with lingering roasted malt and bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and medium carbonation, somewhat creamy. The drinkability was very good. This is a good stout and much better the regular Extra Stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:22:16 | More by afinepilsner
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firstlighthiker

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

03-16-2013 20:01:29 | More by firstlighthiker
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slowdaddy

Alabama

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-21-2012 17:51:17 | More by slowdaddy
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kiki3drt292

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-05-2011 20:15:02 | More by kiki3drt292
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small 330ml bottle pours with a thick brownish head, a decent proportion of which hangs around for a while. The nose is roasted malt with a hint of molasses, thankfully without coffee.

This is well carbonated and briefly rather too sweet (unfortunately reminding me of artificial sweeteners) before a much needed bitterness takes over lifting the brew to a higher plane.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 21:54:16 | More by charlatan
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paulys55

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-30-2013 04:27:41 | More by paulys55
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LSUPT

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

11-18-2011 01:12:33 | More by LSUPT
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jesus808

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

01-09-2013 07:57:29 | More by jesus808
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delta490

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 21:14:05 | More by delta490
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jerefreakinmiah

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-19-2013 05:05:36 | More by jerefreakinmiah
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bmoney

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-16-2011 16:27:42 | More by bmoney
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BeerZack

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -1.7%

08-03-2013 04:13:43 | More by BeerZack
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

01-06-2013 19:11:27 | More by DWolf
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crob3888

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-18-2011 02:38:34 | More by crob3888
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Asics

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-15-2013 05:59:25 | More by Asics
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-07-2013 16:12:56 | More by ChicagoNick
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BDIMike

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely black color with a thin tan head. Head dissipates fairly quick.
Smell is nice. Not a ton of smell to it, but what I get is a lot of dark roasted malts.
Taste is awesome. I am not sure I would normally like this taste, but I do right now. It is a lot of dark roasted malt taste, but it is taken over by a good alcohol taste. If you like hard alcohol, this is a really good beer.
Medium thickness, but a really nice velvety smoothness to the tongue.
Drinkability is okay. A good beer with a lot of taste, but I personally could not drink more than 3 or 4 of these at a time. It is a really cool beer, the best selling Guinness in the world, so it would be hard to call yourself a beer aficionado without ever having one of these...

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:04:25 | More by BDIMike
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J_Dub

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-22-2013 22:39:27 | More by J_Dub
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malty

Michigan

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: L0244GF001 05:15 Must mean it's fresh? :-)

Poured into my most special stemmed vintage tulip glass ala Whitbread Extra Stout a death black with no edges. Enormous fluffy khaki head stands a settled 2". Looks ominous like the Grand Teton mountains. Fluffy, protruding, unbroken 1/4" wide rings of lace all the way down.

Smells of freshly melted baker's chocolate over straight out of the oven walnut brownies. Lots of leather and a tinge of moist tobacco leaf. Mashed-up Whopper malted milk chocolate candies with a splash of butter milk drizzled over the top. Very rich and lots of depth.

The leather I detected in the nose is masterfully translated into the taste department. The 3-D chocolate smell experience translates into more of a basic, yet solid chocolate note. The bitterness is what really takes center stage. The back labels reads, 'Brewed with extra hops...' So I guess this is the wonderful outcome - good stuff. The buttermilk element makes a cameo appearance in the taste profile as well.

Mouthfeel is a hint past medium bodied with fine, but a low level of carbonation - very English indeed. The bitter/chalky finish lingers nicely with the leathery dark (somewhat burnt) chocolate flavors.

Drinkability is superb. For a 7.5% stout, it drink just fine with no alcohol taste or burn - just a tiny bit of warmth in my chest.

Overall a fantastic stout that I'm glad I tried. With the fantastic selection of local & regional 'big' stouts out there, I doubt I'll be rushing out to buy a 4-pack of this soon, but you never know. The looks on this baby are absolutely picturesque. The acrid/smokey/bitter characteristics are stellar!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:40:19 | More by malty
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,801 ratings.