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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,057 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 138
Gots: 178 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Ireland

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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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jbriggs7
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of barefootbrewer
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black - very black with a thin head.

S: Malty and caramel. Smells heavy.

T: Malty and roasted, perhaps even a bit smoky.

M: Full and lush with a slight alcohol burn.

D: Excellent stout. If I didn't know any better I might would have placed it in a heavy Scottish Ale category.

Guinness is the beer that I used to drink 20 years ago when I started enjoying better beers. Now I've tasted the "real thing" and wonder why they sucked all the flavor, alcohol and smell out of the American version and replaced it with bubbles!

Photo of leedorham
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark dark brown with a thick tan head.

S - Roasted malts dominate the aroma. Some hop character and some fruitiness.

T - Roasted malts, sour cherries, tartness, very faint sour character. Some chocolate.

M - Not as full bodied as I'd prefer a stout to be but the complexity in the taste category makes up for it.

D - Drinks like a stout should. Not a sipper but not a gulper either.

Very impressive and wondering why the hell it took so long for this beer to be available stateside.

Photo of dedrinker
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is very black - enough so that as you look at it, you begin to instead examine your own reflection and see just how well you cleaned the glass or not. Lovely tan head becomes chunky as it dies down.

Distinct aromas of roasted malts - coffee and dark chocolate that is softened by an almost milky, cookie dough note.

Ditto on the flavor but with noticeable hop bitterness conspiring with the astringency of the black malts, but yet still throwing out teasing bits of sweetness here and there when the recessive sour notes are not present. Do I sound like a douche?

Full body, and finishes bitter, and sometimes sweet or sour, so this is a definitively complex beer; it evolves, yet revolves as it goes. Geeze I'm a douche.

I like this. It is an instant friend. Sure beer geeks have been ready for this to arrive stateside for 20 years, but I guess Diageo had to wait until there was enough frat boy Irish Pub hype to ensure a sufficient market, which isn't wrong for a large concern. So great, it's here, so let's do it.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kbnooshay
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked similar to when Guinness is poured at the tap with a nice layering of brown carbonation sorting itself out. The light brown head is rocky and frothy, already lacing some nice spotty lace. Body is pretty much pitch black with the slightest red highlight squeaking through when held up to light.

Aroma. You can smell the regular guinnessness here but its accompanied by sweetness, dark fruit, musty earthyness, roasted malt and coffee.

Lots of delicious roasted malt flavor and dark fruit hints. You can actually taste some hops in this!

Feel is slightly creamy with a little zing from the carbonation.

This has been a long time coming. I like. If you strip all of what makes this interesting then you would have the generic thin shit they sell in the US. Wow, they should just scrap the crappy Guinness thats sold in the US now and replace it with this.

Photo of Nage37
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bit of carbonation, very brown color. Quite roasty, pepperry, a bit on the bitter side. Heavy body, warming with some alcohol notes. Syrupy - almost a Russian Imperial Stout. Chicory flavor with much more complexity than the Guinness Extra Stout. Wish you could find this one in the States.

Photo of tewaris
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Fuck you Guinness for putting a freshness "code" and making your website so damn tough to access. Fuck you again for making Guinness Draught. Now on to review.

11.2 oz. bottle with a strange code under Best Before poured into a Lion mug.

Dark brown and clear with a big mocha colored creamy head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Perfect looks for a stout of its strength.

Dark and sweet malts and molasses would be pretty good descriptors for the aroma on this stout. The taste begins on fruity notes that transform into molasses and some acidic notes, and finishes very harsh, charred, and bitter. Didn't expect this from Guinness! Some molasses like flavors linger along with hints of sweetness but overall very dry and deeply bittering.

The body is medium and the carbonation high that works (?) in this case because FES is not a silky smooth stout by any means. Alcohol is never noticed but more than a couple of these won't be too enjoyable.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 2/5; Drinkability 3.5/5

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bouttle poured into a guinness tulip pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a thick steady tan head.

Smell is sweet, rich, boozy, fruity sweet, and rich roasty.

Taste is a good balance between the sweetness (maybe cherry) and the dry roastiness.

Mouthfeel is good and very drinable. I was so excited to see this. This is what people should think of guinness.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of DavidST
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this for a while, it finally showed up. Anyways poured from a 33cl bottle into a Guinness mug, coded bottle date. Pours a pitch black beautiful color with a massive three fourths the mug mocha colored head which is slowly receding to the body below, after a while this leaves a two finger thick head with a lacing. The smells are of dark roasted malts, the guinness burnt smells, a little hops. The feel is somewhere between medium to thick and creamy very nice. The taste is outstanding, plenty of dark roasted malts combined with a noticeable hop bite and a little alcohol burn, this is pretty great, better than the original.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,057 ratings.