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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 127
Gots: 144 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001)
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Photo of ahommell
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ahommell, Oct 28, 2014
Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

RKing44, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Auraan
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Auraan, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of J_Dub
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

J_Dub, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this into my pint glass...

The beer was completely black with a thick coffee colored head that I actually floated a bottle cap on.

Smells of bitter dark chocolate and sweet, smoky toffee.

I tasted bitter coffee grinds, roasted barley, and a hint of cedar wood.

The liquid stings the back of the tongue, the front is smooth, it has a medium body, very dry and has a great lingering bitterness.

This beer is not very smooth but still delicious and enjoyable.

JMad, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

csmalley, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Impressions: I am really excited to try this beer! I enjoy Guinness Draught well enough, and I hear this is the real deal.

Bottle is pretty standard and the back promises me that the extra hops are going to preserve the flavor. I’m interested to see how well this stout works with the 7.5% ABV.

Appearance: Well! That is quite the head. It started at about four fingers of really lacy, almost soapy foam. Not as full as the Guinness draught nitro can, but still nice. It’s a sandy brown, very similar to the extra stout head. As I type it’s slowly degrading, leaving soapy lace all on all sides of the glass.

Impenetrable body on this thing, can just make out the slightest bit of carbonation under the surface. Not really ruby highlights, more of an auburn or mahogany.

Smell: The earthy hops are coming through in the nose. Just the slightest hint of the roasted malt is there. I’m definitely sensing some alcohol in there too. It’s not as nice as the extra stout nose was. No breadiness, but it is big and straightforward.

Taste: Really, really smooth drink. The hops are again the first thing to kick around the mouth. Just a little bit of bitterness there. Then the roasted coffee malt comes through and fills the mouth with that distinctive earthy Guinness flavor.

There is some dark chocolate flavor in the finish. A little alcohol comes through on the sip, just enough to make it warm as it slides across the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The smoothest Guinness offering. It really makes the drink worth it. It’s still not a really full mouth feel, more on the medium side, but it’s very creamy on the tongue. The hops are lingering well after the drink, so it is a little bitter, but not in a bad way at all. The hops also make the finish a litte dry, well, more so than the other Guinness offerings at least.

Overall: This is Guinness’ best offering. I was a little disappointed in the nose to be honest, the extra stout held up better in that department, but man, this beer is really sippable, and it’s hard to not stop coming back for more. That is a nice quality to have in a slightly higher alcohol beer, especially in something as big as a dry stout.

Really, the way this thing drinks will have you coming back for more. I know I’ll be inclined to pick this up if I’m in the mood for a good stout.

Pintofbrown, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of EigenBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

EigenBeer, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Bill235, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

cam477, Sep 26, 2013
Photo of drmcleod10
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

drmcleod10, Oct 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with a dense, tan head. Very solid looking.

Smell: Smoke, hearty malt with a touch of coffee and molasses.

Taste: Good roast flavor throughout. Hop reside in the background. Much more complex and tougher than regular Guinness. Hints of minerals in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: Very good brew. Slightly better than normal bottled Guinness.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

CreightonSM, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to victory4me for sharing one of these with me. Tossed it in as an 'extra' from when he had picked up some other beers for me. Poured into a tulip glass.

The color is darker than Guinness Draught, almost opaque but not quite, with brown hues around the edges. A creamy nitro-like head (typical for Guinness) sits in clumps around the top of the beer after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty and inconsistent.

The aroma is strong with roasted barley notes that contribute a charred character. There are also notes of chocolate, a hint of buttery diacetyl, and some light figgy fruitiness. The flavor emphasizes the almost burnt notes from the roasted barley. Earthy hops augment the bitterness from the charred flavors nicely. There is a touch of sweetness, but it comes in the middle of the palate and is quickly swept away by roasted coffee and more burnt flavors.

A little more substantial in the mouthfeel than I had expected. However, the burnt feel of the malts really borders on astringent. Smooth and medium-to-heavy on the palate, the overall feel is pretty good. However, with the shortcomings in the flavor make it tough to drink.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich sweet malt smell. Big, big initial light tan head. Initial taste of a strong bite of abv and black malt. The brew then sweetens on the tongue with a milk like feel. The finish is one of a slightly sour malt dryness. Dark black opeque look in the pint glass. Lasting rocky lacing head. Good mouth and body to the brew. The beer is solid but does not knock my socks off.

frank4sail, Sep 10, 2004
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

clay23, Apr 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

blue-dream, Sep 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

cfrobrew, Aug 20, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.1%

ChicagoNick, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Guinness I was waiting for.
After being lulled into believing that Guinness Draft was real Guinness and believing I had merely outgrown it, the love is back.
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Weizen glass, appearance is dark - gotta be black - no light through whatever. Incredible head that retains forever after a two minute pour.
Taste and mouth feel is of chocolate and milk with a little hops.
Very nice, enjoyable stout that deserves a place in my stash.
Better than good but not a wow though so I can't push it up to a 5.

NWer, Oct 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

NumberNone, Aug 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

bh123, Mar 31, 2012
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.