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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,889 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,889
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 110
Gots: 127 | 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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Photo of Rons35
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Rons35, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of jwhancher
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Bought a bottle from Total Wine in DE. Poured into a classic Guiness glass. Looks black with very nice carbonation and mountainous head that sticks around forever. Foam clings to side of glass. Smells bittersweet as in the label description with roasty notes and hints of candied fig. Some caramel & molasses notes. Tastes very dry with bittersweet notes and candied figs, dark fruit, and some molasses. Alcohol seems well hidden. I love the texture - seems light because of the dryness but feels about medium to full. Overall, a nice variation of the standard Guiness product. Glad to have seen this one arrive in the US. Just pissed I didn't try this one sooner

jwhancher, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

GaryMarkle84, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of AMCimpi
3.5/5  rDev -14%

AMCimpi, May 27, 2014
Photo of GreenWBush
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%

Brought back from a bottle shop in London.

Darkened blackened ruby...more so than most Guinness-water we get for here, for sure. Lighter than Nigerian version, though.

Amazing bubbly lace cling, pre-sip. Fresh out-of-oven chocolate cookies, watery alcohol and astringency, intense roast, high and almost piercing weediness. That sourish off-flavor that is so prevalent in Guinness these days. Almost Belgian yeast thing happening.

Taste echoes nose, with emphasis on vinous elements, reediness, metallic hop bitterness, nice sweetness to close.

Better than our crappy Guinness...but not that much better.

GreenWBush, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

tbeer40, May 03, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Recommened by Shagtastic, looking forward to it buddy!

A- Head explosion! 2 inches of pitch black beer the rest of my glass full of dark brown head that isn't leaving too quickly

S- I've been smelling this for 3 straght minutes and can't decide what it smells like, other than good. I'm guessing barley? However there are also some chocolate malts and a touch of hops in there

T- Tons of flavor! Chocolate, coffee, hops, asorted dark malts and some barley. Complex and beautiful

M- Little thin but not so much so that it takes away from the overall experience

O- This is awesome and I'm glad Dave talked me into cracking it open tonight!
Cheers!

pschul4, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a giant, tan, frothy head that lasted the duration. Fantastic lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee and hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong bitterness. Coffee and chocolate. Dark fruit. Roasted and smokey. Hops galore.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and only slightly dry.

O: This is a good stout; better than the Guinness Draught or Guinness Extra Stout. There is more malt character to balance the bitterness. Very creamy, malty, and roasted.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev -1.7%

YamagamiTravis, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

Out of a bottle from my local Albertsons in Orange, California.

Yeah boi, back to the honey hole. After sippin' on that nasty black lager that Guinness has pushed as "beer," Raul was hesitant to let these homies back into his kingdom.

But with this new hot joint, not only has Raul opened his doors back open to Guinness, he has let down the draw bridge and took the alligators out of the moat.

Rich black in character, nice head and nice lacing. Flavor? Yeah son, it's on!

Get it. Get it while you can!

RaulMondesi, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Jameswoody
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Jameswoody, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

lic217, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

warpedrevolution, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jerefreakinmiah, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Natural510
4.6/5  rDev +13%

11.2oz bottle, bottle dating 0-244. Brewed in Ireland.

Pours a dense ink-black with small amount of creamy, dark tan foam and lacing.
Scent ripe with heavy malt, sweet with notes of grape and roasted hazelnut.
An astringent mix of charcoal malt and bitter hop elicits flavors of dark chocolate, forest pine, and slightly winy with ripe fruit (ala cherry or grape). Crisp, but with a bone-dry finish.
Body full and smooth; built sturdy but for easy-drinking.

The gold-standard for "foreign-extra" stout, and stout in general. This is the beer which earns Guinness its reputation. I prefer the Caribbean-brewed version when I want more of a thirst-quencher, but the original version is an exquisite experience all its own.

Natural510, Jan 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

EigenBeer, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

xJMFCx, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

bconsidine, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of santoslhalper
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearence: Pours completely black with just the tiniest red hue. The head is creamy, thick, and has wonderful retention.

Smell: The smell is an amazing mix of roasted malts, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is noticable, but balances more than offends, unlike some stouts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. Take your Guinness Draught and give it to the dog. This is what a stout is meant to be like. It's incredibly rich, almost unbelievably so, with strong roasted nuts and coffee notes. The alcohol warms the belly in a wonderful manner. The complexity is through the goddamn roof. The mouthfeel is lucious and creamy, rich and full, yet kinda bubbly and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a damn fine stout. If only American Guinness was like this, we'd all be in heaven. I picked this up in Bermuda while on a cruise. They had no good brews on the ship, so I was stuck drinking Newcastle. After I managed to smuggle this one on board, and drink it, I was in absolute heaven. Going from 3 days of Newcastle to this, I'd have to say it was the perfect beer for the moment. Simply stunning.

santoslhalper, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger brown head. Head is lumpy and rocky leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is extremely chocolatey with that trademark Guinness twang.

Flavor is intensely roasted with bakers chocolate, dark molasses, and some bitter char. Hefty hop bitterness hit you in the middle and lingers looong into the finish. Very drying. Alcohol is not noticed on the palette, but felt in the esophagus as a nice warming. If you told me this was an RIS I would have no problem believing it.

Thick and full bodied, with just a tingle of carbonation; enough to provide additional substance.

Far more bitter than expected, but it's complex, interesting, and delicious. I'll be returning to this one.

Hoagie1973, Jan 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Punisher, Aug 13, 2013
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.

Higravity, Apr 26, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Peyton5410, Jan 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

firstlighthiker, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,889 ratings.