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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,905 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,905
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 115
Gots: 128 | 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 iemailjack
4/5  rDev -1.7%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours pitch black with two fingers of light tan head that holds okay but laces very well.

S: MIld char and chocolate, sweet and sour fruitiness, and some roasted maltiness.

T: Lots of sweet and complex dark fruit flavors, British hoppiness, light chocolate malts, and a little roastiness.

M: It has a medium-light body with lots of creaminess and a very smooth finish.

O: This goes down easier than it should for its strength. It is so flavorful and smooth. I'll be back for more.

bucklemyshoe, May 02, 2011
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

warpedrevolution, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of khiasmus
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with three fingers of rich, tan head that settles to a soapy layer in a few moments.
The aroma is rich, with a lot of dark malt, roasted grains, butter, butterscotch, piney hops, caramel, and maple. mmm.
Initially malty on the palate, with the sweetness quickly balanced and then overridden with roasted grain. The finish is of acrid grain, with most of the bitterness that balances the malt stemming from the roastiness as opposed to the hops.
The mouthfeel is excellent: smooth, med-full body, very dry and astringent finish, but with a little lingering sweetness on the center of the tongue that balances the bitter astringency on the sides.
This machine will plough.

khiasmus, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of jwhancher
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

First sampling of the new-to-U.S. import.

A -- Pours blackish-brown, a highly roasted coffee look -- pretty much opaque to the light in my Guinness imperial pint, with a long-lasting head that starts out brown and thins to a dark tan.

S -- Roasted malts with sour hints (shades of the old ES and the old Guinness brewing practice of mixing mashes), coffee notes back and hints of citrus and earthy character from hops.

T -- Roasted, patent malt character up front with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Bitterness blend of the roasted malts and vague hop character blend into a dry, bitter finish with a vaguely lactic sour to tart aftertaste. Looking for a hint of sweetness; it may come in between somewhere, but roasty bitterness is the major character here.

M -- A full bodied mouthfeel that's syrupy up front to dry in the finish with alcohol warming.

D -- Drinkability is surprisingly good, at a slow pace. The heavy bitterness could fatigue the palate in quick order, but if a big, robust stout is what you're craving, the FES will not disappoint.

One can't help but wonder if Guinness' Extra Stout and Foreign Extra can survive on the same shelves together. I haven't done a thorough side-by-side yet, but there would seem to be only the slightest of differences between the two; the most prominent being more of that lactic sourness and the bigger warming from alcohol.

steveh, Dec 06, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jbriggs7, Jul 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

crob3888, Dec 18, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Rons35, Mar 06, 2014
Photo of scoobybrew
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark nearly opaque (but except for the slight ruby highlights under concentrated light) black color, thick ice-cream tan head that is well retained

S - rich coffee-like roasted malt with a touch of yeasty esters and earthy hops

T - rich roasted grain malt characterized by coffee and chocolate hit the tongue right away; the flavor is hoppy, but restrained herbal and earthy notes; finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering hop flavor; yeast esters are perceived, but restrained

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth

D - Much to my surprise, this is a great example of a foreign extra stout. I suppose I expected something less from a mega-brewery like Guinness, but this beer meets the style like a champ. It's definitely different from some other paragons of the style, namely: Lion, but succeeds in its own way. Cheers.

scoobybrew, Jan 03, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 eat
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought all the way from Dublin by my parents...thanks Mom and Dad!

Pours a creamy pitch black with a moka-coloured, thick and chunky head. Decent retention, some lacing.

The nose is weaker than I expected. Astringent minerals, grain, roasted malt, molasses, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Smells good enough but there's not enough there.

Incredibly smooth and well balanced. This is like North American Guinness on steroids. Creamy roasted malt up front, subtly smoky, hints of molasses, strong coffee and dark chocolate, bitter hops in the background. The extra alcohol seems to tie everything together with an added bite. Lingering bitter finish. Perfectly balanced; it's almost as if you can taste the history that's gone into this stout.

The feel is pretty nice, although, as with most stouts, I could use a little more body. Fully medium-bodied, it would be nice if it was full-bodied. Light carbonation fits the style.

This is very drinkable. I would love to drink this all the time...too bad that's impossible. This tastes like what you always wished Guinness would taste like. One of the smoothest, most well-balanced stouts I've had the pleasure to sample.

eat, Oct 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

davegray, Aug 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

EigenBeer, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

GaryMarkle84, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

xJMFCx, Jun 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

tbeer40, May 03, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

pschul4, Sep 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of GreenWBush
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

firstlighthiker, Mar 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Punisher, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,905 ratings.