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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,939 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,939
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 117
Gots: 132 | 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 gshak
4/5  rDev -1.7%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of jpro
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally got ‘round to trying this one...

A: Poured into a Brooklyn tulip... tar black; three finger mocha head, leaving a fair amount of crusty lace.

S: Super roasted malts; very charry and sweet; not too complex, though - no chocolate, coffee, etc.

T: Initial malt sweetness, followed up by raw, acrid, roasted malt; earthy bitterness on the end - almost more from the roast, though (as opposed to hops).

M: Medium-bodied; higher carbonation; a little watery, though; average.

D/O: Not super tasty or complex, but rather drinkable; the thin mouthfeel detracts a bit, though. Glad to try, and much better than “regular” Guinness.

jpro, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

crob3888, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of clay23
4/5  rDev -1.7%

clay23, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

nitter, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this while on vacation in Anguilla.
Poured into a over sized red wine glass.

A: Oil slick black with a large tan/brown head. The retention is respectable and it leaves behind a good bit of sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, rum and copper pennies. There is a distinct sour flavor that is really intriguing.

T: Nicely bitter upfront with huge notes of burnt dark malts. Chocolate, coffee, and caramel are all in on this one. Some sourness creeps in and rushes into an amazingly dry crisp finish. This is nothing like any other Guinness I have ever tasted.

M: Thick and viscous with a surprising bubbly character.

D: I am currently half way through my second case of this on vacation (it goes quite well with cuban cigars). Highly recommended if one finds oneself in the beer waste land that is the Caribbean!

Neffbeer, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Crimsontider22
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Crimsontider22, May 19, 2013
Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new Guinness to America. I'm happy to give it a go.

Black as black in the pour with a rocky but moderate dark tan head. It really didn't fluff up like I expected but it wasn't all that disappointing.

Aroma is much more roasted than the Guinness we're used to. Fairly typical roasted barley aroma with plenty of chocolate and coffee notes. A lingering fruity sweetness rounds out the aroma.

Taste has quite a bit more flavor than a dry stout, but its not as full or up front as an imperial stout. Export stouts seem to lie perfectly in between in the wonderful world of stouts. Plenty of roasted flavor and a nice fruit presence, almost like chocolate covered cherries.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy but nothing spectacular. Overall an enjoyable stout. Certainly better than the original but there are plenty of other cheaper American stouts/porters that I would rather have.

Kinsman, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

CreightonSM, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It has the Guinness Head for sure, even darker and richer though. It poured out to fill up the whole glass, but still is over five fingers, and only slowly dissipating after a good minute wait. The beer is black, like soul sucking, light eating, black hole black. The cap of the head is richly textured, but the head itself is just too big this far into the game. 4.5

S: Rich roasted grain, toast, chocolate, a bit of coffee shop. I get a little bit of estery yeast at play with some hops too. It's not super strong through, sitting just ten inches away from my nose it makes next to no impact. The more I smell, the dry roasty grains come through more and more. 4.0

T: Once the beer filters through the still rich head, I'm hit with a sharp, but not astringent in any way dark chocolate roast. The finish is a little less good, maybe a touch metallic, but overall the beer is incredibly rich tasting. There's a little sweetness, no alcohol, and not much for hops. Very easy going down. 4.5

M: I was hoping this beer would provide a little more body than Guinness Draught. It still comes across as too thin for what I want in a stout, particularly since at 7.5% abv, it's nowhere near a session beer at all. Still, it has good carbonation and doesn't feel flat or murky. 3.5

D: Very drinkable, perhaps too much so considering the ABV. Not something I'm likely to buy apart from at St. Patrick's Day, but nothing I would hesitate to recommend to people either. 4.0

mdwalsh, Dec 15, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Dank26, Nov 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

warpedrevolution, Apr 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

J_Dub, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of roasted malts, some chocolate, and a bit of booze. It definitely promises more flavor than regular Guinness (though I do enjoy Guinness quite a bit). Taste follows with decent chocolate, roasted, and sweet malt notes, with an underlying hint of booze. A bit hoppy too--some nice bitterness in there. Something is a bit off to me, maybe a musty or stale flavor in there somewhere though I can't really pin it down. Not a bad beer by any means, but not a spectacular stout either. Moderate feel in the mouth, definitely more body than what I am used to seeing from Guinness. Decent drinkability, though hampered by the off-flavor I'm getting.

LordAdmNelson, Jan 29, 2011
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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jucifer1818, Feb 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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

EigenBeer, Nov 21, 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 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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4/5  rDev -1.7%

yeaprolly, Jun 13, 2014
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,939 ratings.