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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,036 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,036
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 132
Gots: 171 | 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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Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of AlexM
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of mdlb44
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome to finally see this make it stateside.

Poured into a shaker: Black body (what else?) with the tiniest bit of deep crimson highlights. Three fingers of sandy brown head, dropping to a thick coating & an island & leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells of mild milk chocolate & a little cherry-like tartness, like a chocolate-covered cherry. Some chocolatey roast, very nice. Made me say "Mmmm!" more than once. Even a little meaty smokiness in the background.

Roasted barley & some hoppy bite up front, followed by a kind of dark coffee roastiness, restrained dark chocolate, & ending husky & smoky. Plenty of that black patent character that borders on astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium-full-bodied, with more acidity & hop bite that I would've expected. Very nice.

Man, I wouldn't have guessed that I'd be this impressed by a Guinness product again, but this is a really flavorful, nicely balanced brew. Hides the alcohol nicely, very smooth drinker. Gotta say, yay Guinness!

Photo of clay23
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of vacax
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daniel for this bottle. This one pours black with a rapidly growing mocha head, tall, thick, recedes at a moderate pace leaving lots of lace. Aroma has a worty barley scent along with roast and a touch of honey sweetness. Good balance between roast and sweet on the nose. Flavor has coffee, but not nearly as sharp of a roast as other dry stouts I have tried, smooth and semisweet initially, then a pleasant roasted barley bitterness and cookie finish. Nicely done, the roasted malt avoids acrid sensation for a refreshing beer. Somewhat insubstantial body, but expected for the style, moderate to heavier carbonation is expected, maybe a bit much on the bubbles though. Drinkability is definitely high, not many beers of this strength are as easily quaffable.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of J_Dub
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of vicsju1991
4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DavidST
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of beerman999999
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of silver0rlead
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black with a thick tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some char and espresso notes upfront, along with milk chocolate and molasses, burnt bread, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor also has coffee and char notes initially, along with dark fruits, dark chocolate, burnt bread, some herbal hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is OK. A decent export stoout, but nothing exceptional...a little underwhelming to be honest.

Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two and a half fingers of light brown head over a solid black body. Head reduced quickly to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A strong, rich smell of stewed fruit, roasted and chocolate malt. Noticeable alcohol, slightly burnt smell.

Taste - 4.0
I can't really imagine a strong stout tasting any better than this. Sweet, smooth and malty to begin with, stewed fruit, dark chocolate, finishes very burnt and bitter, overly so in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Very nice, moderate fine carbonation, heavy in the mouth, quite thick.

Drinkability - 3.0
Would I buy it again? Possibly. Would I have a second in one sitting? Never. Despite the mostly good taste, drinking one was not easy.

OVERALL - 3.95
Again, I have to give the disclaimer that in general, I do not like dry stouts. This is unquestionably a quality beer that I did enjoy, but I think you have to be a true lover of the black stuff to truly appreciate this brew.

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

Poured into a European pint glass. Pours a deep black. Nice tan head and lacing. Dissipated to a pretty thin head.

Aroma is alot stoutier than regular Guinness. But has that classic Guinness twang smell.

Taste is great. Nice and stouty malty at first. Nice bitter chocolate taste. Finishes with a dry bitterness and that classic Guinness twang.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry. High carb. Especially from nitro Guinness.

Overall a tasty version of Guinness. Will probably buy it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,036 ratings.