Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,022
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 129
Gots: 151 | 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 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!

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from into a pint from a 22oz bottle.

A: Looks like a regular Guinness with a nice foamy head and a dark ruby body.

S: Big malty chocolate and spicy hops.

T: Follows the smell; chocolate, piney hops, and a hint of alcohol.

D: Very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer goes down nice and easy.

Overall: A very original and tasty stout. It is sweet, spicy and smooth and leaves the draught in the dust. Shame on you, Diageo, for having the ability to make awesome beer and still producing mediocre brews.

Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ant880
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Bfarr
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with big tan foamy/frothy head with great retention and okay lacing. Not much in the aroma, a little roasted and sour lager. Molasses and roasted malts with slightly sour finish. A little hoppy and smoky with a roasted finish. Thick yet thin/smooth with a slight fuzz.

Much more drinkable than other Guinness although still probably just a slightly above average stout. Easy drinking to the point of it being unnoticeable except the sour/bitter finish. Not anything I'll be looking for except if it's the only thing available on St. Patrick's Day. I would definitely drink it before any other Guinness I've had.

Photo of drmcleod10
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ChicagoNick
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of csmalley
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of Jonada
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of CreightonSM
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Andy_Luft
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of clay23
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

Photo of valianes
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of cfrobrew
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

Photo of NumberNone
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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