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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,064 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 140
Gots: 181 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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

Looked similar to when Guinness is poured at the tap with a nice layering of brown carbonation sorting itself out. The light brown head is rocky and frothy, already lacing some nice spotty lace. Body is pretty much pitch black with the slightest red highlight squeaking through when held up to light.

Aroma. You can smell the regular guinnessness here but its accompanied by sweetness, dark fruit, musty earthyness, roasted malt and coffee.

Lots of delicious roasted malt flavor and dark fruit hints. You can actually taste some hops in this!

Feel is slightly creamy with a little zing from the carbonation.

This has been a long time coming. I like. If you strip all of what makes this interesting then you would have the generic thin shit they sell in the US. Wow, they should just scrap the crappy Guinness thats sold in the US now and replace it with this.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bit of carbonation, very brown color. Quite roasty, pepperry, a bit on the bitter side. Heavy body, warming with some alcohol notes. Syrupy - almost a Russian Imperial Stout. Chicory flavor with much more complexity than the Guinness Extra Stout. Wish you could find this one in the States.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of tewaris
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Fuck you Guinness for putting a freshness "code" and making your website so damn tough to access. Fuck you again for making Guinness Draught. Now on to review.

11.2 oz. bottle with a strange code under Best Before poured into a Lion mug.

Dark brown and clear with a big mocha colored creamy head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Perfect looks for a stout of its strength.

Dark and sweet malts and molasses would be pretty good descriptors for the aroma on this stout. The taste begins on fruity notes that transform into molasses and some acidic notes, and finishes very harsh, charred, and bitter. Didn't expect this from Guinness! Some molasses like flavors linger along with hints of sweetness but overall very dry and deeply bittering.

The body is medium and the carbonation high that works (?) in this case because FES is not a silky smooth stout by any means. Alcohol is never noticed but more than a couple of these won't be too enjoyable.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 2/5; Drinkability 3.5/5

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bouttle poured into a guinness tulip pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a thick steady tan head.

Smell is sweet, rich, boozy, fruity sweet, and rich roasty.

Taste is a good balance between the sweetness (maybe cherry) and the dry roastiness.

Mouthfeel is good and very drinable. I was so excited to see this. This is what people should think of guinness.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of DavidST
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Act25
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Under license in St Lucia. Perfect.

A: Black w/ massive, creamy, lasting tan head. Lacing galore.

S: Nose is blackened roasted grains, wood char, french roast black coffee and bittersweet chocolate.

T: Flavors follow the nose and are surprisingly sweet, big, bright and roasted, black strong coffee and bitter chocolate, that culminate in hops, espresso, crema, old wood, church interior.

F: Mouthfeel - among its best parts - is creamy, bright and balanced. Finish is bitter espresso and grilled wood.

Great balance and blend of roast, bitter, sweet, malt etc. Extremely drinkable.
Makes a great black and tan with the local Piton lager too.

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4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
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 vacax
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.