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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 822
Hads: 2,163
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 170
Gots: 244 | FT: 1
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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 FMetzger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely the best Guinness I have ever had. I am a fan of all things Guinness, so I was surprised when I was on a research trip to a remote town called Hopkins Village, and was able to get Guinness in a bottle! Belize is hot and humid, but drinking this beer did not feel out of place, even on the hottest days.

A: Dark, thick. Pours thick head when forced, but the head dissipates rapidly. Best to just drink from the bottle.
S: Malt comes through. Very faint hops.
T: Absolutely delicious. Slightly sweet, rich. Not overpowering.
M: Rich. This will wash the sand out of your mouth without killing your palate.
D: Very drinkable. I lived off of this and Belikin Stout for over a month during a very hot July.

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Photo of mjgarrett2
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Seriously dark brown, no transparency with a Rich tan head.

S-Slightly sweet with that traditional roasted/woody stout aroma.

T-Caramel and yeast contribute to the bitterness of the stout in a pleasant and not overpowering way.

M-The sweetness upfront gives way to the bitter like a dry stout should. In no way is it too heavy or thick.

D-It is that standard. It kicks up the flavour and complexity of a simpler stout without sacrificing the relaxing qualities or make something overly intense like many Imperial styles do.

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Photo of smm
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recommended to me by a local beer retailer. He'd enjoyed it a couple times while in the Caribbean and was excited to stock it at his store.

A- Pours dark black with a thick deep tan head

S- Roasty and malty scent, piercing.

T- Sweet and slightly bitter, coffee-like. A bit chocolatey.

M- Low carbonation, medium-body. Finishes quite dry.

D- I wish everyone would switch out their Guinness lines for this. Give people a taste for a real stout. Great flavor but the dryness might hold it back as it wears on the palate.

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

Review from Thanksgiving. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

A: Poured pitch black with a light mocha head. The head was 4 fingers thick, with amazing retention. This is the thickest head that I've seen coming from a stout. There was a good amount of lacing throughout the cup as I drank the beer.

S: Very very strong and upfront roasted malts. This was very pleasing to me, got my mouth watering almost instantly. Also with this malts was a hint of some chocolate.

T: Tastes follow the smell. Very strong taste of malts with a chocolatey back hint. No bitterness at all and the after taste is mostly malt. A very very faint hint of hops in there as well. I can only pick this taste up every now and then. A very tasty session beer.

M: Medium bodied and goes down well. Medium carbonation as well.

D: Can drink this any time of day and would be able to drink many of these before losing it. Would highly recommend to many others.

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Photo of knoxtennessee
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my god.
I've waited 8 years for this beer, and it didn't disappoint.
This thing pours pitch black with a tan head that fades into a long lasting thin tan head. The nose is a big snort of creamy roasty sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly more fruity than anything. Has that classic Guinness funk, but at a little bit higher levels.
The flavor is nice and sweet with the same fruit but also with a load of dark chocolate and dried cherry, finishing roasty and surprisingly dry. The body is thick and luscious without any heavy cloying quality. The finish is slightly acidic and calls you back for more.
Amazing, just absolutely amazing.

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Photo of rcfunk
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic! I recommend savoring it. Compare it to the extract brewed Guinness Extra and you will see the difference: Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

I am glad to finally be able to regularly drink Guinness in the US that was made in Ireland.

If you like a dry stout and if you like the character imparted by roasted barley, then this beer is for you.

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Photo of deadchef
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 20oz 'pint' glass...

a: khaki colored foam, fluffy and tall. black colored opaque liquid.

s: dark toast, licorice, demi-glace, sweet cola, french roast coffee.

t: heavy roast, espresso, char. bitter astringency you expect from a stout.

m: pour it correctly you will have a low carbonated brew. mouth coating. light astringency lingers.

o: this is a bigger version of guinness stout. however it is easy to drink and goes well in colder months or a night capper with a creme brulee or sweet dessert. very enjoyable.

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Photo of MattyDTD
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma of Dark Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Cocoa, Barley Malts and Cream. What Guinness should taste like. Very fruity and leaves your tastebuds dancing. The best from the guinness range in my opinion.

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Guinness stout glass.
Appearance: Pours dark black, creates huge chunky, frothy head that stands its ground...about 4 fingers... after classic and awesome cascading that comes from dry stouts (especially Guinness)...commence the mouth watering.

Smell: Roasty malts and slight alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, creamy, slightly chocolate maybe.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth yet thick and delicious.

O: My faith had been faltering with Guinness but this Foreign Extra far exceeds any other they produce. Great example of the Irish dry and at 7.5% its a solid brew/buy. I saw that it used to not be available, I'm glad its here now.

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Photo of LukeK1231
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Color: Dark with a nut-brown head.

Aroma: Coffe-like

Taste: The beer had a nice smooth, dark, coffee, nutty, taste.

Finish: The finish was also smooth, I would have rated it higher, but the high alcohol content came through a little in the finish.

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Photo of Wreckoncile
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic from 12 oz bottle.

A - Poured an opaque black with two fingers of large bubbled head that disappates relatively quickly leaving solid lacing throughout the glass.

S - Malt forward with the scents of roasted smokiness, a hint of coffee, and a chocolate kick that smells almost bittersweet from a slightly hoppiness underneath.

T - Wow, definitely an improvement upon the original (especially since it doesn't have some stupid artificial widget). Malt forward with heavily roasted/smoked character. A bit of coffee flavor, with a finish that leaves a very bittersweet dark chocolate feel.

M - Not as silky as the nitro-widget version, but still fairly so. There's a boozy sort of bite to it that warms the drinker.

O - Overall a solid stout for a solid stout fan. Not among the best of the best, but certainly worthy of consideration, and after all, it is produced by the brewery that virtually invented the style.

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Photo of Why-P-A
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and cloudy, bottle pouring leaves a minimal head creamy head.

S: Typically lagers have less aromas developed but this is rich on the nose with dark burnt coffee.

T: Dark and hearty. Several layers of malt transitioning slowly from sweet initially to dark and bitter. No smoky malts or yeast esters both of which would be uncommon in this style but still a lot of flavor.

M: The burnt malt character and high alcohol give this a very dry finish leaving you thirsty.

O: Unlike traditional Guinness this beer is strong with lots of flavor. While not as well balanced as Guinness lager this is a truly a strong and flavorful beer. Immensely popular in many parts of the world, this dark strong beer is still drank year round, often only marginally cold.

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Photo of ACinSC
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Guinness FES is a most worthy propitiation for the rancid-in-comparison Draught. This is the beer that got me hooked on porters and stouts. I'm so glad they finally started importing it in the States!

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. The color of the beer is a dark brown. Tan head is usually about half a finger thick or a little more. The roasted malt smell quickly settles in your nose and begs for a sip.

The taste is best described thus: as though a truck full of Draught crashed into a truck full of 70-80% cacao baker's chocolate. I find it to be a little sweet, which is why I took .75 off of the taste, because although it is very strongly hopped, the sweetness of the malt is a bit strong and it even overpowers the bountiful hops. It's probably to mask the higher alcohol content (which is nearly undetectable), but some drinkers may consider this a flaw. I am not awfully bothered by it. On the plus side, the sweetness nicely rounds out the "roasted chocolate malt" flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. Again, this beer is liquefied chocolate.

The aftertaste is a welcome bitter chocolate that lingers for many minutes after consumption.

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

Foreign Extra pours jet black with a nice light brown head which dissipates fairly slowly, and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is rich with coffee and a sweet almost caramel characteristic. Flavour starts off with a bit of caramel, and some dark chocolate, nice and semi sweet which leads into a roasted malt/coffee bitterness. Really well balanced. Mouthfeel is a little on the think side, nicely suited to the ABV and taste. I've pretty much grown up on this stout so have spent many days and night drinking it. its strong but its definately drinkable, and works as a session beer. Despite what you think of guinness draft (i personally like it a lot when in the mood) Foreign extra is miles ahead of it as far as flavour goes and is a great stout by any standard.

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Photo of bobquick
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout more than the "mother's milk" of regular Guinness. Hops it you first with a bitter bite, but the malt keeps it from overwhelming the balance. The alcohol is very present in the mouthfeel and burns a bit on the back of the throat. 7.5 percent. NICE! That's where the RIS confusion comes in. Great beer.

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Photo of BeerSquid
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to say, purchasing this beer was just a fantastic life decision more than anything else. It'd been getting nice out and though I'd been looking at trying the foreign extra for a while i was torn between it and a warmer weather beer option. You may imagine my joy when the next day it dipped back down into the low 40's and well... here we are.

A- (poured from bottle into pint glass) Beautiful thick black, almost an inky quality with a lovely thick walnut colour head that characteristically stays nice and heavy.

S- The aroma is that of a standard guinness on steroids. Big roasty malt, some dried fruit, raisins perhaps, and just a hint of alcohol.

T- Excellent balance of malt and hop. Honestly more bitter than I was expecting, but a very pleasant surprise.

M- Perfect carbonation, engages the whole mouth with the spectrum and balance of flavour.

D- Oh, yeah. If only I had more cash layin around. Well worth a try or a sixer to savor with some friends.

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Photo of tozz8
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A--Guinness Black; which is extremely dark ruby. Thu ruby color is only visible by holding the glass at an angle to a light. Fluffy mocha colored head that does not go away--hast lasted for more than 20 minutes now.

S--Sweet chocolate malts dominate with a bit of caramel and toasted malts supporting.

T--The word 'Hollow" comes to mind. Strong chocolate malt flavor. When thinking about the taste my mind produces an image of a hollow tree trunk--weird. Woody toasted malts. More bitter than regular Guinness A fruity tone comes through after a while of sampling

M--Thick. Coats the tongue. Almost not detectable carbonation

D--Compared to regular Guinness, this is not quite as drinkable. As 7.5% beers go, this is one of the most flavorful, easy drinking beers i've had in a while. If i want Guinness at home, this is will be my choice.

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Photo of ccahoon22
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick 2 - 3 finger, creamy head. The head dissipates to almost nothing unlike the Draught.

S - Roasted malts dominated the smell. You can definitely tell its a Guinness

T - Malts along with a much bolder taste than the Draught. After 2 beers I'm getting more and more attached to the taste.

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Photo of boyntonliquors
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a world class beer using an old Irish recipe which has the wort/mash exposed to wild yeasts. This along with the use of high quality barley malts and enough hopping to please an American palate makes this beer a surprise find from the Guinness Brewery which is owned by the Diageo Group (read Smirnoff). The beer is made to transport and because of this cellars very well and even bottle conditions which producing a great Irish stout.

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4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint glass: Extra Black, lots of frothy foam.

S: Chocolate roasted coffee.

T : Bitter, dark creamy chocolate. Slight aftertaste of black licorice.

M: Goes down smooth, just like the pint I had on the Guinness factory tour.

D: I wanna swim in a pool of it. Delectable, Drink up!

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Photo of rievelx6
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black with a nice tan head

S- Great aroma of coffee and chocolate

T- Taste matches the aroma well with the coffee and chocolate

M- Smooth feel with slight carbonation

O- Overall this is a very good stout I thoroughly enjoy this beer, hard to beat this beer

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Photo of onechordwonder
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A- Beautiful dark color with a khaki colored bubbly head, nothing like the creamy Guinness I happen to thoroughly enjoy.

S- Strong smell of espresso roasted coffee, with the nutty, toffee like. Almost smells like Johnnie Walker Black.

T- In a word, beautiful. Strong taste of coffee and chocolate balanced with a bit of peat. This is what a Guinness should taste like.

M- Lightly carbonated and not too heavy on the palate, could have been a little heaver though.

D- At 7.5%, it's not a session beer and it certainly is a meal in a glass. I don't know that I could finish the four pack it comes in.

Overall, it is a little expensive, at 11 bucks for a four pack here in the Bronx. Yet, I imagine that I will be shelling out for this over the draught that used to mean Guinness in the US, truly a great stout.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pouring a muddy brown, sweet notes of burnt brown sugar and coffee waft off the very dirty head, backed by an almost meaty undertone. On the tongue, a surprisingly complex balance is maintained: the extra hops attack up front, receding quickly as the brown sugar kicks in, a bit cream...followed by the coffee, earthy and gritty, and completed with a slightly dry finish reminiscent of Guinness Draught...all delivered with a full mouthfeel that satisfies like the act of chewing jerky.

I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much with this one, but I'm very pleasantly surprised as it's rapidly risen of the ranks of my favorite beers. Not really a session beer, as it's quite complex and demands you attention, but perfect now and again, either on it's own (perhaps a third beer to wake up a numbing tongue), or with a heavy, meaty dish (including jerky). Cheers!

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Photo of kellywilson50
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a tan head. Good head retention. Aroma is of roasted barley. Flavor is very caramely with roasted characteristics. There is a slight alcohol burn at the very end of the aftertaste, but blends well with the tannins and hops. After the initial caramel/roast flavor, the beer finishes with a nice bitterness. An excellent choice for stout lovers.

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Photo of forsakenpariah
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Inky black with that classic rocky tan Guinness head. Retention is excellent and lacing is abundant. Beautiful.

S: Coffee, roast, chocolate, and warm alcohol. There seems to be some acidic sour undertone here that is very nice. Hops aren't too abundant in the aroma.

T: Lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate up front. I'm getting some hops (mostly bitterness) in the taste. That lovely acidic twang is apparent in here as well. Warming alcohol comes through as it warms.

M: Silky smooth and moderately carbed. Wonderful.

This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. It blows Guinness Extra Stout out of the water. This is going to become a regular in my fridge for sure.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.