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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,994 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 127
Gots: 144 | 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 kagent777
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Las Vegas during the trip in November. Apparently, this is available in SLC, but the DABC cannot seem to actually stock it in stores. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A very nice looking almost black beer with reddish edges. It has a one finger wide head with bubbles of varying sizes. Leaves some nice lacing as well.

Smell: Roasty malts, some alcohol, along with fruit notes from the yeast and or hops.

Taste: A solid beer. The flavor starts out with some semi sweet chocolate notes to go along with the roasty char and over roasted coffee flavor. After the initial bitterness subsides ti turns a little sweeter with some lactose notes along with some generic fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than garden variety Guinness, this one is probably medium/thick. The flavors really coat the mouth nicely. The carbonation is on the lower side, but still a little prickly. Very nice.

Overall: This may be overwhelming for people who are not used to dark beers, or if they think Guinness is a meal in and of itself. One the other hand, if you like dark beers, give this one a try. A very tasty beer, that I will return to.

kagent777, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Jet black color with a 1.5" khaki head. Settles to 1/4" a few minutes after pouring. Swirling the glass thickens the head and laces the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Intense smell of malt, tobacco, bourbon. Hints of raisin and other dark fruits. Slight merlot smell.

Taste: Great roasted malt taste. Flavors of fig, tobacco and raisin. Hops are present upon swallowing leaving a lingering aftertaste.

Mouth: Nice foamy feel as you sip through this beers head. Thick feeling but not a heavy beer. Slightly sticky after sipping.

Overall: Definitely an addition to the Guinness line up that I can stand behind. My favorite bottled Guinness thus far.

CloudStrife, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: poured extremely dark, thin mocha colored head.

S: strong enough to overcome my cold! Some coffee, slightly burnt smell but very pleasant.

T: full, complex taste. Follows the smell nicely. A bit of bitterness but very nice. I really enjoy this beer!

M: smooth on the palate. May need to let this warm up a bit.

O: fantastic! I will definitely drink this again!

Loveyourbeer, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of lilnicky068
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

lilnicky068, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Peyton5410
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Peyton5410, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Shagtastic
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow I really never saw this beer coming. I've heard great things about this beer and I've been dying to try it myself.

A: Pours a black really nice tan head and great lacing.

S: While its a bit lacking it it still well above average. I get a sweetness off the nose that I can't get over. Really inviting.

T: I love the hoppy sweetness right up front. Really tasty beer that. Finishes a little drier but makes you want to just keep sipping.

M: A tad bit thin but damn this is drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a night and not think twice.

O: What a beer that came out of left field. I never thought I'd be this impressed with a guinness but I have been proven wrong. I'd highly recommend this to anyone!

Shagtastic, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of mdconatser
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mdconatser, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of everlong353
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

everlong353, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of ixodus
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with slight brown hues as it's held up to the light. Poured a small tan head that receded immediately into a thin foam ring with moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, nuts, earthy hops, raisins, bitter chocolate, metal.

T: Bittersweet milk chocolate, nuts, piney hops, roasty, and smokey.

M: Thin bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer. It's quite drinkable but a little on the weak side as far as taste and mouthfeel go.

ixodus, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of CFHMagnet
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour netted a 3-finger mocha colored head over a dark brown/black body. Lacing slowly falls down back into the beer every time.

Chocolate, mild coffee aromas and roasted malt smell delicious in this. A little hops seem to sneak in on the end to round it out.

This beer starts off mild mannered. Roasted malt, a little caramel or toffee, and then explodes with dark chocolate, a hint of hops and more roasted malt.

Creamy, mild, with just enough carbonation to sweep her down your tongue, the mouth feel on this baby is near perfect.

CFHMagnet, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Mohlman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mohlman, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of 11millsown113
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

11millsown113, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of rcatalano
4/5  rDev -1.5%

rcatalano, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

IdrinkGas, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of PrimScrewhead
4/5  rDev -1.5%

PrimScrewhead, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Zaphog, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours an almost solid black body with an incredibly foamy 3-finger mocha colored head, that features stupidly high retention and lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, subtle fruitiness, and some smoke. All in all, smells great.

T: The body opens with a nice, chocolaty sweetness from the roasted malts, while the finish is a bit smoky, and surprisingly piny. Generally, hoppier stouts aren't quite my cup of tea (see: Sierra Nevada Stout), but the hop profile here is executed very well.

M: A bit thin-bodied, to be honest, with nice dryness in the finish. It also extracts the piny bitterness without being oppressively sticky or palate ruining. Lowish carbonation.

O: It's not perfect, but it's genuinely impressive, especially next to regular old Guinness Draught. The thin body lets it down a tad, but this is still a really good stout that I will be on the lookout for in the future.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

sukwonee, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of ckollias
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a dark pitch-black hue with a thick, dark brown, 4-finger head that slowly dissipates, leaving a great trail down the glass, and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Toasted malt aromas with a chocolate and coffee overtones and a hoppy background.

T: Equally sweet and bitter with toasted malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee background with an alcoholic zip and a hoppy finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Awesome stout – what every stout should strive to be. Soo smooth and tasty.

ckollias, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Sparger
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Sparger, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of rbreaker
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

rbreaker, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of regionrat37
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark inky chocolate color with a finger mahogany head. Decent lacing
S: Strong coffee and Chocolate notes
T: This is definitely a balancing act between the hops and the malt, chocolate, and coffee notes and this stout preforms it beautifully.
M: Unbelievably creamy with mild carbonation and it has a nice finish.
O: This is by far Guinness' best product. This is a very satisfying product.

regionrat37, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of HumanParaquat
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

HumanParaquat, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of SolipsismalCat
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a giant, tan, frothy head that lasted the duration. Fantastic lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee and hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong bitterness. Coffee and chocolate. Dark fruit. Roasted and smokey. Hops galore.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and only slightly dry.

O: This is a good stout; better than the Guinness Draught or Guinness Extra Stout. There is more malt character to balance the bitterness. Very creamy, malty, and roasted.

SolipsismalCat, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of MoritzRW
4/5  rDev -1.5%

MoritzRW, Jan 15, 2012
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.