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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,892
Reviews: 803
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 111
Gots: 128 | 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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Been looking forward to one of these.
Roast aroma isn't as prominent as I expected. Instead more of a caramelly, sweet aroma with a hint of alcohol. Nice. Not bold but strong enough and pleasing.
Very dark with only hints of dark brown on the edges. Full dense tan head that immediately laces.
The roast is more prominent, especially on the finish which a well developed bitterness mixed with coffee flavors, the start is more of the aroma with a nice sweetness and caramel flavors again. Not sure of the age of this. It doesn't taste old. The hop flavor is on the edge of the tongue in the middle of the drink. Has a green earthy grassy taste. There is still a sharpness and bite to the drink.
Lighter body with an unnoticeable carbonation that on reflection is really fine and creates a softness.
Ya' know, this is a pretty nice beer. Complex and fully flavored, yet light enough to drink well, but probably kinda' dangerous.

garymuchow, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

330ml bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a driveway-sealer black with a frothy head of about two fingers. This pillow head really sticks around and to the glass. Bottle says best before and then provides an indecipherable code.

Smell is very aromatic. I smell some booze, sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, and a bit of dark chocolate wafting off of this brew.

As for the taste, quite a bit of bitterness up front that moderates into some sweetness and rich, roasted malts. This brew is throwing off some alcohol heat as well, which was not as expected. Some coffee and dark chocolate bitterness at the end. Finishes very dry with some mixed nuts at the end.

Mouthfeel is thick and viscous--a real meal in a bottle.

Overall, a very substantial stout. Unlike any other stout I have had-this one packs a punch. Let this one warm some for a better drinking experience.

JohnnyP3, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of cameraman
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

The beer is poured a black color with touches of brown and red along the sides of glass. A thick inch and half high head forms, creamy beige in color that settles on top and goes no where. A sweet dark bread fragrance is there at the start, followed by dried fruit and some raisons, with a touch of coffee. The aroma does finish with yeasty sort of twang at the end, making your nose twitch slightly. The dark bread from the aroma hits the palate in the taste right off the bat that then blends to a yeasty twang. The taste finishes with a burnt grain bitterness and hoppy bitterness of citrus and grass. A thin watery feel that gains weight as it crosses the palate, finishing with mild dryness at the end. This beer was not what I expected the feel stayed the same for a Guinness and the color was probably darker than the usual offering. The things that made this different were the taste and aroma both of which were much better than the typical pint you would get anywhere else, a very good beer.

cameraman, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of seanluvsbeer
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%

12oz. bottle. huge head of foam like a tit with an inny nipple. smells a bit boozy and coffee and chocolate. slightly heavy. chocolate and very drinkable for 7.5abv slight crack cocaine after taste at first but slowly fades half way threw the glass... ...

seanluvsbeer, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle to a flute glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown (in reality black) with a 1/2 inch dark tan head

Smell: Incredible...probably the beer's best property...really sticks to you. Like the aroma of a really fine wine.

Taste: If you really want to know a bitter carbonated red wine describes "foreign extra". If you think what I said is a bad thing; go drive your head into a wall. This stout is Guinness' perfection which is what it should be relabeled to. After-taste is stuck in my mouth 5 minutes after my last sip.

Mouth: Medium carbonation which can is complimented with a sticky taste. Whether you drink, sip, gulp whatever it is you like to do...you will just be indulged with great flavors like a yellow to a cake.

Overall: After years of not being available in America, Guinness has impressed me with this fine piece of brewed heaven. I can say "Foreign Extra" is for Guinness lovers, and real beer drinkers alike.

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of bundy462
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

A: Black with a frothy tan head. A good bit of carbonation bubbles.

S: Black coffee, chocolate, roasted. Slightly sweet, a nice hit of hops.

T: Black coffee is dominant with a sweet touch. There's a nice balancing hop in the finish. It's really well done and very good.

M: Creamy and smooth as can be.

O: Awesome beer, an easy drinker for a stout, keep em coming.

bundy462, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of gc4hokies
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Finally bought a four pack of this at the local grocery store after eyeing it for the last several trips. I'm not a big fan of the regular strength Guinness that passes for stout here in the U.S., but this is different!

Pours a dark almost jet black with an ample tan head. Aroma is malty sweet with a slight smell of baking bread and licorice. Pretty faint, though.

Mouthfeel is substantially more viscous that regular extra stout.

Taste, sweet at first then blackened malt with a tinge of alcohol at the finish. Very nice.

Hopefully in the future this will replace extra stout on the taps everywhere. Good beer.

gc4hokies, Oct 29, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%

Appartently (from what I'm told), this is what you get if you go 2 a UK bar and say I want a Guinness. No wonder they say this shit is better in other countries. I personally don't prefer the regular Guinness extra that's on tap in most US bars.

Pours pitch black with the perfect 'not quite finger' of head that is perfect for the style. Perfect lacing and retention. head is a dark beige hue.

Roasty aroma. Slightly alcohol pungent and slightly hoppy but nothing is by any means outta balance. very subtle chocolatey note on the back end of the nose.

Incredible drinkability without skimping on flavor. coffee-like at first then a wonderful mix of carmely malt character and floral subtle hop character as the ale slides down your throat. Hops in a stout? No worries, they didn't overdo a damn thing here. everything is in wonderful, harmonious balance.

Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but still refreshingly drinkable. reminiscent of coffee in some ways and chocolatey in some ways.

finish is bitter but almost completely absent in hop character (which keep in mind is perfect characteristics for this style). don't get me wrong, hops are there but subtle as hell. the hoppy character is merely an undertone but I would guess (I'm in no way an expert) it's a variety with an alpha acid content around 8%. Hoppyness is definitely more than most stouts but it never becomes to much at any stage in the flavor profile. The dominant bitter character of the finish is coffee (roasted malt) and caramel with slight dominance of coffee. A subtle brown-sugary, and slightly coffee-like flavor remains.

Overall: I think I've said enough in the above. This is a traditional style and I tend to favor the non-traditional, "lunatic" styles of beer. Having said that I still think this beer is exceptional. One of the best of its style that I've had. Incredible balance and wonderful uniqueness.

GreenJetta912, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.58/5  rDev -12%

This looks like a Guinness. It smells kind of like a Guinness with some venous qualities.

The head is tan with a very dark body. The body is a little heavier than your typical Guinness.

The taste is quite a bit different than your normal Guinness. The coffee isn't nearly as present, and the beer underneath comes out more (not the best description, I know).
The alcohol presence is much stronger, which makes this harder for the novice drinker. However, this adds complexity that the normal Guinness won't provide.

I like this beer. Will it replace my imperial or American stouts? Nope. But I probably will pick up another bottle the next time I'm at the store.

ummswimmin, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of erog5188
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Dark Black, Frothy Head with a small amount of lacing on the glass. It appeared as though there were almost some legs on the glass. In all pretty much what I expected.

Smell: Roasty but not overly strong, No hotness in the nose what so ever. I was hoping for a lot more aromatic flavor through the nose but still decent.

Taste: similar to other servings of guinness that I have had, It could have had a lot more flavor in my opinion but it was so drinkable that I could have had the whole 4 pack, It is very crisp and there is a very nice hop presence.

Mouthfeel: light not overly slick. It is perfect and what I was expecting.

In all I thought this was a great beer, I will definately buy it again as it is a great go to stout for a decent price.

erog5188, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

The big brother of the classic...

Large frothy head atop a midnight black brew...lots of lacing on the NB globe...

Rather subdued aromas of dark toasted malts and cocoa nibs... Nuances of hops present as well here... Very subtle...

Bitter hops upfront surprise me but are soon followed by a roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate sensation...hints of booze present every now and then...

A tasty, although not sessionable, brew... The ABV would get to me after a few of these... I like this though... Very tasty and a nice fall sipper...

Tilley4, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of jpro
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Finally got ‘round to trying this one...

A: Poured into a Brooklyn tulip... tar black; three finger mocha head, leaving a fair amount of crusty lace.

S: Super roasted malts; very charry and sweet; not too complex, though - no chocolate, coffee, etc.

T: Initial malt sweetness, followed up by raw, acrid, roasted malt; earthy bitterness on the end - almost more from the roast, though (as opposed to hops).

M: Medium-bodied; higher carbonation; a little watery, though; average.

D/O: Not super tasty or complex, but rather drinkable; the thin mouthfeel detracts a bit, though. Glad to try, and much better than “regular” Guinness.

jpro, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +15%

It's really great when you can take a classic and make some improvements on it (except for the butterscotch thing which I just can't abide). Poured with a mammoth, thick, foamy, frothy, fluffy, billowy, light tan head that lasts forever and lots of clingy lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is a complex array of roast, malt, acid, butterscotch, masculine scents. Flavor is similar to nose with very little sweetness; bitterness and tang dominate with some butterscotch, malt, roast, barest hint of toffee and sweetness. Man, this is dry irish stout! Body is perfect and so is carbonation for the style. Finish is like flavor and some coffee and cocoa show up - fairly long. An alternate to a world classic for the far flungs markets of Diageo.

drpimento, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of bluHatter
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

A: Thick dark brown head. Darker than a normal Guinness, with a few larger bubbles as well. Pitch dark in the glass. No light penetrates. Pour looks rich.

S: Semi sweet cocoa, toast.

T: Sweet roasted malt, with a touch of chocolate - moreso than other Guinness stouts I've had. Overall, slightly more bitter as well.

M: Full body, nice carbonation. Thick and rich. Can't beat a Guinness.

O: I've never had a Guinness I didn't like, and this is no exception. Though I think I still prefer the default Guinness draught variety, this is a nice way to mix it up a bit and still have a top quality stout.

bluHatter, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of BierStein711
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%

Served in a tulip

After having this stout twice, I can say that it is not finding its way into my cellar again. Out of the two styles of Guinness I have had, I shall stick to the draught. The molasses is overpowering, and that was the only flavor I could find in the heavy mouthfeel. Naturally, when someone tries a beer twice one hopes to be more impressed. Overall, I would not endorse this beer to someone who is looking for complexity.

BierStein711, Oct 13, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +2%

A: Mighty nigh unto black, with just a dim mahogany hue visible at the edges when held up to the light. The head kept building well after the pour, up to a solid 2 fingers of light brown froth (it reminded me of the foam on a root beer float), with the bubbles creating the optical illusion of floating down the glass. The head lingered for minutes (I didn't time it) and left a thick, tenacious lace on the walls of my pint glass.

S: Toasted malt is front and center, with some breadiness, and maybe a hint of cocoa.

T: Sweet malt is the first and most powerful taste, lingering even as the acrid burnt malt makes itself known. There's a bitter hops bite, but it fails to match the force of the malt. As the flavor fades, there's a hint of baker's chocolate remaining.

M: Crisp, with good carbonation, although lacking the smoothness I've come to enjoy in the "pub draught" version of the American Guinness (it's still smooth, but not the same). The alcohol is strong enough to notice without being a distraction.

O: A winner in my book. What it lacks in smoothness, it makes up for in rich flavor that brings credit to the entire stout style. (If they ever marketed this beer with the nitrogen widget, I'd give it a solid "A")

TappaKeggaBrew, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of LeathChuinn
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Served chilled from 300ml bottle in a standard half pint glass.

A: Opaque black in colour with a thick, smooth dark beige head. Little or no transparency when held up to the light. This beer retains its head and leaves a perfect lacing to the glass.

S: Roasted barley with coffee and licorice notes. Smoky. Slight aromas of alcohol, perhaps akin to port or cognac.

T: Heavily roasted malt with flavours of cocoa and dark chocolate, strong black coffee, dark fruits, with a heavy roasted bitterness, almost smoky, with a syrupy sweetness. Touch of caramel, and a mild taste of alcohol near the finish. Becomes increasingly sweeter with the roast and 'dark' tastes less dominant as you near the end.

MF: Smooth and creamy, full and dry with low carbonation. A somewhat sticky/chewy feel as the beer warms up to near room temperature.

O: A very flavorsome, dry, bitter and sweet stout. A beer to appreciate in small quantities.

LeathChuinn, Sep 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Tasted On: 09-27-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2011
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Guinness tulip pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Black, opaque beer with slight ruby highlights. Big creamy dark tan head of 4 fingers lasts a long time and has very good lacing.

S: Mainly toasted malts, with also some chocolate, coffee and sweetness aromas.

T: Big roasted flavors of burnt malts and bread. The roasted bitterness dominates over a slight sweetness. As the beer warms to room temperature, the bitterness subsides and some woody notes come through.

M: Carbonation is medium-high and the body is medium. A lingering bitterness from the malts make up the aftertaste.

O: Overall a good beer. Dry stout is not a style I'm particularly fond of, but this is a welcome brew from the genre.

sommersb, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This very dark brown almost gray and very foamy head gets out of the bottle instantly, making its trademark large size and slow together head. Body is a simple dark walnut brown/black. Big together retention on this that just wont go away.

Nose is a some malt but sense of fruit raspberries. This is fruity and hints of sweet cream as well. Wow unexpected fruit joy!

Taste brings a big hop pine, with a roast char character. Slight carbon and tobacco with a tannic dry finish. Lime astringent punch just slightly on the finish, it brings some quenching to the roast and makes the drink sort of juicy. Berry and red fruit sweet sense does not come through compared to what is on the nose. Afterfinish almost has a hop like cherry coca cola!

I never thought this would be this good, but there it is. A wonderful rich and dry stout with a quenching hop punch of juicy flavor. Just great and outstanding.

smakawhat, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of jsulko
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle poured into a snifter

Dark black pour with a brown head that tends to linger.

Smell is strong with roasted notes dominating for me.

Hints of coffee with some bitterness in the finish.

Beer seems to be a stronger more flavorfull version of the "traditional" Guiness. A good stout but not necessarily something I would go out of the way to get but it is very drinkable

jsulko, Sep 24, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a black color with a thick 2 finger brown head that leaves rings of lace.

S- Some roast in the nose and maybe a bit of butterscotch or diacetyl? A slight tartness that was hard to place.

T- Much more roast and chocolate in the flavor compared to the regular draught. Slightly bitter finish but not due to hops.

M- Medium/full bodied with nice carbonation.

O- This is far and away better than draught.

projectflam86, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

330 mL bottle. there is a bottling date code, but it's not clear.

appears black, with brown highlights when held to the light. thin head that fades. aroma of roasted malt and a kick of hops. taste has a nice bite of bittersweet roasted flavor, a little acidic. lingering hops. the body is on the thicker side, it coats the tongue.

overall, much more flavor than the regular Guinness Draught.

jmdrpi, Sep 23, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Almost entirely black body with just a tiny hint of red. Thick, frothy light brown head with excellent retention.

Extremely roasted aroma. Bitter chocolate and coffee noticeable through the head which does just not want to go away. Smokey and with a touch of molasses and dark fruit.

Roasted and dark bread flavors dominate. Very smokey but just a hint of sweetness. Slight touches of chocolate in the background.

Medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Sheer amounts or roasted/smokiness make me unlikely to try to session this (that and the ABV), but I am definitely enjoying this one before bed.

Okay, so I went into this with quite a bias. I hate Guinness, with a passion. But this... this was actually very enjoyable. Definitely recommend.

Phocion, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Appearance: Heavy tan head. Thick and creamy. Looks delicious. The thickest of the Guinness beers.

Smell: Roasted nutty malts. Dark fruits. Figs and raisins. Som smoked character. Creamy egg whites and vinegar. Spice. Earthy and herbal bittering hops. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Caramel malts. Bold coffee flavors. Granite and earth. Light herbal and spicy hops Tobacco . Dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Great hop/malt balance. Thick and chewy. Very filling.

Overall: This is a delicious bold interpretation of the Guinness extra-stout. I really enjoyed it and will buy it again.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of keysofebony
4.95/5  rDev +21.6%

Regular Guinness is one of my go-to beers, but this tops it. It's like double guinness; tastier and gets the job done quicker.

A- I would call this an imperial stout, or maybe just an 'extra' stout. It's pure black with no chance of light passing through. There is a typical tan stout head. Head sticks around but unfortunately I couldn't find this in a can with the nitro-ball.

S- The base of the smell is a strong presence of dark chocolate surrounded by sort of a sweet red wine-like scent. On top of that maybe a hint of mint leaf. (very little)

T- The first wave of taste is that guinness black-coffee taste. Followed by a warming presence, but i am not tasting alchohol. The warming of the alcohol is covered by dark chocolate and a minty, red wine taste. (hard to describe the red wine im getting, you'll just have to try it)

M- It has a sweetened cocoa aftertaste, which is nice especially when pairing it with right foods. I have to say this is the first time i've properly paired a food with beer. I had rare-cooked spare ribs and it felt like the manliest, tastiest meal ever.

O- This has just replaced Guinness Draught in my book. Too bad it is pricey, but well worth it on occasion. If you like Guinness or any imperial stouts/porters, try this. I'll certainly be buying this again since I work at a liquor store. :P cheers.

keysofebony, Sep 15, 2011
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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