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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 804
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 Shrews629
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance - A very nice, very dark brown/black color with a tan, chocolate milkshake type of head. Very creamy and full. Nice retention, size and some ok lacing. Very faint ruby highlight around the bottom when held to the light. Head settled to a decent film.

Smell - Roated grain aromas. More mild coffee aromas. Light chocolate notes. Burnt and smokey. Slight buttermilk tones. Smells a little bit sweet and fruity. (Minimal sweetness and fruitiness really). Smells a bit like and oatmeal stout.

Taste - A burnt, smokey grain in the taste. Suitable bitterness. Roasted coffee was mild as was the chocolate. Slight alcohol warmth. A slight creamy taste. Almost picked up a dark cherry. Very faint though.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Smooth and mostly creamy. It is dry, but not as dry as some. Covers the palate nicely. Plenty of flavor to go around. Moderate carbonation.

Overall this beer is really pretty good. Much better than the "draught." It's chocked full of personality. Lots of flavor and it looks nice too. Easily drinkable at 7.5%. Not too filling in my opinion. Solid all around brew.

Shrews629, May 04, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%

Black with a tan head that is initially thumbs sized & bubbly before settling to half of that size. The retention is about average.

Gives off similar aroma to Guinness Draught but with a stronger smell of coffee and the roasted malts. It isn't as pleasant a smell as the Draught variety it must be said, with the overpowering coffee smell not being to my liking.

A mixture of warm coffee and roasted malts & barley upfront with a long, lingering coffee aftertaste. Again similar to standard Guinness Draught but a lot stronger. You can also detect a taste of alcohol in the background.

Smooth and quite warm on the palate with little evidence of carbonation.

Quite a nice flavoursome beer but one that is far to strong for my liking, especially with the coffee, roasted barley & roasted malts.

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flyingpig, May 03, 2011
Photo of RashyGrillCook
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%

Any Guiness is a must for good ole St. Patty's Day. Reading and research has unearthed some rather interesting details about this brew. This is made with regards to an old recipe that Guiness used for their export beers and has some "intentionally" skunked brew added in. And so as not to bore you with details...The pour is opaque jet black joined by a soapy beige head that dissapates much quicker then the typical "nitroed" version. Smell is oatey, malty and not like an OG Guiness. Taste is obviously similar to smell but with higher notes of dark chocolate and some lingering bitterness. For 7.5%ABV it hides the alcohol very well and is no where near as creamy as the Guiness everyone knows so well. Did that just rhyme? Which brings me to my next point, this brew will undoubtedly leave you feeling full and "fuzzy buzzy".

RashyGrillCook, May 02, 2011
Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours pitch black with two fingers of light tan head that holds okay but laces very well.

S: MIld char and chocolate, sweet and sour fruitiness, and some roasted maltiness.

T: Lots of sweet and complex dark fruit flavors, British hoppiness, light chocolate malts, and a little roastiness.

M: It has a medium-light body with lots of creaminess and a very smooth finish.

O: This goes down easier than it should for its strength. It is so flavorful and smooth. I'll be back for more.

bucklemyshoe, May 02, 2011
Photo of JRed
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Opaque in color topped by giant cappuccino head that clutches the edges of my glass. Aroma of cocoa, light roast, light cinnamon, cereal. Cocoa, cinnamon, echo of the booze with slight prune tang but not too much, roast and hops make an invited appearance and add great dryness/bitterness to counter that famed tang. Heavy body with light carbonation and a clean finish. The best Guinness I've had. Ready for day or night drinking.

JRed, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of jale
4.03/5  rDev -1%

A: Pours a dark brown with three fingers of light brown head. Lacing lasts very long.

S: Great roasted malt aroma with some bitter coffee and chocolate.

T: Initial slight sweetness followed by roasted malt, bitter coffee and bitter chocolate then hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly acedic.

M: Medium body with great carbonation.

O: Would have another.

jale, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of Keblar
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%

Thank the Heavens, Foreign Extra is in the States!

To me this is more legendary than the much touted un-pasteurized Guinness Stout (which, vaunted as it may be, has no where near the same heritage as the F.E.

Tried it first in Ireland, now I can find it occasionally from a Long Island distributor, and it was also available when I visited N.W. Florida.

Richer, and Spicier (literally spicier, not just hoppier. Even a little peppery) than either the nitro-stout or the bottled extra. Higher ABV since it's intended to travel.

Only drawback is that it's sold in the US in 4 packs of 11.2 oz for aroun the same price as a six of Extra.

Keblar, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of RedBaron
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to my great friend, Marcobrau, also a BA'er, for this sample. I was hoping to get around to drinking it on St. Paddy's Day over a month ago, but oh well, I was delayed. What I can say with conviction tonight is "Oh, my."

A - Tawny, opaque. Darker and dense than mere Guinness Extra Stout
S - Boozy, woozy, doozy! Sweet, candy-like dark fruit tones (plum, fig, raisin) in the nose - and certainly a wallop of alcohol. Just the proper carbonation (and brownish head at that).
T - Sublime and Showy all in one. Geez, what dark malts and bittering hops DIDN'T the folks in Dublin put in this beer? The initial tastes are of multi-grain influences (sure, barley, but I also think perhaps some oats and rye), but the finish is dry and chocolate-y. Amazing. It has a lot going on, but somehow it is done in just the proper amounts.
M - This is Mother's Malt Milk, to be sure. It has a lot of malt in it, but there are some other qualities to it that I can't quite put my tongue on...or at least articulate here. I'm not crazy when I say there's a lactic (i.e. milk) quality to this beer, am I? I love it! It adds just this much alt sweetness to augment the sugars from raw malted barley.
O - Ya know, this stout reminds me of a stronger version of the old GES we used to get in the Chicago area circa 1990-1995; it had a lactic, almost sour quality to it - much like this sample here - just prior to GUINNESS INC. being a marketing giant in the U.S. days", albeit with a pronounced kick to it.

In any event, this is a helluva complex beer, and one I recommend seeking out. I would absolutely love to try this on draught someday.

RedBaron, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Argion
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

Saw this at my local distributor last week for the first time. Had to double check to make sure it just wasnt a repackaging of the regular export stout. I would say this is my favorite flavor of Guinness after the Special version (Belgium). I would put it just a bit ahead of the 250th anniversary version we got a few years back. Nice finnish and in my opinion not as bitter as a regular guinness, very good smell and overall feel. All the flavors seemed to be well balanced for any overall enjoyable experience.

Argion, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of StevenBilodeau
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

I don't know how it pours like, or how it looks like... when poured or even color. All I know is that I was given a four pack of this excellent beer... I opened it, and took a sniff...

The smell was roast, burnt, and malty...

I took a sip, burnt vanilla, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt...

I gotta say, I haven't cared too much for Guinness in the past, but this was a good beer.

StevenBilodeau, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

bottle poured into Imperial pint glass

A: Huge , thick, tan head. Sits and sits on top of the beer, amazing looking beer. Dark black beer.

S; Roasty toasty malts and grains. Semi-sweet dark chocolate. Slight soy sauce. A strong and simple straight forward smelling stout.

T: The taste follows the scent, chewy grainy mouthfeel, tons of roasted malt flavors. Flavors open up as it warm.s

M: Slightly chalky unrefined mouthfeel. Medium consistency. Slight lingering bitterness. Highly drinkable, satiating, and magnetic pull to the lips!

O: Overall, a delicious version of Guinness, much better than the draught. If I am going to go with Guinness, this is the only version I will buy for home consumption. This is a very manly a tough beer. A good food companion with a hearty stew.

Avantyawn, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of BeerSquid
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

BeerSquid, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

A - Pours a black/dark brown with a finger of brown head. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Sweetly chocolatey with caramel, with some bitterness and a bit of that signature Guinness aroma. Roasted malt too.

T - Again, it's like an enhanced Guinness. The Guinness somewhat sourness with some coffee and roasted malt. A touch of a chocolate caramel.

M - Medium body, marked carbonation, and a very dry finish.

O - This is what I wish all Guinness was. Massively more flavor and overall a much better beer.

greenmonstah, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Bitter and dry, with notes of prune, baker's chocolate, and cream.

A: Totally black body without even a hint of highlight, topped with a fairly persistent, frothy, two finger khaki head that leaves a bunch of lace. The head is composed of much coarser bubbles than standard Guinness and does not display the iconic cascade.

S: Aroma is similar to standard Guinness, but bigger. Specifically, I'm smelling malted chocolate, dusty hops, and lactose.

T: The taste is quite a departure from regular Guinness in that it has a ton more fruit to it, namely prune. Not that it's all that pruney, just that it was quite a surprise. Chocolate takes a back seat, and is of the dry baker's variety. Finish is on earthy, acidic hops, and is medium long. Overall impression is one of bitterness and dryness, with acrid hops attacking the whole way and sweetness never really quite getting through, though a bit of cream does.

M: Very grainy texture, and the weight is a just bit under where I think it should be for 7.5%

dmfrench, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of AnPiobaire
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Can anything from Guinness be bad? The birthplace of stout and that is exactly what you get with the Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. This pours an inky black with no penetration when held up to light. It had the creamy, frothy head synonmous with Guinness, which stuck around for the entire ride to the bottom of my pint glass.

The nose is quintessentially Guinness. It's what you expect from a stout. Rich roasted barley with a balance of hoppiness.

The taste is well, let the battle of malts and hops begin. This is a delightful balance and certainly a treat for any Guinness fan. It moves effortlessly from the roasted malts to an enjoyable hoppy bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is not quite as creamy as expected and was more then moderately carbonated. As a fan I prefer the mouthfell of the nitrogen infused Guinness you get on tap. However, this wonderfully balanced brew does not get lost in the CO2. Now if they could get this stout in one of those widget cans they would be on to something.

Overall, this is what I fell in love with about stouts. It's a straight shooter and will give you exactly what you expect in a stout and then some. Don't hesitate going out and expriencing a fine stout. Enjoy!!

AnPiobaire, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Lemke10
4/5  rDev -1.7%

I bought a 4-pk bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a very dark brown with a decent light brown head. Obvious stout smell here as well as roasted malts. Really hits the taste buds with a great mixture of bitterness and texture. Has a slighty salty taste that is blended with malts and other bold flavors. Definetly a beer to enjoy slowly.

Lemke10, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

appearance: The black stuff.
smell: Interesting and complex. dark chocolate, roasty malt, something sweet.
taste: Smooth, sweet with a slightly burnt aftertaste.
overall: Not bad at all. I like a Guinness every once in a while. This is something better.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Imsothirsty
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Out of the bottle it was black with about a finger of dark tan head. Pretty much no light coming through.

Smells like coffee, maybe a little chocolate

Taste is better than I expected, coffee of course is prominent, but also caramel, chocolate, some vanilla, and just a tinge of alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel is solid, chewy heavy, medium to low carbonation, got stickier as it warmed

Overall a decent brew from a big name, I would probably get more if I could find it closer to home.

Imsothirsty, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of patreely12
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - opaque black as expected. no light shines through, no highlights just black. two fingers of tan head that retains itself for quite some time. great amount of lacing. if there's one thing Guinness has down it's the how a beer should look.

S - very strong dark roasted malts. a slight amount of hoppy bitterness. some caramel, dark bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee.

T/M - blast of smokey roasted malts right off the bat. very strong and accentuated with the addition of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and bitter hops. all together these flavors make for a very dry drink. this is like Guinness extra stout hopped up on some steroids.
medium bodied with some notable carbonation.

Overall - if I had to use one word to describe this beer it would be 'dry'. the combination of the dryness and intense flavors makes this a little harder to drink one after another, but still a very good stout.

patreely12, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of psuKinger
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This is my first ever experience with Foreign Extra. I've heard good things. Hopefully it lives up to the hype.

A: Pours a deep dark black with an awesome thick, frothy, 2-finger brown head on top. Picture perfect. 5.0

S: Not the nose I would have expected. Not "muted", but not overpowering. Not as much *roastiness* in the nose as I would expected. Definitely some sweet malts and maybe a tough of dry hops. 3.0

T: Dry. Roasty. Smooth and mildly sweet at first, before the hops come in with some bitterness and maybe a touch of grapefruit to really balance this beer out. Not overly complex, but it does what it does very well.

M: Smooth at first, and finishes with a dry and hop-sticky tongue coating. 4.5

D: Very high. This is incredibly drinkable. I'd gladly have another one... and I predict right now I'd be eager for a 3rd after that.

psuKinger, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of deadbody
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a super dark black with a huge head. Head recedes slowly leaving a ton of lacing. Smell was a bit boozy and different. Not what I expected from a stout. Taste was super bitter. Not hoppy bitter, just bitter. Very interesting, felt like it was overhopped and overmalted to get a taste like that. Again not bad, but not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel was pretty good, a bit watery but not bad.

Overall, good. Different than what I expected, and I'm not sure I'll be in a rush to drink the other 3 bottles I have (especially since I bought 4 packs of Pranqster and Old Rasputin at the same time) but not a bad beer, just not really what I expected/wanted.

deadbody, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of shaunb81
4.6/5  rDev +13%

Found this beer while shopping at a Walmart!! $8.99/four pack.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. 1 - 1 1/2 inch foam head. Medium to heavy lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell - Heavy malts here. Roasted, toasted, and buttery all the way through. Much more of a hop presence than Guinness Draught.

Taste - Nutty and sweet on the front end. The bitterness really comes through on the back end. Very earthy tasting.

Mouthfeel - Much more carbonated than Guinness Draught, but not overwhelming. Much less dense too.

Overall - This is quite a tasty beer if you're into stouts. It packs a bigger punch than it's cousin, but is very drinkable. This beer is something that I could drink while at home watching movies, at dinner with the family, or at a bar with some good buddies. Cheer to that!!

shaunb81, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
4.15/5  rDev +2%

Appearance - Black with 3 finger brown head,nice and compact bubbles. Love that look in a stout.

Smell - Malty and smokey

Taste - Some chocolate and vanilla up front providing sweetness, then finishing with crisp hoppy bite at the end. No lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good.

Overall - This is a good beer by Guiness to apease the American craft brew crowd. More flavors throughout. I enjoyed this one quite alot. Nice job.

bubseymour, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a Guinness Porter (stout) glass.

A: Black with a large brown fluffy head that leaves thick lacing all across the glass. The head stays for a long time and sits like marshmallow or whipped cream. Red tints are noticeable when held to the light.

S: Strong malt mixes with pleasant roast, smoke, coffee, and vanilla.

T: The malt is in charge at first sip, but the drinker is quickly taken on a wild ride. Vanilla and coffee make an appearance mid way through and strong smoke and bitterness from hops arrives at the finish.

M: Medium to heavy and slightly creamy.

Overall: The first question any one has about foreign extra is: How is this different from a regular Guinness? The foreign extra backs more of a punch and tastes more like a normal stout. It has a great aroma and packs a ton of flavor. It is also more complex; the flavors develop and change as the beer makes its way down the throat. In other words: This is different from your normal Guinness, and it is worth spending the extra money.

ianjsullivan, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Infamous7100
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

A: opaque black with a nearly full finger sized tan, rocky head. Look delicious.
S: lots of burnt roasty flavors along with some coffee. Smells great.
T: at the front you are met with a bevy of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. Coffee flavor is pronounced as well. Toward the back you can really taste the hops as it finishes with a tasty bitterness to balance all of the sweet smoke up front.
M: full bodied. It starts very silky and smooth and ends up crisp and dry. A nice bite. Not as heavy as it appears either.
D: Because this tastes so good, this category deserves high marks. Equally as important is the fact that this beer won't fill you up. It is my hope that the availability of this brew persists in the US.

Infamous7100, Apr 08, 2011
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.