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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
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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 BlurryVisi0n
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of gc4hokies
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of erog5188
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Tilley4
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

Photo of jpro
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of drpimento
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of bluHatter
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BierStein711
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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")

Photo of LeathChuinn
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jsulko
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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

Photo of projectflam86
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of keysofebony
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger of dense khaki head.

S: First thought that comes to mind is barbecue. Smells like roast and fire. However, there's an odd buttery quality to it. Sweet malt and graham cracker follow these strange aromas. A lot of dark fruits, especially prunes.

T: Very heavy on the roasted malts, almost smokey in flavor. Somewhat bitter as a result of this. Only a light sweetness to this one and not really much of the dark fruit that was present in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not sure what all the commotion was about with this. I didn't like this at all.

Photo of dansmcd
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of tan head, yet not as creamy as the pint you get at the Gravity Bar at the Storehouse. Jet black body. The entire glass coated with a layer of lace.

S - Charcoal, raisins, dark chocolate and black coffee.

T - Heavy roasted malts, oats, powdered bitter dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.

M - Full, creamy mouthful, dry finish.

O - A blinder. Not up to the memory of my Gravity Bar pint, but probably the closest thing available. One of the world's great beers.

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

Sampling this beer at cellar temp poured into a snifter.
Pours a rich dark chocolate brown with creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. Great retention and tight lacing after each sip. Sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling.
Aroma is some brown sugar and a bit of dark chocolate with the dry bakers chocolate notes, maybe just a hint of booze, but no real hop presence.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with minimal soft carbonation. Very easy on the palate and coats my tongue with sweet chocolate and roast malt notes after each sip. The alcohol is hidden and no hops on the flavor either.
Nice easy drinking falvorful beer. Im glad to have finally tried this one and would recommend to others.

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pitch black with thick head and foam 3in. good lace.

Smell is sweet. Liquorish smell some dark fruits.

Heavy malt flavor. Dark cherry and some floral hop notes but very faint.

Full bodied

Not bad… better than regular Guinness. Worth a shot to try if you can pick it up. Don’t judge by the Guinness name this is better.

Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and some meadow

Taste: creaminess—especially in the beginning, smoke—especially in the middle, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, high carbonation, sweet and smoky

Overall: I love the smokiness in here. I was not expecting that. I could see myself having a few pints of this on a cool night. I may like this better than the original.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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