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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 112
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 far333
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, nearly black, and opaque with ruby highlights at the edges. A full inch of dark beige lumpy dimnpled meringue rises up and lingers long, leaving long sheets of lace around the glass.

Aroma of roasty malt and floral hops. Rich flavors of darkly roasted malt, ashy and burnt, but punctuated with hop bitters and floral hop flavors. Notes of smoke and woodiness, some espress bitterness.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, finishes tannic and talcy. Delicious beer, very drinkable.

far333, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black w/tan head. Nothing tastes like Guinness! How do they do it?

Nose is all rich roasted grains, black coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy but bright and perfectly balanced.

Flavors follow nose and are big, bright and bold roasted grain, black coffee and bitter chocolate, that then end with rich bitter espresso. Hints of purple plum in the flavor profile.

Finish is all big bitter espresso, burnt coffee and burnt bitter toast.
This just has the perfect balance and blend of roast, bitter, sweet, malt etc. Extremely drinkable

GRG1313, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of bs870621345
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the original batch from about 4 months ago.

Pours black, with no light getting through, with an inch of tan head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like chocolate, toffee, licorice, and a sour note. Very roasted flavor, like a baltic porter

Taste follows smell. The sour note is not very nice. The coffee/toffee/chocolate is nice, but the sourness and heavy roast is not pleasing.

Mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated.

Drinkability is good, carbonation cleans the palate and its very easy to put down.

bs870621345, Feb 09, 2011
Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bouttle poured into a guinness tulip pint glass.

Pours nearly pitch black with a thick steady tan head.

Smell is sweet, rich, boozy, fruity sweet, and rich roasty.

Taste is a good balance between the sweetness (maybe cherry) and the dry roastiness.

Mouthfeel is good and very drinable. I was so excited to see this. This is what people should think of guinness.

aubuc1, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this into my pint glass...

The beer was completely black with a thick coffee colored head that I actually floated a bottle cap on.

Smells of bitter dark chocolate and sweet, smoky toffee.

I tasted bitter coffee grinds, roasted barley, and a hint of cedar wood.

The liquid stings the back of the tongue, the front is smooth, it has a medium body, very dry and has a great lingering bitterness.

This beer is not very smooth but still delicious and enjoyable.

JMad, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.7 oz. Very dark brown/black pour. Smaller amount of light tan head. A little lacing.

Aroma is heavy with malt and caramel. Peat and leather. ould like to see some roast.

Taste, more toasted malt here. Still a healthy amount of caramel/toffee. Coffee and an almost lactic quality mid near finish. Just the faintest amount of bitter hops and bitter roast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Not quite creamy. The alcohol is not to be found and goes down easy, as with the other Guinness products.

Certainly wouldn't turn down more of these.

Bung, Feb 07, 2011
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle to tulip. Recently available to the US market. Sampled 1/12/11. $10 for the 4 pack.

spec·ta·cle [noun]: an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is nothing short of a poured spectacle, starting as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. Half of the contents goes into the glass and the head grows steady and fast. Really fast. Just over the rim with no sign of stopping. And right before the head starts spilling over, as if someone pushed the pause button on life, the head immediately halts, and there is no movement to be seen. No cascading bubbles, nothing. And the appearance holds steady for quite some time.

The head rises and falls with three distinct appearances. First is three fingers of froth that doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The second look happens as the head begins to deflate: rocky and cavernous. After settling is complete, I'm left with a lumpy yet creamy texture almost identical to an ice cream and soda float.

As if it even matters, the rest of the brew is solid in appearance too, but a detailed account is not needed. A perfect 5 easily.

A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

This could be my everyday stout. I'm off to the store to buy more.

FeDUBBELFIST, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Finally, our friend has come to the US--hopefully, she'll stay. The head towers from a moderate pour, and slowly cascading bubbles take some time to build it. Black color is nothing but expected. Uniting sweet aroma with deli- cate roasted grain, Madeira-alcohol and a faintness of hop. Silky smoothness gives the beer a gentle landing on the palate. Mild-roasted flavors pull on the taste buds, while currant berries and a warming alcohol show its size and complexity. Modest hopping, though the sweetness stays in control (or at least the roasted flavors and alcohol keep it in check). Bittersweet finish with a breath of alcohol lingering. No hype of a single-release day of a limited batch needed here--greatness can come in large quantities. Just keep it coming.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of JoKo
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black with a small light brown head that fades quickly.

Smell: Roasted barley malts, coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malts up front, coffee notes, some hints of chocolate, there is a nice balance of ingredients with this beer, some hop bitterness in the background

Mouth feel: Very smooth, leaves a lingering bitterness that lasts for quite a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Easy drink ability, and at 7.5% abv it is hidden extremely well. Overall, this beer reminds me of something in between the Guinness draught in terms of drink ability and the Guinness Stout in terms of flavor. Highly recommended.

JoKo, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Guinness beer that looks and feels more like an American Stout.

More intense than the regular Draught, with a heavier dose of bitter coffee and other roasted flavors.

Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and toasted grains stand out. Burnt caramelized sugars. There's a sour aftertaste that brings this one down a notch though.

Same great silky feel you'd expect from a Guinness, though frothy and fuller feeling than the others.

I didn't notice the moderately high ABV, and could have downed another.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of jerryc123
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a pint glass from a 330ml bottle.

Appearance is espresso black with fine foamy tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma/Nose of smoke, charred wood, or burnt coffee. Perhaps some burnt caramel or butter in the background.

Taste is very agreeable. Strong malt flavors of coffee and chocolate hit immediately; Moderate to strong hoppiness is there - and cuts quickly through the heavy malt. Restrained earthy and herbal notes. Long finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering hop flavor;

Mouthfeel is soft and full, yet drying. This would be a good beer to pair with fatty food, such as a grilled cheese sandwich.

Drinkability: Definitely will buy again.

jerryc123, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a juice glass. Very cool to see this reach our shores (for the first time since prohibition!?).

Exceedingly dark brown, yet clear liquid with the faintest glimmer of auburn highlights when held up to a strong light. A finger of lasting dense tan cream coats the surface, each sip leaves behind crystalline chains of lacing. Superior retention.

Sweet toasted malted flavors suggest molasses, vanilla, and a hint of rhum.

Very rich full roast flavors suggest strong coffee, deep roast malt, bitter chocolate, and light fruit. The hops lend a touch of spicy complexity to the mix, and a distinct layer of low bitterness. Rich semi-dry finish continues to evolve with faint char notes along with a secondary wave of fruity sweetness. Very slight metallic note makes this less suitable for cottage pie and the like than its more easy-going cousins, but the increased intensity in flavor is preferable otherwise.

Very lightly astringent, medium-full-bodied, slightly creamy, slowly warming from the alcohol.

Finally a Guinness that is actually dark, strong, and (moderately) heavy! Would love to see this on cask sometime.

augustgarage, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of hdofu
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this beer the other day with a pack of dogfish head indian brown ales (alas the bag I got at the liquor store broke and I went home with a a 5 pack, but enough of this sad side story) and had a bottle the other night. It was a smokey beer, poured cola dark with a thick foamy head that just kept raising for about 15 minutes. Taste was smokey with some charcoal followed by a sweet finish, smell was smokey too with a hint of chocolate. It was an enjoyable brew, which was easy to drink, too bad it's really expensive.

hdofu, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of searsclone
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of 17:50

Pours black with enough toffee colored head to fill the rest of shaped pint glass.

smells earthy

tastes like smoked bacon, candy and coffee with a bitter aftertaste

mouthfeel is crispy and somewhat thick

I don't have a taste for this, although it is the best drinking Guinness that I have tried. The alcohol is well hidden, and I feel that if I liked the taste, I could easily drink this.

searsclone, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blackish-brown body with a thick tan head that has excellent retention and outstanding lacing. A very great beer to look at. The smell is some roasted chocolate and coffee with some cherries and maybe some other fruits. The taste is some roasted chocolate followed by some coffee than there is some bitter hops along with some molasses, and some fruits and finishes with more hops and some alcohol, but alcohol taste is not real strong. The mouthfeel is a nice creamy full bodied feel that is very drinkable for being a full bodied beer. A pretty good foreign stout, but I prefer Lion Stout over this one.

DannyDan, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of roasted malts, some chocolate, and a bit of booze. It definitely promises more flavor than regular Guinness (though I do enjoy Guinness quite a bit). Taste follows with decent chocolate, roasted, and sweet malt notes, with an underlying hint of booze. A bit hoppy too--some nice bitterness in there. Something is a bit off to me, maybe a musty or stale flavor in there somewhere though I can't really pin it down. Not a bad beer by any means, but not a spectacular stout either. Moderate feel in the mouth, definitely more body than what I am used to seeing from Guinness. Decent drinkability, though hampered by the off-flavor I'm getting.

LordAdmNelson, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass during my honeymoon overseas (soon will again later with a buddy who picked up some in the States). Higher in alcohol content than other Guinness products. Pours a black colored beer with a large brown creamy head. Light alcoholic malty roasted coffee and compact aroma. Gives off strong, oaky, complex flavors. Creamy full roasted and bitter palate. Finish is bitter roasted with some coffee and creamy light alcoholic touches. Nice balanced carbonation and medium bodied.

CuriousMonk, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a case of this while on vacation in Anguilla.
Poured into a over sized red wine glass.

A: Oil slick black with a large tan/brown head. The retention is respectable and it leaves behind a good bit of sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, rum and copper pennies. There is a distinct sour flavor that is really intriguing.

T: Nicely bitter upfront with huge notes of burnt dark malts. Chocolate, coffee, and caramel are all in on this one. Some sourness creeps in and rushes into an amazingly dry crisp finish. This is nothing like any other Guinness I have ever tasted.

M: Thick and viscous with a surprising bubbly character.

D: I am currently half way through my second case of this on vacation (it goes quite well with cuban cigars). Highly recommended if one finds oneself in the beer waste land that is the Caribbean!

Neffbeer, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. I've had draft Guinness plenty of times, but I think this might be only the second time I've had the foreign export....

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very dark brown hue that looks night black once the glass has settled. Fast pour produces a massive coffee-coloured head with staying power. It reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing. Great aroma of roasted malt and coffee, although a little less upfront than some other stouts. A whiff of alcohol.

A rich flavour of dark roasted malt with burnt notes and more than a hint of coffee. Faint undertones of sweetness and caramel. Medium bitterness that is more pronounced upon swallowing. A lingering roasted aftertaste. Fantastic velvety smooth mouthfeel - feels thick and substantial. Slides down very nicely.

Excellent - a superb stout. Delicious flavour and texture. I like the 'original' Guinness, but this has a lot more merit. Seek it out...

jazzyjeff13, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger brown head. Head is lumpy and rocky leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is extremely chocolatey with that trademark Guinness twang.

Flavor is intensely roasted with bakers chocolate, dark molasses, and some bitter char. Hefty hop bitterness hit you in the middle and lingers looong into the finish. Very drying. Alcohol is not noticed on the palette, but felt in the esophagus as a nice warming. If you told me this was an RIS I would have no problem believing it.

Thick and full bodied, with just a tingle of carbonation; enough to provide additional substance.

Far more bitter than expected, but it's complex, interesting, and delicious. I'll be returning to this one.

Hoagie1973, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of Zundo
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark coffee black body with bubbly tan one-finger head. Froth grabs hold of the side of the glass well.

Smell: Bitter coffee, roasted flavors and chocolate. Not intense enough aromas.

Taste: A nice creamy coffee malt with some bitter hoppiness toward the end. The roasted flavors strike in the after taste. Might be some corn in there too.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth round and full. Not a creamy enough body.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking for an extra stout.

Zundo, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome to finally see this make it stateside.

Poured into a shaker: Black body (what else?) with the tiniest bit of deep crimson highlights. Three fingers of sandy brown head, dropping to a thick coating & an island & leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells of mild milk chocolate & a little cherry-like tartness, like a chocolate-covered cherry. Some chocolatey roast, very nice. Made me say "Mmmm!" more than once. Even a little meaty smokiness in the background.

Roasted barley & some hoppy bite up front, followed by a kind of dark coffee roastiness, restrained dark chocolate, & ending husky & smoky. Plenty of that black patent character that borders on astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium-full-bodied, with more acidity & hop bite that I would've expected. Very nice.

Man, I wouldn't have guessed that I'd be this impressed by a Guinness product again, but this is a really flavorful, nicely balanced brew. Hides the alcohol nicely, very smooth drinker. Gotta say, yay Guinness!

OneDropSoup, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of dvb
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. After years of bashing the Guinness Stout we all know, I decided to try the Foreign Extra version, having read some good things about it. I was not disappointed. This is so very different from what I've come to think of as Guinness Stout that I am simply floored. This is astonishingly good. Bravo, Guinness.

A - Pours jet black with a crazy tan head and lacing that continues to coat the glass all the way down.

S - Not a whole lot going on here, since roasted malts don't really contribute much to aroma. Charcoal. A little pungency.

T - Slight sourness, burnt toast. That sounds bad, but it's not. I'm just at a loss to describe what I am tasting. It's just plain good.

M - Great body. Creamy. Just thick enough, just thin enough. Nice.

D - At 7.5% ABV, I could probably only drink two of these in a 1- to 2-hour period, but this stout is very drinkable given the potency of the brew.

If you've had Guinness Stout in the past and have not tried Guinness Foreign Extra, you've probably observed that the former is overrated. This is not that beer. Try Guinness Foreign Extra and then ask yourself, "Why did they even bother with the other version?"

dvb, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Part of a side by side with Guinness Draught and Extra Stout.

Appearance: A great big beige head almost makes it difficult to keep in the glass. Great head retention and sheets of lace on the glass. Worth noting that this is the only Guinness I saw leave lacing. The color is nearly black, with a few tints of ruby here and there.

Smell: Full roasted malt aroma, with molasses, cocoa, and roast coffee. The raisins are in there, but definitely seem to take a back seat in this version.

Taste: It starts off sweet, with molasses leading into roasted malt. Cocoa, then a coffee flavor leading to spicy, earthy hops and a firm bitterness. Some smoke steps in and the finish is left somewhat bitter. The bitter coffee and hop flavors really accentuate the roasted malt to snuff out the sweetness at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: This body steps it up even further over Extra Stout. A full bodied stout, this is also creamier. Some lightly astringent feeling on the tongue. Some hop residue hides behind the lips.

Drinkability: This is solid. I really enjoy the flavors that continually reveal themselves in more complexity. Well done, and at 7.5%, it provides a nice kick without getting destructive.

KickInTheChalice, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of mmmbeer
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL custom bottle with an indecipherable best-by date, and "brewed with extra hops and roasted barley." It pours opaque black, fairly clear, with a few ruby highlights, and is topped with a rocky, two finger, dark tan head that retains a thin cap and leaves nice lacing. Roasty and very earthy in the nose, with a touch of hops. It has a rich, very complex flavor - quite roasted, with coffee, smoky/ashy malts, black- and blueberries, dark cherries, apples, leather and licorice melding with green, resinous hops that contribute pine and a strong bitter finish. It has a coating and dry, almost tingly body, with an unfiltered, fullish feel, and, even though it is so very full of flavor, remains approachable and easy to drink. Delicious and worth seeking out; when I am reaching for Guinness in the future, this is what I will grab.

mmmbeer, Jan 24, 2011
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,896 ratings.