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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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91
outstanding

1,896 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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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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Ireland

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 Brent
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No exotic ingredients. No catchy name. No funky label art. But, if this was a limited production annual release, folks would be lining up out the door for this. Glad to see a real, honest-to-goodness foreign export stout from one of the masters of the style. Deeply roasted malt with a big, bold body. Some faint charcoal notes. Put this in a cask and ship it around the world, it will arrive just fine.

Brent, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of foureyedgeek
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an imperial pint, this is the last of the four pack of the first of this I have seen in the area, if that makes any sense...

I'm drinking this beer alongside the last of our homemade apple crisp and a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. Oh yeah!

A moderately vigorous pour leaves me with a fluffy tan head that falls, under thick lacing on the glass, to a decent cap of foam. The body itself is jet black and of course, rather opaque. She's a looker.

Smell is roasty toasty, not quite burnt sugars as well as a whipped cream-like sweetness.

The taste too is full-on roast-town. Its not overwhelming and palatable enough to just sit in your mouth for a while, almost like a piece of chocolate melting on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy and just a bit drying.

Drinkability is good, at 7.5% I could have a few of these just fine.

foureyedgeek, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard that this is the Euro recipie that's available in the U.S. and elsewhere, so had to pick up a reasonably priced ($8.99) 4-pak...7.5% ABV, so it's much headier than regular Guinness. Pours dark black with a hint of ruby red at the edges of the glass...

Wow, 'nother TD for Brady and Gronkowski...they're helping somebody to win their FF championship...

A two-finger, rock-n-roll head pours into this glass. Nicely carbonated. The glass is coated in nice lacing and the head. once it calms down a bit, is like melted marshmallows. Pretty damn nice looking beer...Aromas are a bit thin. Some metallic notes (wow, metallic nose in a British beer, unheard of!!), Chcoclate malt. Not much else. I get some sweetness in there too, like dark chocolate. It's ok but you gotta search for these elements...

Man, this Chicago/NYJets game is all offense, no defense. Back and forth, multiple TDs. Cutler is ripping it up...

Flavor is MUCH more malt forward than standard U.S. Guinness. That seminal tanginess is still there, but doesn't quite carry through the whole drink like their standard. More hints of roasted malt, too. Very pleasant middle and finish, although a tad thinner than I would like. A rounder beer for sure. Better beer overall, I would say. Like I said, the finish is a bit on the thin angle, but nice and drinkable for a roasty stout.

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: The rather thin middle and finish in the flavor profile.

Verdict: Totally worth the price and a better beer in all aspects than their standard.

SolomonGrundy, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has that great Guinness look, with a nearly pitch black liquid and a massive mocha colored cap that scatters a fair amount of foam around the nonic

Smell: Roasty char, black bread and currants

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a developing sense of molasses, burnt wood and tart currants; after the swallow, the burnt flavors tend to linger along with the black bread; the aftertaste has a lot of char going on

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though I am not crazy about the amount of char in the finish, this is quite a nice stout

brentk56, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head; the head disappears somewhat quickly, though it does leave some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, an almost black color and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of burnt, slightly fermented prunes, somewhat acidic espresso and also has a touch of nostril warming alcohol towards the finish. It is quite interesting how fruity this smells, it is really quite amplified, but it also some how smells thin, if that makes any sense. If you really dig there are notes of darkly toasted whole grain bread in the finish that adds some much needed complexity, but you really have to dig to find these notes.

Lightly sweet up front, but this is well balanced by the roast character. The roasted notes start out soft and smooth, but pick up some bite and bitterness as it flows across the tongue. The finish sees the burnt bitterness lingering in a nice way as well as having a roasted coffee / bread character to it. The beer has some viscous heft to it, but it actually seems a bit light for what I was expecting for some reason; the overall dryness and ample roast flavors certainly help to thin the effect of this beer out too. The fruitiness from the nose isn't quite so noticeable in the flavor (the ample roast character in the flavors certainly tempers this), but there is still a note of lightly tart plums in the finish that mixes with some warming alcohol notes that also accentuate the soft fruit character.

For some reason I was expecting great things from this beer; I feel quite a bit let down, but in all honestly this is a more than serviceable stout that I am able to settle in to and enjoy. I wish it had a bit more chewy malt balance to it and the nose is a bit out of whack with its fermented prune focus.

Gueuzedude, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Dark ruby brown pour with a good sized beige head; excellent retention that lasts the duration of the drink with very sticky lacing

S - Big toasted malt nose with a somewhat nutty edge. Bits of coffee make themselves known as the brew warms

T&M - Malts in the nose follow through to the flavor, and have a big, bold character with a dry edge. Hints of nuttiness and just a bit of hop bitterness in the somewhat dry finish. This beer has a big feel, and is smooth and somewhat creamy until the bitterness shows in the finish with just a hint of alcohol

D - A delicious stout; I'm glad it's available in the States. Tons of character at easy drinking.

ZeroSignal, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of jjboesen
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After nearly a century, this well crafted elixir is now available to the inquisitive palates of American beer drinkers. First brewed in 1801, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (FES) was infused with extra hops so as to survive the long sea voyage to the West Indies - the Caribbean, if you will. The FES first came to our shores about fifteen years later and enjoyed by all until the dark days of Prohibition, when it was discontinued (for the obvious reason). It is now back, but available only in a bottle.

Much like the regular nitro-pour Guinness, FES opens with a frothy cascade of beige foam; however, unlike the silky head of nitro-Guinness, FES' is rather chunky. This head will slowly settle to leave the glass thickly caked with lace. The body is as dark as night - and nearly as foreboding.

The initial nose is overwhelmed by intense aroma toasted malt, one which lingers. The palate is treated to a delicate balance of hop and malt with a faint, oh so faint, brown sugar fade. Incidentally, FES is brewed by blending fresh beer with beer that has aged for over 100 days. In addition to being hoppier than your "normal" Guinness, the FES has a higher alcohol content; this makes for a more potent quaff.

The Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is magnificent to say the least; to say the most, it can be addictive. (Something to remember when shelling out $10.00 for a 4-pack - better get an extra one.)

jjboesen, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of onechordwonder
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A- Beautiful dark color with a khaki colored bubbly head, nothing like the creamy Guinness I happen to thoroughly enjoy.

S- Strong smell of espresso roasted coffee, with the nutty, toffee like. Almost smells like Johnnie Walker Black.

T- In a word, beautiful. Strong taste of coffee and chocolate balanced with a bit of peat. This is what a Guinness should taste like.

M- Lightly carbonated and not too heavy on the palate, could have been a little heaver though.

D- At 7.5%, it's not a session beer and it certainly is a meal in a glass. I don't know that I could finish the four pack it comes in.

Overall, it is a little expensive, at 11 bucks for a four pack here in the Bronx. Yet, I imagine that I will be shelling out for this over the draught that used to mean Guinness in the US, truly a great stout.

onechordwonder, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of beergod1
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful Black, with a Tan foamy lasting head. Smell of burnt coffee, earthy and a touch of hops. But then I tasted it, Actually creamy start Medium Body and dry finish. But the overall taste is something I can't figure out. Maybe it's the "oak"? Kinda Grainy, reminds me a little of the 250th yr. Guinness, But not as bad. This is drinkable, But I don't see myself buying it again.(Actually, this was given to me....thanx D.Kurtz)

beergod1, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been reading about this beer for a long time here. It's finally available in the States. Let's see if the hype is justified.

Pours black with a big, big light brown head that leaves lots of sticky lace in my glass.

Aroma of Guinness: Roasted malt with a hint of smoke.

The taste is lightly smoky, with good, rich notes of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate backed by just a bit of tannin and dryness. Very nice.

Good body that's lighter than I expected, but not in a negative way.

Overall this is a fine beer, but I won't be having it again. Why? At $10 for four 11.2-ounce bottles, there are better beers out there for the same price or less.

Shaw, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of bboelens
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tuliped pint glass

A-Deep deep ruby boarding on black, with a large creamy khaki head that lasts the entire experience

S- Roast malts, coffee, toffee, alcohol

T-Without a doubt the best thing Guinness produces, an explosion of flavor involving, malt, toffee, spice, hops, chocolate, slight nut and earth flavoring

M-Big body, slight carbonation, just fantastic

D-At a hefty ABV and a hefty price, it's not easy to put down too many of these, that being said, this is one of the greatest beers I've ever had the privilege of drinking

bboelens, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of ronniebruner
4.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you can find this, do yourself a favor and snatch it up! This varies from the regular Guinness which is brewed in Toronto, Canada. This beer has a sweeter taste, an exceptionally smooth taste, a beautiful white foamy head and an aroma worthy of the most expensive brews. A little hard to find, but worth the chase when you finally catch up with it.

ronniebruner, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of zimmerbloke
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind 12oz bottle (thanks to Onion), split three ways and poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque. Faint light brown head. Somewhat thick, maybe a mildly heavy porter?

S: Some phenols, definite peat/smoke. Fainly sweet.

T: Smoke and peated malt come out foremost to me. Some burn malt, a little bit of buttery flavors as well. No alcohol heat or flavor, so I'm guessing it's 6-7%. Balancing bitterness on the end of the flavor profile. Maybe a smoked porter?

M: Fairly thin but carbonation seems a bit high for flavor profile.

D: Not bad, but not great. Fine to get through one, but I'm not sure I'd seek out more.

Revealing the beer, I'm totally surprised! I've had this before but would have never guessed

this was it. Once I knew what it was, I couldn't even taste it the same way. An extremely interesting blind candidate.

zimmerbloke, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of JK4Stout
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I am in no way a Guinness fan. Actually, I have been screaming it's "overratedness" from the rooftops for years. However, that has all changed with the importation of this sout.

A- "Blacker than a dark steers tucus on a cold prarie night" to quote Big Lebowski. Just as a good stout should be.

S- Now here is the crazy part. You know your average "american" guinness has a very weak feeble smell (because in all reality it is a weak porter). Not on this puppy though! Here i think we have a distinct red wine scent. There are obviouse chocolate smells, but i still keep getting that red wine.

T- Compared to the other versions...Fan-frickin-tastic. This is what a stout is. It is like a complete meal right there with ya. I can now understand why so many of the Irish blokes drink nothing else.

M- Right on with the carbing. And a very heavy beer, big body!

D- Now this is a beer that isn't for drinking quickly. As it gets oxygen and warms other flavors unlock. It really is pretty brilliant. It is sold in four-packs and that is for good reason. six of these bab boys may have you laid up for the night.

JK4Stout, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and some hops. Taste is roasted malts, hops, some chocoalte, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

tone77, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of nickadams2
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Black with dark brown highlights. Thick khaki colored head with great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Roasted malt,black licorice and a touch of coffee.

T_Same as nose. Tons of roasted malt with a touch of sweet black licorice. Chocolate and coffee notes come through as well.I've read a couple reviews describing this as tasting liike regular Guinness but intensified. I have to concur. Not overly complex but definitely rich in taste.

M_Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. On the verge of being a "big beer" but very drinkable.

D_ABV is a bit high but this is a very drinkable beer. Great example of the style.

nickadams2, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of beerme5582
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At Red Carpet Liquor in Glendale, CA, I bought a four-pack of 11.2-oz. bottles of "Guinness Foreign Extra, Genuine Quality Stout" today after a bad experience with Guinness "draught" "pasteurized stout" from a can with a widget in it. (The cardboard carton holding the four bottles advises the consumer to "see bottle" for the best-before date, but upon thorough inspection of the bottle, I don't see any best-before date.)

'Came home, felt the bottles and thought they were at a good temperature for the style--cool, I'd guess about 55-58 degrees Fahrenheit. 'Poured contents into a mug at a moderate pace, trying to create some head. Ended up with a smaller head than I intended--about one centimeter tall.

Upon pouring the contents of the bottle into a clear-glass beer mug, the appearance was very appealing. The liquid was a very dark brown and almost completely opaque. The head had a very light brown color. This beer had a pleasant aroma like what I remember from my previous very positive experiences with Guinness. Smelling notes of coffee with a nutty quality and relatively mild hops in the background. Lots of lace head-residue as you drink this.

The taste is basically true to the smell--delicious. I highly recommend this. Although there are /several/ important differences between this and the canned Guinness "draught, pasteurized stout," the most striking of all to me is that this beer has hops you can taste. (The taste of these hops is more apparent to me than their smell.) I know hops are not really the defining ingredient of the style, but I always like at least a little of that fresh bitterness, and it's particularly interesting coupled with the rather "creamy" mouthfeel.

beerme5582, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of almychristopher
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours black as a guinness should with a towering head of foam that recedes in a rocky fashion. the aroma is lovely, nice warm roasted malt scent with the alcohol barely detectable. the taste brings the roasted barley in quantity, with chocolate and coffee tones, backed by the warm alcohol, and something almost fruity. the good co2 and light body for a stout make this a very easy drinker.

almychristopher, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a glass a dark brown color with a big fluffy tan head of about 2-3 fingers. Not having the widget or on a nitrous tap, this does not cascade like a normal Guinness would The head slowly settles to form a nice coaster and laces the glass as it settles. The aroma has a nice sweetness to is along with some dark fruit, tobacco, and slight leather. More sweet smelling than anything else though. Medium mouthfeel. Milk Chocolate, sweet, some dark roast notes. Ends with a slight bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Not bad. Way different than any Guinness I have had before. Pretty easy drinking.

kbutler1, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It has the Guinness Head for sure, even darker and richer though. It poured out to fill up the whole glass, but still is over five fingers, and only slowly dissipating after a good minute wait. The beer is black, like soul sucking, light eating, black hole black. The cap of the head is richly textured, but the head itself is just too big this far into the game. 4.5

S: Rich roasted grain, toast, chocolate, a bit of coffee shop. I get a little bit of estery yeast at play with some hops too. It's not super strong through, sitting just ten inches away from my nose it makes next to no impact. The more I smell, the dry roasty grains come through more and more. 4.0

T: Once the beer filters through the still rich head, I'm hit with a sharp, but not astringent in any way dark chocolate roast. The finish is a little less good, maybe a touch metallic, but overall the beer is incredibly rich tasting. There's a little sweetness, no alcohol, and not much for hops. Very easy going down. 4.5

M: I was hoping this beer would provide a little more body than Guinness Draught. It still comes across as too thin for what I want in a stout, particularly since at 7.5% abv, it's nowhere near a session beer at all. Still, it has good carbonation and doesn't feel flat or murky. 3.5

D: Very drinkable, perhaps too much so considering the ABV. Not something I'm likely to buy apart from at St. Patrick's Day, but nothing I would hesitate to recommend to people either. 4.0

mdwalsh, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of Lerxst
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours black with a rocky two finger mocha colored head that has very good retention and leaves copious amounts of lace. Looks darn near perfect.

S-Roasted malt, bitter bakers chocolate, a touch of coffee, a slightly sour note as well.

T-Roasted malt, the bitter chocolate comes through here too, a slightly astringent and sour flavor as well, burnt toast and a hint of espresso.

M-Medium body, relatively low carbonation, seems slightly slick on initial swallow but then the back end finishes dry.

D-The chalky and astringent qualities make this a tough one for me to drink.

I had to try this but won't be buying it again. I'm sure many BA's will love it, but its just not for me.

Lerxst, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: onyx black, with shimmer of mahogany up to the light near bottom of pint.

S: Sweet, roasted malts, mild citrus floral in background.

T: sweet roasted up front, hint of nuts, mild bitter finish.

M: medium body, nice carbonation to flavor balance/not motor oil, but not champagne.

D: THIS is what Guinness felt and tasted like the first time I had it on tap in the UK, but slightly thicker. Outstanding stout and sad that I didn't buy more.

BeerLover99, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of JMD
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with light tones of ruby when held up the light. Huge pillowy tan head that seems to last forever. Leaves thick lacing down the glass.

S: Nice toasted malt aroma. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, and some light expresso. Aroma is nice but a bit subdued.

T: Big malty flavor. Toasted bready malt, bittersweet chocolate and tobacco. Some molasses, brown sugar and light coffee. Finishes with a nice hop bite.

M: Light bodied with ample carbonation. This beer would be better with a little more body, it's very close to being watery.

D: This is a nice flavorful stout from Guinness, but a bit inconsistent. If there aroma was more prominent and if it had a little more thickness, this would be outstanding. That said, still very drinkable.

JMD, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into snifter

A: Typical Guinness black/brown, with a sticky, coffee-colored head that leaves lots of lace.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, brandy, somewhat sour/lactic as well -- like the regular Extra Stout

T/M: Definite sour/lactic flavor -- as I expect from non-draught Guinness. Roasted coffee/grain bitterness in the finish, along with some astringency. There's a sweetness up front, as well, resembling molasses and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is somewhat drying. Overall, I'd say this is sweeter than the regular Extra Stout, and the higher ABV gives a more complex range of flavors.

D: I love all non-draught forms of Guinness. I am a very bad judge of this; I would drink Guinness all day every day if I had the choice. That said, FES is extremely drinkable.

MurphyMacManus, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Ambiorix
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown-black pour, with a monster-sized, foamy tan head. Really great pour.

S: Smoky, sour malt, roasted coffee, yeasty.

T: Roasted barley, smoke, sour malt, tangy, nicely hopped finish with a good level of bitterness.

M: Soft, gently carbonated, well-balanced.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this and will certainly try it again. I grew up on Guinness but don't drink a lot of it anymore, as I find the standard draught just so-so and the extra only slightly better. The FES is definitely going to find it's way into my fridge again.

Ambiorix, Dec 12, 2010
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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