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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,020 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 128
Gots: 146 | 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 csiewert
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick black with a finger of thick tan head with little to no lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with sour notes as well as some roasted barley. The taste starts sour and then moves to coffee and chocolate and finishes with some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh for my liking and the taste lingers with you for some time. I would say worth a try if you are a fan of sour stouts.

Photo of cyrock1
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a fluffy head that won't go away.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, toast and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Has almost a cola like taste along with the dark coffee flavors. Mild bitter hops on the end.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonations lifts the aromas up and into the back of the nose almost continuosly.

Drinkability: Fairly balanced but maybe fust one or two would do, depending on the mood.

Photo of legatovibrato24
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Very deep, dark ruby in the light, to a black in lower light. A tan head which pillows as it gives way to a fine bubbly layer.

Smell
Quite a bit of dark fruits, like raisin and fig, which are immediately apparent. A sort of coffee liqueur is noticeable as well as some roasty malt. The raisin and tobacco scent, almost reminds me of the smell of the end of an unlit Marlboro light.

Taste
Very malty, with a good deal of roasted character. Chocolaty and coffee notes are also dominant. There is a breadiness that pairs well with the very mild acidity. Even in the finish some hops can be detected, so there is a wide range of flavors for this category.

Mouthfeel
Due to the carbonation as opposed to the nitro can of the draught, this offering from Guinness is less creamy and has more bite. However this is not a bad thing, as the stronger flavors seem to be intensified by the bite of the carbonation.

Drinkability
Obviously there aren't many stouts that one will sit down and willingly pound 6 of in a session, however for the style this beer is quite easy to down.

Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick, creamy, dark tan 2-finger head. Good retention all the way to the bottom of the glass and nice lace on the backside of the glass.

Nose is very similar to regular Guinness, with a stronger emphasis on light sweet smoke.

Very familiar taste, but more so. Stronger roast flavors and quite a bite in the finish. Obviously not the same feel here since no nitro widget, but the carbonation adds to the roast bite in the finish making for a very nice glass.

If you like Guinness, but wish it had a bit more depth, then give this a try.

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

Ah, perhaps no beer outside of the BMC family gets as mucvh grief as Guinness. I usually only drink it around this time of year or at a bar or restaurant when I'm up for it and there's nothing else on tap.

Of course, that's the Guinnes draught. This is a different brew.

Poured from bottle into pint glass. No cascading effect like the widget cans, but that familiar cloudy Guinness head appears and remains throughout the entire beer. Rosated malt on the nose, with some subtle hops as well.

Tastes quite good, true to style with that sharp bitterness coming through in the middle, but with a nice smooth finish.

The Guinness mouthfeel is there, keeping it quite drinkable. I think i have found my new St Pats drink.

Slainte!

Photo of mbrady55
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark black but when held to light revealed a ruby red character. smell was subdued but nonetheless presented a nice roasty character as well as some chocolate. taste was where this shined, roasty and delicious all around, nice dark chocolate and almost milk like quality. full mouthfeel and was incredibly drinkable, i could put down these without blinking an eye, although they do creep up on you after a few.

Photo of washburnkid
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a proper Guinness pint glass.

A: Huge frothy tan head with a creamy consistency. Dark brew with ruby edges in the light. Sizable head of retention and plenty of lacing.
S: Roasted sweetness. Berries and milk chocolate.
T: Wow, I'm impressed. A nice balance of bitter fruity hops. Berries are there, and are balanced out by a hoppy bite. Bitterness really clings to the palate. Florals really coming out, too. Warmth brings out the espresso bean malt. A little hot, but not overwhelming. I'm really surprised by the hops in this one.
M: Medium and creamy. Carbonation is fine for the style.
D: Guinness...this might be the most impressive brew I've had yet!

Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like traditional Guinness but has a bigger, espresso-like head on it that is thick and creamy. Very nice lacing on the glass as well.

S - Smell is a little faint but it does have a very nice roasted aroma. Aroma is dry like the smell of coffee with a hint of bitterness from the extra ingredients.

T - Not as big a flavor as I would have expected but again, with the smell, there is a lot of roasted flavors going on. It is a bit more bitter from the addition of more hops and the dark roasted malts compliment them very well. Aftertaste is dry and semi-sweet but doesn't last long on the palate.

M/D - Body is a little thin for me but the carbonation is just right. Finishes dry on the tongue. Texture is also a little weak for my liking. It is easy to drink because it is simple and doesn't kill the palate with a sip.

A lot better than regular Guinness? Yes. An "A" beer in my book? No.

Photo of Wildman
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured pitch black and formed a huge foamy medium tan head that slowly subsided leaving latticed lace. Looked like a float. An aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate and anise. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet.

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Amazing. This is truly as close as you get to perfection in a bottle. Pours a beautiful fluffy two-fingered light brown head which retains at about one finger. Looks like beautiful brown clouds! Bursting with delicious smells-slight hit of EtOH allows the nose to take up a flowing smell onslaught of toffee, really dark chocolate and dark caramel. You may also pick up some of the hops in the nose, but they will hit you in the taste. Tastes first of very dark chocolate, and retains a flavour of coffee throughout. The sweetness of the toffee, ethanol and chocolate at the beginning of the taste are complemented wonderfully by the hop bitterness which lingers throughout with the coffee. The beer feels very smooth and pleasing and invites you to take another sip. Really a spectacular stout...probably one of the best in the world!

Photo of LukeK1231
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Color: Dark with a nut-brown head.

Aroma: Coffe-like

Taste: The beer had a nice smooth, dark, coffee, nutty, taste.

Finish: The finish was also smooth, I would have rated it higher, but the high alcohol content came through a little in the finish.

Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack this afternoon to use in a stew I'm making for dinner. This was one of the leftover bottles. Poured a deep brown/black color with finger and a half of light brown foam on top. Aromas of plums, raisin, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied, and fairly bitter, with plums, raisins and roasted malt.

Photo of TCgoalie
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. The lacing forms large blobs which segregate as they fall to the black liquid. The head does not stick around long.

Within the smell is some toffee, caramel, and maybe a touch of coffee.

The taste provides some subtle chocolate with a nice coffee bitterness. The hops provide ample bitterness making an easy drinking stout. The caramel and toffee also come through in the flavor along with a nice roasty-ness.

Medium in the mouth with hop induced drying in the end.

This is a very drinkable stout and my favorite of the Guinness' that I've had.

Photo of therica
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Similar to their 250th Anniversary Stout of 2010 but less hops florals and more strong hops bitters and dryness. I wish they'd have continued their 250th Anniv Stout instead, but on the other hand the bitters-freaks on here (BA) seem to rate this beer higher than their 250th Anniversary rated last year.

A= pretty near black as usual. Very big brown head depending on how it's poured. Plenty of rimming and pooling and lacing, throughout.

S= bold, nice, the varieties of malts and toasted versus whatever really do a great job here. You can smell the malt bitterness as well as the dry hops bitters up-front. The 250th Anniversary had a lot nicer hops florals but were probably more expensive as well as less profitable, unfortunately.

T= strong, and definitely on the higher end of IBU bitterness as well. Bold flavor, I like it better than their old standard. This one in my glass is refrigerator-cold and room-warmed for about 5 minutes (couldn't wait!). I'll have to try a non-refrigerated one as well. Probably has tons more flavor and nose when warm, and you'll probably find me at the local V.A. hospital as well ;-)

M= bitter, bitter and dark coffee dry bitter and.... Plus a little molasses for love. Dry chocolate. More bitters. Burnt molasses.

D= wow good question. I think I could handle maybe 2 of these at home? In session with buddies at a bar, there's no telling. I mean, none of us would probably remember enough to tell! The 7.5%ABV certainly makes a difference in this one versus the traditional Stout.

Is this the part where I sing, now?

Photo of iD9
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tuliped Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Typical of a stout. Dark through the body with brown and red hues lacing the edges. The head pours a medium tan. Looks good but it seems to die-off pretty quick. Lacing is not particularly impressive.

Smell: Stouty. A little roasty but not too much. A few hints of dry, woody tones? I dunno pretty much like the normal extra stout but there is something here I'm not used to. Reminds me of bananas?

Taste: I can taste those awkward notes in the body of the beer too. Shouldn't be skunked, never had a problem at this store before. A bit of dry roastiness kicks through the back though this brew is decidedly less dry than the normal extra stout. An improvement except for whatever the weirdness is thats running through it.

Mouthfeel: Very good. A bit bigger and creamer than the extra stout without being dominating.

Drinkability: Also good, if not a bit unremarkable. You certainly can't taste the alcohol. Suffers from the awkward taste profile but its totally manageable, no prob.

Photo of dciBA
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour produces a couple inches of foamy tan head. The beer is nice and black like a proper stout. Smells like regular guiness stout just stronger. Milk chocolate and freshly brewed coffee are the strongest on the nose with some dark fruit as well, from the yeast no doubt. Also a fair amount of hops are detectable as well. Taste follows smell with milk chocolate on the front of your tongue followed by a nice roasted malt flavor. Some residual hop bitterness as the beer goes down. Body is fairly thick with just the right amount of carbonation. Absolutely no hint of the above average abv%. Well done guiness. Thanks for making a proper stout for beer geeks and better beer fans everywhere.

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

A- Poured into a tumbler a beautiful black color with 2" beige head

S- lots of roasted malt comes through Along with faint hops

T- roasted malts and currant dominate this flavorful brew. Has that guinness taste to it but a more flavorful beer then the extra or draught. As beer warms some alcohol can be detected but not overwhelming.

M- very velvety and silky feel to this one, quite nice

Overall a very good offering and a new favorite!

Photo of schmidtn
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If Turkish coffee produced a head when poured, it would look like this.

Collar dissipated in a few minutes, but left nice lacing.

Smell of hops and malt producing an almost dark chocolate aroma. Bittersweet.

Not a sweet beer. Bitter and flavorful. Toasty and Roasty. Not a heavy as one would think upon first glance.

Clean dry finish, lightly carbonated.

Not as drinkable as many stouts as this is a stronger brew, but this taste is a treat.

Photo of andrewsporter
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring it out of the bottle into a straight pint glass, it is completely black and opaque. It poured 3 fingers of head that quickly receded. Drinking it down, very good lacing as with most; one of the best things of any Guinness is the awesome lacing. This one was no exception.

Smell - good, nothing too overwhelming but it definitely hints at a lot more flavor than draught or stout.

Taste - awesome, chocolatey, roasty, etc, etc, etc. It has a distinctive bite at the beginning.The flavor is overwhelmingly refreshing for Guiness. The taste here really lives up to the promising look and feel.

Mouthfeel - not too thick but heavier than the Stout from what I remember, definitely lends itself to drinkability.

Overall, definitely glad I picked this pack up - not a huge Guinness fan but I will definitely drink this stuff again.

Photo of MLasoski
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to give this a try, considering it's time to get in the mood for St. Patrick's Day.

A: I slow-poured this into a Guinness glass and saved about 2 ounces in the bottle. I let the frothy 1/2" head settle then poured the 2 ounces on top. The body is a deep burnt brown with a slightly-visible cascade of carbonation beneath the head. Looks delicious!

S: Smells of roasted barley and hops. The roasted character is forthcoming when taking in the aroma.

T: This beats the regular Guinness Draught hands down. The higher ABV plays a factor when all the roasted flavor comes together - an obvious difference from the regular Guinness.

M: Roasted and smoky flavor at the start with a frothy character when taking it down. The hops present themselves as it's swallowed.

D: Quite drinkable! I've had two and I could definitely finish the four pack right now. The ABV will undoubtedly pack it's punch in the end but it's all worth it since this is a very decent representation of the style.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black as night, with a brown one finger head that lasted, leaving nice lacing behind.

Smells is of dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee.

Taste is great, powerful roasted malt flavors are accented by great crisp coffee flavors, mid level bittersweet toffee notes, and a hint of chocolate, rounded out with brown sugar and molasses.

Feel is rich, smooth and luxurious. The smooth carbonation accents a nice roasted and lightly bitter aftertaste.

Great beer. I can see why this one is popular.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, brewed in Ireland. It pours dark brown/black and opaque, with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasty and a little estery, closer to the Belgian version than the Extra version available for so long in the US.

Big roasted malt flavors, a little bit bitter more from roast than from hops, with some slightly sweet undertones that are a little yeasty. Plums and raisins way in the background.

Light carbonation, thicker than average body. OK but not great, nothing I'm all too hot to go after again.

Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - A mild roasted aroma with lots of caramel and hint of molasses. Some fruity notes in the background, a little bit of plum and red apple.

T - Dark caramel and mocha notes up front with a little bit of red apple. Some spicy, chicory notes in the middle with a hint of licorice. The malt character darkens significantly in the finish with lots of coffee, smoke, burnt caramel, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and much more enjoyable than the draught. The roast character is very strong, especially in the finish and has a nice level of complexity with molasses, smoke, and spicy licorice giving the beer a depth that one doesn't normally associate with Guinness. Despite the robust flavor the beer finishes relatively dry with just a little bit of caramel sweetness to round out the roast character, this dryness helps to keep the beer drinkable to the end of the glass.

Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg as part of a mix-a-six- poured chilled into my Bass trademark glass.

The beer is an impressive deep brown bordering on black -it is opaque with a thick rocky tan cap which becomes creamy and laces the glass in rings after each swallow. The bead is very small, micro-sized mimicing a nitro pour. The smell is sweet and nutty with a fruit ester from the yeast and slight earthy element that adds to the light berry note in the aroma. the feel is roasty and moderately bitter, but smooth bitterness with moderately high effervescent quality and slightly fuller than medium body with gentle spiciness and subtle sweet accent with an almost minty clean quality and semi dry efffect on the palate.

The flavor has mild char notes which leads to a slightly creamy and mildly sweet malt flavor which is juxtaposed by a moderate spice and bitter hop taste. The stout finishes roasty w/ mild warmth and has dry toasted grain flavors lingering on the palate. A very good beer IMO, maybe not the ultimate example of the style, but suitable for a nice mid-winter quaff. I could enjoy this with shellfish but it really is substantial enough to consume by itself.

Edit - re-review taken from Notes -8/12
I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed from a mug.

The color is black as night and opaque with a 3 finger cream mocha head thick lace sticks in a web with fine bead and good retention. The smell is reminiscent of dark sugar and raisins with light rum-like alcohol odor with slight woody nose and hint of mineral with light spice and slight dark cocoa with a hint of of toffee in the background. A moderately full feelig beer with nice smooth texture and moderately highly carbonated with medium Bitterness and roasted character with semi-dry finish and mild sweet undertone.

The Foreign stout has a flavor with dried fruit and currant notes with pine hop taste in the forefront and mild dark chocolate with bitter and light brown sugar elements with subtle spice with a crisp mineral yeast element that adds to the complexity with dry hints of toast and mild caramel malt with light peppery flavors with a gentle hint of hops in the finish with mild alcohol in the taste. Overall I was pleased to try this great beer again, it is a great foreign style stout which may not be the ultimate example, but really drinkable and pretty hiqh in quaffability for the strength!

Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a wine glass from a 11.2 oz. bottle, this a new addition to the landscape here on the West Coast. Pours a solid black with no notable highlights. Half inch of mocha foam bubbles away slowly, keeping a thin cap throughout the glass.

Smell of roasted malts with light chocolate notes and a bit of dark fruit along with a hint of alcohol. Notably brighter in a somewhat lagerish sense and more varied than the Coopers Stout it sits aside.

Flavor flip flops the nose a bit, being more singe minded in nature. Roasted malt and sweetened dark chocolate are prominent, and with a rather creamy finish that lingers only briefly, lingering a bit longer with warming.

Tastes like a slightly condensed version of their standard Extra Stout which I would reach for next time given the price differential. Yet this bottle from Dublin surely beats out the Island version as for complexity and flavor.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.