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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,955 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,955
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 121
Gots: 136 | 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 StJamesGate
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a viscous black with ruby highlights and a rocky pillowy beige that clumps and leaves solid sheets. Nose is deep roasted barely, smoke, sour malts, dark fruit, soil - complex.
Fig, black strap molasses, oily coffee bean upfront, sweet burnt sugar punch in the middle, orangey bark and earthy hops to finish. Roasty sweet end and tight drying linger. Medium to heavy, oily, chewy, yet clean. No burn.

I read they use some Brett; I could see that in a mild sourness that could be mistaken for roasted barley astringency.

The definition of export stout. Somehow, through all the added heaviness, keeps the drinkabilty of a Dry Irish. Admirable.

2009 Version: Two years of age cuts all the roasty ash bite and some of the hops bitterness, leaving an incredibly creamy feel (+.5 for sure) that pushes it towards an RIS in body and depth.

StJamesGate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before dating of 01:11 on the rear label...part of a four pack from DeCicco's.

Pours black, lang lasting mocha head, that puffy, frothy and going to an interesting merainge. Leaves tons of sheeting and thicker lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and malt balls in the nose.

Full flavor stout, more chocolate, more dark sweet malts, mocha, pleasant waves of bitering hops mid way through add to the intrigue and interest.

Thick and smooth, alcohol well hidden. Dense and delicious. A clearly high quality product from an old time and true heavy weight of the good beer world. Go get some.

Billolick, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of speter
3.05/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a black-like deep ruby with a nice three-finger fluffy tan head that leaves an impressive amount of lace.

S: Roast barley and lactic acid. The lactic twang is more pronounced here than in the "draught" Guinness, either from the can, bottle, or truly on draft.

T: A nice dry Irish stout with an incredible amount of lactic sourness. The sourness actually manages to knock out the cocoa and coffee flavors you normally get with a good Irish stout.

M: A bit fuller than standard Guinness, but still relatively light. Even at 7.5%, no noticeable warmth.

D: I wouldn't refuse one, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one. At a premium price for a four pack of 11.2 oz bottles, I feel my money's going towards advertising. There are many better local dry stouts that are far better.

speter, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours black with a large brown that grows quickly before slowly dissipating and leaves behind a ring-wall and spots of lace. Looks like everything I want from my stouts.

Smell: Smells of sweet molasses and toffee with lots of roasted malt. More aromatic than "other" Guinness, but not necessarily great.

Taste: Begins with a slightly bitter dark chocolate flavor, rounding out to coffee and finishing with sweet roasted malts and molasses with a slight hop bitterness at the very end.

Mouthfeel: Heavier and somewhat chewy in body, finishing sticky then drying out.

Drinkability: A very good stout and much better than anything else I have had from Guinness. I would love to have this again- it is everything Guinness should be. This is a beer that proves that, just because a brewer is big, they can still make great beer if they want to- hopefully the big boys on this side of the pond take note.

Mosstrooper, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of tozz8
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A--Guinness Black; which is extremely dark ruby. Thu ruby color is only visible by holding the glass at an angle to a light. Fluffy mocha colored head that does not go away--hast lasted for more than 20 minutes now.

S--Sweet chocolate malts dominate with a bit of caramel and toasted malts supporting.

T--The word 'Hollow" comes to mind. Strong chocolate malt flavor. When thinking about the taste my mind produces an image of a hollow tree trunk--weird. Woody toasted malts. More bitter than regular Guinness A fruity tone comes through after a while of sampling

M--Thick. Coats the tongue. Almost not detectable carbonation

D--Compared to regular Guinness, this is not quite as drinkable. As 7.5% beers go, this is one of the most flavorful, easy drinking beers i've had in a while. If i want Guinness at home, this is will be my choice.

tozz8, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of nniicckkww
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. Thick rusty, brown head that lasted until I was finished (about 30 minutes). Opaque black color with only the faintest reddish, brown hue when the last ounce was at the bottom of my glass.

Roasty sweet smell. Chocolate.

Slick mouthfeel with a medium body. Chocolate and coffee with a slightly bitter finish. Faint sweetness. Very smooth. Not overly bitter. I might get some alcohol warming if I let this warm up more, but right out of the fridge, there is none. Very drinkable. I could have 2 or 3.

An excellent stout and what a Guinness should be. I highly recommend trying this beer. It's not the draught guinness at your local watering hole.

nniicckkww, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a mammoth two inches of light tan foam that recedes very slowly into thick sticky lacing. This is a great looking beer. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, cream, and milk chocolate. This is a very pleasing aroma. The taste is full of roasted malt with hints of dark chocolate. The taste isn't quite as complex as the aroma, but is still interesting. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a very nice beer that I will surely drink again.

KarlHungus, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a chocolate head that is giant, rocky, and leaves rings around the glass.

S: Creme Brulee and dulce de leche are both delightfully displayed in the bouquet.

T: Creme brulee upfront, with hints of espresso, licorice, and cinnamon. Hops are also upfront, providing contrast to the brew's sweetness.

M: Creamy, but not sticky. Full bodied and nourishing.

D: A vast improvement upon the previously available guinness in the states. I am delighted that this finally made it over here.

Avagadro, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of mjsheehan08
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Pours a familiar black body with the traditional Guinness carbonation. Big head which doesn't remind me as much of the creamy white head of regular Guinness. Color is different as well in the head, rather than the cloudy, creame head has a tan darker head. As the head dissipates, leaves chunky lacing around the top of my Guinness glass. 

Aroma isn't this beers strong suit. The nose is not very pungent, and actually has a somewhat watery notes to it. As I stick my nose deeper in the pint, big up some of the roasted malts and chocolate that this beer is blowing off. 

Tastes bitter upfront, very harsh I'm comparison to some of the other Guinness brand beers I have had. And when i use harsh, I am using that in the positive sense. Good amount of hop presence throughout this beer, and it lingers afterwards on the back of my teeth. Very malty with a extremely dry finish that wipes the palate. Once it warms up, I can detect the booze and some dark fruit maybe. Dark, dark chocolate and a touch of Carmel.

Mouthfeel is real slip and finishes clean. Creamy as well. The booze starts kicking in about halfway through and I can really taste it as it warms up. I can't pound these like I used to do with Guinness in my college days. 

mjsheehan08, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to victory4me for sharing one of these with me. Tossed it in as an 'extra' from when he had picked up some other beers for me. Poured into a tulip glass.

The color is darker than Guinness Draught, almost opaque but not quite, with brown hues around the edges. A creamy nitro-like head (typical for Guinness) sits in clumps around the top of the beer after a few minutes. Lacing is spotty and inconsistent.

The aroma is strong with roasted barley notes that contribute a charred character. There are also notes of chocolate, a hint of buttery diacetyl, and some light figgy fruitiness. The flavor emphasizes the almost burnt notes from the roasted barley. Earthy hops augment the bitterness from the charred flavors nicely. There is a touch of sweetness, but it comes in the middle of the palate and is quickly swept away by roasted coffee and more burnt flavors.

A little more substantial in the mouthfeel than I had expected. However, the burnt feel of the malts really borders on astringent. Smooth and medium-to-heavy on the palate, the overall feel is pretty good. However, with the shortcomings in the flavor make it tough to drink.

NittanyBeerFan, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of irishbrendan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best beer I've had yet. It is a beer work of art. It was both smooth to drink and with a ever pleasant aroma to the mix. With strong hints of chocolate, and an earthly darkened barley taste. Its an great beer to try and to share with friends and family.

irishbrendan, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black body. Two-finger tan head with good lacing.

S: Chocolate, plums, and yeast. Almost Rochefort-like.

T: Some roasted notes. A good amount of bitterness. Surprisingly fruity and yeasty. I think I'd mistake this for a dubbel in a blind taste test.

M: Creamy with medium carbonation.

D: Definitely the top of the line in the Guinness lineup. Unfortunately, so many brewers have taken stouts to another level that for this to only now be available in the US is too little, too late. Still worth a try, though.

BarrelO, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Typical black stout color. A rocky off white head forms, and good lace stickage. A really good looking brew.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts, bakers chocolate, alittle alcohol peeking through. Also has a mocha/coffee aroma as it warms.

Taste: Charred malts and pretty damn bitter too. Assertive hop presence which caught me alittle off guard (fuggles?). A bit earthy. Clean alcohol behind a lot of roasted/burnt malt flavor. "Brewed with extra hops and roasted barley" claims the bottle, and it is true. Spot on for the style.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, soft carbonation with a bit of a bite to it. Lingering roasted and bitter flavors stick to the palate.

Drinkability: This is Guinness's big older brother. A strong, bitter, roasted stout that could survive a long journey to foreign lands.

Stinkypuss, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and faint chocolate. Then a hearty malt character comes in but it's on the thin side for the style. There's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are others that are better in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark nearly opaque (but except for the slight ruby highlights under concentrated light) black color, thick ice-cream tan head that is well retained

S - rich coffee-like roasted malt with a touch of yeasty esters and earthy hops

T - rich roasted grain malt characterized by coffee and chocolate hit the tongue right away; the flavor is hoppy, but restrained herbal and earthy notes; finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering hop flavor; yeast esters are perceived, but restrained

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth

D - Much to my surprise, this is a great example of a foreign extra stout. I suppose I expected something less from a mega-brewery like Guinness, but this beer meets the style like a champ. It's definitely different from some other paragons of the style, namely: Lion, but succeeds in its own way. Cheers.

scoobybrew, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of sacrelicio
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer. The first bottle I had did not impress me, but as I come back to it for a review, I am quite pleased. The appearance is a nice black with deep copper edges, topped with a mocha head, which laces nice, like rows of icicles. Those nose is a wonderful chocolate coffee marshmallow. The taste is a rich, perfect melding of bitter french roast coffee, dark chocolate, and burnt marshmallows. The finish is drying, but not dry, and the mouthfeel is full and soft. Drinkability is good. Paired with some spinach and garlic chicken sausage and a side of teriyaki green beans.

sacrelicio, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of Natural510
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, bottle dating 0-244. Brewed in Ireland.

Pours a dense ink-black with small amount of creamy, dark tan foam and lacing.
Scent ripe with heavy malt, sweet with notes of grape and roasted hazelnut.
An astringent mix of charcoal malt and bitter hop elicits flavors of dark chocolate, forest pine, and slightly winy with ripe fruit (ala cherry or grape). Crisp, but with a bone-dry finish.
Body full and smooth; built sturdy but for easy-drinking.

The gold-standard for "foreign-extra" stout, and stout in general. This is the beer which earns Guinness its reputation. I prefer the Caribbean-brewed version when I want more of a thirst-quencher, but the original version is an exquisite experience all its own.

Natural510, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of mavbrew
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black color with a thick and frothy, two finger thick, mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts, a bit of a cocoa hint to it and some sweet dark fruits

T: Taste is creamy and smooth, has a strong roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate hints. Finish is smooth, the hops come into play late in the taste leaving the bitters of the hops in the palate.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, very smooth and creamy as it goes down.

D: I've always been a fan of Guinness, not as a great beer, but a good session beer I can enjoy. This on the other hand is much different, a very good beer indeed and more of what I would expect from such a praised worldwide brewery. If you enjoy the original, you'll love this.

mavbrew, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color which allows no light through with a two to three finger brownish color head which gives way to some decent lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee, sweetness, and some citrus. The tatse has a nice biteer dry coffee and sweet taste with hints of citrus and a nice hop bite. The mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. The drinkablity is very high it is very smooth and very easy to drink. The aroma and flavor make it a very enjoyable expierence leaving you wanting more.

goblue3509, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tulip, viscous, thick pour, one finger fades slowly leaving lots of lace, very dark coloring.

s- strong, lots of roasted malts, cocoa, sweet and dark, interesting.

t- dry, bitter coffee, heavy dark chocolate cocoa, burnt biscuit, bone dry, lingering bitterness, interesting - never had a beer quite like this.

m- full for sure.

d- drinkable, very flavorful, not an everyday beer for me, but it's a nice change up from all of the ipas that i drink all the time.

thecarster1, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been floating around town for a while now, I've heard positive things said, and now I come here to see a pretty stellar score from drinkers on the site. This is all very promising!

A: Inky black... held up against light, I am not getting anything through this. Head starts off rather modestly, and towards end of pour, explodes into a cascading creamy tan. As it recedes, it paints the walls of the glass with pretty heavy lace. So far so good, and I haven't given it a sniff yet.

S: A modest malt, as far as stouts go. It doesn't have the massive chocolate, roasty, or coffee scents that I am used to. Subdued enough to allow other scents through... a little touch of fruitiness, though it's more of a ' fruit sweetness' kind of thing rather than any specific fruit.

T: Roasted / toasted malts... a bit of a caramel note, though some dark chocolate is there. Hops are rather plentiful, giving it a citrus-zest quality and I pick up just a hint of spiciness in a way. I appreciate the balance, though I do find that it's maybe a little heavy on the citrus to totally dig.

M + D: Body is on the richer side of medium. Not overboard, and certainly not thin... quite dry, though there's a little bit of slick, oily feel that the hops linger on through the finish. They do well together. A little warmth is apparent on the way down, serving as a reminder that this isn't like the more modest Irish Dry.

Proteus93, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of scarfield
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as soon as I saw it available in the states. 11.2 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown to black with 1 finger of head that settles down to a khaki film over the top of the glass. No lacing.

Smell- Sour dark chocolate and a bit of cherry fruit smell. A bit of alcohol comes through as well. Hoppier than "normal" Guinness.

Taste- Big coffee and roasted malt flavor coming though. Has a bit of bite to it, hops and chocolate bitterness is there in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean. Not too long of an aftertaste for a high alcohol beer.

Drinkability- Although 7.5% this beer seems very drinkable, Wouldnt attempt a 6-pack, but the 4-pack that I bought this in seems realistic. Doesnt burn you out on taste, and unlike the more normal version of Guinness gives a bit more in the taste so it doesnt bore you.

scarfield, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A tall tan head sits on top of a thick pouring and very dark black body with deep garnet highlights. The head hangs on well and maintains a small covering on top of the beer as I drink. The glass holds on to some nice lacing as well.

Smell: The aroma has dark roasted and toasted malt notes. Within this I get a hint of coffee, some sweetness a touch of something fruity and a very slight boozy note.

Taste/Palate: Its aroma comes alive here on the tongue. The dark roasted malt brings a full bodied hit of toasted barley notes with sweet touches of toffee that play well off the slight sweet boozy notes. Holding the sweetness in check are some dark roasted coffee notes and mild hop bitterness. The palate has a creamy, slightly slick and full mouth feel and soft carbonation.

Notes: Why did we have to wait this long to get this here in the states? This beer brings it! lol

generallee, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up once I saw it available here in the states. Heard a lot about this and eagerly anticipated trying on since the Guinness that I've previously had in a bottle wasn't worth it. Thankfully, this was and actually turned out to be a nice surprise!

Pours just like Guinness with the dark hue, creamy head, and clear separation between the two. The edges were a nice deep garnet and the lacing held up nicely after each sip. Just like the flagship ale, this kept up the roasted bitter chocolate flavor but it was much more pronounced, with a more filling mouthfeel as well. There were also notes of licorice, barley, and espresso and it was nice to have a beer this dark with this many notes to it, without seeming overpowering. The bitterness held on nicely at the end but at no time did I feel that this was too strong or packed too powerful a punch.

The alcohol is here but good luck finding it. You'll probably need to down a few in order to do that and given how easy this was to drink, that's not as difficult a task as it would first appear to be. While this isn't the best Stout that I've had, this would be a solid choice for anyone new to try something heavier than a regular Guinness. The combination of the creamy head with the fuller body is tough to resist and I'm glad that this is now sold here in America!

JerzDevl2000, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of BigMike
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Lovely day for a Guinness"

A: Pours black with just the slightest amount of ruby red around the edges. A huge tan head of about 3 fingers. Tremendous lacing. The head is sticking around and looks as creamy and rich as melting coffee icecream.

S: Huge nose on this. Definitely more then the Guinness I grew up on. Huge bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Even some caramel and a nice amount of hops.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose in the fact that there's a ton and a half of dark roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and a surprising amount of citrus that I'm not used to in my Guinness.

M: Maybe a step below medium. Extremely smooth and well carbonated. Easy to drink with no sign of the 7.5% abv.

Overall: Easily the best Guinness I've had to date. I'm so glad this is available now in the US. It's a really really good stout. Worth the $10.99 price tag for a 4 pack.

BigMike, Dec 30, 2010
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
89 out of 100 based on 1,955 ratings.