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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,017
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 128
Gots: 147 | 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 rings
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As expected, my bottle of mud pours deep and black, with a thin chocolate head that held steady throughout the serving. Without the nitrogen pour, the bubbles were a little bigger, of course, but the lacing was still generous. A little fuller in body, the hoppy bite was noticeable, relative to the standard U.S. Draught version. There's a little alcohol heat and a nice lingering sweetness, balanced by the hoppy bitterness.

While I like this better than the typical draft, Guinness is still a far cry from any number of the HUGE assortments of stouts and porters readily available in nearly any local brewpub or brewery. All in all, while this is a very serviceable quaff, I'd prefer to drink local and fresh.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in appearance with a highly sustained, light tan head that's an inch and a half when poured. After letting it sit for about 15 minutes, the head remains the exact same. The nose offers sweet malts with some chocolate raisin flavors. The taste closely resembles the nose and offers some bitter cocoa and light hops. There is a crisp malty body that makes this one tasty. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very rich and coats the palate. A good amount of carbonation also is a plus. This brew is very smooth and tasty so the drinkability is quite high.

Photo of patm1986
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11oz bottle

A- dense 1" head. Thick, sits atop a black as anything body like frosting. Head retains very well. Guinness looks good.

S- caramel, brown butter, dark roast, hop-oily--which is really cool to find--sweeter tones of dark fruits like prunes, too. This is interesting.

T- very nice. Not too coffee-bitter, roasty. Great balance, because of the hop background. earthy sugars present, like honey, pine, and maple, which come through in a subtle combo.

M- semi-dry, lightly bitter finish is the star aided by the hop characters. Sweetness keeps it smooth. Ample carbonation.

D- light but with some body. The hops make for an excellent balance and a pleasant palate.

NICE. This is delicious.

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

A - Pours dark, dark brown with a ruby hue into my pint glass with about two fingers of fluffy tan head, excellent retention and lacing.

S - Roasted malts, earthy hops, milky chocolate, spice and nuttiness, kind of like some sort of spiced nut bread.

T - Roasted malts, bitter coffee/chocolate, earthy hop presence is there as well as the dry nuttiness. Bitterness lingers on the palate.

M - Smooth and creamy, nice balance.

D - This is good, but it is very dry, making it hard to enjoy more than one.

Photo of Durge
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Documented to be a world class brew but apparently only available here in the States in recent months, it's black as night with a thin light brown head and decent streaks of lacing. The aroma is of charcoal malt with some bitter cider. Pleasant and edible. The flavor is much the same with a hint of chocolate. It's a solid mid-bodied brew with a smoothness worthy of Guinness. There's an almost chalky feel, maybe resinous. It's a luscious flavorful stout with more typical stout flavors than the classic Guiness Stout. This is more of a meal although it is in no way overdone and not too sweet. It's a very tasty treat. Right up there with the best!

Photo of beerman207
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bamadog for the recommendatnion of this one. My first thought towards a Guiness was "meh" as I've had the Guinness experience already. However, after the pour of this beer I realized I hadn't experenced all that Guinness had to offer - wow.

A: Beautiful - pours perfectly in the glass - head lasts longer than I ever could imagine from this brewer and the lacing is amazing - Perfect.

S: Malt, bread, vanilla, burnt sugar

T: Malt, chocolate, some hop presence, even a little booze

M: Light bodied. Easy to drink'

D: Very high - this beer is a new fav.

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

I know i've had better beers, but it has been hard to remember when, at those times I have found myself drinking this.

Appearance: Bottle-poured into a Pilsner Glass, fills the glass with a luscious smoothness and thickness, filling out and topping off with the deep, faint brown head of foam over a black body of liquid.

Scent: burnt coffee, soured berries some malt sweetness

Taste: Rich, robust roasted character. Sweet, warm. Roast prickles the tongue and cheeks. Chocolate and raisin richness perk up from time to time to add dimension to a beer that is not overly complex, despite it's ABV.

*Tried this one again. Notes are a little different: flavor lacks desired depth of complexity, and lactic twang finish becomes much. Though that lactic twang and slight astringency give the beer a unique profile, they're somewhat off blance.

Mouthfeel: smooth... the perfect blance of silky and clean smoothness. For such a big beer this is far from the heavy; however, it's substantial enough to be satisfying even for a relatively small offering.

Overall: American craft brewers take note: sometimes you just have to get over yourself and make good beer. While many brewers certainly offer exceptional strong Stouts and Porter, the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach has its drawbacks.

This beer is suprisinly simple, and tries to satisfy both desires for both treating the palate and refreshment.
This is an over-looked style, unfortunately. However, Guiness has definitely achieved the benchmark!

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes made on 2/17/11.

A medium-hard pour into a snifter yields a 2.5 finger fluffy and bubbly light brown head. This rests atop a dark, dark brown body. As the beer recedes, thick, globby lace is left on the sides of my 23 oz. snifter.

G.F.E. smells nuttier than any other stout I've inhaled. It is much like the taste of an almond in smell form. A very roasty and toasty aroma supports the nuttiness. Some dry, earthy hop smells mingle with other scents and deeper inhales reveal a light milk chocolate sweetness.

Roastiness trumps nuttiness in the taste. An acidic, roasty, coffee-like flavor bites at the sides of my palate, complemented by an ever-present milk chocolate flavor. A little bit of the full, mild almond taste lands on my tongue. The finish is nicely bitterseet and fairly dry. I can tell this is decently hopped, but I cannot pinpoint exactly how the hops influence the taste.

A very nice harmony exists between the bitter hops and roasted malts and a sweet creaminess in the mouthfeel. I'd say that the roast and hops win in the end, but reallly the balance is quite tight. This brew has a rich, medium body with appropriate carbonation.

I could certainly tip a few of these, although the bittersweet roast might creep on my palate after a stretch. I am quite happy that this is available in the States now and will seek it out when I'm in the mood for an alternative stout.

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

Poured around 45 F into a tulip glass, the beer formed a thick, dense, tan head that stayed with the beer all the way down, with heavy lacing. The beer is nearly impenatrably black. The nose is molasses, tropical fruit, and a spiciness I can't quite identify. Molasses is also apparent in the flavor, with a nice roastiness, light coffee notes, and again some tropical fruit. Hops contributes a nice bitterness and dryness on the finish. Lots of carbonation supports the beer, which is heavier than "draft" Guinness but still of moderate body. I could drink a few of these, although I fear after 3 or 4 I wouldn't be able to stand up. Overall, this is an excellent Irish foreign export; perhaps the best of this often overlooked style I have had.

Photo of sliverX
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass pitch black with a nice 2 finger head that bubbled down to a very thick film. Decent lacing .
Smell was of roasted malt and big alcohol which was a bit off putting
Taste was burnt malt a slight coffee and chocolate presence.
Mouthfeel is a light medium just assumed this would be a bit thicker.
This is a very nice beer, will it blow people away- well if they only drink regular Guinness .
Personal note - this should just be labeled "Standard American Stout" skip this and drink a local stout or 2.

Photo of GregBlatz
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before date was 12/10 so I am a couple months behind I guess. A big beer should hold up pretty well I think.

A - Black at first appearance, but ruby red when held to the light. Pretty thick looking and the head is huge and stands for a very long time. Great looking beer.

S - Alcohol warmth. Strong diacetyl. Wine like aromas.

T - Bitter chocolate up front. Sweet butterscotch and coffee. Warming in the belly. A sourness is there but it is hard to describe. I like it. This is a pretty big beer but I don't mind big sips.

M - Thick, thick and creamy. Full and medium carbonation. Alcohol is apparent.

D - Suprisingly drinkable for a big beer.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of deep brown, light enough to allow minute flecks of light through the edges of the glass. The head is an ominous medium brown, composed of batter-thick bubbles that cling to the glass all around. It remains for some time, and recedes rather slowly. The carbonation looks to be standard, and no sediment is noted. The nose is nice and roasty, with dark malts dominating. There are also notes fresh coffee bean, a bit of booze, and sweetness, as if from milk chocolate. A heavy smell of cream also invades the nostrils, which only adds to the soft sweetness. As we sip, malts and bitterness of raw, blackened coffee crash through the front. At the peak in the middle there is a brief flash of sweetness across the tip of the tongue, but that quickly washes away, as a bitter bite, accompanied by faint medicinal phenols carry us to the finish. The end is the mildest part, with all flavors quickly escaping down the throat. There is a charcoal smokiness to the aftertaste, with some faint alcoholic fumes. The body is light to medium, and the carbonation is average. The feel is silky smooth on the mouth, and each sip comes forth with a creamy lip. The palate is left dried, and even a bit puckered after some sips. The abv is within range and the beer seems to disappear from the glass.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was both the richness of the look and the utterly smooth manner in which the beer goes down. While it can be argued that the bitterness here can present as overwhelming, it fit the style well, and found a nice balance between appropriately robust flavoring and easy, enjoyable consumption.

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

Finally found it in Gainesville, FL. Poured into imperial pint glass. Large tight, tan head with a balck as night color. The smell is of molasses and cream. The taste is slight burnt/roasted malt, then cream (much like a milk or sweet stout), and then a slight coffee finish. The body is smooth and silky. This makes for a great switch up for any Guiness drinker. If this were available in SWFL I would drink more.

Photo of sprucetip
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black liquid with tall, fluffy, creamy, root beer brown foam on top. Very good head retention and thick lacing. Very attractive brew.

Light/medium roast with faint malty notes are all I get at first, and it's not a strong aroma. Later it's stronger, maltier, and there is more play between the elements. It's just barely boozy, and almost chocolaty briefly in the middle. Really smooth and pleasant.

Medium roast with coffee like bitterness leads and remains prominent. Vaguely sweet malty body is evident early, balancing, then fades back into the dominant roasty bitterness. Booze shows its presence briefly in the middle, though faintly. Somewhat harsh, burnt bitter finish is also quite dry.

Good carbonation, thin/medium body, and pretty dry overall, with burnt bitter finish.

The first time I had this in the states, recently, I was not very impressed. A little disappointed even. But I'm glad I got two, because I very much enjoyed this one. It's definitely a bit dry for my taste, and the bitter roasty aftertaste is a bit of a distraction. But overall it is a respectable, enjoyable and worthy beer. It's good to see something from Guinness have some body and balls.

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

Poured dark brown color from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date on the label. Pitch black once it is in the glass with a two finger mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving behind some very nice lacing.
Aroma is so pleasing, a near perfect blend of coffee, malts with hints of chocolate.
Taste upfront is of malts with hints bitter coffee and dark cocoa, finishing with an exceptionally sharp bitterness. Medium to full-bodied stout with a very creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel itself makes this a very drinkable stout, irrespective of the ABV. Very nice lacing all along the insides of the glass.
This stout is hands down one of the best Guinness has to offer. A must try for every stout lover; highly recommended.

Photo of CMW
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with a tan head that builds quickly and then fades fast.

S - Coffee, some chocolate, and roasted malt.

T - Full of roasty flavor with a touch of bitterness. Plenty of coffee and chocolate notes.

M - Rich and filling body.

D - This is quite a good stout. Wish I would have bought another four-pack. Goes great with chocolate.

Photo of ckcanady
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally good stout!

A-Pitch black pour with a tan head.

S-Very heavy malt aroma as well as coffee. Also and earthy aroma alongside a woodsy background.

T-The taste wonderfully mirrors the aroma. Starts off with the roasted malts with turns into a coffee. Wood and smoke notes can also be detected.

M-Full and smooth.

D-Extremely well balanced. Has 7.5% alcohol hidden well. This is Guinness at it's best!

Highly recommended!

Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, opaque in the glass. Cascading tan foam billows up to the rim, leaving some intricate lacework in it's wake. Retention is ok, there's a floating marshmallow island in the center after the foam subsides.

Mildly sweet aroma of roast malt, somewhat light but pleasant.

Straightforward flavors of coffee, black malt, and bitter unsweetened chocolate. Slight bitterness that suggests the increased hop content mentioned on the label. Slightly woody with moderate roastiness. Easygoing feel, a little bit of slickness there, drying in the aftertaste. Surprising to see this was 7.5% abv. Head & shoulders above the regular Guinness offerings.

Photo of pburland23
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Guinness mug.

I've been meaning to try this beer since it became available here in the US. I finally picked up a four pack at Whole Foods today.

Beer pours a dark brown with ruby edges with a very faint, almost non-existent head. Aroma is exclusively roasted malts. Taste is more bitter than that regular Guinness. It's malty and roasty with a much more well rounded and full bodied than regular Guinness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and the drinkability is pretty good for a beer at 7.5%.

A great addition from Guinness to the US beer landscape. I an't imagine ever grabbing a regular Guinness again with Foreign Extra Stout available.

Photo of khumbard
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, thicker than regular guinness, with a fluffy tan head. Smell is actually pretty similar to regular guinness, but with a little more roast and dark malt behind it. Taste is where this sets itself apart as a far superior beer to the more common version. Big roasty flavor, some chocolate and coffee, and finishes with a dry roasted bitterness. Pretty solid. Mouthfeel is pretty good, not too think, not too thin. Solid drinkability, I could put down a couple of these. Overall, a far superior version of regular guinness, and I'm glad that it has shown up in the US finally.

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

I have to say i'm very impressed with this stout, it's alot better than Regular Guinness, I think at least.

It looks like Regular Guinness, but a lot thicker and with a much better head.

It smells good too, but very similar to regular Guinness.

The taste is a vast improvement on regular Guinness, very dark and strong, more malty and less watery.

Overall a very good beer, i'll definitely get it again.

Photo of far333
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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

Photo of bs870621345
3.33/5  rDev -18%
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.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,017 ratings.