Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.
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4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
A- a dark black color as you would expect from these guys.
S- Nice roasted malt and chocolate grips you right away. Has a bit of hop aroma integrated that is a preview of coming attractions
T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with some bitterness. not what I expected but still a great combo of flavors.
M- full mouthfeel. Big rich mocha coffee notes on the palate.
D- Loved it. Can't wait to try it on draft.
11-02-2010 02:43:23 | More by danielplainview
2.95/5 rDev -27.5%
Poured from 12oz bottle.
A- Pours a dark black color. One and a half finger light tan head that shows medium retention. Head dies to a cap over the beer. Ringy and spotty lacing left on the glass after each sip.
S- Grainy aromas in the front of this. Some light roasted malts and hints of chocolate throughout the nose. There is a light alomost sourness that clings to the grain like hints. Not the biggest fan of the aroma but as it warms the grains kind of dies out and it smells more like cold coffee.
T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with a slight sourness. There is a light chocolate note in the middle of this along with a dose of black coffee like flavor. There is a bitterness in the backing of this along with a asprin like ending in this beer. Don't know what to think of the beer flavor wise.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the stlye. Big coffee notes left on the palate. Medicinal flavor along with a earthy taste left long into the aftertaste. The flavors are rich and blended kind of well. Roasted grains and chocolate are the dominate flavors. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.
D- This beer is ok but I expected a little more than what I tasted. Guinness really isn't my thing and this one just proves it more and more. I didn't mind it but it's not the thing I expected it with all the hype from it.
11-02-2010 02:24:34 | More by alleykatking
3.93/5 rDev -3.4%
A new Guinness to America. I'm happy to give it a go.
Black as black in the pour with a rocky but moderate dark tan head. It really didn't fluff up like I expected but it wasn't all that disappointing.
Aroma is much more roasted than the Guinness we're used to. Fairly typical roasted barley aroma with plenty of chocolate and coffee notes. A lingering fruity sweetness rounds out the aroma.
Taste has quite a bit more flavor than a dry stout, but its not as full or up front as an imperial stout. Export stouts seem to lie perfectly in between in the wonderful world of stouts. Plenty of roasted flavor and a nice fruit presence, almost like chocolate covered cherries.
Mouthfeel is full and creamy but nothing spectacular. Overall an enjoyable stout. Certainly better than the original but there are plenty of other cheaper American stouts/porters that I would rather have.
11-02-2010 02:21:41 | More by Kinsman
2.78/5 rDev -31.7%
Re-review off the FES bottles distributed to the US in October 2010. I've left my original review text below.
A: Pours a pitch black body with a finger of light mocha foam. It retains well and leaves nice lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Dominated by roasted grain; its strength brings a slight lactic twang to the table. I find a little chocolate, but black coffee is stronger. As it warms, a hint of dark fruit emerges.
T: Roasted malt with a slightly sour (lactic) component that I pick up from roasted grain content. A hint of chocolate. Coffee bitterness is strong, as is a generous earthy / medicinal bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. I pick up a smattering of dark fruit that reminds me of my experience with this beer in Ireland, but it is quite obviously not the same recipe.
M: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is ample, maybe a tad high. Long-lasting, lingering bitterness (almost medicinal and aspirin-like) that reflects the higher hop content of this beer. Not a fan.
D: This is like the normal Guinness, but less watered down. It doesn't have the quad-like qualities I noted in the Irish version purchased at the brewery. WTF, what a disappointment.
Room-temperature bottle into a glass. Purchased at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. [4.5 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 => 4.2, A-]
A: Like the brewery's signature beer, pours a nearly impenetrable body, with a rubyish tint to it when held against the light. The head is a dark tan color with large bubbles; retention is surprisingly good for a beer of this ABV, and it deposits sticky lace down the sides of the glass.
S: Roasted malt, surprisingly strong plums and dark fruits (reminds me of a Belgian quad in its intensity, almost), coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. Very aromatic and pleasant in the nose.
T: Follows the bouquet to a T. Fantastic dark fruit up front, leaning toward plums and figs. The mid-taste is dark sugar, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor gets roastier and coffee-like in the end, with a lightly dry finish and a restrained, residual bitterness. Well-crafted.
M: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Starts off sweet but finishes on the drier side, which I find impressive. A small warming effect from the ABV.
D: I'd prefer to have this over the regular Guinness, but it's not available in the States. Alas.
11-01-2010 06:22:53 | More by Arbitrator
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
A - Pours a thick 2 - 3 finger, creamy head. The head dissipates to almost nothing unlike the Draught.
S - Roasted malts dominated the smell. You can definitely tell its a Guinness
T - Malts along with a much bolder taste than the Draught. After 2 beers I'm getting more and more attached to the taste.
11-01-2010 01:14:25 | More by ccahoon22
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
This looks great! Dark as hell, maybe just a tinge of brown around the edges...but thats pushing it. Big milk chocolate 2 fingers of head, very creamy.
Smell is loaded with roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate. Slightly sweet, and the slightest hops in the back.
Loads of malts up front, moving to a slightly sweet taste consisting of a bit of cocoa. The finish is slightly bittersweet.
The feel is nice and creamy, velvety, and pretty much full bodied. Finish is a tad dry.
Overall, this is wonderful, and by far, my favorite Guinness!
11-01-2010 00:38:20 | More by EgadBananas
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout pint glass. Been waiting a while to try one of these.
A- Pours a nice dark brown/black color with maybe 3 fingers of cascading tan head. A really beautiful pour. Nice retention and lacing as well.
S- A rich, malty aroma, with a noticeable hoppiness. Not much in the way of a roasted coffee or chocolate smell. Some malty roastiness does peer through as the head recedes.
T- Very nice roasted malt character, with a hint of a coffee-like bitterness. Very clean flavors, with a definite hop bite and some nice earthiness. Very good stout, ventures towards a drier finish as opposed to a sweet coffee and chocolate character.
M/D- Smooth and chewy in mouthfeel, though surprisingly thin for the ABV and style. I actually like that, as this is in no way syrupy. Very easy-drinking as well, given its sizable ABV.
Guinness Draught is bad, Guinness Extra Stout is good, but this is fantastic. An excellent stout, and one that is unique in its excellent dry bitterness. Well-balanced and delicious.
10-31-2010 23:20:51 | More by geryeb624
4.03/5 rDev -1%
A: Black body with an inch or so of khaki head. Not quite as creamy looking as Guinness Draft, but nice looking with a healthy coating of lacing.
S: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, and quite a bit of that classic Guinness scent.
T: Like the nose, a healthy blast of milk chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of caramel, and a hint of smoke. Very much like some higher ABV milk stouts.
M: Medium to full bodied. Upper end of effervescence for a stout. Like bitterness in the finish.
D: A nice brew... I can see why it got quite a bit of attention prior to arriving in the US. Can't say its a great stout, but I enjoyed it.
10-31-2010 22:58:04 | More by callmemickey
3.9/5 rDev -4.2%
Pours a near black color with brown edges, couple finger khaki colored head not super tight that left some nice webby lacing on the glass. The aroma is a bit grainy and has some metallic notes along with a light roasted malt and licorice presence. Perhaps a slight touch of butter. The taste has a good roasted malt flavor, some charred wood, and licorice. There is a noticable grassy bitterness as well. Some rust like flavors as well. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, fairly crisp as in it doesn't linger on your palate. Finishes slightly dry with a roasty bitterness. Indeed a tasty Guinness stout with the roasted malt really coming through. It drinks fairly easy and the 7.5abv is well hidden.
10-30-2010 23:11:53 | More by Gmann
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Bienvenidos a Tampa
A - A Guinness of any variety is bound to look impressive, but this one here is the #1 stunna. Black, with a head that exhibits both pillowy mocha and white sand color.
S - FES. Good. Roasty, slightly sweet, smells like a bigger, sweeter version of a Dry Stout or a fuller, drier take on a Milk Stout.
T - Amazing. It tastes as delicious as I hoped it would. Roasty, with notes of chicory, cocoa and oatmeal. It has that classic Guinness flavor that is common to the various nitro- versions as well as the Extra Stout, only it is more intense and better tasting. Just as with the nose, it is easier to make a qualitative comparison than subjective analysis.
M - Very good. Full-bodied, ultra-creamy and still very easily drinkable.
D - This is one of the few mass-produced brews that is truly world-class. Now that it is on shelves in Florida (and indeed the US) I will be sampling my fair share.
10-30-2010 23:11:10 | More by ktrillionaire
4.15/5 rDev +2%
11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and some hops. Finish is mostly roasty and bitter, but some sweetness kicks in as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating, and it's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying.
10-30-2010 22:13:52 | More by bluejacket74
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
11.2oz bottle into a perfect pint. Time to see if this lives up to the hype.
A - Pours a very deep, dark brown, with a huge four fingers of mocha-colored head. Good retention and lots of lacing on the glass all the way down. Great looking beer, and a great way to start.
S - Roast, dark chocolate, and a nutty earthiness that seems common to all Guinness beers.
T - The coffee and roasted malt are dominant in the flavor. That earthiness is all in the finish, with a little alcohol present, more than I'd expect from them, although it's not unwelcome. Very dry finish.
M - The only letdown. The carbonation is maybe a bit too fine, making it seem like a draught bottle rather than a straightforward export stout.
D - I bought a 4-pack, and it'll probably last past the end of the weekend. I could drink another, but between the higher abv and the dominance of the roast I'll probably reach for something else.
O - For the price, it's a solid value. When I first got into craft maybe 20 years ago, there was Sam Adams Cream Stout and Guinness. You could find the Extra Stout in bottles, but everyone wanted the draught. Once they started releasing that in cans, then all I heard was that I needed the FES. This is one of the beers that got me into craft beer. It's nice to finally experience in what's supposed to be its best form.
10-30-2010 18:13:22 | More by djmichaelk
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.
Finally available in these parts. It pours a dark garnet-tinted black-brown topped by a housing project of sandstone foam. The nose comprises light coffee, pretzels, very light roasted malts, salted cashews, and a touch of dark wheat. The taste kicks the roast up a bit, adding a very mild touch of bitter dark chocolate and finishing with a small scraping of charcoal. The body is a strong medium, with a very-light moderate carbonation, a smoothly chewy feel, and a fairly dry finish. Overall, this is indeed a step-up from the normal Guinness, but not really that big of one. It is definitely denser and drier, with more of a roasted character, but the drinkability remains the same, and the flavors don't really "pop", especially compared to other FES examples. Honestly, not all that different from the normal GES, but it is slightly different (and for the better).
10-30-2010 06:36:03 | More by TMoney2591
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
A- A black liquid with a bit of brown at the edges when held to a light. The thick brown head looks great and settles to a thin covering.
S- Smoke, chocolate, malted milk balls, and a hint of bananas. Kind of like a high quality take on the Guinness Draught.
T- Smoke, malted milk balls, and a bit of a hoppy finish. Complex and rich without being too sweet.
M- Creamy but not too thick. The carbonation has just enough bite.
D- The alcohol is well hidden and the strong flavors blend nicely together without becoming overbearing. A very good beer that should have been released in America long ago.
10-30-2010 03:59:54 | More by david131
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
Appearance - solid black on the pour. A healthy lighter mocha head of three fingers strong in a Duvel goblet. Good hold on the head, a number of lace rings left behind as we go.
Aroma - about the same pleasant roasted grain aroma as the normal Guinness, but with a light vapory alcohol edge.
Taste - good rich roasty flavor, some good coffee flavors in support, both intensified by some well-leveled abv. Notes of licorice on the swallow, and a finish of deep roast.
Mouthfeel - average weight, maybe a bit more. Low carbonation, pretty smooth.
Drinkability - the best Guinness product by far IMO. Welcome to the states. A nice fall sipper after spending several hours out in the evening chill tonight.
10-30-2010 03:08:23 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured into a Guinness pint glass.
A - pretty black with three fingers of cream-colored head and some relatively thick lacing.
S - smells more or less like a Guinness, though a bit more pronounced -- chocolate, some faint malt, caramel, and hops. Reminded me more of a CDA or dopplebock.
T - like a Guinness, but, again, slightly more pronounced -- coffee, chocolate, and a noticeable abundance of hops, consequently finishing quite dry. There's a fleeting hint of sweetness somewhere in there. Gets a little less bitter as it warms.
M - creamy and smooth; has a heartier body than regular Guinness, though still relatively thin.
D - better than a standard Guinness and just as drinkable, despite the higher abv. I wish the flavors were more pronounced, but it's probably something I'll pick up again, should I be in the market for a cheap, drinkable Irish stout (that I can make a milkshake with...). That being said, I found it ultimately underwhelming.
10-28-2010 18:43:59 | More by Elendinn
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
The dark, red-brown brew is almost black and nearly opaque. A frothy, four-finger head erupts when poured into a half liter glass, leaving rocky crags and peaks at the summit in shades of tan and nut brown as it recedes. Plenty of sea-foam-like sections remain clinging to the sides of the glass as the beer is consumed.
A hint of cocoa with malty overtones can be detected in the scent, and carries through with bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavors emerging when sloshed over the palate. Enough hops to chase the sweetness and highlight the malts rounds out a mellifluous mouthful.
This iteration of the brand is much more substantial and robust than the watered-down version brewed in Canada for the North American market. This is a stout of stature and worthy of its reputation.
10-27-2010 03:16:10 | More by tubacharlie
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Woot! I'll try not to let 8 years of anticipation cloud my judgment of this beer, but, really that's impossible. 8 YEARS! Woot!
Pours very nearly opaque, with an amazingly large and impossibly retentive chocolate brown head.
Smells... like Guinness. Like the regular pub draught. Fruitier than your average dry English stout, but it you still get some good, bitter roasted barley and firm dose of hops. Pretty good, but not what I was expecting.
Tastes... *exactly* as I had hoped it would taste. It's an amped up beast of an oldworld dry stout, but it's still recognizably Guinness. Thickness, bitter roasted malt, long nodes of raisins and plums, dry English hops, and the long, low sweetness of pasteurization mixed with burning alcohol.
So did I let my expectations cloud my judgment? No. Did I let them frame my judgement? Yes, absolutely. Guinness is the first stout that most people ever drink. It's the most widely available, and probably the most consumed. Our judgement of all other stouts is based, to some degree, on Guinness, the same as our judgment of all other adjunct pils is based on Bud or Miller. So, imagine a version of Bud that's like all the good parts of Bud amplified to the max. That's what this is, only Guinness is better than Bud.
10-27-2010 02:34:13 | More by mynie
4.18/5 rDev +2.7%
Color: pours dark brown. sits black with small dark brown rim. head is creamy with great retention and lacing
Smell: great roast aroma with sweet malt. really clean and crisp
Taste: good clean roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and decent hopping. finish is fairly dry and pretty bitter, almost teetering on astringent
Mouthfeel: low, full body with moderate carbonation
Notes: finally, the Guinness we've been waiting for. pretty smooth with good aroma and flavor but i think the finish and aftertaste will put a lot of people off
10-26-2010 02:10:20 | More by Frosty80
3.83/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.60.
A: Black with brown edges but massive 3-4 finger cola-ish head which has monstrous retention and thick crusts of lace.
S: Roasted malt with fruity cherry aromas and sharp herbal hops. Typical mineral Guinness notes as well.
T: Flavor echoes the nose well with a lot of roasted malt, bitter black coffee, bitter chocolate and fruity cherry-berry flavors. Mineral notes in the finish produce a lot of dryness. It's a very good dry stout.
M: Thin mouthfeel for the ABV but better than the usual Guinness Draught. Aftertaste is mineral and roasted with coffee notes.
D: A very drinkable dry stout, but I would select 20 or more other stouts at the same price point.
10-24-2010 03:03:24 | More by argock
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
Pours a very dark ruby-red, black to the eye, and topped with a two-fingered dark khaki head. As the head recedes there is plenty of lacing left behind.
Nose is "vinuous", for lack of a better word, and offers up dark fruit (plum, raisin) along with light notes of cocoa and espresso, and lighter notes of toffee. Nose is also lightly tangy/sour (I'm getting plain yogurt...) and a gentler hop profile and bitterness is also evident, but as this isn't an American Stout, there's no major aromatic or C hop profile to be found -- plenty of roast, though ; )
Acrid/bitter and lactic-sweet at the moment it hits the lips, the bitterness (and bittersweet character) is really quite expressive from the get-go. Sweetish, but not sweet, and yet still offering up loads of the subtle fruit notes which were present in the nose. Vinous quality from the nose is here in the aromatics of the drink as well, and there's a nice yeasty character, too! It reminds me a bit of D & G's 'Dragon Stout', though quite clearly less treacly-sweet (it's also thinner...)
Rather brisk on the palate as well as impressing me as somewhat-thin in body, the alcohol here is just more than "gently warming", and it actually feels a bit hot for its (lighter) body and mouthfeel -- especially as it warms up.
A fine beer, very good overall, and well-worth the wait for it to finally show up back on our local shelves. I will certainly buy more of it, and will most definitely cellar a case or two : )
EDIT: I sampled another bottle recently and can most certainly recommend it as a 'go to' beer for the early Winter season. Also, while some folks have balked at the $8.99 price point at retail, I find the price to be at least tolerable, particularly when I see people paying upwards of $6 for a Guinness Draught in a bar -- YMMV.
10-23-2010 15:11:33 | More by Chaz
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
Finally! Patiently waiting for this to get some distribution in America.
Pours into my Stone IRS snifter a obsidian black with russet brown edges. Foam was tan with long lasting retention and sticky lacing.
The aroma is quite nice; think of Guinness Extra Stout on steroids. Big hints of brown sugar, light molasses, roasted malts, and chocolate.
Taste was huge with overtones of roastiness, with just the slightest kiss of smoke. Subtle notes of bitter chocolate, and brown sugar are present all the way to the finish. This is the way Guinness is supposed to be. Big, dark, and flavorful.
Mouthfeel is just a tad thinner than I was expecting. Medium, but with the ABV being at 7.5 I was expecting a bit more "umph" with this beer. Not bad, just surprised.
Drinkability gets good marks. No alcohol burn, and modest mouthfeel make it a good session beer.
10-23-2010 08:17:24 | More by Foxtrot
3.98/5 rDev -2.2%
11.2 oz. bottle, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard about it 5 years ago, the classic tropical stout among all others even Coopers,
A: Pours black with a frothy medium tan head. Solid retention, and good lace.
S: Sweet molasses, dark malt. Very sugary in the nose, fruity.
T: Sweet dark malt, roasted malt is there, adding a bitterness. Nice complexity from the yeast, firm hoppiness.
M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, direct flavour, bitter aftertaste.
D: Maybe I expected this to be a mindblowing crazy experience, but it isn't. It's simply a good beer. Tasty, I'd love to have this in the Caribbean on a boat fishing, it'd work great there. Lion Stout is better, but this is a wonderful brew.
10-23-2010 04:36:54 | More by Halcyondays
3.85/5 rDev -5.4%
11.2 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Very dark brown almost black. Very nice head builds quickly and stays around, a frothy tan. Lacing is very good.
Smell: Roasted malt, some hits of coffee and chocolate.
Taste: Big on the roasted malt, followed by subtle notes of chocolate and coffee.
Mouth feel: Smooth, nice on the palate.
Drinkability: A rich beer but I don't see having many in a session.
Very flavorful beer from Guinness, richer and more complex than their other beers. This version is superior in flavor to any other Guinness beer that I have had to date. Someday I need to get around to reviewing the original Guinness Stout that I have had too many of to count. For now, when I buy Guinness it will be the Foreign Extra, I'm glad it's finally avialable locally.
10-23-2010 03:08:53 | More by BobZ
4/5 rDev -1.7%
The new (old) Foreign Extra Stout, what's it all about? Pours out a pitch black with a brown head, thick two finger head dissipates into a thinner one. Some decent lacing for a change! Smell is interesting, has a certain sourness, almost reminds me of a milk stout, with some additional liquorice. No big hop whiffs despite talk about extra high hopping. The taste definitely has peat and smokyness, with an assertive bitterness reminding you that this is the real thing. Mouthfeel is full but not overly rich. The alcohol in this beer is fairly well hidden. I guess the question would ultimately be, how does this offering rate among all the strong craft stouts? It will be a tough sell, the craft beer makers are making some finely made beers that make this beer pale in comparison. This is GOOD, but maybe to little too late, but I do respect an original.
10-23-2010 01:23:09 | More by Star80
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,856 ratings.