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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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91
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2,017 Ratings
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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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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 OttoPeeWee
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, I'm embarrased to say I had no idea how good Guinness could be. I have never really liked the swill they sell in the US market after having it countless times on tap and in the can and it would be rare that I would actually order it outside St. Patrick's Day. Guinness should really catch up with the beer craze in the US and send us some more of the "good stuff" and make a clear distiction of what your drinking.

Well about the beer, smells of raisin and slight charcol. The taste is very similar to dark (bitter) chocolate and has a satisfing thickness. There is actually some alcohol in this one-the perfect amount of warming alcohol. This brew makes me proud to be Irish.

P.S. I edited this review after having a few more of these and bump up the points. Guinness, "Make's you strong!"

Photo of jpkoch1962
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a stout that is close to perfection. A dark opague ebony dominates the appearance, with a dirty long lasting nitro head. A mixture of deep roasted coffee and vinegar mixed with hops give this ale a intimidating aroma. The chewy, full malty body offsets the addition of lactic acid and bittering hops. The result is a full body, roasted coffee, very bitter yet satisfying stout. One of the best on the market. A stout lover's paradise.

Photo of Fenris244
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into one of my favorite pint glasses

The Guinness pours almost jet black with a thick sticky 2 and a half finger tan head with great retention leaving a thick layer of bubbles.

Smells of chocolate and roasted malts some vanilla rounded out nicely with a sugary smell I can't place

Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate and malt sweetness with a roasted bitter note on the finish.

Very drinkable and I must say a quite satisfying beer at that if not a little watery. Not something I'd get all the time but as a go to stout that I can find almost anywhere I'll happily grab this one.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review, sampled 8/15/11. 11.2oz bottle, poured into a Snake River pint glass.

A: Just as epic as I remember, a towering mocha-colored head with tight, small bubbles cascades over a think black body that shows ruby on the edges. Head retention on the beer is amazing; it reminds me of a nitro beer.

S: Here is where this FES starts to lose me. Roasty, dark malt character hits your nose, as well as some sweetness, but its a 'shallow' smell. Not a whole lot going on.

T: Again the roasted malt is on display, but even with the hints of coffee bitterness, malt sweetness, chocolate, and the slight hopped finish it is not a full flavor; its lacking in depth.

MF: Feels thinner than I want a Stout to be. Finishes with a decent dryness.

O: Overall, good drinkability and it looks great, but not something I'm going to go out of my way to have again. However, with the roasted character, dark malt and hop additions, this beer blows away original Guinness.

Photo of JizackFH
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours pitch black, with a big 3-finger mocha head. The head left a lot of spiderweb lacing on the glass.

S - It smells of light roasted malts and milk chocolate. There is also a slight hop presence and some dark fruitiness.

T - The taste is of bitter roasted malts and milk chocolate right off the bat. There are some definite coffee notes here, and there is a bit of hop presence as well. The finish is roasty, bitter, and has a linger chocolate flavor.

M - It has a light body that seems to actually thicken a little near the finish. It has moderate carbonation here. There is a creamy quality to it, as well as some roasty bitterness. The finish is dry. The body is just too light for me, I really think it would help if this has a fuller body.

D - This had good drinkability. It goes down easy and smooth. I could easily drink a few of these in a sitting. This really is a big step up from guinness draught. I just wish the body was more full. Id drink this one again though.

Photo of leedorham
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark dark brown with a thick tan head.

S - Roasted malts dominate the aroma. Some hop character and some fruitiness.

T - Roasted malts, sour cherries, tartness, very faint sour character. Some chocolate.

M - Not as full bodied as I'd prefer a stout to be but the complexity in the taste category makes up for it.

D - Drinks like a stout should. Not a sipper but not a gulper either.

Very impressive and wondering why the hell it took so long for this beer to be available stateside.

Photo of Burt
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

A. Dark brown with red in it. Has a thick tan head that slow went away but lasted the whole time with a lot of frog eyes. Left a thick lacing on the glass.

S. Very light roasted malt

T. Dark chocolate, black coffee, slight smokiness

M. Light carbonation, that finishes dry

D. This was a nice surprise, it has more flavor than the Draught. Would love to try this on nitro tap.

Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark black in color; traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high creamy light brown head that has good retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted malts and also has some notes of peat and hints of coffee. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The beer is easy to drink but I doubt I could have more than one of these in a night because it's quite filling and also has a relatively high alcohol content.

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

Bottle poured into a nonic pint.

A- 1-1/2 finger, brown head that sustains at somewhere between 1/2 finger and a full film throughout. The body is a deep black with brown/red edges. Really good rings and webbing are left on the glass.

S- Lots of milk chocolate right after the pour. Strong, roasted malts. I can't really do it justice. Bold and pleasant.

T- Really nice, stone fruits that have been dried or stewed. Roasty malts. Something of the bitter or stale (complimenary remark) quality common with the draught version.

M- Moderate carbonation makes for a bit of a tickle on the tongue. Moderate viscosity. Well-hidden ABV (maybe a slight warming). All said, pretty smooth.

D- Quite drinkable. Complexities make me want more. A touch pricey. In a category with Lion Stout, I might take the Lion on a day-to-day basis. This is something of a special occasion drinker. While enjoyable on a cold, winter night, I could see having one when I'm looking for a heartier beer in the warmer months (a nod toward its Caribbean/Tropical traditions). Glad it's available in The States.

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

Pours beautiful jet black color with a khaki tan head forming thick, dimpled biscuit rising texture floating above the rim of my imperial pint glass. Fine speckled lacing coats the glass evenly as the head slowly fades away. Dark roast malts give of bright coffee/dark chocolate with a slight sour mash note. Air of cherry/fruit note in the background with herbal hops going on. Interesting blend of flavors finishes heaviliy roasted malts/burnt charred malt character in the finish, with sour mash bring hints of cherry/tart fruit. Strong earthy/herbal hoppiness meshed within the dark malt profile. I like the way this beer is going down medium bodied sturdy carbonation level, the bitter dark roasts brings some astringency on the palate finishes heavy with dry dark roasts/bittering hops. Drinability overall is very nice, alcohol is well hidden the booze is not overpowering. Well crafted and thought out beefier version of the beloved Guinness. I've heard people talk about Foregin/Export version of Guinness, I'm glad they decided to release this stateside. Excellent rich, robust/hoppy form of Guinness that I truly enjoy and will advocate to others so they don't miss out.

Photo of VMWhelan
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours almost black. In the light it seems like a very very dark brown with some red to it. Nice mocha head that eventually leaves a very thin layer on the surface. Excellent lacing.

Smells like dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, dark fruits (raisins or dark cherrys). Some nice roasted malt aroma.

Very bitter dark chocolate to start. Also tastes a bit like black coffee. There is a definite sourness to this one. Lingering dark chocolate aftertaste.

Leaves the mouth rather dry. Average carbonation.

The dryness is substantial. Don't think I could down many of these.

Overall, it smells and tastes pretty good. Not sure I'd really go for it again though, but it's a pretty nice offering from Guinness. The best I've had in bottle or can form.

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

12oz bottle into a pint glass. This brew appears black in color with some lighter indications of brown and reddish clarity around the bottom edges of the glass when held to the light. More than a finger of tan cream head appears composed of rather large bubbles. The cap's retention is quite decent and it leaves a leggy amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite beefy with a scent of tangy jerky marinade. Well, that was different and unexpected. I guess I just have this strange aroma stuck in my head since the last time I had this brew it was used it in a marinade...I tried to forget about that, but it came screaming back to memory as soon as I smelled this brew. It smells of dark roasted malts that come across with a bit of a smoked aspect. There is also a sour twinge in the background before turning back to the smoked and burnt aromatics.

The taste of this brew flirts with a rauch-like character, it is beefy, smoky and rich tasting with a sour twinge suggestions a blend of sour mashing techniques in this brew. A seemingly charred flavor resides inside the mouth with a burnt flavor reminiscent of strong coffee. The bitterness seemingly comes from the dark roast of the malts and not from any citrus or tangy hops. Keeping the roasted aspect of this brew in check is the repetitive flavors of light sourness. Once the brew warms there is a slight indication of citrus hops.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It is well balanced and has a lot of flavor to enjoy. It has been too long since I have had other Guinness offerings but having this brew tonight brings back memories of my virgin days of beer appreciation and how I always reached for the Guinness instead of other "popular" offerings.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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