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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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2,059 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,059
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 141
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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 MCDuhamel
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
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
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
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
4.67/5  rDev +15%
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
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
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
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
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
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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
3.37/5  rDev -17%
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.

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

I poured a bottle of this into my pint glass...

The beer was completely black with a thick coffee colored head that I actually floated a bottle cap on.

Smells of bitter dark chocolate and sweet, smoky toffee.

I tasted bitter coffee grinds, roasted barley, and a hint of cedar wood.

The liquid stings the back of the tongue, the front is smooth, it has a medium body, very dry and has a great lingering bitterness.

This beer is not very smooth but still delicious and enjoyable.

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

11.7 oz. Very dark brown/black pour. Smaller amount of light tan head. A little lacing.

Aroma is heavy with malt and caramel. Peat and leather. ould like to see some roast.

Taste, more toasted malt here. Still a healthy amount of caramel/toffee. Coffee and an almost lactic quality mid near finish. Just the faintest amount of bitter hops and bitter roast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Not quite creamy. The alcohol is not to be found and goes down easy, as with the other Guinness products.

Certainly wouldn't turn down more of these.

4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle to tulip. Recently available to the US market. Sampled 1/12/11. $10 for the 4 pack.

spec·ta·cle [noun]: an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is nothing short of a poured spectacle, starting as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. Half of the contents goes into the glass and the head grows steady and fast. Really fast. Just over the rim with no sign of stopping. And right before the head starts spilling over, as if someone pushed the pause button on life, the head immediately halts, and there is no movement to be seen. No cascading bubbles, nothing. And the appearance holds steady for quite some time.

The head rises and falls with three distinct appearances. First is three fingers of froth that doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The second look happens as the head begins to deflate: rocky and cavernous. After settling is complete, I'm left with a lumpy yet creamy texture almost identical to an ice cream and soda float.

As if it even matters, the rest of the brew is solid in appearance too, but a detailed account is not needed. A perfect 5 easily.

A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

This could be my everyday stout. I'm off to the store to buy more.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

Finally, our friend has come to the US--hopefully, she'll stay. The head towers from a moderate pour, and slowly cascading bubbles take some time to build it. Black color is nothing but expected. Uniting sweet aroma with deli- cate roasted grain, Madeira-alcohol and a faintness of hop. Silky smoothness gives the beer a gentle landing on the palate. Mild-roasted flavors pull on the taste buds, while currant berries and a warming alcohol show its size and complexity. Modest hopping, though the sweetness stays in control (or at least the roasted flavors and alcohol keep it in check). Bittersweet finish with a breath of alcohol lingering. No hype of a single-release day of a limited batch needed here--greatness can come in large quantities. Just keep it coming.

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

Appearance: Dark black with a small light brown head that fades quickly.

Smell: Roasted barley malts, coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malts up front, coffee notes, some hints of chocolate, there is a nice balance of ingredients with this beer, some hop bitterness in the background

Mouth feel: Very smooth, leaves a lingering bitterness that lasts for quite a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Easy drink ability, and at 7.5% abv it is hidden extremely well. Overall, this beer reminds me of something in between the Guinness draught in terms of drink ability and the Guinness Stout in terms of flavor. Highly recommended.

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

A Guinness beer that looks and feels more like an American Stout.

More intense than the regular Draught, with a heavier dose of bitter coffee and other roasted flavors.

Bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and toasted grains stand out. Burnt caramelized sugars. There's a sour aftertaste that brings this one down a notch though.

Same great silky feel you'd expect from a Guinness, though frothy and fuller feeling than the others.

I didn't notice the moderately high ABV, and could have downed another.

Photo of jerryc123
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a pint glass from a 330ml bottle.

Appearance is espresso black with fine foamy tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma/Nose of smoke, charred wood, or burnt coffee. Perhaps some burnt caramel or butter in the background.

Taste is very agreeable. Strong malt flavors of coffee and chocolate hit immediately; Moderate to strong hoppiness is there - and cuts quickly through the heavy malt. Restrained earthy and herbal notes. Long finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering hop flavor;

Mouthfeel is soft and full, yet drying. This would be a good beer to pair with fatty food, such as a grilled cheese sandwich.

Drinkability: Definitely will buy again.

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

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a juice glass. Very cool to see this reach our shores (for the first time since prohibition!?).

Exceedingly dark brown, yet clear liquid with the faintest glimmer of auburn highlights when held up to a strong light. A finger of lasting dense tan cream coats the surface, each sip leaves behind crystalline chains of lacing. Superior retention.

Sweet toasted malted flavors suggest molasses, vanilla, and a hint of rhum.

Very rich full roast flavors suggest strong coffee, deep roast malt, bitter chocolate, and light fruit. The hops lend a touch of spicy complexity to the mix, and a distinct layer of low bitterness. Rich semi-dry finish continues to evolve with faint char notes along with a secondary wave of fruity sweetness. Very slight metallic note makes this less suitable for cottage pie and the like than its more easy-going cousins, but the increased intensity in flavor is preferable otherwise.

Very lightly astringent, medium-full-bodied, slightly creamy, slowly warming from the alcohol.

Finally a Guinness that is actually dark, strong, and (moderately) heavy! Would love to see this on cask sometime.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,059 ratings.