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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,843 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,843
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 108
Gots: 109 | 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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ThreeDimesDown

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Been waiting for this one, found it at Whole Foods today.

Pours an opaque onyx with barely noticeable ruby edging when held to the light. The classic Guinness cascade creates a thick, creamy latte-colored head that retains well and leaves behind beautiful lacing.

The aroma is not far off from the Extra Stout that has been on shelves here in the States for years. Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, licorice, and a hint of vanilla.

The taste follows the nose but is more pronounced and still very well balanced. Flavors of dark cherries are detected and add to that Guinness tang. A slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is the highlight, IMO. Full, smooth and extremely creamy. Minute bubble carbonation and an ABV% that is only detected if you compare it to it's counterparts.

I've waited a while to taste this, and I was not disappointed.

10-18-2010 22:46:07 | More by ThreeDimesDown
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Beejay

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Deep brown while pouring, black in the glass. The head is a light chocolate milk color. Very nice.

S: Malt and a roasted character with a hint of sweetness. There is a hint of chocolate in there as well. Almost has a bit of a milk stout scent going on.

T: Wow this is interesting. A sweet malt flavor up front, but it is quickly pounded back by a bitter malt flavor. Roasty with notes of bitter chocolate, and a little bite from the alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly active carbonation.

D: Good, and quite interesting in comparison to their regular line up. Not something I would drink all night but definitely an interesting beer.

10-17-2010 04:59:57 | More by Beejay
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MrOH

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Broke out the Duvel tulip for this one.

Pours opaque black with a big frothy tan head.

Coffee, chocolate, roast, and hint of sour cherry in the nose.

Starts off with strong coffee, then a hint of alcohol and the famed Guinness tang, then slightly spicy bitterness and a hint of banana. All very elegant.

Creamy and full bodied, but the tang and the bitterness keep it from being heavy.

Very drinkable for what it is. There are very few stouts that pack this much flavor into 7.5%, much less ones that you could quaff. I see why this is so popular in the tropics. Great.

10-17-2010 03:00:17 | More by MrOH
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yeoldeale

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Great looking, almost motor-oil-like pour. Very dark with a nice, thin, mocha colored head that sticks around. Light smell of prunes and bread. Burnt malt taste that is sweet on the front end with a coffee-like finish. A little dryness there too. This is a solid stout for sure.

10-17-2010 00:54:27 | More by yeoldeale
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Guinness pint glass. Bottle had a different label than the one pictured above. I received this bottle from my distributor Rep. as a sample before this beer hits our local market next week.

Color is deep black with a deep burgundy color at the edges of the glass. Head is tan in color and a beautiful lace remains on top until the end.

Smells of roasted barley, coffee,molasses, and alcohol. Smells great, I took many wafts, very enjoyable aromas.

Full bodied roastiness right up front. Molasses and coffee flavors work well together. I can taste the 7.5% alcohol and it too works well with the maltiness and well-balanced bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. Nice semi-dry finish. Very complex and well-balanced. Smooth and delicious. I wish my Rep. had given me two bottles to sample.

Much more complex and flavorful than the standard extra stout that I'm used to. Pleasantly surprised. My favorite Guinness product I've ever had.

10-16-2010 19:15:04 | More by jongullotti
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Cresant

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Guinness tulip naturally. No date but coded. The body was opaque dark brown. There was a frothy dark tan head that settled unevenly. A fine cap remained throughout.

The smell was light cocoa powder and metal shavings. Chocolate malts?

The taste was bright bitterness. The sweet malts counterbalance the crisp hoppiness and roasted bitterness of the malts. Well constructed but not bland. Somewhat drying finish.

The mouthfeel was profoundly different from the regular Guinness. Medium bodied with plenty of scrubbing carbonation. Not just bubbles but real heft. All of the components of this beer are working together.

10-16-2010 12:59:17 | More by Cresant
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mudbug

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Thank You Beir One in Newport for getting this!
From the 11.2 fl oz. bottle that looks nothing like the picture above into a standard pint glass results in a pitch black body with a one inch fluffy tan head that recedes pretty quickly into a cap of foam and lace.
Roasted malts, nay, burned grain is in the nose here, a slight alcohol burn is detected, overall aroma is light, not overpowering in any way.
Taste is great with roasted coffee and hop bitterness fighting it out, carbonation is surprisingly lively, not anything like the draught version. Finish is semi dry with a nice bitter aftertaste.
A different beast than their other stouts for sure, Very Good!

10-15-2010 23:13:23 | More by mudbug
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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%

Struggling with this to be honest. Looks fine, has the most complex and forceful house character of this brewery's offerings but lacking that morish cherry-ish core that was once the biggest draw of the Foreign Extra Stout. Still quite interesting and a rewarding challenge to the thoughtful patient taster but where is the joy?

10-15-2010 17:50:03 | More by Zimbo
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aggiearcher13

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +9.3%

Well, let's see what all the fuss is about....

A: Pitch black with a half inch of tan, creamy head that lingers for a while and leaves pretty good lacing.

S: Roasty, chocolate, coffee, molasses and fig. Gets a little fruitier as it warms.

T: Roasted barley and chocolate. Black licorice. Quite a bit going on here, it's really nice. A little bit of an acidic bit, some earthy/herbal hop flavors. I dig it.

M: Medium to heavy body, works quite well but a little to much carbonation for my palate that takes away from it just a tad.

D: A really nice drinker, I'll have it again. Surprisingly complex. I can certainly understand the reputation for this being so superior to the standard issue.

10-15-2010 01:31:59 | More by aggiearcher13
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -17%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There were two inches of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Aroma was very underplayed. Notes of coffee, malt, some dark fruits.

T: Had a mild coffee flavor, with some malt and raisins. Kind of on the thin and featureless side. Not offensively bad, but not that memorable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An uneven beer, to say the least. Drinkable, but not my first choice among stouts.

10-14-2010 13:43:42 | More by avalon07
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Spider889

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -3.4%

Had the Caribbean version of this one earlier this year and fell in love. This one is also good, though I find it not quite as powerful. Shame...

Excellent dark black in color, opaque, no light getting through in traditional Guinness style. With just a little effort this beer produces a two and a half finger tall head of rich mocha creamy goodness. Leaves a heavy blanket of lace that slowly recedes into droopy legs.

Smell is toasty and burnt, but also very similar to Guinness Draught. Not nearly as potent as the style would suggest imo.

Flavor is full of impact. Rich roasted malt and mild hops. This leads into an amazing mouthfeel: immediately super smooth and creamy. One swish in the mouth, and the palate is met with an explosive deluge of hop bitterness prickling the tongue. Slightly boozy, slightly sweet and sticky on the finish.

A great beer, I wouldn't mind having this on tap any day, but at $9.99/4pk I can find better beer.

10-13-2010 03:36:03 | More by Spider889
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours a very dark black with a thick tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some char and espresso notes upfront, along with milk chocolate and molasses, burnt bread, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor also has coffee and char notes initially, along with dark fruits, dark chocolate, burnt bread, some herbal hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is OK. A decent export stoout, but nothing exceptional...a little underwhelming to be honest.

10-13-2010 03:16:07 | More by silver0rlead
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.2/5  rDev -21.4%

Moderate to light brown pour, turns opaque in the glass. Huge head that holds well, has a touch of oil and stickiness to it. Lacing is impressive as well.

Almost sour level of burnt malt, burnt barely and hops mixing. Very piney and earthy hops. A lot of aroma, but not an aroma I'm in love with. Has an almost smoky smell.

Plenty of hops as they said. The burt flavors are pretty limited. They hang around in the back ground never taking control. The barely controls the sweetness and does a good job. It also has all of the burt/chocolate flavors though I have to say they're really subdued. Far more flavorful than anything else they make, but for stouts it's nothing that special.

Drinkable beer without a question. The alcohol is nearly non existent. The body is light enough to drink it. It's pretty easy to drink.

The mouth feel is also solid. Plenty of carbonation. Smooth drinker.

10-11-2010 19:11:58 | More by bobhits
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Westsidebuddha

California

4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bought at Mega Liquor Super 8 Alhambra, Ca

Poured a black color into a Steinlager glass. Tiny bubbles with an 1 1/2" head. Smells roasty. The taste is malty with a strong aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little dry judging by the roof of my mouth and tongue. Drinkability is interesting. It's like Guinness with a bite! Being 7.5% abv on the bottle, it's noticable towards the end. This is a 11.2 ounce bottle. This would be good on those cold winter nights.

10-11-2010 08:05:04 | More by Westsidebuddha
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Docer

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Small bottle brought home to try from my roomie... 330ml..

- Long lasting light mocha head... leaves a nice thin layer on top and some lacing... very dark jet brown/black brew..

- Ester, raisin, smokey and tart.. woody, salty, fig... light bitter grassiness... prominent smoke flavors....

- Rich smokey roasted barley... roasted grains, fig, raisin... grass, wood.... burnt barrel goodness.... lts of dark roasted barley here. Light bitter hop. Bitter coffee notes as well..

- Light bodied... very surprising. Slightly drying and yet mouth watering.

- I would have to say that this is one unique beast of a stout. Very strong, robust, and unique flavors... while still being rather thin and light bodied. I am impressed by its complexity. Something I will certainly buy again.

10-11-2010 05:13:24 | More by Docer
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

A - A dark stout with faint brown at the edges and a huge meringue-like head that settles into becoming even thicker.

S - Some chalky cocoa with hints of dark fruit; specifically raisins. Another more savory smell that is kind of ambiguous, I think it's a bit like warm meat.

T - Roasty, chalky malts followed slowly by a lingering sweetness that reminds me a bit of prunes or plums. Fairly one-dimensional, but way better than regular Extra Stout.

M - Creamy and medium body, this seems a touch light on the body, but pretty darn good regardless.

D - Stuff flew out of my glass. I think that what it lacks for in complexity it makes up for in high drinkability for a stout. Not sure if I would pick up again due to the high amount of excellent craft brews in the FES's price range.

10-11-2010 02:48:47 | More by LiquidCucumber
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured into a stange glass. Bottle brought back from Ireland by a friend of my wife. I asked her to do this shortly before I learned that this beer was finally coming to the US.

Pours with an outstanding three fingers of coffee-with-cream coloured head. As the beer sits this head begins to drop from the middle but is very persistent, and swirling the glass doesn't budge it. Body is darker than strong coffee and only the slightest dark ruby highlight is visible at the bottom of the glass. Fantastic.

Everything in Guinness Extra Stout but with greater depth and strength. The wonderful, nearly charred-roasted and unmalted barley notes that define Guinness are present here, adding the interesting dry/bitter/sweetness that made Guinness famous in the first place. Some baker's chocolate and a tiny bit of dark fruit is detectable as well. Wonderful nose.

This flavor is driven completely by darkly roasted malts. Nearly burnt and dry, but with some sweetness added by the unmalted barley. The bulk of the flavor doesn't hit the tongue till after this has been in the mouth, and when it does it is a wonderful thing. This is like Guinness Extra Stout but with more hop presence, and a slightly bigger overall flavor. This wasn't as big as I had expected from the nose however. The aftertaste is full and complex. Blatant smoke, chocolate and coffee flavors are not present, and that fact sets this beer apart from many other bigger stouts. It achieves a great complexity without any of those single flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with higher carbonation, but adequate smoothness. Very nice.

Drinkability is dangerous, and the higher ABV is totally hidden in the flavor and feel. I could throw this back or sip it. Only one small bottle isn't nearly enough.

Conclusion: I have always loved Guinness as a brand despite its gimmicky nature, mostly because of its history. I have always been disappointed in its products available in the US though. This beer however redeems my opinion of Guinness as a brewery, and shows that it has something competitive to offer the rapidly growing market for beer brewed to the standard of excellence.

10-10-2010 23:56:24 | More by allforbetterbeer
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown, nearly black in the glass, garnet highlights, an abundance of frothy khaki head.

Smell -- Baker's chocolate, raisin and prune, molasses, toffee, deep roasted malt, and bitter char. Overall, lots of bitter roasty character with inviting underlying sweetness.

Taste -- Deep roast malt, baker's chocolate, blackstrap molasses, caramel, raisin and prune. Big push of earthy hop bitterness and char to balance.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, medium-high prickly carbonation. Carbonation started off a little strong, but a few swirls mended the problem.

Drinkability -- Pretty damn good. Heads and shoulders over Guinness Draught and Extra Stout. Much more complexity, very satisfying. Wasn't thrilled by the mouthfeel, but otherwise a great experience.

10-10-2010 19:39:33 | More by yeahnatenelson
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ptykozoon

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Pours dark brown, basically black, with a strong frothy head.

Smells of bitter chocolate, with a milky characteristic.

Big bitterness, chocolate, licorice and a decent amount of roasty hops. Hard to describe flavor wise as the Guinness touch is very original and unique.

Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Nice.

All in all the best guinness I've ever had, fills out the gaps of the traditional Guinness by nearly destroying the watery, uncomplex characteristics.

10-09-2010 17:53:56 | More by ptykozoon
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NWer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

This is the Guinness I was waiting for.
After being lulled into believing that Guinness Draft was real Guinness and believing I had merely outgrown it, the love is back.
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Weizen glass, appearance is dark - gotta be black - no light through whatever. Incredible head that retains forever after a two minute pour.
Taste and mouth feel is of chocolate and milk with a little hops.
Very nice, enjoyable stout that deserves a place in my stash.
Better than good but not a wow though so I can't push it up to a 5.

10-08-2010 21:02:29 | More by NWer
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Augustiner719

New York

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice black color with a tan 2finger head that pillows down slowly and leaves nice lacing. Great look. The aroma is deep rich burnt coffee and dark chocolate. There is some bitter chocolate notes to and a touch a vanilla to balance out. The taste is fantastic initially, but the aftertaste drags this beer down. There is a nice initial roasty malty coffee and dark chocolate flavor followed by a really tannic and bitter beer face finish. This might be too warm, so I will try again colder. Great viscosity and dryness on the finish but really bitter as the beer leaves your palate. Overall, this is better in some ways that the regular dradt guineas, but drinkability lacks because of th finish and it's higher abv. Really not something to go nuts over.

10-08-2010 01:54:06 | More by Augustiner719
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DaveHS

California

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours pitch black with highlights the color of dark stained wood. About 2 inches of chocolate milk colored fluffy head that reduces slowly, leaving chunky lacing.

S-Reminiscent of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout. Grainy and mildly sweet, almost lactic.

T/M-The hops in this one surprised me. I had this in Belgium years ago, and I remember it being much maltier and sweeter. I guess it might be a different recipe. Anyway, there are some really nice bittering hops right up front. It's medium bodied and roasty, with a nice milky smooth mouthfeel.

D-I am not a fan of Guinness in general, but this is a really good beer. I will continue to drink it and stock it in my store.

10-07-2010 03:44:03 | More by DaveHS
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SeaUrchin

Michigan

4/5  rDev -1.7%

picked up a 4 pack today for 8.99 and shared one with my girlfriends dad(we each had an entire bottle) chilled in the fridge for a good 2 hours, poured into a Guinness pint glass

appearance - black, when held to the light could get a hint of brown but if i had to id still say it was a light black, 1 finger head, good lacing on the glass

smell - smelled of alcohol, malt, and a bit of chocolate, no other distinct smells

taste - i have now had 4 different types of guinness out of bottles and this one by far is the best to me, no longer had the watery flavor that i associated with guinness after having other stouts, started off with a nice malty, mildly chocolate and maybe a mild coffee if i had to stretch for it and a mildly boozy flavor, still a bit watery but a pleasant amount, very refreshing flavor

mouthfeel - thinner than i thought it would be based off the initial flavor but it matched the beer nicely, something that i could drink a few watching a game without feeling weighed down but still let me know i had a stout

drinkability - it went down smooth, tasted good, and since guinness was my first favorite beer this holds a place in my heart as reminiscent of simpler times but with a more developed flavor for a more developed palate, could easily drink all day and not feel as if i deprived myself of a great beer flavor

10-07-2010 03:26:28 | More by SeaUrchin
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Black with a very thick brown head. Retention is great and the head leaves a very sticky patchy lacing in its wake.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, plums, cherries, and some citric fruitiness from the hops.

T: Acrid and acidic up front like a good dry stout. Darkfruit dominates the middle with tastes of plums, raisins, and a sour astringent twang. Citric hops follow and provide balance. Sweet dark chocolate and coffee notes come out just before the finish. The finish is excellent: long, dry, and roasty with woody and cigar-like hints.

M: Thick, syrupy, and a little chewy. It has a creamy aspect as well. Low carbonation. Great.

D: Very easy to drink, but owing to the relatively high abv, most people won't have more than a few.

Notes: Wow! I had high hopes for this beer, but it was even better than I expected. It's like a Dry Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout banged and had a kid. Drinkable and complex. Easily the best beer that Guinness makes.

EDIT: I read Todd's review and I agree. There are rum-like aspects to this beer (though he may have had a slightly different recipe). Great, great stuff. I have a crush on this beer.

10-06-2010 21:27:03 | More by ryan1788a5
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spydo99

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

Picked up the first 4 pack that my local bottle shoppe sold. At $10 a 4 pack - well worth the price of admission.

Chocolate/Coffee color. Foamy 1 finger head. True Guinness Taste

I prefer the Draught but at 7.5% - I am happy to have access to the option going into the winter months.

10-04-2010 15:30:23 | More by spydo99
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