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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 148
Gots: 190 | 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 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.

Photo of hdofu
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this beer the other day with a pack of dogfish head indian brown ales (alas the bag I got at the liquor store broke and I went home with a a 5 pack, but enough of this sad side story) and had a bottle the other night. It was a smokey beer, poured cola dark with a thick foamy head that just kept raising for about 15 minutes. Taste was smokey with some charcoal followed by a sweet finish, smell was smokey too with a hint of chocolate. It was an enjoyable brew, which was easy to drink, too bad it's really expensive.

Photo of searsclone
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with a best before date of 17:50

Pours black with enough toffee colored head to fill the rest of shaped pint glass.

smells earthy

tastes like smoked bacon, candy and coffee with a bitter aftertaste

mouthfeel is crispy and somewhat thick

I don't have a taste for this, although it is the best drinking Guinness that I have tried. The alcohol is well hidden, and I feel that if I liked the taste, I could easily drink this.

Photo of DannyDan
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A blackish-brown body with a thick tan head that has excellent retention and outstanding lacing. A very great beer to look at. The smell is some roasted chocolate and coffee with some cherries and maybe some other fruits. The taste is some roasted chocolate followed by some coffee than there is some bitter hops along with some molasses, and some fruits and finishes with more hops and some alcohol, but alcohol taste is not real strong. The mouthfeel is a nice creamy full bodied feel that is very drinkable for being a full bodied beer. A pretty good foreign stout, but I prefer Lion Stout over this one.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of roasted malts, some chocolate, and a bit of booze. It definitely promises more flavor than regular Guinness (though I do enjoy Guinness quite a bit). Taste follows with decent chocolate, roasted, and sweet malt notes, with an underlying hint of booze. A bit hoppy too--some nice bitterness in there. Something is a bit off to me, maybe a musty or stale flavor in there somewhere though I can't really pin it down. Not a bad beer by any means, but not a spectacular stout either. Moderate feel in the mouth, definitely more body than what I am used to seeing from Guinness. Decent drinkability, though hampered by the off-flavor I'm getting.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass during my honeymoon overseas (soon will again later with a buddy who picked up some in the States). Higher in alcohol content than other Guinness products. Pours a black colored beer with a large brown creamy head. Light alcoholic malty roasted coffee and compact aroma. Gives off strong, oaky, complex flavors. Creamy full roasted and bitter palate. Finish is bitter roasted with some coffee and creamy light alcoholic touches. Nice balanced carbonation and medium bodied.

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

Picked up a case of this while on vacation in Anguilla.
Poured into a over sized red wine glass.

A: Oil slick black with a large tan/brown head. The retention is respectable and it leaves behind a good bit of sticky lacing.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, licorice, rum and copper pennies. There is a distinct sour flavor that is really intriguing.

T: Nicely bitter upfront with huge notes of burnt dark malts. Chocolate, coffee, and caramel are all in on this one. Some sourness creeps in and rushes into an amazingly dry crisp finish. This is nothing like any other Guinness I have ever tasted.

M: Thick and viscous with a surprising bubbly character.

D: I am currently half way through my second case of this on vacation (it goes quite well with cuban cigars). Highly recommended if one finds oneself in the beer waste land that is the Caribbean!

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2011. I've had draft Guinness plenty of times, but I think this might be only the second time I've had the foreign export....

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A very dark brown hue that looks night black once the glass has settled. Fast pour produces a massive coffee-coloured head with staying power. It reduces slowly and leaves nice lacing. Great aroma of roasted malt and coffee, although a little less upfront than some other stouts. A whiff of alcohol.

A rich flavour of dark roasted malt with burnt notes and more than a hint of coffee. Faint undertones of sweetness and caramel. Medium bitterness that is more pronounced upon swallowing. A lingering roasted aftertaste. Fantastic velvety smooth mouthfeel - feels thick and substantial. Slides down very nicely.

Excellent - a superb stout. Delicious flavour and texture. I like the 'original' Guinness, but this has a lot more merit. Seek it out...

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger brown head. Head is lumpy and rocky leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is extremely chocolatey with that trademark Guinness twang.

Flavor is intensely roasted with bakers chocolate, dark molasses, and some bitter char. Hefty hop bitterness hit you in the middle and lingers looong into the finish. Very drying. Alcohol is not noticed on the palette, but felt in the esophagus as a nice warming. If you told me this was an RIS I would have no problem believing it.

Thick and full bodied, with just a tingle of carbonation; enough to provide additional substance.

Far more bitter than expected, but it's complex, interesting, and delicious. I'll be returning to this one.

Photo of Zundo
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A dark coffee black body with bubbly tan one-finger head. Froth grabs hold of the side of the glass well.

Smell: Bitter coffee, roasted flavors and chocolate. Not intense enough aromas.

Taste: A nice creamy coffee malt with some bitter hoppiness toward the end. The roasted flavors strike in the after taste. Might be some corn in there too.

Mouthfeel: Nice smooth round and full. Not a creamy enough body.

Drinkability: Pretty easy drinking for an extra stout.

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

Awesome to finally see this make it stateside.

Poured into a shaker: Black body (what else?) with the tiniest bit of deep crimson highlights. Three fingers of sandy brown head, dropping to a thick coating & an island & leaving plenty of lacing.

Smells of mild milk chocolate & a little cherry-like tartness, like a chocolate-covered cherry. Some chocolatey roast, very nice. Made me say "Mmmm!" more than once. Even a little meaty smokiness in the background.

Roasted barley & some hoppy bite up front, followed by a kind of dark coffee roastiness, restrained dark chocolate, & ending husky & smoky. Plenty of that black patent character that borders on astringency in the aftertaste.

Medium-full-bodied, with more acidity & hop bite that I would've expected. Very nice.

Man, I wouldn't have guessed that I'd be this impressed by a Guinness product again, but this is a really flavorful, nicely balanced brew. Hides the alcohol nicely, very smooth drinker. Gotta say, yay Guinness!

Photo of dvb
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. After years of bashing the Guinness Stout we all know, I decided to try the Foreign Extra version, having read some good things about it. I was not disappointed. This is so very different from what I've come to think of as Guinness Stout that I am simply floored. This is astonishingly good. Bravo, Guinness.

A - Pours jet black with a crazy tan head and lacing that continues to coat the glass all the way down.

S - Not a whole lot going on here, since roasted malts don't really contribute much to aroma. Charcoal. A little pungency.

T - Slight sourness, burnt toast. That sounds bad, but it's not. I'm just at a loss to describe what I am tasting. It's just plain good.

M - Great body. Creamy. Just thick enough, just thin enough. Nice.

D - At 7.5% ABV, I could probably only drink two of these in a 1- to 2-hour period, but this stout is very drinkable given the potency of the brew.

If you've had Guinness Stout in the past and have not tried Guinness Foreign Extra, you've probably observed that the former is overrated. This is not that beer. Try Guinness Foreign Extra and then ask yourself, "Why did they even bother with the other version?"

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Part of a side by side with Guinness Draught and Extra Stout.

Appearance: A great big beige head almost makes it difficult to keep in the glass. Great head retention and sheets of lace on the glass. Worth noting that this is the only Guinness I saw leave lacing. The color is nearly black, with a few tints of ruby here and there.

Smell: Full roasted malt aroma, with molasses, cocoa, and roast coffee. The raisins are in there, but definitely seem to take a back seat in this version.

Taste: It starts off sweet, with molasses leading into roasted malt. Cocoa, then a coffee flavor leading to spicy, earthy hops and a firm bitterness. Some smoke steps in and the finish is left somewhat bitter. The bitter coffee and hop flavors really accentuate the roasted malt to snuff out the sweetness at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: This body steps it up even further over Extra Stout. A full bodied stout, this is also creamier. Some lightly astringent feeling on the tongue. Some hop residue hides behind the lips.

Drinkability: This is solid. I really enjoy the flavors that continually reveal themselves in more complexity. Well done, and at 7.5%, it provides a nice kick without getting destructive.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL custom bottle with an indecipherable best-by date, and "brewed with extra hops and roasted barley." It pours opaque black, fairly clear, with a few ruby highlights, and is topped with a rocky, two finger, dark tan head that retains a thin cap and leaves nice lacing. Roasty and very earthy in the nose, with a touch of hops. It has a rich, very complex flavor - quite roasted, with coffee, smoky/ashy malts, black- and blueberries, dark cherries, apples, leather and licorice melding with green, resinous hops that contribute pine and a strong bitter finish. It has a coating and dry, almost tingly body, with an unfiltered, fullish feel, and, even though it is so very full of flavor, remains approachable and easy to drink. Delicious and worth seeking out; when I am reaching for Guinness in the future, this is what I will grab.

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

A: Black with a 2 finger dense tan head. Guinness always looks great.
S: Roasted malts and a little smokiness.
T: Smoky dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little bit of sweetness.
F: Medium mouthfeel, maybe a little lighter. Smooth and creamy, with just enough carbonation.
D: Quite good. This is the beer I now think of when I think Guinness.

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

Poured from two 12 oz bottles into a pint glass.

Pours dark black with brown flecks. Traditional Guinness foam head, though with more bubbles. Not the same as a draft, but still nice presentation. Rich roasted malty smell. Full blown rich powerful taste. Carbonation quite firm, but with more bite than the std Guinness. Bitter close, but tasty. Strong coffee taste. Espresso. Lot o hop. Delicious, great beer. Would love this on tap.

Photo of keithmurray
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a nearly black color with a mocha colored head

smell - roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, malts, expresso, vanilla bean

taste - This is nice coffee, expresso, vanilla, dark chocolate, hops kick in towards the back, nice aftertaste as well

mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, nicely balanced between bittnerness and slight sweetness

Drinkability - for the price there are a few better stouts in terms of value, but on its own this is a very solid beverage that i'm glad I gave a shot

Photo of aranheaney
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review in a while, had this for a time and have finally gotten around to reviewing it. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass:

A-Beautiful, black with nice khaki head that reduces to a nice 1/8th inch layer great khaki lacing that hangs around

S-Great, roasted malt and normal Guinness, but better with some nice hoppiness on the backend

T-Really good, like Guinness Extra Stout, but MUCH better

M-same as everything above, the carboantion is great and leaves a very pleasant finish

D-very good

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
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
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
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
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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