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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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2,064 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,064
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 140
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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 Natural510
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle, bottle dating 0-244. Brewed in Ireland.

Pours a dense ink-black with small amount of creamy, dark tan foam and lacing.
Scent ripe with heavy malt, sweet with notes of grape and roasted hazelnut.
An astringent mix of charcoal malt and bitter hop elicits flavors of dark chocolate, forest pine, and slightly winy with ripe fruit (ala cherry or grape). Crisp, but with a bone-dry finish.
Body full and smooth; built sturdy but for easy-drinking.

The gold-standard for "foreign-extra" stout, and stout in general. This is the beer which earns Guinness its reputation. I prefer the Caribbean-brewed version when I want more of a thirst-quencher, but the original version is an exquisite experience all its own.

Photo of mavbrew
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black color with a thick and frothy, two finger thick, mocha colored head that leaves some nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: Smells of dark roasted malts, a bit of a cocoa hint to it and some sweet dark fruits

T: Taste is creamy and smooth, has a strong roasted malt flavor with some dark chocolate hints. Finish is smooth, the hops come into play late in the taste leaving the bitters of the hops in the palate.

M: Medium bodied with average carbonation, very smooth and creamy as it goes down.

D: I've always been a fan of Guinness, not as a great beer, but a good session beer I can enjoy. This on the other hand is much different, a very good beer indeed and more of what I would expect from such a praised worldwide brewery. If you enjoy the original, you'll love this.

Photo of goblue3509
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a jet black color which allows no light through with a two to three finger brownish color head which gives way to some decent lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate and roasted malts with hints of coffee, sweetness, and some citrus. The tatse has a nice biteer dry coffee and sweet taste with hints of citrus and a nice hop bite. The mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied. The drinkablity is very high it is very smooth and very easy to drink. The aroma and flavor make it a very enjoyable expierence leaving you wanting more.

Photo of thecarster1
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a tulip, viscous, thick pour, one finger fades slowly leaving lots of lace, very dark coloring.

s- strong, lots of roasted malts, cocoa, sweet and dark, interesting.

t- dry, bitter coffee, heavy dark chocolate cocoa, burnt biscuit, bone dry, lingering bitterness, interesting - never had a beer quite like this.

m- full for sure.

d- drinkable, very flavorful, not an everyday beer for me, but it's a nice change up from all of the ipas that i drink all the time.

Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been floating around town for a while now, I've heard positive things said, and now I come here to see a pretty stellar score from drinkers on the site. This is all very promising!

A: Inky black... held up against light, I am not getting anything through this. Head starts off rather modestly, and towards end of pour, explodes into a cascading creamy tan. As it recedes, it paints the walls of the glass with pretty heavy lace. So far so good, and I haven't given it a sniff yet.

S: A modest malt, as far as stouts go. It doesn't have the massive chocolate, roasty, or coffee scents that I am used to. Subdued enough to allow other scents through... a little touch of fruitiness, though it's more of a ' fruit sweetness' kind of thing rather than any specific fruit.

T: Roasted / toasted malts... a bit of a caramel note, though some dark chocolate is there. Hops are rather plentiful, giving it a citrus-zest quality and I pick up just a hint of spiciness in a way. I appreciate the balance, though I do find that it's maybe a little heavy on the citrus to totally dig.

M + D: Body is on the richer side of medium. Not overboard, and certainly not thin... quite dry, though there's a little bit of slick, oily feel that the hops linger on through the finish. They do well together. A little warmth is apparent on the way down, serving as a reminder that this isn't like the more modest Irish Dry.

Photo of scarfield
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up as soon as I saw it available in the states. 11.2 oz bottle

Appearance- Pours a very dark brown to black with 1 finger of head that settles down to a khaki film over the top of the glass. No lacing.

Smell- Sour dark chocolate and a bit of cherry fruit smell. A bit of alcohol comes through as well. Hoppier than "normal" Guinness.

Taste- Big coffee and roasted malt flavor coming though. Has a bit of bite to it, hops and chocolate bitterness is there in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and clean. Not too long of an aftertaste for a high alcohol beer.

Drinkability- Although 7.5% this beer seems very drinkable, Wouldnt attempt a 6-pack, but the 4-pack that I bought this in seems realistic. Doesnt burn you out on taste, and unlike the more normal version of Guinness gives a bit more in the taste so it doesnt bore you.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A tall tan head sits on top of a thick pouring and very dark black body with deep garnet highlights. The head hangs on well and maintains a small covering on top of the beer as I drink. The glass holds on to some nice lacing as well.

Smell: The aroma has dark roasted and toasted malt notes. Within this I get a hint of coffee, some sweetness a touch of something fruity and a very slight boozy note.

Taste/Palate: Its aroma comes alive here on the tongue. The dark roasted malt brings a full bodied hit of toasted barley notes with sweet touches of toffee that play well off the slight sweet boozy notes. Holding the sweetness in check are some dark roasted coffee notes and mild hop bitterness. The palate has a creamy, slightly slick and full mouth feel and soft carbonation.

Notes: Why did we have to wait this long to get this here in the states? This beer brings it! lol

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up once I saw it available here in the states. Heard a lot about this and eagerly anticipated trying on since the Guinness that I've previously had in a bottle wasn't worth it. Thankfully, this was and actually turned out to be a nice surprise!

Pours just like Guinness with the dark hue, creamy head, and clear separation between the two. The edges were a nice deep garnet and the lacing held up nicely after each sip. Just like the flagship ale, this kept up the roasted bitter chocolate flavor but it was much more pronounced, with a more filling mouthfeel as well. There were also notes of licorice, barley, and espresso and it was nice to have a beer this dark with this many notes to it, without seeming overpowering. The bitterness held on nicely at the end but at no time did I feel that this was too strong or packed too powerful a punch.

The alcohol is here but good luck finding it. You'll probably need to down a few in order to do that and given how easy this was to drink, that's not as difficult a task as it would first appear to be. While this isn't the best Stout that I've had, this would be a solid choice for anyone new to try something heavier than a regular Guinness. The combination of the creamy head with the fuller body is tough to resist and I'm glad that this is now sold here in America!

Photo of BigMike
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Lovely day for a Guinness"

A: Pours black with just the slightest amount of ruby red around the edges. A huge tan head of about 3 fingers. Tremendous lacing. The head is sticking around and looks as creamy and rich as melting coffee icecream.

S: Huge nose on this. Definitely more then the Guinness I grew up on. Huge bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Even some caramel and a nice amount of hops.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose in the fact that there's a ton and a half of dark roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and a surprising amount of citrus that I'm not used to in my Guinness.

M: Maybe a step below medium. Extremely smooth and well carbonated. Easy to drink with no sign of the 7.5% abv.

Overall: Easily the best Guinness I've had to date. I'm so glad this is available now in the US. It's a really really good stout. Worth the $10.99 price tag for a 4 pack.

Photo of Brodirt
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bigger than your father's Guinness.

The first impression is the huge nose...bitter, sweet, burnt, hoppy...almost like very dark chocolate...kinda exotic and wild.

The color is the familiar dark Guinness hue, with the deep tan head...maybe a little less than a standard pint, and a lot less than a widget beer, but this is better with real carbonation, and shouldnt be compared to a draft.

The flavor hits with alcohol and that bitter sweetness. The malty, doughy flavor comes next. The finish is short and dry and malty. I get much less hops in the finish than other heavily hopped beers...very nice.

This one might be tough to go long on...maybe 2-3 at most, but they will be enjoyed.

Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck.
A) Pours with a big head, tan in color and creamy. Opaque body with sticky, big bubbled lacing.
S) Bready with a sweet woodsy aroma. Notes of dark tree fruit - cherries, apple.
T) Roasted grains with a hint of coffee in the mix. Sweet caramel. Oak notes. Pleasant all the way through. The finish has a nice bitterness to it. There is a hint of a sour / brett-type tartness, again pleasant.
M) Dry. Full bodied. Tannin like feel in the finish.
D) A delicious brew. I would definitely have another!

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drabmuh for the bottle. Shared with family and tasted side-by-side with a can of the Draught. Served in a snifter.

Pours near black with a mocha head and some good lacing. Really good retention overall. The nose brings quite a bit of roast and chocolate with a hint of buttery diacetyl, though this never reaches an unappetizing level. The taste is more roast with a nice, dry coffee character. There is a touch of bitter dark chocolate in the background as well. Dry roast is what really sticks with me. Impressive in that this is fairly complex, though I'll say that the feel did not really help the flavor, as the finish was too dry for my liking. It left me parched, which is a good goal for the brewer, I suppose.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pulled out of a 4-pack at the Boise COOP over the weekend.. paid ~$2.50... poured into my Delerium goblet. 3 finger dark tan head... great lacing and the expected black brew.

Nose is deep and black with some off putting smoke..

Flavor shows the same char... almost a jerky taste that thankfully dissipates quickly ... burnt sugars with plenty of charcoal... tons of roast and some metallic copper notes... pretty astringent.

Lite/medium body with a nice carbonation.. not digging this one at all.

I am really glad Boise got this one in, but I just never ever.... EVER see wanting another bottle.


Photo of dbossman
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Near black with a brownish red tint; bubbly head--big loose bubbles stick to each other as the head loses retention around the perimeter first; lacing is beautiful

S: Grainy malt presence with a little bit of chocolate and coffee; much more subdued than anticipated; actually more of that wet grainy sour funk that I get in all of Guinness beers

T: Chocolate and coffee sit on top of a dark roasted maltiness; a touch of alcohol cuts through the chewy malt profile==a touch of the funky soapiness that I get from most Guinness varieties but this is much much better

F: Extremely creamy--sticks pleasantly to the top of the mouth

D: The best Guinness version hands down and like most Guinnesses this beer is chuggable; but there's the weird Guinness funk that still creeps through but like I said this is a solid, highly drinkable brew overall

Photo of damndirtyape
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip stout glass. While there is a date stamp on the bottle, it's not at all obvious what it means, but it's clear the bottle is pretty new.

Appearance: Black beer on the table, very dark cola brown at the edges when held up to the light. Classic tan head with very good lacing. Poured a 1/4" thick head which died down to a persistent thin foam across the top. Looks like a classic stout all right.

Smell: Caramels and burnt sugars, along with some faint coffee-like smells.

Taste: Best when warmed up a bit. Strong coffee-like bitterness through and through, along with some mild sweetness which appears and is gone quickly in the middle of the sip. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. Rather simplistic in this flavor profile, but then again, I like bitter coffee so this one fits me well.

Mouthfeel: Good quick carbonation on the tongue, followed by a coating thickness of the mouth. Not creamy but still pretty good.

Drinkability: Too small a bottle is one problem with this beer - can't quite get a proper pint with the serving size that is given. However, maybe that is best at 7.5% ABV. That being said, this is not as drinkable as I thought it would be. I find the original extra stout and draught versions better. As much as I like a bitter coffee flavor, this beer gets old after awhile, it's almost too simple a beer. Does go well with a meal though (Welsh Rabbit).

Photo of SAxDRC5
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown color, 1 finger dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: smells like regular guinness with a touch of alcohol

Taste: taste is a bit better than guinness. roasted malts and chocolate. ends with hops. nothing special but not bad.

Mouthfeel: pretty light for a stout but very smooth.

Drinkability: good drinkability. the 7.5% abv is barely noticeable.

Overall better than Guinness but I'm still not impressed. There are definitely better stouts out there. I probably won't buy this again.

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown color, almost black, with a 1 finger creamy dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and cocoa with just a hint of rubbing alcohol.

Taste: Toasted bread up front followed by mildly sweet notes of cocoa and toffee in the middle before a punch of bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and lingers. The alcohol is well-hidden. This is not your normal Guinness...and I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I've never been too impressed by Guinness before, but this one is a good stout. I would recommend checking it out.

Photo of aepb1
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body, creamy off-white head

S- Toffee, roasted malts

T- Bitter roastiness up front (chocolate/coffee), fully body of flavor! Finishes dry

M- Full-bodied, creamy and robust

D- Wish it were more widely available. It's a great foreign extra stout

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

No exotic ingredients. No catchy name. No funky label art. But, if this was a limited production annual release, folks would be lining up out the door for this. Glad to see a real, honest-to-goodness foreign export stout from one of the masters of the style. Deeply roasted malt with a big, bold body. Some faint charcoal notes. Put this in a cask and ship it around the world, it will arrive just fine.

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

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into an imperial pint, this is the last of the four pack of the first of this I have seen in the area, if that makes any sense...

I'm drinking this beer alongside the last of our homemade apple crisp and a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. Oh yeah!

A moderately vigorous pour leaves me with a fluffy tan head that falls, under thick lacing on the glass, to a decent cap of foam. The body itself is jet black and of course, rather opaque. She's a looker.

Smell is roasty toasty, not quite burnt sugars as well as a whipped cream-like sweetness.

The taste too is full-on roast-town. Its not overwhelming and palatable enough to just sit in your mouth for a while, almost like a piece of chocolate melting on your tongue.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy and just a bit drying.

Drinkability is good, at 7.5% I could have a few of these just fine.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard that this is the Euro recipie that's available in the U.S. and elsewhere, so had to pick up a reasonably priced ($8.99) 4-pak...7.5% ABV, so it's much headier than regular Guinness. Pours dark black with a hint of ruby red at the edges of the glass...

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A two-finger, rock-n-roll head pours into this glass. Nicely carbonated. The glass is coated in nice lacing and the head. once it calms down a bit, is like melted marshmallows. Pretty damn nice looking beer...Aromas are a bit thin. Some metallic notes (wow, metallic nose in a British beer, unheard of!!), Chcoclate malt. Not much else. I get some sweetness in there too, like dark chocolate. It's ok but you gotta search for these elements...

Man, this Chicago/NYJets game is all offense, no defense. Back and forth, multiple TDs. Cutler is ripping it up...

Flavor is MUCH more malt forward than standard U.S. Guinness. That seminal tanginess is still there, but doesn't quite carry through the whole drink like their standard. More hints of roasted malt, too. Very pleasant middle and finish, although a tad thinner than I would like. A rounder beer for sure. Better beer overall, I would say. Like I said, the finish is a bit on the thin angle, but nice and drinkable for a roasty stout.

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: The rather thin middle and finish in the flavor profile.

Verdict: Totally worth the price and a better beer in all aspects than their standard.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has that great Guinness look, with a nearly pitch black liquid and a massive mocha colored cap that scatters a fair amount of foam around the nonic

Smell: Roasty char, black bread and currants

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a developing sense of molasses, burnt wood and tart currants; after the swallow, the burnt flavors tend to linger along with the black bread; the aftertaste has a lot of char going on

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Though I am not crazy about the amount of char in the finish, this is quite a nice stout

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head; the head disappears somewhat quickly, though it does leave some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, an almost black color and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of burnt, slightly fermented prunes, somewhat acidic espresso and also has a touch of nostril warming alcohol towards the finish. It is quite interesting how fruity this smells, it is really quite amplified, but it also some how smells thin, if that makes any sense. If you really dig there are notes of darkly toasted whole grain bread in the finish that adds some much needed complexity, but you really have to dig to find these notes.

Lightly sweet up front, but this is well balanced by the roast character. The roasted notes start out soft and smooth, but pick up some bite and bitterness as it flows across the tongue. The finish sees the burnt bitterness lingering in a nice way as well as having a roasted coffee / bread character to it. The beer has some viscous heft to it, but it actually seems a bit light for what I was expecting for some reason; the overall dryness and ample roast flavors certainly help to thin the effect of this beer out too. The fruitiness from the nose isn't quite so noticeable in the flavor (the ample roast character in the flavors certainly tempers this), but there is still a note of lightly tart plums in the finish that mixes with some warming alcohol notes that also accentuate the soft fruit character.

For some reason I was expecting great things from this beer; I feel quite a bit let down, but in all honestly this is a more than serviceable stout that I am able to settle in to and enjoy. I wish it had a bit more chewy malt balance to it and the nose is a bit out of whack with its fermented prune focus.

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

12 oz bottle

A - Dark ruby brown pour with a good sized beige head; excellent retention that lasts the duration of the drink with very sticky lacing

S - Big toasted malt nose with a somewhat nutty edge. Bits of coffee make themselves known as the brew warms

T&M - Malts in the nose follow through to the flavor, and have a big, bold character with a dry edge. Hints of nuttiness and just a bit of hop bitterness in the somewhat dry finish. This beer has a big feel, and is smooth and somewhat creamy until the bitterness shows in the finish with just a hint of alcohol

D - A delicious stout; I'm glad it's available in the States. Tons of character at easy drinking.

Photo of jjboesen
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After nearly a century, this well crafted elixir is now available to the inquisitive palates of American beer drinkers. First brewed in 1801, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (FES) was infused with extra hops so as to survive the long sea voyage to the West Indies - the Caribbean, if you will. The FES first came to our shores about fifteen years later and enjoyed by all until the dark days of Prohibition, when it was discontinued (for the obvious reason). It is now back, but available only in a bottle.

Much like the regular nitro-pour Guinness, FES opens with a frothy cascade of beige foam; however, unlike the silky head of nitro-Guinness, FES' is rather chunky. This head will slowly settle to leave the glass thickly caked with lace. The body is as dark as night - and nearly as foreboding.

The initial nose is overwhelmed by intense aroma toasted malt, one which lingers. The palate is treated to a delicate balance of hop and malt with a faint, oh so faint, brown sugar fade. Incidentally, FES is brewed by blending fresh beer with beer that has aged for over 100 days. In addition to being hoppier than your "normal" Guinness, the FES has a higher alcohol content; this makes for a more potent quaff.

The Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is magnificent to say the least; to say the most, it can be addictive. (Something to remember when shelling out $10.00 for a 4-pack - better get an extra one.)

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,064 ratings.