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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,983 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,983
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 127
Gots: 141 | 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 curly31989
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't believe it when I saw this at my local store. Guinness is usually my go to drink when the bar only serves the commercial beers. However, I've always felt that it need more behind it.

My friends, the foreign draft is just that. Take the traditional guinness smells and flavors we all know and love, double them, and you get the foreign draft.

This pours a deep black color with a dark brown head. The head is so thick that you can giggle it back and forth. It went down super smooth and filled me with the great guinness flavors..

I would really like to try this on tap somewhere because the carbonation slightly prohibits the creaminess that is often experienced with the nitro tap.

curly31989, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of rpardon7
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle a dark blackish brown with ruby red highlights when held to thelight with a thick Rocky/creamy tan head that settled to a nice tan ribbon that lasted for the beer and left lacings. Smell is of roasted malt with a slight coffee and chocolate notes and bitter hops. Taste is domnated by bitter roast malt with a hint of chocolate and coffe and the hops work right along with the bitterness of the grains. Mouthfeel is full and smooth and creamy, a lot of folks commment about it being heavy but this is a full bodied beer with a wonderful smoothness about it. Drinkability is excellent, the balanced carbonation and moderat alchohol level make this a wonderful stout!

rpardon7, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I waited for approximately 6 months from when I first had this beer in Dublin at the Guinness Factory tour until it was finally released for export to the U.S. My gf was actually more excited than me when it finally hit shelves, however the beer is still long awaited. My main draw towards this beer is nostalgia, the beer is simply good memories in a glass. We shall see how well it traveled!

Appearance:
Black, thick dense with a cocoa tan head. The beer looks like what hot chocolate should have been growing up as a kid. Although the head is only present for a few minutes, it sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. There is always a residual micrometer thick fluff that blankets the deep blackness below. 100% of my examining light source is absorbed by this beer including the lamp shade, bulb and base. Absolutely wonderful and heartwarming.

Smell:
Sweet, roasty, and bitter hoppy. However, the hops could easily be overcome by the mixture of Tom's "maine woodspice" and B.O stewing in my pits. There is a faint whisper of keytone/ethanol that makes an appearance. Chocolate calls to me above all, but I could see mocha as well. I have had beers of this like and know enough to expect robust flavors from a smell this profound.

Taste:
Bitter followed by sweet maltiness. There is an aftertaste of burnt caramel wood sugar, which may explain some of the immense blackness of this beer. However, this beer doesn't take on all the characteristics of a barrel aged brew, the wood sugars are a mere subtleness. Letting room temperatures have their effect allows a more smoothed sipping beverage, but cooler sipping temperatures will also allow ample gratification.

Mouthfeel:
The beer feels balanced taking into consideration the expected intensity of any "Extra Stout" interpretation. An intrinsic feature of this beer would be its profound bitterness, however, the bitterness is not too overwhelming for the roastiness of the malt.

Drinkability:
The beer doesn't make any claims that it can't back-up. "Always rewarding. Pure Beauty. Pure GUINNESS." This is my favorite Guinness because of how well it travels and is able to reproduce greatness. The hops are distinct, the malt is thick, and the beer exemplifies its class. What more could you ask for?

Cheers.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of Domingo
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see this finally showing up in the US after hearing about it for years.
When poured it looks pretty much like a normal Guinness. Big fluffy white head (almost like Nitro oddly enough), and a thick brown/black body.
The nose has roasted malts and dark berries. Again, pretty similar to a normal draught Guinness, but stronger. No booze, but the yeast gives it a fruit note.
The flavor is bigger and bolder. Creamy and malty up front, a sour fruitiness (I get a vinous character from many UK and Irish ale yeasts) in the middle, and a roasty bitterness in the finish. It's very much like a "double Guinness," which isn't a bad thing. The good stuff is stronger and bolder and there's more substance to it.
Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, again like a nitro tap, but without the problems. Nice! Having more than one is still no big deal...but it does feel heavier than some.
If you like the normal Guinness, you'll likely enjoy this one. If you don't - the same also likely holds true. Luckily I do, and this was pretty solid for me. I think I prefer Lion and a couple US examples like Fade to Black, but there's nothing wrong with this at all.
A really good beer that misses the "greatness" mark by a little, but make no mistake - this is worth seeking out.
I wonder how this one compares with the FES from other regions...
I'm also curious about the marketing for it. It looks really similar to the other varieties and I can imagine that potentially causing some confusion.

Domingo, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of Mitchster
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just newly available in the US. I paid $9.49 for a 4 pack of 11.2 oz bottles. 7.5% ABV. Pours out to a clear very near black, forming a modest tan head with average retention and decent lacing. The aroma is nice, like a sweeter version of the extra stout, with more coffee and chocolate, but still with that unique Guinness character. Carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is stinging and robust, with a medium body and a sharp acidity from the heavily roasted malts and roasted barley. The taste is a recap of the nose...just like the Extra Stout but with more malt, burnt sugar, charcoal, black currant and sweetness, balanced by a sharp biting bitterness. Striking bitter aftertaste, partly from the burnt malts, but more from the hops.

This is an enjoyable and very unique brew, and I'm glad I've finally had the opportunity to try it. You have to be in a certain mood to drink this, and it's a very different mood than drinking bottled Guinness with Widgets or on tap. Whereas I could drink 3 pints of the stuff on tap no problem, one of these is plenty, as it's so rich and burnt. I would buy it again.

Mitchster, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of bfields4
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark black with an of white lacy head.

Smokey quality a bit of almost a funky twang from the yeast. Dark fruits come through.

Dark fruit come through to the taste. Sweet malty characteristics as well.

Light and smooth. A bit rich. A decent beer I was expecting more from the other reviews. The flavors were done well, but not exceptionally well. I prefer Lion Stout to this guy any day.

bfields4, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 15124. Sampled on November 18, 2010. It pours out to a dark brown-black opaque tone with about an inch of foamy, brown head that lingers and laces. The aroma has a sort of burnt malt and butterscotch feel to it with a touch of bitter hops behind. Medium body. The taste is clean enough with a good solid bitterness and a malty characteristic that kind of reminds me of a Mallo bar. Compared to the Guinness regular Extra Stout the alcohol is more notable. But compared to other stouts it is not. I am not enamoured by it but found it to be fairly drinkable.

puboflyons, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of case4816
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a motor oil type colour, dark brown to pitch black. Head was nice and creamy looking and sunk down to a thin lacing.

S- Much heavier coffee smell than regular Guinness draught. Also some bitter hop smell is detectable, along with the distinct heavy roasted malt smell.

T- The coffee flavour is quite strong, along with the dark malts. Both come in the flavour first, which then develops into a very bitter taste that was much stronger than expected.

D- Quite nice, the bitter flavour is quite nice, but I believe it could be better. The coffee flavour blends into the bitterness, but I think it could blend smoother, some sips it seemed quite harsh.

case4816, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a creamy tan head that left a good amount of lacing behind.

S - bitter coffee bean aroma.

T - bitter coffee and bitter chocolate flavors.

F - medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel.

D - I enjoyed this beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of jorg2619
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not been drinking as much Guinness in the last few years so nice to have a new (old) offering to try.

The color of the FES is a dull black with hints of ruby along the edges and bottom of the glass. The head a creamy and resilient though over a few minutes falling to a thin half finger coating that leaves a light lacing. The aroma seems subdued to me. I smell earthy hops and toasty elements of the malt though both seem faint.
This is a big stout especially for a company known for session beers. Upon imbibing I tasted the sharp crisp hop flavor that melds with the toasted malts with the glue of subtle booze notes. The malt is semi sweet with hints of coffee, and a hint of smokiness. The hops are strong but one sided in a good way the crisp bite of what must be noble hops leaves lots of room fo the roasted malts to shine through.
The mouthfeel was better than I expected but still seemed just slightly thinner than desired in the mouth, but this thinness makes me want to drink another Foreign Extra after this one is done!

jorg2619, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of welldigger888
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into an irish pint glass, wonderful black ruby hued opaque elixer.
nice malty almost sour smell.
very smooth malty sour grain flavors with some unsweetened dark chocolaty coffee notes and a pleasing dark roasty long finish.
smooth & thick with light carbonation in the mouth.
very drinkable
this is the Guinness my grandfather enjoyed as a young one I imagine

welldigger888, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find a 4-pack of this at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA for $9.99.

A: Wow. This looks quite a bit different than the Guinness I am used to seeing. The liquid is a deep, rich, impenetrable black shade. The head is two inches of thick beige head that has long lasting retention. As it gradually subsides, it coats the sides of the tulip glass with sticky lace.

S: The aroma is considerably weaker than one would expect, given the appearance of this stout. Cream, milk chocolate and malt are the primary scents. Honestly, it doesn't smell much different than a regular Guinness.

T: I am a fan of Guinness beer, as it is one of the first craft beers I ever had the pleasure to taste. I would definitely say that the Foreign Export Stout is a better beer than the regular variety so commonly found at the local bar. It is richer

M: Smooth and creamy, but not as much as the regular version. Foreign Export Stout feels more carbonated and a step closer to a double stout.

D: I am really enjoying this beer. If you're a fan of Guinness, you should definitely try this.

Huhzubendah, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of jettjon
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass, it's an extremely dark brown "pitch brown" color with virtually no light penetration. Large brown pillowy creamy head that stays solid, fading only very slowly. Great looking brew. Nose of burnt malt, powdery chocolate. Slight buttery diacetyl note. In the mouth, more toasted malt, milk chocolate and hits of diacetyl, counterpoised by bitter dry hops. Dry nutty coffee finish. Mouth is milky smooth and semi-viscous; creamy, yet with crisp carbonation. Delicious. Drinkability is exceptional; it's tasty, smooth, and the 7.5% ABV is well masked. This beer is complex and enjoyable.

Overall: A very pleasant surprise, definitely not the easygoing Guinness which I enjoy well enough; this one is one I will actively seek out again--soon.

jettjon, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glad to finally see this make it to Oklahoma. It's reputation far outweighs the Guinness Draught that plagues most bars in this town, and it's on special at the pub so that's even better.

Pours up near-inky black with a thick mat of light brown froth that refuses to yield.

Solid coffee-like roast with some dark cocoa and a hint of overly-caramelized sugar. A nice hit hop bitterness and earthy, fruity hop flavor fights with the roast for supremacy, which ends in a win-win, very flavorful draw.

A beer that does the Guinness legacy proud. Now why can't they produce a Dry Stout that does the same? They were pretty close with the Guinness 250, but it shouldn't take an historic anniversary to goad them into doing it.

bump8628, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a foamy head. Good lacing.

Dense smoky dark roasted aromas, with some burnt toast and light molasses scents.

Nice complexity of bitter, then some sweet elements, then dark roast coffee, and a punch of alcohol. Great stout, and a twist for Guinness. Some creamy notes throughout. Really good.

Medium body, but light enough where you don't feel this is too much for you. The finish dries out, but it is appropriate.

Fairly easy to drink, but not one after the other. Good to start or end the evening, but not sessionable. Glad I found this.

OtherShoe2, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of bobquick
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout more than the "mother's milk" of regular Guinness. Hops it you first with a bitter bite, but the malt keeps it from overwhelming the balance. The alcohol is very present in the mouthfeel and burns a bit on the back of the throat. 7.5 percent. NICE! That's where the RIS confusion comes in. Great beer.

bobquick, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of JamesS
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fantastic deep black color with great head and wonderful lacing. It has a huge deep aroma, with great malty sweetness underneath a great roasted grain and coffee aroma. Wonderful taste, a wonderful thick dry stout with coffee tones and a slight hint of chocolate, with a nice light hop after tone on the tongue. It goes down wonderfully smooth with just the slightest roughness from the higher ABV. This is a wonderful stout, perfection.

JamesS, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Almost pure black with nice tan colored head and some lacing.

Smell: Sweet molasses, caramel, licorice, smoke and cream. The roasted notes are lighter than expected - just a touch of chocolate and coffee.

Taste: More smoky, roasted (coffee and chocolate) and dry than the aroma indicated. Some just barely sweet molasses, licorice and caramel are noticeable before a fairly bitter hop and roasted bite at the finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a somewhat full creamy body and a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Now this is a Guinness! Best Foreign/Export Stout I have had.

bsp77, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with raisin colored highlights. Has a dark tan 3 finger head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, and caramel. Smells very nice.

This beer tastes as good as it smells. Dark roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel combine beautifully to create a very nice beer. Somewhat sweet and somewhat bitter at the same time.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy, with a dry finish. I really like this version of Guinness, and am glad it is available.

hardy008, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Radome
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - The color is the deepest dark brown possible, without slipping into black. It lets no light through. The head is thick and creamy and dark tan, lasting a long time.

S - I served this straight from the fridge and colder than I like to serve ales, as the bottle recommended. I thought the smells were very muted and almost nonexistent. I get a little ale yeast fruitiness and some charcoal or burnt coffee, but very faint.

T - Like the aroma, I find the taste very muted at this temperature. There is some malt and some yeast fruitiness, but mostly the flavors involved roasty things--coffee, burnt wood or charcoal, maybe a bit of dark chocolate, smoke. I'm reminded of a campfire. I don't taste any alcohol. A later sip brought out oak reminiscent of a heavily oaked cabernet or chardonnay. In the background might be the slightest hint of the famous Guiness sour note.

M - The body is fairly light and there is some carbonation tingle. There is some bitterness, but no real hop bite.

D - A good beer that got better and more complex as it warmed. This beer has plenty of charcoal and smoke notes, but does not have the malt and alcohol that I like so much in Russian Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

Radome, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a thick, sugary tan head over an opaque black body. Tons of sticky lacing. A beaut.

Very sweet on the aroma. Good roasty quality as well. Black licorice, dark milk chocolate, fig, and plenty of molasses.

Good, tight bitterness on the palate, plenty of roasted malts. Burnt chocolate, bark, anise.

Pretty creamy MF for the bitterness.

Obviously, nothing like the standard Guinness... this one is really well done - even if I did have to drop $5 on 11.2oz.

BeerImmediately, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of philosobeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Introductory notes: Needed to see what the fuss was about ... newly available in the US, and previously only available places like the Brit VI. I remember once being told that this is the beer that guiness makes that's good. This is the good guiness. This is the reason they shouldn't be dismissed. I'll confess, most people hate it and it definitely isn't something I pretty much ever buy, but I don't hate Guiness as it is. Regardless, they were right. This is the Good Guiness. It is complex. I am enjoying this beer. Quite a bit, really.

The usual rigmarole:
Ok, so, lets start at the pour. it's thick, and develops a pretty good tan head (even on the brown side, I'll say.) It vanishes to a film on top of the it's thick black body. Though the heavy body and darkness makes it pretty opaque, catch some light through a corner and you can tell it does have good clarity, and is ruddy and very dark brown.

The smells comes through being as much dark fruit as grain and that's one of the first thing that hits the taste, too. The taste also hits with some fig or date,, which is really nice, and some burnt sugar ... a molasses, or maybe caramel even. The burnt notes come out and lend to its final dryness. Down right bitter on the aftertaste. It's a distant relative to yerdaddysguiness, but they are related.

Feels pretty nice, but as you might expect, it is heavy. Not syrup heavy, but its heavy. I wouldn't make it an every day beer, but I might buy this once in a while. It would balance the spice of jerk nicely, but I suspect that attitude is biased based on its history.

I end with one thing: I am now glad its in the US market.

philosobeer, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a nice caramel head that laces well.
Smells of coffee notes and chocolate.
Tastes strongly of roasted coffee and finishes with some chocolate, bitter, but finishes slightly sweet.
A medium amount of carbonation, and one that tickles your gums.
A nice beer overall, and quite enjoyable!

Spineypanda, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, black color with very little head, which dissipates to a small amount of lacing on the top.

S: There is definitely a malty aroma to this beer with a dark fruit scent that is full of roasted malts.

T: Initially a sweet taste followed by the roasted malts and what has been referred to previously as the "metallic Guinness" taste. A bit of coffee is present along with a very slight milky taste.

M: Quite a bit of creaminess here, though not overly so, more like a half-and-half than a whole cream. Full bodied for certain with all the flavoring in here, though not too much.

D: Very drinkable, definitely lived up to the hype that I read about it.

Daktyls, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a snifter to three inches of brown head. It is black is color. The aroma is very sweet with some dark fruit and bready undertones. The taste begins with dark fruits, followed by roasted malt, and finishing with some bitterness. The mouthfeel is not as creamy of the nitrous cans but it's not bad. I still think extra stout is the best of the family.

buschbeer, Nov 11, 2010
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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