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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,020
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 128
Gots: 146 | FT: 1
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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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Best Before Date of L0244GF0001. Unsure of what that means. Pours an almost black with very minimal head. Aromas of roasted malts and some coffee. Flavors of some more coffee and chocolate but also some molasses. Aftertaste of roasted malts. Pretty smooth stout. Nothing revolutionary but nothing bad either. I liked it and I'd look for it in a bar but probably won't rush out to buy another 4 pack for $10.

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

After a lot of searching, I found this at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. Poured into a Chimay goblet (only clean beer glass I had at the time).

Appearance - pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing as it recedes. No light getting through here at all!

Smell - definitely a lot of black malt aroma, but also ground coffee. I smell the hops less than I expected to. The roasty-toasty smells take center stage.

Taste - again, the black malt and a little coffee get you at first, but as that subsides, the hop bitterness picks up a lot. Much more than I thought I would notice, based on the smell. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time. Also, as it warms up a bit, there is a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - prickly. The carbonation is nice, and the beer definitely dries your mouth out, but not in an unpleasant way. I definitely want to take another sip.

Drinkability - very good. I find it to be a nice, balanced beer, not too heavy, and though the alcohol content isn't super high, the flavors still mask it well. I will definitely drink this beer again.

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

Poured from into a pint from a 22oz bottle.

A: Looks like a regular Guinness with a nice foamy head and a dark ruby body.

S: Big malty chocolate and spicy hops.

T: Follows the smell; chocolate, piney hops, and a hint of alcohol.

D: Very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer goes down nice and easy.

Overall: A very original and tasty stout. It is sweet, spicy and smooth and leaves the draught in the dust. Shame on you, Diageo, for having the ability to make awesome beer and still producing mediocre brews.

Photo of Brad007
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, nice to see this finally show up on our shores.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, brown head into my glass. Very nice head that fades down, leaving some lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of roasted malt, coffee and just a slight hint of cream, followed by alcohol. Think regular Guinness on steroids.

Taste? Roasted malt and alcohol heat greet the mouth, followed by a dose of coffee. Very robust in nature. There is the odd taste of regular Guinness that lingers but otherwise, it is stronger as advertised.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering alcohol and roasted malt/coffee flavors. Again, I have mixed feelings about the aftertaste.

It's certainly how I described it (regular Guinness amped up) but it's left me wanting more. Perhaps it just needs to warm up a bit? Regardless, I would still recommend it.

Photo of NefariousR
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark black with an incredibly thick, foamy tan head. Spiderweb lacing is left down the glass.

S - Malty sweetness, dark chocolate with a hint of sharpness added by the hops.

T - Heavy roast flavors complemented by malt and chocolate. Hop bitterness is present, but just enough to add balance.

M - Medium-thick and sticky, with quite a bit more carbonation than the Draught or even the original Extra Stout.

D - A wonderful stout that hits a nice medium between standard stouts and an RIS. In my opinion, Guinness' best beer by far -- I'm so glad they've started bringing this stateside.

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

A: Pours black with an off-white tan head.

S: Strong roasted malts and some heavy whipping cream.

T: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bitterness at the end. Also, Guinness' characteristic iron metallic taste (almost like blood) in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin to be a great stout; but then again, the original Guinness also suffers from the same problem.

D: This didn't really taste all that different from a normal Guinness extra stout to me, but it's still a solid example of the style.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a clear dark brown/black with a three finger creamy tan head that leaves rings of residual lacing down the glass.

S. Chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, some roasted malt

T. Sweet upfront with toffee most prominent, caramel, and a bit of milk chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate comes in on the tail. A coffee-like bitterness comes out in the aftertaste.

M. Medium with a medium to high creamy level of carbonation. The body is a bit of a disappointment to me; I expected this to be thicker and creamier.

D. The best Guinness I've ever had. A good beer that I've waited quite awhile to try. I'm glad this is finally available in the US.

Photo of r0nyn
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

Pours a deep, dark inky blackess that doesn't let any light through at all. There's a FAT two inch head that collects at the top and leaves tons of serious lacing. A very nice looking stout. Smell is a bit subdued, but I can pick out some roasted malts along with a little bit of barley. There is a definite alcohol character as well, something I wasn't counting on. It gets more pronounced as the beer warms.

Some caramel malts to kick things off with some sweetness, followed by some bittering hops that permeate the flavor profile. Nuances of vanilla and toffee filter through. Slight alcohol bite at the end, and the aftertaste is dark chocolate bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with good heft and a drying finish.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a smoother, slightly more complex version of the typical Guinness Draught and it shows in the feel and the flavors. There's a bit more alcohol to take into account, but it still goes down well and drinks like a champ. I'll probably pick up another bottle and see how it does with a bit of age on it to mellow out the taste.

Photo of AdamBear
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-black with a good amount of dark tan head

S-mmm dark roasted malts and caramel...mmmm

T-hmm Guinness really did a good job, it hits with the classic draught guinness taste only much darker and stronger. the dark roasted malts are more evident in the after-taste. has a bit of bitterness to it

M-medium carbonation, much more than guinness draught, creamy finish

D-well...it gets more bitter as the drink goes on...i find this undesirable. the abv hits quickly, its great tasting but its for some reason its a difficult beer to finish.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.25 / ea.

A: Opaque black body topped with a tight tan two-finger plus head of fantastic retention that leaves behind thick sticky lace and a rocky cover.

S: Classic Guinness aroma but stronger. This is a good thing. Sweet fruit aromas fill the nose

T: Bitter coffee and hops from the beginning. Again, this reminds me of classic Guinness on steroids. Everything is just a little more potent. The one drawback is the booze borders on medicinal and can be a bit distracting with fusel hints. Significant bitter aftertaste, but it doesn't linger too long.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. I'd like to try this on nitro to get the creaminess I expect from the brand. Otherwise very ordinary example of the style.

D: The drinkability really suffers from the alcoholic off flavors. One or two is fine, and food really helps. Otherwise, not something I would seek out.

O: So much promise with a great appearance and appealing aroma. I'll try this one again to double check the flavor. Could have been so much more.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, the wait was worth it. I remember inquiring about this at the Foodery in Philly more than 5 years ago and was disappointed to find out that the US didn't get this.

Had the more ubiquitous export stouts: Lion, Dragon, etc. Anyway, this has been the best of the style I've experienced so far.

Nearly flawless pour - coal black, a voluminous mocha-shaded head - lasting, creamy, dimpled - that leaves handsome drapes of lacing - as much as one associates a thick, creamy, dense head with Guinness (Draught) - this may be why I hesitate to give perfect marks to the look (but it's damn close). Moving on, the aroma is surprisingly not as rich the flavor - just lightly bitter/roasty and sweet, yet naturally appealing. My oh my, does this taste and drink wonderfully! The bitterness kicks up a couple notches, though never coming off biting or feeling astringent. There is a light, smooth acidity that lingers from a moderate-strength roasty foundation - but just a soft touch. Instead of chocolate flavors (which I was half expecting), I found subtle vanilla notes, starting in the tail of the middle through the finish. Delightful. Add to all of this some molasses flavors and light viscosity and an almost perfect mid-range degree of body, and this is a thoroughly well-balanced, highly enjoyable export stout - and one of the best no-frills, stronger stouts I've had. Says a lot. Again, worth it.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town. $9.75 for the 4 pack of 11.2oz bottles. Glad to see this isn't a nitro gadget offering.

A beautiful pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of foam. Head retention is decent as there's foam until the very end but there's very little sticky lacing.

The smell is roasted malt, some caramel malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Some bitterness.

The taste fooled me by a bunch. Lots of roasted malt flavour, chocolate, some smokey notes, a malt sweetness that you get typically from a Milk Stout, a touch of anise, and by golly, a goodly amount of a dry bitterness. Very damn tasty and it trumps the aroma big time.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? It is no light weight when it comes to the abv but I'm finding the alcohol is hidden very well. Much more so than the super delicious Belgian(John Martin) version that is only a half a percent more. Not a session brew, for sure, but I've finished my first bottle and 1 more will finish a very good sitting with a very good Foreign Extra Stout.

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

Robustly flavored and dry to the finish, this beer spans the gamot of characteristics in a fluid and flawless manner.

The pour brings a very dark brown elixer, almost opaque, and carries a most impressive tan foam stance that lasts the session with stubborn structure. The beer leaves an intricate sticky lace on the glass in most convincing fashion.

Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, malted milk, light char and french roast coffee fill the nose in a balanced and robust way.

Flavors of roasted woods, coffee, and burnt cocoa begin to take precidence in flavor, but then follow with a creamy sweet balance and mild tartness for complexity. Also balanced with English hops, the beer has an added gear of woodiness/earthiness that blends seamlessly with the coffee-ish bitterness.

Very creamy and full early on, the beer makes a quick transition through the milky malted weight, the sweetish mid palate, and into the acrid-dry finish, stopping shy of ashy or powdery. Very well controlled. Maybe the sharpness of roasted grain or hop bite proves too much for some, but this is a well balanced beer on all fronts.

Now, when is Guinness going to give us a Russian Imperial?

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,020 ratings.