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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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2,087 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 148
Gots: 188 | 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 Shaw
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been reading about this beer for a long time here. It's finally available in the States. Let's see if the hype is justified.

Pours black with a big, big light brown head that leaves lots of sticky lace in my glass.

Aroma of Guinness: Roasted malt with a hint of smoke.

The taste is lightly smoky, with good, rich notes of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate backed by just a bit of tannin and dryness. Very nice.

Good body that's lighter than I expected, but not in a negative way.

Overall this is a fine beer, but I won't be having it again. Why? At $10 for four 11.2-ounce bottles, there are better beers out there for the same price or less.

Photo of bboelens
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tuliped pint glass

A-Deep deep ruby boarding on black, with a large creamy khaki head that lasts the entire experience

S- Roast malts, coffee, toffee, alcohol

T-Without a doubt the best thing Guinness produces, an explosion of flavor involving, malt, toffee, spice, hops, chocolate, slight nut and earth flavoring

M-Big body, slight carbonation, just fantastic

D-At a hefty ABV and a hefty price, it's not easy to put down too many of these, that being said, this is one of the greatest beers I've ever had the privilege of drinking

Photo of ronniebruner
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you can find this, do yourself a favor and snatch it up! This varies from the regular Guinness which is brewed in Toronto, Canada. This beer has a sweeter taste, an exceptionally smooth taste, a beautiful white foamy head and an aroma worthy of the most expensive brews. A little hard to find, but worth the chase when you finally catch up with it.

Photo of zimmerbloke
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blind 12oz bottle (thanks to Onion), split three ways and poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A: Dark brown, opaque. Faint light brown head. Somewhat thick, maybe a mildly heavy porter?

S: Some phenols, definite peat/smoke. Fainly sweet.

T: Smoke and peated malt come out foremost to me. Some burn malt, a little bit of buttery flavors as well. No alcohol heat or flavor, so I'm guessing it's 6-7%. Balancing bitterness on the end of the flavor profile. Maybe a smoked porter?

M: Fairly thin but carbonation seems a bit high for flavor profile.

D: Not bad, but not great. Fine to get through one, but I'm not sure I'd seek out more.

Revealing the beer, I'm totally surprised! I've had this before but would have never guessed

this was it. Once I knew what it was, I couldn't even taste it the same way. An extremely interesting blind candidate.

Photo of JK4Stout
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I am in no way a Guinness fan. Actually, I have been screaming it's "overratedness" from the rooftops for years. However, that has all changed with the importation of this sout.

A- "Blacker than a dark steers tucus on a cold prarie night" to quote Big Lebowski. Just as a good stout should be.

S- Now here is the crazy part. You know your average "american" guinness has a very weak feeble smell (because in all reality it is a weak porter). Not on this puppy though! Here i think we have a distinct red wine scent. There are obviouse chocolate smells, but i still keep getting that red wine.

T- Compared to the other versions...Fan-frickin-tastic. This is what a stout is. It is like a complete meal right there with ya. I can now understand why so many of the Irish blokes drink nothing else.

M- Right on with the carbing. And a very heavy beer, big body!

D- Now this is a beer that isn't for drinking quickly. As it gets oxygen and warms other flavors unlock. It really is pretty brilliant. It is sold in four-packs and that is for good reason. six of these bab boys may have you laid up for the night.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and some hops. Taste is roasted malts, hops, some chocoalte, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

Photo of nickadams2
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Black with dark brown highlights. Thick khaki colored head with great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Roasted malt,black licorice and a touch of coffee.

T_Same as nose. Tons of roasted malt with a touch of sweet black licorice. Chocolate and coffee notes come through as well.I've read a couple reviews describing this as tasting liike regular Guinness but intensified. I have to concur. Not overly complex but definitely rich in taste.

M_Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. On the verge of being a "big beer" but very drinkable.

D_ABV is a bit high but this is a very drinkable beer. Great example of the style.

Photo of beerme5582
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At Red Carpet Liquor in Glendale, CA, I bought a four-pack of 11.2-oz. bottles of "Guinness Foreign Extra, Genuine Quality Stout" today after a bad experience with Guinness "draught" "pasteurized stout" from a can with a widget in it. (The cardboard carton holding the four bottles advises the consumer to "see bottle" for the best-before date, but upon thorough inspection of the bottle, I don't see any best-before date.)

'Came home, felt the bottles and thought they were at a good temperature for the style--cool, I'd guess about 55-58 degrees Fahrenheit. 'Poured contents into a mug at a moderate pace, trying to create some head. Ended up with a smaller head than I intended--about one centimeter tall.

Upon pouring the contents of the bottle into a clear-glass beer mug, the appearance was very appealing. The liquid was a very dark brown and almost completely opaque. The head had a very light brown color. This beer had a pleasant aroma like what I remember from my previous very positive experiences with Guinness. Smelling notes of coffee with a nutty quality and relatively mild hops in the background. Lots of lace head-residue as you drink this.

The taste is basically true to the smell--delicious. I highly recommend this. Although there are /several/ important differences between this and the canned Guinness "draught, pasteurized stout," the most striking of all to me is that this beer has hops you can taste. (The taste of these hops is more apparent to me than their smell.) I know hops are not really the defining ingredient of the style, but I always like at least a little of that fresh bitterness, and it's particularly interesting coupled with the rather "creamy" mouthfeel.

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

this beer pours black as a guinness should with a towering head of foam that recedes in a rocky fashion. the aroma is lovely, nice warm roasted malt scent with the alcohol barely detectable. the taste brings the roasted barley in quantity, with chocolate and coffee tones, backed by the warm alcohol, and something almost fruity. the good co2 and light body for a stout make this a very easy drinker.

Photo of kbutler1
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured into a glass a dark brown color with a big fluffy tan head of about 2-3 fingers. Not having the widget or on a nitrous tap, this does not cascade like a normal Guinness would The head slowly settles to form a nice coaster and laces the glass as it settles. The aroma has a nice sweetness to is along with some dark fruit, tobacco, and slight leather. More sweet smelling than anything else though. Medium mouthfeel. Milk Chocolate, sweet, some dark roast notes. Ends with a slight bitterness with a touch of sweetness. Not bad. Way different than any Guinness I have had before. Pretty easy drinking.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It has the Guinness Head for sure, even darker and richer though. It poured out to fill up the whole glass, but still is over five fingers, and only slowly dissipating after a good minute wait. The beer is black, like soul sucking, light eating, black hole black. The cap of the head is richly textured, but the head itself is just too big this far into the game. 4.5

S: Rich roasted grain, toast, chocolate, a bit of coffee shop. I get a little bit of estery yeast at play with some hops too. It's not super strong through, sitting just ten inches away from my nose it makes next to no impact. The more I smell, the dry roasty grains come through more and more. 4.0

T: Once the beer filters through the still rich head, I'm hit with a sharp, but not astringent in any way dark chocolate roast. The finish is a little less good, maybe a touch metallic, but overall the beer is incredibly rich tasting. There's a little sweetness, no alcohol, and not much for hops. Very easy going down. 4.5

M: I was hoping this beer would provide a little more body than Guinness Draught. It still comes across as too thin for what I want in a stout, particularly since at 7.5% abv, it's nowhere near a session beer at all. Still, it has good carbonation and doesn't feel flat or murky. 3.5

D: Very drinkable, perhaps too much so considering the ABV. Not something I'm likely to buy apart from at St. Patrick's Day, but nothing I would hesitate to recommend to people either. 4.0

Photo of Lerxst
3.04/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours black with a rocky two finger mocha colored head that has very good retention and leaves copious amounts of lace. Looks darn near perfect.

S-Roasted malt, bitter bakers chocolate, a touch of coffee, a slightly sour note as well.

T-Roasted malt, the bitter chocolate comes through here too, a slightly astringent and sour flavor as well, burnt toast and a hint of espresso.

M-Medium body, relatively low carbonation, seems slightly slick on initial swallow but then the back end finishes dry.

D-The chalky and astringent qualities make this a tough one for me to drink.

I had to try this but won't be buying it again. I'm sure many BA's will love it, but its just not for me.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: onyx black, with shimmer of mahogany up to the light near bottom of pint.

S: Sweet, roasted malts, mild citrus floral in background.

T: sweet roasted up front, hint of nuts, mild bitter finish.

M: medium body, nice carbonation to flavor balance/not motor oil, but not champagne.

D: THIS is what Guinness felt and tasted like the first time I had it on tap in the UK, but slightly thicker. Outstanding stout and sad that I didn't buy more.

Photo of JMD
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with light tones of ruby when held up the light. Huge pillowy tan head that seems to last forever. Leaves thick lacing down the glass.

S: Nice toasted malt aroma. Hints of bittersweet chocolate, and some light expresso. Aroma is nice but a bit subdued.

T: Big malty flavor. Toasted bready malt, bittersweet chocolate and tobacco. Some molasses, brown sugar and light coffee. Finishes with a nice hop bite.

M: Light bodied with ample carbonation. This beer would be better with a little more body, it's very close to being watery.

D: This is a nice flavorful stout from Guinness, but a bit inconsistent. If there aroma was more prominent and if it had a little more thickness, this would be outstanding. That said, still very drinkable.

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

11.2 oz bottle into snifter

A: Typical Guinness black/brown, with a sticky, coffee-colored head that leaves lots of lace.

S: Roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, brandy, somewhat sour/lactic as well -- like the regular Extra Stout

T/M: Definite sour/lactic flavor -- as I expect from non-draught Guinness. Roasted coffee/grain bitterness in the finish, along with some astringency. There's a sweetness up front, as well, resembling molasses and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is somewhat drying. Overall, I'd say this is sweeter than the regular Extra Stout, and the higher ABV gives a more complex range of flavors.

D: I love all non-draught forms of Guinness. I am a very bad judge of this; I would drink Guinness all day every day if I had the choice. That said, FES is extremely drinkable.

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

A: Dark brown-black pour, with a monster-sized, foamy tan head. Really great pour.

S: Smoky, sour malt, roasted coffee, yeasty.

T: Roasted barley, smoke, sour malt, tangy, nicely hopped finish with a good level of bitterness.

M: Soft, gently carbonated, well-balanced.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this and will certainly try it again. I grew up on Guinness but don't drink a lot of it anymore, as I find the standard draught just so-so and the extra only slightly better. The FES is definitely going to find it's way into my fridge again.

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

Had this on 20010-12-08 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Dark brown / black with generous 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Dark roasted grain, licorice, dark yeasty bread.

T - The Guinness profile but more of it. Similar to the smell with a dark, astringent roast, caramel sweetness, some alcohol and hop bitterness. Lingering sweet-sour-bitter taste. Didn't like the taste as much as I thought I would.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy and mildly sticky.

D - Sipper. Tasty but not remarkable. There are many imperial stouts I'd rather have.

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

Pours an effervescent ebony with 4 fingers of mocha head. Very good head retention & above average lacing.

S: Roasty malt by the ton, faint dark fruit notes & carob

T: Roasty, slight hints of coffee, charred grain, dryness & woody hops up front. Slight Baker's chocolate notes mix with roastyness as this warms. Finishes dry, roasty & with woody hops

MF: Smooth, medium bodied & nice balance

Crazy drinkability, this seems sessionable, not sure I would have the guts to try. Pretty much as good as I remember if being back in the day...

Photo of zachary80
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

L: Black body, tan head that's a little short, nice lacing 4/5

S: One characteristic smell, a sweet syrupy roasted malt aroma 3/5

T: Really builds on the dry bitterness of the draught. Taste opens up as you drink it. Overall reminds me of their extra stout. Slightly better than average 3.5/5

M: There is a problem with the carbonation, can feel it affecting the taste as it calms down in the mouth. Overall it seems a little heavy and somehow sharp. This really holds the beer back 2/5

D: Mouthfeel harms an otherwise very drinkable beer. Alcohol is unnoticeable 3/5

I haven't had a Foreign/Export Stout before, but this would fall short for a RIS or even a stronger regular American Stout

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: This beer pours an opaque black with a light tan head. Lacing is sticky and coats the side of the glass. Head retention is decent as it settles slowly and leaves a thick froth on the surface.

S: The smell is sweet and roasty, with notes of chocolate, coffee, and toast. Hops are present, but masked mainly by rich dark malt character.

T: The flavor is well balanced. Malt lends hints of coffee, bitter cocoa, and dried dark fruit. Hops are more prevalent in the taste than in the smell, giving the beer a dry, somewhat floral finish.

Notes: This Irish brew is a full bodied treat, yet at the same time very sessional. It's ABV is hardly noticeable. A solid brew by any means, and one that I plan to have on hand come next St. Patrick's Day.

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

Ap. Very dark and rich looking with that fine dark tan head. Head keeps reasonably well.
Sm. Immediate dark roasty malt, touch of burnt, with some hops along side.
Ta. Burnt roasted malt, some hops come through, then roasted, burnt, and slightly bitter finish. A lingering bitterness.
Mf. Nice carbonation. Smooth and filling with staying power. Feels good!
Dr. I think two would be max for me.

Photo of smm
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Recommended to me by a local beer retailer. He'd enjoyed it a couple times while in the Caribbean and was excited to stock it at his store.

A- Pours dark black with a thick deep tan head

S- Roasty and malty scent, piercing.

T- Sweet and slightly bitter, coffee-like. A bit chocolatey.

M- Low carbonation, medium-body. Finishes quite dry.

D- I wish everyone would switch out their Guinness lines for this. Give people a taste for a real stout. Great flavor but the dryness might hold it back as it wears on the palate.

Photo of bamadog
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Haven't had a Guinness product in nearly 2 years, but the draught was something that was part of the regular college line up. Review is from notes taken on 12/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is deep, dark brown/near black and starts with a big 2 an 1/2 finger creamy tan head with really good retention; body is entirely opaque; head eventually fades to a thick and incomplete skim with a plateau of larger bubbles in the center; nice webs and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not especially robust or overpowering, but there are definite hints of the bittering hops; bit of a sweet, milky chocolate aspect lying underneath it and some well roasted barley; also a bit of a coppery/metallic bite at the beginning of each whiff -- I remember this being in there in the draught version as well.

Taste: Definitely NOT the Guinness of my college days -- this rendition is by far superior to it. Nice roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate that is smooth and a little milky/creamy in presence; an earthy hoppiness to it that even belies a hint of citrus... Very nice overall and I'm very pleased by this stout. The FES is not a style that I'm especially well versed in yet, but this one makes me want more.

Mouthfeel: Body is a solid medium in terms of weight, and it is very smooth, almost silky; carbonation is present, but it's very light and soft and adds to the creamy body; a thin, dry sticky coating is left all over the palate and the belly is even left a little warm.

Drinkability: Cheers to Guinness for this one! It's super solid with great flavors and a near perfect mouthfeel; weight might slow me down after one or two, and the ABV would likely catch up at 7.5% after a couple as well, but nice for a cold night and I'm more than cool feeling that I could drink 2, maybe even three. Price point was good too -- 2 bucks/bottle.

Photo of joshstevens87
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown/blackwith a huge tan head
S-chocolate with alittle bit of coffee with little hops and a slight buzz of alcohol
T-a blend of coffee dark fruit and chocolate with no bitterness and a very smooth finish
M-a nice fulltaste with a light body even with the slightly higer abv
D-overaall a very delicious brew with a nice complexity of flavors that compliment rather than overdue each other

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

The color is very black - enough so that as you look at it, you begin to instead examine your own reflection and see just how well you cleaned the glass or not. Lovely tan head becomes chunky as it dies down.

Distinct aromas of roasted malts - coffee and dark chocolate that is softened by an almost milky, cookie dough note.

Ditto on the flavor but with noticeable hop bitterness conspiring with the astringency of the black malts, but yet still throwing out teasing bits of sweetness here and there when the recessive sour notes are not present. Do I sound like a douche?

Full body, and finishes bitter, and sometimes sweet or sour, so this is a definitively complex beer; it evolves, yet revolves as it goes. Geeze I'm a douche.

I like this. It is an instant friend. Sure beer geeks have been ready for this to arrive stateside for 20 years, but I guess Diageo had to wait until there was enough frat boy Irish Pub hype to ensure a sufficient market, which isn't wrong for a large concern. So great, it's here, so let's do it.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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