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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,801 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,801
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 101
Gots: 96 | 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 Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black brown, with small tan head. Smells fruity, bit of roastiness too. The taste is bitter and roasty, with the taste of dark fruits, figs dates that sort of thing. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth although a bit on the thin side, however this is a beer that everyone should try, especially in the caribbean.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 00:50:07 | More by Viggo
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Islands' version. A good stout, though there are many better ones. Night and day to the Guiness draft beers being sent here domestically. Very Bitter, fruity, creamy, roasty and burnt parts. Black, cocoa powder, malts. Thin-medium bitter finish. Drinkable. Thanks Viggio.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2005 14:25:21 | More by Sammy
Photo of maccroz


4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer is like chocolate puddin! I was lucky enough to discover a can of this in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. It pours just as you'd expect, like a dark motor oil. A tan/yellow frothy head and a dark "black hole" color.

It tastes like an incredibly rich version of the Extra Stout. It's has exactly what the US domestic version is missing. This beer is luscious.

It's not what I'd call "drinkable" though. You'll catch a nice buzz off the first pint and you don't exactly want to follow it with 5 more.

Regardless of the poor drinkability factor, have one sometime. If you're into dark stouts, you'll totally dig this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2005 00:05:01 | More by maccroz
Photo of foamer


4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a considerable tan head with good retention. Some hints of caramel in the nose, but mostly roasted malt, hints of chocolate and some alcohol as well. Lovely roasted bitterness in the taste backed up with some stronger chocolate notes and a slight warming alcohol finish. Nice mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. This is far and above the normal Guinness in every way. It's refreshing to see something good from the people who've just brought us Extra Cold stouts...Quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 00:59:49 | More by foamer
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3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 320mL can whilst in Malaysia 12/04. Nearly jet black, w/ a trace deep garnet fringe when held to light. Mountainous, stiff rocky head leaves frothy lace. In aroma, bitter backer's cocoa with metallic undertones dominate. Hints of molasses and burnt toast. In flavor, sharp roasted barley bitterness upfront leads into burnt toffee and woody sweetness. Assertive, drying hop bitterness. Oily, dark chocolate notes surface as the beer warms. Medium bodied and dangerously dry, yet pleasantly viscous in mouthfeel. Finishes with fleeting hints of licorice, dry cocoa and prune, but otherwise clean and thirst quenching. Truly a dry stout on steroids and a welcome find here in Malaysia. Perhaps the bottled version is even better? My can notes the ABV is 8.0%.

Serving type: can

03-14-2005 11:51:05 | More by marc77
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle. Purchased at a small shop in London.

This stout poured an opaque black color with creamy, tall, brown foam that persisted for a long time and clung to the glass a bit as it settled. The smell was dark, roasty malt. The taste was somewhat sweet and malty with a touch of tangy mollasses, and a hint of sweet fruitiness in the background, and some bitter hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and fairly dry overall with full body and moderate carbonation. This was a very thick and chewy stout, and was not a beer to be consumed quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2005 00:26:56 | More by UncleJimbo
Photo of GreenCard


3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deeply opaque onyx, medium layer of bubbly tan foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: roasty coffee, hint of sourness, very light fruitiness, wisps of alcohol, malty base

Flavor: a minutely salty malt backbone with a hard roasty edge, dark chocolate, coffee, slight acidity, a little caramel, alcohol, finishes semi-dry with a roasty bitterness and traces of burnt caramel in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, fine carbonation, silky texture, rich alcohol warmth

Other comments: Not sure if this is different from the special Guinness that is made for Belgium (despite the 0.5% alcohol difference). In any case, it's just as yummy if not more so!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2005 19:42:14 | More by GreenCard
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two cold beauties last nite after seeing the ol’ Lady’s charges on the MasterCard bill. Nice, foamy head, good lacing, and a deep charcoal malt aroma / flavor with a finishing hop kick. Seems to have just a smidgen more punch than regular Guinness draft, probably from the extra carbination. Great drinkablity, smooth, with a short afterburn. - wish I had more than 2 in the fridge. Ol’ blister took a drink and almost gagged, but she’s a BMC lite drinker, so what else is new?

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2005 14:52:44 | More by Vancer
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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great brew!

Nice full bodied
This beer is brewed through out the Caribbean. (Bahamas, Curacao NA, St. Vincent and probably a few other places).
The particular bottle that I am reviewing was brewed in Ireland.

The bottles I get are usually 330 ml.

I usually drink it straight from the bottle but for reviewing purposes, I used a glass this time. It pours black with a brown head. The head is very thick. Depending on how you pour it, it will keep the head on it until the glass is empty. Thus it leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is of coffee and malt.

The taste is of coffe, dark chocolate, and malt. It has a lot of body and has a bit of sweetness with a bitter finish.

Great evening beer. Probably a bit heavy and strong for drinking during the day unless you don't have to do much.
It is excellent with hot and spicy foods.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 18:43:47 | More by Tang07
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich sweet malt smell. Big, big initial light tan head. Initial taste of a strong bite of abv and black malt. The brew then sweetens on the tongue with a milk like feel. The finish is one of a slightly sour malt dryness. Dark black opeque look in the pint glass. Lasting rocky lacing head. Good mouth and body to the brew. The beer is solid but does not knock my socks off.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2004 01:47:28 | More by frank4sail
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a dark ruby/brown body, little light penetration. Tan head forms erupting, good retention and some signs of lacing

Smell, creamy dark coffee aromas, slight hint of vanilla

Taste, chocolatly, very rich, espresso and a malty sweetness. Some slight hop bitterness also

A great stout

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2004 15:41:08 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Gusler


4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh what a surprise, a friend just in from a two week vacation in Europe stopped buy with a gift pack for the “Old Gusler”, some fine brews, from Germany, and a bottle I specifically ask for a bottle of GFE, some thing I’ve not had for some 4 years if my records are correct.

The beer pour the traditional atramentous Guinness color, the head monsterous and a creamy chocolate brown, with the lace sticky and thick Nose is coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nice malt aroma, what a treat for the old schnozzles. Start is lightly sweet, nice malt with the top middling to full n feel, modest in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry, and a treat that’s not too be missed for you stout lovers.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2004 22:54:33 | More by Gusler
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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shiny black in hue, there is a slight ruby hint around the edges, especially when held to a light. Impressive color. A foamy beige head donned the top of the beer; it was a finger in height at the apex. The head retention was good, after a few moments it subsided to a loose, foamy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well. Still, the appearance of this stout is near faultless. The nose isn’t very talkative; I get suggestions of roast, some char as well. In the way back is a hint of soft, caramel and toffee. The bouquet is disappointing; there really isn’t much to it. It is not inviting because there is so little aroma. Apathetic. The palate is much improved. This is unlike any other Guinness I’ve had. First of all, I can taste alcohol and it is warm and yummy. My bottle proclaims, “6.5% abv”. As expected there is a fair amount of roasty flavors that produce notes of coffee and char. Pleasant. Towards the finish is a lovely toffee, caramel flavor. Then an astringent bitterness kicks in and lasts into the aftertaste. I really like the whole package here; there is heat and roast with hints of caramel and bitterness. This is a very good (Export) Stout; the complexities are apparent and welcomed. It is tasty! The body is a little fuller than medium, it is ideally heavy while not being sluggish, the carbonation is moderately low but appropriate. The mouthfeel is good, better than ordinary. Damn good stuff here. My dear Uncle Allen bought me a dainty bottle of FES on a recent cruise while docked at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It set him back $8 at a tourist trap liquor store. That is way too pricey for this beer, still I am very grateful for the opportunity to quaff this famous Guinness product. Thanks Allen!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2004 17:08:37 | More by bditty187
Photo of Crosling


4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the White Horse in London, England.

Dark Brown.

Slightly astringent, burnt grain, molasses, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and prunes in the nose.

Traditional dry stout characteristics throughout, just much bigger with notes of raisins, alcohol, chocolate, cocoa and prunes. Full bodied.

Wow, Guinness can make a good beer. What a surprise.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2004 17:34:15 | More by Crosling
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4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black, topped with a two finger creamy chocolate head, leaves puffy broken webs of lacing.
Licorice, chocolate, sweet aroma. Dark roasted malt, cream, caramel, charcoal.
Licorice and chocolate taste, somewhat sour and astringent, apple skin type note, bit of pepper. Mocha coffee comes out in the taste when it warms.
Medium-full bodied.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 19:35:31 | More by mschofield
Photo of oggg


3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I begged the headwaiter at our table on our Carnival cruise to leg me have a Guinness in a pint glass with dinner on board the ship. I picked up the bottle at a random bar on Dominica and brought it aboard in my backpack. It stayed cool in the ice bucket until dinner the next day.

The beer poured black with aurburn tints at the edges, but had an ugly soap bubbly head. There was a moderate burnt aroma. On sipping, the beer had a strong burnt taste. Emphasis on strong. Not much hop presence. Flavor fades to a mild sourness that became strong and lingering as I got to the bottom of the beer and it warmed up. Flaw of beer storage or beer design? In any case, it was creamy and smooth with a medium to full body, and these were huge pluses. The alcohol level is subtle. Overall I would try this again in the hopes that the sourness was an abberration. I would definitely keep this beer cold and drink it cold though. Easily the best beer I had in the Caribbean.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2004 05:32:51 | More by oggg
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Review #3 of my cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, May 15-22, 2004.

Purchased just before returning to the boat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Dark chocolate-brown in color with a creamy, light brown head and heavy, heavy lacing around the glass. A thick aroma of dark roasted malts and an alcoholic sweetness wafts up from the glass. Thick in the mouth and quite bitter, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel and a character that's best described as "genuinely Guinness." Alcohol is well hidden.

The sun must be getting to me--put me in a cold climate and I'd love this, but I'm just not feeling it in the islands. Still, I think it's really, really good.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2004 01:27:51 | More by RockyTopHeel
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Ontario (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the world and it isnt even available in North America (guinness, wake up and smell the roasted barley, this would sell huge in N.A.). I got some bottles from a friend that went to St martin to review. The bottle looks cool, the 'Guinness is good for you' logo are classic. It's black, inky and opaque. The head is tan, huge, and rocky and craggy like a mountain range. Left behind on the glass are gobs of rocky trailings (these arent mere lace).

The aroma is powerful. The most dominant smell is of dark chocolate and coffee from the roasted barley. There is also a distinct hoppy bitterness and elements of vanilla, licorice and some kind of fruit.

The taste is intense. Everything about it is big and bold. Think regular Guinness on whatever it was that made Mark Mcguire hit all those home runs. Big malt flavours contend with big hop flavors right off the bat. I can isolate the dark chocolate flavors, espresso coffee flavors, or hop bitterness much easier than I can with other beers, I guess Im trying to say they are so pronounced. It is really beautiful.

The mouthfeel of this brew is at once syrupy creamy and grainy. And Thick!, its like Guinness concentrate. It actually coats your mouth. It hides its 7.5 ABV remarkably well making it deceptively easy to drink. A perfectly balanced brew. The pinnacle of the stout maker's art.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 01:30:02 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of Naerhu


4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black body with dark tan head.
Aroma: Sweet charred malt aroma.
Taste: Slightly sweet large amounts of elegant bitterness. Alcohol noticeable but only to the degree that it balances the bitterness. More coffee than chocolate, but hugely complex in any case.
Mouthfeel: This is a big boned, super slick beer.
Notes: Although, not the strongest beer in the Guinness line-up (that would be the one for Belgian export at 8%), this is a full strength lovely beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2004 00:10:14 | More by Naerhu
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4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely beer. It pours a very dark almost black brew with a thick tan head. It has a big smell, a fruity smell and with a hint of coffee and licorice. The taste is roasted and very bitter. You also taste coffe, caramel and some dark chocolate. It is pretty strong but you can't taste the alcohol. This beer leaves you with a long plesant aftertaste. This is one of my favourite beers

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2004 23:48:07 | More by anders36
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4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours flat black with a thick, fat, tan head. This beer's smell is sharp, seeming to me like a heady caramel and coffee mixture. The start is heavily hopped (duh!), flavorful and bitter. The brew is full-bodied and quite heavy-tasting. In short, it entrenches on the tongue and in the mouth, refusing to let go for some time after the last drop is consumed. Foreign Extra Stout tastes of dark chocolate and rich, sugary caramel with a cappuccino undertone that sifts out as you drink. The beer finishes dry and flat with exceptionally potent grit and flavor. Its aftertaste is bitter to the point of pain, and quite long-lasting.

It should be noted that my bottle of FES was about a "foreign" as it could possibly be. It was brewed and bottled in Champs Fleurs, Trinidad, in the Carib Brewing Co. complex. Therefore, one might think my marks a bit harsh for Guinness, but the Irish had barely a hand in brewing this beer. To say nothing of how long it might have sat in storage before it was served to me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2004 23:05:41 | More by theozag
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Robbeer pulled this out of his bag of tricks on the way back to London from the Twickenham beer festival. This stuff was great. An opaque black colour with a nice tan head. The aromas are of sweet creamy chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, and coffee. The taste is boozy, coffee-like, chocolate-y, and malty. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too much and the drinkability is great!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2003 06:03:19 | More by francisweizen
Photo of IrishRedRock


4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a supermarket in Galway, Ireland. I brought one bottle back to the states. There was a shiteload of bottles there, for just over 2 Euro each...I should have brought more back.

This is damn tasty stuff, the best of the Guinness line, with more flavor and alcohol than Guinness draught or the Extra Stout. Not available in the US, sadly.

Pours thick and black, with a thin tan head which retains very well. Lace trails the glass as with Guinness draught, but does not have that signature perfect appearance, obviously. This may be one of the blackest beers I have encountered. "Burnt" is the best way to describe the nose...melted chocolate and burnt bread. Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy and smooth, with nary a trace of much carbonation. Flavors of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts add to the mild hop profile. This is quite a hearty stout, one I would love to pair with a tasty meat dish. If you venture out of the States, try to find this beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 22:41:42 | More by IrishRedRock
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh, my goodness, what a treat awaited me in Bermuda. This is served in some beer bars there like Bud is here in the States. Like its Scottish cousin, Tennents, they get the premo stuff in Bermuda. Can I move please? No? OK, then just send me the beer.

This is nice beer, worthy of the famed Guinness branding. Dark and rich brown color with a thick tan head and loads of lacing. The taste and smell reveal coffee, toffee, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a creamy and smooth delight. As rich and laid back as the Bermudan culture in which I experienced it.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 15:42:43 | More by AtLagerHeads
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I also had tried this on a past trip to the Caribbean. Thick and frothy. Head pours heavy and disappates down to a little less than a pinky wide. Alcohol taste is apparent but definetly not a detriment. Chocolatey and Coffee tasting like many dark stouts but has a strong element of molasses flavor as well. Has that always great guinness mouthfeel-heavier but not that heavy on the palate, silky on the throat, and creamy feel on the tongue. Was a shame I had this on a beach and not in a comfy chair at home. Would have enjoyed it more; its an awesome brew none-the-less.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 18:28:32 | More by allboutbierge
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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