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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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2,019 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,019
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 128
Gots: 147 | 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 rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a looong time for this to come stateside, and had to wait even longer for it to get to central mass. A bit perplexed by the "best by" date on the back...it says 0509, which, doesnt make much sense if they just started getting these in the US...

A - The good dark, rich pour with the typical light tan guinness head on top. Did not had that bubble effect of a usual guiness. Head surpsingly quickly faded to leave a nice tan blanket and thick side lacing.

S - Like a typical guinness aroma just more intense. Nice strong roasty malts with hints of carmel and vanilla. Light coffee aromas too.

T - Much like the nose this is a more strong flavoured guinness. The roasted malts are more prevalent and theres some more coffee notes but that nice carmel like sweetness, and hints of vanilla.

M - Nice, nice mouthfeel. Much thicker than a regular guiness. Really nice stout feel.

D - Just builds off of a regular "american" guinness and turns it into something that much better. I've been jealous about practicly everywhere else in the world getting this except the US but nowI can drink what all the fuss is about.

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

Even the pour on this one is WOW. This brew poured a dark black, with just a tint of brown glowing throughout. It poured with a very large, fluffy tan head that had some amazing retention. As the brew is drank, a wonderful amount of spiderweb like lacing remains even to the finish.

The aroma is a great malty one at first. The aromas that rise to the nose are some dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a just a touch of hops. A great tingle to the nose.

The taste of this brew is almost exactly how it smells, though the taste a bit more bitter, then what hit the nose. The bitterness how ever was balanced out very well with the flavors of the chocolate and the roasted malts. This gave this brew a wonderful, bitter/sweet flavorl. The finish on this brew gives just the hint of some coffee and maybe even that of prunes.

The mouthful on this brew is very viscous, and oh so smooth. This is very much, what you expect from a stout.

The drink on this one is great. It's got a great balance, is extremely smooth. A very nice, viscous stout. I would have to say this is probably the best pints of Guinness I have ever had. This is not a heavy as traditional Guinness, so I would have to say, I could probably drink these all night. ABV is a little high, so some people might not be able to do more then 2. Otherwise an amazing stout.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/30/10

A:Pours a dark non transparent color with a big tan head, nice lacing is left down the
glass

S:Smell of roasted malt, coffee, and possibly some chocolate in the mix as well. Much
like a regular Guinness but a little more intense

T:Taste is pretty much the same as the nose but mostly just dominated by robust and
roastiness of the malts. They talk about extra dry hopping on this but I'm really not
getting to much if that at all.

M:Thicker body than the regular style (which was one of the main things it was always lacking)seem like the carbonation was good as well

D:Overall a just above average stout, granted it is better than the original version, but just
nothing to crazy delicious about it. Could see drinking a couple of these if they were
offered for free but probably save my money for something a little better

Photo of Vdubb86
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for picking a few of these up and allowing me to indulge in one of them.

I've been itching to try one of these ever since I heard they were coming to America. Though Eddie Murphy will not be involved in this experience I still am able to gaze upon a super dark brown. This beer isn't able to be penetrated by light and has a nice thick tan foam that you can easily sit a bottle cap on (I actually try it from time to time, this one floated longer than most). The smell is mainly of coffee and roasted dark chocolate. There seems to be a decent light hop aroma making its way through to the nose accompanied by some molasses for sweetness. There is a lot of burnt taste in this beer, I know it's too the style but it takes some getting used to. I honestly didn't think that I would be able to taste the distinctive Guinness sour flavor, but there it is waiting for me in the aftertaste. I didn't really expect to taste the liquor in this beer, but it makes itself known as well. With all those notes it still remains predominantly a roasted dark chocolate flavor adding some burnt biscuit taste as well. The liqour roast combo just doesn't seem to work right, and I don't know why. It's very velvety on the tongue, but the bitterness mixed with the astringency of the beer removes it from the perfect pantheon I would have hoped for. Overall this is a very good beer, and I would have it again if I'm in the mood for deep roast.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: Jet black with just the slightest bit of brown when help up to the light. Almost a one finger head that was light brown. Head dissipated slowly and left little lacing.

S: Nice roasted malty nose. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, prune, roasted malt, slightest hop. Very pleasant.

T: Tasted just as it smelled, though a little more bitter. The bitterness was balanced by a nice sweet taste of chocolate and malt. Typical bitter coffee and prunes flavors shine through.

M: Fantastic! Very rich and viscous, pretty much exactly what I'd want in a stout.

D: This is a very balanced, smooth, viscous stout. Easily the best Guinness I've ever had and a good solid stout.

Overall: This is a true Guinness and a good traditional stout. Not quite complex and sweet enough to put it in the exceptional range, but great for what it is. For the price though, I think I'll be sticking to Victory's Storm King Stout for the most part.

Photo of russwbeck
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark pour with a nice frothy light brown head. A lot of lacing on this one.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Basically like a coffee infused Guinness.

T: Very light to start, roasted malts and caramel. Strong coffee finish. Very dry and bitter to tie it all up.

MF: Much lighter than I expected.

D: High for a stout. Although I wouldn't pick up another 4-pack.

Photo of Blanco
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter the color is dark brown/black and a decent sized head. strong lacing throughout. smell is of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. tastes like the guinness draught only with a strong hint of chocolate and bigger roasted malt profile. much drier than the sweet smell would imply. also tastes a little like generic grain. mouthfeel is a nice creamy feel that goes down incredibly smooth and with little mouth-coating and aftertaste. Drinkability is fairly decent. It's priced a little higher than it should be at $11 a 4-pack of 11.2 oz bottles. Decent beer, but at its price point I wouldn't get again unless craft options are limited or the price comes down.

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

Looked similar to when Guinness is poured at the tap with a nice layering of brown carbonation sorting itself out. The light brown head is rocky and frothy, already lacing some nice spotty lace. Body is pretty much pitch black with the slightest red highlight squeaking through when held up to light.

Aroma. You can smell the regular guinnessness here but its accompanied by sweetness, dark fruit, musty earthyness, roasted malt and coffee.

Lots of delicious roasted malt flavor and dark fruit hints. You can actually taste some hops in this!

Feel is slightly creamy with a little zing from the carbonation.

This has been a long time coming. I like. If you strip all of what makes this interesting then you would have the generic thin shit they sell in the US. Wow, they should just scrap the crappy Guinness thats sold in the US now and replace it with this.

Photo of malty
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: L0244GF001 05:15 Must mean it's fresh? :-)

Poured into my most special stemmed vintage tulip glass ala Whitbread Extra Stout a death black with no edges. Enormous fluffy khaki head stands a settled 2". Looks ominous like the Grand Teton mountains. Fluffy, protruding, unbroken 1/4" wide rings of lace all the way down.

Smells of freshly melted baker's chocolate over straight out of the oven walnut brownies. Lots of leather and a tinge of moist tobacco leaf. Mashed-up Whopper malted milk chocolate candies with a splash of butter milk drizzled over the top. Very rich and lots of depth.

The leather I detected in the nose is masterfully translated into the taste department. The 3-D chocolate smell experience translates into more of a basic, yet solid chocolate note. The bitterness is what really takes center stage. The back labels reads, 'Brewed with extra hops...' So I guess this is the wonderful outcome - good stuff. The buttermilk element makes a cameo appearance in the taste profile as well.

Mouthfeel is a hint past medium bodied with fine, but a low level of carbonation - very English indeed. The bitter/chalky finish lingers nicely with the leathery dark (somewhat burnt) chocolate flavors.

Drinkability is superb. For a 7.5% stout, it drink just fine with no alcohol taste or burn - just a tiny bit of warmth in my chest.

Overall a fantastic stout that I'm glad I tried. With the fantastic selection of local & regional 'big' stouts out there, I doubt I'll be rushing out to buy a 4-pack of this soon, but you never know. The looks on this baby are absolutely picturesque. The acrid/smokey/bitter characteristics are stellar!

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

This beer is black with brown edging. It had a rocky, mocha color head that didn't stay very long. Slightly hoppy aroma noted, also roast coffee. It had a distinct sour tinge to the nose. Forward roasted malt on the tongue initially, semi smoky, oats. It has a very tart, sour taste that I am not used to expecting from a Guinness. Medium body and carbonated. The tartness throws it off a bit, I still prefer the original Guinness in a can with the widget!

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle of the new-to-the-usa Foreign Extra Stout. Pours a black color with a creamy froth of dark tan head. Nice retention and lacing. It is a good-looking brew.

Nose is a little bit of fruit, little bit of roast and some mineral chalkiness that reminds me of Sam Smiths stouts. Not overly sweet and has enough complexity to fall on the upswing side of average.

Seems to have less sweetness than most of the Export stouts I have had. A twinge of sourness and a dry, roasty malt character fit into the Guinness portfolio well. I really think I like the Extra Stout better than this one, even though I had high hopes for this. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and the fruitiness comes and goes in flashes. Of course it is better than the draught, but I cant help but think this is not the same beer that is offered in Africa and Ireland.

Photo of nasty15108
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured pitch black with a thick head of tan foam.

S - Aromas of Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Vanilla and Dark Ripened Fruit with a slightly smokey, charred background.

T - Malty and slightly metallic. The taste mellows and the flavors become more pronounced as it warms. There is a slight, almost milk stout like sweetness up front, but finishes off with a nice, but not overwhelming bitterness.

MF&D - Full bodied and sticky. Went down well, even at 7.5%ABV. Perfect choice for the colder weather. I can't wait to try this on draft and with a good cigar.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Back when I was getting into beer about four years ago, Guinness FES was near the top of my list of beers that I wanted to try. But there was one problem; you had to travel to the Caribbean to purchase it. Fast forward to the present, now Guinness FES is imported to the USA now. The opening ceremony of the 330 ml bottle couldn't be better; I have my Guinness pint glass and my Guinness bottle opener ready to go. Better late than never? On to the beer:

The light doesn't break through the ink black colored body. Its head is big and rocky, leaving some creamy lace on the sides of the glass. There's something admirable about the aroma; bitter chocolate, blackstrap molasses, some lactose, hint of coffee. This is making me excited.

If you like your stouts to be very bitter and roasted, than this is for you. Personally, I like it. In truth, it tastes like the very first time I had Guinness Draught...I remember it being very strong and bitter tasting, but liking it. I guess you could say this is a grown-up version of that to appeal to my different palate. Bitter chocolate hits, burnt malts, light touch of sweet alcohol, long lingering burnt aftertaste, like after drinking a strong cup of coffee. It's easy in the mouth at 7.5% ABV, and it has a decent drinkability for its size.

Good foreign stout. The novelty and long wait alone were worth paying the $9.99 for the 4-pack, but a second purchase at that price? I won't know until the next time I enter a store.

Photo of danielplainview
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark black color as you would expect from these guys.

S- Nice roasted malt and chocolate grips you right away. Has a bit of hop aroma integrated that is a preview of coming attractions

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with some bitterness. not what I expected but still a great combo of flavors.

M- full mouthfeel. Big rich mocha coffee notes on the palate.

D- Loved it. Can't wait to try it on draft.

Photo of alleykatking
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark black color. One and a half finger light tan head that shows medium retention. Head dies to a cap over the beer. Ringy and spotty lacing left on the glass after each sip.

S- Grainy aromas in the front of this. Some light roasted malts and hints of chocolate throughout the nose. There is a light alomost sourness that clings to the grain like hints. Not the biggest fan of the aroma but as it warms the grains kind of dies out and it smells more like cold coffee.

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with a slight sourness. There is a light chocolate note in the middle of this along with a dose of black coffee like flavor. There is a bitterness in the backing of this along with a asprin like ending in this beer. Don't know what to think of the beer flavor wise.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the stlye. Big coffee notes left on the palate. Medicinal flavor along with a earthy taste left long into the aftertaste. The flavors are rich and blended kind of well. Roasted grains and chocolate are the dominate flavors. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer is ok but I expected a little more than what I tasted. Guinness really isn't my thing and this one just proves it more and more. I didn't mind it but it's not the thing I expected it with all the hype from it.

Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new Guinness to America. I'm happy to give it a go.

Black as black in the pour with a rocky but moderate dark tan head. It really didn't fluff up like I expected but it wasn't all that disappointing.

Aroma is much more roasted than the Guinness we're used to. Fairly typical roasted barley aroma with plenty of chocolate and coffee notes. A lingering fruity sweetness rounds out the aroma.

Taste has quite a bit more flavor than a dry stout, but its not as full or up front as an imperial stout. Export stouts seem to lie perfectly in between in the wonderful world of stouts. Plenty of roasted flavor and a nice fruit presence, almost like chocolate covered cherries.

Mouthfeel is full and creamy but nothing spectacular. Overall an enjoyable stout. Certainly better than the original but there are plenty of other cheaper American stouts/porters that I would rather have.

Photo of Arbitrator
2.78/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Re-review off the FES bottles distributed to the US in October 2010. I've left my original review text below.

A: Pours a pitch black body with a finger of light mocha foam. It retains well and leaves nice lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Dominated by roasted grain; its strength brings a slight lactic twang to the table. I find a little chocolate, but black coffee is stronger. As it warms, a hint of dark fruit emerges.

T: Roasted malt with a slightly sour (lactic) component that I pick up from roasted grain content. A hint of chocolate. Coffee bitterness is strong, as is a generous earthy / medicinal bitterness that lingers well into the aftertaste. I pick up a smattering of dark fruit that reminds me of my experience with this beer in Ireland, but it is quite obviously not the same recipe.

M: Medium-full bodied. Carbonation is ample, maybe a tad high. Long-lasting, lingering bitterness (almost medicinal and aspirin-like) that reflects the higher hop content of this beer. Not a fan.

D: This is like the normal Guinness, but less watered down. It doesn't have the quad-like qualities I noted in the Irish version purchased at the brewery. WTF, what a disappointment.

~~~

Room-temperature bottle into a glass. Purchased at the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. [4.5 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.0 => 4.2, A-]

A: Like the brewery's signature beer, pours a nearly impenetrable body, with a rubyish tint to it when held against the light. The head is a dark tan color with large bubbles; retention is surprisingly good for a beer of this ABV, and it deposits sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malt, surprisingly strong plums and dark fruits (reminds me of a Belgian quad in its intensity, almost), coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel. Very aromatic and pleasant in the nose.

T: Follows the bouquet to a T. Fantastic dark fruit up front, leaning toward plums and figs. The mid-taste is dark sugar, caramel, and chocolate. The flavor gets roastier and coffee-like in the end, with a lightly dry finish and a restrained, residual bitterness. Well-crafted.

M: Full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Starts off sweet but finishes on the drier side, which I find impressive. A small warming effect from the ABV.

D: I'd prefer to have this over the regular Guinness, but it's not available in the States. Alas.

Photo of ccahoon22
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick 2 - 3 finger, creamy head. The head dissipates to almost nothing unlike the Draught.

S - Roasted malts dominated the smell. You can definitely tell its a Guinness

T - Malts along with a much bolder taste than the Draught. After 2 beers I'm getting more and more attached to the taste.

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

This looks great! Dark as hell, maybe just a tinge of brown around the edges...but thats pushing it. Big milk chocolate 2 fingers of head, very creamy.

Smell is loaded with roasted malts, and a hint of chocolate. Slightly sweet, and the slightest hops in the back.

Loads of malts up front, moving to a slightly sweet taste consisting of a bit of cocoa. The finish is slightly bittersweet.

The feel is nice and creamy, velvety, and pretty much full bodied. Finish is a tad dry.

Great drinkability.

Overall, this is wonderful, and by far, my favorite Guinness!

Photo of geryeb624
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout pint glass. Been waiting a while to try one of these.

A- Pours a nice dark brown/black color with maybe 3 fingers of cascading tan head. A really beautiful pour. Nice retention and lacing as well.

S- A rich, malty aroma, with a noticeable hoppiness. Not much in the way of a roasted coffee or chocolate smell. Some malty roastiness does peer through as the head recedes.

T- Very nice roasted malt character, with a hint of a coffee-like bitterness. Very clean flavors, with a definite hop bite and some nice earthiness. Very good stout, ventures towards a drier finish as opposed to a sweet coffee and chocolate character.

M/D- Smooth and chewy in mouthfeel, though surprisingly thin for the ABV and style. I actually like that, as this is in no way syrupy. Very easy-drinking as well, given its sizable ABV.

Guinness Draught is bad, Guinness Extra Stout is good, but this is fantastic. An excellent stout, and one that is unique in its excellent dry bitterness. Well-balanced and delicious.

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

A: Black body with an inch or so of khaki head. Not quite as creamy looking as Guinness Draft, but nice looking with a healthy coating of lacing.

S: Milk chocolate, roasted malt, and quite a bit of that classic Guinness scent.

T: Like the nose, a healthy blast of milk chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of caramel, and a hint of smoke. Very much like some higher ABV milk stouts.

M: Medium to full bodied. Upper end of effervescence for a stout. Like bitterness in the finish.

D: A nice brew... I can see why it got quite a bit of attention prior to arriving in the US. Can't say its a great stout, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Gmann
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with brown edges, couple finger khaki colored head not super tight that left some nice webby lacing on the glass. The aroma is a bit grainy and has some metallic notes along with a light roasted malt and licorice presence. Perhaps a slight touch of butter. The taste has a good roasted malt flavor, some charred wood, and licorice. There is a noticable grassy bitterness as well. Some rust like flavors as well. The feel is moderate with prickly carbonation, fairly crisp as in it doesn't linger on your palate. Finishes slightly dry with a roasty bitterness. Indeed a tasty Guinness stout with the roasted malt really coming through. It drinks fairly easy and the 7.5abv is well hidden.

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

Bienvenidos a Tampa

A - A Guinness of any variety is bound to look impressive, but this one here is the #1 stunna. Black, with a head that exhibits both pillowy mocha and white sand color.

S - FES. Good. Roasty, slightly sweet, smells like a bigger, sweeter version of a Dry Stout or a fuller, drier take on a Milk Stout.

T - Amazing. It tastes as delicious as I hoped it would. Roasty, with notes of chicory, cocoa and oatmeal. It has that classic Guinness flavor that is common to the various nitro- versions as well as the Extra Stout, only it is more intense and better tasting. Just as with the nose, it is easier to make a qualitative comparison than subjective analysis.

M - Very good. Full-bodied, ultra-creamy and still very easily drinkable.

D - This is one of the few mass-produced brews that is truly world-class. Now that it is on shelves in Florida (and indeed the US) I will be sampling my fair share.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and some hops. Finish is mostly roasty and bitter, but some sweetness kicks in as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating, and it's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying.

Photo of djmichaelk
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle into a perfect pint. Time to see if this lives up to the hype.

A - Pours a very deep, dark brown, with a huge four fingers of mocha-colored head. Good retention and lots of lacing on the glass all the way down. Great looking beer, and a great way to start.

S - Roast, dark chocolate, and a nutty earthiness that seems common to all Guinness beers.

T - The coffee and roasted malt are dominant in the flavor. That earthiness is all in the finish, with a little alcohol present, more than I'd expect from them, although it's not unwelcome. Very dry finish.

M - The only letdown. The carbonation is maybe a bit too fine, making it seem like a draught bottle rather than a straightforward export stout.

D - I bought a 4-pack, and it'll probably last past the end of the weekend. I could drink another, but between the higher abv and the dominance of the roast I'll probably reach for something else.

O - For the price, it's a solid value. When I first got into craft maybe 20 years ago, there was Sam Adams Cream Stout and Guinness. You could find the Extra Stout in bottles, but everyone wanted the draught. Once they started releasing that in cans, then all I heard was that I needed the FES. This is one of the beers that got me into craft beer. It's nice to finally experience in what's supposed to be its best form.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,019 ratings.