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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,087
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
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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 jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice aggressive pour yields a thick rich 2 finger darker colored head over just about pitch black color, with slight hints of light in the corners. The head leaves a nice lacing as it fades very slowly.

Nose is just about what I expected, light fluffy creamy dark malts, some light roast, that typical Guinness like patented aroma but with extra darkness and bitterness.

Taste comes creamy, somewhat rich, again the typical Guinness flavor but extra stoutness and bitterness. Fairly bitter, with even a bit of earthy hops I think. A bit of a minerality and briny taste, and hint of booze. Some chocolate and very light coffee roast. Finishes still somewhat sticky sweet but a bit of dryness, with some lingering bitterness, light minerality, and dark sweet malt resins.

Mouth is fairly heavy and pretty creamy, with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty smooth, some light lingering sweetness and stickyness, a bit of booze, and fair amount of bitterness.

Photo of Sweasty
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally the FES is available to us folks not living in a sketchy African country! This Guinness pours a much darker color than any other Guinness available. This is definitely the best looking Guinness they make. Its not black hole dark, but a nice color for a stout. This brew is a shade above black. Its topped off by a couple fingers worth of dark khaki head. Head sticks around a bit. It eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left coating the glass.

The aroma packs a wallop. Tons of sweet roasty malt in the nose. Notes of chocolate and coffee stand out. Plenty of brown sugar and molasses there as well. This is a solid nose for a stout.

The taste is no less impressive. This is quite the roasty brew. A bitter and dry roastiness dominates. Bitter coffee and chocolate notes abound. Some dark malt twang present as well. Beneath the roastiness is a bit of a dry molasses note. Things finish with more dry roastiness.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium bodied. Has a somewhat light carbonation lending a bit of a thickening quality. Very velvety and smooth on the tongue.

This is unquestionably the best thing Guinness has going for it. Its rich and complex. Not watery like their flagship brew. I think the best quality is the fact they didn't muck things up with that nitro widget. I am glad this brew is available here in the states. It blows the doors off their other offerings. Here's hoping Guinness/Diagio start to focus on brews like this.

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pitch black, mocha colored head. It looks silky, smooth, and seductive. Slightest hint of amber hues sneak through.

S-Very hard to pick up on much here. What I can pick up on is dark, roasted malts and alcohol.

T-Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Not very complex or even that great tasting. Also not much hop presence, mostly just a strong roasted barley flavor.

M-Thick and creamy.

D-The dry roasted malt cuts into the drinkability for me.

Overall, I wasn't crazy about this beer. There is way to much roasted malt flavor for my liking.

Photo of huxcrunner
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- the beer is BLACK no transparency just what i would expect, there is brown head about 2 fingers with good retention and exceptional lacing, each sip you take reminds you where the beer was before hand.

s-aromas a good bitter sweet

t-the taste of this beer is great, it is just the right amount of bitterness similar to coffee or dark chocolate bittersweet aftertaste

m- great fulll body even better for the ABV you can hardly tell very smooth for what this is

d- overall this is one of my new favorites a must try i would drink this all day if i could

Photo of BranfordBound
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle from a four pack. Into a SA Perfect Pint.

Pours a nice ink black with a two finger frothy tan head. Nice lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, some cocoa.

Darks malts and balanced coffee notes take over first. Slight chocolate in the middle. Leafy and bitter hops at the back end. Finishes with a strong aftertaste of roastiness. Everything within balance and nothing crazy. A stout drinker's stout.

Very smooth, slight prickling from small carbonation at the back. Actually not that dry like I expected.

At 7.5% ABV with a pronounced flavor, this one is just verging on a sipping stout, but it still retains some drinkability.

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

First sampling of the new-to-U.S. import.

A -- Pours blackish-brown, a highly roasted coffee look -- pretty much opaque to the light in my Guinness imperial pint, with a long-lasting head that starts out brown and thins to a dark tan.

S -- Roasted malts with sour hints (shades of the old ES and the old Guinness brewing practice of mixing mashes), coffee notes back and hints of citrus and earthy character from hops.

T -- Roasted, patent malt character up front with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Bitterness blend of the roasted malts and vague hop character blend into a dry, bitter finish with a vaguely lactic sour to tart aftertaste. Looking for a hint of sweetness; it may come in between somewhere, but roasty bitterness is the major character here.

M -- A full bodied mouthfeel that's syrupy up front to dry in the finish with alcohol warming.

D -- Drinkability is surprisingly good, at a slow pace. The heavy bitterness could fatigue the palate in quick order, but if a big, robust stout is what you're craving, the FES will not disappoint.

One can't help but wonder if Guinness' Extra Stout and Foreign Extra can survive on the same shelves together. I haven't done a thorough side-by-side yet, but there would seem to be only the slightest of differences between the two; the most prominent being more of that lactic sourness and the bigger warming from alcohol.

Photo of grittybrews
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an inky blackish-brown into a pint glass with two fingers of creamy, long-lasting mocha head. Smooth, pleasantly roasty aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, and a hint of dark fruit.

Moderate carbonation and a full, exceptionally creamy mouthfeel. Surprising hint of caramel sweetness, vanilla, and biscuity malt up front, followed by roasted coffee, chocolate, and slightly smoky notes before a nicely roasty/bitter finish.

For all its full, well-executed flavors, this Guinness remains really easy-drinking (ABV is completely masked). Glad this one is now more widely available--I like it exponentially more than the other Guinness beers.

Photo of JayQue
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I waited a long time to try this one. A good stout but the taste was a bit of a disappointment after the hype.

Looks great. Huge tan frothy head with good retention and thick lacing. Dense brown color with no light getting through.

Smell is impressive as well. Malty and vinuous..A little port wine mixed in with the malt.

Taste was just better than average. I didn't get any complexity out of this beer other than what was noted in the smell. I was expecting some coffee and/or chocolate. Not really there.

Mouthfeel is rich and smooth. A slight warming alcohol touch. Drinkability is pretty good. I could sip a few of these despite the 7.5%. Just expected to be more blown away by the taste.

Photo of Jwale73
3.08/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a sudsy, quarter inch tan-colored head embedded with ringlets around the edges. Head eventually settles into a solid skim with some clusters of bubbles around the edges. Some spots and strands of lacing adhered to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals a trace of roast and sour lactic acid. Taste expresses char up front, more sour watery lactic acid, a slightly metallic quality and a bitter acrid aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency, with a lively, slightly prickly carbonation and a subtle creaminess. Well, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by this bear. I'm a bit more used to some sweetness and a suggestion of fruit in my Foreign/Export Stouts - this was bitter, burnt and acrid. Not something I need to experience again any time soon.

Photo of Erish
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: opaque blackish-brown, sports a massive, long-lasting, rocky tan head, exceptional lacing. This beer looks like it belongs in the Museum of Beer. It lacks the gigantic, cascading head of it's younger cousin, Guinness Extra Draft, but it makes up for the lack of flash with a bold and perfect presentation for a stout.

S: roasted malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate, milk, peat, grass.

T: the front is heavy with roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate, the middle is smoky, woody, peaty, and flashes some dairy-like flavors, the finish is very grassy, dry, and long lasting. This is an unadorned classic.

M: full-bodied, mouth-coating and creamy, with plenty of carbonation.

D: This is a world-class beer, not to be confused with it's cousin, Guinness Extra Draft. My only regret is that it has taken so long to come back to America.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Almost as good as Guinness Draught. Cascading bubbles swirl in the glass. Several inches of brown foam float at the top and excellent lacing remains in the glass. Color is pitch black, no questions asked.

Smell: Faint mineral water smell. Some coffee as well. It really isn't A+ amazing, but I give it a 4 due to the rustic feel overall, otherwise I'd say 3.5.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Exceptional flavor. Strong pine hops, something lacking in most stouts I've tried. Definitely coffee and chocolate malts. Nothing too fancy, but this beer gets the job done. Also very rustic feel, but still smooth like coffee with the carbonation.

Drinkability: There really is no better. A great sipper, but also something you can't stop drinking.

Overall: Just released in the U.S. for the first time in 90 years. Definitely make this your next beer. No question that it is the best Guinness out there.

Photo of weizenbob
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle received in a trade with JoeyBeerBelly. I have a particular affinity for the Guinness brand so I've been looking forward to trying this. Thanks Joe! Bottle pour to a pint glass.

This poured pitch black with an awesome two-fingers of frothy dark mocha-colored head. The head slowly settled to about one finger leaving a heavy trail of sticky lacing.

This is an aromatic stout that you can smell as you're pouring it. Sweet chocolate scents waft out during the pour. Once the beer had settled the aroma coming off was of dark chocolate, with bitter notes of coffee and roasted malt. There's also a subtle fruity booziness, not unlike a faint whiff of brandy. This doesn't smell like beer; it smells like dessert.

The first taste is somewhat of a surprise. This Foreign Extra Stout is very rich. There is a sweet fruitiness initially, akin to tart cherries. After the initial bite an earthy quality becomes noticeable and it remains an undercurrent throughout the flavor profile. Alcohol is noticeable but not in a boozy way. It carries the backend of the flavor and warms the throat as it goes down. The finish is bitter and sticks to the back of the mouth. It's an unexpectedly unique and flavorful stout.

It's a bit intense in the mouth, and the further down the glass I get, the more medicinal the beer seems. Simply put, there's a ton of flavor paired with a moderately high alcohol content. It's delicious, but it's a sipper. It's heavy in the mouth but not outrageously so. Carbonation seems high at first but it's actually balanced out pretty well.

As far as the drinkability goes, Foreign Extra Stout is really delicious. It's intense and contains 7.5% ABV so sessionability is out of the question, but in spite of that I really do want to keep drinking this. It's more of a desert beer than anything, but my, what a desert beer this is. This is really head and shoulders above any other product that Guinness is currently importing to the United States. I highly recommend it.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give two enthusiastic Schlitz for this beer. It's delicious and I can only hope that it eventually makes its way to my little town.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Wow the carbonation is outrageous in this version! I got at least two inches of head. Upon a very light pour still at least an inch. The color is dark amber and the head is coco color. Looks nice.

S - The roasty factor is very balanced in the smell. You even get some hops in the nose which are usually covered over by all the malt. Very mild coffee and chocolate too.

T - Ow wow it makes the regular Guinness look like a light beer! The taste of the roasted malts and hops clash perfectly. I was mostly getting that but a mild smokey and chocolate flavors too. The ABV was well covered and I am surprised they were able to get it up so high without the bitterness being higher too. Tasty

M - Medium which is awesome. I succession the whole four pack!

D - Well it may not be the first thing on my mind, but I could see getting another four pack. The problem is that 10.50 for a four pack for this is pricey and not the first beer that would come to mind for the price. Overall if you got the money and you can find it pick up a four pack you will not be disappointed.

Photo of 05Harley
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle # LO265GG001.. 04:10

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham, NH

Price - $9.99/4-pack

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a creamy three finger layer of foam. A quarter inch soapy light tan head remains half way through the glass and shows a fair amount of lacing sticking to the sides.

Smell: The aroma is classic Guinness on steroids which is pretty much roasted malts with an underlying scent of coffee.

Taste: Again Guinness, probably the easiest beer to recognize in a blind taste test. Oak flavor with smoke.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a smoke backbone and some hop bitterness. Pretty good carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeah one's enough. After ninety plus years away from America I some how expected this to have more of a wow factor but was disappointed. Still drinkable and one I'll revisit.

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

Review from Thanksgiving. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

A: Poured pitch black with a light mocha head. The head was 4 fingers thick, with amazing retention. This is the thickest head that I've seen coming from a stout. There was a good amount of lacing throughout the cup as I drank the beer.

S: Very very strong and upfront roasted malts. This was very pleasing to me, got my mouth watering almost instantly. Also with this malts was a hint of some chocolate.

T: Tastes follow the smell. Very strong taste of malts with a chocolatey back hint. No bitterness at all and the after taste is mostly malt. A very very faint hint of hops in there as well. I can only pick this taste up every now and then. A very tasty session beer.

M: Medium bodied and goes down well. Medium carbonation as well.

D: Can drink this any time of day and would be able to drink many of these before losing it. Would highly recommend to many others.

Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour is a nice pitch black color with a huge tan head on it that rises to three fingers high and holds excellent lacing and retention.

S= The smell is a little muted in my opinion. Sort of a basic smell to it with a small amount of roast... Not much more than that.

T= The taste is a nice roasty note to it as well as some of the guinness silky chalky taste to it but not nearly as bad as regular draught guinness. There is a light hop presence to it as well.

M= Nice and smooth. A really excellent mouth for a stout. Creamy without all that nitrogen.

D= This is an excellent beer. Worth checking out for sure. The draught Guinness I hate and extra stout I liked but prolly wouldn't buy again but this is worth a repeat purchase. Try this one at least.

Photo of chrisgn
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Opaque black with a thick tan head that cakes on the side of the glass. AWESOME!

S- smells like Guinness, nothing different here.

T- Rich and chocolaty with nice balancing bitterness on the end. Tastes like a richer, sweeter Guinness.

M- Excellent! Full bodied and creamy even from the bottle.

D- Excellent flavor, nicely balanced. I could drink a whole lot of this, but then the 7.5 ABV would destroy me. I would love to try this on tap if that is even possible.

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

11.2oz Bottle poured into a Surly Stein.

Appearance: Dark brown color, with a beige foamy head.

Aroma: Slight hints of chocolate with some coffee undertones.

Taste: Strong coffee flavors, with chocolate coming thru. A little bitter up front, but the finish is more subtle.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but very "guiness" like.

Overall: It really strikes me as a more "Guiness" guiness. Almost like the "regular" is guiness-lite.

Photo of cudmud
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A very, deep dark brown color with a fawn colored head of one finger. Very good lacing. In all a very handsome beer.

Smell: Smells of chocloate, carmel, and coffee combined with fruity aromas. Wonderful smells come from this beer.

Taste: Espresso and chocloate flavors mixed with piney hops.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy, and bread-like.

Drinkability: A great beer no matter how you look at it.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have heard a lot about this beer, lets see if it lives up to my expectations.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a lot of sweet, sugary notes. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit and a little bit of bitterness. There is also a sweet, fruity medicinal taste that I don't really like.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than some of the the other Guinness beers I have had, but nothing special. It is certainly not as good as I was expecting it to be. Just a slightly above average stout here.

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ml. bottle served cool into a curvy Sam Adams glass.

Foreign Extra stout is a dark brown color with good clarity seen on the pour. It produces a thick light-tan head that has both great retention and lacing.

Aroma is familiar to a former Guinness drinker but seems to have just a little more umph. Mostly sweet but with a little chocolate and roast. No hops that I can sense.

First taste lets me know that this is not the old Guinness draft. The flavor and intensity is on a whole 'nother level. Big roasted coffee and bitter chocolate are balanced out by just enough sweetness.

Mouthfeel is maybe the biggest improvement. While the 'draft' version was always smooth, it also seemed too light in body. Foreign Extra has the same smoothness but with much fuller body. There is a tangible thickness that was lacking before. The carbonation is nice and low, which I love, but I'd really like to try it on cask.

Overall a much more enjoyable stout than the draft I remember. I'll be getting more of this soon.

Photo of claspada
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas remind me of a more coffee-centric original Guinness. It has the typical black malt bitterness with a hint of chocolate malt sweetness.

The taste reminds me exactly of an Imperial/Double Guinness; almost like the doubled the mash bill. Nice combination of dry and roasted malts. It's bitter up front with loads of darker patent malts. It's goes down smooth and dry with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness.

It's richer than the original, but it hides the alcohol warmth well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine stout. I love the original Guinness, this one is also good. Not better or worse, just different, yet the same... definitely good finish a four pack of this easily.

Photo of codewarrior
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL from a 4-pack, poured into a snifter.

This is the Cadillac of Guinness. The genuine article. I went into drinking this with a lot of skepticism and hope. Guinness draught was my pre-craft go-to beer. Having revisited that beer recently ... I am embarrassed to say I drank swill for years. This beer is a chance at redemption ...

L: Jet black with 2-fingers luscious rich head, great retention and lacing. Dark, dark brown head, far darker than draught or extra.

S: Malty with a subtle bitter sweet. Sweet is burnt toast caramel, bitter is crisp hops. Damn good balance. Simple.

T: Starts down the sweet path gently, then overwhelmed by a soy-sauce bitterness. Bit more bitter than sweet, balance is slightly off, but not unsalvageable. Not lacking for flavor, but still not world class.

F: Consistant and nearly thick enough, pretty good feel all around.

T: Best I've had from St. James Gate.

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

I've been waiting a long time to try Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and now that it's available in the US my wish has been answered.

The beer pours pitch black into the glass with a two-finger thick, creamy tan head on top. As the foam dissolves lots of netted patterns of lace clings to the glass.

The aroma is rich roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and an earthy nuttiness.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is very soft, dry, with a light effervescent fizz. The flavor is delicious. A nice blend of roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and an earthy nuttiness. It ends with some smoke and a mildly sour finish. Once gone the smoke and roasted malt linger on the palate.

The bottle I purchased did not have the nitrogen widget in it, which made me glad. The natural carbonation really brought out the flavors. For nearly 8% abv it hides the alcohol well. However, I thought the body could use a little bit more 'chewyness' and perhaps add a little more bitterness to the flavor. Otherwise, this is a terrific brew. I hope to always have a few bottles in the fridge for when I desire a stout.

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

Dark black color with a large, rising head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Lacing coats the entire glass surface all the way down to the last sip. Rich aroma of dark malt, chocolate malt, and a little roasted malt. Malt lovers will love the aroma of this beer. The flavor was a little sweeter than what I expected. Flavor is more from the unroasted malt than the bitter roasted malt. Quite a bit of chocolate malt can be tasted. Alcohol is strong in the finish and that lowers my score a little. Solid, full body with good carbonation. So this is the beer they drink in the tropics? Would not be my first choice but more like I want on this cold winter day.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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