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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,945 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,945
Reviews: 805
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 120
Gots: 135 | 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 ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Black with a very thick brown head. Retention is great and the head leaves a very sticky patchy lacing in its wake.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, plums, cherries, and some citric fruitiness from the hops.

T: Acrid and acidic up front like a good dry stout. Darkfruit dominates the middle with tastes of plums, raisins, and a sour astringent twang. Citric hops follow and provide balance. Sweet dark chocolate and coffee notes come out just before the finish. The finish is excellent: long, dry, and roasty with woody and cigar-like hints.

M: Thick, syrupy, and a little chewy. It has a creamy aspect as well. Low carbonation. Great.

D: Very easy to drink, but owing to the relatively high abv, most people won't have more than a few.

Notes: Wow! I had high hopes for this beer, but it was even better than I expected. It's like a Dry Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout banged and had a kid. Drinkable and complex. Easily the best beer that Guinness makes.

EDIT: I read Todd's review and I agree. There are rum-like aspects to this beer (though he may have had a slightly different recipe). Great, great stuff. I have a crush on this beer.

ryan1788a5, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of spydo99
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the first 4 pack that my local bottle shoppe sold. At $10 a 4 pack - well worth the price of admission.

Chocolate/Coffee color. Foamy 1 finger head. True Guinness Taste

I prefer the Draught but at 7.5% - I am happy to have access to the option going into the winter months.

spydo99, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle scored by buddy shared over football fest 10.2.2010.

Dark brown/almost black opaque body, light brown one finger head, medium dissipation leaving thin broken layer of head on top of body. Nose is mild roasted malts, floral hops and noticeable alcohol. Taste mirrors nose, fairly smooth and well balanced, not overly roasted. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit light for style, decent effervescence. Good drinkability, though a bit of heat from ABV. Pretty good stuff.

jdense, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, well, well...I've been waiting to try this one for years.

Pours black with a gorgeously thick, creamy tan head that retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Interesting sweet, almost smokey aroma. Creamy coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, vanilla, and some underlying dark fruity notes...very dessert-like. Bittersweet roasted chocolate malt and a more pronounced smokiness in the flavor. A little burnt here and there, but nice overall, finishing with some nuts and dark fruity esters. Lighter than I thought it would be, bitter, and well carbonated. Pretty good stuff...I enjoyed it!

wedge, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of GabrielM
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first GFES, so I'm pretty excited. Poured into a snifter.

A - picture perfect! To quote Chris Farley, this brew is blacker "than the inside of a coffin on a moonless night." The best part, though, is the awesome 1-inch thick off-white creamy head that sits atop. Looks absolutely beautiful!

S - slight chocolate first in, then coffee, some vanilla, roasted malts and a bit of hops in the back.

T - bitter-sweet chocolate and espresso right away, then a surprising hop bitterness. This is mellowed out by some semi-sweet malty goodness, then goes down smooth.

M - creamy, smooth, and lite with fantastic carbonation. Very well balanced and delicious.

D - the dryness and bitterness of the hops of this brew threw me for a loop at first (keep in mind that I've only had Guinness Draught Extra from bottles and tap up to this point, so I was expecting something a bit sweeter). However, I'm chalking that up to a very cold bottle when first poured. Now that its warmed up a little it's going down amazingly smooth! The 7.5% ABV is practically unnoticeable and I know I could easily put back a few of these on any given night.

GabrielM, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 15th, 2010. Pours a VERY dark ruby with a brilliant display of downward bubbles. Creamy head with excellent retention. Appears clear, alive, and very inviting, though it's too dark to see through.

Smell: Smells of roasted barley and biscuity hops. A scent of moderate strength. My nose is broken so it's difficult to detect flavours.

Taste: A dash of cream and then a perfect balance of slightly roasted barley and a note of hops, with a cool, refreshing finish. A well balanced, perfect body, though the finish is a bit wetter than I like in a stout. There is a very faint note of coffee and maybe caramel, though these flavours are very toned down in comparison to Guinness Draught. Very well built, a stout done right like only Arthur can.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation but not overdone. What's amazing about this beer is how good its body plays on the palate despite its 7.5% abv. Good thickness. Great body. Near perfect smoothness and wetness for the style. Just a touch too smooth and wet; I'd like a biteen more coarseness and dryness.

Drinkability: I'm going to go broke here in Ireland buying this over and over, but I'm going to be happy while I do it. An amazing beer in my favourite beer style. Hides its high ABV impeccably well. Very drinkable. An incredible beer.

Had to revise this review and tone it down following changes to the review weights. After a revisit, I reduced its score to accurately reflect its quality.

High B+

kojevergas, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel snifter. Brought this bottle back from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in June.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate, and sticky sweet dark fruits.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sweet fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall a very solid stout that is very drinkable. Not as thick as the Guinness in the US and a bit sweeter, but could definitely have a few of these. Would definitely have again.

mdfb79, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with an off-white, creamy head that leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes.

Aroma is earthy and roasted with notes of caramel, dark malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste is roasted with notes of coffee and dark malts but it is a bit thin and astringent. The finish has a roasted bitterness that is a tad sharp.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for a stout with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a classic and is good, but falls short of some of my favorites. The thin flavor and taste leaves me wanting, but the aroma is wonderful.

trevorjn06, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer that helped me make it through being in poland for six months.

pour is near black/ruby edged in the light... no cloudiness. nice lace. nose that permiates the room of Cabernet and vanilla. a wonderful grape scent. chocolate and coffee mild not sweet but bitter quality... earthy crisp tocabbo. a tad burnt malt quality. a tad astringent bitter finish. wonderful just above freezing fall day beer. good at cellar too. sharper carbonation.

rtepiak, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 28/03/11.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with thin garnets hints at the edges and a big, burgeoning, beige-hued head with good retention.

Smell: Roasty nose with an ardor for bulk chocolate and notes hinting at coffee, salted caramel, and a small splash of lightly tart black currant wine.

Taste: Dark, roasted barley with tones of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and smokey molasses. Medium sweetness. Fruity touch of cassis creeps in midway through. Small hint of licorice. The roastiness meshes well with the floral, herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Small carbonic pinch. The finish starts off malty and sweetish with a hint of alcohol, but eventually trails off into a dull bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit over medium-bodied with medium-light carbonation for a fairly soft mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it. Flavorful and satisfying, the two things I find woefully lacking with the standard-issue Guinness.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW, what a find. I was in Aruba and met some people at the Divi Pheoix. I checked out their little store and there it was. Soooo much better than the USA extra stout and 7.5% ABV. This stuff was even cheaper than Heineken at $2.85 per bottle. Which isn't cheap, but compared to a $6.00 Balashi draft at the pool, it is a steal!!!

About the beer itself, it is everything you could want from an off-the-shelf Stout.

ExtraStout, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better then I thought it was going to be I have to admit. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 07/01/2010.

The pour was a dark black, no light coming through this one at all with a nice tan head of about two inches capping the top. Nice lacing settling down but eventually a mostly bare top was left without much around the sides.

Aroma is very roasty and smoked. Nice hints of underlying bitter chocolate and sweetness laying around as well. Feel was a touch thin, but other then that seemed to work well as the deep roasted chcocolate came across clearly and the nice roasted and smoked malts added a nice touch.

Overall much better then I thought it would be for sure, Would not mind seeing this one again.

mikesgroove, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daniel for this bottle. This one pours black with a rapidly growing mocha head, tall, thick, recedes at a moderate pace leaving lots of lace. Aroma has a worty barley scent along with roast and a touch of honey sweetness. Good balance between roast and sweet on the nose. Flavor has coffee, but not nearly as sharp of a roast as other dry stouts I have tried, smooth and semisweet initially, then a pleasant roasted barley bitterness and cookie finish. Nicely done, the roasted malt avoids acrid sensation for a refreshing beer. Somewhat insubstantial body, but expected for the style, moderate to heavier carbonation is expected, maybe a bit much on the bubbles though. Drinkability is definitely high, not many beers of this strength are as easily quaffable.

vacax, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by March 28, 2011.

Pours heavy dark brown/black with a large foamy brown head that recedes beautifully and leaves very intricate patterns of lacing.

Aroma features coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cinnamon, a little dark fruit and earthy/floral hops. Smooth aroma, moderate strength.

Flavor is very roasty and chocolaty along with dark fruits, coffee, a bit of a sourness/lacto kick, and a fair amount of citrusy hops, wasn't expecting that but I like it. Finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, prickly carbonation.

Excellent stuff, hopefully it becomes more widely available around here.

elgiacomo, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3 solid inches of creamy off white pillows of head. A dark black color to the beer. Leaving lacing from the initial head alone.

Smell - Malty chocolate with caramel coffee and a bread back to it.

Taste - The caramel and milk chocolaty flavors come through and are backed with a hoppy bitterness that is unforgettable.

Mouthfeel - Slightly heavy thick richness like a chocolate malt. Yet smooth.

Drinkability - I love Guinness and id give it a 5 all the way down but i do not believe anything is "perfect".

SAtaMi, Jun 04, 2010
Photo of DerBayer
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have tried this a couple of times and really want to like it and it s not bad but not great either.

The feel of the beer is very dry - too dry for me but others may like it.

So how is it different to a regular Guiness: Well the Chocolate malt and hops character ius certainly a lot more pronounced and the beer has an above average taste but in all it just fails to impress me.

DerBayer, May 19, 2010
Photo of hayes31
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

I was pretty surprised at the thickness of this beer, since I've been so used to Guinness Draught. It's got a great appearance, as always, and an extremely dark smell about it. It tastes much richer than Guinness, with that burned toast taste that I love. Not as drinkable as Guinness Draught, but a much better beer given its improved complexity.

hayes31, May 14, 2010
Photo of falconmatt
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great beer. Poured from bottle. Good 2 inches of head in the glass, low caronation. Dark brown color, with red hues when held to the light. Smells of coffee. Tastes of coffee. Heavier beer, so I feel the drinkability is at 3.5. But it's a great beer to casually sip on.

falconmatt, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours black with a thick white head about 2 fingers and lots of sticky lacing - looks incredible, even better than guinness original (which disappoints in every way other than the look.

smell is cocoa and dried fruit...solid, but nothing extraordinary.

taste is really nice, starts out with a bit of round dark dried fruit, then moves onto bitter mocha notes with a slight nutty character in there as well.

moutheel is great, damn good for a stout like this, just slightly warming, but not so much that it is not refreshing...impressive from a brewery i always wrote off as mediocre.

benclimbs, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of mjgarrett2
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Seriously dark brown, no transparency with a Rich tan head.

S-Slightly sweet with that traditional roasted/woody stout aroma.

T-Caramel and yeast contribute to the bitterness of the stout in a pleasant and not overpowering way.

M-The sweetness upfront gives way to the bitter like a dry stout should. In no way is it too heavy or thick.

D-It is that standard. It kicks up the flavour and complexity of a simpler stout without sacrificing the relaxing qualities or make something overly intense like many Imperial styles do.

mjgarrett2, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black with a deep ruby brown. Thick, creamy, and fairly sticky head. Beige-ivory color, decent retention and good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet toasted malts. Good amount of chocolate and some coffee as well as some caramel. Somewhat like the Original or the Draught but a bit sweeter and spiced.

T - First it starts with that roasted bitterness similar amongst Guinness beers. This is a bit stronger than the other "regular" varieties. Then a good amount of sweet and spice comes in. This has a milk chocolate, caramel, and some spiced dark fruit taste. Hint of rum-like taste accompanied by just the slightest taste of alcohol.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. Very smooth and velvety. Slightly chewey.

D - Pretty good. The mouthfeel is wonderful for ease of it going down and desire to drink more. The flavors are also good, but might be a little much after 2 or 3. That's ok though since the ABV makes that number kind of the cut-off point.

Notes: Wonderful example of Guinness. Has some of those flavors that you think of when talking about "regular" Guinness, but so much more to that. Full and velvety body also helps. Good stout that is worth trying if you can, not amazing but a very solid beer. I wish Guinness made more of their stouts along this line.

FreshHawk, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of fullsweep
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL dark brown bottle poured into a pint glass/tumbler at home. Though perhaps this was once only available in Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, it is now readily available in the UK. Different label than pictured here but same ABV.

A: pitch black beer with a charcoal greyish-brown foamy 3-finger head leaving plenty of lacing all the way down. There's even some foam left at the bottom of the glass.

S: roasted malts, cola, hint of coffee, caramel/toffee sweetness.

T: Profoundly sweet upfront with cola, coffee, roasted malts and caramel and swiftly followed by a sharp bitterness.

M: thick and rich, syrupy, like a sugar-infused iced coffee in mouthfeel (not in taste).

D: if this bottle were any larger (500 mL or more), the drinkability would be quite low, but at 330 mL and a 7.5 ABV, it hits the spot.

fullsweep, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

To many the epitome and benchmark of the dry stout style. I've had this numerous times over the years on draft and in the bottle. The draft (particularly nitro in London pubs) is of course superior and I do feel the bottled versions exported to the USA have decreased in depth and complexity over the years.

The most recent draft (Cock and Bull, Lahaska PA) was a good, clean pour with the characteristic thick and lingering head. The flavors were the usual oatsy, nutty dry and slightly pungent.

The mouthfeel was slightly raw and not as creamy as is sometimes found with Guinness on tap. However it remained ultimately drinkable. Perhaps the beer's ongoing finest quality.

Minotaur, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of SargeC
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Midnight black with a dense, tan head. Very solid looking.

Smell: Smoke, hearty malt with a touch of coffee and molasses.

Taste: Good roast flavor throughout. Hop reside in the background. Much more complex and tougher than regular Guinness. Hints of minerals in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy body. Dry finish.

Drinkablity: Very good brew. Slightly better than normal bottled Guinness.

SargeC, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no high lights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is sweet bakers chocolate, with a more bitter chocolate finish. Best by May 25, 2010. 330ml bottle - gift brought back from Ireland.

jdhilt, Dec 01, 2009
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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