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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,858 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 1,858
Reviews: 799
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 109
Gots: 112 | 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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hoegaardenhero

California

2.98/5  rDev -26.8%

the 640ml bottle says "brewed under license for diageo greater china limited" it also clearly states that alcohol is only 5% but clearly says guinness foreign extra stout on the bottle

a: pours deep brown with large amounts of off-white foamy head; not nitro so no beautiful casacading effect

s: caramel/toffee with hints of burnt coffee flavor; sweet molasses flavors also very present

t: delicious coffee malts with with syrupy sweet barley presence

m: it is a real shame this one is from the bottle since the carbon instead of nitrous makes the beer too syrupy/cloying and not creamy enough

d: this is some weird asian guinness foreign extra that is not as enjoyable as other guinnesses i have enjoyed in the past; too syrupy sweet to have the staying power of its brethren

10-28-2007 11:46:51 | More by hoegaardenhero
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2%

After 5 days of fruitless searching, I thought I'd never find this in Aruba despite its apparent ubiquity. But lo and behold, a convenience store trip finally yielded a 6-pack. One I drank and the rest made it on the plane back with me.

APPEARANCE: Pours completely opaque black into a nonic pint. The head is 2 and a half fingers high and is a faded beige. The bubbles are so incredibly small and tight that the head resembles a pillowy cloud. Eventually it drops to a full surface coating of foam with rings of lacing showing me the depth of each gulp I take.

SMELL: The smell is quite robust and high on chocolatiness. Boozy fruits accompany the dessert-like tones, and a lactic sweetness forms the backbone of this intensely rich-smelling ale.

TASTE: It starts out as a boozy chocolate burst on your mouth, but the booziness becomes vinous as some fruity flavors creep in. The finish is dominated by a wonderful dichotomy of a lactic sweetness and bitter roasted malts and a balancing hop bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: The chewiness is knife-and-fork worthy and the carbonation is just enough to tickle the tongue but still maintain a fantastic smoothness.

DRINKABILITY: Such a thick beer but so easy drinking. The alcohol comes out slightly but doesn't really get in the way. A fantastic choice for dessert or any other time of day.

Oh, how I wish this was the Guinness that was sold in the US. It's sad to think that when I finish my 6-pack, this will be it for me for a very long time.

10-18-2007 00:50:48 | More by jmalex
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putnam

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

"6.5% Alcohol. Brewed in Kingston Jamaica. Best By Mar 2007" (oops)

Gorgeous. Like herbal single orgin chocolate. Complete, complex and alluring. On the palate it is quite tart up front, like sinewy vine sap (from hops, I gather). Then this releases its grip to reveal toasty fine bitterness. Throughout there is an effusive display of sweet herbs, pomegranate, black grapes, vanilla and coffee. Winey. Food beer. Perfectly weightless. Unexpectedly refreshing and complex. This is not milquetoast, childish beer.

08-26-2007 19:40:01 | More by putnam
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GClarkage

California

3.58/5  rDev -12%

08/07/07- Received via trade from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date printed on the neck of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black as expected in the pour. Larger inch plus creamy looking head. Left decent patchwork lace behind.

Smell- Light dusting of chocolate, maybe a touch of hops and the lightest bit of coffee bean notes.

Taste- The cross between dark and milk chocolate comes though consistently, while the coffee flavor seems to be almost absent. Malt is fairly deep and a touch smoky. Seems to be a bit bitter from the handful of hops they put it.

Mouthfeel- A tad more carbonated than I would like, but becomes lightly creamy and more smooth as it warms to room temp.

Drinkability- Don't know what all the fuss is about. It's a pervectly fine beer, but I've had many other of the style that are better and have better outright flavor. I guess it's because of the scarcity.

08-08-2007 16:37:54 | More by GClarkage
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jspruit

Denmark

4/5  rDev -1.7%

This is now available more and more around in Ireland-at a relatively affordable price too so that is nice. Poured a jet black from a 330mL bottle with a large creamy tan thick head.

Smells of coffee and molasses and syrup-your tastbebuds already feel a bit heavy when your nose is working.

Tastes of a great stout-more fullness than your average draft stout. Coffee and malty and a bit sweet at the end too-maybe even a bit nutty and chocolaty too. This is definitely a full stout, and I feel like I can detect a bit of the alcohol so I know that it is strong.

I would like to drink more than one of these in a session, but I dont think that I really could handle too many. It is a great beer to enjoy though and I am glad that they are more available to me everyday now!

08-02-2007 21:42:50 | More by jspruit
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Backer2004

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Nice bit of carbonation, very brown color. Quite roasty, pepperry, a bit on the bitter side. Heavy body, warming with some alcohol notes. Syrupy - almost a Russian Imperial Stout. Chicory flavor with much more complexity than the Guinness Extra Stout. Wish you could find this one in the States.

07-25-2007 02:41:03 | More by Backer2004
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MillRat

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%

Bought a few bottles while in Ireland when we were staying in a place that did not have a pub within slithering distance (hard to believe, but true). Guinness is swimming in the deep end of the pool when they brew this. The color is inky black, and the head is a rich brown as opposed to the light tan of their draught. The aroma and taste is split evenly between the roasted barley and carmelized sugar flavors that range from toffee to molasses. This is a rather full-bodied beer, with a degree of sweetness in the aftertaste that is balanced by the roasted grain flavors and a hop bitterness that is more prominent than in the draught. The intensity of the toffee/molasses flavors makes two bottles plenty. While the draught may be an ideal beer to introduce people to the wonders of stouts, this is for those who are already stout lovers.

07-14-2007 21:33:06 | More by MillRat
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brendan13

Australia

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%

A - Pours the blackest black possible with a large tan head.
S - Molasses smell with some slight nutty and grainy hints.
T - A sweet dark malt taste dominates with a bit of a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.
M - Full bodied with a medium carbonation level.
D - Good beer for colder weather. Nothing too overpowering but very tasty and drinkable.

07-04-2007 10:19:19 | More by brendan13
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hunteraw

China

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong.

Appearance is, as to be expected, jet black and opaque. Surprisingly dark tan head, decent-sized and leaves a good amount of lace. Aroma is of sweet molasses, with an underlying sharpness.

Lots of molasses in the flavor, with a coca cola aftertaste. Roast and chocolate are supporting. Much thicker mouthfeel than Guinness Draught (did a side-by-side: unfortunately, the regular extra stout was not available). On the sweeter side, but finishes dry, which helps drinkability. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is limited by the molasses, which I think would get cloying by beer #2.

06-25-2007 02:34:12 | More by hunteraw
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belias

Trinidad & Tobago

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Foreign Extra pours jet black with a nice light brown head which dissipates fairly slowly, and leaves a little lacing. Aroma is rich with coffee and a sweet almost caramel characteristic. Flavour starts off with a bit of caramel, and some dark chocolate, nice and semi sweet which leads into a roasted malt/coffee bitterness. Really well balanced. Mouthfeel is a little on the think side, nicely suited to the ABV and taste. I've pretty much grown up on this stout so have spent many days and night drinking it. its strong but its definately drinkable, and works as a session beer. Despite what you think of guinness draft (i personally like it a lot when in the mood) Foreign extra is miles ahead of it as far as flavour goes and is a great stout by any standard.

05-17-2007 23:52:43 | More by belias
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Dukeofearl

California

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Recently tasted this on my wife and my recent trip to the Netherlands and Belgium. Tasted from bottle in the hotel room. Did not take detailed notes, so this is more impressions and comparison to the "regular" Guinness.

Pours a rich, deep dark black with a nice head that sticks around a while. Richer and fuller in nose and flavor than the regular, but with much of the same ashy, chalky flavor, but a bit more rounded. I preferred it to the regular, but my wife, who is fond of the regular, thought this one had too much alcohol in the nose and the flavor profile. I really liked it.

05-09-2007 00:30:56 | More by Dukeofearl
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Higravity

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -17%

Found it at a beer bar in Windsor, Canada and thought it a steal at $4 CA. The bottle looks a little newer than the one in the pic here. Anyway the pour into the glass was brown black with a tint of red in there too. The head was tan and a fluff if a little thin. It smelled of dark sugar and maybe some slight toffee overall it was rather muted even though I let the bottle warm at room temp for a while. The mouthfeel was not as thick as I would have thought and the flavor was just ok for a semi-big stout. I had some good caramel toffee flavors, but overall I found it too be the myth has built this beer. Very drinkable but not worth the chase some people do to try this beer.

04-26-2007 16:42:56 | More by Higravity
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Lupe

New York

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%

When my mom took her most recent trip to Aruba, this beer was the souvenir I requested she bring back for me. And boy was it worth it. Bottle has a best before of 280205, but this beer is even better aged then when I first tried it in 2005.

Pitch black in color with mahogany hues at the bottom of the glass. Head pours thick and rocky, slowly dissipating to a beige sheet and leaving behind some sporadic lace.

Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, and rum along with some dark fruit.

Starts with some bitterness from the roasted malts and hops, which dries the tounge. Next malt flavors of bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, and caramel come in and juice things up - making the mouth water. Hop bitterness combines nicely with the roasted malt flavors. Leaves you with some lingering dark fruit/raisin flavors, nuttiness, and a dry palate.

Full-bodied, and smooth ... very smooth. Kind of chewy. I've seen beers called chewy before and thought "How can that be?", but alas - I have found myself a chewy beer.

Very easy to drink, especially for a heavier stout. But watch out, unless you live in the tropics you will go through your stash way too quickly. Still have 2 more stashed away, but I think it is time to go and find a friend going to the Caribbean. Or book a trip myself. Such a shame this is not more easily available.
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04-06-2007 00:05:41 | More by Lupe
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FLAbeergutinMASS

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +3.7%

Sampled in of all places, the Bahamas. In fact, this beer is as readily available as any in this country. A slightly more "deco" style bottle then the display on this page. Anyhow, to the beer. Deep, modest stout color. What do you expect? Smell and taste are extremely similar in this case. Very rich, deep smokey tones, followed by a burnt chocolate body and a very light licorice finish. A strange, complex, and very heavy drinker. Not for the timid, this is one you don't pass along to someone you may be trying to convert. Very complex, but very good.

03-24-2007 00:04:22 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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plaid75

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger pillowy tan head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured candy sugar, caramel malt, mild coffee and and burnt grain aromas.

The taste featured an upfront burnt grian and coffee bitterness with hints of cocoa and charcoal. Some dark fruitiness as well. Mild alcohol burn as well.

The mouthfeel was chewy and full.

Overall a very drinkable stout considering the ABV.

03-13-2007 13:54:44 | More by plaid75
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Pours a deep shade of burnt brown with a reddish tint too it. Large tan head, frothy, creamy, and quick to fade leaves a little lacing.

Nicely roasted nose with some odd fruit aromas for a stout. Blueberry, blackberry, hints of chocolate, and even a little sour milk. Maybe some oxidation as well.

Creamy full mouthfeel, with the same fruity aspects as the nose. Full of blueberry and roasty malt with a nice bittering hop finish. Blackberry again, dark bitter chocolate. Nicely rounded and balanced. Good complexity as well as a decent finish.

Glad I tried this one thanks too flexabull.

03-02-2007 07:24:02 | More by mcallister
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8PCVsFinest

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

I was fortunate enough to have a friend who was visiting London secure 3 bottles for me.

Pours into a pint glass with a thicker, more substantial and lasting head than the "Extra Stout" seen here in NYC. Aromas of coffee, steak, chocolate, and roasted almonds pervade. Mouthfeel is more refined, more complex than Canadian-import Extra Stout.

The head sticks to the pint glass relentlessly. Even with the last viable sip, a rocky outcrop sits defiantly. The aftertaste consists of equal parts roasted earthiness and smoothness. This is clearly a superior beer that should be available to all corners of the globe; it is truly a shame that it is not available in New York City.

03-01-2007 09:29:27 | More by 8PCVsFinest
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%

A - Poured black as coal with nice smooth foam on top. Head faded to be not so uniform but held on very well to bottom of glass.

S - Quite subdued, perhaps had been a little too long in the fridge. Hints of caramel and toffee but not strong.

T - Wow... this hits the mark. Acceptable bitterness hits immediately with roasted coffee and wonderfully smooth for such a rich beer. Draught Guinnness pales after drinking this. This really deserves the name stout.

M - Marvelous smoky feel with just right level of carbonation.

D - Yes, much more of a kick that regular Guinness but has a "drink me" factor that can't be ignored.

Makes draught Guinness, which is still a decent beer, seem quite bland in comparison. Nuff said!

02-21-2007 23:24:23 | More by Stephen63
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rallison

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Enjoyed this out of plastic cups on a high speed train while in Europe (yeah, well, there were no glass vessels available from which to imbibe this delicious elixir - t'was good enough to transcend the sacrilege of the plastic cup). Actually purchased from a convenience store specializing in random foreign foods and goods. Was a bit pricey there at 3 euro/bottle, but it made the train ride go by even faster.

Wonderful motor oil black with a nice brown head. Excellent thick sweetness balanced by roasted notes. Nice and smooth - somewhat creamy. Mouthfeel is nice and thick - I love it. This is how I like my stouts. Alcohol is not easily perceived. The flavors easily mask any if it's hiding back there. It's easy enough to down a few of these, so drinkability remains relatively high.

All I can say is this: Guinness would make a lot of money off of me if they brought this to the US.

01-27-2007 08:39:45 | More by rallison
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flexabull

California

3.7/5  rDev -9.1%

Bought this beer and sampled it in Costa Rica about a week ago. The label says, "Producto de Irlanda" so this one is imported from Ireland..

Beer pours a deep dark brown, with a very nice tan head.

Aromas are sweet, chocolate like, and there are some coffee notes.

Flavors are of dark roasted malts on the front, but the beer had a pretty distinct sweet soy sauce like quality. There a bit of dryness and bitterness on the finish, but the soy sauce taste isn't really something that I enjoy.

Mouthfeel is very thick and full.

Drinkability is pretty good, but this really wasn't my style. I'd have another, but I can think of other stouts that I prefer. But I enjoyed trying this one. And it was a welcome change from all the lagers in Costa Rica.

01-24-2007 02:39:28 | More by flexabull
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sloejams

California

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

I made a point to drink a few of these on my recent trip to France. I should have brought as many as I could home with me. Not being able to get this style of Guinness in the United States is a crime.

Oh the lovely, sweet, thick black elixir. It kind of looks like motor oil. The coffee and toffee aromas hit first. Yum. It has a warming, familiar flavor. It's kind of like that hot chocolate your mother used to make for you. That sort of comfort comes through in the flavor. It's sweet, it's malty - it's delicious.

Night and day from the stuff you can get here - sadly.

01-17-2007 22:37:11 | More by sloejams
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -4.2%

Purchased on my recent trip to Jamaica. Bottle says it was brewed an bottled by Desnoes & Geddes of Kingston, Jamaica.

I like how this beer poured. Rich, deep chocolate brown. Thick, foamy head that was tinger tan. Never quite vanished. Nose is malty with lots of toast.

Flavor is nice. Never been a huge fan of the style because it always seemed a tad out of whack to me. But this one has decent balance. Malts are heavily roasted and the hops have a nice spruce springiness to them. Kind of a clove flavor as well. Medium to full body that does not cloy at all. Hops do slightly linger and the alcohol is lightly pronounced. Easily drinkable but it might numb the taste buds a bit after several bottles.

12-20-2006 03:38:17 | More by MuddyFeet
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ikats

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -8.4%

330 ml bottle purchased on the island of St. Thomas. Brewed in Dublin (according to the bottle).

Practically back in color with nice, sticky brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin cover leaving nice lacing behind.

Aroma is full of roasted notes, caramel, molasses. Sweet and sticky with a hint to this beer's strength.

First sip is a bit of a shocker as my mind tries to clear any connection or expectations related to a 4% Guinness Draught. The following sips reveal beer's sweet softness with dry bitterness. Strength is lurking in the background. This beer has substance, but even so, it's still not more than medium body.

Fairly drinkable with a nice mouthfeel; although, I cannot imagine it being a session beer.

11-30-2006 05:21:30 | More by ikats
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gunnerman

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a glass, is a awesome blackish red witha fluffy 2 finger head that stays the entire drink and leaves heavy lace. Smell is over bitter sweet fig leaf and bread. Taste is a bit dry and strong with a heavy sense of bread and sweet carmel, this is a very good offering form Guinness and probably my favorite from the, the drink is very smooth and goes down nicely.

10-22-2006 20:04:45 | More by gunnerman
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JimsArcade

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%

A friend brought a few bottles of the Foreign Extra Stout back from his vacation in Jamaica where this is brewed and bottled. The bottle is different than the one pictured. It's somewhat smaller than the domestic Extra Stout, and the bottle tapers to a wider base at the bottom.

A: This beer is nearly pitch-black with a rather thick head. It reminds me of some of the better stouts I've seen.

S: It's a little "rummy" (thanks to the higher alcohol compared to the domestic version) with a sour-ish aroma of roasted malts.

T: This has a big dose of flavor. The mild sourness of the roasted malts bursts right through. Hints of coffee permeate as well.

M: It has below-average amount of carbonation, but it feels just right.

D: Very smooth and, given the alcohol content, it's surprising how easy it could be to drink these one after another.

Overall, this was a real treat. I doubt I'll ever get the chance to have one again, but I'm glad I finally did.

08-30-2006 16:51:02 | More by JimsArcade
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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