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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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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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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 Floydster
3.35/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from seaoflament, thanks for including this Irish brew in my package, split with a friend as the night cap on St. Patty's Day, poured into a pint glass

A-Almost black, very dark brown with hints of red, hufe two inch beige head that slowly faded into the top of the glass, only some lacing

S-Roasted malt, milk, caramel, some hoppy aromas, hint of coffee, maple syrup, scents were pretty weak overall and nothing really stood out

T-Much different than any other Guinness product I have had before, much sweeter and not as dry equals better in this case, starts off with a roasted malt flavor, fades into some slight chewiness and milk chocolate, ends with some hoppiness and some dryness but not too much like the other, also some coffee in the finish but it is barely noticeable, went down pretty easy compared to the Guinness I have drank in the past

M-Dry and somewhat sweet mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, medium to thick body, taste did not linger as long as a standard Guinness does here in the states

D-Could drink a few bottles of this but the ABV is higher than normal, so it might affect me eventually, smooth, not too heavy on the stomach surprisingly

Not a big fan of Guinness but this strong stout brew changed my mind a little bit, would drink this over the standard stuff in the United States any day, would drink again if I ever make it to Ireland, recommended to try

Floydster, Mar 20, 2008
Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : brown-black color.
Smell : malt and hops.
Taste and Mouthfeel : hopped, smoky malt flavour. intense bitterness. Aftertaste is again severely bitter and malty.
Drinkability : very strong beer in the style foreign extra stout

thierrynantes, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never had the Foreign Extra Stout, although I'd been wanting to try it for a long time. Finally found a few bottles. The beer is very dark black, although not completely solid: a dark brown translucency is present through the pour and in the shallows of the glass. The beer is an impressive site, though...the head is mammoth and seriously solid. It's a dark tan, nearly nut-brown color, and it leaves intricate lace. Nice. The aroma is a mix of alcohol, a touch of malt, and heavily roasted (burnt?) malt. It has a serious booze quality, and I didn't expect the malt, considering it's not really present in the normal Guinness ES or Draught. The taste is full of chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain flavor. The beer presents more alcohol in the flavor than is really present in the ABV...rather than hiding it, it become part of the flavor. Fairly heavy in body, the beer is satisfying and smooth at the same time. It's a pretty dry stout, but there's more sweetness than expected. I found it satisfying and solid. Head and shoulders better than typical Guinesses.

Suds, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of BeerRun13
4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very excited to try this one. Thanks Riggsy for including this in my Secret Santa package.

Pours super dark, almost pitch black. Only a slight burgundy can be seen through the thin portions of the glass next to a light. A dense and very stable head rests on top and doesn't want to go away. Very uniform, filmy lacing is left behind.
Roasty notes accompanied by a slight hint of black liccorice. Slight caramel notes as well.
Nice dark malt and crystal flavors. Mild hop presence. Slight hints of fruit. The best tasting Guinness I've had.
Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A slight pleasant bittering lingers in the upper palate and on the back of the tounge. Overall, extremely well balanced.
I've been a fan of Guinness for sometime now. The Draught is a good beer that is fairly easy to find in many restraunts that don't have a great beer selection... The Extra Stout has often been a saple for me at home... This one takes things to a new level. What a wonderfull offering!

BeerRun13, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of icebergfat
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just drank one of these at a brothel on St.
Marteen don't know if it was the beer or the location I liked better but it was a welcome change from the weaker guiness at home because of the 7.5% content overall very good the carribean is paradise. Wish I could find this in the States.

icebergfat, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of bonk420247
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first real experience with a true stout that can be called as such. Rich flavor, chocolaty, bitter, heady aroma. This was brought back to me from family members, and I loved it. 7.5% alc. by volume, a nice difference for me and my Guinness draft regularity. Drank at room temperature, as instructed by the Guinness brewery.

bonk420247, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Monsone
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from recent trip to Ireland.

Poured into a Alsagash glass.

Big head and dark black. Left tons of lace.

Slight roasted malt scent. Not a big nose.

Tastes like a Guinness...only better. All the flavors are more pronounced. While nothing is out of kilter. Nice an balaced. Smooth, with no alcohol bite. This is damn good. Not too bitter or acrid.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Coats the mouth. Velvety.

Drinkability. I could have a few of these, but I am sure the 7.5 would catch up to me.

Overall, I think this is the only Export Stout I have had so not a lot to compare to. Either way, this was a good beer. I would seek it out again. Too bad you can't buy it in the US.

Monsone, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was a godsend when i was in st. lucia and limited to piton and heineken. i like this version much better than the smaller stuff we get stateside. bigger bodied, bigger taste, bigger mouthfeel. nice roasty finish to provide balance to the dark, sweet, complex malt character. a bit of grainy astringency. why they use fish bladder crap to clarify such a dark beer is my question.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle from his travels. The beer pours nearly black with a bit of amber around the edges. Medium thick and foamy dark beige head that dissipates steadily, and rings of lacing. The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malt and molasses. Rich, roasty body with coffee, chocolate and burnt malt flavors. Some bitter hops shine through as well. The finish is bitter coffee and hops with malty/chocolatey undertones. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste that lingers awhile. Miles better than the "regular" Guinness.

Dogbrick, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yet another brewery for Guiness Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours deep black with a two finger off white to tan head of loose bubbles that slowly melts leaving a thick mapping in it's wake.

Aromas are solidly British Stout with burnt malts and a hint of hops with a trademark yeast.

Taste is burnt dark malt with some coffee and chocolate as well as a bit of bitter hops at the end. Very solid and satisfying. Still with the very classic Guinness tastes, smells and feels.

Mouthfeel is substantially creamy and smooth and alcohol is almost completely hidden.

Love this stuff.

IntriqKen, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with jspruit, thanks for the opportunity.
The beer pours a solid black with a slight dark ruby highlight on the edges. I might have poured to quickly, but this thing had a full 2+ inches of head and I had to swallow the last little bit out of the bottle. The head faded slowly to a thin layer on the surface of the beer and laced all the way down the glass. Smells of chocolate and an almost wine like soury fruity funk in there. Taste is a soured chocolate with a slight alcohol sting. Definitely has that signature Guinness sourness to it. Creamy and smooth to drink, I wish I had let it warm a bit more. Very nice stout, I wish I could get it more easily!

johnnnniee, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of basica
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My second FES.. this one's to serve as a compare with the hard to get SES (Special Export Stout) that I am going to taste tomorrow. I shall cut the chase and go straight to the beer; this one pours out opague very dark brown black with a thick creamy, rocky head that refuses to settle without sitting for a good amount of time. Smells of caramel, coffee and burnt or roasted malts; very light chocolate hint perhaps. The beer enters with a light coffee note which transforms into thick creamy roasted malts with a certain milkiness to it. When I am near the finish, I sense chocolate creeping in and there's also some dark fruits here which lasts well into the after taste. Light caramel, coffee hints show up here and there and the milkiness was pretty obvious after its initial attack on the palates. The taste exhibits an increasing level of bitterness which hits a crescendo in the finish but somehow I felt that I was able to contain the bitterness much better than the last time and I can really enjoy this one this time. The after taste started off with roasted malts and coffee and this quickly moved on to plums and dates with the malts constantly sitting at the back and dark malty fruity aromas on the nose throughout the after taste. Generally this one gets better as it warms; the mouth feel was rich, creamy, chunky and thick, needless to say with average carbonation (as it warms) and topping things up a creamy smoothness as it goes down. Great experience with a great stout; let's see what the Special Export variant has to offer.

basica, Nov 15, 2007
Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

hoegaardenhero, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of jmalex
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jmalex, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of putnam
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"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.

putnam, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

GClarkage, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of jspruit
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

jspruit, Aug 02, 2007
Photo of Backer2004
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Backer2004, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of MillRat
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

MillRat, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

brendan13, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

hunteraw, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of belias
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

belias, May 18, 2007
Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Dukeofearl, May 09, 2007
Photo of Higravity
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Higravity, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of Lupe
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Lupe, Apr 06, 2007
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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