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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,066
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 142
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 Elendinn
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness pint glass.

A - pretty black with three fingers of cream-colored head and some relatively thick lacing.

S - smells more or less like a Guinness, though a bit more pronounced -- chocolate, some faint malt, caramel, and hops. Reminded me more of a CDA or dopplebock.

T - like a Guinness, but, again, slightly more pronounced -- coffee, chocolate, and a noticeable abundance of hops, consequently finishing quite dry. There's a fleeting hint of sweetness somewhere in there. Gets a little less bitter as it warms.

M - creamy and smooth; has a heartier body than regular Guinness, though still relatively thin.

D - better than a standard Guinness and just as drinkable, despite the higher abv. I wish the flavors were more pronounced, but it's probably something I'll pick up again, should I be in the market for a cheap, drinkable Irish stout (that I can make a milkshake with...). That being said, I found it ultimately underwhelming.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark, red-brown brew is almost black and nearly opaque. A frothy, four-finger head erupts when poured into a half liter glass, leaving rocky crags and peaks at the summit in shades of tan and nut brown as it recedes. Plenty of sea-foam-like sections remain clinging to the sides of the glass as the beer is consumed.

A hint of cocoa with malty overtones can be detected in the scent, and carries through with bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee flavors emerging when sloshed over the palate. Enough hops to chase the sweetness and highlight the malts rounds out a mellifluous mouthful.

This iteration of the brand is much more substantial and robust than the watered-down version brewed in Canada for the North American market. This is a stout of stature and worthy of its reputation.

Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Woot! I'll try not to let 8 years of anticipation cloud my judgment of this beer, but, really that's impossible. 8 YEARS! Woot!

Pours very nearly opaque, with an amazingly large and impossibly retentive chocolate brown head.

Smells... like Guinness. Like the regular pub draught. Fruitier than your average dry English stout, but it you still get some good, bitter roasted barley and firm dose of hops. Pretty good, but not what I was expecting.

Tastes... *exactly* as I had hoped it would taste. It's an amped up beast of an oldworld dry stout, but it's still recognizably Guinness. Thickness, bitter roasted malt, long nodes of raisins and plums, dry English hops, and the long, low sweetness of pasteurization mixed with burning alcohol.

So did I let my expectations cloud my judgment? No. Did I let them frame my judgement? Yes, absolutely. Guinness is the first stout that most people ever drink. It's the most widely available, and probably the most consumed. Our judgement of all other stouts is based, to some degree, on Guinness, the same as our judgment of all other adjunct pils is based on Bud or Miller. So, imagine a version of Bud that's like all the good parts of Bud amplified to the max. That's what this is, only Guinness is better than Bud.

Photo of Frosty80
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color: pours dark brown. sits black with small dark brown rim. head is creamy with great retention and lacing

Smell: great roast aroma with sweet malt. really clean and crisp

Taste: good clean roasted malt flavor with some chocolate and decent hopping. finish is fairly dry and pretty bitter, almost teetering on astringent

Mouthfeel: low, full body with moderate carbonation

Notes: finally, the Guinness we've been waiting for. pretty smooth with good aroma and flavor but i think the finish and aftertaste will put a lot of people off

Photo of argock
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.60.

A: Black with brown edges but massive 3-4 finger cola-ish head which has monstrous retention and thick crusts of lace.

S: Roasted malt with fruity cherry aromas and sharp herbal hops. Typical mineral Guinness notes as well.

T: Flavor echoes the nose well with a lot of roasted malt, bitter black coffee, bitter chocolate and fruity cherry-berry flavors. Mineral notes in the finish produce a lot of dryness. It's a very good dry stout.

M: Thin mouthfeel for the ABV but better than the usual Guinness Draught. Aftertaste is mineral and roasted with coffee notes.

D: A very drinkable dry stout, but I would select 20 or more other stouts at the same price point.

Photo of Chaz
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark ruby-red, black to the eye, and topped with a two-fingered dark khaki head. As the head recedes there is plenty of lacing left behind.

Nose is "vinuous", for lack of a better word, and offers up dark fruit (plum, raisin) along with light notes of cocoa and espresso, and lighter notes of toffee. Nose is also lightly tangy/sour (I'm getting plain yogurt...) and a gentler hop profile and bitterness is also evident, but as this isn't an American Stout, there's no major aromatic or C hop profile to be found -- plenty of roast, though ; )

Acrid/bitter and lactic-sweet at the moment it hits the lips, the bitterness (and bittersweet character) is really quite expressive from the get-go. Sweetish, but not sweet, and yet still offering up loads of the subtle fruit notes which were present in the nose. Vinous quality from the nose is here in the aromatics of the drink as well, and there's a nice yeasty character, too! It reminds me a bit of D & G's 'Dragon Stout', though quite clearly less treacly-sweet (it's also thinner...)

Rather brisk on the palate as well as impressing me as somewhat-thin in body, the alcohol here is just more than "gently warming", and it actually feels a bit hot for its (lighter) body and mouthfeel -- especially as it warms up.

A fine beer, very good overall, and well-worth the wait for it to finally show up back on our local shelves. I will certainly buy more of it, and will most definitely cellar a case or two : )

EDIT: I sampled another bottle recently and can most certainly recommend it as a 'go to' beer for the early Winter season. Also, while some folks have balked at the $8.99 price point at retail, I find the price to be at least tolerable, particularly when I see people paying upwards of $6 for a Guinness Draught in a bar -- YMMV.

Photo of Foxtrot
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! Patiently waiting for this to get some distribution in America.

Pours into my Stone IRS snifter a obsidian black with russet brown edges. Foam was tan with long lasting retention and sticky lacing.

The aroma is quite nice; think of Guinness Extra Stout on steroids. Big hints of brown sugar, light molasses, roasted malts, and chocolate.

Taste was huge with overtones of roastiness, with just the slightest kiss of smoke. Subtle notes of bitter chocolate, and brown sugar are present all the way to the finish. This is the way Guinness is supposed to be. Big, dark, and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is just a tad thinner than I was expecting. Medium, but with the ABV being at 7.5 I was expecting a bit more "umph" with this beer. Not bad, just surprised.

Drinkability gets good marks. No alcohol burn, and modest mouthfeel make it a good session beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard about it 5 years ago, the classic tropical stout among all others even Coopers,

A: Pours black with a frothy medium tan head. Solid retention, and good lace.

S: Sweet molasses, dark malt. Very sugary in the nose, fruity.

T: Sweet dark malt, roasted malt is there, adding a bitterness. Nice complexity from the yeast, firm hoppiness.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, direct flavour, bitter aftertaste.

D: Maybe I expected this to be a mindblowing crazy experience, but it isn't. It's simply a good beer. Tasty, I'd love to have this in the Caribbean on a boat fishing, it'd work great there. Lion Stout is better, but this is a wonderful brew.

Photo of BobZ
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Very dark brown almost black. Very nice head builds quickly and stays around, a frothy tan. Lacing is very good.

Smell: Roasted malt, some hits of coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Big on the roasted malt, followed by subtle notes of chocolate and coffee.

Mouth feel: Smooth, nice on the palate.

Drinkability: A rich beer but I don't see having many in a session.

Very flavorful beer from Guinness, richer and more complex than their other beers. This version is superior in flavor to any other Guinness beer that I have had to date. Someday I need to get around to reviewing the original Guinness Stout that I have had too many of to count. For now, when I buy Guinness it will be the Foreign Extra, I'm glad it's finally avialable locally.

Photo of Star80
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new (old) Foreign Extra Stout, what's it all about? Pours out a pitch black with a brown head, thick two finger head dissipates into a thinner one. Some decent lacing for a change! Smell is interesting, has a certain sourness, almost reminds me of a milk stout, with some additional liquorice. No big hop whiffs despite talk about extra high hopping. The taste definitely has peat and smokyness, with an assertive bitterness reminding you that this is the real thing. Mouthfeel is full but not overly rich. The alcohol in this beer is fairly well hidden. I guess the question would ultimately be, how does this offering rate among all the strong craft stouts? It will be a tough sell, the craft beer makers are making some finely made beers that make this beer pale in comparison. This is GOOD, but maybe to little too late, but I do respect an original.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- black with a puffy 3 finger light brown head. Some light is seeping through on the bottom of the glass, but not a whole lot. Looks like...Guinness. The lacing is great, as expected

S- slight hints of coffee and chocolate are amplifying a predominant smell that is mainly of...cola? Its weird, but it makes some sense. I can almost smell the carbonation...ok then

T- its an amped of version of Guinness. That of course, is a GOOD THING. Bitter coffee is the predominant flavor, and it really is a lot different from what you'd normally expect from something from St James Gate...but its pretty damn good. Hints of bitter chocolate seep through as well

M- its a lot less creamy than the standard Guinness. Body is around the same, though...maybe a little thinner, despite the increased ABV. Those are turnoffs in my mind, but its still not bad.

D- its a great beer, but a 10 bucks a 4 pack...I'll stick to regular Guinness, or pick up a more craft option that gives me some more flavor

Photo of Reaper16
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served by my bartender for some reason into a weizenbier glass. Who knows why. It worked out fine though.

Pours a even-keel dark brown. The bar lights were sort of dim, so this may have even been out-and-out black. At any rate, the body looked appropriate for the Export Stout style. The head was gorgeous. Two finger or more of light mocha/beige head sat on top of the body and generally refused to go away. When it began retreating, it threw a little temper tantrum and left behind narrow notches of lace. This is a legit great looking stout.

Oh yeah. This is a zillion times more complex than normal Guinness. You've got some serious roast going on here. a bit of smokiness, but mostly the smell of, like, overcooked oatmeal or something. There's a curious herbal quality -- like fresh mint. You also get a tiny bit of the sourness that the Caribbean foreign extra stouts are know for. All in all a good example of the Export Stout style.

The taste is a lot like the nose. An abundance of malty flavors, some sour grain flavor, an interesting bit of fresh mint taste. Black licorice. Roasted oats. This is good stuff.

The mouthfeel is too thin for my liking. I suppose that this is a beer in the Guinness lineage after all. A bit more body would be a definite improvement. This remains a drinkable beer, though. A fair amount of complexity paired with a decided smoothness makes for a nice drink.

Guinness could have been shipping this beer to the U.S. this whole time? They've been holding out on us. This is a legitimately good beer.

Photo of axeman9182
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

The beer pours ink black, and a good sized tan head quickly comes together. It dissipates quickly at first, but that rate slows as time goes on. Lacing is pretty good, but not outstanding. There's not much to the aroma, I get some espresso and that same lactic sour twang that's more prominent in Guinness draught. There's a bit more going on flavor-wise though. A little bit of chocolate leads things off, before that same espresso/sour combo comes in as the main act. A subtle punch of citrus and spice close things out rather nicely. The body is suitably creamy, but the beer is a bit overcarbonated for a stout. It's to the point where it's become a little bit distracting. It's about time that Guinness FES made it's way to the US, it's probably my favorite Guinness brew, but it's still a step or two below top notch.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Zatec fluted glass. Intense 4 fingers of dark tan head. Black as the night body. Great retention and sticky lacing. Smells much more beer-like than the original Guinness Draught. Some earthy hop tones, toasty coffee, and and underlying sour smell. Tart throughout on the palate. Burnt coffee. Nice hop bitterness. A LOT of burnt flavor. Mouthfeel is very dry. Quite bubbly and creamy. Very drinkable. Impressed.

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

Found in Scrooge's Spirits in Anderson, SC for $8/ 4-pack

A: Pours a pitch black color with a soapy caramel color head. Retention is decent.

S: A little subtle, but big roasty aroma, dark fruits (raisin, fig), and lots of molasses. Light hop character as well.

T: Tons and tons of molasses, some dark fruit, coffee and a huge roasted malt flavor. Hops are there too. Decent bitterness as well.

MF/D: The feel borders on medium/light, carbonation is a little prickly for my liking, but still real nice. Finishes dry. Alcohol is there only in a warming sense.

Notes: Nice to have this in the US now, hopefully it'll be readily available. Really nice from Guinness

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours darker than any other Guinness beer, and with more viscosity, impressive carbonation. Aroma, smells like Guinness.

Taste, more of it, chewier, but alcohol doesn't come over the top. Couldn't detect any additional hops up in here. Dry enough, yet smoov at the same time, definitely more chocolate malt.

$9 a 4 pack, seems like something pretty drinkable.

Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since have had FES. Lets see if it is as good as I remember it.

A: Pours nearly opaque black. A large tan head rises to over two fingers. The wispy head has excellent retention. Chunky lace is left in patches around the glass.
S: I don't get hardly anything out of the nose. Some lightly acrid/sour roasted malt. Cereal and oatmeal. Fairly neutral though.
T: This has that lightly sour flavor that I remember from other FES and Guinness versions. Light roasted malt, toasted grains, and bread. Some cream coffee as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. Creamy and smooth. Pretty easy to drink. This goes down smooth.

A very enjoyable beer. It is good to be able to get a decent Guinness product in the States now. It has been a while since I last had this. I remember this being a bigger stout, but I think that has more to do with my tastes changing than the beer changing. Regardless, worth a try.

Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great to see this in my area finally.Poured into my Guiness pint glass deep near pitch black except for a bit of tawny highlights when held into some light,a well formed toasted almond colored one finger head atop.Great aromas of deep roast coffee,bitter chocolate,and sweetish rum,all came together really well.Huge roasty flavors from the onset,bitter and racey with bitter chocolate elements,just sweet enough with some dark fruit,and molasses notes to keep everything together well.This a great export stout,I loved drinking this.

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

Pours a dark brown with a blackish core. Perhaps my imagination, but some ... amberish/mahogany hues when held to the light? Pretty. Nice tan head that dies from half an inch to a long lasting layer of foam.

Smells surprisingly roasty and ... earthy/hoppy? Wow, that's a surprise. Nothing at all like the smell, or lack thereof, of regular guinness. Some stale ... oatmeal or cereal notes, to.

Taste adds a bit of roast coffee and maybe, just maybe, a hint of powdered cocoa into the mix, but this is a dry stout. It's really roasted. Just, crazy roasted coffee, roasted oatmeal, a bit of stale roasted oatmeal ... good stuff.

Well, I'm even more disappointed in the "regular" guinness now, cause it's apparent that they could have sent us a good beer for years and chose not to.

**mouthfeel a bit too thin.

Photo of strangefate
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a two-three finger dark tan chocolate head. Tons of lacing. A great looking beer.

Scent is a roasted malt up front with a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

Lots of malt hits your taste buds up front, followed by some coffee, a somewhat bitter hop presence and bittersweet chocolate. On certain sips, I even got some scotch ale/wee heavy like hints.

This is a medium-bodied brew with a fair amount of carbonation. A pretty refreshing viscosity.

A decent beer, but a little disappointing for me since I've wanted to try for this for some time preceding its re-release in the US. It's better than a standard Guinness Dry Stout, but not by much in my book.

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

(Served in a snifter) Best before L0232GF002 05:37
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a big chocolate tan head that separates a bit like the nitro poured Guinness. The body is to dark for any signs of carbonation and the head makes thick sand dunes with each sip until finally resting in the bottom of the glass after the beer is gone.
S- There are some rich black roasted malt with a slightly sweet almost tootsie roll quality behind it. There is an aroma that is not really sweaty and not really smoky or tart but has a lot of those qualities in there. The finish has a graham aroma and a chocolate malt richness.
T- The black roasted malt flavor is rich but mellow with a hop bitterness in the finish that blends with the black malt support. There is a faint smoky bacon quality to it as the beer warms. The roasted malt flavor has a slight green hop quality to it and a soft chocolate flavor and the roasted black malt finish is slightly dry.
M- This beer has a full creamy texture and no alcohol heat. D- There is not a great deal of depth but there are great flavors with a great about of hop support. The flavors and aromas are well blended and each sip makes me want to take another sip. When I think of classic stouts that are rich full and I could drink all day this is one of them.

Photo of domtronzero
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark brown, clear but nearly opaque. Big, long lasting mocha head. Little lacing.

S - Burnt acrid coffee, caramel and sweet dark malts.

F/M - Burnt acrid coffee and very dark roasted flavor. Sweet bready caramel malts. Very bitter and a little smoky. Astringent in the finish. Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering burnt coffee flavor.

D - Good but this is one heavy, burnt, acrid, dry beer. Okay but I certainly need a palate cleanser between this and anything else.

Photo of medic25
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack in the Milford Whole Foods. Served in a Guinness pint glass.
First impression is impressive; incredibly dark, essentially opaque to light. Good-sized brown head that laces quite well as the drink goes down. The smell is fantastic; much more forward than the standard nitro Guinness we now get. The aroma brought be back to Ireland; the pub is where the family often got together back home and this is the smell I remember from my childhood!
The taste is highly enjoyable, with a strong burnt/roasted malt flavor that is well complimented by the taste of hops. Mouthfeel is a satisfying full one, with a fairly clean finish. Very drinkable for a fairly hight ABV; this is one of the best beers I've had in quite a while!

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Been waiting for this one, found it at Whole Foods today.

Pours an opaque onyx with barely noticeable ruby edging when held to the light. The classic Guinness cascade creates a thick, creamy latte-colored head that retains well and leaves behind beautiful lacing.

The aroma is not far off from the Extra Stout that has been on shelves here in the States for years. Roasted malts, sweet milk chocolate, licorice, and a hint of vanilla.

The taste follows the nose but is more pronounced and still very well balanced. Flavors of dark cherries are detected and add to that Guinness tang. A slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is the highlight, IMO. Full, smooth and extremely creamy. Minute bubble carbonation and an ABV% that is only detected if you compare it to it's counterparts.

I've waited a while to taste this, and I was not disappointed.

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

A: Deep brown while pouring, black in the glass. The head is a light chocolate milk color. Very nice.

S: Malt and a roasted character with a hint of sweetness. There is a hint of chocolate in there as well. Almost has a bit of a milk stout scent going on.

T: Wow this is interesting. A sweet malt flavor up front, but it is quickly pounded back by a bitter malt flavor. Roasty with notes of bitter chocolate, and a little bite from the alcohol in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, with fairly active carbonation.

D: Good, and quite interesting in comparison to their regular line up. Not something I would drink all night but definitely an interesting beer.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,066 ratings.