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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 127
Gots: 144 | 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 MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BJs Roseville for hosting a Guiness dinner.

A - Pours a dark black with 2 fingers of head. Dissipates moderately, leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Caramel, light chocolate, and smoky. Nice hop bitterness. Very assertive.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, dry, and bitter. Nice.

D - Great overall. Really drinkable, would like to have had a full bottle myself.

MisterClean, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle to a glass at Aufsturz in Berlin, Germany. I was given the tiny little Guinness glass - quite literally large enough for the beer and an eight of an inch of foam.

Very, very dark with a dark tan head. As I stated above, there wasn't really room in the glass for much head, nor was there any retention. There was, however, lacing.

Smell was dominated by coffee and chocolate notes with strong banana esters. Surprising as no other Guinness beers I've had have the banana esters, but I liked the surprise.

Taste was rich but not creamy or velvety. The flavors were surprisingly well balanced - considering the very attractive combination of coffee, chocolate, banana, and alcohol.

Not velvety like a Guinness on draft, but still smooth and not hard to drink. Little carbonation, but just enough to offset the heavy alcohol and flavor profile.

I'd drink this again, but perhaps in a different glass.

BillyBoysPie, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of ChrisCage
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I finally got to enjoy the bottle I bought for myself while in Dublin back in April '09, with a friend that I bought one for as well!

A- BB date of Mar '10 so it's definitely fresh still. A more pronounced yellow label than the original and a stated alc percentage of 7.5% so I know I'm in for a treat! Pours thick like tar and if I dare say, a shade darker than the original. The head is very thick and frothy, while the color is tan. It also sticks around for several minutes before settling down somewhat! I can't see the carbonation due to the thickness and there is a lot of very sticky lacing!

S- Very prominent roasted malt right off the bat and the hop bitterness is very much present. There is a deep liking to fresh cocoa, herbs, blackstrap molasses and dried dark fruit to be found in the aroma.

T- This is a very much souped up version of the original! I found the sweetness to be outweighed by the bitterness of the hops. Other flavors include decently strong dark chocolate covered coffee beans, the aforementioned molasses, toffee and an herbal/earthy tone. I'm guessing there was a fair bit of chocolate malt used in the brewing process!

M- This is about as full bodied a beer as one will find! It has a creamy texture, with little carbonation, which really allows the character of the beer to be felt on the palate. The alcohol is very well hidden and I am very much reminded of drinking a cup of unsweetened cocoa with a kick!

D- It's not that I wouldn't enjoy more than one of these beers, but it's such a full bodied, full flavored beer that one is enough at a time! It's a great beer and I recommend it to anyone who is a true advocate of fine brews! If you get a chance to pick this up, go for it!

ChrisCage, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of eat
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought all the way from Dublin by my parents...thanks Mom and Dad!

Pours a creamy pitch black with a moka-coloured, thick and chunky head. Decent retention, some lacing.

The nose is weaker than I expected. Astringent minerals, grain, roasted malt, molasses, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Smells good enough but there's not enough there.

Incredibly smooth and well balanced. This is like North American Guinness on steroids. Creamy roasted malt up front, subtly smoky, hints of molasses, strong coffee and dark chocolate, bitter hops in the background. The extra alcohol seems to tie everything together with an added bite. Lingering bitter finish. Perfectly balanced; it's almost as if you can taste the history that's gone into this stout.

The feel is pretty nice, although, as with most stouts, I could use a little more body. Fully medium-bodied, it would be nice if it was full-bodied. Light carbonation fits the style.

This is very drinkable. I would love to drink this all the time...too bad that's impossible. This tastes like what you always wished Guinness would taste like. One of the smoothest, most well-balanced stouts I've had the pleasure to sample.

eat, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small 330ml bottle pours with a thick brownish head, a decent proportion of which hangs around for a while. The nose is roasted malt with a hint of molasses, thankfully without coffee.

This is well carbonated and briefly rather too sweet (unfortunately reminding me of artificial sweeteners) before a much needed bitterness takes over lifting the brew to a higher plane.

charlatan, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

note: I tried a contract brewed version while in Dominica, two different batches purchased at two different locations. Both were sour shells of the original. This disappointment made me all the more grateful for the chance to try this as it was meant to be.

a: This was black bodied and poured with a massive, rocky and sticky light tan colored head.

s: Big roasty malt aromas with strong bitterness. Lightly sweet milk chocolate with just a hint of toffee. Mild warmth emerged towards the bottom of the glass.

t: Starts off slightly sweet, tasting of toffee and cocoa. The cocoa becomes stronger towards the finish, eventually turning into a strongly bitter, dry roastiness.

m: Medium bodied with long lived, light and spritzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to a couple of friends for bringing this back from Ireland for me. Never had a stout quite like this. Excellent, very glad I had the chance to try this.

DIM, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into ~15cl glass. I filled it up just under 3 times.

Foreign Extra pours an amazingly black color, just the tiniest hints of deep ruby when held to light, with a dark tan head, bordering on brown. The head is well over 2 fingers thick, and it sticks to the glass like white on rice.

The smell is of an unexpectedly bitterness (at least the strength of said bitterness), chocolately malt, and a hint of rum.

The Taste really is impressive. The best guinness, no doubt -- hits initially with the coffee/chocolate malt flavor which is incredibly more intense than in the rest of the guinness family. It is met equally with a surprising hoppy bite, dark yet delicious. I don't expect this sort of feel in a stout, which is the only reason I give it a 4.5 out of 5. The hoppiness overrides some of the more traditional flavors, but I am FAR from disappointed.

Like any other guinness, this is a very full bodied, syrupy stout. The large bubbles provide for a wonderful feel, and there are absolutely no complaints here.

I would love to drink this all night. Could I? No. The 7.5% ABV sneaks up on you, because you just want to keep drinking this delicious beverage. This beer is an absolute must-try.

AmberMan22, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone imperial pint glass, it looks like...well, Guinness - it has that standard Guinness appearance. Really dark, big-ass crown of cascading foam. A great-looking stout.

Smells mostly of malted milk balls, a little caffe latte.

Pretty unique taste. I don't know that I've ever tasted a stout quite like it. It isn't, as I suspected it might be, simply a pumped-up version of the US Extra Stout. It's complicated....definitely more hops than any other Guinness I've tasted....bittersweet and roasty, the bitter roastiness lasts and lasts on the palate. Almost seems a little sour at times, too. A dark plum-y fruit taste manifests a bit as it warms. Not quite as creamy as I thought it might be.

I'm not quite sure what to make of it...some sips, I think it's really, really good, others, it comes off as a bit of a discontinuous mess. Ratings-wise, I'll have to split the difference. Regardless, there is a lot of flavor here.

Feel is not as creamy and soft as I probably expected.

While it's pretty unique and worth trying, I don't know that I'd go to great lengths to track down a bottle. That said, it would be nice if this was an option for us in the United States. It does hold your interest, and retains much of the standard Guinness drinkability - I drained the pint glass pretty quickly.

Patrick999, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Foreign Extra is a real treat, especially for fans of porters. It pours a super dark brown and black, lots of dark chocolate, toasted malt and some hoppy notes make this a delight sip after sip. A Porter's porter - but too heavy in the mouthfeel.

For the novice: Expect a Stout, with a capital S...for fans of the US nitro version, this might be a shock to the taste buds.

Personally: After reading so much about this, when I was in Jamaica I could not wait to get my hands on this stuff. It did not disappoint...so wish they had it here in the states, but alas I'll just have to keep drinking Storm King instead....

WCBCFrank, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black with a nice tan head, that settles to a thin soapy layer, not much lacing.

Smells very sweet, caramel, sort of milky and some coffee.

Wow this is a tasty beer, the beset Guinness by far. Coffee, sweet syrupy caramel,chocolate upfront with a very bitter hoppy finish.

Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, if only you could get this in Canada, instead we get their other secondary bullshit.

GodOfBeer, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of drperm
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in St. John's, Antigua; label states it's (contract) brewed and bottled by the Antigua Brewery -- so neither the Bahamas nor Jamaica version.
This is absolutely excellent and delicious, and I'd be over the moon if it were available in the US.

Appearance: Dark and lovely in my wine glass. Nice brown head.

Aroma: Chocolate-malty, hoppy, nice bitter nose, inviting me to dive in.

Taste: Oh, so lovely. That dark-chocolate malt is balanced by excellent bitterness. Doesn't drink too heavily or darkly, and in a blind tasting I'm sure that I'd swear it were dark red in colour.

Mouthfeel: flirts with caramel sweetness but the bitter-balance is excellently nuanced. Surprisingly smooth for a 7.5 ABV.

Drinkability: This is the best product from Guinness I've had, and I'm a Guinness fan. Truly excellent, and even considering its strength, perfect for a breezy Caribbean night. Excellent with steak, or grilled seafood, wonderful by itself as well.
A winner!

*NB. 13 July 2010: This beer is an excellent cellar contender. Brought a second one back from Antigua with me last year and finally broke it out the other day. Superb and even smoother than it was last year.

drperm, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour with a large brown cream head showing reasonable persistence and lacing.
Aroma is a mix of roasted malt, port, rolled oats, sweet alcohol, liquorice and sultanas.
Flavours are roasted malt with some burnt notes, sweet caramel, more rolled oats and some alcohol. Powerful roasted bitterness. Quite a mouthful.
Creamy body and carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Tasted directly after the Belgian version.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick looking 2 finger tan head with great retention. Colour is a pitch black, opaque, with very little carbonation evident. A thin film remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Mild nose of roasted barley malt, some smokiness, and hints of cream. Touches of milk chocolate in the background as well. A nice nose for the style.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt and some smokiness up front, like the nose advertised. Some sweet cream through the middle and lots of bitter chocolate and coffee notes at the end. Finishes with a long lasting bitter hop aftertaste with next to no alcohol presence at the end. Very enjoyable stout profile.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Mildly creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite at all and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. A decent feel, though could be thicker and creamier.

OVERALL: A great example of how good Guinness can really be; basically their extra stout on steroids. This is probably my favorite of their line-up, just beating out the Belgian version. Compared to its continental sister this one has less of an alcohol presence, which, in my view, makes it a little more enjoyable and drinkable as well. Though the ABV is still pretty high, this is one I could enjoy until "forced" to move on. Recommended.

Jeffo, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of porterwoobie
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: black. 3 finger tannish colored head that lingers for a long time.

S: very faint coffee and roasted grains.

T: nothing really stands out. little bit of bitterness and sweetness, some coffee and chocolate notes, roasted taste. finishes dry, and a slight metallic taste.

MF: medium bodied, smooth feel

Drinkability: decent beer. drinks easily. can't pinpoint one thing that stands out.

porterwoobie, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a liquor store in the Bahamas.
A dark liquid with a brown head and fair retention.
Spicy qualities, pepper, Spiced rum, charcoal.
Different types of bitterness both hops and roasted character. Pepper, clove and a strong dark fruit presence mostly Prune.
Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.
A great beer that I would take over the guinness offered in the states. Much more complex.

alovesupreme, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of JFazekas
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 330mL bottle.

Appearance: Chocolaty body with plenty of head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. Almost a bit like a milk chocolate bar, not something I desire from my beer.

Taste: exceptionally smooth for a 7.5% beer. Very reminiscent of an extra stout but with an added bonus. Taste is also a bit sweet but it doesn't take too much away from the beer; the alcohol and slight hop bittering take the edge off nicely.

Overall: After having this hyped up a bit I was slightly disappointed. It is the best beer I've had on my visit to the UK thus far. Added points for excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.

JFazekas, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Otterburn
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The other beer available in Indonesia is alright too. The head is light brown caramel and it taste like guinness. Its not the best Guinness you,ll had in your life but its decent while you relaxing in the sumatran jungle. with the orang-outang!
But I think I prefer the Bintang, it is more refreshing!!

Otterburn, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of ericj551
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to have this beer on a recent trip to St. Martin. It was a great alternative to Carib, Presidenté and Heinekin. The beer pours in inky black with a think but nicely colored light brown head. The aroma is a unique blend of caramel and dark roasted malt that is like no other beer besides Guinness Extra Stout. The flavor is rich, chocolatey and roasty with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Some alcohol comes through, but the the finish is smooth.

I would drink this regularly if it was availible here. I'm not a big fan of Guinness Draught, and the Extra Stout isn't quite as balanced and delicious.

ericj551, May 19, 2009
Photo of kellywilson50
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a tan head. Good head retention. Aroma is of roasted barley. Flavor is very caramely with roasted characteristics. There is a slight alcohol burn at the very end of the aftertaste, but blends well with the tannins and hops. After the initial caramel/roast flavor, the beer finishes with a nice bitterness. An excellent choice for stout lovers.

kellywilson50, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up in Jamaica in April 2008, BB March '09. Two finger tan head that slowly retreated, ring remained with lace that slid down the sides of the glass. Midnight black, opaque. Smell of chocolate almonds, with warming, pumpernickel bread. Moderate retention.

Taste was more sour than I remember last year in Negril, the fresher version was sweeter. Taste today of dark sour fruit, bitter in mid-mouth and a lingering sour / bitter swallow. With warming, more molasses, cold strong coffee, rich texture. Overall, bitterness dominated with a sour twang, not bad at all, better than the nitrogen canned version we have in Ontario but did not quite measure up to the John Martin version I reviewed side by side today.

I might add that this compares favourably to the fresher bottled versions I had in Jamaica, I recall those were a bit too sweet, annoying at times. Although I might have had four or five in a session alongside a few Red Stripe on some days ... so I best not be too critical. Irie!

ThatWineGuy, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of mjw06
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

take extra stout, and make everything about it extra, and this is what you get. extra color, extra flavor, extra bitterness, extra alcohol and you have foreign extra stout. quite frankly, its the best beer that guinness brews.

looks like a coke, even the head is the color of a coke.

extra sweet, sour roasted smell of barley malts, whiskey scent as well and some hints of chocolate, and a little toasty.

robust roasted taste, almost just a side element, along with everything else you smell in it. a beautiful combination of extra sweet and extra bitter. bitterness and sweetness hit up front and follow through. it works very well. a dry finish on the tongue.

has a medium body, carbonation is a little lighter than in extra stout, and i like it.

drinkable, and this is what i should expect from a stout. foreign stout in my mind is the true guinness. it lives up to the reputation. very complex, great beer.

mjw06, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of BeerintheHave
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed and rated in Georgetown Guyana, 275 ml Bottle.

Dark Brown, with a 1/2 centimeter light tan head. Smell is rich and chocolate malty. Taste is medium charred- some welcome coffee notes. Nice and round tasting, with a drier, slightly bitter finish. Feels rich, and good for you. Nice beer

BeerintheHave, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of atis
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with off-white/brownish head in one finger thickness that lasts for very long time, generous lacing. Perfect. Aroma is roasted sweetish malt, moderate fruitiness, not very complex. Taste is bittery roasted, some burnt grain with very, very dry finish and sweetish light warming aftertaste. Smooth medium mouthfeel.

Overall, drinkability was low for me, because of the flavour too intense. I am not used to it and will use this beer for training sessions.

atis, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of mbrasi
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to Tayner for this brew. Pours black with a large fluffy brown head that leaves its mark on the glass as it dissipates. Has an aroma of wood, smoke, and roast. Flavor is a little watery still but an immense improvement over the standard guinness products. This is actually quite enjoyable since I started trying different brews with guinness, I love that malty, woody, smoky, coffee flavor of guinness. This brew is all of the flavor that makes regular guiness good, but with more intensity that makes this brew great. A nice strong borderline session brew.

mbrasi, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a tulip type glass. Not the best type glass, but that's all I got in the Bahamas. Served in Freeport Grand Bahama.

A: A deep cloudy black color that pours thick and creamy with a slight off white head. Miminal glass lacing.

S: Roasted malts, tons of them with a nice hops nose. Very different and very surprising.

T: A roasted malt flavor jumps out with a hint of some toffee or butterscotch and a bit of chocolate. Thick and creamy. But here was the surprise. Hops, lots of hops. Not Storm King hops, but a nice grassy hoppy bitterness that follows the whole way through the beer. Wow, so good. This is really Guinness? Very good.

M: Thick and creamy and coating. Lingers for awhile too.

D: High for a 7.5%er. Very nice, they go down silky smooth and are very drinkable.

Overall this beer NEEDS to be sent to the US. What an improvement over our US Guinness by leaps and bounds. What an excellent beer, glad I enjoyed a few.

PS. I managed to bring one back to enjoy so I can be reminded of the sun and fun 3 months from now when I drink it.

Kadonny, Jan 29, 2009
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.