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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

820 Reviews
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Reviews: 820
Hads: 2,149
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 166
Gots: 241 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle. Can't decipher bottling date exactly- L0232GF002 suggests 8/20/2010. Poured into an unlabeled snifter 5/14/2014.

A- Dark, opaque nearly black body. One finger offwhite head with good retention. Eventually drops down into a medium sized collar. Small spots of lacing along the glass. For the most part, appears like a big stout.

S- Dark chocolates. Tons of dark fruits- plums, fig, even hints of chocolate-covered cherries.

F- Roast malt, dark chocolate character, dark fruits- figs, plums, subtle tart cherry that comes nowhere near medicinal, some earth. Very cleanly executed, complex and interesting. Certainly above average.

M- Medium bodied, good carbonation. Slightly resinous mouthfeel that honestly reminds me of having dark chocolates melt in your mouth. A chocolate-covered cherry finish that is slightly tart but actually accompanied by a nice bitter earthiness that brings it all together.

O- This is a very good stout that is full in flavour and mouthfeel. I am really enjoying the subtle but still hard to miss chocolate covered cherries here. Very glad this is quite easy to find on the shelves around here, even if the price is a little bit more than I'd expect. (1,199 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/29/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, herbal, floral, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast malt and earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. (1,440 characters)

Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out as dark and black as a beer can get. A big pillowy tan head (2+ fingers) lasts througout the beer and leaves volumes of sticky lacing. The aroma is very deep roasted malt, nothing really complex but enjoyable in its simplicity. The taste has a little more depth, with some hints of coffee and some pleasant alcohol esters. It's a little thinner in the style of an Irish Dry Stout but has a pleasant feeling on the palate. A great full-flavored stout that packs a punch. (479 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a medium chalice, color is black, solid, head is tan and dense with varied bubble sizes; head lingers exceptionally well and leaves great lacing and presence on the glass.

Smell is mild roast malt, clean bitterness from the hops, maybe some light grass or earthiness, very similar to Guinness Draught.

Taste is wonderful, roast malt and bitterness flavors are similar to Draught but of course doubled in size and presence; clean roast, no sweet overtone, bitter finish and lingering presence. Hops are grassy, earthy light floral notes.

Mouthfeel is another great part of this beer, the flavors present on the tongue then spread through the mouth on the cheeks, carbonation is a bit higher creating a sharper note on the tongue, roast and hops linger nicely and leave a big flavor for a long period.

Overall, a style defining ale and true to its core as the flavor, aroma and mouthfeel are really larger versions of the Draught version. (952 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For all intents and purposes, this beer is black. Straight black. Looks great with a two-fingered head of light tan. Lacing is exquisite. Sticky foam behaving nicely. Retention is excellent. Even after minutes, I still have a dimply head with height.

Deep Euro malt stout roastiness with a touch of the sweet. Lightly charred with a kiss of peat smoke and notes of mucky coffee; still has that Irish Dry background note with earthiness and mineral water. Some lost ripe fruitiness that I don’t want to forget about. Not too shabby.

Rich Export Stout roast, spent coffee grounds, alkaline bitterness, barley grain, smokiness, earthy hops, cocoa, and a trace of cedary goodness. Has a zappy finish that I like, full of malt bitterness and leftover hop kissing. A slight touch of caramel malt graces the flavor profile with a succulence. The smoke makes it, in my opinion.

Easy drinking, I’d say. The body is sturdy. Medium, I’d say, but spot-on. Expertly carbonated, if not a tad biting. Ruffled, in a good way.

Hey man, Guinness makes a hell of an Export Stout. I can’t believe this is my first go-around. I will probably have to nab this from time-to-time to satiate my desire for a good stout, which this is. (1,221 characters)

Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you, Guinness, for this Guinness on steroids. Really this is all I ever wanted from them in regards to flavor. Extra hops, malts, and alcohol.

A - Pours deep, cloudy brown body with a 2-3 finger sticky, foamy tan head that retains for a solid 5 minutes without being touched. You don't get that rush of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass that turns the beer from light to dark brown like you do from the nitro can/bottle

S - Chocolate and coffee from a sturdy malt backbone. Just a small whiff of alcohol when the beer is swirled. Sweet smell with a bitter dark chocolate linger

T&M - Again, what I always wished Guinness Stout was. It's like an upgrade. Very much like the smell, the chocolate is the first sensation I get followed by coffee once swallowed. A bit sweet from the malts and alcohol but a nice hop bitterness lingers above the sweetness. (871 characters)

Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not quite sure how to describe this beer. It's like Guinness bet yet very different. The flavor is similar to your standard Guinness Stout minus the typical chocolate malt flavor. Instead you get a bit more hops. It's actually rather pleasant and unexpected. Also, the alcohol content is quite a bit higher compared to Guinness. I had no idea, until I started to get rather buzzed after 1 beer, then I read the label and noticed the higher alcohol content. (460 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a thin foamy head. It doesn't stay for long, and there's little lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate, malt and bread. Big taste of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. A bit of bitterness. Medium mouth with some oil. Just a nice solid stout. (276 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just over a finger of firm dark brown head; good retention and thick sticky lacing. Expected black brew, a little on the light and clear side.

Good stout aroma: creamy, thick roasted barley, boozy grapes, earthy hops.

Balanced flavor, follows the nose: thick barley, good roasted character, powdery cacao, slight sour milk flavor. Nice hoppy balance.

Full mouthfeel, but not quite chewy. Good balance with both hop and roast bite. Cloying and long finish.

This is quite good, certainly better than the standard Guinness "draught." Not quite on par with the better American stouts, and the sourness is a little off-putting. (626 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a nonic glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no visibility. Nice lacing on the glass from the reduced head.

Smell: Caramel, chocolate, toffee, roasted coffee, toasted malts, burnt molasses, and stale ale smell.

Taste: Same as above with a little smoke and mild tingly bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, a little chewy, and a little bitterness in the rear.

Overall: Great beer for this cold Boston weather. Too bad it only comes in 4 packs. They should expand to 6 packs. (626 characters)

Photo of deadchef
4.34/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a 20oz 'pint' glass...

a: khaki colored foam, fluffy and tall. black colored opaque liquid.

s: dark toast, licorice, demi-glace, sweet cola, french roast coffee.

t: heavy roast, espresso, char. bitter astringency you expect from a stout.

m: pour it correctly you will have a low carbonated brew. mouth coating. light astringency lingers.

o: this is a bigger version of guinness stout. however it is easy to drink and goes well in colder months or a night capper with a creme brulee or sweet dessert. very enjoyable. (533 characters)

Photo of AustenFB
5/5  rDev +22.9%

This is the gold standard of stouts. (Not to be confused with the other Guinness Extra Stout--this is the real deal.) To be sipped and savored, it's simply delicious. Best enjoyed by itself or maybe with some salted nuts, because you won't want anything to get in the way of the awesome taste. (296 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/black. The head is a beautiful tan color, thick, perfect, with great lacing. I can't see any carbonation since the beer is opaque, but I can see bubbles forming quickly at the bottom of the head.

Smell: Molasses, copper pennies, roasted malt, toasted nuts, brown sugar.

Taste: Surprisingly flavorful with a great roasted/toasted flavor, molasses, brown sugar, and pine bark.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, rich and creamy.

This is a great beer. I think it would be better if it had a little more coffee/chocolate taste. It's too heavy to drink in the summer. It's definitely a winter beer, and even then I couldn't drink many, but I'll enjoy each one. (692 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- The pour results in pretty much half head. It also seems to have excellent retention. And by excellent, I seem to mean obnoxious. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which allows the slightest hint of garnet to show when held up to the light. Looks as if there will be considerable lacing.

Nose- Rich with good amount of complexity and presence. Heavy chocolate notes paired with raisins and roasted malts. Roasted malts have some coffee hints which, in combination with the bitter-sweet chocolate, creates a small sour or tangy note. Lush, dark grains and caramel. Some cocoa as well. Swirling shows some creaminess- milk and vanilla.

Taste- Starts off with raisins on the front. These are very sweet and move into a very bold coffee which turns the sweet raisin notes into a roasted sourness. Lots of cocoa and lots of bitterness on the linger. It's a bit of letdown after the aroma. Some caramel but the flavor profile is pretty much dominated by raisins on the front then coffee in the middle and on the finish. Some chocolate in the background. Lots of woodiness. Some grittiness. It's not a bad beer but I'm failing to understand the high rating of this beer. At this point this really seems just above average. Lots of presence but really lacks integration. The raisin and coffee are good contrasts but they never really meet at any point in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much zing. Some syrup to the texture. Some grit to the finish.

Drinkability- No heat but the notes of the flavor profile really clash. Okay for about 2 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Just above average- I definitely prefer the ease and accessibility of regular Guinness. However, if you like bold, bitter-sweet beers, you might just enjoy it. This will not be a repurchase. (1,887 characters)

Photo of godlessape
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours an extremely black body, like starless, moonless space. The creamy tan hat fits nice.
With the aroma I'm picking up roasted malt, sugar cookies, cherry pie and booze, glorious booze.
The flavor is all over the palate with rich roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, freshly baked black bread, all ending with a generous hop bite.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with a comfortable alcohol warming.
Overall a powerhouse of a stout. (457 characters)

Photo of rievelx6
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black with a nice tan head

S- Great aroma of coffee and chocolate

T- Taste matches the aroma well with the coffee and chocolate

M- Smooth feel with slight carbonation

O- Overall this is a very good stout I thoroughly enjoy this beer, hard to beat this beer (271 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Foreign Extra Stout poured a deep opaque black with a full tan head with great retention. The aroma was surprisingly weaker than expected from such a foreboding brew but was reminiscent of a regular Guinness. The Foreign Extra Stout takes those signature Guinness flavors and turns them up to 11. There are hints of chocolate, sweet malts, and a slight char that leaves a nice bitterness on the palate. It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is heavier than the regular Guinness, but still lighter than expected. The Foreign Extra Stout is the epitome of Guinness and so good. (583 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, hint of toffee, dark malt

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar, hint of toffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-much better stout flavor than the original, would love to have this on tap (328 characters)

Photo of martyl1000
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm inflating this score in large part because of what a bargain this is ($2.99 for a bomber).

I'm digging the handsome pour into a tulip glass, two fingers of craggy tan head, nearly opaque black solid.

Aroma somewhat simplistic, roast, cherry, chocolate.

Sweet dark bread on the front of the tongue. Then coffee and bitter chocolate. Plus tinny cherry and some hop brightness. Not bad at all.

Somewhat thin. (414 characters)

Photo of elwood522
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So glad this one finally made it to the US. Even though I do find it a bit watery, I like Guinness draught as a session beer. This puts it to shame though. All the best qualities of a roasty stout with a nice hoppy finish. Very sneaky ABV. Could have about 2 before I would need a nap.

A: dark as night with a thick dark head
S: roasty and sweet
T: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee at first then getting hoppy and sweet in a perfect balance. Really great aftertaste.
M: Just right. Not too bubbly or too flat.

Overall one of my favorite beers of all time. Get it!

Great bottle and story too. (596 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: August 1, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint... OCCASION: watching scrapbooking with Shan--sweet memories... APPEARANCE: velvet black body, dense and appreciable; thick brown head that laces beautifully, as a doily,, almost symmetrically around the glass... AROMA: nice lactic impact; hops are less profiled--oat, peat and sugars are prominent... PALATE: high and hard, warming and medium-bodied; full at the throat...TASTE: slightly chocolaty and pleasantly milky; unlike the draught, a hardened smoky finish that demands attention; hops are well-placed, coupling with the malts to present a substantial, complex stout... OVERALL: the less-requested Guinness again reminds me why the road less traveled in beer circles often makes the more rewarding difference...this beer delivers with a welcome heft and an ABV that belies its enjoyable sip. A shame this beer does not accompany the "three beers strong" mix pack--trade the Harp for this? In a heartbeat... (971 characters)

Photo of GustoMan
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Foreign Extra brought me back to when I first enjoyed a dark brew which was Schlizt Dark Draught. I have loved dark brews ever since that time. This Extra has a good character and was balanced well. Very less heavy than regular Guinness draught. Can not mention anything about lacing as I just enjoyed it in the bottle. I had this brew in Shenzhen China and will try to get a local pub to get it here in FL. I really like this Guinness Foreign Extra! (455 characters)

Photo of Beer_loverUSA
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Used Pint beer glass and poured from a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle.
Best before 05/07/12 yet purchased 23/07/13 for $1.89 a bottle.
Smokey sweet aroma.
Milky smooth with a hint of alcohol.
A hint of malt, and barley/wheat well toasted making a sweet-bitter combination.
I've had Guinness on 5 continents and this is one of the best; even if the Best Before date was a year ago! (371 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Glassware: Samuel Adams Summer Ale Glass

Appearance: Color is black with fringes of brown, opaque. An aggressive pour produced a 1/2 inch finger of head that was creamy and frothy and diminished quickly.

Smell: Smell is of bread, caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, all burnt and roasted.

Taste: Taste is similar, with sweet malts transferring to milk chocolate and then to dark chocolate. Roasty taste is present throughout. A slight cream taste is also present.

Mouthfeel: Body is full with a slicky and creamy texture. Carbonation is average.

Overall: A decent stout, but I would much rather go for the Sam Smith's equivalent. (640 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a deep dark brown, lots of foamy head, fades to a thin lacing, dissimilar from what I'm used to from the Draught

S - smell is sweet malts, cherry, coffee,

T - roasted malt forward, significant amount of hops, great balance of sweet and bitter

M - medium bodied, not much carbonation

O - in my opinion, this is much better than the run-of-the-mill Guinness Draught you get around these parts. I've never been to Ireland, so I can't comment on how this differs from getting it local. Excellent stout. (539 characters)

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.