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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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Ratings: 1696
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%

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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 LeeryLeprechaun


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Beers pours a mysterious jet black with a nice off brown head.

Aroma is complex, burnt toast ad sugar, chocolate, coffee, very nice.

The beer tastes of roasted, more burnt sugar, and some alcohol at the finish.

Excellent creamy full mouthfeel.

Overall this is the perfect example of a stout. It just goes above and beyond in every catagory and really is a treat to drink. It is refreshing and warming at the same time if that is at all possible.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 02:36:47 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet notes is pretty good. Taste is a nice mix between some solid roasted malt with dry notes and some light sweet undertones. Body has somewhat of a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is definitely a step-up from the regular Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 15:50:07 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mrfreakybig

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This is, without question, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. The only part about it that was less than fantastic was the bottle was only 11.2 oz. It pours a deep dark, opaque brown, nearly black. Smells roasty, almost, but not quite like coffee. It’s hoppy, and strong, smooth on the tongue. I can’t say enough. This is truly a special beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 13:59:41 | More by mrfreakybig
Photo of TwelveOunces


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a SA pint glass

A- Pours black with clear red around the edges. A tall brown, tan thick head with good retention.

S- A big bitter roastyness up front. Some hoppyness. A bit of chocolate and toffee. A sweet milkiness like in a milk stout.

T- I get a bit of roastedness up front that leaves behind a roasty/smokey aftertaste. There is a bitterness to this beer that I cant quite put my finger on. There is some fruity qualities that believe it or not, remind me of banana bread. A very roasty beverage.

M- Goes down pretty smooth and creamy. It leaves behind a dry roasted aftertaste.

O- This is pretty good, much better then the watery stuff we get here in the US. I also dont think my bottle was that fresh so I was somewhat optimistic in my rating.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:22:26 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of 57md


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate brown with two fingers of frothy tan head. The head has good retention and there are thick lace rings on the glass as this baby goes down.

There is some roast in the nose, but a touch of sweet wine is present as well. Roasted malt is the basis of the flavor profile and there is a pleasing roasted bitterness on the finish.

The body is a tad thin, but this is by far the best version of Guinness that is available.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:38:26 | More by 57md
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been looking for this beer for a very long time and finally found one here in the US. Bought this four pack in Key West of all places.

Pours from the bottle pitch black, much darker than the traditional Guinness stout. Topped with a rather dark, mocha colored creamy head. Lacing abounds and the retention is great as well.

Aroma is quite roasty with dark fruit undertones. Not a whole lot of coffee but there is a touch of light coffee thrown in the mix.

Nice flavor. More of the robust roastiness with some burnt charcoal (as opposed to unburnt) and burnt wood. Overall, a burnt taste that is neither offensive nor overly distasteful. There is a bit of acridness to this one that really tweaks on the taste buds. Starts out smooth and silky and finishes like sucking on aspirin; very long finish.

I havent had many FES but this one was a treat. I think I like this better than the original. A very nice, different beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 19:25:11 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of cbrbenny

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw a standard Guinness on the menu at a bar on the island of Grenada and must to my liking, this was presented to me (albeit in bottle form). It seems smoother and more aromatic than the standard, and maybe even more coffee flavoured.
When I got back to the States, I tried a Guinness Stout to compare, and it made the difference much more clear.
a-The appearance is a thing of beauty and though commercialized, is probably still my favourite looking beer. A true 5.0 for me!
s-its a Guinness but just a little bit deeper. Lot's of coffee.
t-smooth, easy to drink, pairs with nearly any hardy food.
m-i found myself drinking quite slowly and savoring each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 05:29:17 | More by cbrbenny
Photo of PorterLambic


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deeply dark brown with a nice, creamy head of tan resting luxuriantly atop. Good lace.
Smell is roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa and interestingly, green apples. Well balanced and more complex than the other Guinness stouts I've had.
Taste is toasty malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, some whiskey in the aftertaste. Really well balanced.
Fairly full bodied, light effervescence. Fairly smooth and creamy as well. Much, much better than "regular" Guinness. I would have this again willingly.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:37:23 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of eduardolinhalis


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle served in a tulip.

A: Pours a deep black color forming a nice and huge beige head. Fizzing carbonation going up and some lacings left around the glass. Medium retention but the head never disappears completely

S: Good. Roasted malts. Coffee notes. Wood. Ginness hops. Alcohol

T: As the nose, roasted malts, coffee notes, wood notes, dark chocolate notes, earthy hops. A sweet upfront and a roasted bitter (considerable) aftertaste

M: Creamy body. Good carbonation. Sweet upfront. Molasses sensation. Aftertaste is dry and bitter

O: Absolutely drinkable. Great beer. Recommended

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 20:32:54 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of TubaManJack


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle to pint glass

The pour yield a jet black nearly opaque body. Its croundedxwith a whispy light tan head. There is coffee and cocao powder in the nose. The malt is definatly roasted and is pretty nice but not over bearing or bitter. The taste does have some bite between the medium carbonation and body movin into the malt. It carries a big taste without the big characteristics with makes it approachable. A solid brew and about as sessionable as the style permits.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 17:52:15 | More by TubaManJack
Photo of barnzy78


3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter, pours black with a frothy beige head that leaves good retention and lacing on the glass. Aromas are chocolate, nibs, roasted barley, molasses, and caramel. Tastes are molasses, roasty, sweet, dark chocolate, delicately hopped, yet has a roasty bitterness, lots of fig and date in there as well. Mouth is on the thinner side of medium, but is creamy and smooth. Overall, one of the better foreign stouts out there. Guinness needs to just brew this one, it's by far their best.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 03:02:56 | More by barnzy78
Photo of OWSLEY069


1.78/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours jet black with a light chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a light roast. In the taste, a small roast and a small bite. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry small roast in the aftertaste. Eh! Lack of flavor and aroma, honestly, nothing exciting at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 19:40:15 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Dope


3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is at least a year old.

A: Pours pitch black with a very large and fluffy medium brown head. Fades slowly, leaving huge puffs of lacing everywhere.

S: Fruity. Prunes, raisin, figs, cherries and black licorice. Don't really get any roasted malt character.

T: Again, very fruity. Prunes are the strongest, oddly enough. Lots of black licorice. Some roasted malt character with some big char but not much else. Very smoky in the aftertaste especially.

M: Medium bodied, slick and smooth.

O: Interesting foreign stout, it's mostly char and dark fruits. Almost no coffee or chocolate. Fairly bitter even with a year+ on it. It's not terrible but not what I typically look for in a stout. I think I prefer regular guiness draught over this, amusingly enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 04:36:46 | More by Dope
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with almost two fingers of thick, light tan head.

Smell. Molasses, dark malts and caramel. Some grassy hops and a little bit of ripe dark fruit.

Taste. Molasses dominate, some dark malts and chocolate and a little bit of bitterness in the end. A little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel. Almost medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Alcohol was well hidden so this drank easy. A good stout, I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:07:16 | More by Rutager
Photo of irishevans


4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as pitch, and no light coming through even when held up to the light. the head, which is a medium to light tan in color, poured just over 2 fingers thick, but then settles down to about three quarters of a finger. leaves a nice bit of foamy lace behind too.

N- Roasted, almost burnt malt all day long, and definite chocolate scent in the mix as well. there is also a bit of a floral aroma, likely from the generous amount of hops that Guinness claims to brew this with.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits like dates or perhaps raisins, chocolate flavor, all dancing a beautiful ballet on my palate. the floral taste from the hops shows up near the finish, and lingers, although the malt does come back at the end. it has a lovely bitterness to it, mostly roasted malt, but also a nice bit from the hops too. there is a subtle heat from the alcohol too, but it does not overpower any of the rest of the flavors, at all.

M- gets off to a very smooth start, then gets a bit more crisp from carbonation as it goes along, then ends up on again on a smooth, albeit bitter note. it takes you on an absolutely lovely ride.

O- The staple of the style. complex in flavor, mouthfeel, nose, and even the appearance is perfect. this is quite a beer. I have to say I'm sold. Huge fan of this.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:59:46 | More by irishevans
Photo of morebeergood


3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish style pint glasses. Very dark brown color. Medium sized white head. Lots of roasted notes in the nose. Taste was much more rich than the traditional Guinness. Mouthfeel was also thicker, and you could really notice the additional alcohol. Also, not as bitter as the Extra Stout available in the US. But, this seems to be less memorable than the same FES I had down in the Caribbean -- not as "exotic".

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 03:59:12 | More by morebeergood
Photo of Gatch


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a fluffy, smooth, slowly-receding, off-white head. Traditional but good-looking Stout.

S: Heavily roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Slight hops and alcohol. Earthy, smoky, charred. Nice.

T: Fits the style very well. Roasted, charred malt with a bitter, malty, chocolaty finish. Faint presence of coffee, hops, and booze.

M: Smooth, little carbonation. Good, roasted flavor sticks to your palate. And enjoyable beer to drink.

O: So much different from the Guinness Draught that we are all accustomed to. Granted, it's a different style but it hits that style on the head. Delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 07:51:53 | More by Gatch
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a deep black with only the brightest of lights penetrating the thinnest of edges. Thick, pillowy 3 finger head, good retention, and the resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Classic European stout aromas; sweet, but roasty malt, and a bit of hoppiness.

Flavor - Follows the nose. Malts are sweet, with a complimentary roastiness. Hops kick in mid-taste and ride the wave into the aftertaste, but never dominate the affair.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Creamy and smooth, but also a touch dry on the finish. Outstanding mouthfeel for a beer of this caliber.

Overall - Not that much different than the Guinness Extra Stout which is widely available, and at a lower price. I'd say this one's a tad smoother, but the difference is nearly negligible.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 06:19:17 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of kylehay2004


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a deep black body.

S: full roasted malt with nice espresso/ coffee note.

T: very nice roasted sweet malts with coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate notes. More complex than expected.

M: moderate carbonation and moderate to full body.

Overall: this is a very nice beer for what it is. Flavorful and complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 18:09:46 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A very dark brown opaque color with a good head.

Smell – Roasted malts. Earthy with a touch of raisin.

Taste – Roasted malts, with a touch of hops and light smoke.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, light carbonation, and creamy.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinking stout at “only” 7.5% abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 07:05:00 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
Photo of ZAP


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black...tan head...looks the part...

S-Smells rich and decadent with some soy sauce impression....a good dusting of cocoa powder as well..

T-A nice flavor to this leaning toward the cocoa and not so much the burnt malts....low hop impression...

M-Creamy and velvety....light side of full bodied but I'd toss it in the full bodied realm..

O-I've heard of this beer and when I finally saw it I jumped at it...a bit pricey but worth trying and I like it...sweeter...almost a bit like an imperial milk stout....if you want a big west coast style Impy stout like some this is not it but it is a good beer...shit if they poured this out of the Guiness taps at all the bars I would definitely reach for it...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 06:21:49 | More by ZAP
Photo of woodychandler


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imagine my surprise at finding this as a single in my neighbor's cooler (I live across the lot from a bottle shop)! I snagged it right up and have been looking forward to this one for several days.

From the bottle: "Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global exportfrom Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today, it is enjoyed by millions around the world."

My heavy-handed pour caused me a moment of consternation as I thought that it was going to overflow the rim of the glass as it seemed to cascade. The dense, deep-tan head looked like the top of an ice cream float. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. The nose was very chocolaty with an underlying roastiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop/roasted barley bite on the tongue. This taste, along with its relatively high ABV, was a real revelation for this self-avowed hophead. This was not a Black IPA, but instead a hoppy dry stout. Wow! Finish was very dry, almost gaspingly so and I could not wait until my next sip. Definitely worth giving a try!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 21:12:27 | More by woodychandler
Photo of acevenom


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Pours dark brown with a massive tan head. The head dissipates, leaving plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. The aromas of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate dominate. There's also a hint of extra sweetness in the smell. The flavor is sweeter than the classic Guinness flavor with an extra punch from the alcohol. There are flavors of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and molasses. This is a bolder version of the Guinness we've all enjoyed and the flavors are still well balanced. The alcohol is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Like the original, it is very drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent Irish stout and easily one of the best I've had from the style. If you like the regular Guinness, you could not go wrong trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 19:48:53 | More by acevenom
Photo of GordonofSeattle


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, I'm impressed. This Guinness has none of the lackluster qualities of its Canadian Extra Stout little brother. This beer is roasty, a little creamy, a little punchy, and overall delicious. I did find the head retention to be lacking, but given the journey it took from Dublin I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. While perhaps not the most exciting beer in the world it is a very tasty beer of the foreign/export stout style. I'm not sure if it is worth the premium charged for it here on the west coast of the States, but it's wroth tasting if you enjoy stouts.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:15:50 | More by GordonofSeattle
Photo of Drew966


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guiness Foreign Extra Stout pours a very dark brown/ not quite black color with a thick milk chocolate colored head from a brown 330 ml bottle. Dark malts are present in the aroma. Lots of dark malt in the flavor, even a hint of caramel. Definitely stronger than the original in both flavor and alcohol. Sweeter too. This bottle came from the Caribbean. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 21:29:53 | More by Drew966
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