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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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 flexabull
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer and sampled it in Costa Rica about a week ago. The label says, "Producto de Irlanda" so this one is imported from Ireland..

Beer pours a deep dark brown, with a very nice tan head.

Aromas are sweet, chocolate like, and there are some coffee notes.

Flavors are of dark roasted malts on the front, but the beer had a pretty distinct sweet soy sauce like quality. There a bit of dryness and bitterness on the finish, but the soy sauce taste isn't really something that I enjoy.

Mouthfeel is very thick and full.

Drinkability is pretty good, but this really wasn't my style. I'd have another, but I can think of other stouts that I prefer. But I enjoyed trying this one. And it was a welcome change from all the lagers in Costa Rica.

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Photo of sloejams
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I made a point to drink a few of these on my recent trip to France. I should have brought as many as I could home with me. Not being able to get this style of Guinness in the United States is a crime.

Oh the lovely, sweet, thick black elixir. It kind of looks like motor oil. The coffee and toffee aromas hit first. Yum. It has a warming, familiar flavor. It's kind of like that hot chocolate your mother used to make for you. That sort of comfort comes through in the flavor. It's sweet, it's malty - it's delicious.

Night and day from the stuff you can get here - sadly.

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

Purchased on my recent trip to Jamaica. Bottle says it was brewed an bottled by Desnoes & Geddes of Kingston, Jamaica.

I like how this beer poured. Rich, deep chocolate brown. Thick, foamy head that was tinger tan. Never quite vanished. Nose is malty with lots of toast.

Flavor is nice. Never been a huge fan of the style because it always seemed a tad out of whack to me. But this one has decent balance. Malts are heavily roasted and the hops have a nice spruce springiness to them. Kind of a clove flavor as well. Medium to full body that does not cloy at all. Hops do slightly linger and the alcohol is lightly pronounced. Easily drinkable but it might numb the taste buds a bit after several bottles.

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Photo of ikats
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased on the island of St. Thomas. Brewed in Dublin (according to the bottle).

Practically back in color with nice, sticky brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin cover leaving nice lacing behind.

Aroma is full of roasted notes, caramel, molasses. Sweet and sticky with a hint to this beer's strength.

First sip is a bit of a shocker as my mind tries to clear any connection or expectations related to a 4% Guinness Draught. The following sips reveal beer's sweet softness with dry bitterness. Strength is lurking in the background. This beer has substance, but even so, it's still not more than medium body.

Fairly drinkable with a nice mouthfeel; although, I cannot imagine it being a session beer.

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

Poured into a glass, is a awesome blackish red witha fluffy 2 finger head that stays the entire drink and leaves heavy lace. Smell is over bitter sweet fig leaf and bread. Taste is a bit dry and strong with a heavy sense of bread and sweet carmel, this is a very good offering form Guinness and probably my favorite from the, the drink is very smooth and goes down nicely.

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

A friend brought a few bottles of the Foreign Extra Stout back from his vacation in Jamaica where this is brewed and bottled. The bottle is different than the one pictured. It's somewhat smaller than the domestic Extra Stout, and the bottle tapers to a wider base at the bottom.

A: This beer is nearly pitch-black with a rather thick head. It reminds me of some of the better stouts I've seen.

S: It's a little "rummy" (thanks to the higher alcohol compared to the domestic version) with a sour-ish aroma of roasted malts.

T: This has a big dose of flavor. The mild sourness of the roasted malts bursts right through. Hints of coffee permeate as well.

M: It has below-average amount of carbonation, but it feels just right.

D: Very smooth and, given the alcohol content, it's surprising how easy it could be to drink these one after another.

Overall, this was a real treat. I doubt I'll ever get the chance to have one again, but I'm glad I finally did.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this one in Belize and was very excited to get my hands on the Holy Grail of Guinness. 275-mL bottle pours opaque ebony with a pretty towering head that subsides into a very respectable cap, leaving lovely rings down the side.

Smell develops as beer warms, sweet and pungent. Burnt/roasted grain is subdued, with a sweet caramel-and-tobacco fragrance wafting up on alcohol fumes.

There's something for every region of the tongue in the taste - a bit of mineral kick up front, followed by underlying creamy malt character and coffee-ish roasted flavors. Hop bitterness all around, lending it a strong, dry character, and their leafy (and slightly floral) character blends with alcohol and the creamy texture of the grains to create a tartness I haven't seen in stouts up to this point. Equally nice to savor in the mouth or just sip smoothly. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, balancing slick creaminess with a drying finish that belies the full body of the brew.

Although the alcohol (7.5% by volume) doesn't hide throughout, it's not so conspicuous as to make drinking this (at least in small proportions) a chore, and I could easily work through a couple of these small bottles in a sitting. I'm glad I got my hands on this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was able to bring a few of these back with me from a recent trip to Nassau in the Bahamas. Pours pitch black with a large creamy tan colored head. Much like the Extra Stout offered in the states but much bolder in every aspect. Too bad Guinness does not ship the Foreign Extra Stout to the states or it would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of beltyrion
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I found this in a random bar in Palermo Sicily. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it as leisurely as I would have liked, but I was later able to enjoy a second round with a buddy of mine.

A: Pours the typical guinness near pitch black color. If anything the head is a darker brown.

S: Hints of coffee and chocolate. This seems to be the typical Guinness Extra Stout I get in the US on steroids.

T: Like drinking bread. The same coffee and chocolate hints. It takes all the hints you get from a bottle of regular old extra stout and fulfills them. Very bold.

M: Just as carbonated as the regular extra stout but a bit thicker.

D: I don't think I could do this all day like its lesser brethren, but a definite treat. Felt very fortunate to find this, as I don't plan on going to Africa, Asia or the Caribbean any time soon.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’ve never found Guinness very accessible, and it has been the only beer I can remember trying that I have really struggled to drink, even the supposedly perfect pint poured in the Dublin Guinness Factory. I’d long given up on it, but perhaps I can have more luck with the Foreign Extra incarnation of it.

Pours with a large frothy light brown head, long lasting and plenty of lacing. Pitch black hue, completely opaque. Malty aromas are dominant with dark bitter chocolate, coffee and all round roastiness.
Seemed subdued on tasting though: more maltiness and some pleasant bitter flavours, but somewhat lacking in the intensity you would expect from the smell. Medium-to-full body with creamy texture. Lovely finish with malt giving way to a lovely lingering bitter flavour. The length of this is exceptional. Incredibly drinkable: certainly none of the iron filing flavour I'd associate with Guinness Draught, but surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content as well.

Overall, sorry to reach the end of it, and happily converted.

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

I enjoyed a couple of these at Bob Marley's, Universal City Walk, Orlando.

A: Blacker than black, tan head, not enough retention (for a stout), but it does leave a nice lace.

S: Very roasty, with a hint of British fruity esters.

T: Pleasant dry roastyness, a little chocolate, nut, grassy hops, slight hint of bubblegum esters. None of that Guinness sour tang. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavour.

M: Moderate to full body is somewhat chalky. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Incredible for its strength.

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

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a deep black - no hint of colour when held up to light... Creamy brown, rocky head poured big and foamy and lasted for quite a while.... lots of nice sticky lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, slight spiciness, nuttiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents), treacle notes, leathery hints, some soy sauce traces...

Taste – Nice roasted maltiness, dark fruits (prunes, blackcurrents), definite bitter chocolate notes, coffee, biscuity notes, woody, some molasses, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite smooth initially then some sharpness afterwards. Full body... pretty drinkable given the strength...

Overall - An excellent stout, highly recommended. If only all Guinness was this good... Not quite as good as the Belgian version but not far off....

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Photo of Prufrock
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle poured into a pint glass.

pitch brown with a creamy tan head.

coffee and a ton of roasted malts. a hint of alcohol.

smooth carbonation with a slightly thick, alcoholic feel. roasted malt with a touch of coffee and sweetness. less hop character than the standard Guinness.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was given to me, from Tom at Cloverleaf. He brought it back from Jamaica, on a recent trip. He was gracious enough to give me a bottle, to sample. Thank you very much Tom.

Poured from a 275ml bottle into a pint glass.
Label states 6.5% alcohol.
Best before March 07.

Looks like your average stout, inky black color. A one finger thick creamy tan head forms. Spotty lacing is left behind. Smell is mostly roasted malts, hints of dark fruits and some sort of sour aroma. Taste mimics the smell lots of roasted malts, sweet, some hints of the alcohol. Finishes slightly dry. Smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. Leaves a twangy feeling on the tongue, maybe slightly sour. Overall a decent beer to drink. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to sample this. Quite different from the Guinness served in the U.S.

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

Much thanks to my roommate for bringing this back from his trip to Ireland for me. He picked it up at the Guinness brewery in Dublin, bottle says "brewed in Ireland."

Decanting this 330 mL bottle reveals a midnight black brew dominated by a light brown head. As the head dies down slightly, some heavy lacing coats my snifter. The aroma was much sweeter than I was expecting a Guinness to be. Some dark fruits coupled with caramel and possibly some molasses. Plenty of malt in the nose, with a really fantastic nuttiness. An extraordinary nose for an export stout. The flavor is very full, slightly reminescent of Guinness' Extra Stout, but with more depth. Up front, the taste is very robust - a nice presence of roasted barley and black malts, coffee is also apparent. Underneath this malty facade lies some nice bitter chocolate and caramel flavors. The robust malts eventually give way to a definite creaminess along with a hint of dark fruit sweetness. That creamy flavor leads into some spicy hops that help finish things off. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy, but mainly roasted dry. Mouthfeel is very full and almost chewy. Definitely the best offering from Guinness I've experienced.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Jamaican version...
Appears a light black with brown edges and a small tan head.
Smell is of buttery, caramel, light, mildly sour toffee.
Taste is of the same aromas with a caramel sweetness standing out.
Mouthfeel is chewy, and medium bodied.

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

330ml bottle from santoslhalper way back as part of BIF 17. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense, frothy head lasts more or less forever, with heavy lasting lacing. Aroma is dark malts with a fruity tinge to it, and maybe some vanilla notes. Taste is alomst like Guinness syrup, what you expect from normal Guinness, but more of it in the same volume. More intense flavor than we're used to from them, very nice. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice, although tending towards syrupy sweet a tad. Wish this was more of an option than it is in the US.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. Foreign Extra Stout bottle in honor of the Americanized St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance: The ale pours a deep black color, almost like oil. The ale's head is a mocha color that leaves a surprising amount of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light chocolate aroma and an underlying hoppiness that is foreign to Guinness Draught. The hop presence is a pleasing sweetness that mixes with the chocolate.

Taste: The ale has a lightly roasted flavor, almost like a Guinness light. Behind that light flavor is a cornucopia of unusual flavors: hops, pepper and spice and even some sourness.

Mouthfeel: This version of Guinness is night-and-day different from Guinness Draught and its widget. The mouthfeel resembles Lion Stout, with the spices and hops that are not found in most other stouts.

Drinkability: The ABV is a little high, but not terrible. The ale is smooth and flavorful, aiding its drinkability.

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Photo of granger10
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a few bottles of this from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. Poured an intensely dark coffee color with a medium tan head. Lacing was weak. A strong roasted black malt aroma leaned towards being burnt but the alcohol edge overcame that. Bittersweet chocolates and french roast sumatra coffee are the aromatic flavors. Darker fruity plums peak out as well. Taste is smoother than I was expecting. Alcohol delivers a punch right from the start but is never heavy or overdone. Burnt espresso is dominate. Roasted grains and smokey peat are in there deep. Notes of vanilla come and go. A half and half like creaminess comes along and more of a milk chocolate flavor develops toward the finish. In the end the alcohol and espresso are all I'm left with. This is a sipper but quite an enjoyable sipper at that.

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Photo of Jredner
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle came from Jamiaca and it tastes different than the American/Canadain version so bear that in mind:

Aroma is caramel, chocolate, raiisn and roasted malt. Deep black with a two finger thick mocha head...very Guinness looking. The fore presents prunes, raisins, burnt pumperknikela nd roasted malt. Finish is very toasty and raisin sweet. very smooth mouthfeel. I wish Guinness draft tasted like this. Feels like an Imperial Schwarzbier. Very nice.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This 33cl bottle of Guinness Foregin Extra Stout pours into my tulip glass a viscous, deep dark charcoal black with a sweet two finger creamy tan head on top. When held up to the light..pitch blackness...leaving sticky trails of lacing as well. Sweet! Aromas of roasted, slighty smoky dark malts with a slight lactic, cream undercurrent. Bitter coffee mingles with a touch of chocolate and a hint of dark fruit.

First sip brings a smooth, roasty dark maltiness that has a creamy feel to it and a slight sour twang. The bitter coffee comes in midway through along with some smoky chocolate notes. A little fruity, this is really a nice smooth, creamy stout. Finishes with a bit of lingering bitterness. Quite a depth of flavor when compared to the US version.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a medium body. Still, this is not a heavy stout by any means and it goes down with ease. If I could get this one around here...I'd buy it more often. They really should export this to the US! Thanks to dmeadows for the opportunity to sample another side of Guinness.

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Photo of MurphyKieran
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of my favourite beers. It's strong and it's got balls and it's not shy in the bitterness department. It's not the kind of thing I'd suck back several bottles of in a night though, just a couple on a Friday or Saturday night while watching a movie maybe.

Just a note to add - maybe this has been cleared up already, but despite Todd's review from a few years ago, this beer is readily available in supermarkets and off-licenses in Ireland, despite some claims that it's only available in obscure markets like Africa or the Caribbean.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought back from a bottle shop in London.

Darkened blackened ruby...more so than most Guinness-water we get for here, for sure. Lighter than Nigerian version, though.

Amazing bubbly lace cling, pre-sip. Fresh out-of-oven chocolate cookies, watery alcohol and astringency, intense roast, high and almost piercing weediness. That sourish off-flavor that is so prevalent in Guinness these days. Almost Belgian yeast thing happening.

Taste echoes nose, with emphasis on vinous elements, reediness, metallic hop bitterness, nice sweetness to close.

Better than our crappy Guinness...but not that much better.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from the UK . Pours coal black with a rich tan head. This is only vaguely related to its anemic cousin. Tastes like a rich complex imperail stout with all the harsh burnt dark malts rounded up into a symphony of goodness. Drank this in a tasting of Storm King and Big Bear from Bear Republic and this stout seemed as complex and big as those two giants. God I wish this beer was easier to find.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From Jamaica. The color is pitch black with a creamy, light brown head of average height. Foreign Extra Stout has a rich malty aroma with notes of molasses, although this isn't quite as strong or interesting as expected. The flavor is thick and malty. Rich, sweet malts are most apparent and remind me of toffee or molasses. An underlying roasted malt flavor provides a nice counterpoint to the rich sweetness. The roasted flavors come out more towards the finish and have a drying effect. Anyway, I found this to be a great beer, but not quite awesome enough to live up to the hype.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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