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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 825
Hads: 2,182
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 177
Gots: 254 | 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 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.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle # LO265GG001.. 04:10

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham, NH

Price - $9.99/4-pack

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a creamy three finger layer of foam. A quarter inch soapy light tan head remains half way through the glass and shows a fair amount of lacing sticking to the sides.

Smell: The aroma is classic Guinness on steroids which is pretty much roasted malts with an underlying scent of coffee.

Taste: Again Guinness, probably the easiest beer to recognize in a blind taste test. Oak flavor with smoke.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a smoke backbone and some hop bitterness. Pretty good carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeah one's enough. After ninety plus years away from America I some how expected this to have more of a wow factor but was disappointed. Still drinkable and one I'll revisit.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a ton of chocolaty, foamy head. Great retention. Smells of roasted malt with mild caramel notes. Taste is rich, creamy roasted malt with some caramel and alcohol; a very mild bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

Very nice stout. Definitely better than the original draught.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/07/07- Received via trade from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date printed on the neck of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black as expected in the pour. Larger inch plus creamy looking head. Left decent patchwork lace behind.

Smell- Light dusting of chocolate, maybe a touch of hops and the lightest bit of coffee bean notes.

Taste- The cross between dark and milk chocolate comes though consistently, while the coffee flavor seems to be almost absent. Malt is fairly deep and a touch smoky. Seems to be a bit bitter from the handful of hops they put it.

Mouthfeel- A tad more carbonated than I would like, but becomes lightly creamy and more smooth as it warms to room temp.

Drinkability- Don't know what all the fuss is about. It's a pervectly fine beer, but I've had many other of the style that are better and have better outright flavor. I guess it's because of the scarcity.

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Photo of nova009
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a nice dark black, about a finger and a half tan head appears and sticks around for awhile, pretty nice lacing sticks to the glass

S- dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, a little vanilla, pretty much a standard stout

T- this is a lot more complex than the smell led on, lots of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, slight taste of dark fruits present as well, a little bit of vanilla, the roasted malt tends to dominate despite the abundance of flavors

M- medium body, smooth and creamy, pretty nice balance of carbonation, solid feel

O- this is definitely better than a standard guiness, not an incredible beer but a decent stout overall

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Photo of dubinsky
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A – Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a nice one finger mocha color head.

S – Smokey, with hints of coffee and roasted malts. The smoke dominates the aroma of this beer.

T – Taste follows smell closely. Huge smoke elements are chased by chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter finish.

M – Medium body with medium carbonation. Very dry with a with a sticky hop like feel on the lips.

O – This is a huge step up from the regular Guinness, and proves to be very drinkable. Given the many options in this style this ranks somewhere in the middle but I still found it a pleasure to drink. Its good to know its now available in the US.

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Photo of BigMike
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Lovely day for a Guinness"

A: Pours black with just the slightest amount of ruby red around the edges. A huge tan head of about 3 fingers. Tremendous lacing. The head is sticking around and looks as creamy and rich as melting coffee icecream.

S: Huge nose on this. Definitely more then the Guinness I grew up on. Huge bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Even some caramel and a nice amount of hops.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose in the fact that there's a ton and a half of dark roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and a surprising amount of citrus that I'm not used to in my Guinness.

M: Maybe a step below medium. Extremely smooth and well carbonated. Easy to drink with no sign of the 7.5% abv.

Overall: Easily the best Guinness I've had to date. I'm so glad this is available now in the US. It's a really really good stout. Worth the $10.99 price tag for a 4 pack.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 20010-12-08 in Lynchburg, VA

A - Dark brown / black with generous 2-finger head and good lacing.

S - Dark roasted grain, licorice, dark yeasty bread.

T - The Guinness profile but more of it. Similar to the smell with a dark, astringent roast, caramel sweetness, some alcohol and hop bitterness. Lingering sweet-sour-bitter taste. Didn't like the taste as much as I thought I would.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Somewhat creamy and mildly sticky.

D - Sipper. Tasty but not remarkable. There are many imperial stouts I'd rather have.

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Photo of Why-P-A
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark and cloudy, bottle pouring leaves a minimal head creamy head.

S: Typically lagers have less aromas developed but this is rich on the nose with dark burnt coffee.

T: Dark and hearty. Several layers of malt transitioning slowly from sweet initially to dark and bitter. No smoky malts or yeast esters both of which would be uncommon in this style but still a lot of flavor.

M: The burnt malt character and high alcohol give this a very dry finish leaving you thirsty.

O: Unlike traditional Guinness this beer is strong with lots of flavor. While not as well balanced as Guinness lager this is a truly a strong and flavorful beer. Immensely popular in many parts of the world, this dark strong beer is still drank year round, often only marginally cold.

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Photo of wcintula
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I dunno about this one, I was very excited to try it...maybe too excited. Finally saw this in a bar(d.b.a., Wmsburg) so I grabbed one out of excitement. Pours looking like a nice heavy stout, the head falls quickly. What I'm getting from this is an amplified Guinness Extra Stout. Stronger roasted flavor, which adds a bit of acidity and bitterness, like a dark coffee. Like the 'standard' Guinness I'm finding it with not enough body, especially for the high ABV. The beer isn't bad, but you won't find me paying $9 for it again.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head; the head disappears somewhat quickly, though it does leave some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, an almost black color and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of burnt, slightly fermented prunes, somewhat acidic espresso and also has a touch of nostril warming alcohol towards the finish. It is quite interesting how fruity this smells, it is really quite amplified, but it also some how smells thin, if that makes any sense. If you really dig there are notes of darkly toasted whole grain bread in the finish that adds some much needed complexity, but you really have to dig to find these notes.

Lightly sweet up front, but this is well balanced by the roast character. The roasted notes start out soft and smooth, but pick up some bite and bitterness as it flows across the tongue. The finish sees the burnt bitterness lingering in a nice way as well as having a roasted coffee / bread character to it. The beer has some viscous heft to it, but it actually seems a bit light for what I was expecting for some reason; the overall dryness and ample roast flavors certainly help to thin the effect of this beer out too. The fruitiness from the nose isn't quite so noticeable in the flavor (the ample roast character in the flavors certainly tempers this), but there is still a note of lightly tart plums in the finish that mixes with some warming alcohol notes that also accentuate the soft fruit character.

For some reason I was expecting great things from this beer; I feel quite a bit let down, but in all honestly this is a more than serviceable stout that I am able to settle in to and enjoy. I wish it had a bit more chewy malt balance to it and the nose is a bit out of whack with its fermented prune focus.

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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.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a fluffy head that won't go away.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, toast and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Has almost a cola like taste along with the dark coffee flavors. Mild bitter hops on the end.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonations lifts the aromas up and into the back of the nose almost continuosly.

Drinkability: Fairly balanced but maybe fust one or two would do, depending on the mood.

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Photo of MillRat
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a few bottles while in Ireland when we were staying in a place that did not have a pub within slithering distance (hard to believe, but true). Guinness is swimming in the deep end of the pool when they brew this. The color is inky black, and the head is a rich brown as opposed to the light tan of their draught. The aroma and taste is split evenly between the roasted barley and carmelized sugar flavors that range from toffee to molasses. This is a rather full-bodied beer, with a degree of sweetness in the aftertaste that is balanced by the roasted grain flavors and a hop bitterness that is more prominent than in the draught. The intensity of the toffee/molasses flavors makes two bottles plenty. While the draught may be an ideal beer to introduce people to the wonders of stouts, this is for those who are already stout lovers.

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Photo of iD9
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tuliped Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Typical of a stout. Dark through the body with brown and red hues lacing the edges. The head pours a medium tan. Looks good but it seems to die-off pretty quick. Lacing is not particularly impressive.

Smell: Stouty. A little roasty but not too much. A few hints of dry, woody tones? I dunno pretty much like the normal extra stout but there is something here I'm not used to. Reminds me of bananas?

Taste: I can taste those awkward notes in the body of the beer too. Shouldn't be skunked, never had a problem at this store before. A bit of dry roastiness kicks through the back though this brew is decidedly less dry than the normal extra stout. An improvement except for whatever the weirdness is thats running through it.

Mouthfeel: Very good. A bit bigger and creamer than the extra stout without being dominating.

Drinkability: Also good, if not a bit unremarkable. You certainly can't taste the alcohol. Suffers from the awkward taste profile but its totally manageable, no prob.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack this afternoon to use in a stew I'm making for dinner. This was one of the leftover bottles. Poured a deep brown/black color with finger and a half of light brown foam on top. Aromas of plums, raisin, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied, and fairly bitter, with plums, raisins and roasted malt.

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Photo of Dope
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours opaque black with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of roasted malts, some chocolate, and a bit of booze. It definitely promises more flavor than regular Guinness (though I do enjoy Guinness quite a bit). Taste follows with decent chocolate, roasted, and sweet malt notes, with an underlying hint of booze. A bit hoppy too--some nice bitterness in there. Something is a bit off to me, maybe a musty or stale flavor in there somewhere though I can't really pin it down. Not a bad beer by any means, but not a spectacular stout either. Moderate feel in the mouth, definitely more body than what I am used to seeing from Guinness. Decent drinkability, though hampered by the off-flavor I'm getting.

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Photo of OakedCanuck
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint.

This beer is black with brown edging. It had a rocky, mocha color head that didn't stay very long. Slightly hoppy aroma noted, also roast coffee. It had a distinct sour tinge to the nose. Forward roasted malt on the tongue initially, semi smoky, oats. It has a very tart, sour taste that I am not used to expecting from a Guinness. Medium body and carbonated. The tartness throws it off a bit, I still prefer the original Guinness in a can with the widget!

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Head explodes on the pour! The head reminds me of an Ice Cream Float. The body is the closest to opaque you can get with some very faint ruby on the sides.

I get a licorice smell, some roasted grains and some grass. Not a bad smell at all.

Bitter burnt coffee, some booziness, roasted grains and burnt grass. Very dry taste. It's not horrible but not really all that good.

Very light carbonation despite the bubblage I saw on the ruby red edges. Leaves the mouth feeling very dry and leaving the lips a little sticky.

It's not horrible just about above an average stout. The taste is a little weird for me at first but as it warms it's a little more smooth with the flavors merging quite well. The booziness becomes more pronounce but blends with the flavors. Weird but not boring. I really would have to be in the mood for this again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, brewed in Ireland. It pours dark brown/black and opaque, with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasty and a little estery, closer to the Belgian version than the Extra version available for so long in the US.

Big roasted malt flavors, a little bit bitter more from roast than from hops, with some slightly sweet undertones that are a little yeasty. Plums and raisins way in the background.

Light carbonation, thicker than average body. OK but not great, nothing I'm all too hot to go after again.

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Photo of Holland
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle, no glass, at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago. Going off what I could gather from that experience.

A: couldn't tell much, other than it was heady and very dark.

S: smelled of roasted malts, chocolate, and tons of vinegar of the malt kind.

T: tastes like a nice dry stout with some of the malt vinegar. It's solid, but not super complex.

M: nice mouthfeel - smooth, dry, and carbonated all mixed.

O: seems like an alright beer, and I'd have it again. Maybe this is more of a knock on the Heartland Cafe. It was $6, served in a bottle, and might have been old. Who knows? I'd like to try it again if I could be assured I'd have a real drinking experience.

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

Finally got ‘round to trying this one...

A: Poured into a Brooklyn tulip... tar black; three finger mocha head, leaving a fair amount of crusty lace.

S: Super roasted malts; very charry and sweet; not too complex, though - no chocolate, coffee, etc.

T: Initial malt sweetness, followed up by raw, acrid, roasted malt; earthy bitterness on the end - almost more from the roast, though (as opposed to hops).

M: Medium-bodied; higher carbonation; a little watery, though; average.

D/O: Not super tasty or complex, but rather drinkable; the thin mouthfeel detracts a bit, though. Glad to try, and much better than “regular” Guinness.

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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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black with a thick tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some char and espresso notes upfront, along with milk chocolate and molasses, burnt bread, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor also has coffee and char notes initially, along with dark fruits, dark chocolate, burnt bread, some herbal hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is OK. A decent export stoout, but nothing exceptional...a little underwhelming to be honest.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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