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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 2,060
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
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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 Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, black color with very little head, which dissipates to a small amount of lacing on the top.

S: There is definitely a malty aroma to this beer with a dark fruit scent that is full of roasted malts.

T: Initially a sweet taste followed by the roasted malts and what has been referred to previously as the "metallic Guinness" taste. A bit of coffee is present along with a very slight milky taste.

M: Quite a bit of creaminess here, though not overly so, more like a half-and-half than a whole cream. Full bodied for certain with all the flavoring in here, though not too much.

D: Very drinkable, definitely lived up to the hype that I read about it.

Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a snifter to three inches of brown head. It is black is color. The aroma is very sweet with some dark fruit and bready undertones. The taste begins with dark fruits, followed by roasted malt, and finishing with some bitterness. The mouthfeel is not as creamy of the nitrous cans but it's not bad. I still think extra stout is the best of the family.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Best Before Date of L0244GF0001. Unsure of what that means. Pours an almost black with very minimal head. Aromas of roasted malts and some coffee. Flavors of some more coffee and chocolate but also some molasses. Aftertaste of roasted malts. Pretty smooth stout. Nothing revolutionary but nothing bad either. I liked it and I'd look for it in a bar but probably won't rush out to buy another 4 pack for $10.

Photo of JimLetson
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After a lot of searching, I found this at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton. Poured into a Chimay goblet (only clean beer glass I had at the time).

Appearance - pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing as it recedes. No light getting through here at all!

Smell - definitely a lot of black malt aroma, but also ground coffee. I smell the hops less than I expected to. The roasty-toasty smells take center stage.

Taste - again, the black malt and a little coffee get you at first, but as that subsides, the hop bitterness picks up a lot. Much more than I thought I would notice, based on the smell. The hop bitterness lingers for a long time. Also, as it warms up a bit, there is a slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - prickly. The carbonation is nice, and the beer definitely dries your mouth out, but not in an unpleasant way. I definitely want to take another sip.

Drinkability - very good. I find it to be a nice, balanced beer, not too heavy, and though the alcohol content isn't super high, the flavors still mask it well. I will definitely drink this beer again.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from into a pint from a 22oz bottle.

A: Looks like a regular Guinness with a nice foamy head and a dark ruby body.

S: Big malty chocolate and spicy hops.

T: Follows the smell; chocolate, piney hops, and a hint of alcohol.

D: Very smooth and drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer goes down nice and easy.

Overall: A very original and tasty stout. It is sweet, spicy and smooth and leaves the draught in the dust. Shame on you, Diageo, for having the ability to make awesome beer and still producing mediocre brews.

Photo of Brad007
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, nice to see this finally show up on our shores.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, brown head into my glass. Very nice head that fades down, leaving some lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of roasted malt, coffee and just a slight hint of cream, followed by alcohol. Think regular Guinness on steroids.

Taste? Roasted malt and alcohol heat greet the mouth, followed by a dose of coffee. Very robust in nature. There is the odd taste of regular Guinness that lingers but otherwise, it is stronger as advertised.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering alcohol and roasted malt/coffee flavors. Again, I have mixed feelings about the aftertaste.

It's certainly how I described it (regular Guinness amped up) but it's left me wanting more. Perhaps it just needs to warm up a bit? Regardless, I would still recommend it.

Photo of NefariousR
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark black with an incredibly thick, foamy tan head. Spiderweb lacing is left down the glass.

S - Malty sweetness, dark chocolate with a hint of sharpness added by the hops.

T - Heavy roast flavors complemented by malt and chocolate. Hop bitterness is present, but just enough to add balance.

M - Medium-thick and sticky, with quite a bit more carbonation than the Draught or even the original Extra Stout.

D - A wonderful stout that hits a nice medium between standard stouts and an RIS. In my opinion, Guinness' best beer by far -- I'm so glad they've started bringing this stateside.

Photo of thekanna
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with an off-white tan head.

S: Strong roasted malts and some heavy whipping cream.

T: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bitterness at the end. Also, Guinness' characteristic iron metallic taste (almost like blood) in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin to be a great stout; but then again, the original Guinness also suffers from the same problem.

D: This didn't really taste all that different from a normal Guinness extra stout to me, but it's still a solid example of the style.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Pours a clear dark brown/black with a three finger creamy tan head that leaves rings of residual lacing down the glass.

S. Chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, some roasted malt

T. Sweet upfront with toffee most prominent, caramel, and a bit of milk chocolate. Bitter dark chocolate comes in on the tail. A coffee-like bitterness comes out in the aftertaste.

M. Medium with a medium to high creamy level of carbonation. The body is a bit of a disappointment to me; I expected this to be thicker and creamier.

D. The best Guinness I've ever had. A good beer that I've waited quite awhile to try. I'm glad this is finally available in the US.

Photo of r0nyn
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my DFH snifter.

Pours a deep, dark inky blackess that doesn't let any light through at all. There's a FAT two inch head that collects at the top and leaves tons of serious lacing. A very nice looking stout. Smell is a bit subdued, but I can pick out some roasted malts along with a little bit of barley. There is a definite alcohol character as well, something I wasn't counting on. It gets more pronounced as the beer warms.

Some caramel malts to kick things off with some sweetness, followed by some bittering hops that permeate the flavor profile. Nuances of vanilla and toffee filter through. Slight alcohol bite at the end, and the aftertaste is dark chocolate bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth and silky, with good heft and a drying finish.

Drinkability is quite good. This is a smoother, slightly more complex version of the typical Guinness Draught and it shows in the feel and the flavors. There's a bit more alcohol to take into account, but it still goes down well and drinks like a champ. I'll probably pick up another bottle and see how it does with a bit of age on it to mellow out the taste.

Photo of AdamBear
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-black with a good amount of dark tan head

S-mmm dark roasted malts and caramel...mmmm

T-hmm Guinness really did a good job, it hits with the classic draught guinness taste only much darker and stronger. the dark roasted malts are more evident in the after-taste. has a bit of bitterness to it

M-medium carbonation, much more than guinness draught, creamy finish

D-well...it gets more bitter as the drink goes on...i find this undesirable. the abv hits quickly, its great tasting but its for some reason its a difficult beer to finish.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$3.25 / ea.

A: Opaque black body topped with a tight tan two-finger plus head of fantastic retention that leaves behind thick sticky lace and a rocky cover.

S: Classic Guinness aroma but stronger. This is a good thing. Sweet fruit aromas fill the nose

T: Bitter coffee and hops from the beginning. Again, this reminds me of classic Guinness on steroids. Everything is just a little more potent. The one drawback is the booze borders on medicinal and can be a bit distracting with fusel hints. Significant bitter aftertaste, but it doesn't linger too long.

M: Medium body with moderate carbonation. I'd like to try this on nitro to get the creaminess I expect from the brand. Otherwise very ordinary example of the style.

D: The drinkability really suffers from the alcoholic off flavors. One or two is fine, and food really helps. Otherwise, not something I would seek out.

O: So much promise with a great appearance and appealing aroma. I'll try this one again to double check the flavor. Could have been so much more.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, the wait was worth it. I remember inquiring about this at the Foodery in Philly more than 5 years ago and was disappointed to find out that the US didn't get this.

Had the more ubiquitous export stouts: Lion, Dragon, etc. Anyway, this has been the best of the style I've experienced so far.

Nearly flawless pour - coal black, a voluminous mocha-shaded head - lasting, creamy, dimpled - that leaves handsome drapes of lacing - as much as one associates a thick, creamy, dense head with Guinness (Draught) - this may be why I hesitate to give perfect marks to the look (but it's damn close). Moving on, the aroma is surprisingly not as rich the flavor - just lightly bitter/roasty and sweet, yet naturally appealing. My oh my, does this taste and drink wonderfully! The bitterness kicks up a couple notches, though never coming off biting or feeling astringent. There is a light, smooth acidity that lingers from a moderate-strength roasty foundation - but just a soft touch. Instead of chocolate flavors (which I was half expecting), I found subtle vanilla notes, starting in the tail of the middle through the finish. Delightful. Add to all of this some molasses flavors and light viscosity and an almost perfect mid-range degree of body, and this is a thoroughly well-balanced, highly enjoyable export stout - and one of the best no-frills, stronger stouts I've had. Says a lot. Again, worth it.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town. $9.75 for the 4 pack of 11.2oz bottles. Glad to see this isn't a nitro gadget offering.

A beautiful pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of foam. Head retention is decent as there's foam until the very end but there's very little sticky lacing.

The smell is roasted malt, some caramel malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Some bitterness.

The taste fooled me by a bunch. Lots of roasted malt flavour, chocolate, some smokey notes, a malt sweetness that you get typically from a Milk Stout, a touch of anise, and by golly, a goodly amount of a dry bitterness. Very damn tasty and it trumps the aroma big time.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? It is no light weight when it comes to the abv but I'm finding the alcohol is hidden very well. Much more so than the super delicious Belgian(John Martin) version that is only a half a percent more. Not a session brew, for sure, but I've finished my first bottle and 1 more will finish a very good sitting with a very good Foreign Extra Stout.

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

Robustly flavored and dry to the finish, this beer spans the gamot of characteristics in a fluid and flawless manner.

The pour brings a very dark brown elixer, almost opaque, and carries a most impressive tan foam stance that lasts the session with stubborn structure. The beer leaves an intricate sticky lace on the glass in most convincing fashion.

Aromas of bittersweet chocolate, malted milk, light char and french roast coffee fill the nose in a balanced and robust way.

Flavors of roasted woods, coffee, and burnt cocoa begin to take precidence in flavor, but then follow with a creamy sweet balance and mild tartness for complexity. Also balanced with English hops, the beer has an added gear of woodiness/earthiness that blends seamlessly with the coffee-ish bitterness.

Very creamy and full early on, the beer makes a quick transition through the milky malted weight, the sweetish mid palate, and into the acrid-dry finish, stopping shy of ashy or powdery. Very well controlled. Maybe the sharpness of roasted grain or hop bite proves too much for some, but this is a well balanced beer on all fronts.

Now, when is Guinness going to give us a Russian Imperial?

Photo of BierFan
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Good looking very pale milky brown head. Body is black, of course.

Smell: Amazing smell. Very sweet and rich, dessert-like, almost smokey. Really, really reminds me of Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale.

Taste: Not as good as the smell. Smokey and rich. Roasty, sweet. Really unlike any other stout I've had before.

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a looong time for this to come stateside, and had to wait even longer for it to get to central mass. A bit perplexed by the "best by" date on the back...it says 0509, which, doesnt make much sense if they just started getting these in the US...

A - The good dark, rich pour with the typical light tan guinness head on top. Did not had that bubble effect of a usual guiness. Head surpsingly quickly faded to leave a nice tan blanket and thick side lacing.

S - Like a typical guinness aroma just more intense. Nice strong roasty malts with hints of carmel and vanilla. Light coffee aromas too.

T - Much like the nose this is a more strong flavoured guinness. The roasted malts are more prevalent and theres some more coffee notes but that nice carmel like sweetness, and hints of vanilla.

M - Nice, nice mouthfeel. Much thicker than a regular guiness. Really nice stout feel.

D - Just builds off of a regular "american" guinness and turns it into something that much better. I've been jealous about practicly everywhere else in the world getting this except the US but nowI can drink what all the fuss is about.

Photo of mattgreger
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even the pour on this one is WOW. This brew poured a dark black, with just a tint of brown glowing throughout. It poured with a very large, fluffy tan head that had some amazing retention. As the brew is drank, a wonderful amount of spiderweb like lacing remains even to the finish.

The aroma is a great malty one at first. The aromas that rise to the nose are some dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a just a touch of hops. A great tingle to the nose.

The taste of this brew is almost exactly how it smells, though the taste a bit more bitter, then what hit the nose. The bitterness how ever was balanced out very well with the flavors of the chocolate and the roasted malts. This gave this brew a wonderful, bitter/sweet flavorl. The finish on this brew gives just the hint of some coffee and maybe even that of prunes.

The mouthful on this brew is very viscous, and oh so smooth. This is very much, what you expect from a stout.

The drink on this one is great. It's got a great balance, is extremely smooth. A very nice, viscous stout. I would have to say this is probably the best pints of Guinness I have ever had. This is not a heavy as traditional Guinness, so I would have to say, I could probably drink these all night. ABV is a little high, so some people might not be able to do more then 2. Otherwise an amazing stout.

Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/30/10

A:Pours a dark non transparent color with a big tan head, nice lacing is left down the

S:Smell of roasted malt, coffee, and possibly some chocolate in the mix as well. Much
like a regular Guinness but a little more intense

T:Taste is pretty much the same as the nose but mostly just dominated by robust and
roastiness of the malts. They talk about extra dry hopping on this but I'm really not
getting to much if that at all.

M:Thicker body than the regular style (which was one of the main things it was always lacking)seem like the carbonation was good as well

D:Overall a just above average stout, granted it is better than the original version, but just
nothing to crazy delicious about it. Could see drinking a couple of these if they were
offered for free but probably save my money for something a little better

Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for picking a few of these up and allowing me to indulge in one of them.

I've been itching to try one of these ever since I heard they were coming to America. Though Eddie Murphy will not be involved in this experience I still am able to gaze upon a super dark brown. This beer isn't able to be penetrated by light and has a nice thick tan foam that you can easily sit a bottle cap on (I actually try it from time to time, this one floated longer than most). The smell is mainly of coffee and roasted dark chocolate. There seems to be a decent light hop aroma making its way through to the nose accompanied by some molasses for sweetness. There is a lot of burnt taste in this beer, I know it's too the style but it takes some getting used to. I honestly didn't think that I would be able to taste the distinctive Guinness sour flavor, but there it is waiting for me in the aftertaste. I didn't really expect to taste the liquor in this beer, but it makes itself known as well. With all those notes it still remains predominantly a roasted dark chocolate flavor adding some burnt biscuit taste as well. The liqour roast combo just doesn't seem to work right, and I don't know why. It's very velvety on the tongue, but the bitterness mixed with the astringency of the beer removes it from the perfect pantheon I would have hoped for. Overall this is a very good beer, and I would have it again if I'm in the mood for deep roast.

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

11.2 oz Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: Jet black with just the slightest bit of brown when help up to the light. Almost a one finger head that was light brown. Head dissipated slowly and left little lacing.

S: Nice roasted malty nose. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee, prune, roasted malt, slightest hop. Very pleasant.

T: Tasted just as it smelled, though a little more bitter. The bitterness was balanced by a nice sweet taste of chocolate and malt. Typical bitter coffee and prunes flavors shine through.

M: Fantastic! Very rich and viscous, pretty much exactly what I'd want in a stout.

D: This is a very balanced, smooth, viscous stout. Easily the best Guinness I've ever had and a good solid stout.

Overall: This is a true Guinness and a good traditional stout. Not quite complex and sweet enough to put it in the exceptional range, but great for what it is. For the price though, I think I'll be sticking to Victory's Storm King Stout for the most part.

Photo of russwbeck
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark pour with a nice frothy light brown head. A lot of lacing on this one.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Basically like a coffee infused Guinness.

T: Very light to start, roasted malts and caramel. Strong coffee finish. Very dry and bitter to tie it all up.

MF: Much lighter than I expected.

D: High for a stout. Although I wouldn't pick up another 4-pack.

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

poured into a snifter the color is dark brown/black and a decent sized head. strong lacing throughout. smell is of sweet chocolate and roasted malt. tastes like the guinness draught only with a strong hint of chocolate and bigger roasted malt profile. much drier than the sweet smell would imply. also tastes a little like generic grain. mouthfeel is a nice creamy feel that goes down incredibly smooth and with little mouth-coating and aftertaste. Drinkability is fairly decent. It's priced a little higher than it should be at $11 a 4-pack of 11.2 oz bottles. Decent beer, but at its price point I wouldn't get again unless craft options are limited or the price comes down.

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

Looked similar to when Guinness is poured at the tap with a nice layering of brown carbonation sorting itself out. The light brown head is rocky and frothy, already lacing some nice spotty lace. Body is pretty much pitch black with the slightest red highlight squeaking through when held up to light.

Aroma. You can smell the regular guinnessness here but its accompanied by sweetness, dark fruit, musty earthyness, roasted malt and coffee.

Lots of delicious roasted malt flavor and dark fruit hints. You can actually taste some hops in this!

Feel is slightly creamy with a little zing from the carbonation.

This has been a long time coming. I like. If you strip all of what makes this interesting then you would have the generic thin shit they sell in the US. Wow, they should just scrap the crappy Guinness thats sold in the US now and replace it with this.

Photo of malty
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Before: L0244GF001 05:15 Must mean it's fresh? :-)

Poured into my most special stemmed vintage tulip glass ala Whitbread Extra Stout a death black with no edges. Enormous fluffy khaki head stands a settled 2". Looks ominous like the Grand Teton mountains. Fluffy, protruding, unbroken 1/4" wide rings of lace all the way down.

Smells of freshly melted baker's chocolate over straight out of the oven walnut brownies. Lots of leather and a tinge of moist tobacco leaf. Mashed-up Whopper malted milk chocolate candies with a splash of butter milk drizzled over the top. Very rich and lots of depth.

The leather I detected in the nose is masterfully translated into the taste department. The 3-D chocolate smell experience translates into more of a basic, yet solid chocolate note. The bitterness is what really takes center stage. The back labels reads, 'Brewed with extra hops...' So I guess this is the wonderful outcome - good stuff. The buttermilk element makes a cameo appearance in the taste profile as well.

Mouthfeel is a hint past medium bodied with fine, but a low level of carbonation - very English indeed. The bitter/chalky finish lingers nicely with the leathery dark (somewhat burnt) chocolate flavors.

Drinkability is superb. For a 7.5% stout, it drink just fine with no alcohol taste or burn - just a tiny bit of warmth in my chest.

Overall a fantastic stout that I'm glad I tried. With the fantastic selection of local & regional 'big' stouts out there, I doubt I'll be rushing out to buy a 4-pack of this soon, but you never know. The looks on this baby are absolutely picturesque. The acrid/smokey/bitter characteristics are stellar!

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,060 ratings.