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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 825
Hads: 2,183
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 177
Gots: 255 | 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 Beer-Revelry
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an incredibly dark brown, as close to pitch black as brown can get. Beers easily will form a 1.5 finger head on its own. Head is extremely creamy with some thick clustering, looks like the head of a root beer float. Head is a light tan.
S - Definitely has an alcohol presence. After letting it warm up a bit, much more inviting aromas are present such as black coffee, light chocolate and even the presence of dates.
T - Not for a first time stout drinker, but a DAMNED good stout. A sweetness, comparable to dates shines through once you've allowed it to warm up a bit, there is still quite an alcohol presence as well as it's bitterness, but it isn't overpowering.
O - An excellent stout, but I feel it would be enjoyed more by a seasoned stout drinker rather than a newcomer to the world of stouts.
V - So worth it. You'll notice that there is Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness *Foreign* Extra Stout, these both typically run at the same price, but wow is the foreign variant so much better, it's flavors and aromas are much deeper and complex and quite frankly if you're paying the same amount any way, then it is entirely a good value.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%

A: Black body. Big, dense beige head. Great lacing.
S: Buttery chocolate.
T: It's a richer version of Guinness with quite a bit extra. Fairly sweet, very buttery, and plenty of chocolate. It's slightly rummy, slightly muddy, and has some bonfire smokiness. In the aftertaste I get some citrus on top of all that chocolate. As it approaches room temperature there's a pronounced fishy flavour, weirdly. It also gets more buttery.
M: Lively mouthfeel but smooth. Not sticky at all.
O: Great. I needs me some oysters.

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Photo of soneill065
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

The extra hops intensify the charcoal taste that is common in all stouts a little too much. I would much rather stick to the extra stout(original) any day.

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Photo of Saisons-of-the-Abyss
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Whoa. This is really, really good. Better than the usual extra stout. It's rich and earthy and chocolatey. It smells so fantastic. I'm gonna need more of these.

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Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%

330ml bottle purchased in Japan; 5% ABV.

The aroma is very bold and expressive with lots of brown sugar, molasses, prune, raisin, caramel, dark chocolate. The body is virtually black; the light tan head is dense and fluffy. The flavor is not quite as elaborate as the nose—bread crusts, brown sugar sweetness, moderate bitterness, coffee, and a nice peanut shell finish. The mouthfeel is smooth with a fairly full body; a little dry in the finish.

I enjoy a Guinness Draft well enough, but given a choice I'd take this Extra Stout any day. The aroma is bold and complex; and the flavor, while not quite as expressive, is still satisfyingly rich with roasted malt in the lead, sweetness in support, and a punctuating bitterness that stops shy of astringent.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me how bottled Guinnees used to looked, cola body huge tobacco stained foamy head
Subdued coffee aroma
Flavour is where regular Guinness should be iron & carbon & dark sugars & fruit at the back
but with a lingering booziness
its slightly thin, dangerously close to watery, but not quite & dangerously easy to down
my memory appears to be not entirely correct on this stout but drinkable enough

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.1/5  rDev +1%

11.2 ounce brown bottle. Best before date 19:15 whatever that means.

A: Pours black with crimson edges under a lofty 2-finger thick mocha head which fades to a thin cap and leaves semi-rings and spots of lace.

N: Sweetly roasted malts, chocolate cake batter, faint vanilla, sherry-like note, wood, earthy.

T: Follows nose with minor heat noticed, bittersweet chocolate, faint char.

M: Full body and full carbonation. Rich, smooth, creamy chocolate and roasty finish.

O: Not the usual Guinness stout, this is way better.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guinness foreign extra stout

330 ml bottle served a bit too cold into a pint glass aboard the cruise liner while on vacation. Needless to say I was very pleasantly surprised that this was carried, although the ship ran out about halfway through the cruise.

Appearance - even a gentle pour yielded an impressive 3 fingers of tan frothy head. Retention time was near eternal and as always this Guinness poured a light eradicating black. A massive cylindrical prism forms as the head slowly recedes down the sides.

Smell - roasty coffee and mild yet simultaneously bold malts. A little more aromatic as it warms.

Taste - there's a moderate caramel sweetness up front before the roasty coffee flavor takes over transitioning to a trace of liquorice and maybe a touch of tobacco. No significant Booze is perceptible either.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and velvety, reasonably well carbonated but not a distraction. Slight warmth in the back of the throat. Much fuller than standard Guinness available in North America.

Overall - a delicious stout that is easily drinkable yet at the same time can truly give you warmth from the inside due to the higher ABV. An excellent beer that I hope to run across at home sometime soon.

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

Totally black with great beige rocky head that dissipates but leaves good lacing. Aroma is of bitter coffee and roasted malt. Tastes of burnt flavours and coffee. Highly bitter for a stout with a long lasting aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, somewhat milky with moderate carbonation.

Overall,an excellent foreign extra stout. Very roasty with tons of burnt flavour and a lasting finish. Satisfying and enjoyable every time. Bigger than a standard stout but without the hugeness of an imperial stout.

My mark out of 100 would be 93.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying the (better) version of Guiness, excited to try the Foreign Extra! Purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta.

Pours the typical inky black, with a foamy, mountainous 2 inch head. Lots of lacing down the glass. The heads last for a while as a creamy film on top of the beer.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke.

This tastes pretty great, honestly. Creamy, vanilla richness, with a good amount of chocolate and coffee malt flavor. Quite roasty as well. This is miles ahead of the regular Guinness Draught, night and day honestly. There is some roasty bitterness that keeps everything naturally dry.

Rich, creamy, fairly thick body that coats the mouth very well. Awesome. So drinkable. Low carbonation.

This is a revelation, for the longest time I thought Guinness was garbage until this beer. Now I want to try some of the other export versions.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of delta490
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of deadchef
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of AustenFB
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
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.

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Photo of godlessape
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 825 ratings.