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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 825
Hads: 2,185
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 19.46%
Wants: 177
Gots: 257 | 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 rievelx6
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black with a nice tan head

S- Great aroma of coffee and chocolate

T- Taste matches the aroma well with the coffee and chocolate

M- Smooth feel with slight carbonation

O- Overall this is a very good stout I thoroughly enjoy this beer, hard to beat this beer

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Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Foreign Extra Stout poured a deep opaque black with a full tan head with great retention. The aroma was surprisingly weaker than expected from such a foreboding brew but was reminiscent of a regular Guinness. The Foreign Extra Stout takes those signature Guinness flavors and turns them up to 11. There are hints of chocolate, sweet malts, and a slight char that leaves a nice bitterness on the palate. It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is heavier than the regular Guinness, but still lighter than expected. The Foreign Extra Stout is the epitome of Guinness and so good.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black with a nice tan head and good lacing

S-coffee, chocolate, hint of toffee, dark malt

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar, hint of toffee, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with light to moderate carbonation, smooth

O-much better stout flavor than the original, would love to have this on tap

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Photo of martyl1000
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm inflating this score in large part because of what a bargain this is ($2.99 for a bomber).

I'm digging the handsome pour into a tulip glass, two fingers of craggy tan head, nearly opaque black solid.

Aroma somewhat simplistic, roast, cherry, chocolate.

Sweet dark bread on the front of the tongue. Then coffee and bitter chocolate. Plus tinny cherry and some hop brightness. Not bad at all.

Somewhat thin.

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Photo of elwood522
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

So glad this one finally made it to the US. Even though I do find it a bit watery, I like Guinness draught as a session beer. This puts it to shame though. All the best qualities of a roasty stout with a nice hoppy finish. Very sneaky ABV. Could have about 2 before I would need a nap.

A: dark as night with a thick dark head
S: roasty and sweet
T: Chocolate, dark roasted coffee at first then getting hoppy and sweet in a perfect balance. Really great aftertaste.
M: Just right. Not too bubbly or too flat.

Overall one of my favorite beers of all time. Get it!

Great bottle and story too.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: August 1, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Guinness pint... OCCASION: watching scrapbooking with Shan--sweet memories... APPEARANCE: velvet black body, dense and appreciable; thick brown head that laces beautifully, as a doily,, almost symmetrically around the glass... AROMA: nice lactic impact; hops are less profiled--oat, peat and sugars are prominent... PALATE: high and hard, warming and medium-bodied; full at the throat...TASTE: slightly chocolaty and pleasantly milky; unlike the draught, a hardened smoky finish that demands attention; hops are well-placed, coupling with the malts to present a substantial, complex stout... OVERALL: the less-requested Guinness again reminds me why the road less traveled in beer circles often makes the more rewarding difference...this beer delivers with a welcome heft and an ABV that belies its enjoyable sip. A shame this beer does not accompany the "three beers strong" mix pack--trade the Harp for this? In a heartbeat...

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Photo of GustoMan
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Foreign Extra brought me back to when I first enjoyed a dark brew which was Schlizt Dark Draught. I have loved dark brews ever since that time. This Extra has a good character and was balanced well. Very less heavy than regular Guinness draught. Can not mention anything about lacing as I just enjoyed it in the bottle. I had this brew in Shenzhen China and will try to get a local pub to get it here in FL. I really like this Guinness Foreign Extra!

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Photo of Beer_loverUSA
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Used Pint beer glass and poured from a 1 pint 6 ounce bottle.
Best before 05/07/12 yet purchased 23/07/13 for $1.89 a bottle.
Smokey sweet aroma.
Milky smooth with a hint of alcohol.
A hint of malt, and barley/wheat well toasted making a sweet-bitter combination.
I've had Guinness on 5 continents and this is one of the best; even if the Best Before date was a year ago!

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Glassware: Samuel Adams Summer Ale Glass

Appearance: Color is black with fringes of brown, opaque. An aggressive pour produced a 1/2 inch finger of head that was creamy and frothy and diminished quickly.

Smell: Smell is of bread, caramel, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, all burnt and roasted.

Taste: Taste is similar, with sweet malts transferring to milk chocolate and then to dark chocolate. Roasty taste is present throughout. A slight cream taste is also present.

Mouthfeel: Body is full with a slicky and creamy texture. Carbonation is average.

Overall: A decent stout, but I would much rather go for the Sam Smith's equivalent.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a deep dark brown, lots of foamy head, fades to a thin lacing, dissimilar from what I'm used to from the Draught

S - smell is sweet malts, cherry, coffee,

T - roasted malt forward, significant amount of hops, great balance of sweet and bitter

M - medium bodied, not much carbonation

O - in my opinion, this is much better than the run-of-the-mill Guinness Draught you get around these parts. I've never been to Ireland, so I can't comment on how this differs from getting it local. Excellent stout.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into an English pub glass.

A: Pours nearly pitch-black, with ruby/blood red hues when held up to the light. Large two-finger, foamy head is gorgeous, but eventually fades down to about a 1/2 inch that retains throughout. Wonderfully thick beige lace is left behind as the beer diminishes.

S: Toasted malts, hints of chocolate or toffee. Slightly alcoholic undertones hit the back of the nostrils.

T: Full-flavored, bitterness from the dark chocolate notes. Light notes of coffee and malt. I'm detecting another sweet flavor lingering in the background, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is exactly. A pinch of hop bitterness as the beer finishes.

M: Silky, smooth, creamy. Mild carbonation. This beer has wonderful texture all throughout.

O: It's been said before, but I'm going to say it again. This is the pride of the Guinness line. This is leagues ahead of the Guinness Stout that's on tap in most commercial bars. This beer is a wonderful treat that I'd go for time after time.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; medium head, light brown

Aroma: Sour; musty

Taste: Creamy; bitter; hints of dried fruit

Remarks: Better as it warmed up; but a little too bitter for me. I've always felt Guinness was a bit too thin for the style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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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 JohnQVD
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark, almost black body with a thick (one-inch) foamy light brown head, which eventually gives way to leave enormous chunks of foam on the glass. Smell is largely chocolate with a touch of roasted grain. The taste is bitter chocolate, with sour notes and a dry finish that leaves a touch of bitterness behind. The feel is remarkably light, with a medium, tangy carbonation.

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Photo of ACinSC
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Guinness FES is a most worthy propitiation for the rancid-in-comparison Draught. This is the beer that got me hooked on porters and stouts. I'm so glad they finally started importing it in the States!

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. The color of the beer is a dark brown. Tan head is usually about half a finger thick or a little more. The roasted malt smell quickly settles in your nose and begs for a sip.

The taste is best described thus: as though a truck full of Draught crashed into a truck full of 70-80% cacao baker's chocolate. I find it to be a little sweet, which is why I took .75 off of the taste, because although it is very strongly hopped, the sweetness of the malt is a bit strong and it even overpowers the bountiful hops. It's probably to mask the higher alcohol content (which is nearly undetectable), but some drinkers may consider this a flaw. I am not awfully bothered by it. On the plus side, the sweetness nicely rounds out the "roasted chocolate malt" flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. Again, this beer is liquefied chocolate.

The aftertaste is a welcome bitter chocolate that lingers for many minutes after consumption.

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Photo of MikeB20
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

P: 11.2oz bottle into a DFH signature glass.

A: Opaque black with a creamy light brown head. Lacing is generous and sticks all the way down the glass, leaving a ring after every sip.

S: Roasted malt, coffee, some earthy malt sweetness with a hint of alcohol.

T: Intense dark roasted malt that lingers on your tongue. Initially sweet, with a solid bitterness that builds in the finish, but with no discernible hop flavor. A little charcoal and alcohol as it warms.

M: Creamy and smooth, not quite the same as a nitro beer but very good given it's not. Moderately high carbonation comprised of tiny bubbles which I think adds to the smooth drinkability of the beer.

O: This is a really nice straight up stout. These days it seems like everyone is adding something to a stout or aging it in a barrel. Every now an then you need to be reminded of what the style should fundamentally be and I think Guinness hit it with this beer. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Segelstrom
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - poured into frosted tumbler w/ over 1" creamy head. body was dark chocolate and clear although opaque

S - notes of bitter chocolate - nice strong aroma

T - brought back the memories of the Guinness of old. After the Brits tried to dump all the other Guinness stouts on us. This is the only one and it is full of flavor. Don't bother w/ the other stouts from Guinness

M - delightful carbonation -- smooth

O - a go to beer for all the stout lovers and that includes me.

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Photo of mick303
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a large crowning head of creamy tan brown head. Colour is black and thick. Retention is pretty good and has nice really sticky lacing on the glass. 4

S – has a sweet malt and spice character. Dry roasty malt with layers of underlying herbal and sweet malty notes, rum cake, espresso bitterness, a further interesting array of rich aromatics balanced together. 4

T – has a mulled spice character, sort of spiced cranberry sauce. Bitter caramel, very dry and rich, bitter coffee a sort of liquory sweetness and demura sugar, restrained creaminess. A bit syrupy, dry clove and smoky pepper spice. Finishes dry and roasty with a lingering dark malt character, restrained nutty (hazelnut) character. 4.25

M – Big maltiness with a underlying herbal spiciness, little carbonation. Drying tannic alcohol on the finish off of a big but generally drinkable big stout. A restrained creaminess and some subtle smokiness coming through to dry it out, nice crispness. 4.25

An interesting export stout, surprising level of herbal spicy bitterness. A lot of rich alcohol soaked coffee and herbal spice character, all balanced quite well. Interesting complexity and good feel, yet I would hesitate to drink this on a regular basis, a bit herbal-booze forward though balanced with a nice dry fruity finish. A very good beer, but not my favourite style of stout.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Inky black brew with a two finger brown head.

S - Coffee, prunes, raisins, rum, and fruit cake. Smells nothing like the standard nitro stuff in cans or on tap at every bar in town. Complex and rich.

T - Rum soaked fruitcake. Espresso with a touch of milk and sugar. Brown sugar and a hint of soy sauce.

M - Full bodied and rich. Slightly sweet up front, a little boozy in the middle... finishing off-dry with a lingering taste of spiced rum and coffee. Almost a little too sugary though.

This is an outstanding brew that is almost nothing like the Guinness nitro stuff that can be found at every bar and grocery store in town. This is a big chewy brew to be sipped, not swilled. A nice companion to the eminently sessionable "regular" Guinness.

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Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle from Ireland served in a snifter. As almost anyone reading this already knows, this is a near black brew with a towering, creamy, beige-hued head with very good retention and attractive lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and dark roasted barley nose with hops, mild alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Richer than I remember, this has a load of dark, roasted barley with a bit of dark fruit and toffee, a hint of coffee, and a touch of smokey molasses. Eventually, some earthy/herbal hops join in, making for a good sweet/bitter balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; medium-light carbonation; nicely soft and creamy

O: It's been at least a few years since I've had this, having had a good number of fine stouts from around the world in the meantime. I was pleasantly surprised: this certainly exceeded my expectations. Surprisingly satisfying and flavorful given the standard/common Guinness.

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Photo of tronester
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a super creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee. Taste begins with a bit of molassas, then some pumpernickle bread, then some smooth chocolate and earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall a very nice beer. Easily the best offering Guinness has.

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Photo of John_M
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Grabbed a bottle at the Apothecary alehouse the other evening.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The is attractive as well, as I pick up light licorice, malt, vanilla, some light cherry and a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. The nose is fairly complex, and there's something of an "old ale" aroma to this beer that is nice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly dry stout. There's something of a light bitter, burnt toast finish to this beer, which keeps things interesting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most and is a bit thin. I thought this beer had more of porter quality to it than I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and if I had to guess, I would not have thought the abv. was this high.

An interesting beer, though I guess I was expecting a bit more from it. Frankly, given a choice, I think I prefer the lower alcohol draft version of this beer. Nevertheless, I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Mumps
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this the first time this week. What I would expect from Guinness.

Poured this into a pint glass. Nice dark brown/black color with no light allowed through from the near by lamp. Decent half inch tan colored head.

Smelled like a stout, malty and rich, deeper than most, including Guinness Draught.

Taste, again like a stout, but better. The coffee and chocolate tones seemed clearer and your average stout.

Mouthfeel was a little lacking. Felt a bit thin, didn't quite have the "liquid bread" quality that you'd expect.

Overall I enjoyed it a lot and will probably be buying a 6 pack soon.

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Photo of ElSid
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy St. Patty's!

Freshness Date: None

A: Thick blackness topped off with a fluffy light brown head which leaves sheets of lace on the glass.

S: Moderate bourbon along with toasted grain and bread. Plums and raisin along with caramel, brown sugar sweetness and earthy bitterness, which comes through intermittently.

T: Charred bread and grain, cocoa nibs, plum and raisin dark fruit presence. Caramel and brown sugar bring sweetness to the middle which fades to an earthy, leafy bitterness and warming bourbon alcohol finish.

M: Creamy smooth with a big mouth feel and decent carbonation.

O: A classic Irish Stout with wonderful dark characteristics and smoothness. Happy to take this brew in on St. Patrick's. Hope everyone is staying safe out there.

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Photo of gr0g
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with a big head of khaki foam. Retention and lacing are excellent, making this perhaps the best looking stout I've yet seen. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, and molasses. Earthy, herbal hop note.

Bittersweet on the palate. Definitely more aggressively hopped than Draught or Extra, with a prominent bitterness that picks up toward the finish. Slightly smokey with a molasses flavor that picks up as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is rich and somewhat creamy - more heft than its Guinness siblings, though not as silky smooth as Draught.

With a much more bold flavor than Guinness Extra and the smoothness of Guinness Draught, this is the beer-lover's Guinness.

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