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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,981 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,981
Reviews: 806
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 127
Gots: 141 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today it is enjoyed by millions around the world.

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Antonius08, Feb 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

acsprouse, Feb 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Smile, Feb 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Sirvis, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

visualmartyr, Feb 19, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

"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." Brewed in the style of a Foreign/Export Stout. Available in 4 packs or as part of the Guinness Winter Variety Pack. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served north of 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a robust medium brown head, very foamy with very high staying power. Body color is near pitch black, solid and with no visible carbonation. Lacing is thick and consistent with staying power of its own. Visually, it is far more impressive than Guinness's more commonly available offerings, the head quality and body color is superb in this stout, and visually it's up there with some of the most sought-after imperial stouts. 4.5

(Smell) A robust yet simple aroma. Bready roasted barley malts, creamy caramel candy, a stick of licorice and molasses. It's a bit more herbal than most stouts and there's a definite dark candy pep to it, the licorice is very notable as it warms. Potency is above medium and the balance is pleasant. I really enjoy the aroma of this beer. 4.25

(Taste) Bready caramel and dry chocolate malts follow through to an herbal hop finish with a touch of licorice spiciness. Semi-thick syrup with an imbalance in favor of sweetness with a moist finish. The balance is great and the drinkability is superb despite having a high sweetness. A fantastic flavor that is night and day in terms of flavor from their standard draught. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) A mild stickiness. Mild carbonation, a touch of creaminess and some spice create a general pleasing balance. The body is medium+ for the style and the body is just shy of heavy overall. Alcohol presence is mild, well concealed by the substance in this beer. I can't pick too hard on this beer although I think that a little more creaminess or crispness could do the texture some good, it is overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Overall) You don't have to travel the world or even wait in line for a wristband to get one of the world's most enjoyable stouts. Sometimes it's available even in your grocery store. I have very few gripes with this beer as the balance is great and the flavor is highly drinkable and accessible. One of the biggest things to note is the overall sweetness, which may distract the drinking experience for some, but not for me. This is certainly worth a try. 4.25

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Jadjunk, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

TheConnMan, Feb 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

MSandahl23, Feb 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Phillyz, Feb 12, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Time to be " That guy " Once again..

A - Pours impenetrable black with a huge, light mocha head. Head was so huge because of the carbonation. Left good amounts of lacing.

S - Lots of dates and figs up front, cherries as well. Perhaps this was marketed under the wrong style?.

T - Huge amounts of cherry up front followed by a boat load of dates and figs. I do not taste any hops at all. The roasted malt comes through as the beer sits in your mouth. Doesn't taste like any stout I've ever had.

M - Medium creamy body with light carbonation.

O -Overall, Guinness simply does not brew great beers in my opinion. It wasn't bad, bit it definitely wasn't sepctacular. Stout? WHERE?!

SometimesIfart, Feb 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

jjd315, Feb 10, 2013
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown with a 2" beige, dense head that hangs around a while and leaves a thick lace.

Brown sugar, molasses, burnt toast - twangy sour funk....lots to like.

Rich...grainy, earthy malt. Cocoa or un sweet chocolate? Coffee with cream. Boozy. Slight twang in the end. Delicious.

Thick and velvety. Long, lingering finish.

Outstanding...feel like I should have been drinking this for years. Time to play catch up....

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

AlMarzo, Feb 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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