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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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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Photo of DIM
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

note: I tried a contract brewed version while in Dominica, two different batches purchased at two different locations. Both were sour shells of the original. This disappointment made me all the more grateful for the chance to try this as it was meant to be.

a: This was black bodied and poured with a massive, rocky and sticky light tan colored head.

s: Big roasty malt aromas with strong bitterness. Lightly sweet milk chocolate with just a hint of toffee. Mild warmth emerged towards the bottom of the glass.

t: Starts off slightly sweet, tasting of toffee and cocoa. The cocoa becomes stronger towards the finish, eventually turning into a strongly bitter, dry roastiness.

m: Medium bodied with long lived, light and spritzy carbonation.

d: Thanks to a couple of friends for bringing this back from Ireland for me. Never had a stout quite like this. Excellent, very glad I had the chance to try this.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into ~15cl glass. I filled it up just under 3 times.

Foreign Extra pours an amazingly black color, just the tiniest hints of deep ruby when held to light, with a dark tan head, bordering on brown. The head is well over 2 fingers thick, and it sticks to the glass like white on rice.

The smell is of an unexpectedly bitterness (at least the strength of said bitterness), chocolately malt, and a hint of rum.

The Taste really is impressive. The best guinness, no doubt -- hits initially with the coffee/chocolate malt flavor which is incredibly more intense than in the rest of the guinness family. It is met equally with a surprising hoppy bite, dark yet delicious. I don't expect this sort of feel in a stout, which is the only reason I give it a 4.5 out of 5. The hoppiness overrides some of the more traditional flavors, but I am FAR from disappointed.

Like any other guinness, this is a very full bodied, syrupy stout. The large bubbles provide for a wonderful feel, and there are absolutely no complaints here.

I would love to drink this all night. Could I? No. The 7.5% ABV sneaks up on you, because you just want to keep drinking this delicious beverage. This beer is an absolute must-try.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone imperial pint glass, it looks like...well, Guinness - it has that standard Guinness appearance. Really dark, big-ass crown of cascading foam. A great-looking stout.

Smells mostly of malted milk balls, a little caffe latte.

Pretty unique taste. I don't know that I've ever tasted a stout quite like it. It isn't, as I suspected it might be, simply a pumped-up version of the US Extra Stout. It's complicated....definitely more hops than any other Guinness I've tasted....bittersweet and roasty, the bitter roastiness lasts and lasts on the palate. Almost seems a little sour at times, too. A dark plum-y fruit taste manifests a bit as it warms. Not quite as creamy as I thought it might be.

I'm not quite sure what to make of it...some sips, I think it's really, really good, others, it comes off as a bit of a discontinuous mess. Ratings-wise, I'll have to split the difference. Regardless, there is a lot of flavor here.

Feel is not as creamy and soft as I probably expected.

While it's pretty unique and worth trying, I don't know that I'd go to great lengths to track down a bottle. That said, it would be nice if this was an option for us in the United States. It does hold your interest, and retains much of the standard Guinness drinkability - I drained the pint glass pretty quickly.

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Photo of WCBCFrank
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Foreign Extra is a real treat, especially for fans of porters. It pours a super dark brown and black, lots of dark chocolate, toasted malt and some hoppy notes make this a delight sip after sip. A Porter's porter - but too heavy in the mouthfeel.

For the novice: Expect a Stout, with a capital S...for fans of the US nitro version, this might be a shock to the taste buds.

Personally: After reading so much about this, when I was in Jamaica I could not wait to get my hands on this stuff. It did not disappoint...so wish they had it here in the states, but alas I'll just have to keep drinking Storm King instead....

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

Pours a rich black with a nice tan head, that settles to a thin soapy layer, not much lacing.

Smells very sweet, caramel, sort of milky and some coffee.

Wow this is a tasty beer, the beset Guinness by far. Coffee, sweet syrupy caramel,chocolate upfront with a very bitter hoppy finish.

Nice smooth creamy mouthfeel, very drinkable, if only you could get this in Canada, instead we get their other secondary bullshit.

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Photo of drperm
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased in St. John's, Antigua; label states it's (contract) brewed and bottled by the Antigua Brewery -- so neither the Bahamas nor Jamaica version.
This is absolutely excellent and delicious, and I'd be over the moon if it were available in the US.

Appearance: Dark and lovely in my wine glass. Nice brown head.

Aroma: Chocolate-malty, hoppy, nice bitter nose, inviting me to dive in.

Taste: Oh, so lovely. That dark-chocolate malt is balanced by excellent bitterness. Doesn't drink too heavily or darkly, and in a blind tasting I'm sure that I'd swear it were dark red in colour.

Mouthfeel: flirts with caramel sweetness but the bitter-balance is excellently nuanced. Surprisingly smooth for a 7.5 ABV.

Drinkability: This is the best product from Guinness I've had, and I'm a Guinness fan. Truly excellent, and even considering its strength, perfect for a breezy Caribbean night. Excellent with steak, or grilled seafood, wonderful by itself as well.
A winner!

*NB. 13 July 2010: This beer is an excellent cellar contender. Brought a second one back from Antigua with me last year and finally broke it out the other day. Superb and even smoother than it was last year.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jet black pour with a large brown cream head showing reasonable persistence and lacing.
Aroma is a mix of roasted malt, port, rolled oats, sweet alcohol, liquorice and sultanas.
Flavours are roasted malt with some burnt notes, sweet caramel, more rolled oats and some alcohol. Powerful roasted bitterness. Quite a mouthful.
Creamy body and carbonation.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

Note: Tasted directly after the Belgian version.

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium-thick looking 2 finger tan head with great retention. Colour is a pitch black, opaque, with very little carbonation evident. A thin film remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Mild nose of roasted barley malt, some smokiness, and hints of cream. Touches of milk chocolate in the background as well. A nice nose for the style.

TASTE: Roasted barley malt and some smokiness up front, like the nose advertised. Some sweet cream through the middle and lots of bitter chocolate and coffee notes at the end. Finishes with a long lasting bitter hop aftertaste with next to no alcohol presence at the end. Very enjoyable stout profile.

PALATE: Medium body with medium levels of carbonation. Mildly creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with no bite at all and finishes with a touch of dryness on the palate. A decent feel, though could be thicker and creamier.

OVERALL: A great example of how good Guinness can really be; basically their extra stout on steroids. This is probably my favorite of their line-up, just beating out the Belgian version. Compared to its continental sister this one has less of an alcohol presence, which, in my view, makes it a little more enjoyable and drinkable as well. Though the ABV is still pretty high, this is one I could enjoy until "forced" to move on. Recommended.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: black. 3 finger tannish colored head that lingers for a long time.

S: very faint coffee and roasted grains.

T: nothing really stands out. little bit of bitterness and sweetness, some coffee and chocolate notes, roasted taste. finishes dry, and a slight metallic taste.

MF: medium bodied, smooth feel

Drinkability: decent beer. drinks easily. can't pinpoint one thing that stands out.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at a liquor store in the Bahamas.
A dark liquid with a brown head and fair retention.
Spicy qualities, pepper, Spiced rum, charcoal.
Different types of bitterness both hops and roasted character. Pepper, clove and a strong dark fruit presence mostly Prune.
Full mouthfeel with good carbonation.
A great beer that I would take over the guinness offered in the states. Much more complex.

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Photo of JFazekas
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 330mL bottle.

Appearance: Chocolaty body with plenty of head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. Almost a bit like a milk chocolate bar, not something I desire from my beer.

Taste: exceptionally smooth for a 7.5% beer. Very reminiscent of an extra stout but with an added bonus. Taste is also a bit sweet but it doesn't take too much away from the beer; the alcohol and slight hop bittering take the edge off nicely.

Overall: After having this hyped up a bit I was slightly disappointed. It is the best beer I've had on my visit to the UK thus far. Added points for excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.

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Photo of Otterburn
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The other beer available in Indonesia is alright too. The head is light brown caramel and it taste like guinness. Its not the best Guinness you,ll had in your life but its decent while you relaxing in the sumatran jungle. with the orang-outang!
But I think I prefer the Bintang, it is more refreshing!!

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Photo of ericj551
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to have this beer on a recent trip to St. Martin. It was a great alternative to Carib, Presidenté and Heinekin. The beer pours in inky black with a think but nicely colored light brown head. The aroma is a unique blend of caramel and dark roasted malt that is like no other beer besides Guinness Extra Stout. The flavor is rich, chocolatey and roasty with a perfect balance of sweet and bitter. Some alcohol comes through, but the the finish is smooth.

I would drink this regularly if it was availible here. I'm not a big fan of Guinness Draught, and the Extra Stout isn't quite as balanced and delicious.

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Photo of kellywilson50
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours completely black with a tan head. Good head retention. Aroma is of roasted barley. Flavor is very caramely with roasted characteristics. There is a slight alcohol burn at the very end of the aftertaste, but blends well with the tannins and hops. After the initial caramel/roast flavor, the beer finishes with a nice bitterness. An excellent choice for stout lovers.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this bottle up in Jamaica in April 2008, BB March '09. Two finger tan head that slowly retreated, ring remained with lace that slid down the sides of the glass. Midnight black, opaque. Smell of chocolate almonds, with warming, pumpernickel bread. Moderate retention.

Taste was more sour than I remember last year in Negril, the fresher version was sweeter. Taste today of dark sour fruit, bitter in mid-mouth and a lingering sour / bitter swallow. With warming, more molasses, cold strong coffee, rich texture. Overall, bitterness dominated with a sour twang, not bad at all, better than the nitrogen canned version we have in Ontario but did not quite measure up to the John Martin version I reviewed side by side today.

I might add that this compares favourably to the fresher bottled versions I had in Jamaica, I recall those were a bit too sweet, annoying at times. Although I might have had four or five in a session alongside a few Red Stripe on some days ... so I best not be too critical. Irie!

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Photo of mjw06
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

take extra stout, and make everything about it extra, and this is what you get. extra color, extra flavor, extra bitterness, extra alcohol and you have foreign extra stout. quite frankly, its the best beer that guinness brews.

looks like a coke, even the head is the color of a coke.

extra sweet, sour roasted smell of barley malts, whiskey scent as well and some hints of chocolate, and a little toasty.

robust roasted taste, almost just a side element, along with everything else you smell in it. a beautiful combination of extra sweet and extra bitter. bitterness and sweetness hit up front and follow through. it works very well. a dry finish on the tongue.

has a medium body, carbonation is a little lighter than in extra stout, and i like it.

drinkable, and this is what i should expect from a stout. foreign stout in my mind is the true guinness. it lives up to the reputation. very complex, great beer.

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Photo of BeerintheHave
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed and rated in Georgetown Guyana, 275 ml Bottle.

Dark Brown, with a 1/2 centimeter light tan head. Smell is rich and chocolate malty. Taste is medium charred- some welcome coffee notes. Nice and round tasting, with a drier, slightly bitter finish. Feels rich, and good for you. Nice beer

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

Pours black with off-white/brownish head in one finger thickness that lasts for very long time, generous lacing. Perfect. Aroma is roasted sweetish malt, moderate fruitiness, not very complex. Taste is bittery roasted, some burnt grain with very, very dry finish and sweetish light warming aftertaste. Smooth medium mouthfeel.

Overall, drinkability was low for me, because of the flavour too intense. I am not used to it and will use this beer for training sessions.

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

Big Thanks to Tayner for this brew. Pours black with a large fluffy brown head that leaves its mark on the glass as it dissipates. Has an aroma of wood, smoke, and roast. Flavor is a little watery still but an immense improvement over the standard guinness products. This is actually quite enjoyable since I started trying different brews with guinness, I love that malty, woody, smoky, coffee flavor of guinness. This brew is all of the flavor that makes regular guiness good, but with more intensity that makes this brew great. A nice strong borderline session brew.

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

Served from a bottle into a tulip type glass. Not the best type glass, but that's all I got in the Bahamas. Served in Freeport Grand Bahama.

A: A deep cloudy black color that pours thick and creamy with a slight off white head. Miminal glass lacing.

S: Roasted malts, tons of them with a nice hops nose. Very different and very surprising.

T: A roasted malt flavor jumps out with a hint of some toffee or butterscotch and a bit of chocolate. Thick and creamy. But here was the surprise. Hops, lots of hops. Not Storm King hops, but a nice grassy hoppy bitterness that follows the whole way through the beer. Wow, so good. This is really Guinness? Very good.

M: Thick and creamy and coating. Lingers for awhile too.

D: High for a 7.5%er. Very nice, they go down silky smooth and are very drinkable.

Overall this beer NEEDS to be sent to the US. What an improvement over our US Guinness by leaps and bounds. What an excellent beer, glad I enjoyed a few.

PS. I managed to bring one back to enjoy so I can be reminded of the sun and fun 3 months from now when I drink it.

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Photo of vancurly
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard half-pint. BB 30/04/09

a) Two-finger head....heavy set and stable. Rocky, frothy tan surface. Like a moonscape. The beer ? Black.... impenetrable. Foamy lacing coats the glass as it empties.

s) Marvelous & complex. Black olive & balsamic, slight fleshy note. Caramel. Slight brininess.

f) Rich. Bitter chocolate & coffee milkshake. Charry notes, with firm, lingering bitterness. Aftertastes of blackened beef and some dark spirit, perhaps Bundy.

m) Silky smooth, yet not overly heavy or syrupy. A good ride..

d) Superb. Best of its style I've probably had. Could drink several pints of this, no worries.

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

Poured into a pint.

Actually picked up a few of these when I was in Dublin checking out the brewery. Glad I did. . .

A: Black with light to medium carbonation. Pours about a 3 finger, brownish gray, frothy, craterous head. Settles into a half finger layer of foam. Foam continues to cling to the glass leaving lacing as it does. Head eventually completely settles to a thin layer, heavy lacing remains throughout.

S: Strong yeast, malt, licorice, with subtle chocolate and nutty undertones.

T: Really bitter, hoppy, yeasty, and a little malt. Creamy with a hint of sweet. Bittersweet chocolate and pecan shells.

M: Bitterness really steps out. Strong alcohol taste. The licorice comes into play. Hops linger and pretty much dominate the aftertaste. A kind of syrupy feel, and finishes a bit dry.

D: Good one to sip on. Again, strong alcohol, but not in a bad way.

Strong, flavorful, good complex taste, and good atmosphere. This is a quality quaff -one to save for a special occasion, savor, and enjoy- if you can get your hands on one.

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

Brought back a few cans from my recent trip to the Atlantis in Nassau Bahamas.

A - Looks like your normal Guinness black with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Is of roasted malt with strong toffee scents

T - Way better than American Guinness roasted malt with a slightly sweet toffee

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - Again way better than American Guinness Great taste thats easy to drink I wish that I brought way more back from the Bahamas

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Photo of Yesac
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on trade from jspruit - thanks!

Let this one warm up!

A - Pours in a classic Guinness jet black color. Large foamy light brown head that fades to a thin layer.

S - Has that typical dry stout smell, hard to explain.. best I can describe it is a roasted malt.. and toffee type smell.

T - For its complexity in taste, it drinks very smooth. From start to finish it flows so smoothly together. Goes along with the smell.. its got a big java note with a roasted malt backround and it finishes with a spicy bitter bite that is more intense then the Guinness here in the states. I'd much rather have this then the version we're stuck with.

M - Very smooth on the palate. Medium/High carbonation that sweeps the palate clean and not sticky.

D - The only thing that might keep people away from this is the bite at the end. It's intense and could be toned down. Overall this is a smooth drinker and is pretty complex, not as mono tasting as a typical dry stout or the version we have here.

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Photo of KeefD
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank several of these over the course of the day in Nassau, The Bahamas. I had it both in bottles and cans, but this review is from notes I took at the Hard Rock Cafe from a bottle. Pours a solid black color with very dark brown highlights on the edge of the glass developing no noticeable head or lacing in the frozen pint into which it was poured. Aroma of toffee, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and red grapes. Flavor is pretty on par with the nose. A noticeable red grape skin flavor, raisins, dates, dark brown sugar, light coffee and chocolate flavor and a nice hop bitterness on the finish. Very complex and tasty. Creamy on the tongue with a nice bite at the end. While I did manage to put back quite a few of these over the course of the day (they were only $2.40 for single cans and bottles) the 7.5% alcohol can catch up to you. Very delicious and the best Guinness beer I've had to date.

Best beer in the Bahamas, hands down.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.