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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,088 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 2,088
Reviews: 822
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 148
Gots: 190 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Ireland

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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Ratings: 2,088 | Reviews: 822
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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 2,088 ratings.