1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Not Rated.
Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,994 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,994
Reviews: 808
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 127
Gots: 144 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,994 | Reviews: 808 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Nihilistkid
2.25/5  rDev -44.6%

Nihilistkid, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of DelMontiac
4/5  rDev -1.5%

DelMontiac, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of BetterBeerPlz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

BetterBeerPlz, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of tscanlon51
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

tscanlon51, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of NeoZaZ
4/5  rDev -1.5%

NeoZaZ, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of EkimGram
4/5  rDev -1.5%

EkimGram, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of GaryFields
4.75/5  rDev +17%

GaryFields, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of TerryBunch
4/5  rDev -1.5%

TerryBunch, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

fivetime, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of ejh06752
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

ejh06752, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of jmccraney
3/5  rDev -26.1%

jmccraney, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of jacothom
4/5  rDev -1.5%

jacothom, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of Coduhhh
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Coduhhh, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of KStark
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

KStark, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

zbooks, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Neorebel
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I generally do not succumb to cult classic beers that just are nothing at all special without the hype. Yuengleng, Fat Tire, PBR... please. Guinness however is a bit of an exception. I'm fully on board with the allure of the Guinness folklore, even though I know what's fact and what's myth. Guinness in general is something I drink when I want a decent beer to throw back in large quantities, and not consume a days worth of calories on beer in the process. I want to be clear that I know this is not going to be on par with my favorite microbrews, but I still am excited about this previously unavailable and mysterious selection.

it's appearance is a dark, yet vaguely translucent cola hue, with a thick head of creamy foam. Absolutely incredible lacing as it goes down too! The aroma is very, very promising. I am picking up raisins, figs, dark cherries, nuts, toasted bread, and creaminess all intermingled nicely. Now for a taste... Very pleasantly 'roasty,' as the style suggests, with brown sugar, and a noticeable bitter hop presence as well. This beer is light years beyond Guinness Draught & Guinness Extra Stout in the full flavor dept, and not much more in calories. As it warms a bit I notice more of a smokiness and prominent sweet raisin aspect, which are great characteristics. The mouthfeel is light and The alcohol effect is slightly warming. One negative thing I have to say is I get an occasional oxidation off-flavor in the finish. Maybe it's just this bottle. I may edit this out of the review if it does not occur in tasting the rest of the package.

Overall though, I am astonished at how good this is for a commercial offering.

Neorebel, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Selderkin
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Selderkin, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of Mosul
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Mosul, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Chucker17
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Chucker17, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Jspriest, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of
4/5  rDev -1.5%

You rated this beer. Add a review.

, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Budinetz, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of knoxtennessee
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my god.
I've waited 8 years for this beer, and it didn't disappoint.
This thing pours pitch black with a tan head that fades into a long lasting thin tan head. The nose is a big snort of creamy roasty sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly more fruity than anything. Has that classic Guinness funk, but at a little bit higher levels.
The flavor is nice and sweet with the same fruit but also with a load of dark chocolate and dried cherry, finishing roasty and surprisingly dry. The body is thick and luscious without any heavy cloying quality. The finish is slightly acidic and calls you back for more.
Amazing, just absolutely amazing.

knoxtennessee, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Aeromaximus
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Aeromaximus, Jan 15, 2013
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
91 out of 100 based on 1,994 ratings.