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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,851 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 109
Gots: 111 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-22-2012 22:57:19 | More by MickeyMonk
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

09-22-2012 21:43:34 | More by ChristopherA
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New York

4.03/5  rDev -1%

A: you knew this was gonna be pitch black beer with a huge head of dark foam; drapes of lace persist

S: all I really pick up are roasted malt aromas; there's some subtle bitter cocoa, espresso

T: dry and tangy bitter roasted malt beer; deep earthy tones; distant alcohol flavors. There is a back-taste of molasses/dark sugar, but it is just a flash across the palate. In some regards, this beer is like a super-dense creamy black ale. I tend to want a bit more sweetness than this provides, but part of this taste is just part of the style.

M: dense but sharply bitter on the tongue, roasted bitter dark chalk aftertaste

O: Guinness was what I drank whenI was unfamiliar with craft beer, but wanted to seem more sophisticated than everyone else who was drinking Bud; turns out regular Guinness is not that great a beer. Fortunately, there is the Foreign Export/Stout version(s), and it is a face-saver for the most well-known brewery in Dublin. While there are plenty of better stouts, the Guinness Foreign Extra is a good Irish dry stout. If you like craft beer and you've had the (regular) version of the beer, then you must seek this out and have one. It's an important representative in the House of Stouts, and a good beer to be familiar with.

09-22-2012 16:02:20 | More by Greywulfken
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-21-2012 01:11:18 | More by humanenigma
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-20-2012 02:39:53 | More by Kremlock
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-17-2012 20:03:36 | More by NilocRellim
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

09-15-2012 05:26:18 | More by jacobdensford
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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-14-2012 02:31:49 | More by grumpygerman
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-14-2012 01:59:03 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-12-2012 03:12:33 | More by gigoat
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

2011 bottle

Pours deep black with reddish hues. Tan head and lacing.

Currents and roasted malts in the nose. Some toffee hints.

Smooth with some warming from the 7.5% alcohol. Noticeable bitterness that blends well with a healthy dose of roasted malts and what seems a dark caramel note. Some prune and currents come through. Chewy malt character and a bigger than average malt bill becomes noticeable.

Very dry finish. The finishes with some acrid notes and a spicy noble bitterness that lingers along with that dark caramel note. This example seems to set the bar for foreign extra stout.

09-12-2012 00:54:12 | More by stewart124
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-10-2012 23:45:43 | More by SnatchyMcPants
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

09-08-2012 12:35:25 | More by vicsju1991
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

09-08-2012 00:18:58 | More by Freshlikeugh
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4.83/5  rDev +18.7%

deep, dark and menacing at 7.5%.
pours the obligatory dark guinness color with little head, slight spidery lacing and a thin, tan film over the brew.
smells . . . . like guinness, with something to prove....
tastes . . . . like guinness, but with something else in there. alcohol, maybe? (i once had a 'discussion' with someone over the abv of guinness. he was very surprised to learn the 'regular' guinness was a 4.2%). but even at that low level of abv it has mysterious healing properties. walk in to the pub with an ear ache, head ache, or some other pain, and it mysteriously disappears...
mouthfeel... wonderful. after the beautiful aroma that only guinness can provide, the mouth is awash in deep, dark flavors and excited with the extra stimuli. thick, deep, rich. cant session past a couple of these higher-ended abv's, but that's where something lager-like comes in to focus. i know the guinness lager isnt a great brew, but i really like the style. great follow up to this bounty.
overall, i love this stuff. i keep a couple in the frig for whenever i get tired of the same ole, same ole. not for every night. not for anytime. but every once in a while, these are the prescription for what ails ya. maybe try a back of some good whiskey for a great evening home alone . . . . sorry, i'm a loner.... cant give it all 5's - is there anything in the world which really is? (except for freely given, passionate oral gratitude) but this is one of my tops. salud!

09-07-2012 01:17:44 | More by pkalix
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4.38/5  rDev +7.6%

Recommened by Shagtastic, looking forward to it buddy!

A- Head explosion! 2 inches of pitch black beer the rest of my glass full of dark brown head that isn't leaving too quickly

S- I've been smelling this for 3 straght minutes and can't decide what it smells like, other than good. I'm guessing barley? However there are also some chocolate malts and a touch of hops in there

T- Tons of flavor! Chocolate, coffee, hops, asorted dark malts and some barley. Complex and beautiful

M- Little thin but not so much so that it takes away from the overall experience

O- This is awesome and I'm glad Dave talked me into cracking it open tonight!

09-05-2012 04:49:18 | More by pschul4
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-04-2012 03:53:38 | More by popery
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

09-04-2012 01:47:14 | More by Marty91
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

09-04-2012 01:15:04 | More by MGBT
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4.43/5  rDev +8.8%

A: Inky black with that classic rocky tan Guinness head. Retention is excellent and lacing is abundant. Beautiful.

S: Coffee, roast, chocolate, and warm alcohol. There seems to be some acidic sour undertone here that is very nice. Hops aren't too abundant in the aroma.

T: Lots of bitter coffee and dark chocolate up front. I'm getting some hops (mostly bitterness) in the taste. That lovely acidic twang is apparent in here as well. Warming alcohol comes through as it warms.

M: Silky smooth and moderately carbed. Wonderful.

This is one of the best stouts I've ever had. It blows Guinness Extra Stout out of the water. This is going to become a regular in my fridge for sure.

09-03-2012 09:09:22 | More by forsakenpariah
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-31-2012 10:32:21 | More by RedDeath987
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

08-30-2012 21:11:55 | More by sn4r3m1k3
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-30-2012 01:38:41 | More by batt6343
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

08-30-2012 00:19:30 | More by scott2269
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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