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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,893
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 112
Gots: 128 | 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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Photo of Klif
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Klif, Dec 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

dgv0, Feb 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
3/5  rDev -26.3%

IAMTEAMPONY, Feb 15, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

OldTime, Mar 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

ChicagoNick, Jan 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

sjrodriguez, Aug 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

funkel81, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Dirty25, Apr 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

drummermattie02, Jul 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Antonius08, Feb 21, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

Jason1337, Apr 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

jriggins6, Sep 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

acdcsmith22, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

A: Pours black with a finger tall tan head. Good head retention and moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts and hints of coffee bitterness.

T: Dark malts, roasted malts, coffee bitterness, and a hint of toffee. Good balance.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Nice balance of malt sweetness and coffee bitterness. Easy to drink and quite sessionable.

dbrauneis, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of Lerxst
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

A-Pours black with a rocky two finger mocha colored head that has very good retention and leaves copious amounts of lace. Looks darn near perfect.

S-Roasted malt, bitter bakers chocolate, a touch of coffee, a slightly sour note as well.

T-Roasted malt, the bitter chocolate comes through here too, a slightly astringent and sour flavor as well, burnt toast and a hint of espresso.

M-Medium body, relatively low carbonation, seems slightly slick on initial swallow but then the back end finishes dry.

D-The chalky and astringent qualities make this a tough one for me to drink.

I had to try this but won't be buying it again. I'm sure many BA's will love it, but its just not for me.

Lerxst, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%

Poured with a very satisfying presentation-
Dark bible black color, frothy head that laced the glass.

The nose was diminutive- with a hint of hops some malt and perhaps a tinge of coffee.

Flavor was rather thing- I can't explain the hoopla over this beer.
Like it cousin the extra stout this is rather a thin light bodied stout. I'm told that "something happens" to Guinness when it's bottled and sent over "the pond"-- but I've never consider Guinness Extra Stout to be a standard of the brewing art.
And the same goes with the "Foreign"..

It hits me with a waft of bitter hops. But it's curious-- the hops flavor is rather one dimensional-- it's bitter but that's about all I can discern. Soon after realizing I've been assailed by hops bitterness the flavor dissipates and flees the flavor stage leaving a rather thin layer of toasted malt and a hit of coffee behind.

The mouthefeel is cordial-- but nothing that evolks nostalgia pangs in my memory..

Overall this beer is a satisfying brew, but given the option of numerous other Stouts-- I'd pass this particular brew by..

Over all I that it was ho-hum..

gueuzeonhigh, Dec 12, 2011
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3.04/5  rDev -25.3%

Lion088, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.05/5  rDev -25.1%

Carib it would appear turn their hand to anything and everything. This product is one of their best.

275ml bottle (like all their other beers), best before May 2009, drank June 2008.

Poured into a half-pint tumbler on the hotel balcony. Looked just like a normal Guinness, dark and with a good deep tan head.

The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all seemed overly burnt. Dry and bitter with some caramel trying to be heard in the mix.

Rich, but not creamy, burnt malts ruled the brew and for some could have ruined it too.

BlackHaddock, Jul 08, 2008
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3.05/5  rDev -25.1%

this was a godsend when i was in st. lucia and limited to piton and heineken. i like this version much better than the smaller stuff we get stateside. bigger bodied, bigger taste, bigger mouthfeel. nice roasty finish to provide balance to the dark, sweet, complex malt character. a bit of grainy astringency. why they use fish bladder crap to clarify such a dark beer is my question.

MrMcGibblets, Dec 31, 2007
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3.05/5  rDev -25.1%

A: Pours a black-like deep ruby with a nice three-finger fluffy tan head that leaves an impressive amount of lace.

S: Roast barley and lactic acid. The lactic twang is more pronounced here than in the "draught" Guinness, either from the can, bottle, or truly on draft.

T: A nice dry Irish stout with an incredible amount of lactic sourness. The sourness actually manages to knock out the cocoa and coffee flavors you normally get with a good Irish stout.

M: A bit fuller than standard Guinness, but still relatively light. Even at 7.5%, no noticeable warmth.

D: I wouldn't refuse one, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one. At a premium price for a four pack of 11.2 oz bottles, I feel my money's going towards advertising. There are many better local dry stouts that are far better.

speter, Jan 11, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -25.1%

I have tried this a couple of times and really want to like it and it s not bad but not great either.

The feel of the beer is very dry - too dry for me but others may like it.

So how is it different to a regular Guiness: Well the Chocolate malt and hops character ius certainly a lot more pronounced and the beer has an above average taste but in all it just fails to impress me.

DerBayer, May 19, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev -24.3%

Timotheus1, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Jwale73
3.08/5  rDev -24.3%

11.2oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a sudsy, quarter inch tan-colored head embedded with ringlets around the edges. Head eventually settles into a solid skim with some clusters of bubbles around the edges. Some spots and strands of lacing adhered to the sides of the glass during the tasting. Nose reveals a trace of roast and sour lactic acid. Taste expresses char up front, more sour watery lactic acid, a slightly metallic quality and a bitter acrid aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light-medium in consistency, with a lively, slightly prickly carbonation and a subtle creaminess. Well, I have to say that I was a bit disappointed by this bear. I'm a bit more used to some sweetness and a suggestion of fruit in my Foreign/Export Stouts - this was bitter, burnt and acrid. Not something I need to experience again any time soon.

Jwale73, Dec 05, 2010
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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