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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,895 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,895
Reviews: 804
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 112
Gots: 129 | 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 Garrett092112
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Garrett092112, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of punky796
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours heavily and VERY dark, can't see through it at all. Leaves a MASSIVE three-finger head that takes a long time to go away, leaving almost opaque lacing. Hardcore look.

S - Similar to regular Guinness, sort of a burnt coffee smell with some chocolate, touch of molasses/syrup.

T - The way regular bottled Guinness ought to be, with a little extra kick. Coffee, chocolate, molasses. Very roasty.

M - Quite heavy body, but ends sweet even after the trademark Guinness roasted bitterness. Like whole milk, if it were beer. I mean that in a good way.

O - Whoa. This is probably what all stouts should aspire to be.

punky796, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of JoshuaB
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It looks like the ultimate beer the moment you pour it, but be prepared with a much larger glass than you think you'll need: The foam is enormous, rises instantly, and takes minutes to settle. An English pint glass for a bottle will almost do. Once it does begin to subside, the foam is still so substantial that it has the appearance of a root beer float. It's as black as can be; only by shining a bright flashlight right through it does a deep blood red color come through.

I don't get a lot of smell from it, maybe a bit of sweetness. Flavor is very rich, almost has a firewood-like roastiness to it, with an excellent sweet and tart balance and a bite of extra alcohol. At first the bitterness seems to fill the mouth, but the taste doesn't linger more than a few seconds.

Compared to regular Guinness Stout, it's a bit sweeter and a bit less mouth filling.

I'm amazed by this beer, loving it and can't wait to crack another.

JoshuaB, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of BGdad
4/5  rDev -1.7%

BGdad, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of Proclarush
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Proclarush, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of scratch69
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black in color with two fingers worth of lingering tan head. Each drink leaves a nice ring of sticky lace.

Smell- Bitter dark roasted malt aroma with raisin, molasses, and chocolate.

Taste- Roasted malt and bitter hop flavor with notes of sweet molasses, raisin, and hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied and slightly creamy. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- This is the best Guinness that I have had out of a bottle. Not as good as a Guinness draught on nitro-tap but pretty close.

scratch69, Nov 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

MrTana, Nov 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Thunderballroom, Nov 28, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

irishstoutlvr, Nov 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

GaryMarkle84, Nov 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

2GOOFY, Nov 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

EigenBeer, Nov 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

BeerNacho, Nov 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

andrewkgray91, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Poppypbr, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

PCfirefox, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Riverared, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

mattparsons, Nov 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

innominat, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

dmbhaggis, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

gshak, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep and thick, black, used motor-oil kind of color with spots of dark ruby shining through the edges of the glass. Head is a creamy shade of tan, lasts for a while, though not as long as the head on the draught nitro cans (of course). The aroma hits with toasted malts and barley, light toffee-like sweetness, and is slightly reminiscent of red wine, via the alcohol. The initial taste has a nice carbonation bite with an onslaught of roasted malts and dark fruits, like prunes and raisins. Bitterness is present with a light but noticeable bite from the hops. The caramel/toffee notes come through at the end, and even more so when the beer starts to warm up. Not much "cocoa" flavor here, mostly just dark fruit sweetness, roasted malt, toffee, and slight floral bitterness. Alcohol shines through in the flavor much like in the aroma - nearly in the form of "wine". Medium body with a dry finish.

Say what you want about them, but Guinness really does make a nice product - both tasty and accessible. This is probably the best brew in their line-up, and at 7.5% ABV, it's definitely their strongest. Be careful, or this one will sneak up on you.

tectactoe, Nov 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

hockeyfighter19, Nov 12, 2012
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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