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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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Ratings: 1692
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%

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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 JohnGalt1


3.2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pulled out of a 4-pack at the Boise COOP over the weekend.. paid ~$2.50... poured into my Delerium goblet. 3 finger dark tan head... great lacing and the expected black brew.

Nose is deep and black with some off putting smoke..

Flavor shows the same char... almost a jerky taste that thankfully dissipates quickly ... burnt sugars with plenty of charcoal... tons of roast and some metallic copper notes... pretty astringent.

Lite/medium body with a nice carbonation.. not digging this one at all.

I am really glad Boise got this one in, but I just never ever.... EVER see wanting another bottle.


Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 07:06:35 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Brad007


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow, nice to see this finally show up on our shores.

Pours a pitch black color with a thick, brown head into my glass. Very nice head that fades down, leaving some lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of roasted malt, coffee and just a slight hint of cream, followed by alcohol. Think regular Guinness on steroids.

Taste? Roasted malt and alcohol heat greet the mouth, followed by a dose of coffee. Very robust in nature. There is the odd taste of regular Guinness that lingers but otherwise, it is stronger as advertised.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering alcohol and roasted malt/coffee flavors. Again, I have mixed feelings about the aftertaste.

It's certainly how I described it (regular Guinness amped up) but it's left me wanting more. Perhaps it just needs to warm up a bit? Regardless, I would still recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 12:06:11 | More by Brad007
Photo of smakawhat


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This very dark brown almost gray and very foamy head gets out of the bottle instantly, making its trademark large size and slow together head. Body is a simple dark walnut brown/black. Big together retention on this that just wont go away.

Nose is a some malt but sense of fruit raspberries. This is fruity and hints of sweet cream as well. Wow unexpected fruit joy!

Taste brings a big hop pine, with a roast char character. Slight carbon and tobacco with a tannic dry finish. Lime astringent punch just slightly on the finish, it brings some quenching to the roast and makes the drink sort of juicy. Berry and red fruit sweet sense does not come through compared to what is on the nose. Afterfinish almost has a hop like cherry coca cola!

I never thought this would be this good, but there it is. A wonderful rich and dry stout with a quenching hop punch of juicy flavor. Just great and outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 02:50:13 | More by smakawhat
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/29/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, herbal, floral, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast malt and earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:09:32 | More by superspak
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 01:25:48 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of these at Bob Marley's, Universal City Walk, Orlando.

A: Blacker than black, tan head, not enough retention (for a stout), but it does leave a nice lace.

S: Very roasty, with a hint of British fruity esters.

T: Pleasant dry roastyness, a little chocolate, nut, grassy hops, slight hint of bubblegum esters. None of that Guinness sour tang. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavour.

M: Moderate to full body is somewhat chalky. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Incredible for its strength.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 00:22:18 | More by Derek
Photo of Dogbrick


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mmmmBEEEER for sharing a bottle from his travels. The beer pours nearly black with a bit of amber around the edges. Medium thick and foamy dark beige head that dissipates steadily, and rings of lacing. The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malt and molasses. Rich, roasty body with coffee, chocolate and burnt malt flavors. Some bitter hops shine through as well. The finish is bitter coffee and hops with malty/chocolatey undertones. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste that lingers awhile. Miles better than the "regular" Guinness.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 21:03:31 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep dark reddish brown with a five finger very fluffy tan head that subsided to two fingers very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, apples, and subtle chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, caramel, milk chocolate, subtle peat, and very very slight fruit. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. WAY better than its American counter-part. Really surprised at this one and really glad I got a chance to try it. I just don't understand why the one we usually get tastes so bad as this one is a completely different brew in my opinion. Will be buying more...

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 11:44:05 | More by thagr81us
Photo of kylehay2004


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: half finger head on a deep black body.

S: full roasted malt with nice espresso/ coffee note.

T: very nice roasted sweet malts with coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate notes. More complex than expected.

M: moderate carbonation and moderate to full body.

Overall: this is a very nice beer for what it is. Flavorful and complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 18:09:46 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of OWSLEY069


1.78/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours jet black with a light chocolate brown head. In the aroma, a light roast. In the taste, a small roast and a small bite. A small bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry small roast in the aftertaste. Eh! Lack of flavor and aroma, honestly, nothing exciting at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 19:40:15 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There were two inches of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Aroma was very underplayed. Notes of coffee, malt, some dark fruits.

T: Had a mild coffee flavor, with some malt and raisins. Kind of on the thin and featureless side. Not offensively bad, but not that memorable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An uneven beer, to say the least. Drinkable, but not my first choice among stouts.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 13:43:42 | More by avalon07
Photo of Bitterbill


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town. $9.75 for the 4 pack of 11.2oz bottles. Glad to see this isn't a nitro gadget offering.

A beautiful pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of foam. Head retention is decent as there's foam until the very end but there's very little sticky lacing.

The smell is roasted malt, some caramel malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Some bitterness.

The taste fooled me by a bunch. Lots of roasted malt flavour, chocolate, some smokey notes, a malt sweetness that you get typically from a Milk Stout, a touch of anise, and by golly, a goodly amount of a dry bitterness. Very damn tasty and it trumps the aroma big time.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? It is no light weight when it comes to the abv but I'm finding the alcohol is hidden very well. Much more so than the super delicious Belgian(John Martin) version that is only a half a percent more. Not a session brew, for sure, but I've finished my first bottle and 1 more will finish a very good sitting with a very good Foreign Extra Stout.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 22:52:20 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of largadeer


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a hint of transparency around the edges. Good head retention on this one.

Smell: Charred malts with a touch of acidity. Not a ton going on in the aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Baker's chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. I'm surprised at how much this still tastes like regular old Guinness, just with actual flavor and body. Dry through and through with a medium-full body. This is excellent stuff, it's a shame that it has such limited distribution.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from johnnnniee. Thanks! Definitely one of the cooler extras I've ever received.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 18:55:43 | More by largadeer
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle of the new-to-the-usa Foreign Extra Stout. Pours a black color with a creamy froth of dark tan head. Nice retention and lacing. It is a good-looking brew.

Nose is a little bit of fruit, little bit of roast and some mineral chalkiness that reminds me of Sam Smiths stouts. Not overly sweet and has enough complexity to fall on the upswing side of average.

Seems to have less sweetness than most of the Export stouts I have had. A twinge of sourness and a dry, roasty malt character fit into the Guinness portfolio well. I really think I like the Extra Stout better than this one, even though I had high hopes for this. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style and the fruitiness comes and goes in flashes. Of course it is better than the draught, but I cant help but think this is not the same beer that is offered in Africa and Ireland.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:26:01 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours an almost jet-black coloring, but with some ruby highlights. The head is a big, chunky, light milk-chocolate coloring that settles into a one inch vision after the beautiful cascade. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, and molasses invade the nasal cavity on first smells, and further investigation gives off a slightly bitter and slightly sour scent. The beer is subtle in it's initial flavors, and it slowly reveals some smokey roast flavors, darkly sweet caramel and molasses malt, and a very sneaky hoppiness in the very deep background. There is also a roasted meat quality to the flavor, as well, although I have a hard time pinpointing it to anything more than that. The beer is extremely smooth and creamy, and the flavors quickly depart the mouth, leaving a slightly sweet and rich aftertaste. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 00:33:43 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of bluejacket74


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and some hops. Finish is mostly roasty and bitter, but some sweetness kicks in as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating, and it's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 22:13:52 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of DrDemento456


4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Wow the carbonation is outrageous in this version! I got at least two inches of head. Upon a very light pour still at least an inch. The color is dark amber and the head is coco color. Looks nice.

S - The roasty factor is very balanced in the smell. You even get some hops in the nose which are usually covered over by all the malt. Very mild coffee and chocolate too.

T - Ow wow it makes the regular Guinness look like a light beer! The taste of the roasted malts and hops clash perfectly. I was mostly getting that but a mild smokey and chocolate flavors too. The ABV was well covered and I am surprised they were able to get it up so high without the bitterness being higher too. Tasty

M - Medium which is awesome. I succession the whole four pack!

D - Well it may not be the first thing on my mind, but I could see getting another four pack. The problem is that 10.50 for a four pack for this is pricey and not the first beer that would come to mind for the price. Overall if you got the money and you can find it pick up a four pack you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 23:13:59 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of ZAP


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black...tan head...looks the part...

S-Smells rich and decadent with some soy sauce impression....a good dusting of cocoa powder as well..

T-A nice flavor to this leaning toward the cocoa and not so much the burnt malts....low hop impression...

M-Creamy and velvety....light side of full bodied but I'd toss it in the full bodied realm..

O-I've heard of this beer and when I finally saw it I jumped at it...a bit pricey but worth trying and I like it...sweeter...almost a bit like an imperial milk stout....if you want a big west coast style Impy stout like some this is not it but it is a good beer...shit if they poured this out of the Guiness taps at all the bars I would definitely reach for it...

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 06:21:49 | More by ZAP
Photo of tone77


3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and some hops. Taste is roasted malts, hops, some chocoalte, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 16:17:47 | More by tone77
Photo of flagmantho


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: utter, complete black poured with 3+ fingers of creamy tan foam with decent retention. Chunky tan lace is left on the glass; superb.

Smell: rich, sweet, fruity aroma including raisins, dates and plums; there's a little vanilla in there as well and a little chocolate. Fantastico.

Taste: rich flavor with the same fruitiness of the aroma with a bit of chocolatey roastiness at the end. Not quite as enticing as the aroma, but still very good.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation but a big body with a nice creamy silkiness. Good.

Overall: very tasty strong stout with a superb aroma. A bit more depth of roast in the flavor would be wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 02:42:14 | More by flagmantho
Photo of nickfl


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of medium brown head on top of an opaque, black body. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace.

S - A mild roasted aroma with lots of caramel and hint of molasses. Some fruity notes in the background, a little bit of plum and red apple.

T - Dark caramel and mocha notes up front with a little bit of red apple. Some spicy, chicory notes in the middle with a hint of licorice. The malt character darkens significantly in the finish with lots of coffee, smoke, burnt caramel, and licorice.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable and much more enjoyable than the draught. The roast character is very strong, especially in the finish and has a nice level of complexity with molasses, smoke, and spicy licorice giving the beer a depth that one doesn't normally associate with Guinness. Despite the robust flavor the beer finishes relatively dry with just a little bit of caramel sweetness to round out the roast character, this dryness helps to keep the beer drinkable to the end of the glass.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 08:30:20 | More by nickfl
Photo of champ103


3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since have had FES. Lets see if it is as good as I remember it.

A: Pours nearly opaque black. A large tan head rises to over two fingers. The wispy head has excellent retention. Chunky lace is left in patches around the glass.
S: I don't get hardly anything out of the nose. Some lightly acrid/sour roasted malt. Cereal and oatmeal. Fairly neutral though.
T: This has that lightly sour flavor that I remember from other FES and Guinness versions. Light roasted malt, toasted grains, and bread. Some cream coffee as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. Creamy and smooth. Pretty easy to drink. This goes down smooth.

A very enjoyable beer. It is good to be able to get a decent Guinness product in the States now. It has been a while since I last had this. I remember this being a bigger stout, but I think that has more to do with my tastes changing than the beer changing. Regardless, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 21:52:42 | More by champ103
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle, brewed in Ireland. It pours dark brown/black and opaque, with a creamy tan head. The aroma is roasty and a little estery, closer to the Belgian version than the Extra version available for so long in the US.

Big roasted malt flavors, a little bit bitter more from roast than from hops, with some slightly sweet undertones that are a little yeasty. Plums and raisins way in the background.

Light carbonation, thicker than average body. OK but not great, nothing I'm all too hot to go after again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 02:22:05 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of woosterbill


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a medium-sized Duvel tulip. Thanks to Hopstoopid120 for tossing one of these my way.

A: Pitch black body topped by a solid finger of creamy light-brown head. Great retention and sticky lace. Lovely.

S: Amazingly aromatic, with spicy and floral overtones atop some herbal and chocolatey notes. Not as malty as I'd like from a stout, but rather amazing.

T: Spicy up front, with dark chocolate, bitter hops, green herbs, and earthy coffee grounds. It's bright and dark all at the same time, with a long coffee-tinged finish. Perhaps a bit more bitter than I'd like, but extremely interesting and quite good.

M: Creamy, lively medium body. Definitely a touch too bubbly, but fine.

O: I really, really liked this beer. I love that a major brewer like Guinness isn't afraid to imbue a beer with serious individuality. Seriously, this doesn't taste anything like any other beer, and it has WAY more character than any 7.5% stout I can think of. Terrific.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 01:24:07 | More by woosterbill
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with jspruit, thanks for the opportunity.
The beer pours a solid black with a slight dark ruby highlight on the edges. I might have poured to quickly, but this thing had a full 2+ inches of head and I had to swallow the last little bit out of the bottle. The head faded slowly to a thin layer on the surface of the beer and laced all the way down the glass. Smells of chocolate and an almost wine like soury fruity funk in there. Taste is a soured chocolate with a slight alcohol sting. Definitely has that signature Guinness sourness to it. Creamy and smooth to drink, I wish I had let it warm a bit more. Very nice stout, I wish I could get it more easily!

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 23:12:21 | More by johnnnniee
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