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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

2,057 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 2,057
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.82%
Wants: 138
Gots: 180 | FT: 1
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Ireland

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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 Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head; the head disappears somewhat quickly, though it does leave some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, an almost black color and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of burnt, slightly fermented prunes, somewhat acidic espresso and also has a touch of nostril warming alcohol towards the finish. It is quite interesting how fruity this smells, it is really quite amplified, but it also some how smells thin, if that makes any sense. If you really dig there are notes of darkly toasted whole grain bread in the finish that adds some much needed complexity, but you really have to dig to find these notes.

Lightly sweet up front, but this is well balanced by the roast character. The roasted notes start out soft and smooth, but pick up some bite and bitterness as it flows across the tongue. The finish sees the burnt bitterness lingering in a nice way as well as having a roasted coffee / bread character to it. The beer has some viscous heft to it, but it actually seems a bit light for what I was expecting for some reason; the overall dryness and ample roast flavors certainly help to thin the effect of this beer out too. The fruitiness from the nose isn't quite so noticeable in the flavor (the ample roast character in the flavors certainly tempers this), but there is still a note of lightly tart plums in the finish that mixes with some warming alcohol notes that also accentuate the soft fruit character.

For some reason I was expecting great things from this beer; I feel quite a bit let down, but in all honestly this is a more than serviceable stout that I am able to settle in to and enjoy. I wish it had a bit more chewy malt balance to it and the nose is a bit out of whack with its fermented prune focus.

Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/07/07- Received via trade from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date printed on the neck of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black as expected in the pour. Larger inch plus creamy looking head. Left decent patchwork lace behind.

Smell- Light dusting of chocolate, maybe a touch of hops and the lightest bit of coffee bean notes.

Taste- The cross between dark and milk chocolate comes though consistently, while the coffee flavor seems to be almost absent. Malt is fairly deep and a touch smoky. Seems to be a bit bitter from the handful of hops they put it.

Mouthfeel- A tad more carbonated than I would like, but becomes lightly creamy and more smooth as it warms to room temp.

Drinkability- Don't know what all the fuss is about. It's a pervectly fine beer, but I've had many other of the style that are better and have better outright flavor. I guess it's because of the scarcity.

Photo of wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard about it 5 years ago, the classic tropical stout among all others even Coopers,

A: Pours black with a frothy medium tan head. Solid retention, and good lace.

S: Sweet molasses, dark malt. Very sugary in the nose, fruity.

T: Sweet dark malt, roasted malt is there, adding a bitterness. Nice complexity from the yeast, firm hoppiness.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, direct flavour, bitter aftertaste.

D: Maybe I expected this to be a mindblowing crazy experience, but it isn't. It's simply a good beer. Tasty, I'd love to have this in the Caribbean on a boat fishing, it'd work great there. Lion Stout is better, but this is a wonderful brew.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of stakem
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. This brew appears black in color with some lighter indications of brown and reddish clarity around the bottom edges of the glass when held to the light. More than a finger of tan cream head appears composed of rather large bubbles. The cap's retention is quite decent and it leaves a leggy amount of lacing on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is quite beefy with a scent of tangy jerky marinade. Well, that was different and unexpected. I guess I just have this strange aroma stuck in my head since the last time I had this brew it was used it in a marinade...I tried to forget about that, but it came screaming back to memory as soon as I smelled this brew. It smells of dark roasted malts that come across with a bit of a smoked aspect. There is also a sour twinge in the background before turning back to the smoked and burnt aromatics.

The taste of this brew flirts with a rauch-like character, it is beefy, smoky and rich tasting with a sour twinge suggestions a blend of sour mashing techniques in this brew. A seemingly charred flavor resides inside the mouth with a burnt flavor reminiscent of strong coffee. The bitterness seemingly comes from the dark roast of the malts and not from any citrus or tangy hops. Keeping the roasted aspect of this brew in check is the repetitive flavors of light sourness. Once the brew warms there is a slight indication of citrus hops.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate level of carbonation. It is well balanced and has a lot of flavor to enjoy. It has been too long since I have had other Guinness offerings but having this brew tonight brings back memories of my virgin days of beer appreciation and how I always reached for the Guinness instead of other "popular" offerings.

Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imagine my surprise at finding this as a single in my neighbor's cooler (I live across the lot from a bottle shop)! I snagged it right up and have been looking forward to this one for several days.

From the bottle: "Foreign Extra Stout is brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed for global exportfrom Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive in perfect condition. Today, it is enjoyed by millions around the world."

My heavy-handed pour caused me a moment of consternation as I thought that it was going to overflow the rim of the glass as it seemed to cascade. The dense, deep-tan head looked like the top of an ice cream float. Color was a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights at the edges. The nose was very chocolaty with an underlying roastiness. Mouthfeel was medium with a definite hop/roasted barley bite on the tongue. This taste, along with its relatively high ABV, was a real revelation for this self-avowed hophead. This was not a Black IPA, but instead a hoppy dry stout. Wow! Finish was very dry, almost gaspingly so and I could not wait until my next sip. Definitely worth giving a try!

Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before dating of 01:11 on the rear label...part of a four pack from DeCicco's.

Pours black, lang lasting mocha head, that puffy, frothy and going to an interesting merainge. Leaves tons of sheeting and thicker lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and malt balls in the nose.

Full flavor stout, more chocolate, more dark sweet malts, mocha, pleasant waves of bitering hops mid way through add to the intrigue and interest.

Thick and smooth, alcohol well hidden. Dense and delicious. A clearly high quality product from an old time and true heavy weight of the good beer world. Go get some.

Photo of chinchill
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2 ounce bottle from Ireland served in a snifter. As almost anyone reading this already knows, this is a near black brew with a towering, creamy, beige-hued head with very good retention and attractive lacing.

Smell: Sweet caramel and dark roasted barley nose with hops, mild alcohol esters and a hint of coffee.

Taste: Richer than I remember, this has a load of dark, roasted barley with a bit of dark fruit and toffee, a hint of coffee, and a touch of smokey molasses. Eventually, some earthy/herbal hops join in, making for a good sweet/bitter balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium+ body; medium-light carbonation; nicely soft and creamy

O: It's been at least a few years since I've had this, having had a good number of fine stouts from around the world in the meantime. I was pleasantly surprised: this certainly exceeded my expectations. Surprisingly satisfying and flavorful given the standard/common Guinness.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a massive 2.5 finger tan/brown colored head. This slowly dissipated to about one finger of foam that lasted for the rest of the time drinking. Lacing covers the entire glass. Picture perfect.

S: Quite roasty with some bitter chocolate and a little bit of coffee and cream. Very thick aroma, slight alcohol presence at first that is gone by the end.

T: Nice chocolate flavor, both bitter and a little bit of dark. There is some coffee/espresso in the midpalate with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and sticky. No sign of the slight bit of alcohol from the nose.

O: A very nice beer, one the best from Guinness. Would love for it to be a touch creamier, I can imagine this beer on nitro would be fantastic.

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Jamaican version...
Appears a light black with brown edges and a small tan head.
Smell is of buttery, caramel, light, mildly sour toffee.
Taste is of the same aromas with a caramel sweetness standing out.
Mouthfeel is chewy, and medium bodied.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to find a 4-pack of this at Whole Foods in Alexandria, VA for $9.99.

A: Wow. This looks quite a bit different than the Guinness I am used to seeing. The liquid is a deep, rich, impenetrable black shade. The head is two inches of thick beige head that has long lasting retention. As it gradually subsides, it coats the sides of the tulip glass with sticky lace.

S: The aroma is considerably weaker than one would expect, given the appearance of this stout. Cream, milk chocolate and malt are the primary scents. Honestly, it doesn't smell much different than a regular Guinness.

T: I am a fan of Guinness beer, as it is one of the first craft beers I ever had the pleasure to taste. I would definitely say that the Foreign Export Stout is a better beer than the regular variety so commonly found at the local bar. It is richer

M: Smooth and creamy, but not as much as the regular version. Foreign Export Stout feels more carbonated and a step closer to a double stout.

D: I am really enjoying this beer. If you're a fan of Guinness, you should definitely try this.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle into a glass

A- This has a dark black look to it but is actually a very dark dirty brown with a very pretty white foamy cap of condensed bubbles. Good lace on the way down.

S- Nothing to write home about but slight roasted malt and some chocolate backing although it's not to strong. There is a strong presence of aroma hops in here so hopefully that translates to taste.

T- Like flavored chocolate water with roasted malts thrown into the mix. It is on the dry side though with warming. The hops come out and distract me from the regular guinness taste making this a bit more doable.

M- A bit watered down feeling but not as much as regular draft. This has a nice meaty body that is about medium. With all that said it does display some creamy appeal. A nice amount of carb judging by feel and look.

D- Gets better as it warms while the chocolate comes out more. Next time I pick this up I'll just wait till it gets to that point.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Back when I was getting into beer about four years ago, Guinness FES was near the top of my list of beers that I wanted to try. But there was one problem; you had to travel to the Caribbean to purchase it. Fast forward to the present, now Guinness FES is imported to the USA now. The opening ceremony of the 330 ml bottle couldn't be better; I have my Guinness pint glass and my Guinness bottle opener ready to go. Better late than never? On to the beer:

The light doesn't break through the ink black colored body. Its head is big and rocky, leaving some creamy lace on the sides of the glass. There's something admirable about the aroma; bitter chocolate, blackstrap molasses, some lactose, hint of coffee. This is making me excited.

If you like your stouts to be very bitter and roasted, than this is for you. Personally, I like it. In truth, it tastes like the very first time I had Guinness Draught...I remember it being very strong and bitter tasting, but liking it. I guess you could say this is a grown-up version of that to appeal to my different palate. Bitter chocolate hits, burnt malts, light touch of sweet alcohol, long lingering burnt aftertaste, like after drinking a strong cup of coffee. It's easy in the mouth at 7.5% ABV, and it has a decent drinkability for its size.

Good foreign stout. The novelty and long wait alone were worth paying the $9.99 for the 4-pack, but a second purchase at that price? I won't know until the next time I enter a store.

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Typical black stout color. A rocky off white head forms, and good lace stickage. A really good looking brew.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts, bakers chocolate, alittle alcohol peeking through. Also has a mocha/coffee aroma as it warms.

Taste: Charred malts and pretty damn bitter too. Assertive hop presence which caught me alittle off guard (fuggles?). A bit earthy. Clean alcohol behind a lot of roasted/burnt malt flavor. "Brewed with extra hops and roasted barley" claims the bottle, and it is true. Spot on for the style.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, soft carbonation with a bit of a bite to it. Lingering roasted and bitter flavors stick to the palate.

Drinkability: This is Guinness's big older brother. A strong, bitter, roasted stout that could survive a long journey to foreign lands.

Photo of wl0307
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 03/03/06

A: pours a very dark brown to nearly black hue in a goblet, with a foamy brownish head which retreats a bit too fast...
S: the initial aroma is a mixture of fruit-cake or X’mas-pudding like black-fruitiness, burned brown sugar or light caramel, very dark chocolate, sweet plum wine, etc....complex but refreshing.
T: most noticeable initially are the dryish taste of roasted barley and that of crystal malts, with intensive bitterness of both Indonesian coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate (without the sour edge) in the background, while lightly tangy-sweet fruity and medium-intensive nutty savours play the second and third fiddles. The dryish aftertaste lingers well and the residual bitterness is weighty but never over the top.
M&D: overall, the mouthfeel runs from smooth beginning to dryish ending, against the fullsome flavour and full body. It's a very nice stout for beer-tasting or even as a digestif, but not something I would drink for more than one bottle.

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a ton of chocolaty, foamy head. Great retention. Smells of roasted malt with mild caramel notes. Taste is rich, creamy roasted malt with some caramel and alcohol; a very mild bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

Very nice stout. Definitely better than the original draught.

Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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