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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,887 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,887
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 110
Gots: 124 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -14%

AMCimpi, May 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

lic217, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

warpedrevolution, Apr 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

jerefreakinmiah, Jul 19, 2013
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4.6/5  rDev +13%

11.2oz bottle, bottle dating 0-244. Brewed in Ireland.

Pours a dense ink-black with small amount of creamy, dark tan foam and lacing.
Scent ripe with heavy malt, sweet with notes of grape and roasted hazelnut.
An astringent mix of charcoal malt and bitter hop elicits flavors of dark chocolate, forest pine, and slightly winy with ripe fruit (ala cherry or grape). Crisp, but with a bone-dry finish.
Body full and smooth; built sturdy but for easy-drinking.

The gold-standard for "foreign-extra" stout, and stout in general. This is the beer which earns Guinness its reputation. I prefer the Caribbean-brewed version when I want more of a thirst-quencher, but the original version is an exquisite experience all its own.

Natural510, Jan 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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

xJMFCx, Jun 03, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

bconsidine, Aug 24, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +12.5%

Appearence: Pours completely black with just the tiniest red hue. The head is creamy, thick, and has wonderful retention.

Smell: The smell is an amazing mix of roasted malts, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate. The alcohol is noticable, but balances more than offends, unlike some stouts.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. Take your Guinness Draught and give it to the dog. This is what a stout is meant to be like. It's incredibly rich, almost unbelievably so, with strong roasted nuts and coffee notes. The alcohol warms the belly in a wonderful manner. The complexity is through the goddamn roof. The mouthfeel is lucious and creamy, rich and full, yet kinda bubbly and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: This is a damn fine stout. If only American Guinness was like this, we'd all be in heaven. I picked this up in Bermuda while on a cruise. They had no good brews on the ship, so I was stuck drinking Newcastle. After I managed to smuggle this one on board, and drink it, I was in absolute heaven. Going from 3 days of Newcastle to this, I'd have to say it was the perfect beer for the moment. Simply stunning.

santoslhalper, Jul 10, 2005
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3.98/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger brown head. Head is lumpy and rocky leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is extremely chocolatey with that trademark Guinness twang.

Flavor is intensely roasted with bakers chocolate, dark molasses, and some bitter char. Hefty hop bitterness hit you in the middle and lingers looong into the finish. Very drying. Alcohol is not noticed on the palette, but felt in the esophagus as a nice warming. If you told me this was an RIS I would have no problem believing it.

Thick and full bodied, with just a tingle of carbonation; enough to provide additional substance.

Far more bitter than expected, but it's complex, interesting, and delicious. I'll be returning to this one.

Hoagie1973, Jan 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Punisher, Aug 13, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -17%

Found it at a beer bar in Windsor, Canada and thought it a steal at $4 CA. The bottle looks a little newer than the one in the pic here. Anyway the pour into the glass was brown black with a tint of red in there too. The head was tan and a fluff if a little thin. It smelled of dark sugar and maybe some slight toffee overall it was rather muted even though I let the bottle warm at room temp for a while. The mouthfeel was not as thick as I would have thought and the flavor was just ok for a semi-big stout. I had some good caramel toffee flavors, but overall I found it too be the myth has built this beer. Very drinkable but not worth the chase some people do to try this beer.

Higravity, Apr 26, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Peyton5410, Jan 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

firstlighthiker, Mar 16, 2013
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2.68/5  rDev -34.2%

Guinness & Company--St. James Gate Dublin--Guinness Foreign Extra--Genuine Quality Stout--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 65 IBU's. (2.25 / 5.0) Big dense lacy rocky rich espresso 3/4" lasting head. Black pour & opaque obsidian jet black color .Sweet roasted dark fruit fig plum raisin mild hop front. Roasted crusty slightly creamy sweet burnt dark fruit toffee body. Sweet mild bitter hop hot hint end. Sampled 3/17/2011. Purchased 4-Pack for $8.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/9/2010. Disappointing.

philbertk, Mar 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

GOBLIN, Apr 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

davegray, Aug 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

crob3888, Dec 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Asics, Sep 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bobhoya, Sep 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

MLaVioletteJr, Jul 21, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a very dark ruby-red, black to the eye, and topped with a two-fingered dark khaki head. As the head recedes there is plenty of lacing left behind.

Nose is "vinuous", for lack of a better word, and offers up dark fruit (plum, raisin) along with light notes of cocoa and espresso, and lighter notes of toffee. Nose is also lightly tangy/sour (I'm getting plain yogurt...) and a gentler hop profile and bitterness is also evident, but as this isn't an American Stout, there's no major aromatic or C hop profile to be found -- plenty of roast, though ; )

Acrid/bitter and lactic-sweet at the moment it hits the lips, the bitterness (and bittersweet character) is really quite expressive from the get-go. Sweetish, but not sweet, and yet still offering up loads of the subtle fruit notes which were present in the nose. Vinous quality from the nose is here in the aromatics of the drink as well, and there's a nice yeasty character, too! It reminds me a bit of D & G's 'Dragon Stout', though quite clearly less treacly-sweet (it's also thinner...)

Rather brisk on the palate as well as impressing me as somewhat-thin in body, the alcohol here is just more than "gently warming", and it actually feels a bit hot for its (lighter) body and mouthfeel -- especially as it warms up.

A fine beer, very good overall, and well-worth the wait for it to finally show up back on our local shelves. I will certainly buy more of it, and will most definitely cellar a case or two : )

EDIT: I sampled another bottle recently and can most certainly recommend it as a 'go to' beer for the early Winter season. Also, while some folks have balked at the $8.99 price point at retail, I find the price to be at least tolerable, particularly when I see people paying upwards of $6 for a Guinness Draught in a bar -- YMMV.

Chaz, Oct 23, 2010
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3/5  rDev -26.3%

ChicagoNick, Jan 07, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +5.7%

A: pours with an amazing creamy tan head that is around a finger and a half thick. It does fall but stays creamy and laces very well. The body is basically black.
S: aroma of a more chocolaty and stronger hop version of the original. Nice dark roasted malt. Clean overall.
T: upfront it almost wants to be a milk stout with great malt sweetness, light chocolate with more of a coffee flavor and light bitterness.
M: as far as stouts go I've had thicker, but this is lightly creamy and lingers a little.
O: I like this, one of two Guinness products I really do like, the other being the original extra stout.

rootbeerman, Sep 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Appearance: Very dark, almost black; medium head, light brown

Aroma: Sour; musty

Taste: Creamy; bitter; hints of dried fruit

Remarks: Better as it warmed up; but a little too bitter for me. I've always felt Guinness was a bit too thin for the style

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

IchLiebeBier, Jun 15, 2013
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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