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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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Ratings: 1696
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 JFazekas


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 330mL bottle.

Appearance: Chocolaty body with plenty of head and lots of lacing.

Smell: Very sweet. Almost a bit like a milk chocolate bar, not something I desire from my beer.

Taste: exceptionally smooth for a 7.5% beer. Very reminiscent of an extra stout but with an added bonus. Taste is also a bit sweet but it doesn't take too much away from the beer; the alcohol and slight hop bittering take the edge off nicely.

Overall: After having this hyped up a bit I was slightly disappointed. It is the best beer I've had on my visit to the UK thus far. Added points for excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 20:25:13 | More by JFazekas
Photo of onechordwonder


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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A- Beautiful dark color with a khaki colored bubbly head, nothing like the creamy Guinness I happen to thoroughly enjoy.

S- Strong smell of espresso roasted coffee, with the nutty, toffee like. Almost smells like Johnnie Walker Black.

T- In a word, beautiful. Strong taste of coffee and chocolate balanced with a bit of peat. This is what a Guinness should taste like.

M- Lightly carbonated and not too heavy on the palate, could have been a little heaver though.

D- At 7.5%, it's not a session beer and it certainly is a meal in a glass. I don't know that I could finish the four pack it comes in.

Overall, it is a little expensive, at 11 bucks for a four pack here in the Bronx. Yet, I imagine that I will be shelling out for this over the draught that used to mean Guinness in the US, truly a great stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 19:34:07 | More by onechordwonder
Photo of Brodirt

New York

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bigger than your father's Guinness.

The first impression is the huge nose...bitter, sweet, burnt, hoppy...almost like very dark chocolate...kinda exotic and wild.

The color is the familiar dark Guinness hue, with the deep tan head...maybe a little less than a standard pint, and a lot less than a widget beer, but this is better with real carbonation, and shouldnt be compared to a draft.

The flavor hits with alcohol and that bitter sweetness. The malty, doughy flavor comes next. The finish is short and dry and malty. I get much less hops in the finish than other heavily hopped beers...very nice.

This one might be tough to go long on...maybe 2-3 at most, but they will be enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 23:13:34 | More by Brodirt
Photo of AZTEX


4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bottle into a glass. It had a nice thick, creamy 2 finger foam that lasted about halfway down the glass before it began to disappear. It had a light, roasty smell. The taste was very good. It starts out smooth and creamy before it becomes slightly acidic/sour and finishes with a refreshing hoppiness. This beer has a lighter mouthfeel than most stouts and porters, but it is very creamy and satisfying. A very drinkable stout with a refreshing finish that is dry and hoppy, with a slightly sour edge. Very good if you like stout. I will definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 03:53:55 | More by AZTEX
Photo of reginaldo


4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought back a bottle from Ireland. Pours pitch black with a thick light tan thick head that sustains well into the pint. Smell is sweet with a hint of burnt caramel and molasses. The taste is exceptional. Starts and finishes with a caramel sweetness but with complimenting flavors all around. In the background a bitterness from hops that sticks around throughout. It is joined by dark chocolate and a subtle coffee flavor. Finish is a lighter caramel taste that is more than expected considering the aroma. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but still medium bodied. Overall an outstanding stout. Wish this was the Guinness that was readily available in the US.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 05:34:26 | More by reginaldo
Photo of stewfnrocker

New Jersey

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

I poured this from the bottle to a pint glass
It poured dark brown almost blackish with a little light coming through when put up to the lamp. There was a off white/tannish head unlike the regular guinness with a creamier head.
I took a smell and it hit me with the roasted malts and grains, a bit of something sweet. That first sip was a little creamy but a bit thinner than your irish stouts. The taste was obviously a blast of roasted malts, grains, and some burnt chocolate. There was also a good balance of alcohol, I could barely notice it in the taste. The usual guinness has 4.5% where as this is around 7.5% and after a few you will actually feel the difference. This drinks much better than a thicker stout, leaving you not full after a few, and leaving you with a little of a buzz!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 18:45:10 | More by stewfnrocker
Photo of andrewsporter


4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring it out of the bottle into a straight pint glass, it is completely black and opaque. It poured 3 fingers of head that quickly receded. Drinking it down, very good lacing as with most; one of the best things of any Guinness is the awesome lacing. This one was no exception.

Smell - good, nothing too overwhelming but it definitely hints at a lot more flavor than draught or stout.

Taste - awesome, chocolatey, roasty, etc, etc, etc. It has a distinctive bite at the beginning.The flavor is overwhelmingly refreshing for Guiness. The taste here really lives up to the promising look and feel.

Mouthfeel - not too thick but heavier than the Stout from what I remember, definitely lends itself to drinkability.

Overall, definitely glad I picked this pack up - not a huge Guinness fan but I will definitely drink this stuff again.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:55:14 | More by andrewsporter
Photo of mustang70


4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is my first review so I'll do my best.

poured into a pint glass from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

it poured a thick black that you can't see through. a good 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. good lacing that sticks to the glass.

I smell roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

taste of roasted malts and coffee. I slight taste of alcohol and a sweetness at the back.

it has a thick chewy feel that's not too much on the pallet.

overall I really enjoyed this beer. having had Guinness on tap and in the bottle I must say this is my fav. at 7.5 abv I would never guess it. very easyanxious to drink. I would drink this more regulary if the price was better. will definitely buy again and recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 00:45:06 | More by mustang70
Photo of GordonofSeattle


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, I'm impressed. This Guinness has none of the lackluster qualities of its Canadian Extra Stout little brother. This beer is roasty, a little creamy, a little punchy, and overall delicious. I did find the head retention to be lacking, but given the journey it took from Dublin I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. While perhaps not the most exciting beer in the world it is a very tasty beer of the foreign/export stout style. I'm not sure if it is worth the premium charged for it here on the west coast of the States, but it's wroth tasting if you enjoy stouts.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 04:15:50 | More by GordonofSeattle
Photo of hayes31


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

I was pretty surprised at the thickness of this beer, since I've been so used to Guinness Draught. It's got a great appearance, as always, and an extremely dark smell about it. It tastes much richer than Guinness, with that burned toast taste that I love. Not as drinkable as Guinness Draught, but a much better beer given its improved complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 21:39:27 | More by hayes31
Photo of mrfreakybig

New York

5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This is, without question, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. The only part about it that was less than fantastic was the bottle was only 11.2 oz. It pours a deep dark, opaque brown, nearly black. Smells roasty, almost, but not quite like coffee. It’s hoppy, and strong, smooth on the tongue. I can’t say enough. This is truly a special beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 13:59:41 | More by mrfreakybig
Photo of ckcanady


4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptionally good stout!

A-Pitch black pour with a tan head.

S-Very heavy malt aroma as well as coffee. Also and earthy aroma alongside a woodsy background.

T-The taste wonderfully mirrors the aroma. Starts off with the roasted malts with turns into a coffee. Wood and smoke notes can also be detected.

M-Full and smooth.

D-Extremely well balanced. Has 7.5% alcohol hidden well. This is Guinness at it's best!

Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 22:12:12 | More by ckcanady
Photo of Keblar

New York

4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank the Heavens, Foreign Extra is in the States!

To me this is more legendary than the much touted un-pasteurized Guinness Stout (which, vaunted as it may be, has no where near the same heritage as the F.E.

Tried it first in Ireland, now I can find it occasionally from a Long Island distributor, and it was also available when I visited N.W. Florida.

Richer, and Spicier (literally spicier, not just hoppier. Even a little peppery) than either the nitro-stout or the bottled extra. Higher ABV since it's intended to travel.

Only drawback is that it's sold in the US in 4 packs of 11.2 oz for aroun the same price as a six of Extra.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 05:56:33 | More by Keblar
Photo of Loveyourbeer


4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: poured extremely dark, thin mocha colored head.

S: strong enough to overcome my cold! Some coffee, slightly burnt smell but very pleasant.

T: full, complex taste. Follows the smell nicely. A bit of bitterness but very nice. I really enjoy this beer!

M: smooth on the palate. May need to let this warm up a bit.

O: fantastic! I will definitely drink this again!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 19:39:42 | More by Loveyourbeer
Photo of mbrady55


4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark black but when held to light revealed a ruby red character. smell was subdued but nonetheless presented a nice roasty character as well as some chocolate. taste was where this shined, roasty and delicious all around, nice dark chocolate and almost milk like quality. full mouthfeel and was incredibly drinkable, i could put down these without blinking an eye, although they do creep up on you after a few.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 22:39:43 | More by mbrady55
Photo of thehopsguy

New York

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

A- as dark as a dark beer can get my friends..good pour and large head.

S- roasted malts or sugars..low hop aroma

T- dark roasted coffee, toffee, brown sugar or molasses.. heavy malt flavor..a medium dry hop punch in the finish.

M- Full mouth feel (viscus)..creamy with an intense dry bitterness..good carbonation..

O- overall Great beer...probably one of there best..I got a four pack for st. pattys..wish i got some more..cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 17:29:16 | More by thehopsguy
Photo of regionrat37


4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark inky chocolate color with a finger mahogany head. Decent lacing
S: Strong coffee and Chocolate notes
T: This is definitely a balancing act between the hops and the malt, chocolate, and coffee notes and this stout preforms it beautifully.
M: Unbelievably creamy with mild carbonation and it has a nice finish.
O: This is by far Guinness' best product. This is a very satisfying product.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 09:15:15 | More by regionrat37
Photo of yeoldeale


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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Great looking, almost motor-oil-like pour. Very dark with a nice, thin, mocha colored head that sticks around. Light smell of prunes and bread. Burnt malt taste that is sweet on the front end with a coffee-like finish. A little dryness there too. This is a solid stout for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:54:27 | More by yeoldeale
Photo of icebergfat

South Carolina

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

Just drank one of these at a brothel on St.
Marteen don't know if it was the beer or the location I liked better but it was a welcome change from the weaker guiness at home because of the 7.5% content overall very good the carribean is paradise. Wish I could find this in the States.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 03:45:58 | More by icebergfat
Photo of jerryc123

New York

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

Aggressive pour into a pint glass from a 330ml bottle.

Appearance is espresso black with fine foamy tan head with decent retention and nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma/Nose of smoke, charred wood, or burnt coffee. Perhaps some burnt caramel or butter in the background.

Taste is very agreeable. Strong malt flavors of coffee and chocolate hit immediately; Moderate to strong hoppiness is there - and cuts quickly through the heavy malt. Restrained earthy and herbal notes. Long finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering hop flavor;

Mouthfeel is soft and full, yet drying. This would be a good beer to pair with fatty food, such as a grilled cheese sandwich.

Drinkability: Definitely will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 02:04:14 | More by jerryc123
Photo of ACinSC

South Carolina

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Guinness FES is a most worthy propitiation for the rancid-in-comparison Draught. This is the beer that got me hooked on porters and stouts. I'm so glad they finally started importing it in the States!

Poured from a bottle into a stout glass. The color of the beer is a dark brown. Tan head is usually about half a finger thick or a little more. The roasted malt smell quickly settles in your nose and begs for a sip.

The taste is best described thus: as though a truck full of Draught crashed into a truck full of 70-80% cacao baker's chocolate. I find it to be a little sweet, which is why I took .75 off of the taste, because although it is very strongly hopped, the sweetness of the malt is a bit strong and it even overpowers the bountiful hops. It's probably to mask the higher alcohol content (which is nearly undetectable), but some drinkers may consider this a flaw. I am not awfully bothered by it. On the plus side, the sweetness nicely rounds out the "roasted chocolate malt" flavor profile of this beer.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy. Again, this beer is liquefied chocolate.

The aftertaste is a welcome bitter chocolate that lingers for many minutes after consumption.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 06:27:02 | More by ACinSC
Photo of beltyrion


4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I found this in a random bar in Palermo Sicily. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it as leisurely as I would have liked, but I was later able to enjoy a second round with a buddy of mine.

A: Pours the typical guinness near pitch black color. If anything the head is a darker brown.

S: Hints of coffee and chocolate. This seems to be the typical Guinness Extra Stout I get in the US on steroids.

T: Like drinking bread. The same coffee and chocolate hints. It takes all the hints you get from a bottle of regular old extra stout and fulfills them. Very bold.

M: Just as carbonated as the regular extra stout but a bit thicker.

D: I don't think I could do this all day like its lesser brethren, but a definite treat. Felt very fortunate to find this, as I don't plan on going to Africa, Asia or the Caribbean any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 01:24:31 | More by beltyrion
Photo of bonk420247


4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first real experience with a true stout that can be called as such. Rich flavor, chocolaty, bitter, heady aroma. This was brought back to me from family members, and I loved it. 7.5% alc. by volume, a nice difference for me and my Guinness draft regularity. Drank at room temperature, as instructed by the Guinness brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 17:21:48 | More by bonk420247
Photo of clintone


4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in the Bahamas, a little overpriced at $2.50-$3.00 a bottle, but almost every beer was, and this was by far the best beer I found there

A- A nice color black with a good head on it

S- Strong roasty/coffee-like smell, pretty good, nice and strong, which I like in a stout

T- Kind of bitter, has a roasted/coffee-like taste to it, fairly strong flavor, very good though

M- Not as creamy as I expected, but still very good, nice as smooth

D- Decent drinkability, I had up to about 4 or so in a row, so it was definitely drinkable

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 03:30:06 | More by clintone
Photo of dkrusekontrol


3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was going to wait until St. Patrick's day to try this one, but two days early is close enough. Great to experience this other Guinness offering.

A: Dark. I can't see through it at the full width of the glass, but some brownish ruby at the edges. Tan head that left lacing all the way down.
S: Earth and alcohol to go along with coffee (reminds me of the Italian Roast I had this morning) and a little bit of chocolate.
T: A good hop bite to this stout, but still smooth and creamy! I could taste the alcohol a little bit late, a nice finish. I like the full and balanced profile, but I would have enjoyed a bit more chocolate in the taste.
M: Thick and creamy. Yum!
D: I like stouts, and I like this beer! Very drinkable, but a filling stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 00:54:21 | More by dkrusekontrol
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