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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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1,850 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,850
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 109
Gots: 110 | 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 rootbeerman


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.

09-03-2011 10:09:49 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of IchLiebeBier


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

06-15-2013 13:33:57 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of AMCimpi

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14%

05-27-2014 13:43:05 | More by AMCimpi
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-17-2014 14:57:26 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
Photo of thekanna


3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

A: Pours black with an off-white tan head.

S: Strong roasted malts and some heavy whipping cream.

T: Strong roasted malts, dark chocolate, and bitterness at the end. Also, Guinness' characteristic iron metallic taste (almost like blood) in the aftertaste.

M: A bit thin to be a great stout; but then again, the original Guinness also suffers from the same problem.

D: This didn't really taste all that different from a normal Guinness extra stout to me, but it's still a solid example of the style.

11-09-2010 01:19:03 | More by thekanna
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -2.9%

I picked this bottle up in Jamaica in April 2008, BB March '09. Two finger tan head that slowly retreated, ring remained with lace that slid down the sides of the glass. Midnight black, opaque. Smell of chocolate almonds, with warming, pumpernickel bread. Moderate retention.

Taste was more sour than I remember last year in Negril, the fresher version was sweeter. Taste today of dark sour fruit, bitter in mid-mouth and a lingering sour / bitter swallow. With warming, more molasses, cold strong coffee, rich texture. Overall, bitterness dominated with a sour twang, not bad at all, better than the nitrogen canned version we have in Ontario but did not quite measure up to the John Martin version I reviewed side by side today.

I might add that this compares favourably to the fresher bottled versions I had in Jamaica, I recall those were a bit too sweet, annoying at times. Although I might have had four or five in a session alongside a few Red Stripe on some days ... so I best not be too critical. Irie!

04-22-2009 01:01:52 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of davegray


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-31-2013 22:11:28 | More by davegray
Photo of Casey10


4.03/5  rDev -1%

Picked this up on a whim as I saw it as a single in a local place. Poured into a tulip glass.

Beer is quite dark and has a nice thin wispy tan head.

The smell almost reminds me of butterscotch in a good way it is very faint.

The taste is almost has a burnt chocolate or coffee taste but agin not a put down really nice.

The feel is similar leave a nice little aftertaste after a sip.

Overall nice to finally have this and good to see it available here in the us.

05-13-2011 22:30:53 | More by Casey10
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%

Had the pleasure of having this the day after having the Special Export from Belgium. Not as good, but still an exceptional stout. Seek out while on vacation.

Head not as huge as Special Export, but still very sizeable. Coffee colors in the head. Thick lacing stays with you.

Smell: chocalate malt and some medicinal notes. The medicinal flavor is somewhat pleasant, but that the best way I can describe it.

Taste: like the smell, except more intense. Chocalate malt astringency is on the tongue while the sip is completing.

Mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkable? Yes. Of course. Maybe a little more drinkable than the Special Export. Hides the alcohol rather well.

Not an earth-shattering experience. Although the first time I had this a few years ago, it opened my eyes to what a stout could be. Very much worth looking for when you are on a cruise.

06-17-2005 02:58:31 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of Punisher


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-13-2013 04:57:43 | More by Punisher
Photo of csiewert


3.58/5  rDev -12%

This beer pours a thick black with a finger of thick tan head with little to no lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with sour notes as well as some roasted barley. The taste starts sour and then moves to coffee and chocolate and finishes with some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh for my liking and the taste lingers with you for some time. I would say worth a try if you are a fan of sour stouts.

03-14-2011 22:07:49 | More by csiewert
Photo of johnhenryconway

2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

11-19-2011 08:22:57 | More by johnhenryconway
Photo of Asics


4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

09-15-2013 05:59:25 | More by Asics
Photo of washburnkid

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a proper Guinness pint glass.

A: Huge frothy tan head with a creamy consistency. Dark brew with ruby edges in the light. Sizable head of retention and plenty of lacing.
S: Roasted sweetness. Berries and milk chocolate.
T: Wow, I'm impressed. A nice balance of bitter fruity hops. Berries are there, and are balanced out by a hoppy bite. Bitterness really clings to the palate. Florals really coming out, too. Warmth brings out the espresso bean malt. A little hot, but not overwhelming. I'm really surprised by the hops in this one.
M: Medium and creamy. Carbonation is fine for the style.
D: Guinness...this might be the most impressive brew I've had yet!

03-13-2011 03:38:28 | More by washburnkid
Photo of kiki3drt292


4/5  rDev -1.7%

12-05-2011 20:15:02 | More by kiki3drt292
Photo of ChicagoNick


3/5  rDev -26.3%

01-07-2013 16:12:56 | More by ChicagoNick
Photo of zachary80


3.23/5  rDev -20.6%

L: Black body, tan head that's a little short, nice lacing 4/5

S: One characteristic smell, a sweet syrupy roasted malt aroma 3/5

T: Really builds on the dry bitterness of the draught. Taste opens up as you drink it. Overall reminds me of their extra stout. Slightly better than average 3.5/5

M: There is a problem with the carbonation, can feel it affecting the taste as it calms down in the mouth. Overall it seems a little heavy and somehow sharp. This really holds the beer back 2/5

D: Mouthfeel harms an otherwise very drinkable beer. Alcohol is unnoticeable 3/5

I haven't had a Foreign/Export Stout before, but this would fall short for a RIS or even a stronger regular American Stout

12-11-2010 04:21:59 | More by zachary80
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

12-18-2011 02:38:34 | More by crob3888
Photo of charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%

Small 330ml bottle pours with a thick brownish head, a decent proportion of which hangs around for a while. The nose is roasted malt with a hint of molasses, thankfully without coffee.

This is well carbonated and briefly rather too sweet (unfortunately reminding me of artificial sweeteners) before a much needed bitterness takes over lifting the brew to a higher plane.

10-06-2009 21:54:16 | More by charlatan
Photo of leprakhan


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

02-27-2013 09:11:26 | More by leprakhan
Photo of paulys55


4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-30-2013 04:27:41 | More by paulys55
Photo of MLaVioletteJr


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-21-2013 15:17:01 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

07-09-2014 17:19:13 | More by jbriggs7
Photo of WoodburyMN


3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

10-16-2012 19:09:49 | More by WoodburyMN
Photo of TheMrFarnham


3/5  rDev -26.3%

07-10-2013 21:35:40 | More by TheMrFarnham
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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