Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #7
Ranked #4,268
4.08 | pDev: 11.52%
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Notes: 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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BelamVisinni from Georgia

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

Don't be fooled. Their brewmaster leaked the truth... This is the unadulterated, undiluted real deal. The best product Guinness e'er made. They add water to this baby to make the regular Extra Stout. This is my go to. Could drink nothing but a four pack of these babies for the rest of my days and be content as a pig in shite. Nothing but nothing comes close to that distinctive twang save maybe a Frankenheim Alt but even it's watered down in comparison.

May 11, 2021
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MarkDurham62 from England

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have been drinking the extra stout for years and it's a truly beautiful beer.
Personally, I don't regard the the fizzy, bland draught guinness as proper beer. Its an absolutely horrible bland drink.
But, extra stout is everything that the draught guinness isn't.
The molasses shine through. It drinks well below its strength and is reminiscent of a Russian Stout.
Yes it's that good.
Although, A Russian stout would be more burnt.
I find the bitter aftertaste to be most pleasing.
Extra stout is a magical beer.
It's hard to believe that a brewery that brews a beer of such high quality can brew something so awful as the draught guinness.
Extra stout has absolutely nothing in common with the draught guinness.
For if it did you couldn't pay me to drink it.

May 05, 2021
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Gajo74 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, pours a dark brown, mahogany and ruby color. Notes of black in the glass, opaque, and a large creamy tan head that retains well and yields lacing. Great look.

The nose is very roasty and nutty with notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, and an espresso like sharpness. Aromas of toasted dark biscuit, toffee, walnut, brown sugar, a hint of dark fruit and a touch of allspice.

Opens sweet with notes of caramelized dark malts, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and holiday spiced bread. Yet, it becomes apparent that there is a strong roastiness throughout, evoking notes of nutty coffee bean and bittersweet dark chocolate, This, along with earthy hops, provides a smooth but not insignificant bitterness. The finish is smooth with some dryness and notes of sweet alcohol spice and roasty/hoppy bitterness.

Full bodied with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Mostly a sipper but relatively easy to drink. The carbonation is gentle to moderate, certainly more lively than the Draught version.

I’m not an expert of this style, but this seems to compare favorably with the better examples I’ve had. Arguably the best of the Guinness offerings?

Apr 14, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

600 ml bottle, from a corner shop in London. ABV is 7.5%. Black colour, moderate tan head. Moderate roasty aroma, hints of tar, coffee and cigar box, also a touch of burnt rubber. Roasty flavour, notes of coffee, a certain acidity. Hoppy and roasty bitterness in the finish. Later note: Also sampled the version brewed in Cameroon (shared by abemorsten), which is not listed as a separate beer (same name and ABV, no special grains mentioned as ingredients). To me the aroma seemed more sweetish with notes of caramel, and the flavour was also somewhat sweeter than the Irish-brewed version.

Mar 22, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very dark pour with a lot of froth. Looks like dark coffee. I enjoyed drinking the froth with the beer. Sort of tastes like coffee too. Definitely will be buying again. ☕

Mar 20, 2021
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I pictured black in my mind coming from the bottle, especially as the medium tan head started racing towards the rim of the glass. But looking at the edges of the glass now, I see more of a ruby-tinged dark brown. The head wasn't tightly packed originally, but it coagulated to a shaving foam consistency. Craters and dark river "sea" foam rides up to the glass rim in large splotches from the thick collar - the lack of uniformity is the only slight detraction from the look.

Slightly smoky char on the nose also seems to bring a red wine berry note into play. Chocolate comes through this when I inhale more deeply - like a dark chocolate bar with some raspberry and blueberry. There's a little burnt sugar on the edges of the taste, but it mainly follows the nose with a charred toast and berry tang up front. High cacao dark chocolate rides behind this and there is a roasty bitter dry ending. As I got nearer the end, some mineral notes started coming out.

Reading the style guide, it seems almost written for this beer. The alcohol isn't coming through, but heavy roast with some esters seems to fit pretty well. It took me a little adjusting from expectations before I started to enjoy it for all of this, though.

Mar 17, 2021
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Mugman8 from New York

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark as midnight with two fingers of fluffy beige head and chards of lace. Aroma is heavenly blend of coffee, cocoa, and malts. Taste follows aroma, bittersweet, creamy and malty. Carbonation is moderate and finish is dry. The ABV is strong (7.5%) but is well hidden. This is an outstanding brew and one I will be buying again. This is an upgrade from the Draught.

Mar 17, 2021
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle to a stout glass. Aggressive pour gives a solid 2 finger tan/khaki head of tight foam. Head falls after a few minutes. Black body that looks formidable in the glass. Smell hits during the pour and I get cocoa powder, roast malt, a bit of burnt coffee, and a floral hop presence. Taste is toasted grain, some coffee hints, a low bitterness and a dose of hops. More hoppy than I remembered it from years ago. Taste is a bit muted, nothing that jumps out at you, but it's pleasant. Feel is medium, light, tight carbonation. A bit of a dry finish. Overall, a more substantial stout than Guinness Draught. Easy to drink, flavor is decent. This was one of the first stouts I tried in the late '90s. I appreciate it much more now.

Feb 28, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is the same as any other guinness brew. Deep black with white head. Head was nice but left no lacing.
This beer smells a bit better than the other ones and I can actually notice some hop character on the nose behind the roasted malt and faint coffee.
Taste is a mix of roasted malt, caramel malt, coffee, bready notes, and faint hop bitterness on the end. Significantly better than the other guinness brews for me.
Mouthfeel is the same as always, full bodied and pleasant.

Overall this one’s very good.

Feb 24, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

There doesn't seem to be a specific date for bottling or importing listed, but there is a date code: "L0236GG02 15:52"

Appearance: It's a black beer and it pours with a very large head that looks the color of light chocolate milk. The head is creamy textured with large ripples and craters. Great retention and lacing. Looks perfect.

Aroma: There are notes of caramel and a light bit of chocolate.

Taste: Up front there is a bit of caramel flavor. Towards the middle there is a medium-strength roasted grain flavor. A light bit of coffee comes through at the end. The aftertaste is very light with a bit of carbon and a slight caramel flavor.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the lower edge of full. Bitterness is medium. It is exceptionally easy to drink.

Overall: The beer is very easy to drink and it looks great in a glass. It has a nice presence of flavor and aroma, with a bit of caramel sweetness and a nice balance of roasted bitterness. I could see myself picking it up from time to time. It's worth picking up if you want something sweeter and less bitter than Guinness Extra Stout.

Feb 13, 2021
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jeffoert from Minnesota

4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have passed up this beer on many occasions but then read the scoring in Beeradvocate and decided to try it. While the regular Guinness Stout is okay, no grade shakes, this is noticeably better. It is stronger, with more depth and taste. I will purchase this again.

Jan 30, 2021
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black and opaque. When held up to the light: nothing. The head is brown and thick and good. This beer looks the part for sure. On the nose, it is earthy and roasted. That by itself would be very good. But there is a medicinal note on the nose that is just too hard to ignore. The flavor is chocolatey and a little burnt, in a good way. The hops do come through and have a earthy characteristic. The hops remind me of petrichor in a cool field. The mouthfeel is luscious. Not many liquids are this thick. Truly outstanding. The carbonation is smooth and rolls over the tongue where the viscous beer sticks.
Overall, a big Guinness.

Jan 28, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first beer in the foreign stout style and it seems to be the flagship example. Guinness is renowned for their original, but their Extra Stout is fantastic and I think this could be too. Let’s dive right in

Pours completely pitch black with a finger of tan head that settles to a thin cap and leaves minimal clingy lacing

The roast is very present here along with the earthy hops, reminiscent of a Russian imperial stout. I’m picking up on aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, earthy bittering hops, toffee, and a hint of plum

The taste is not quite as aggressively roasty and relies more on the sweeter notes to carey it along. On the front end, I’m tasting charred coffee beans, raisin, milk chocolate, and very subtle hops. The swallow brings notes of sweet caramel malt, medium roast coffee, plum, and a hint of vanilla

A medium body pairs with very mild carbonation resulting in a very silky beer. Finishes somewhere between dry and sticky, just short of being decadent in feel

This was good, but I don’t think it’s anything special. I think Extra Stout tops this one in terms of nuance, but this is still nice

Jan 28, 2021
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Kevin94th from Pennsylvania

2.92/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pour black black with a light head. Strong aromas, but a stronger, dark, roasty taste that I can't enjoy. I'm a big fan of Guinness Draft, but this one misses the mark for me.

Jan 13, 2021
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.51/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pitch black. Light brown head of foam. Smell of alcohol and chocolate and some herbal hops. Almost medicinal. Taste is hoppy with some chocolate almost a black ipa.

Not a fan honestly.

Dec 15, 2020
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60sFolks from Texas

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

All Guinness are the same. This is a stand out Stout. Rich aroma and flavor is like one of the expensive highly touted stouts. This will be added to my cold weather brew list.

Dec 12, 2020
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AndreaAleWise from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look:: 5, Pitch black with a slight foam lacing that lingers and sticks to the glass as you sip.
Smell: 4, Strong malts palpable.
Taste: 4, Bittersweet, malt and dark chocolate, with a slightly, sharp and bitter chocolate and coffee aftertaste that lingers pleasantly on the tongue.
Feel: 4, Full and heavy, prompting one to sip and savor the flavor more.
Overall 4: A solid old school stout. I'm old enough to recall the 1980s when because the craft beer revolution had just started, and it took a while for craft beer to appear in bars and stores, I'd order Guinness at a bar or buy at the liquor store. Likely , my memory is not reliable, but I'd swear the standard, regular Guinness stout tasted like what does the Extra Stout does now.

Dec 06, 2020
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BeerdrinkerJon from Florida

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice opaque brown.
Initial 1.5” foamy head then slowly settles to 1/8”.

Aroma is unique; metallic caramel, nutty.

Flavor is metallic caramel which tastes better than it sounds. Full bodied with pleasant dark roasted malt bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated and helps blend the bitterness into the finish. Rich dark roast flavor lingers but doesn’t loiter.

Overall, a bold stout that stands above its common Guinness peers.

Dec 03, 2020
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ChristopherCurtis from New York

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with some frothy tan foam. Loads of lacing.
Smell: Charred, sour, floral and bittersweet.
Taste: Tangy milk chocolate and burnt toast. Some charcoal, and a fair bit of herbal hop oils. Grassy bitterness and maybe some minerals towards the end.
Feel: Thin for a stout. Well carbonated and dry.
Overall: The proper Guinness.

Dec 02, 2020
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daliandragon from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

About time I got around to reviewing this one. Truly impressive look, with a mighty cocoa colored head over a jet blak body from which no light escapes. Nose is ripe with roasted malt and coffee and a bit of dark fruit waiting in the wings.

I remember sometimes in Korea we could get big 750 ml bottles of this stuff at the corner shops near the army bases if you knew where to look. The flavor is rich and complex as you would expect. This is far thicker in texture and drizzled with alcohol than the more standard Guinness offerings. A little bit of musty, almost vinous note in the aftertaste that gives this some of its delightful rough edges. Definitely a sipper.

Nov 15, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A truly delightful beer with so much character and flavor that nearly any fan of beer could come to love and enjoy. Though a decade ago this beer came from Africa (apparently, if all of these vloggers can be trusted) but today I am enjoying one as a product of Ireland.

I took a moment or so for the body of this beer to calm down, the head was at least 3+ fingers and though I allowed this to warm up from the chiller, there is still a dark mocha creaminess atop of the pint. She is a jet black beauty with no visibility through it. This is Irish Bog water at its finest. A scent of dark fruits richly pours out of the pint, there is a stubble note of chocolate but that is all I get.

The taste is something special. Also for reference, living in Maryland, I do have the pleasure of having Guinness's Open Gate Brewery in my 'backyard', and having this on tap is just as delightful. As for the bottled condition, it is as excellent as I remember. Dark rich roasted malt with a hop slam! I am guessing this is 50-65 Ibus as the original is in the 40s. There is a bit of hoppy resin-like flavor, sort of like biting in a hop cone. There is a smoothness that is unmatched by anything I have had in the same ABV range, nearly light in mouthfeel with the perfect balance of carbonation; something, I find to be a bit off on the original 'extra' stout we get in the states. There is a bit of a dry finish, but overall it is highly enjoyable with the right balance of roast malts, hops, and mouthfeel.

Oct 30, 2020
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Standard pour into an imperial pint glass producing a brown-black opaque brew with large 3 finger head (dissipating to 1). Brew has moderate carbonation, excellent lacing, and fantastic head retention. This is a beautiful looking beer; a stunner.

S - Chocolate, Coffee, malt, hops.

T - Chocolate and coffee at the forefront with a little hoppy snap. Barley and malt are present. Slightly acidic and tart. The dark fruit and raisin characteristic more common in standard Guinness Extra Stout is very much muted.

M - Light to moderate viscosity. Limited aftertaste; lingers in the best way possible.

D - This is a fantastic beer. For a mass produced macro, it's nearly incomprehensible Guinness has this level of quality control. For the record, I rarely give 5 ratings; I've given this brew a 5 on look. It looks that amazing. Moreover, I avoid comparing beers unless they are from the same brewer and both the same style. So, in this case, I will compare. This offering blows the standard Guinness out of the water. Oftentimes, I've heard the rumor that the domestic Guinness doesn't do its overseas relative justice. It's true. You have to try this brew. It's fantastic.

Oct 15, 2020
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, black with a quick receding head and some lacing. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, bittersweet coffee and a slight wine/malt vinegar scent. Chocolate and roasted barley flavor, with plum/dark fruit and bittersweet caramel, also a slight sour/acidity in the background. Medium body, oily, with good carbonation. Overall, a very good foreign/extra stout and one of Guinness' best.

Sep 19, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is jet black with moderate tan head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is coffee, dark chocolate and a very bitter hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite bitter with mild to moderate carbonation, thick body. This is not a drink for girls. A previous g/f hated it which made it better. This blows their bog standard black water stout out of the water.

Aug 13, 2020
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Beertsipper from New York

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with tan head. Nose is coffee, Bakers chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe some dark fruits. Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel is creamy but you also get that carbonated bite. This is one tasty stout and I will purchase again when I drink my 4 pack.

Jul 18, 2020
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