Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #8
Ranked #3,797
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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jrc1093 from Connecticut

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

Bottle reads 'L9234' (presumably bottled on 8/22/20)

Pours a firm black body capped with cascading multiple fingers of rounded, light mocha head; good retention fades to a craggy half-finger of foam, frothy collar, and creamy, chunky rings/spots of lacing.

Aroma opens with blunt notes of charred toffee and bittersweet cocoa with hints of espresso; touches of caramel and plummy dark berries intertwine over the middle and into the back end of the bouquet, with delicately roasted malts to the close.

Taste brings fresh dark-roast coffee imbued with a tempered, potent dark fruit acidity upfront into a slightly sweeter cocoa mid-palate; soft plum becomes defined over time while notes of charred malt and roasted barley linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body, taut and somewhat oily in spots, opening to a moderate-high carbonation fluffing up along the palate; silky and near-effortless across the mid-palate; a firm malty char with brilliantly attenuated touches of mild acridity build along the back end with a casual assertiveness.

There's a bit of everything here, ranging from roast and cocoa to ripe dark fruits , all tied together via a smooth, robust body; showing a consistently subtle and detailed expression, this is a gateway to the upper echelons of the Export stout.

Jun 06, 2020
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iman41 from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Intense coffee and chocolate notes, deep caramelization and light notes of fruits at the end. All of these combine for a rich, roasty smell.

Taste: Dense espresso flavor to begin, followed by strong caramelized, smoky flavors and stone fruits. Finishes smoky as well and leaves a rich, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Heavy and full bodied, this beer requires that it is enjoyed slowly and carefully. It is most pleasant on the palate in small doses and can be overwhelming if one attempts to drink it like a Draught.

Overall: A delicious extra stout that is an absolute treat. It is undoubtedly dense and is a lot to handle, but provides some serious flavors and is a delight for stout lovers.

May 27, 2020
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Sharkbite20 from Philippines

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

I came back to the FES after sampling the murphy’s extra stout and some dark lagers before finally convinced of my ability to review this fine stout.

The FES has so much going on - a meal best enjoyed by itself that commands attention. Flavors evolve quick and then roast slight caramel linger long after that last drip.

A - carbonated from a bottle instead of Nitro, there is no creamy dropping bubbles. But the tan, two finger head is thick, robust, and remains til the end.

Opaque black with caramel edges and Red hues against the light.

S - roast, coffee, and hints of tang and sweet raisins.

T - I treat this like red wine, and even split the bottle into two servings. It evolves all through the drink. Initial rich roast coffee lightly bitter, someone said molasses, chocolate. Then a noticeable spicy and tang follows, then ends with that roast and caramel finish.

Im just new And could not identify hops well but the tang is prominent and could just be that extra they put in.

Feel - robust, present, oily in the front. If the murphy’s is watery, the FES is syrupy and lingering. Strong warmth from the alcohol at the end.

This may be my first from a limited List of stouts at home. But it certainly made a strong point and will be my measure for stouts until something better comes along.

May 22, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 with light tan frothy head
Smell...malt, caramel , brown sugar, somewhat sour. some hop aroma
Taste...excellent body nice finish...balance. Old school stout no adjuncts. sweet start to a bitter ending....Like a good movie
Feel...traditional with a little thicker body than the dry stout. Slick Bitterness
Overall... Liked this one! got the 12 pack so I could try them all. I had this one b4 at a sampler...Good

May 12, 2020
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VicCooper from Ireland

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An other surprise from Guinness. We had our ups (Rye Pale Ale, Citra IPA, West Indies Porter) and downs (Draugt Stout, Golden Ale, Milk Stout), but this one is delivering the Guinness experience -in the good way- again. I'm testing it against their West Indies Porter and The World's End by Blacks of Kinsale. I know they are all slightly different types (foreign stout/porter/imperial stout), but close enough and it seems to be good fun.

Top: a generous 2" creamy (not like the draught tho) head, slowly descending. Tan in colour.

Look: well, black as usual, cola-like colour, 0% opacity. It looks very well with the tan head, I have to admit.

Smell: first, iron. No bueno! Unfortunately, it needs to be decanted, but a slight iron smell stays after anyway. Not much, but still noticeable. After decanting, it has a deep, rich, flavoursome smell which has the following notes: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, liquor. No yeast notes like from their porter, also more intense.

Taste: it's well carbonated, not overly tho. Medium to full body.

The mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, the alcohol is actually quite hidden, I read on the label it's 7.5% ABV, but feels closer to 6.x %.

Finally, it has decent bitterness, just how I like my beers. They have found the hops somewhere in the factory and started to use. Taste follows the nose, coffee, roasted malts and a good kick from the hops, it's a complex, yet very clear taste. No yeast is noticeable.

The aftertaste is bittersweet and lasting.

Summary: so this foreign stout is very balanced every way, therefore has less character than the World's End from the Blacks of Kinsale, (which is classed as imperial). Doesn't feel as strong as it suggests, although it's not a bad thing, you can actually have two of them in one evening. Try that with a 10% imperial...

But damn, it's good. Very very good. And she's a looker too. I think from now on, I'll use this as a reference, when comparing (imperial/foreign) stouts, maybe even porters, as it ticked all the boxes and gave a well balanced performance.

Would buy this again, any time.

May 06, 2020
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markkyronaylin from Ireland

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: massive head on the pour, beer appears very carbonated but this head quickly dissipates to a one finger frothy tan head, lots of lacing, beer is jet black, of course.

smell: lots of coffee and roasted malt, some dark bitter chocolate in there too, but some sweet chocolate syrup smells there also, a lot of bitterness there actually, and certainly a presence of alcohol, some blackberry and raspberry there also.

taste: incredibly rich in flavour, first thing that comes through is sweet syrupy chocolate, lots of milky coffee flavours too which then turns very malty then bitter, finish is smoky, tobacco flavours there, still quite bitter on the finish, some grape there, hides it’s alcohol well.

feel: full bodied, lightly carbonated (in contrast to what i thought it would be like after the pour), syrupy and sticky, slight warming of the throat.

overall: a very nice stout indeed, flavourful and rich, a relaxing beer, probably best enjoyed by the fireside at wintertime.

Apr 22, 2020
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mooseisloose from Florida

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

Picked up a four pack. Popping the top I get a very smooth waft of roasted malt, biscuits and chocolate. Pours to a motor oil black with a dark tan head. Head is hearty and recedes slowly. On the taste, the mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Taste starts with roasted malt and heavy chocolate then transitions to a zesty butterscotch like flavor that quickly goes to a bitter silky aftertaste with esters. A very fine brew. Good job Guinness.

Apr 01, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark color topped by a tall thick root-beer float of a head which leaves disconnected strings of lacing. Head retention is great, forming a mound-cone top.

Aroma is sweet, dark fruits, molasses, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. Rich.

Feel is smooth with a medium-full body.

Taste repeats the aroma, a rich interplay of molasses, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a tannin bitterness. The finish is dry, with the tannin and bitterness lingering. Despite the overall dry finish, the aftertaste has a touch of sweetness returning to the mix.

Overall, a great, robust stout. Watch the alcohol, though, because it is hidden well, but will sneak up on you.

Mar 21, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Guinness is my absolute favorite. It's mostly all I drink. I've had a few bottled varieties over the years. This one, however, is my least favorite of them. It's not terribly different from the non-Foreign Extra Stout, however there are a couple differences that don't weigh in its favor. One, it's a bit more bitter. Two, it's not nearly as smooth. I greatly enjoy the non-Foreign variety, so I thought this one would be a bit more interesting. I was wrong. It's not. If I had to choose between the two, I would, without question, choose the non-Foreign Extra Stout. That's not to say it's terrible. It's not. However, I wouldn't purchase this one again.

Mar 20, 2020
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just above average body with just a bit too much carbonation but still a nice feel
Aroma is roasted malt, black coffee, licorice, lots of plum and dried dark fruit earthy, wood
Taste follows the aroma, jammed pack with flavor . Some tobacco which wasn't there in the aroma.
Great beer, full of flavor,complex,just a great overall beer

Mar 17, 2020
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defunksta from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a nearly jet black color with 0% clarity. A strong, rich tan head. SRM of nearly 24. (4.00)

Aroma: Light aromas of dark malts, roasty cocoa, slight coffee. A latex glove type of medicinal note. A bit of chocolate milk too. (3.50)

Flavor: Light to moderate flavors of roasty chocolate and milk. Gives a Cocoa Puffs cereal type of quality too it, but also a nice amount of roast. A roasty chocolate milk. Minimal hops or bitterness. Some dark chocolate sweetness lingers on the end. (3.75)

Feel: Lighter-bodied. Smooth and creamy. Low carbonation, but creamy and smooth. Alcohol is definitely dectactable here at 7.5%, but nicely placed within the body. Cream and cocoa sweetness linger.

Compared to Finnegan's Dead Irish Poet (Irish Dry Stout) 3/15/20: Pours a similar jet black color with a slightly lighter head. Less aromas. More creamy, milky, and medicinal. Less roasty, smokey, and dark chocolate. Similar body, but slightly sweeter.

Overall: A nice drinking, yet smooth Export Stout. Highlights roasty chococlate, but wouldn't be complete without the signature Guinness addition of milk with the creamy mouthfeel. Sort of lacking in complexity and admittedly I was eager for more. Nevertheless, it's simplistic, smooth, and easy drinking like all Guinness beers. It maintains the simplicity, creaminess of traditional Guinness but increases the body and flavor. I guess I just expected more, but maybe that's unfair.
(Final Rating: 3.71)

Mar 15, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

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

Poured from an 11.2oz Bottle: Pours a dark black/coffee brown color with a thick foamy khaki color head. Good amount of lacing, head retention, and carbonation. This brew from Guiness is a little more stout at 7.5% ABV with ever present notes of Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Hops, Caramel, Coffee, and fruits. The nose follows the taste with this one, but has a sort of fruity, red wine like flavored finish from the dried fruits followed by a dry roasted barley/hops flavored finish. Overall this is a great beer. Good appearance, not too alcohol forward, stout, full bodied, and full flavored.

Mar 07, 2020
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RyanK252 from California

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark mahogany brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a nice layer and laces quite well.

S: Roasty, dark chocolate, coffee, char, molasses, a hint of vanilla, dark fruit, burnt sugar, and a little toasty bready malt.

T: Roasty, strong espresso, earthy char, dark chocolate, a hint of smoke and vanilla, piney minty herbal notes, dark fruit, plum, date, and nectarine, burnt sugar, and toasty bready malt.

M: A touch on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: I really don't drink enough good straight forward stouts like this one. Damn solid.

Feb 25, 2020
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BrewAskew from Oklahoma

4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque, very dark brown/red, Creamy medium tan head, fair amount of lace and good retention.

Strong, syrupy dark malts, roasted barley, coffee, chocolate and dried plums, dates and figs.

Smoky, fruity and malty. assertive hop bitterness. finishes much like a robust red wine (Malbec, Cab)

Full-bodied and low to medium CO2. Has a tannic-like bite from the roasted grains giving it a strong red wine feel.

A classic, well-made strong stout to be savored on cold winter days. A welcome departure from the American-style imperials.

Feb 05, 2020
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James94 from England

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pitch black, except for some very slight reddishness towards the top. Good lacing and initial head
S: Rich malts, caramel, coffee, slight butteriness
T: Toasty and roasty malts throughout, black coffee
F: Feels creamy on the palate, alcohol is there but in a pleasant manner, carbonation works well

O: 4.25

Dec 07, 2019
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stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up at off license near the hotel. Black pour with thick, foamy beige head. Aroma is smoky, ashy with a hint of chocolate. Taste is roasty, campfire, mild sweetness. Mild, sweet bitterness lingers.

Nov 05, 2019
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RichardLeahy from Australia

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L. This is the blueprint for modern stout I would suggest. Black, darker than expected and less energetic than expected head. S. Always weak with my damn nose but dark, caramel and grain. T. A little subdued, but lots of dark malt, a touch of molasses, some sweetness but a dry finish. F. A touch oily, very smooth and rich. O. A tiny bit disappointed as this is the first time I have ever had this, unbelievably, even after visiting Ireland! But only a bit, great, rich taste and feel and a genuine icon amongst beers. P.S. Tried a few times since original review and most of the disappointment has gone. I sometimes get a touch of sweeter treacle/golden syrup and even a hint of cough syrup given the alcohol.

Nov 01, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From an 11.2 oz bottle. Black color with caramel tint in the light and light brown head. Rich roasted malt and molasses smell. Medium body. Roasted malt, molasses, and a dry hop finish. This is excellent! If only it were as easy to find as other Guinness...

Oct 22, 2019
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Solo007 from New York

4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 11.2 fl oz bottle into my old reliable tulip glass (sniffer).

Pour here is very dark brown (like a fresh pot of coffee)with just a bit of ruby - Thicker than water, but unlike Guinness' Extra Stout: The F.E.S. does indeed pour like blood! strong, concentrated head that stays with the stout up until the moment it's consumed. Nose is definitely coffee, chocolate, but not as overtly. Not much fruit detected, if any: Perhaps a nectarine (?) or red grape (?) and a little vanilla. Mouth/fFeel roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. However: I notice that the chocolate is not an equal partner in the FES as it is in the Extra Stout. It's more of an enhancer for the coffee. The finish is subtle sweet and bitter, but overall dry and refined. Also makes great beer-batter fish! Overall: Guinness' best stout.

Sep 08, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- Black... held right in front of a halogen bulb I don't even get the super-dark ruby red glint I often see in other 'black' stouts and porters. Pours with fat 1.5Cm super-fine pillowy tan head that is holding well. [Holds well right down to the bottom, with lacing on the sides of the glass].
S- Deep toasty molasses.
T- Deep roasty-toasty grains and coffee. Entirely different from the insipid over-gassed version one finds on tap in London pubs. This is enjoyable, it has notable depth and some oomph to it.
F- Rich (hefty ABV%, rather than 'sweet'), deep, dark, quite pungent and intense.
O- I've not a fan of mass-market esp draught/tap stout; this beer is entirely different! I'd very happily drink this again, though hopefully at a lower price.
Bought from a convenience shop, 'Medo Market', 30 Leinster Terrace, London W2 (between Lancaster Gate and Queensway). An unusual find for me, but at an unusually hiked price of £2.50/330ml, but then all bottles of beer there were priced at that there. BB: 22/03/2020

Jul 29, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

2.97/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pitch black and smooth. One finger of fizzy tan head with good retention.

Smell: Not as strong as I'd expect or like. Very faint roast malt scent.

Taste: Like the smell, surprisingly mild. Hard to notice anything except a gentle roast bitterness without the usual flavor that comes with it.

Mouthfeel: Full body with good carbonation.

Overall: I was expecting good things, but it's just far too mild.

Jul 02, 2019
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HardTarget from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black glass shows a ruby hue when seriously backlit. Holds a cover of tight brown bubbles which give thick lacing to the glass.

Aroma: Burnt barley, the Guinness sour note, black bread, some malty sweetness.

Taste: Starts with a slightly coffee bitter which quickly is overwhelmed with a lot of malt driven sweetness that transitions to the soured beer taste that fades out into an earthy, almost metallic bitter. It's a roller coaster of tastes, all with strong intensity, but all of it works together for a coherent whole. It's a malty beer with a lot of burnt grain Stout flavor with a little mellow funk.

Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, low carbonation (little report at opening), dry finish.

Overall: It's a beast of a beer. Big bold flavors, most of them built up versions of what you get in Guinness draft, but the balance is very different. Draft is a drink, this is a meal. I like it, but understand that not everyone will. I remember trying it early in my craft beer journey and thinking, it's too much, too challenging. Now days I find it much more drinkable and enjoyable, but a slow sipper. I also find it... nutritive. Something about it seems like it just might be good for me in some way. It's an impressive amount of taste for a 7.5% abv beer.

I also think age plays a big part in this beer. I little digging finds that the date code on the back can be read, ignore the "L", the first 4 numbers start with the year (8 would be 2018), then the next 3 numbers on the day of that year (294 = Oct. 21st). It has a 10 month shelf life, it's June 2019 so I'm in range. It's worth checking.

Jun 09, 2019
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Reidrover from Oregon

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

1 pint 6 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, N.Salem. $4.59
Very black body as far as i can tell with a nice frothy thick tan head..creamy in consistency.
Wonderful roasty,toasted malt aromas..dark coffee, figs, chocolate..nice
LOvelly dark toasty malt taste..semi bitter coffee..and creamy chocolate.Dark fruit after taste.
Fantastic mouthfeel..cannot fault it..very slick yet not boring.
Overall a very nice stout indeed..will buy more.

May 21, 2019
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eugene17pluto from New Jersey

2.46/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

it's a watery tasting beer. I read other reviewers about how deep and rich intense this is but it's not true.

If you like imperial stouts or bourbon aged dark beers this will taste bland and watery by comparison.

I recommend Founders - Breakfast Stout or Allagash - Black

Both cost the same at about $10 a 4-pack. Save your money and get real beer.

May 01, 2019
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MackT from Florida

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

From a 11.2oz bottle, pours a dark, very dark brown. Good looking tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma of a dark coffee/chocolate blend , barley/oat malt with the alcohol bringing it along. Mouthfeel is more effervescent than carbonated, comes on late.
Taste is “fuller/richer” than your regular Guinness. Although I prefer Old Rasputin & Founders Breakfast over this. That being said, a good stout, I would get this again.

Apr 09, 2019
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