Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
Guinness Ltd.

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From:
Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #11
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #7,893
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 11.58%
Reviews:
980
Ratings:
1,662
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 16, 2022
Added:
Jan 30, 2001
Wants:
  220
Gots:
  421
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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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Rated: 4.05 by shu from Georgia

Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Guinness & Co. "Guinness Foreign Extra Stout"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle coded "L2026GG04 19:41"
$2.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: For whatever reason I used to like Guinness Foreign Extra Stout while I was in college and I'd sometimes fill up an insulated tumbler and bring it to class with me. It's a pretty intense brew but I liked that I could just sip at it. Anyway, I think we all know how it looks, it's an opaque black beneath a fluffy tan head. The aroma expresses chocolate cake, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, dried but sticky dark skinned fruits, and spent coffee grounds. The flavor brings those dark skinned fruits forward but everything else remains in the same order with some added apple, dark berries, toffee, Ovaltine, and oily French-roast coffee beans. That's not to say that it's sweet, because it's not, but there is a sweet side to the malt that's then balanced by a solid bitterness. Some leafy, lightly grassy, and mildy herbal hops round it out and its solid bitterness puts it into check. It finishes dry with some ashen roastiness and leafy, grassy, and mildly herbal hops lingering. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and creamy smooth with just a light tingle on the tongue. The head has held up very well although it initially compressed, and it's left thick rings of lacing about the glass. This is THE CLASSIC of the style that all others are measured against.
Review #8,086
Jun 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by DBosco from Massachusetts

May 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.49 by kodt from Illinois

May 04, 2022
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Rated by Splarp

5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is what Guinness Stout is supposed to taste like. The watered down version is for lightweights.
Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Apr 02, 2022
 
Rated: 3.96 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Mar 18, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Hard to find these days, but much preferred over the nitro common stuff. Better flavors of a real stout plus real feel of carbonation. Far more bitterness than the draught cans/bottles, but also more roast and carbonated.
Feb 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.02 by BeerInspector from Delaware

Feb 13, 2022
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Rated by 2market from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drank a bottle at the Guiness Storehouse in Dublin Ireland in early September 2021.
Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Kiiz

4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
L: obnoxiously large head but the beautiful black body and tan head easily let you justify it. Excellent lacing too like best I’ve seen when considering color.
S: Worse than meh but to be fair it’s winter so allergies probably interfere.
Edit: got a new glass it smells like water but also a bit sweet but not much there.
T: dark fruits off the bat which is a pleasant surprise for Guinness, a touch of roasted cocoa on the backend which I’m a sucker for. I just feel like I’m waiting for something that never comes maybe I set the bar too high. Worse than extra imo but if I started with this during my session my opinion very well could be different.
Edit: a bit chewy with weak taste to start but nice toasted malts to finish. Just seems like an amazing taste with inconsistent strength. Maybe just my tastebuds.
F: medium feel, very creamy, true to extra Guinness, classic is a bit watery compared to this no disrespect (I’ve never had draught).
Edit: everything one would wish for considering its Guinness.
O: It’s extra stout bastardizing abbey ale. Doesn’t completely do it for me but I love the effort. Try accordingly.
Dec 28, 2021
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Reviewed by Anders91 from California

3.69/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Look: black with a dark brown head

Smell: malt, chocolate, coffee

Taste: malt, chocolate, espresso/hop bitterness interesting but not as good as the best American stouts

Feel: thick and creamy
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.22 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Dec 21, 2021
 
Rated: 4.76 by MikeVail from Indiana

Dec 18, 2021
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Reviewed by Beertwit

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Top quality stout. Pass over the regular Guinness draft and look for this. It's what a stout should be: strong, balanced, not too much of anything and no goofy flavors.
Dec 16, 2021
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Reviewed by eatsluggs from Oregon

4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
My favorite Guinness and probably the only Guinness that I truly like. What a treat. Especially after you hear Richard Harris and Peter O'toole talk about it so passionately.
Nov 17, 2021
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Reviewed by izraelc from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours dark. Tan head. Smells like Guinness. Roasted malt body. Generous hop flavor. Medium bitterness. Definitely different than the classic Guinness. Good but not as good as the OG.
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
11.2 oz. Bottle poured into Imperial Pint glass
Look: Black, 4-finger head dark tan like an espresso, excellent carbonation, no transparency, great lacing retention
Smell: Hoppy sweetness, some malt, chocolate notes, wheat bread
Taste: Medium bitter, malt and hop forward, dark chocolate, reminds me of an espresso, no alcohol aftertaste
Feel: A tongue-tingler, flavor lingers a long time, dry finish, excellent mouthfeel.
Overall: Excellent. This is what a stout should aspire to be. Hits on all the right notes. My new favorite stout, unless I want an oatmeal stout the Founders.
Pair with steak, roasted and grilled meats and veg, cheddar and chocolate.
Nov 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 25, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by xungmound98 from New York

Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by steelkilt from Maryland

4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
You could spend a lot more money on various craft imitations, or you can get this, which I consider to be the perfect stout. It packs more of a punch than standard Guinness, in terms of taste, alcohol content, and flavor. Slight bitterness, excellent malt, dark chocolate, caramel. The first one of these as we transition to fall is always the best.
Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.76/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
11.2oz bottle into a 7oz tasting glass. I have also had this in larger bottles in Ireland.
L: Pours black with ruby edge on bottom with a 1" light tan pock-marked creamy head with good retention. There is thick lacing with some banding.
S: Chocolate, fig, dates, raisins, walnut, dark moist brown bread.
T: Firm hop bite, dry malt, deeply rich bakers dark chocolate, light vanilla, espresso coffee char. Mineral bitterness lingers throughout and through the finish. Hop/chocolate flavors go in and out. The finish is bitter with tannins.
F: A firm medium bodied creamy mouthfeel and has a bold semi-long, moderately drying finish. It is a bit tacky and overall is soft. No alcohol detected.
O: A pleasant bitterness is at the helm of this world-class stout. It's mineral base and deeply roasted malts and confectionary chocolate are unsurpassed in balance. Overall: bittersweet, incredible and is essentially in a class all by itself. It is my go-to stout.
Sep 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.19 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

Aug 14, 2021
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Reviewed by karlstratos from New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
A (3): Foamy, large fluffy tan head, pitch black body
S (3): Roast and chocolate malt, burnt coffee
T (3): Hidden faint hops, bitter
M (4): Heavy, smooth
O (3): Good example of heavy stout, but a bit slow and mute for me.
Aug 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.75 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 18, 2021
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Reviewed by hank_and_als_beer_reviews

3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
7/12/2021 5:51pm EST
Fort Myers Beach, FL

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Guinness imperial pint glass

Look: First notice the beautiful caramel colored foam. As for the body, no light escapes. Illuminate with a strong torch to reveal its deep tawny color. SRM 40+. Wispy lacing and adequate head retention.

Smell: Primarily chocolate malt with a hint of deeply roasted caramel. It's not a complex experience but a pleasurable one.

Taste: Generous hops. The malt takes the backseat here (and does some backstreet driving). A bitter taste resonates after each sip for some time.

Feel: Full-bodied. Firm but fair.

Overall: This is the hoppy side of the Guinness offerings. It's important to test the limits to find out where they are... now you know.
Jul 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.69 by Wlac

Jul 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.37 by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

Jun 29, 2021
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Almost black color, with a decent head. Lovely complex flavor, almost like a red wine. Lots of tannins and roasted flavors, but doesn't overwhelm the palate.
Jun 17, 2021
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Reviewed by reknirdsuomynona from Massachusetts

4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A - Poured into a 12oz mug from standard Euro sized 11.2oz glass bottle. Medium tan head almost went out of control on a long pour. Over half the glass and up to just above the rim. The lacing is persistent to the end. The beer itself is a dark opaque brown, almost black but light can shine through at the edges. Stunning presentation.

S - Sweet toasted chocolate malt is strong up front, with a caramel or brown sugar note following. The faintest hint of hops aroma is fleeting, almost immediately drowned out by the malt. Simple, straightforward and pleasant.

T - Charred black malt comes through hard like the sharp first sip of a fresh cup of coffee. The malt rounds out to a sweet caramel and earthy barley flavor after the swallow reminding you that this isn't a coffee bean. There's a strong malty dryness on the backend that makes you want to just keep drinking. No alcohol notes despite the higher ABV. Outstanding flavor overall, but the hops are unfortunately entirely drowned by the malt.

M - Medium body, similar to milk or coffee. Carbonation is light and feels just about perfect for this brew. Would easily be able to knock back a couple with a meal.

This is so very close to my ideal beer. I feel it is slightly better than the other version of the Extra Stout, but at the same time it lacks any of the (admittedly miniscule) hop profile that the 'lesser' version carries. I'm rating it higher as it's an overall better balance but I can't quite convince myself to rate this a 5 without some sort of hops to round everything out. I'm glad it's now available in North America but I'm not as thrilled on the 2x price premium. The other version is only slightly worse but it costs significantly less. This will be a factor in determining if I will ever buy it regularly. Price aside, amazing beer. Props to Guinness for bringing it stateside.
May 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by GRhoads from Ohio

May 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.16 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

May 22, 2021
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Reviewed by scootny from New York

4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
For my one thousandth review I get to do the first review of a special edition of classic. Kind of nice. I had my first Guinness back in my youth, when the drinking age was lower and it was all the rage with my dad's friends in the mid 70s. So I snuck a few and it was a foundational part of my journey into real beer, along with my first bottle of Hacker Pschorr Hefe-Weiss.

Super dark black brown liquid with a light brown, tall, rocky head. Good lacing.

Nose has lots of bakers chocolate and coffee. Roasted grains. Molasses and mild earthy hops.

Rich roasted grains upfront unfold into coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Mild undercurrent of brown bread and molasses.
Earthy hops give a firm bitterness in the short, dry finish. A lingering bit of bitter earth and molasses.

Feel is full with a creamy carbonation that gives a surprising lightness to a somewhat thick and chewy brew.

This Guinness is a superb brew that maintains the character of the original while upping the magnitude of the flavor profile. A delicious and satisfying beer that you just makes you smile as you sip. I think it will be a compliment to smoked foods and and rich cheeses. I'm looking to get a couple of four packs for my Memorial Day brisket.
May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by BelamVisinni from Georgia

5/5  rDev +23.2%
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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Reviewed by MarkDurham62 from England

4.75/5  rDev +17%
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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Reviewed by Gajo74 from New York

4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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
 
Rated: 3.82 by TheEpeeist from Maryland

Apr 02, 2021
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.65 by beerrat from Virginia

Mar 21, 2021
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Reviewed by LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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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