Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
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Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #8
Ranked #3,692
4.08 | pDev: 11.76%
Guinness Ltd.
Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
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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Reviews by strangefate:
Photo of strangefate
3.51/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours pitch black with a two-three finger dark tan chocolate head. Tons of lacing. A great looking beer.

Scent is a roasted malt up front with a touch of bittersweet chocolate.

Lots of malt hits your taste buds up front, followed by some coffee, a somewhat bitter hop presence and bittersweet chocolate. On certain sips, I even got some scotch ale/wee heavy like hints.

This is a medium-bodied brew with a fair amount of carbonation. A pretty refreshing viscosity.

A decent beer, but a little disappointing for me since I've wanted to try for this for some time preceding its re-release in the US. It's better than a standard Guinness Dry Stout, but not by much in my book.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer smells like light roast, dark sugars leaning towards molasses, some alcohol and a hint of tart. There are chocolate and coffee aromas in the background. The beer fills the glass deep dark brown under a 2.5" medium to dark tan colored foam collar with good retention. The flavor starts with dark chocolate, a trace of coffee, fruit, and a mild sweetness. Sweet malt and fruit flavor linger balanced by a mild roast and hop bitterness. The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium to medium low but very creamy and soft. The Foreign Extra Stout has a nice balance of roast and sweetness with a gentle assist from some hop bitterness.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours black with a dense creamy tan foam head. Smells like black grapes, plum, raisin, black cherry, dried fig, tobacco leaf, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tobacco leaf, black grapes, plum, raisin, black cherry, dried fig, dark roasted malts, dark baking chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice foreign export stout.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with rich tan head and sticky lacing. Nose is burnt sugar, malt, syrup, and figs. Flavor follows the nose, this is my go to stout, always rich and warm, very clean flavors, just the grandaddy of stouts. By far my favorite Guinness.

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Photo of djamesb
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First experience with Guinness stout was the stuff brewed in Nova Scotia.i bought the six pack to make a slow cooker beef and Guinness stew which was I was stuck with 5 beers I didn't really like so I stuck them in the freezer just til a tiny bit of crystallizing. Drank first one like drinking motor oil ,second one same ,third one ?hey this stuffs not bad and it's got some booze in it . Fourth one ,I like stouts, Fifth one very good . then I tried foreign extra from st James gate Ireland, wow what a difference its Guinness on steroids.then to top it off I made a Black and Tan with 1/2 foreign extra and 1/2 Sierra Nevada pale ale. Wow I wish I could find foreign extra year round an exceptional stout from Ireland.

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

Decanted into a conical pint.
A: Pours virtually black with a creamy, one inch tan to bronze head and significant Belgian lacing.
S: Dark roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, and smoky like bacon.
T: Dark roasted malt, tobacco, and smoked ham, balanced with a nicely bittering hops.
M: Full bodied, solid effervescence.
O: Top of its class.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Draft is awful, Guinness Extra Stout is ok, so I came into this beer not expecting much. But it blew me away. This is what people should be buying instead of the other two. Beautiful dark black color with a tan head. Smells like dark malts. Flavor is what gives this one its huge advantage. Sweetness and bitterness balanced well, chocolate, and coffee. Absolutely delicious stout.

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Photo of Zopiac
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compared to regular Extra Stout, it's less bitter, more complex, darker body and head. There's a fullness to the flavor I cannot quite place. Less stark notes of coffee and chocolate. More refined, more mellow. Altogether a much nicer experience.

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Photo of jkblr
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottled 6/15/17 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown nearing black with abundant light brown head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is a semisweet fruity roasty combination that I only find in this style. The taste follows with a semisweet cherry/berry overtone with slightly tangy dark roasted flavors underneath. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated, smooth and balanced. There is a definite roasty bitterness on the finish that keeps things from finishing too sweet or wet. Overall, excellent. This should be no surprise as Guinness pretty well invented the style. Recommended. Nice change of pace from American or Russian imperial stouts.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle, 7.5 % ABV clearly marked along with freshness date. Pours a thick, nearly pitch black liquid. Barely hints of ruby around the edges. Thick tan creamy head shrinking and clinging to the sides of the glass. Smells of coffee, alcohol, and rum soaked fruit. Charred, burnt flavors along with a lot of dark fruity flavors. Good amount of bitterness. Medium body, with low carbonation. This is certainly a different beast from the usual draught. Very nice, but a little too fruity for my taste.

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

poured from a 11.2oz bottle (i absolutely hate these things...get to that in a bit) into a standard pint

a: pitch black in color with a thick tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a while.

s: loads of roasted malts. not much else to say other than it smells like a great stout.

t: big roasted malt flavors. notes of chocolate and coffee with a pleasantly bitter hop aftertaste.

m: delicate mouthfeel.

awesome stout. recommended.

side note:

i'm not sure what pisses me off more: the fact that Guinness has been holding this stuff back from us for so long OR the fact that they are charging 9.99 a 4-pack of ELEVEN POINT TWO FLUID OUNCE BOTTLES!!! c'mon guys, just because it's 7.5% doesn't mean it warranted a smaller portion size and a higher pricetag. at least give us six packs of 12oz bottles for $14 or something.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour is a nice pitch black color with a huge tan head on it that rises to three fingers high and holds excellent lacing and retention.

S= The smell is a little muted in my opinion. Sort of a basic smell to it with a small amount of roast... Not much more than that.

T= The taste is a nice roasty note to it as well as some of the guinness silky chalky taste to it but not nearly as bad as regular draught guinness. There is a light hop presence to it as well.

M= Nice and smooth. A really excellent mouth for a stout. Creamy without all that nitrogen.

D= This is an excellent beer. Worth checking out for sure. The draught Guinness I hate and extra stout I liked but prolly wouldn't buy again but this is worth a repeat purchase. Try this one at least.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a- the beer is BLACK no transparency just what i would expect, there is brown head about 2 fingers with good retention and exceptional lacing, each sip you take reminds you where the beer was before hand.

s-aromas a good bitter sweet

t-the taste of this beer is great, it is just the right amount of bitterness similar to coffee or dark chocolate bittersweet aftertaste

m- great fulll body even better for the ABV you can hardly tell very smooth for what this is

d- overall this is one of my new favorites a must try i would drink this all day if i could

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Photo of blange3
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - I gave this beer a gentle poor and it produced a nice rocky fluffy three finger head. This beer produces great lacing and is pitch black like motor oil. The head is a nice brownish khaki color. Great looking beer.

S - This beer is nice and light on the nose with a nice dark roast creamy smell to it. I get a faint amount of figs and dark fruit. I get a nice chocolate smell on this one as well that seems to be smooth and pleasant throughout.

T - First thing I notice on this one is the dark roast which last a split second. Then I get some of the dark fruit and fig taste along with some nice woody after taste. It lets you know that it is a Guinness beer on the finish that is for sure. I also get some black licorice and anise on it. It seems to change every time I drink it. Hmm. Nice and complex and I cannot detect alcohol on this one at all.

M - Nice full bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated. A bit creamy as well.

O - Very nice beer for anyone who enjoys the regular Guinness but wants to try something on a whole new level. This beer is a great Stout that everyone should give a try at least once. A proper beer for a beer enthusiast. Cheers!

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Photo of 2bet
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Jscheffman
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found this in a variety pack last February while traveling out of state and thought why not. Pours your typical Guinness black color with a frothy creamy tan head that lasts for days. Can see the carbonation and a ruby hue along the bottom edge of glass. Smell is sweet and roasted notes. Initial taste is sweet as well, but well balanced with a roasted coffee finish. The feel is solid and hides the bumped up abv quite well. Overall it's a great brew and I got to try the Jamaican version as well, both r my definition of what a stout should be, nothing over the top, just a great brew!

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

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome! It has the typical black malt bitterness with a hint of chocolate malt sweetness. It's like a normal Guinness on steroids. It's dry and roasted and smooth as hell. The taste is great as well. It's bitter up front with loads of patent malts. It's goes down smooth and dry with a touch of chocolate malt sweetness. I love the black malt component. It's richer than the original, but it hides the alcohol warmth well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine stout. I love the original Guinness, but this one is better.

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Photo of tronester
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark black with a super creamy brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee. Taste begins with a bit of molassas, then some pumpernickle bread, then some smooth chocolate and earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is a little light. Overall a very nice beer. Easily the best offering Guinness has.

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Photo of stone3187
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of AlexFields
2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Photo of danielplainview
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a dark black color as you would expect from these guys.

S- Nice roasted malt and chocolate grips you right away. Has a bit of hop aroma integrated that is a preview of coming attractions

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with some bitterness. not what I expected but still a great combo of flavors.

M- full mouthfeel. Big rich mocha coffee notes on the palate.

D- Loved it. Can't wait to try it on draft.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 Oz bottle poured into a SA pint glass

A- Pours black with clear red around the edges. A tall brown, tan thick head with good retention.

S- A big bitter roastyness up front. Some hoppyness. A bit of chocolate and toffee. A sweet milkiness like in a milk stout.

T- I get a bit of roastedness up front that leaves behind a roasty/smokey aftertaste. There is a bitterness to this beer that I cant quite put my finger on. There is some fruity qualities that believe it or not, remind me of banana bread. A very roasty beverage.

M- Goes down pretty smooth and creamy. It leaves behind a dry roasted aftertaste.

O- This is pretty good, much better then the watery stuff we get here in the US. I also dont think my bottle was that fresh so I was somewhat optimistic in my rating.

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