Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

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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Reviews: 914 | Ratings: 2,504
Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to Guinness pint glass at about 52F.

Appearance: Dark, black coffee. Tan, velvet head.
Smell: Definitely get the coffee and malts. Nice roasty smell. Definitely get the hoppiness coming through as well.
Taste: Head is very creamy when it hits the lips. Get the roasted malts right from the beginning and then it goes into the coffee and finally the hops. Very well balanced though and none of them stand out above the rest.
Mouthfeel: Head is very creamy. A thickness to the overall beer, it's great. Very smooth.
Overall this is super. The head, even though it is not nitrogenous, is very similar to the draught in that way. Lovely and glad it's in the states.

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Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +23.2%
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 irishbrendan
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best beer I've had yet. It is a beer work of art. It was both smooth to drink and with a ever pleasant aroma to the mix. With strong hints of chocolate, and an earthly darkened barley taste. Its an great beer to try and to share with friends and family.

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Photo of mrfreakybig
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

This is, without question, one of the best beers I’ve ever had. The only part about it that was less than fantastic was the bottle was only 11.2 oz. It pours a deep dark, opaque brown, nearly black. Smells roasty, almost, but not quite like coffee. It’s hoppy, and strong, smooth on the tongue. I can’t say enough. This is truly a special beer.

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Photo of AustenFB
5/5  rDev +23.2%

This is the gold standard of stouts. (Not to be confused with the other Guinness Extra Stout--this is the real deal.) To be sipped and savored, it's simply delicious. Best enjoyed by itself or maybe with some salted nuts, because you won't want anything to get in the way of the awesome taste.

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Photo of GoldenChild
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black with a big white pillow on top of it. Carbonation did i say CARBONATION???? if you like Guinness but cant stand the fact that there is no co2 to it then you are going to be happily surprised by this beer.

A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

This is a super beer and i will be buying more. Too bad its so high in Abv. Will be buying more for sure.

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Photo of boyntonliquors
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a world class beer using an old Irish recipe which has the wort/mash exposed to wild yeasts. This along with the use of high quality barley malts and enough hopping to please an American palate makes this beer a surprise find from the Guinness Brewery which is owned by the Diageo Group (read Smirnoff). The beer is made to transport and because of this cellars very well and even bottle conditions which producing a great Irish stout.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the world and it isnt even available in North America (guinness, wake up and smell the roasted barley, this would sell huge in N.A.). I got some bottles from a friend that went to St martin to review. The bottle looks cool, the 'Guinness is good for you' logo are classic. It's black, inky and opaque. The head is tan, huge, and rocky and craggy like a mountain range. Left behind on the glass are gobs of rocky trailings (these arent mere lace).

The aroma is powerful. The most dominant smell is of dark chocolate and coffee from the roasted barley. There is also a distinct hoppy bitterness and elements of vanilla, licorice and some kind of fruit.

The taste is intense. Everything about it is big and bold. Think regular Guinness on whatever it was that made Mark Mcguire hit all those home runs. Big malt flavours contend with big hop flavors right off the bat. I can isolate the dark chocolate flavors, espresso coffee flavors, or hop bitterness much easier than I can with other beers, I guess Im trying to say they are so pronounced. It is really beautiful.

The mouthfeel of this brew is at once syrupy creamy and grainy. And Thick!, its like Guinness concentrate. It actually coats your mouth. It hides its 7.5 ABV remarkably well making it deceptively easy to drink. A perfectly balanced brew. The pinnacle of the stout maker's art.

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Photo of JamesS
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a fantastic deep black color with great head and wonderful lacing. It has a huge deep aroma, with great malty sweetness underneath a great roasted grain and coffee aroma. Wonderful taste, a wonderful thick dry stout with coffee tones and a slight hint of chocolate, with a nice light hop after tone on the tongue. It goes down wonderfully smooth with just the slightest roughness from the higher ABV. This is a wonderful stout, perfection.

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Photo of keysofebony
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regular Guinness is one of my go-to beers, but this tops it. It's like double guinness; tastier and gets the job done quicker.

A- I would call this an imperial stout, or maybe just an 'extra' stout. It's pure black with no chance of light passing through. There is a typical tan stout head. Head sticks around but unfortunately I couldn't find this in a can with the nitro-ball.

S- The base of the smell is a strong presence of dark chocolate surrounded by sort of a sweet red wine-like scent. On top of that maybe a hint of mint leaf. (very little)

T- The first wave of taste is that guinness black-coffee taste. Followed by a warming presence, but i am not tasting alchohol. The warming of the alcohol is covered by dark chocolate and a minty, red wine taste. (hard to describe the red wine im getting, you'll just have to try it)

M- It has a sweetened cocoa aftertaste, which is nice especially when pairing it with right foods. I have to say this is the first time i've properly paired a food with beer. I had rare-cooked spare ribs and it felt like the manliest, tastiest meal ever.

O- This has just replaced Guinness Draught in my book. Too bad it is pricey, but well worth it on occasion. If you like Guinness or any imperial stouts/porters, try this. I'll certainly be buying this again since I work at a liquor store. :P cheers.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in Ireland at the St.James Gate brewery (the most popular paid visitor attraction in Ireland in 2014 with over a million visitors). Very close to the city centre if you ever visit. 330ml bottle enjoyed in Offaly 40 miles from Dublin. An excellent stout.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Amazing. This is truly as close as you get to perfection in a bottle. Pours a beautiful fluffy two-fingered light brown head which retains at about one finger. Looks like beautiful brown clouds! Bursting with delicious smells-slight hit of EtOH allows the nose to take up a flowing smell onslaught of toffee, really dark chocolate and dark caramel. You may also pick up some of the hops in the nose, but they will hit you in the taste. Tastes first of very dark chocolate, and retains a flavour of coffee throughout. The sweetness of the toffee, ethanol and chocolate at the beginning of the taste are complemented wonderfully by the hop bitterness which lingers throughout with the coffee. The beer feels very smooth and pleasing and invites you to take another sip. Really a spectacular stout...probably one of the best in the world!

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Photo of mbrady55
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark black but when held to light revealed a ruby red character. smell was subdued but nonetheless presented a nice roasty character as well as some chocolate. taste was where this shined, roasty and delicious all around, nice dark chocolate and almost milk like quality. full mouthfeel and was incredibly drinkable, i could put down these without blinking an eye, although they do creep up on you after a few.

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Photo of mustang70
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is my first review so I'll do my best.

poured into a pint glass from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

it poured a thick black that you can't see through. a good 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. good lacing that sticks to the glass.

I smell roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

taste of roasted malts and coffee. I slight taste of alcohol and a sweetness at the back.

it has a thick chewy feel that's not too much on the pallet.

overall I really enjoyed this beer. having had Guinness on tap and in the bottle I must say this is my fav. at 7.5 abv I would never guess it. very easyanxious to drink. I would drink this more regulary if the price was better. will definitely buy again and recommend to others.

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Delicious Stout, dry dark fruits on the nose some sweetness on the aroma too. Very malty, chocolaty, smoky, some coffee notes, some maple, perfect sweetness. Very nice colored head that leaves some fine lacing behind.

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Photo of djamesb
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
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 Sanchezz4387
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First tried a pint of this in dublin. I saw the beer descriptipm on the label of the pump state this had a taste of chocolate and toffee. My wife thought that sounded delicious and made me order a pint.....i ordered regular draft Guinness.

The pint was almost black with a foamy light brown head. This stuff tastes like liquid is absolutely beautiful, after one sip my wife changed to cider and I drank 4 more pints

Unbeknownst to me, this stuff in UK and IRE ranges from 6% and 7.5% and it absolutely floored me.

My take away thopughts and feelings.

If a bar sold this id buy it immediately. The sweet and bitter taste is almost perfection to me. Some people prefer dull bitter but i find the sweet bitterness perfect.

I've had the West Indies version which is 6% but for some reason the flavour isn't as prominent as the foreign extra stout. Try will not be disappointed

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Photo of irishevans
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as pitch, and no light coming through even when held up to the light. the head, which is a medium to light tan in color, poured just over 2 fingers thick, but then settles down to about three quarters of a finger. leaves a nice bit of foamy lace behind too.

N- Roasted, almost burnt malt all day long, and definite chocolate scent in the mix as well. there is also a bit of a floral aroma, likely from the generous amount of hops that Guinness claims to brew this with.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits like dates or perhaps raisins, chocolate flavor, all dancing a beautiful ballet on my palate. the floral taste from the hops shows up near the finish, and lingers, although the malt does come back at the end. it has a lovely bitterness to it, mostly roasted malt, but also a nice bit from the hops too. there is a subtle heat from the alcohol too, but it does not overpower any of the rest of the flavors, at all.

M- gets off to a very smooth start, then gets a bit more crisp from carbonation as it goes along, then ends up on again on a smooth, albeit bitter note. it takes you on an absolutely lovely ride.

O- The staple of the style. complex in flavor, mouthfeel, nose, and even the appearance is perfect. this is quite a beer. I have to say I'm sold. Huge fan of this.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yet another brewery for Guiness Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours deep black with a two finger off white to tan head of loose bubbles that slowly melts leaving a thick mapping in it's wake.

Aromas are solidly British Stout with burnt malts and a hint of hops with a trademark yeast.

Taste is burnt dark malt with some coffee and chocolate as well as a bit of bitter hops at the end. Very solid and satisfying. Still with the very classic Guinness tastes, smells and feels.

Mouthfeel is substantially creamy and smooth and alcohol is almost completely hidden.

Love this stuff.

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Photo of MattyDTD
4.84/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma of Dark Cherry, Chocolate, Coffee, Cocoa, Barley Malts and Cream. What Guinness should taste like. Very fruity and leaves your tastebuds dancing. The best from the guinness range in my opinion.

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Photo of ronniebruner
4.83/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you can find this, do yourself a favor and snatch it up! This varies from the regular Guinness which is brewed in Toronto, Canada. This beer has a sweeter taste, an exceptionally smooth taste, a beautiful white foamy head and an aroma worthy of the most expensive brews. A little hard to find, but worth the chase when you finally catch up with it.

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Photo of pkalix
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep, dark and menacing at 7.5%.
pours the obligatory dark guinness color with little head, slight spidery lacing and a thin, tan film over the brew.
smells . . . . like guinness, with something to prove....
tastes . . . . like guinness, but with something else in there. alcohol, maybe? (i once had a 'discussion' with someone over the abv of guinness. he was very surprised to learn the 'regular' guinness was a 4.2%). but even at that low level of abv it has mysterious healing properties. walk in to the pub with an ear ache, head ache, or some other pain, and it mysteriously disappears...
mouthfeel... wonderful. after the beautiful aroma that only guinness can provide, the mouth is awash in deep, dark flavors and excited with the extra stimuli. thick, deep, rich. cant session past a couple of these higher-ended abv's, but that's where something lager-like comes in to focus. i know the guinness lager isnt a great brew, but i really like the style. great follow up to this bounty.
overall, i love this stuff. i keep a couple in the frig for whenever i get tired of the same ole, same ole. not for every night. not for anytime. but every once in a while, these are the prescription for what ails ya. maybe try a back of some good whiskey for a great evening home alone . . . . sorry, i'm a loner.... cant give it all 5's - is there anything in the world which really is? (except for freely given, passionate oral gratitude) but this is one of my tops. salud!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, dark yellow brown almost black with a dark tan foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing, clear

S: chocolate, coffee, slight hops, dark roasted malts, slight burnt charcoal smell

T: very hoppy up front with a strong bitter presence, flavors of bitter dark roast coffee and chocolate, finish sweetens with big roasted malt

M: quite heavy and oily, alcohol is subtle but there, low carbonation

O: an excellent export stout if you love the dry burnt quality of Guinness

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Photo of bobquick
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reminds me of a Russian Imperial Stout more than the "mother's milk" of regular Guinness. Hops it you first with a bitter bite, but the malt keeps it from overwhelming the balance. The alcohol is very present in the mouthfeel and burns a bit on the back of the throat. 7.5 percent. NICE! That's where the RIS confusion comes in. Great beer.

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Photo of knoxtennessee
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oh my god.
I've waited 8 years for this beer, and it didn't disappoint.
This thing pours pitch black with a tan head that fades into a long lasting thin tan head. The nose is a big snort of creamy roasty sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly more fruity than anything. Has that classic Guinness funk, but at a little bit higher levels.
The flavor is nice and sweet with the same fruit but also with a load of dark chocolate and dried cherry, finishing roasty and surprisingly dry. The body is thick and luscious without any heavy cloying quality. The finish is slightly acidic and calls you back for more.
Amazing, just absolutely amazing.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,504 ratings