Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

Brewed by:
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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Photo of CloudStrife
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Jet black color with a 1.5" khaki head. Settles to 1/4" a few minutes after pouring. Swirling the glass thickens the head and laces the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Intense smell of malt, tobacco, bourbon. Hints of raisin and other dark fruits. Slight merlot smell.

Taste: Great roasted malt taste. Flavors of fig, tobacco and raisin. Hops are present upon swallowing leaving a lingering aftertaste.

Mouth: Nice foamy feel as you sip through this beers head. Thick feeling but not a heavy beer. Slightly sticky after sipping.

Overall: Definitely an addition to the Guinness line up that I can stand behind. My favorite bottled Guinness thus far.

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Photo of Chris1108
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 12oz glass - pours very brown, settles to a thick deep black. Nice growing 3 finger head, sticky lace with 5 mins hang time
S - smell the chocolate and hops - very nice!
T - almost delivered the on the promise from the smell but fell a wee bit short
M - Looked thicker, tasted thinner. Not much but noticeable.
O - this is a great beer - I like regular Guiness Stout and I liked this even more. I would def buy again.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with some light brwn hues. Large 2 finger khaki colored head that falls to a spotty wet lacing.
Roasted grains, coffee and "rum". Maybe the islands are still on my mind but I swear I smell rum in this beer.
Big roasted character with some toffee and a grainy like hop bitterness. There really is no comparison to the Guinness Extra Stout and this one. The FES is by far the better beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, light on the carbonation. A syrupy. Nice crisp feel from the hops.
Very drinkable, very good stout.
Will someone please tell me why we don't have this one in the states.

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Photo of vacax
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Daniel for this bottle. This one pours black with a rapidly growing mocha head, tall, thick, recedes at a moderate pace leaving lots of lace. Aroma has a worty barley scent along with roast and a touch of honey sweetness. Good balance between roast and sweet on the nose. Flavor has coffee, but not nearly as sharp of a roast as other dry stouts I have tried, smooth and semisweet initially, then a pleasant roasted barley bitterness and cookie finish. Nicely done, the roasted malt avoids acrid sensation for a refreshing beer. Somewhat insubstantial body, but expected for the style, moderate to heavier carbonation is expected, maybe a bit much on the bubbles though. Drinkability is definitely high, not many beers of this strength are as easily quaffable.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark appearance and an aroma that is also pleasant. This is a far improvement over other Guinness beers with the exception of drafts that are obtained in the U.K.

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Photo of NYManc
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from Thanksgiving. Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

A: Poured pitch black with a light mocha head. The head was 4 fingers thick, with amazing retention. This is the thickest head that I've seen coming from a stout. There was a good amount of lacing throughout the cup as I drank the beer.

S: Very very strong and upfront roasted malts. This was very pleasing to me, got my mouth watering almost instantly. Also with this malts was a hint of some chocolate.

T: Tastes follow the smell. Very strong taste of malts with a chocolatey back hint. No bitterness at all and the after taste is mostly malt. A very very faint hint of hops in there as well. I can only pick this taste up every now and then. A very tasty session beer.

M: Medium bodied and goes down well. Medium carbonation as well.

D: Can drink this any time of day and would be able to drink many of these before losing it. Would highly recommend to many others.

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Photo of 57md
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark chocolate brown with two fingers of frothy tan head. The head has good retention and there are thick lace rings on the glass as this baby goes down.

There is some roast in the nose, but a touch of sweet wine is present as well. Roasted malt is the basis of the flavor profile and there is a pleasing roasted bitterness on the finish.

The body is a tad thin, but this is by far the best version of Guinness that is available.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. 26/06/11.

Appearance: Pours that good old black oil body with a HUGE toffee-colored head. This will not fit in my pint glass - need to back off a bit. Head is thick, soapy and bready. Lot's of thick lacing.

Smell: I noticed that sharp roasted malt smell of Guinness Extra Stout that took me back to my college days as soon as I opened the bottle. That smell was never the same in a Guinness Draft - I'm glad it's here in the Foreign Extra Stout. Slightly sweet alcohol smell.

Taste: A lot more sweet chocolately and toffee-flavored than Guinness Extra Stout. I am trying to taste the "extra hops" that are mentioned on the label, but I only taste the overpowering bitterness of the roasted malts. Can definitely taste the warming from the extra alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Thick, but not as thick or creamy as a Guinness Draft. Little carbonation as expected. This is a macho stout!

Overall: Quite the break from the ordinary. Certainly the beer for you if you're looking to "turbo" your regular Guinness experience...

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a dark brown/blackwith a huge tan head
S-chocolate with alittle bit of coffee with little hops and a slight buzz of alcohol
T-a blend of coffee dark fruit and chocolate with no bitterness and a very smooth finish
M-a nice fulltaste with a light body even with the slightly higer abv
D-overaall a very delicious brew with a nice complexity of flavors that compliment rather than overdue each other

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Photo of MisterClean
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BJs Roseville for hosting a Guiness dinner.

A - Pours a dark black with 2 fingers of head. Dissipates moderately, leaves nice lacing.

S/T - Caramel, light chocolate, and smoky. Nice hop bitterness. Very assertive.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, dry, and bitter. Nice.

D - Great overall. Really drinkable, would like to have had a full bottle myself.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: utter, complete black poured with 3+ fingers of creamy tan foam with decent retention. Chunky tan lace is left on the glass; superb.

Smell: rich, sweet, fruity aroma including raisins, dates and plums; there's a little vanilla in there as well and a little chocolate. Fantastico.

Taste: rich flavor with the same fruitiness of the aroma with a bit of chocolatey roastiness at the end. Not quite as enticing as the aroma, but still very good.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation but a big body with a nice creamy silkiness. Good.

Overall: very tasty strong stout with a superb aroma. A bit more depth of roast in the flavor would be wonderful.

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Photo of Phocion
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Almost entirely black body with just a tiny hint of red. Thick, frothy light brown head with excellent retention.

Extremely roasted aroma. Bitter chocolate and coffee noticeable through the head which does just not want to go away. Smokey and with a touch of molasses and dark fruit.

Roasted and dark bread flavors dominate. Very smokey but just a hint of sweetness. Slight touches of chocolate in the background.

Medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Sheer amounts or roasted/smokiness make me unlikely to try to session this (that and the ABV), but I am definitely enjoying this one before bed.

Okay, so I went into this with quite a bias. I hate Guinness, with a passion. But this... this was actually very enjoyable. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Guinness FES. I have a bit of a love affair with this beer, since my band if misfits on our first time visiting Ireland were on a misson to find some. It was actually a bit of a trek to find this in the Irish countryside (outside of St. James Gate is) First bottles we landed were in a small town on the Ring of Kerry.

Anyhow, I was excited that this has now made it stateside again after a long absence. Have had this a few times since, but decided to review it this past Saint Patricks Day at home.

Review from notes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Black, no light penetration, light tan head with a half inch of head that faded to just a quarter inch that retained througout. Little light lacing.

S: Dried tobacco, or light peat. Light chocolate, light coffee, some dark fruit.

T: Bitter dry chocolate, light hops with a medium roast coffee note. Roasted caramel malt, with a crisp dry finish.

M: Thin, light, dry. Medium carbonation. Alcochol is well hidden though.

Overall, it's the best product Guinness makes, and probably the best FES to style you will find in my humble opinion. I hope it does well now that it is state side. Reason being given Guinness distribution, and macro penetration, it makes a good go to craft like beer in otherwise BMC selling establishments.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: near opaque, jet black color, touch of extremely dark ruby color noticeable when held up to the sun, beautiful creamy tan head
S: dark roasted gritty malt
T: deep dark, earthy malt, great burnt roasted malt quality with good hop bitterness that doesn't detract from the malt
M: gritty, hoppy, sharp from malt

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a looong time for this to come stateside, and had to wait even longer for it to get to central mass. A bit perplexed by the "best by" date on the says 0509, which, doesnt make much sense if they just started getting these in the US...

A - The good dark, rich pour with the typical light tan guinness head on top. Did not had that bubble effect of a usual guiness. Head surpsingly quickly faded to leave a nice tan blanket and thick side lacing.

S - Like a typical guinness aroma just more intense. Nice strong roasty malts with hints of carmel and vanilla. Light coffee aromas too.

T - Much like the nose this is a more strong flavoured guinness. The roasted malts are more prevalent and theres some more coffee notes but that nice carmel like sweetness, and hints of vanilla.

M - Nice, nice mouthfeel. Much thicker than a regular guiness. Really nice stout feel.

D - Just builds off of a regular "american" guinness and turns it into something that much better. I've been jealous about practicly everywhere else in the world getting this except the US but nowI can drink what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel snifter. Brought this bottle back from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in June.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate, and sticky sweet dark fruits.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sweet fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall a very solid stout that is very drinkable. Not as thick as the Guinness in the US and a bit sweeter, but could definitely have a few of these. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of TheBen5
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, black color with very little head, which dissipates to a small amount of lacing on the top.

S: There is definitely a malty aroma to this beer with a dark fruit scent that is full of roasted malts.

T: Initially a sweet taste followed by the roasted malts and what has been referred to previously as the "metallic Guinness" taste. A bit of coffee is present along with a very slight milky taste.

M: Quite a bit of creaminess here, though not overly so, more like a half-and-half than a whole cream. Full bodied for certain with all the flavoring in here, though not too much.

D: Very drinkable, definitely lived up to the hype that I read about it.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the beer that helped me make it through being in poland for six months.

pour is near black/ruby edged in the light... no cloudiness. nice lace. nose that permiates the room of Cabernet and vanilla. a wonderful grape scent. chocolate and coffee mild not sweet but bitter quality... earthy crisp tocabbo. a tad burnt malt quality. a tad astringent bitter finish. wonderful just above freezing fall day beer. good at cellar too. sharper carbonation.

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Photo of swierczt
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tappangordo
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Codak
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying the (better) version of Guiness, excited to try the Foreign Extra! Purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta.

Pours the typical inky black, with a foamy, mountainous 2 inch head. Lots of lacing down the glass. The heads last for a while as a creamy film on top of the beer.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke.

This tastes pretty great, honestly. Creamy, vanilla richness, with a good amount of chocolate and coffee malt flavor. Quite roasty as well. This is miles ahead of the regular Guinness Draught, night and day honestly. There is some roasty bitterness that keeps everything naturally dry.

Rich, creamy, fairly thick body that coats the mouth very well. Awesome. So drinkable. Low carbonation.

This is a revelation, for the longest time I thought Guinness was garbage until this beer. Now I want to try some of the other export versions.

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Photo of Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh what a surprise, a friend just in from a two week vacation in Europe stopped buy with a gift pack for the “Old Gusler”, some fine brews, from Germany, and a bottle I specifically ask for a bottle of GFE, some thing I’ve not had for some 4 years if my records are correct.

The beer pour the traditional atramentous Guinness color, the head monsterous and a creamy chocolate brown, with the lace sticky and thick Nose is coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nice malt aroma, what a treat for the old schnozzles. Start is lightly sweet, nice malt with the top middling to full n feel, modest in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry, and a treat that’s not too be missed for you stout lovers.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,318 ratings.
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