Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – A very dark brown opaque color with a good head.

Smell – Roasted malts. Earthy with a touch of raisin.

Taste – Roasted malts, with a touch of hops and light smoke.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, light carbonation, and creamy.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinking stout at “only” 7.5% abv.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

Pours with a dark ruby/brown body, little light penetration. Tan head forms erupting, good retention and some signs of lacing

Smell, creamy dark coffee aromas, slight hint of vanilla

Taste, chocolatly, very rich, espresso and a malty sweetness. Some slight hop bitterness also

A great stout

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Photo of pburland23
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Guinness mug.

I've been meaning to try this beer since it became available here in the US. I finally picked up a four pack at Whole Foods today.

Beer pours a dark brown with ruby edges with a very faint, almost non-existent head. Aroma is exclusively roasted malts. Taste is more bitter than that regular Guinness. It's malty and roasty with a much more well rounded and full bodied than regular Guinness.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and the drinkability is pretty good for a beer at 7.5%.

A great addition from Guinness to the US beer landscape. I an't imagine ever grabbing a regular Guinness again with Foreign Extra Stout available.

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Photo of thampel09
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just newly available in the US. I paid $9.49 for a 4 pack of 11.2 oz bottles. 7.5% ABV. Pours out to a clear very near black, forming a modest tan head with average retention and decent lacing. The aroma is nice, like a sweeter version of the extra stout, with more coffee and chocolate, but still with that unique Guinness character. Carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is stinging and robust, with a medium body and a sharp acidity from the heavily roasted malts and roasted barley. The taste is a recap of the nose...just like the Extra Stout but with more malt, burnt sugar, charcoal, black currant and sweetness, balanced by a sharp biting bitterness. Striking bitter aftertaste, partly from the burnt malts, but more from the hops.

This is an enjoyable and very unique brew, and I'm glad I've finally had the opportunity to try it. You have to be in a certain mood to drink this, and it's a very different mood than drinking bottled Guinness with Widgets or on tap. Whereas I could drink 3 pints of the stuff on tap no problem, one of these is plenty, as it's so rich and burnt. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Barnsley
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thecheapies
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For all intents and purposes, this beer is black. Straight black. Looks great with a two-fingered head of light tan. Lacing is exquisite. Sticky foam behaving nicely. Retention is excellent. Even after minutes, I still have a dimply head with height.

Deep Euro malt stout roastiness with a touch of the sweet. Lightly charred with a kiss of peat smoke and notes of mucky coffee; still has that Irish Dry background note with earthiness and mineral water. Some lost ripe fruitiness that I don’t want to forget about. Not too shabby.

Rich Export Stout roast, spent coffee grounds, alkaline bitterness, barley grain, smokiness, earthy hops, cocoa, and a trace of cedary goodness. Has a zappy finish that I like, full of malt bitterness and leftover hop kissing. A slight touch of caramel malt graces the flavor profile with a succulence. The smoke makes it, in my opinion.

Easy drinking, I’d say. The body is sturdy. Medium, I’d say, but spot-on. Expertly carbonated, if not a tad biting. Ruffled, in a good way.

Hey man, Guinness makes a hell of an Export Stout. I can’t believe this is my first go-around. I will probably have to nab this from time-to-time to satiate my desire for a good stout, which this is.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Black with dark brown highlights. Thick khaki colored head with great retention. Lacing coats the glass.

S_Roasted malt,black licorice and a touch of coffee.

T_Same as nose. Tons of roasted malt with a touch of sweet black licorice. Chocolate and coffee notes come through as well.I've read a couple reviews describing this as tasting liike regular Guinness but intensified. I have to concur. Not overly complex but definitely rich in taste.

M_Medium to full bodied. Thick and creamy. On the verge of being a "big beer" but very drinkable.

D_ABV is a bit high but this is a very drinkable beer. Great example of the style.

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Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle, best before dating of 01:11 on the rear label...part of a four pack from DeCicco's.

Pours black, lang lasting mocha head, that puffy, frothy and going to an interesting merainge. Leaves tons of sheeting and thicker lacing.

Dark malts, dark chocolate, cocoa and malt balls in the nose.

Full flavor stout, more chocolate, more dark sweet malts, mocha, pleasant waves of bitering hops mid way through add to the intrigue and interest.

Thick and smooth, alcohol well hidden. Dense and delicious. A clearly high quality product from an old time and true heavy weight of the good beer world. Go get some.

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours black with a large tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, light caramel. Taste - Sweet, roasted coffee, caramel with a long dry bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of dcbeers
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Skabiski
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ambiorix
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown-black pour, with a monster-sized, foamy tan head. Really great pour.

S: Smoky, sour malt, roasted coffee, yeasty.

T: Roasted barley, smoke, sour malt, tangy, nicely hopped finish with a good level of bitterness.

M: Soft, gently carbonated, well-balanced.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this and will certainly try it again. I grew up on Guinness but don't drink a lot of it anymore, as I find the standard draught just so-so and the extra only slightly better. The FES is definitely going to find it's way into my fridge again.

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Photo of hayes31
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

I was pretty surprised at the thickness of this beer, since I've been so used to Guinness Draught. It's got a great appearance, as always, and an extremely dark smell about it. It tastes much richer than Guinness, with that burned toast taste that I love. Not as drinkable as Guinness Draught, but a much better beer given its improved complexity.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Guiltybyproxy
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of VitorDamasceno
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x03. Much better than the more common Guinness Draught. That one I cant finish. This one Ive enjoyed. Addictive aroma and good taste and mouthfeel

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up at Wegman's in Mechanicsburg as part of a mix-a-six- poured chilled into my Bass trademark glass.

The beer is an impressive deep brown bordering on black -it is opaque with a thick rocky tan cap which becomes creamy and laces the glass in rings after each swallow. The bead is very small, micro-sized mimicing a nitro pour. The smell is sweet and nutty with a fruit ester from the yeast and slight earthy element that adds to the light berry note in the aroma. the feel is roasty and moderately bitter, but smooth bitterness with moderately high effervescent quality and slightly fuller than medium body with gentle spiciness and subtle sweet accent with an almost minty clean quality and semi dry efffect on the palate.

The flavor has mild char notes which leads to a slightly creamy and mildly sweet malt flavor which is juxtaposed by a moderate spice and bitter hop taste. The stout finishes roasty w/ mild warmth and has dry toasted grain flavors lingering on the palate. A very good beer IMO, maybe not the ultimate example of the style, but suitable for a nice mid-winter quaff. I could enjoy this with shellfish but it really is substantial enough to consume by itself.

Edit - re-review taken from Notes -8/12
I picked this up at Wegman's, enjoyed from a mug.

The color is black as night and opaque with a 3 finger cream mocha head thick lace sticks in a web with fine bead and good retention. The smell is reminiscent of dark sugar and raisins with light rum-like alcohol odor with slight woody nose and hint of mineral with light spice and slight dark cocoa with a hint of of toffee in the background. A moderately full feelig beer with nice smooth texture and moderately highly carbonated with medium Bitterness and roasted character with semi-dry finish and mild sweet undertone.

The Foreign stout has a flavor with dried fruit and currant notes with pine hop taste in the forefront and mild dark chocolate with bitter and light brown sugar elements with subtle spice with a crisp mineral yeast element that adds to the complexity with dry hints of toast and mild caramel malt with light peppery flavors with a gentle hint of hops in the finish with mild alcohol in the taste. Overall I was pleased to try this great beer again, it is a great foreign style stout which may not be the ultimate example, but really drinkable and pretty hiqh in quaffability for the strength!

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - deep, dark nearly opaque (but except for the slight ruby highlights under concentrated light) black color, thick ice-cream tan head that is well retained

S - rich coffee-like roasted malt with a touch of yeasty esters and earthy hops

T - rich roasted grain malt characterized by coffee and chocolate hit the tongue right away; the flavor is hoppy, but restrained herbal and earthy notes; finish is moderately hoppy with a lingering hop flavor; yeast esters are perceived, but restrained

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth

D - Much to my surprise, this is a great example of a foreign extra stout. I suppose I expected something less from a mega-brewery like Guinness, but this beer meets the style like a champ. It's definitely different from some other paragons of the style, namely: Lion, but succeeds in its own way. Cheers.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a creamy tan head that left a good amount of lacing behind.

S - bitter coffee bean aroma.

T - bitter coffee and bitter chocolate flavors.

F - medium bodied with a smooth creamy feel.

D - I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick, creamy, dark tan 2-finger head. Good retention all the way to the bottom of the glass and nice lace on the backside of the glass.

Nose is very similar to regular Guinness, with a stronger emphasis on light sweet smoke.

Very familiar taste, but more so. Stronger roast flavors and quite a bite in the finish. Obviously not the same feel here since no nitro widget, but the carbonation adds to the roast bite in the finish making for a very nice glass.

If you like Guinness, but wish it had a bit more depth, then give this a try.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up once I saw it available here in the states. Heard a lot about this and eagerly anticipated trying on since the Guinness that I've previously had in a bottle wasn't worth it. Thankfully, this was and actually turned out to be a nice surprise!

Pours just like Guinness with the dark hue, creamy head, and clear separation between the two. The edges were a nice deep garnet and the lacing held up nicely after each sip. Just like the flagship ale, this kept up the roasted bitter chocolate flavor but it was much more pronounced, with a more filling mouthfeel as well. There were also notes of licorice, barley, and espresso and it was nice to have a beer this dark with this many notes to it, without seeming overpowering. The bitterness held on nicely at the end but at no time did I feel that this was too strong or packed too powerful a punch.

The alcohol is here but good luck finding it. You'll probably need to down a few in order to do that and given how easy this was to drink, that's not as difficult a task as it would first appear to be. While this isn't the best Stout that I've had, this would be a solid choice for anyone new to try something heavier than a regular Guinness. The combination of the creamy head with the fuller body is tough to resist and I'm glad that this is now sold here in America!

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Photo of Bone53
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with no light shining through. A one and half finger light brown, creamy head

Smell: Dark fruit, bakers chocolate, roasted malt. Semi sweet

Taste: Roasted malts upfront, dark fruit in the middle, then finishes with bakers chocolate and more roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth, but not as smooth as the regular Guinness. More dry and bitter. Higher abv so that is expected

Overall: Never thought id actually enjoy a Guinness product, but i sure did with this offering. More roasted malt and robust in general. This is what i wished the other variants would be like. The roasted malt and bakers chocolate finish is what sold me. Bar Harbor is still my favorite dry stout, which i dont think will change any time soon. Good job Guinness nonetheless. You surprised me!

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,382 ratings
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