Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

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 WesWes
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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 Keblar
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank the Heavens, Foreign Extra is in the States!

To me this is more legendary than the much touted un-pasteurized Guinness Stout (which, vaunted as it may be, has no where near the same heritage as the F.E.

Tried it first in Ireland, now I can find it occasionally from a Long Island distributor, and it was also available when I visited N.W. Florida.

Richer, and Spicier (literally spicier, not just hoppier. Even a little peppery) than either the nitro-stout or the bottled extra. Higher ABV since it's intended to travel.

Only drawback is that it's sold in the US in 4 packs of 11.2 oz for aroun the same price as a six of Extra.

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Photo of JK4Stout
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First let me say that I am in no way a Guinness fan. Actually, I have been screaming it's "overratedness" from the rooftops for years. However, that has all changed with the importation of this sout.

A- "Blacker than a dark steers tucus on a cold prarie night" to quote Big Lebowski. Just as a good stout should be.

S- Now here is the crazy part. You know your average "american" guinness has a very weak feeble smell (because in all reality it is a weak porter). Not on this puppy though! Here i think we have a distinct red wine scent. There are obviouse chocolate smells, but i still keep getting that red wine.

T- Compared to the other versions...Fan-frickin-tastic. This is what a stout is. It is like a complete meal right there with ya. I can now understand why so many of the Irish blokes drink nothing else.

M- Right on with the carbing. And a very heavy beer, big body!

D- Now this is a beer that isn't for drinking quickly. As it gets oxygen and warms other flavors unlock. It really is pretty brilliant. It is sold in four-packs and that is for good reason. six of these bab boys may have you laid up for the night.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of tan head, yet not as creamy as the pint you get at the Gravity Bar at the Storehouse. Jet black body. The entire glass coated with a layer of lace.

S - Charcoal, raisins, dark chocolate and black coffee.

T - Heavy roasted malts, oats, powdered bitter dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.

M - Full, creamy mouthful, dry finish.

O - A blinder. Not up to the memory of my Gravity Bar pint, but probably the closest thing available. One of the world's great beers.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 111.2 oz bottle w/ no bottling date or best by date into a tulip glass. Pours out like motor oil & almost midnight black. A nice rocky tan head w/ some pretty damn decent lacing develops. The bubbles are small & very tightly packed on the bottom rising up to mountains of bubbles on the top that range from medium to large. The nose bring DARK chocolate & roasted malt. Some black licorice too. That acidic bite of a stout is present in the nose too.

It goes down like a Guinness on steroids. This is how I thought Guinness would taste like when I first drank their stout. First out the gate is the bite from the hops. Roasted/chocolate malts are very aggressive. Has a thick mouthfeel too as it warms up. I'm really picking up that long aftertaste of a stout & that espresso bite. Coffeeish but this is more like burnt dark chocolate. Quite bitter from the generous hopping. If I were Irish, I'd be mighty proud of this beer!

Overall, this is one damn fine beer. After this, I don't think I'll really ever enjoy a regular Guinness. This is the aggressiveness I've come to enjoy in a beer. It's right up front w/ the nose, almost enveloping the area you are in. Then comes the burnt chocolate & roasted malt. Follow this up w/ the bitterness from the hops & that unmistakable Stout bite makes this a beer to go back to. Very good. I could see myself drinking several of these in a sitting. Would pair nicely w/ a wide range of foods as well. Prosit!

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Photo of hdofu
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this beer the other day with a pack of dogfish head indian brown ales (alas the bag I got at the liquor store broke and I went home with a a 5 pack, but enough of this sad side story) and had a bottle the other night. It was a smokey beer, poured cola dark with a thick foamy head that just kept raising for about 15 minutes. Taste was smokey with some charcoal followed by a sweet finish, smell was smokey too with a hint of chocolate. It was an enjoyable brew, which was easy to drink, too bad it's really expensive.

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Photo of huxcrunner
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
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 jwc215
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted almost a year ago - from notes that were lost, but recently found.

Pours black with a rich, thick, lasting light-brown head that leaves plenty of lacing. Looks almost like a nitro-pour, but natural. Very beautiful to look at!

The smell is of roasted coffee - a rich dark malt with an earthy tone is robust.

The taste is also robust... Roasted dark malt gives a rich coffee impression, with a touch of chocolate. An earthy undertone and the roast balance the sweetness nicely! Finishes dry.

It has a smooth, full body with a lasting aftertaste.

This is a delicious, full-flavored stout. My favourite Guinness brew so far!

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first foreign/export stout, so here goes:

Into a nonic:

A: dark black body with a two and a half finger tan foamy head. The head must have lasted at least a good three minutes. What a show I had just watching the intricate bubbles pop out from the sides of the glass into the head while a light foamy lacing appeared as the head dissipated.

S: great combination between the chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and barley.

T: all of the previously mentioned smells in the flavoring combined very nicely.

M: medium with a slight watery feel. It still felt pretty good on the tongue.

O: I'm pretty much blown away because I didn't think this was going to be this good. This is quite impressive, however, I still feel as each new style presents itself to me that I need to have others just so I can compare.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my great friend, Marcobrau, also a BA'er, for this sample. I was hoping to get around to drinking it on St. Paddy's Day over a month ago, but oh well, I was delayed. What I can say with conviction tonight is "Oh, my."

A - Tawny, opaque. Darker and dense than mere Guinness Extra Stout
S - Boozy, woozy, doozy! Sweet, candy-like dark fruit tones (plum, fig, raisin) in the nose - and certainly a wallop of alcohol. Just the proper carbonation (and brownish head at that).
T - Sublime and Showy all in one. Geez, what dark malts and bittering hops DIDN'T the folks in Dublin put in this beer? The initial tastes are of multi-grain influences (sure, barley, but I also think perhaps some oats and rye), but the finish is dry and chocolate-y. Amazing. It has a lot going on, but somehow it is done in just the proper amounts.
M - This is Mother's Malt Milk, to be sure. It has a lot of malt in it, but there are some other qualities to it that I can't quite put my tongue on...or at least articulate here. I'm not crazy when I say there's a lactic (i.e. milk) quality to this beer, am I? I love it! It adds just this much alt sweetness to augment the sugars from raw malted barley.
O - Ya know, this stout reminds me of a stronger version of the old GES we used to get in the Chicago area circa 1990-1995; it had a lactic, almost sour quality to it - much like this sample here - just prior to GUINNESS INC. being a marketing giant in the U.S. days", albeit with a pronounced kick to it.

In any event, this is a helluva complex beer, and one I recommend seeking out. I would absolutely love to try this on draught someday.

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Photo of welldigger888
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from a bottle into an irish pint glass, wonderful black ruby hued opaque elixer.
nice malty almost sour smell.
very smooth malty sour grain flavors with some unsweetened dark chocolaty coffee notes and a pleasing dark roasty long finish.
smooth & thick with light carbonation in the mouth.
very drinkable
this is the Guinness my grandfather enjoyed as a young one I imagine

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Photo of godlessape
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours an extremely black body, like starless, moonless space. The creamy tan hat fits nice.
With the aroma I'm picking up roasted malt, sugar cookies, cherry pie and booze, glorious booze.
The flavor is all over the palate with rich roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, freshly baked black bread, all ending with a generous hop bite.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with a comfortable alcohol warming.
Overall a powerhouse of a stout.

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Photo of ExtraStout
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW, what a find. I was in Aruba and met some people at the Divi Pheoix. I checked out their little store and there it was. Soooo much better than the USA extra stout and 7.5% ABV. This stuff was even cheaper than Heineken at $2.85 per bottle. Which isn't cheap, but compared to a $6.00 Balashi draft at the pool, it is a steal!!!

About the beer itself, it is everything you could want from an off-the-shelf Stout.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the Guinness I was waiting for.
After being lulled into believing that Guinness Draft was real Guinness and believing I had merely outgrown it, the love is back.
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Weizen glass, appearance is dark - gotta be black - no light through whatever. Incredible head that retains forever after a two minute pour.
Taste and mouth feel is of chocolate and milk with a little hops.
Very nice, enjoyable stout that deserves a place in my stash.
Better than good but not a wow though so I can't push it up to a 5.

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Photo of Todd
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 33cl/330ml brown bottle. Clear best before date on the back. "Guinness is good for you" on the neck label and cap (something you wouldn't see in the states).

Appearance: Pitch black in colour with deep ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. Head pours thick and rocky. As it slowly retreats it leaves its tracks along the bottom of the glass to form a creamy, bubbly crown tan lace.

Smell: Toasted malts, toffee and rum-like aromas.

Taste: Upfront bitterness of semi-citric hop and astringent roasted malts (much more roasted and bitter than its sibling beers). Dries the palate. This is a full-bodied beer with a smooth overall mouthfeel, gets a bit slick and chewy. Malt flavours of bitter chocolate and coffee with light caramel. Hop bitterness runs along side the roasted, all the way to the end. Combined flavours take on a raisin-like character. Finishes real dry, a bit nutty.

Notes: When you think "Stout," this is the one that should come to mind. A world-class beer that should be available to the world. Sadly you can only purchase it in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

At 7.5%abv. its the strongest in the line of Guinness products. This robustly strong beer was originally produced at the begining of the 19th century to withstand long voyages, at the time mostly to the Caribbean. It's brewed in the same fashion today.

Purchased and reviewed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

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Photo of FMetzger
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely the best Guinness I have ever had. I am a fan of all things Guinness, so I was surprised when I was on a research trip to a remote town called Hopkins Village, and was able to get Guinness in a bottle! Belize is hot and humid, but drinking this beer did not feel out of place, even on the hottest days.

A: Dark, thick. Pours thick head when forced, but the head dissipates rapidly. Best to just drink from the bottle.
S: Malt comes through. Very faint hops.
T: Absolutely delicious. Slightly sweet, rich. Not overpowering.
M: Rich. This will wash the sand out of your mouth without killing your palate.
D: Very drinkable. I lived off of this and Belikin Stout for over a month during a very hot July.

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Photo of beltyrion
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I found this in a random bar in Palermo Sicily. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it as leisurely as I would have liked, but I was later able to enjoy a second round with a buddy of mine.

A: Pours the typical guinness near pitch black color. If anything the head is a darker brown.

S: Hints of coffee and chocolate. This seems to be the typical Guinness Extra Stout I get in the US on steroids.

T: Like drinking bread. The same coffee and chocolate hints. It takes all the hints you get from a bottle of regular old extra stout and fulfills them. Very bold.

M: Just as carbonated as the regular extra stout but a bit thicker.

D: I don't think I could do this all day like its lesser brethren, but a definite treat. Felt very fortunate to find this, as I don't plan on going to Africa, Asia or the Caribbean any time soon.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black w/tan head. Nothing tastes like Guinness! How do they do it?

Nose is all rich roasted grains, black coffee and bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel is creamy but bright and perfectly balanced.

Flavors follow nose and are big, bright and bold roasted grain, black coffee and bitter chocolate, that then end with rich bitter espresso. Hints of purple plum in the flavor profile.

Finish is all big bitter espresso, burnt coffee and burnt bitter toast.
This just has the perfect balance and blend of roast, bitter, sweet, malt etc. Extremely drinkable

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This very dark brown almost gray and very foamy head gets out of the bottle instantly, making its trademark large size and slow together head. Body is a simple dark walnut brown/black. Big together retention on this that just wont go away.

Nose is a some malt but sense of fruit raspberries. This is fruity and hints of sweet cream as well. Wow unexpected fruit joy!

Taste brings a big hop pine, with a roast char character. Slight carbon and tobacco with a tannic dry finish. Lime astringent punch just slightly on the finish, it brings some quenching to the roast and makes the drink sort of juicy. Berry and red fruit sweet sense does not come through compared to what is on the nose. Afterfinish almost has a hop like cherry coca cola!

I never thought this would be this good, but there it is. A wonderful rich and dry stout with a quenching hop punch of juicy flavor. Just great and outstanding.

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Photo of Brent
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No exotic ingredients. No catchy name. No funky label art. But, if this was a limited production annual release, folks would be lining up out the door for this. Glad to see a real, honest-to-goodness foreign export stout from one of the masters of the style. Deeply roasted malt with a big, bold body. Some faint charcoal notes. Put this in a cask and ship it around the world, it will arrive just fine.

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Photo of Buggies
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge fluffy tan head. It took forever to pour a 12oz bottle. Big aromas of citrus. Nice gentle aroma of roasted grains and coffee and just a slight earthiness from the hops.

Tastes incredibly smooth. Again, big citrus flavors. Nice background bitterness from the roasted grains. And nice earthy notes rounding it out.

Probably one of Guinness's finest beers. I really with I could a fresh pint of this from across the pond.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours an almost jet-black coloring, but with some ruby highlights. The head is a big, chunky, light milk-chocolate coloring that settles into a one inch vision after the beautiful cascade. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, and molasses invade the nasal cavity on first smells, and further investigation gives off a slightly bitter and slightly sour scent. The beer is subtle in it's initial flavors, and it slowly reveals some smokey roast flavors, darkly sweet caramel and molasses malt, and a very sneaky hoppiness in the very deep background. There is also a roasted meat quality to the flavor, as well, although I have a hard time pinpointing it to anything more than that. The beer is extremely smooth and creamy, and the flavors quickly depart the mouth, leaving a slightly sweet and rich aftertaste. Delicious!

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Photo of SAtaMi
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - 3 solid inches of creamy off white pillows of head. A dark black color to the beer. Leaving lacing from the initial head alone.

Smell - Malty chocolate with caramel coffee and a bread back to it.

Taste - The caramel and milk chocolaty flavors come through and are backed with a hoppy bitterness that is unforgettable.

Mouthfeel - Slightly heavy thick richness like a chocolate malt. Yet smooth.

Drinkability - I love Guinness and id give it a 5 all the way down but i do not believe anything is "perfect".

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard.

A-Jet black, two fingers of creamy frothy mocha colored head, with clumpy clingy lacing

S- Strong roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes

T- Dark fruit (raisin, plum), coffee, toffee, chocolate, with dry vinegar finish. Hop bitterness adds depth and balance with the sweetness from the dark fruit and chocolate flavors.

M- Very robust and mouth coating. Nice chewy body on this stout.

O- I have only have Guinness Draught twice in my life, both times on tap, and I have enjoyed it for what it is, but it never stood out to me too much. This is a fantastic beer though. Very drinkable considering the ABV and with enough depth and complexity for me to want to revisit this beer on a regular basis. Very pleasantly surprised with this beer.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

A - Dark ruby brown pour with a good sized beige head; excellent retention that lasts the duration of the drink with very sticky lacing

S - Big toasted malt nose with a somewhat nutty edge. Bits of coffee make themselves known as the brew warms

T&M - Malts in the nose follow through to the flavor, and have a big, bold character with a dry edge. Hints of nuttiness and just a bit of hop bitterness in the somewhat dry finish. This beer has a big feel, and is smooth and somewhat creamy until the bitterness shows in the finish with just a hint of alcohol

D - A delicious stout; I'm glad it's available in the States. Tons of character at easy drinking.

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