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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

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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Reviews:
842
Ratings:
2,250
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
19.46%
 
 
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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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Photo of LeathChuinn
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled from 300ml bottle in a standard half pint glass.

A: Opaque black in colour with a thick, smooth dark beige head. Little or no transparency when held up to the light. This beer retains its head and leaves a perfect lacing to the glass.

S: Roasted barley with coffee and licorice notes. Smoky. Slight aromas of alcohol, perhaps akin to port or cognac.

T: Heavily roasted malt with flavours of cocoa and dark chocolate, strong black coffee, dark fruits, with a heavy roasted bitterness, almost smoky, with a syrupy sweetness. Touch of caramel, and a mild taste of alcohol near the finish. Becomes increasingly sweeter with the roast and 'dark' tastes less dominant as you near the end.

MF: Smooth and creamy, full and dry with low carbonation. A somewhat sticky/chewy feel as the beer warms up to near room temperature.

O: A very flavorsome, dry, bitter and sweet stout. A beer to appreciate in small quantities.

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

Appearance: black, opaque body; thick, creamy tan head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell: thick malt smell, very doughy and sweet. Very faint hop aroma.

Taste: heavy roasted malt and nuts. Classic Guinness sourness throughout and nice bitter finish. Alcohol noticeable but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, carbonation gently tickling the tongue.

Overall: My kind of Guinness! Thick and chewy, with a fine high alcohol edge that doesn't overpower the complex flavors. A stout that makes you take notice and will keep you coming back.

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

Poured dark brown color from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date on the label. Pitch black once it is in the glass with a two finger mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving behind some very nice lacing.
Aroma is so pleasing, a near perfect blend of coffee, malts with hints of chocolate.
Taste upfront is of malts with hints bitter coffee and dark cocoa, finishing with an exceptionally sharp bitterness. Medium to full-bodied stout with a very creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel itself makes this a very drinkable stout, irrespective of the ABV. Very nice lacing all along the insides of the glass.
This stout is hands down one of the best Guinness has to offer. A must try for every stout lover; highly recommended.

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

A - Dark, very dark ebony in colour, 1 finger creamy-head, yet of a different texture to its draught brethren.

S - Dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel, bitter espresso, sweet warm milk.

T - Truffle, black chocolate with a bitter edge, coffee, malts, maybe some dark fruits, a little and by no means overpowering tinge of alcohol. Nice bitter-sweet creaminess which should be savoured on the taste-buds.

MF - Creamy, slick and not at all heavy (which should quash the Guinness and its 'heaviness' myth), has the consistency of sweet coffee-flavoured milk!

O - Fantastic stout, the best formulation of the Guinness brand to be sure, do not hesitate to pick it up, and a few at that!

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

A: 1/2" light brown head that dissipated quickly and left a nice lacing over black/cola liquid.

S: Semi sweet caramel, roasted barley and toasted malt.

T: Delicious. Toasted malt, roasted barley, and some coffee notes. Somewhat yeasty with a burnt and bittersweet aftertaste that lingers with flavours of figs and raisins.

M: Medium viscosity with a creamy mouthfeel and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very nice, a creamy and bitter treat.

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

Appearance: Dark black with a small light brown head that fades quickly.

Smell: Roasted barley malts, coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malts up front, coffee notes, some hints of chocolate, there is a nice balance of ingredients with this beer, some hop bitterness in the background

Mouth feel: Very smooth, leaves a lingering bitterness that lasts for quite a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Easy drink ability, and at 7.5% abv it is hidden extremely well. Overall, this beer reminds me of something in between the Guinness draught in terms of drink ability and the Guinness Stout in terms of flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of reginaldo
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend brought back a bottle from Ireland. Pours pitch black with a thick light tan thick head that sustains well into the pint. Smell is sweet with a hint of burnt caramel and molasses. The taste is exceptional. Starts and finishes with a caramel sweetness but with complimenting flavors all around. In the background a bitterness from hops that sticks around throughout. It is joined by dark chocolate and a subtle coffee flavor. Finish is a lighter caramel taste that is more than expected considering the aroma. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but still medium bodied. Overall an outstanding stout. Wish this was the Guinness that was readily available in the US.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle a dark blackish brown with ruby red highlights when held to thelight with a thick Rocky/creamy tan head that settled to a nice tan ribbon that lasted for the beer and left lacings. Smell is of roasted malt with a slight coffee and chocolate notes and bitter hops. Taste is domnated by bitter roast malt with a hint of chocolate and coffe and the hops work right along with the bitterness of the grains. Mouthfeel is full and smooth and creamy, a lot of folks commment about it being heavy but this is a full bodied beer with a wonderful smoothness about it. Drinkability is excellent, the balanced carbonation and moderat alchohol level make this a wonderful stout!

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Photo of 8PCVsFinest
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to have a friend who was visiting London secure 3 bottles for me.

Pours into a pint glass with a thicker, more substantial and lasting head than the "Extra Stout" seen here in NYC. Aromas of coffee, steak, chocolate, and roasted almonds pervade. Mouthfeel is more refined, more complex than Canadian-import Extra Stout.

The head sticks to the pint glass relentlessly. Even with the last viable sip, a rocky outcrop sits defiantly. The aftertaste consists of equal parts roasted earthiness and smoothness. This is clearly a superior beer that should be available to all corners of the globe; it is truly a shame that it is not available in New York City.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Been looking forward to trying this one!

Aroma: A cherry and Cabernet Sauvignon tart one-two punch, transitioning to an earthy mineral note. Dark malt and light cocoa also present themselves in the middle. This one definitely leans toward fruity tartness, as opposed to more round, sweet, dark chocolate notes, which is fine.

Appearance: THICK three-finger, persistent, rocky, tan foam rests on top of a brown-black body with a half-centimeter cola-colored corona around the outside. Beautiful lacing, and, in true Guinness fashion, a thick lump of foam remains until the last gulp.

Flavor: Rich, dark, malty coffee, coupled with the vinous and mineral character that was present in the aroma. The flavors are exceptionally balanced. There's a hint of alcohol, evidence of the 7.5 ABV. Bitterness is prominent, and lingers for a while through the finish, but is not out of place.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, and medium-low, creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is what a Guinness should taste like! I'm a big fan. It's dark and malty, but has some fruity complexity that just isn't there stylistically in a dry stout. Many of us beer geeks avoid Guinness, due (among other reasons) to it's commoditized, ubiquitous marketing, and the one-dimensional nature of Guinness Draught. Give Foreign Extra Stout a chance, though. I really enjoyed, and highly recommend it!

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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