Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
BA SCORE
83.7%
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4.06 w/ 2,333 Ratings
Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,491
Reviews:
859
Ratings:
2,333
Liked:
1,953
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
11.82%
Alströms:
4.33
 
 
Wants:
204
Gots:
331
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,333 |  Reviews: 859
Photo of MrVonzipper
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a dense, solid, foamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of roasted grains and malt. Dark, bitter chocolate. English sour pale malt.

Flavor is similar to Guinness (standard), but with the appropriate "Extra". It has that slightly sourness that Guinness and many English beers have from their malt. A touch of alcohol.

Smooth mouth like Guinness, but a little less due the little alcohol zip. A little creamy and low carb. Not sure if it has less maltodextrine, or the extra alcohol kind of nullifies its presence.

I've always been a Guinness fan. In a good way, it's like the Pepto Bismal of beer. If my stomach has been screwed up, I can always still drink with the group if I'm drinking Guinness. This beer is a little more full bodied and flavored with the alcohol desired. I'd probably get this every time over regular Guinness unless I didn't feel well. This is a great beer. Better than expected.

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Photo of kyle_goochstink
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a pure dark black color and leaves the same colored 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. The smell has a great combination between the chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and barley. The taste has all of the previously mentioned smells in the flavoring combined very nicely. On the palate, she sits a medium on the body with a slight watery feel. It still felt pretty good on the tongue. Overall, an absolutely wonderful version of a foreign/export stout. To the brewers who brought us the style, of course that I would have this again.

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Photo of Monsone
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from recent trip to Ireland.

Poured into a Alsagash glass.

Big head and dark black. Left tons of lace.

Slight roasted malt scent. Not a big nose.

Tastes like a Guinness...only better. All the flavors are more pronounced. While nothing is out of kilter. Nice an balaced. Smooth, with no alcohol bite. This is damn good. Not too bitter or acrid.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Coats the mouth. Velvety.

Drinkability. I could have a few of these, but I am sure the 7.5 would catch up to me.

Overall, I think this is the only Export Stout I have had so not a lot to compare to. Either way, this was a good beer. I would seek it out again. Too bad you can't buy it in the US.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9 month old bottle into a stein

L: Inky black with a long lasting 1-finger khaki head
S: Chocolate, some hop resin
T: Malty, sweet, some dark fruit, chocolate, bitter coffee
M: Creamy, a bit hot, full-bodied
O: A giant leap past regular Guinness, very enjoyable

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Photo of Pens1967
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stewfnrocker
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from the bottle to a pint glass
It poured dark brown almost blackish with a little light coming through when put up to the lamp. There was a off white/tannish head unlike the regular guinness with a creamier head.
I took a smell and it hit me with the roasted malts and grains, a bit of something sweet. That first sip was a little creamy but a bit thinner than your irish stouts. The taste was obviously a blast of roasted malts, grains, and some burnt chocolate. There was also a good balance of alcohol, I could barely notice it in the taste. The usual guinness has 4.5% where as this is around 7.5% and after a few you will actually feel the difference. This drinks much better than a thicker stout, leaving you not full after a few, and leaving you with a little of a buzz!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pint glass this beer was black, very black, with a thick cafe-au-lait head. A bit on the sticky side.
Roasted malt aroma, some dark chocolate.
Strong espresso taste, a little smoky. Some dark chocolate.
Very dry.
Compared to the usual Guinness, this is hands down the superior beer.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of WCBCFrank
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Foreign Extra is a real treat, especially for fans of porters. It pours a super dark brown and black, lots of dark chocolate, toasted malt and some hoppy notes make this a delight sip after sip. A Porter's porter - but too heavy in the mouthfeel.

For the novice: Expect a Stout, with a capital S...for fans of the US nitro version, this might be a shock to the taste buds.

Personally: After reading so much about this, when I was in Jamaica I could not wait to get my hands on this stuff. It did not disappoint...so wish they had it here in the states, but alas I'll just have to keep drinking Storm King instead....

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 83.7% out of 100 with 2,333 ratings
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