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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 Frankgabriel2383
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard about it 5 years ago, the classic tropical stout among all others even Coopers,

A: Pours black with a frothy medium tan head. Solid retention, and good lace.

S: Sweet molasses, dark malt. Very sugary in the nose, fruity.

T: Sweet dark malt, roasted malt is there, adding a bitterness. Nice complexity from the yeast, firm hoppiness.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, direct flavour, bitter aftertaste.

D: Maybe I expected this to be a mindblowing crazy experience, but it isn't. It's simply a good beer. Tasty, I'd love to have this in the Caribbean on a boat fishing, it'd work great there. Lion Stout is better, but this is a wonderful brew.

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Photo of ccahoon22
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick 2 - 3 finger, creamy head. The head dissipates to almost nothing unlike the Draught.

S - Roasted malts dominated the smell. You can definitely tell its a Guinness

T - Malts along with a much bolder taste than the Draught. After 2 beers I'm getting more and more attached to the taste.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a wine glass from a 11.2 oz. bottle, this a new addition to the landscape here on the West Coast. Pours a solid black with no notable highlights. Half inch of mocha foam bubbles away slowly, keeping a thin cap throughout the glass.

Smell of roasted malts with light chocolate notes and a bit of dark fruit along with a hint of alcohol. Notably brighter in a somewhat lagerish sense and more varied than the Coopers Stout it sits aside.

Flavor flip flops the nose a bit, being more singe minded in nature. Roasted malt and sweetened dark chocolate are prominent, and with a rather creamy finish that lingers only briefly, lingering a bit longer with warming.

Tastes like a slightly condensed version of their standard Extra Stout which I would reach for next time given the price differential. Yet this bottle from Dublin surely beats out the Island version as for complexity and flavor.

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Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.7 oz. Very dark brown/black pour. Smaller amount of light tan head. A little lacing.

Aroma is heavy with malt and caramel. Peat and leather. ould like to see some roast.

Taste, more toasted malt here. Still a healthy amount of caramel/toffee. Coffee and an almost lactic quality mid near finish. Just the faintest amount of bitter hops and bitter roast.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Not quite creamy. The alcohol is not to be found and goes down easy, as with the other Guinness products.

Certainly wouldn't turn down more of these.

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Photo of SeaUrchin
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

picked up a 4 pack today for 8.99 and shared one with my girlfriends dad(we each had an entire bottle) chilled in the fridge for a good 2 hours, poured into a Guinness pint glass

appearance - black, when held to the light could get a hint of brown but if i had to id still say it was a light black, 1 finger head, good lacing on the glass

smell - smelled of alcohol, malt, and a bit of chocolate, no other distinct smells

taste - i have now had 4 different types of guinness out of bottles and this one by far is the best to me, no longer had the watery flavor that i associated with guinness after having other stouts, started off with a nice malty, mildly chocolate and maybe a mild coffee if i had to stretch for it and a mildly boozy flavor, still a bit watery but a pleasant amount, very refreshing flavor

mouthfeel - thinner than i thought it would be based off the initial flavor but it matched the beer nicely, something that i could drink a few watching a game without feeling weighed down but still let me know i had a stout

drinkability - it went down smooth, tasted good, and since guinness was my first favorite beer this holds a place in my heart as reminiscent of simpler times but with a more developed flavor for a more developed palate, could easily drink all day and not feel as if i deprived myself of a great beer flavor

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Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, well, well...I've been waiting to try this one for years.

Pours black with a gorgeously thick, creamy tan head that retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Interesting sweet, almost smokey aroma. Creamy coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, vanilla, and some underlying dark fruity notes...very dessert-like. Bittersweet roasted chocolate malt and a more pronounced smokiness in the flavor. A little burnt here and there, but nice overall, finishing with some nuts and dark fruity esters. Lighter than I thought it would be, bitter, and well carbonated. Pretty good stuff...I enjoyed it!

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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with a hint of transparency around the edges. Good head retention on this one.

Smell: Charred malts with a touch of acidity. Not a ton going on in the aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Baker's chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. I'm surprised at how much this still tastes like regular old Guinness, just with actual flavor and body. Dry through and through with a medium-full body. This is excellent stuff, it's a shame that it has such limited distribution.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from johnnnniee. Thanks! Definitely one of the cooler extras I've ever received.

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Photo of metter98
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is very dark black in color; traces of amber are visible at the edge of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a finger high creamy light brown head that has good retention properties. A light to moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is filled with flavors of roasted malts and also has some notes of peat and hints of coffee. There is a moderate amount of bitterness in the finish
M: It feels medium-bodied and very smooth and creamy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is rather dry.
D: The beer is easy to drink but I doubt I could have more than one of these in a night because it's quite filling and also has a relatively high alcohol content.

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Photo of MrIncognito
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you, Guinness, for this Guinness on steroids. Really this is all I ever wanted from them in regards to flavor. Extra hops, malts, and alcohol.

A - Pours deep, cloudy brown body with a 2-3 finger sticky, foamy tan head that retains for a solid 5 minutes without being touched. You don't get that rush of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass that turns the beer from light to dark brown like you do from the nitro can/bottle

S - Chocolate and coffee from a sturdy malt backbone. Just a small whiff of alcohol when the beer is swirled. Sweet smell with a bitter dark chocolate linger

T&M - Again, what I always wished Guinness Stout was. It's like an upgrade. Very much like the smell, the chocolate is the first sensation I get followed by coffee once swallowed. A bit sweet from the malts and alcohol but a nice hop bitterness lingers above the sweetness.

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Photo of theozag
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours flat black with a thick, fat, tan head. This beer's smell is sharp, seeming to me like a heady caramel and coffee mixture. The start is heavily hopped (duh!), flavorful and bitter. The brew is full-bodied and quite heavy-tasting. In short, it entrenches on the tongue and in the mouth, refusing to let go for some time after the last drop is consumed. Foreign Extra Stout tastes of dark chocolate and rich, sugary caramel with a cappuccino undertone that sifts out as you drink. The beer finishes dry and flat with exceptionally potent grit and flavor. Its aftertaste is bitter to the point of pain, and quite long-lasting.

It should be noted that my bottle of FES was about a "foreign" as it could possibly be. It was brewed and bottled in Champs Fleurs, Trinidad, in the Carib Brewing Co. complex. Therefore, one might think my marks a bit harsh for Guinness, but the Irish had barely a hand in brewing this beer. To say nothing of how long it might have sat in storage before it was served to me.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a tan head. The lacing forms large blobs which segregate as they fall to the black liquid. The head does not stick around long.

Within the smell is some toffee, caramel, and maybe a touch of coffee.

The taste provides some subtle chocolate with a nice coffee bitterness. The hops provide ample bitterness making an easy drinking stout. The caramel and toffee also come through in the flavor along with a nice roasty-ness.

Medium in the mouth with hop induced drying in the end.

This is a very drinkable stout and my favorite of the Guinness' that I've had.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass during my honeymoon overseas (soon will again later with a buddy who picked up some in the States). Higher in alcohol content than other Guinness products. Pours a black colored beer with a large brown creamy head. Light alcoholic malty roasted coffee and compact aroma. Gives off strong, oaky, complex flavors. Creamy full roasted and bitter palate. Finish is bitter roasted with some coffee and creamy light alcoholic touches. Nice balanced carbonation and medium bodied.

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Photo of Zylod
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mattgreger
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Even the pour on this one is WOW. This brew poured a dark black, with just a tint of brown glowing throughout. It poured with a very large, fluffy tan head that had some amazing retention. As the brew is drank, a wonderful amount of spiderweb like lacing remains even to the finish.

The aroma is a great malty one at first. The aromas that rise to the nose are some dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a just a touch of hops. A great tingle to the nose.

The taste of this brew is almost exactly how it smells, though the taste a bit more bitter, then what hit the nose. The bitterness how ever was balanced out very well with the flavors of the chocolate and the roasted malts. This gave this brew a wonderful, bitter/sweet flavorl. The finish on this brew gives just the hint of some coffee and maybe even that of prunes.

The mouthful on this brew is very viscous, and oh so smooth. This is very much, what you expect from a stout.

The drink on this one is great. It's got a great balance, is extremely smooth. A very nice, viscous stout. I would have to say this is probably the best pints of Guinness I have ever had. This is not a heavy as traditional Guinness, so I would have to say, I could probably drink these all night. ABV is a little high, so some people might not be able to do more then 2. Otherwise an amazing stout.

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Photo of miwestcoaster
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bruno74200
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The most well-know and maybe the epithom for an export stout. This classic version keeps this peculiar Guinness yeast character. The beer is quite sweet but stays balanced

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huh, a new Guinness. The last time I saw Foreign Extra Stout on American shelves, it was in the 80s and it was brewed in Canada.

Classic extra stout pour: black beer, with a thick and dense head of tan foam. The aroma gives the good Guinness roast, with a touch of sourness. Flavor is very dry, though roast malt character is not as strong as I'd been expecting. It's been a few years since I've had the standard Extra Stout, but I think I remember it being a stronger roast. This does have some good coffee notes. This is more akin to a strong version of the draft. Good amount of bitterness, though no hop flavor, accompanies and dries out the palate at end. Doesn't feel like a 7.5 beer. The body is smooth, but feels a little watery and insubstantial.

Pretty good stout. I can't imagine buying it again, but stout is not my thing anymore. There were a few years in the late 80s and early 90s when I drank almost nothing but Guinness. Had this been available then, I'm sure it would be my go-to version.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a nice 2 finger brown head. Head is lumpy and rocky leaving clumps of lacing on the glass.

Smell is extremely chocolatey with that trademark Guinness twang.

Flavor is intensely roasted with bakers chocolate, dark molasses, and some bitter char. Hefty hop bitterness hit you in the middle and lingers looong into the finish. Very drying. Alcohol is not noticed on the palette, but felt in the esophagus as a nice warming. If you told me this was an RIS I would have no problem believing it.

Thick and full bodied, with just a tingle of carbonation; enough to provide additional substance.

Far more bitter than expected, but it's complex, interesting, and delicious. I'll be returning to this one.

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Photo of philosobeer
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Introductory notes: Needed to see what the fuss was about ... newly available in the US, and previously only available places like the Brit VI. I remember once being told that this is the beer that guiness makes that's good. This is the good guiness. This is the reason they shouldn't be dismissed. I'll confess, most people hate it and it definitely isn't something I pretty much ever buy, but I don't hate Guiness as it is. Regardless, they were right. This is the Good Guiness. It is complex. I am enjoying this beer. Quite a bit, really.

The usual rigmarole:
Ok, so, lets start at the pour. it's thick, and develops a pretty good tan head (even on the brown side, I'll say.) It vanishes to a film on top of the it's thick black body. Though the heavy body and darkness makes it pretty opaque, catch some light through a corner and you can tell it does have good clarity, and is ruddy and very dark brown.

The smells comes through being as much dark fruit as grain and that's one of the first thing that hits the taste, too. The taste also hits with some fig or date,, which is really nice, and some burnt sugar ... a molasses, or maybe caramel even. The burnt notes come out and lend to its final dryness. Down right bitter on the aftertaste. It's a distant relative to yerdaddysguiness, but they are related.

Feels pretty nice, but as you might expect, it is heavy. Not syrup heavy, but its heavy. I wouldn't make it an every day beer, but I might buy this once in a while. It would balance the spice of jerk nicely, but I suspect that attitude is biased based on its history.

I end with one thing: I am now glad its in the US market.

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Photo of Lucular
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of greenmonstah
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black/dark brown with a finger of brown head. Excellent lacing and retention.

S - Sweetly chocolatey with caramel, with some bitterness and a bit of that signature Guinness aroma. Roasted malt too.

T - Again, it's like an enhanced Guinness. The Guinness somewhat sourness with some coffee and roasted malt. A touch of a chocolate caramel.

M - Medium body, marked carbonation, and a very dry finish.

O - This is what I wish all Guinness was. Massively more flavor and overall a much better beer.

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Photo of patreely12
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - opaque black as expected. no light shines through, no highlights just black. two fingers of tan head that retains itself for quite some time. great amount of lacing. if there's one thing Guinness has down it's the how a beer should look.

S - very strong dark roasted malts. a slight amount of hoppy bitterness. some caramel, dark bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee.

T/M - blast of smokey roasted malts right off the bat. very strong and accentuated with the addition of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and bitter hops. all together these flavors make for a very dry drink. this is like Guinness extra stout hopped up on some steroids.
medium bodied with some notable carbonation.

Overall - if I had to use one word to describe this beer it would be 'dry'. the combination of the dryness and intense flavors makes this a little harder to drink one after another, but still a very good stout.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours black as a guinness should with a towering head of foam that recedes in a rocky fashion. the aroma is lovely, nice warm roasted malt scent with the alcohol barely detectable. the taste brings the roasted barley in quantity, with chocolate and coffee tones, backed by the warm alcohol, and something almost fruity. the good co2 and light body for a stout make this a very easy drinker.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,425 ratings