Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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

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Reviews:
871
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2,381
pDev:
11.82%
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Photo of Bruno74200
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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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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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Photo of Spaten454
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of tbryan5
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ricksrealm
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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Photo of SD-Alefan
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Kappakoosh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Fcip78
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VernonKell
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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