Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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.

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Reviews: 914 | Ratings: 2,504
Photo of Reidrover
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 pint 6 oz bottle from Fred Meyer, N.Salem. $4.59
Very black body as far as i can tell with a nice frothy thick tan head..creamy in consistency.
Wonderful roasty,toasted malt aromas..dark coffee, figs, chocolate..nice
LOvelly dark toasty malt taste..semi bitter coffee..and creamy chocolate.Dark fruit after taste.
Fantastic mouthfeel..cannot fault it..very slick yet not boring.
Overall a very nice stout indeed..will buy more.

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Photo of eugene17pluto
2.46/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

it's a watery tasting beer. I read other reviewers about how deep and rich intense this is but it's not true.

If you like imperial stouts or bourbon aged dark beers this will taste bland and watery by comparison.

I recommend Founders - Breakfast Stout or Allagash - Black

Both cost the same at about $10 a 4-pack. Save your money and get real beer.

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Photo of MackT
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, very dark brown. Good looking tan head. Decent lacing. Aroma of a dark coffee/chocolate blend , barley/oat malt with the alcohol bringing it along. Mouthfeel is more effervescent than carbonated, comes on late.
Taste is “fuller/richer” than your regular Guinness. Although I prefer Old Rasputin over this. That being said, a good stout, I would get this again.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 5/4/17 @ the Yarchives.

Brown/black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice tan head; nice lace.

Raw oats, mild chocolate & faint vanilla notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate, raw oats & faint vanilla flavors.

Richer & better than 'regular' Guinness, but hardly revelatory.

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black body. Vibrant. One and a half finger off white head. Patchy, sticky lace. Broken ring. Bubbly, wispy cap.
The aroma is roasted malts. Bitter coffee. Caramel. Dark fruit.
The taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee balanced out with a caramel and dark stone fruit sweetness. Balanced, subtle.
Medium heavy body. Medium carbonation. Smooth body. Dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of abnormal
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Inky black with the smallest amount of brown visible on the bottom of the glass. One finger of khaki colored head; good retention and a few rings of lacing.

Aroma: Burnt coffee, butter, grass, molasses and vegemite.

Taste: Mellow at first with some sweet bready malt. Hops push their way through with a nice amount of bitterness and lend some earthy/grassy notes. Roasted malt ramps up towards the end as do some tangy and rich dark fruit flavors and a bit of iron. Loads of charred grain, coffee and oily hop bitterness on the finish.

Feel: Almost full bodied, slight chew, creamy, dry. Very nice.

Overall: By far the most complex and brash Guinness I've had. Love the stuff.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had an Irish beer dinner at BJ's Brewhouse, Hurst. 3/4/19 Too much food and wasting time eating it to write reviews so I just did ratings with the Cheat Sheet they give you for the menu pairings. Seven beers and 5 courses doesn't allow adequate time.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep black - big, thick, creamy head, great retention, and a good amount of lacing.

Aroma is primarily of dark fruits - raisins, prunes, and dark berries complemented with a bit of toasty malts and a very little earthiness. Really like this flavorful aroma.

Taste is of a solid stout, completely roasted malts, the darkest chocolate, and some very dark roasted coffee notes. A bit divergent from the aroma.

Feel is light, smooth and creamy but lacking the body you'd expect from the ABV, lower carbonation and solid bitterness.

Overall, a nice, unique stout that might be a standout for Guiness with a thicker, more substantial feel.

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

From the bottle into a clear pint glass. Very dark (duh). Tan head that settles into an almost meringue consistency. Smells of chocolate with a slight licorice and prune aroma. Tastes is surprisingly sweet with coffee and chocolate upfront followed by some licorice and dried fruit. Some toffee as well. There is a noticeable hop hit on the finish that is a big difference from regular Guinness. Medium carbonation that I personally like. I’m not a regular stout drinker but I enjoy one now and then for a change of pace. This is really good, I’ll have to try it more often. Cheers

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Photo of CratesRus
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Great! The head lasted for days!
S- Good but honestly not the best. Smells a little sour to me. Bad batch? Also a little metallic. Maybe this was sitting on the shelf too long.
T- Good about what I'd expect for the style. Nothing to write home about.
O- Pretty good, favorite thing by Guinness so far. Nothing amazing though.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another Guinness product, another outstanding rating. Maybe i'm biased towards Guinness. But it's only because they make great beers. I have drank several and loved each one. This is no different.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lovely rocky tan head atop a deep brown/black body. Smell on the milder side, not really this brew's strong suit. I fail to detect much of anything interesting so I'll save spewing pompous adjectives on this one. The taste is all there however. Burnt roastiness and coffee followed by that classic Irish yeast flavor, with just a hint of milk chocolate sweetness. A lingering hop bitterness. The feel is silky, lighter than it looks, but not watery by any means. Really solid stout!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark black-brown body, opaque, with a huge persistent tan head, with tight bubbles that breaks slowly in a rocky pattern, and a carpet of lacing. Very much what I expect from a stout.

S - Quiet malt, mostly in the form of toasted wheat bread and molasses, a bit of sourness.

T - The nose comes in with the bread element, chocolate and moderate bitterness, and a finish of bright coffee acidity.

M - Brisk carbonation, a nice coating feel, and a dry finish that scrubs for the next swallow.

O - A very solid rendition of a traditional stout. Powerful and tasty, a better, more developed version of the Guinness I drank in Scotland so many years ago.

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Photo of bret717
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bottled 7/25/18

Look- pours dark brown and appears almost black in the glass; nice creamy tan head that recedes to about 1/2 finger and sticks around; tons of spotty lacing

Smell- lightly burnt roasted coffee, a slightly smokey/woody and earthy smell; some some black licorice

Taste- Predominantly burnt roasted coffee along with fairly intense bitterness. There's also slightly sweet chocolate and a light smokey taste that balance the bitterness out

feel- medium-full bodied, lush and creamy; semi-dry finish with strong and lingering bitterness

Overall- really nice stout with complex nose and flavor, and quite a bit of bitterness

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Almost pitch black in color with some cola brown highlights. Topped by a creamy tan head with excellent retention and tons of lacing.
Smells like molasses, star anise, brown sugar, burn sugar, toffee, butterscotch, and dark chocolate.
Tastes like burnt toast, toffee, molasses, black licorice, black coffee, butterscotch, and bitter chocolate. Incredibly roasted, burnt, and bitter, highlighted by sweet buttery notes.
The mouthfeel is medium, creamy, well carbonated, smooth, well rounded, and dry.
This is one incredible old-school stout. This is Guinness on steroids. So delicious!

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Photo of jeneric84
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic classic export stout. Sweetness upfront and balanced with a tad of dryness left on the tongue. Delicate alcohol esters on the nose with bready caramalized dark fruits and a hint of chocolate. Think gooey cocoa bread with dates. Nothing agressive about this one which makes it one of the stronger stouts that is indeed sessionable. Too many American craft brews today that go over board on the aggressive flavors and roasted coffee notes. I don’t want to cellar it for 3 years before I drink it. Anywho this is one stout worthy of a steady rotation.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This classic pours a rich
blackish brown with a fantastic head of tan foam that settles
to a thick ring, thin pool, and displays some rather nice drapery
like lacing. Nose of deep roasted malts, chocolate malts, and
earthy notes with a hint of hops. Flavors remind me of why I
used to love this stuff----rich dark chocolate, deep roast balanced
by dark caramel and mild coffee with an aggressive herbal hop
balance on the rear with notes of char. Nice mouth feel; medium
full body, smooth, rich, low carbonation, and a bitter malt and herbal
hop finish that is moderately dry.

Overall, one of the best from Guinness!


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Photo of IronLover
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black in color with deep brownish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a tall, dense, rocky, beige foam with excellent retention. Medium aromas of sweet malt and lightly roasted malts with hints of chocolate. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Light creamy smooth feel through the middle with pleasant warmth near the finish. Sweet malt and chocolate flavors followed by lightly roasted malt. Medium, earthy hop bitterness in the middle that maintains to the end. Sweet and chocolatey malt character transitions to roasted and bitter flavors on the back end along with a touch of boozy warmth. Finished with a sweet dark maltiness, boozy warmth and a delayed dryness followee by lingering booziness and charred roasted malt notes. A nice display of dark malt character with a pleasant feel and dry finish. Very tasty.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep, dark brown so dense it appears black. The pour produces 1.5 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy, mocha head that leaves only a hint of surface cap & lace. Aroma is earthy dark malt, pumpernickel crust, fudge brownies, dark semisweet chocolate & molasses notes with hints of dried figs, coffee, thin floral hop tones & a little smoke. Taste is fronted by dry, dusty cocoa, dark semisweet chocolate, roasted/burnt malt, molasses & smoke followed by mid-sip fudge brownie, licorice, coffee, figs & toffee. Finishes sweet & smooth with burnt bread, watery Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, smoke & licorice hints in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is heavy bodied with medium carbonation, prickly up front with a smoothness developing at mid-sip & intensifying into the aftertaste, creamy & a little chewy, dry throughout.

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Photo of bmaslakov
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An alternative take on Guinness classic. The beer pours pitch black with an abundant brown foam and nice lacing on the glass. Smell is rye crust, dump straw and citrus. Taste is more bitter compared to Guinness classic, more powerful, and possibly a bit less nuanced. Mainly barley and burnt caramel. Solid and creamy mouthfeel, well carbonated. An exceptional beer, looks amazing, tastes great, definitely worth returning to.

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Photo of PMakowski
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 Oz Bottle poured into a glass
Look - Dark Brown almost black with a huge tan head of foam slow to fade and high level of lacing
Smell - a lot of chocolate as expected, a little coffee, roasted malts, caramel. Oh man this smells really fresh.
Taste - Rich flavors of cocoa bean, smoky coffee bean, toasted malt, sweet caramel, and a hint of bitterness in the finish (not much). Extremely enjoyable, very little carbonation which i love. I got the 200th Anniversary pack for $12 and so a buck per bottle is excellent value.
Overall this beer is just tremendous, i can't find fault with it, give it a grade of A

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a strong but still pleasant, and sweet, smell. Toffee, caramel, coffee and chocolate. Very bitter flavor that transcends the noticeable hoppiness. Pretty sweet. Caramel present in taste, but overshadowed by the bitter, burnt roastiness. A little licorice. It's not an easy drink but it's neat enough.

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Photo of Sanchezz4387
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

First tried a pint of this in dublin. I saw the beer descriptipm on the label of the pump state this had a taste of chocolate and toffee. My wife thought that sounded delicious and made me order a pint.....i ordered regular draft Guinness.

The pint was almost black with a foamy light brown head. This stuff tastes like liquid is absolutely beautiful, after one sip my wife changed to cider and I drank 4 more pints

Unbeknownst to me, this stuff in UK and IRE ranges from 6% and 7.5% and it absolutely floored me.

My take away thopughts and feelings.

If a bar sold this id buy it immediately. The sweet and bitter taste is almost perfection to me. Some people prefer dull bitter but i find the sweet bitterness perfect.

I've had the West Indies version which is 6% but for some reason the flavour isn't as prominent as the foreign extra stout. Try will not be disappointed

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found this in a variety pack last February while traveling out of state and thought why not. Pours your typical Guinness black color with a frothy creamy tan head that lasts for days. Can see the carbonation and a ruby hue along the bottom edge of glass. Smell is sweet and roasted notes. Initial taste is sweet as well, but well balanced with a roasted coffee finish. The feel is solid and hides the bumped up abv quite well. Overall it's a great brew and I got to try the Jamaican version as well, both r my definition of what a stout should be, nothing over the top, just a great brew!

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

Pours out black with a light khaki colored head. Roasted malt bitterness, thinner and creamy mouthfeel. A huge step up in flavor and feel from Guinness Draught. Delicious.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,504 ratings