Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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

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852
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2,291
Avg:
4.06
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11.82%
 
 
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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer smells like light roast, dark sugars leaning towards molasses, some alcohol and a hint of tart. There are chocolate and coffee aromas in the background. The beer fills the glass deep dark brown under a 2.5" medium to dark tan colored foam collar with good retention. The flavor starts with dark chocolate, a trace of coffee, fruit, and a mild sweetness. Sweet malt and fruit flavor linger balanced by a mild roast and hop bitterness. The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium to medium low but very creamy and soft. The Foreign Extra Stout has a nice balance of roast and sweetness with a gentle assist from some hop bitterness.

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Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black color with a later forming, 2.5 finger, rocky light mocha head. Retention is above average and there are many sticky, hanging chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is rich roasted barley with a subtle smokey bitterness that resembles fresh black coffee.

Taste is the same with a moderately bitter finish.

Feel is medium bodied and starts off creamy, but seems a bit slick on the finish with some prickliness from the bitterness.

Overall a very solid beer. Like regular Guinness but with some balls.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a three way blind taste test of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Antwerpen FES, and Bent Brewstillery FES. This one came in last place. BB came in first.

Thick inky black appearance. Tight and creamy brown head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is that signature Guinness yeast strain mixed in with some roast maltiness. Flavor is quite bitter. Lots of roasty bitterness mixed in with some light chocolate, Guinness yeastiness and a mineral presence as well. Body is full. Carbonation is light to medium-light. Good beer, but still 3rd in my tasting.

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Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guinness Foreign Extra date code seems to be Lxxxx, where L=Lot, 1st digit is year, and the next 3 digits are the Julian date. So this beer is from batch L6319 and so was bottled on 14 Nov 16

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice black color with a finely bubbled 3/4” dark tan head that slowly recedes to leave a lot of lacing on the sides. Sipping cleans the side of the glass to leave behind lots of small patches and some thick spider web lacing that persists until the end of the beer. Eventually the head becomes a thin island of foam on the surface of the liquid.

The aromas include dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate and black coffee with a bit of earthy hops and a touch of dark fruit.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate and some coffee up front while in the background there is a bit of sweetness, a bit of dark bread, some dark fruit and some bitter earthy hop flavor to smooth out the bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy soft with the gentle and persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the coffee, dark chocolate and dark roasted malt all become more bitter and earthy. The touch of sweetness fades to become completely dry but with a touch of bitter earthiness remaining.

On the whole I definitely thought this was a well made enjoyable stout which is quite drinkable and which I will surely be having again. The complex set of flavors are well balanced with each noticeable but none dominating the others. To my taste this is much better than the regular Guinness (although if settling down to have more than one I think I’ll stick with the regular Guinness given the ABV for this beer).

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep chocolate brown with a dense, foamy head and wonderful lacing. Chocolate and vanilla nose, but with something a little funky hanging about. Flavors are licorice, raisins and roasted hops, fairly sweet but with a lingering bitterness that actually blends in pretty nicely with the whole. Very complex flavor, more so than the standard Guinness brew. I can't say that I love it, but it certainly is an interesting experience, which is a net positive in my book. Mouth feel is really slick and fits the flavors well. Again, not something I would have listed as a desire, but it kind of works with everything else going on in here.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark appearance and an aroma that is also pleasant. This is a far improvement over other Guinness beers with the exception of drafts that are obtained in the U.K.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very deep roasted, cocoa, coffee, blast to the palette. Don't forget the hop bitters, because they are certainly there too!

This beer is inky black and pours with a beautiful head. Just absolutely perfect looking.

I'm not a huge stout fan but I thought it was pretty decent. The bitterness was something that I wasn't expecting. I'm not big on bitters. This is a beer that a man with a full beard and an axe drinks while cutting down trees for fire wood on a cool fall day. haha.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a mix of chocolate and twangy tobacco, with fruity (dare I say) tropical hops. Nose is actually somewhat mild, but an interesting hint of things to come.

Tastes twangy with fruit and tobacco up front, then milk chocolate mid palate and a creamy finish. Stiff hop profile reads almost like a black IPA at times, but there's no getting around the signature Guinness roasty twang and creaminess. Good brew.

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Photo of Vader444
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into 2/3 pint glass.

I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover this one. A regular Guinness Draft drinker during my student days this one passed me by completely. This is lovely stuff; bitter, herbal and complex with a reasonably soft mouthfeel. Doesn't have the same intensity as many of it US counterparts but sometimes a bit of subtlety is what you want; it gives you a little more to contemplate. A cracking surprise and readily availability/good value means that this will be a regular buy for me.

Cheers!

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Photo of Tshane
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A very knowledgeable specialty/beer/wine manager at my workplace (#TeamWFM) refers to this as "Expedition Stout." Not sure why.

Appearance: About 3/8 inch, toffee-tan head lasting about a minute plus. Lacing hangs on the sides of the glass a minute and a half at least after drinking quite a bit of this. (No, I'm not sipping slowly, I was thirsty!) The color of the ale is black or almost black.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffeeish. Activated my yeast allergy so I sneezed! Nose stuffed up.

Taste: Fairly full and balanced between slight sweetness and malt and bitterness. Satisfying, although there are a few brews, especially Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, that top this by a long shot. A thin and annoying bitterness remains on the tongue long after a swallow. (FYI re: my taste preferences: I'm a much bigger fan of Imperial and oatmeal stouts because they are generally sweeter and less bitter then regular stouts.)

Mouthfeel: lighter medium, between thin and thick ale, but towards thinner. Like light machine oil might feel if it weren't oily.

Overall: If it weren't so bitter, and the bitterness didn't stick to the tongue so long afterward, this might get a higher rating. Given the choice I will always pick the black chocolate, imperial or pretty much any oatmeal stout over this one.

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Photo of FBarber
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brownish black like cola. Thick frothy khaki head dissipates leavings sticky lacing all the way down and a thin head.

Smell has aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight hoppy aroma. Its like a regular guinness but with a hoppier aroma.

Taste has notes of chocolate, roasted malts and hops providing a slightly bitter finish. Beer is slightly sweet with a cola like touch. The roasted barley really comes outs the beer warms.

Feel is very smooth, a bit lighter than some other Guinness variants, but still good for the style. Very dry on the finish.

Overall a nice Guinness variant and a good example of a foreign export stout.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours almost black with a one finger head. There is a mouth filling maltiness followed immediately with a hopsy carbonated tang. Relative to a "regular" Guinness Extra Stout", this had more hops (with hops bitterness) and a bit less fullness.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review warning, I am tasting this at Guiness in St. James Gate (so discount what I say). Wonderful inky black color, a nose of coffee and chocolate, and a mouth filling flavor that follows the nose and lasts a good twenty seconds. The extra hops (designed in 1801 to help the beer travel without spoiling) brings a gentle bitterness that is more pronounced than Guinness Draft. A fine example of a stout.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: rich toasted malt, slight fruit and spiced licorice notes with gentle hop in background. Dry toasted aroma.
Black and opaque, with a dark creamy head.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - black with a big tan foamy head and thick lacing
A - chocolate, light roasted malt and a a slight funk I can't quit place
T - nose plus some dark fruit flavor and a little boozines
F - very nice finish, medium to full body, chocolate but not too sweet

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Photo of Ant777uk
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Always I have been a fan of draft Guinness, for me the best commercial beer out there. I am drinking this right after a draft one. For some reason, I have never tried this. Looking forward..! Though the Nigerian one I did once.

More of an airy head, more like a Belgian Chimay Bleu. Not quite as arty perfect looking as Guinness draft.

Aroma is very faint, not getting a huge amount, except usual Guinness. Which is pleasant, and complex.

For just 7.5% it tastes very strong of alcohol. A Chimay Bleu is much smoother and tastes less strong, even though it is much stronger.

It says to serve chilled, let this warm up..! It improves immensely. Maybe around 20 minutes outside the fridge is best. The resulting flavours are complex, christmassy and chocolatey.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with fluffy three finger light tan head which persists and leaves a thick lacing.

Smells of bitter dark chocolate, licorice and roasty malts

Taste also has chocolate and licorice, and maybe even a rootbeer-like finish. There's probably a more descriptive flavor, but that's what it reminds me of. Also, the bitterness that was very present early on is fading as the beer warms.

Feel is medium body, well carbonated, and relatively crisp for a stout.

Overall, this is an easy drinking stout with some interesting flavor notes. Its different than their flagship stout, but at nearly double the abv and with loads more hops, it should be.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the Guinness that is darker than the other Guinness, can hang with most craft stout appearances, even exceed it when its on tap. Aroma smells like that brown and black patent malt Guinness relatively light roasting.

Taste chewy, alcohol restrained. Hops out of the way. Bitterness held in check. Combines a smooth yet dry ride. Not as dry as the Irish Dry stout version. Decent price. Decent beer.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guiness Foreign Extra Stout has a very bitter taste, this one will be sipped for at least half an hour. Not my fave stout and far from it, but it's a decent combination of bitter/sweet chocolate and coffee balance.

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Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pak from Beers of the World, 3/19/16. Poured into a mug at a chilled temp.

Look: Black with a meringue of khaki foam and nice lacing

Smell: Licorice, cocoa,coffee

Taste: exactly like the smell

Feel: a little slippery

Overall: an excellent beer

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with brown and red highlights around the edges, and a thick, fluffy khaki color head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate malt. Taste is roast, chocolate, light blend coffee, and that distinct Guinness flavor. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, thinner than I like in a stout, but very drinkable. Overall, this is just a classic stout from a stalwart of the industry.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x03. Much better than the more common Guinness Draught. That one I cant finish. This one Ive enjoyed. Addictive aroma and good taste and mouthfeel

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass with no head.
So dark I got lost in the look of it.
Clearly Guinness aroma and flavor, but with attitude.
Coffee and spice dominate and the carbonation gives a nice bite.
Sweet and bitter balance well and it has a nice dry finish with an alcohol reminder without burn.

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Photo of matcris
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown up to the light. Small half inch creamy tan head that lingers a while and leaves a nice thick ring on top. Hold a flash light to the bottom of the glass and you can see small slowly rising moderate carbonation. Patchy lacing down the glass.
AROMA: A combination of big dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Has an interesting sourdough bready note as well. A nice smoky quality. Slight alcohol presence.
TASTE: Roasty, smoky, basically just like I described in the aroma. Slight alcohol presence.
FEEL: Medium full body. Creamy at first then dries on the finish. Medium full carbonation.
OVERALL: Big, roasty, and rich. Awesome stout.

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Photo of Spike
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Twenty years ago I drank draft Guinness all the time. I was lucky to have an old-school pub at the bottom of my street that served some of the best kept Guinness outside Dublin. But that pub no longer exists and slowly, ever so slowly, I stopped drinking the black stuff altogether. Too cold. Too watery. Too bland.

So tonight I thought I would try Guinness Foreign Extra Stout to see if it would rekindle some memories. In truth, it almost does. It lacks the warm depth and body that I remember from old. But the rich flavour is back.

Three fingers of brown head sit atop a jet black pour. The head recedes to a half finger leaving a mass of lacing. Looks great.

Smell is sweet, sweet malt. Raisins. Roasted tones. Plus alcohol.

Sweet then bitter. Or is it bitter then sweet? Some chocolate. Some coffee. This has plenty of hops for a stout so it definitely finishes bitter. Maybe it's bitter, then sweet, then bitter. Alcohol comes through again.

Light body saved by drying bitterness on roof of mouth and back of tongue.

This is not, and it's not supposed to be, like draft Guinness. No nitro, extra hops, 7.5% ABV. It's not as good as the draft I remember. But it's the best Guinness stout I've had since Sunday nights meant an evening down the Prince Christian pub, Kings Road, Windsor, Berkshire.

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