Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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.

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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.


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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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Photo of captaincoffee
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with big thick head that lasts and lots of web-like lacing everywhere. Nose is sweet with licorice and light roasted notes and light coffee. Flavor shifts to roasted barley, some residual sweetness. Bitterness emerges towards the finish along with some tobacco notes. Mouthfeel is medium...maybe light compared with big US stouts. Carbonation is not as low as expected. Overall, a classic, but no longer a stand out.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A friend got me a 4 pack for Christmas from a local shop. What better way to bring in the holiday spirit.

Pours black with a nice foamy head. Smells like regular Draught Guinness, except stronger and with noticeable hops and alcohol. The taste is right there too: this is Draught Guinness on steroids. Bold and boozy, but in a really satisfying way. More coffee, more bitterness, more everything. The feel is thicker and dryer than Draught Guinness, and an obviously different style of carbonation. Fills you up quickly.

I really love this beer, and it fits in perfectly with this time of year in my view. I don't know how this beer is so prominent in hot, tropical environments when it just makes me think of cuddling up somewhere cozy and hibernating for the winter.

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Photo of bwood06
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a small pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Pitch black beer that shows a slight mahogany tint around the edges with tall creamy tan head that dissipates very slowly. Head rose very nicely even with a slow and easy pour. Moderate carbonation clinging to sides of glass. 4.25/5

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla come out right off the bat and dominate. Rich dark maltiness, roasted in character with even a hint of umami. A bit leathery as well. 4/5

T - Dark bitter roasted malt that is reminiscent of pumpernickel bread. Herbal hops finish out the flavor profile. Toffee sweetness up front with a leather and tobacco middle. Very earthy. Booziness near the end when the hops come into play. 4/5

M - Full bodied with a dry finish. Decent carbonation burn along with a drying astringency at the end. Somewhat chewy and doughy throughout. Thick but light at the same time due to the amount of hops. 4.25/5

O - Nice balance between bitter & sweet. Very strong flavors. Much more hoppy than other Guinness brews. Comes across as a meal in a glass and sits in the stomach as such. 4/5

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours black with a large tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, light caramel. Taste - Sweet, roasted coffee, caramel with a long dry bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice lacy head. Excellent flavor with flavors of dark chocolate, toffee and coffee. Slightly bitter finish. I find this to be far superior To the standard Guinness draught.

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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 puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice cream head with good lacing as the beer is consumed. Love the taste and feel of the beer! Comforting! Chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee. Feels substantial on the palate. Will definitely buy again when I can.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in Ireland at the St.James Gate brewery (the most popular paid visitor attraction in Ireland in 2014 with over a million visitors). Very close to the city centre if you ever visit. 330ml bottle enjoyed in Offaly 40 miles from Dublin. An excellent stout.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,303 ratings.
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