Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

Brewed by:
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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of KingSlayer
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz bottle
poured a jet black untranslucent liquid, 2 fingers dense white foam, medium persistance, nice lacing, nose of chocolate and coffee, bit sweet, not too overwhelming, palate same as nose, called my attention the dark chocolate flavor and the dry and mildly bitter finish to round it up, full body nice carbonation, nice stout, strong and dry, toasted flavors blend in nicely.

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Photo of DarthVorador
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Buggies
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge fluffy tan head. It took forever to pour a 12oz bottle. Big aromas of citrus. Nice gentle aroma of roasted grains and coffee and just a slight earthiness from the hops.

Tastes incredibly smooth. Again, big citrus flavors. Nice background bitterness from the roasted grains. And nice earthy notes rounding it out.

Probably one of Guinness's finest beers. I really with I could a fresh pint of this from across the pond.

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Photo of NeoClassicist
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Beer Review #3 of my cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, May 15-22, 2004.

Purchased just before returning to the boat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Dark chocolate-brown in color with a creamy, light brown head and heavy, heavy lacing around the glass. A thick aroma of dark roasted malts and an alcoholic sweetness wafts up from the glass. Thick in the mouth and quite bitter, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel and a character that's best described as "genuinely Guinness." Alcohol is well hidden.

The sun must be getting to me--put me in a cold climate and I'd love this, but I'm just not feeling it in the islands. Still, I think it's really, really good.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, black color with very little head, which dissipates to a small amount of lacing on the top.

S: There is definitely a malty aroma to this beer with a dark fruit scent that is full of roasted malts.

T: Initially a sweet taste followed by the roasted malts and what has been referred to previously as the "metallic Guinness" taste. A bit of coffee is present along with a very slight milky taste.

M: Quite a bit of creaminess here, though not overly so, more like a half-and-half than a whole cream. Full bodied for certain with all the flavoring in here, though not too much.

D: Very drinkable, definitely lived up to the hype that I read about it.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Would have never given it a shot without this site.

A: Pours a dark black, khaki one finger head. Subdues to the edge of the glass quickly.

S: Chocolate, slight coffee, sweet dark malt. Fairly sweet aroma.

T: Smooth creamy chocolate, bitter sweet finish.

M: Smooth, creamy, medium to slightly less body. Carbonation action on the tongue.

O: Pretty damn good, and shocked this comes from Guinness. Highly drinkable and by far the best product I've had from them.

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Photo of Lewdd
2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of BierStein711
3.18/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip

After having this stout twice, I can say that it is not finding its way into my cellar again. Out of the two styles of Guinness I have had, I shall stick to the draught. The molasses is overpowering, and that was the only flavor I could find in the heavy mouthfeel. Naturally, when someone tries a beer twice one hopes to be more impressed. Overall, I would not endorse this beer to someone who is looking for complexity.

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

Pours a black color with a nice caramel head that laces well.
Smells of coffee notes and chocolate.
Tastes strongly of roasted coffee and finishes with some chocolate, bitter, but finishes slightly sweet.
A medium amount of carbonation, and one that tickles your gums.
A nice beer overall, and quite enjoyable!

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard that this is the Euro recipie that's available in the U.S. and elsewhere, so had to pick up a reasonably priced ($8.99) 4-pak...7.5% ABV, so it's much headier than regular Guinness. Pours dark black with a hint of ruby red at the edges of the glass...

Wow, 'nother TD for Brady and Gronkowski...they're helping somebody to win their FF championship...

A two-finger, rock-n-roll head pours into this glass. Nicely carbonated. The glass is coated in nice lacing and the head. once it calms down a bit, is like melted marshmallows. Pretty damn nice looking beer...Aromas are a bit thin. Some metallic notes (wow, metallic nose in a British beer, unheard of!!), Chcoclate malt. Not much else. I get some sweetness in there too, like dark chocolate. It's ok but you gotta search for these elements...

Man, this Chicago/NYJets game is all offense, no defense. Back and forth, multiple TDs. Cutler is ripping it up...

Flavor is MUCH more malt forward than standard U.S. Guinness. That seminal tanginess is still there, but doesn't quite carry through the whole drink like their standard. More hints of roasted malt, too. Very pleasant middle and finish, although a tad thinner than I would like. A rounder beer for sure. Better beer overall, I would say. Like I said, the finish is a bit on the thin angle, but nice and drinkable for a roasty stout.

What I like most: The beautiful pour.

What I like least: The rather thin middle and finish in the flavor profile.

Verdict: Totally worth the price and a better beer in all aspects than their standard.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Ryan4120
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of irishevans
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as pitch, and no light coming through even when held up to the light. the head, which is a medium to light tan in color, poured just over 2 fingers thick, but then settles down to about three quarters of a finger. leaves a nice bit of foamy lace behind too.

N- Roasted, almost burnt malt all day long, and definite chocolate scent in the mix as well. there is also a bit of a floral aroma, likely from the generous amount of hops that Guinness claims to brew this with.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits like dates or perhaps raisins, chocolate flavor, all dancing a beautiful ballet on my palate. the floral taste from the hops shows up near the finish, and lingers, although the malt does come back at the end. it has a lovely bitterness to it, mostly roasted malt, but also a nice bit from the hops too. there is a subtle heat from the alcohol too, but it does not overpower any of the rest of the flavors, at all.

M- gets off to a very smooth start, then gets a bit more crisp from carbonation as it goes along, then ends up on again on a smooth, albeit bitter note. it takes you on an absolutely lovely ride.

O- The staple of the style. complex in flavor, mouthfeel, nose, and even the appearance is perfect. this is quite a beer. I have to say I'm sold. Huge fan of this.

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Photo of diamondc
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rocky mocha colored head. Spider web lacing. Pitch black. Cool.

S: Dark purple fruits, blueberry, currants, black cherry. Roast is there along with maple syrup, milk chocolate, vanilla, but the fruits dominate. Superb.

T: More dark fruits, along with a huge earthy bitter aftertaste. Mildly smokey with some roasted burnt toast malts.

M: Creamy, still a tad more light bodied than I prefer in a stout though.

O: Manages to be unique in the world of accessible stouts. A good one.

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Photo of BobMessina
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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