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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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Photo of putnam
4.74/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"6.5% Alcohol. Brewed in Kingston Jamaica. Best By Mar 2007" (oops)

Gorgeous. Like herbal single orgin chocolate. Complete, complex and alluring. On the palate it is quite tart up front, like sinewy vine sap (from hops, I gather). Then this releases its grip to reveal toasty fine bitterness. Throughout there is an effusive display of sweet herbs, pomegranate, black grapes, vanilla and coffee. Winey. Food beer. Perfectly weightless. Unexpectedly refreshing and complex. This is not milquetoast, childish beer.

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Photo of kkmiller76
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Bogdawg
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lurkerson
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Docer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle brought home to try from my roomie... 330ml..

- Long lasting light mocha head... leaves a nice thin layer on top and some lacing... very dark jet brown/black brew..

- Ester, raisin, smokey and tart.. woody, salty, fig... light bitter grassiness... prominent smoke flavors....

- Rich smokey roasted barley... roasted grains, fig, raisin... grass, wood.... burnt barrel goodness.... lts of dark roasted barley here. Light bitter hop. Bitter coffee notes as well..

- Light bodied... very surprising. Slightly drying and yet mouth watering.

- I would have to say that this is one unique beast of a stout. Very strong, robust, and unique flavors... while still being rather thin and light bodied. I am impressed by its complexity. Something I will certainly buy again.

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of mattboyer182
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of clay23
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of xJMFCx
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Dewsby
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was a godsend when i was in st. lucia and limited to piton and heineken. i like this version much better than the smaller stuff we get stateside. bigger bodied, bigger taste, bigger mouthfeel. nice roasty finish to provide balance to the dark, sweet, complex malt character. a bit of grainy astringency. why they use fish bladder crap to clarify such a dark beer is my question.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.31/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark pour with a nice frothy light brown head. A lot of lacing on this one.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Basically like a coffee infused Guinness.

T: Very light to start, roasted malts and caramel. Strong coffee finish. Very dry and bitter to tie it all up.

MF: Much lighter than I expected.

D: High for a stout. Although I wouldn't pick up another 4-pack.

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Photo of GeorgeCarroll
2/5  rDev -50.7%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Part of a side by side with Guinness Draught and Extra Stout.

Appearance: A great big beige head almost makes it difficult to keep in the glass. Great head retention and sheets of lace on the glass. Worth noting that this is the only Guinness I saw leave lacing. The color is nearly black, with a few tints of ruby here and there.

Smell: Full roasted malt aroma, with molasses, cocoa, and roast coffee. The raisins are in there, but definitely seem to take a back seat in this version.

Taste: It starts off sweet, with molasses leading into roasted malt. Cocoa, then a coffee flavor leading to spicy, earthy hops and a firm bitterness. Some smoke steps in and the finish is left somewhat bitter. The bitter coffee and hop flavors really accentuate the roasted malt to snuff out the sweetness at the end of the sip.

Mouthfeel: This body steps it up even further over Extra Stout. A full bodied stout, this is also creamier. Some lightly astringent feeling on the tongue. Some hop residue hides behind the lips.

Drinkability: This is solid. I really enjoy the flavors that continually reveal themselves in more complexity. Well done, and at 7.5%, it provides a nice kick without getting destructive.

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Photo of McBraniel
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cfinch2
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of tappangordo
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Pours a pure black, topped with a two finger creamy chocolate head, leaves puffy broken webs of lacing.
Licorice, chocolate, sweet aroma. Dark roasted malt, cream, caramel, charcoal.
Licorice and chocolate taste, somewhat sour and astringent, apple skin type note, bit of pepper. Mocha coffee comes out in the taste when it warms.
Medium-full bodied.

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Photo of Johnct
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sprucetip
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black liquid with tall, fluffy, creamy, root beer brown foam on top. Very good head retention and thick lacing. Very attractive brew.

Light/medium roast with faint malty notes are all I get at first, and it's not a strong aroma. Later it's stronger, maltier, and there is more play between the elements. It's just barely boozy, and almost chocolaty briefly in the middle. Really smooth and pleasant.

Medium roast with coffee like bitterness leads and remains prominent. Vaguely sweet malty body is evident early, balancing, then fades back into the dominant roasty bitterness. Booze shows its presence briefly in the middle, though faintly. Somewhat harsh, burnt bitter finish is also quite dry.

Good carbonation, thin/medium body, and pretty dry overall, with burnt bitter finish.

The first time I had this in the states, recently, I was not very impressed. A little disappointed even. But I'm glad I got two, because I very much enjoyed this one. It's definitely a bit dry for my taste, and the bitter roasty aftertaste is a bit of a distraction. But overall it is a respectable, enjoyable and worthy beer. It's good to see something from Guinness have some body and balls.

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Photo of GregSemenza
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nodder
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Shaw
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been reading about this beer for a long time here. It's finally available in the States. Let's see if the hype is justified.

Pours black with a big, big light brown head that leaves lots of sticky lace in my glass.

Aroma of Guinness: Roasted malt with a hint of smoke.

The taste is lightly smoky, with good, rich notes of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate backed by just a bit of tannin and dryness. Very nice.

Good body that's lighter than I expected, but not in a negative way.

Overall this is a fine beer, but I won't be having it again. Why? At $10 for four 11.2-ounce bottles, there are better beers out there for the same price or less.

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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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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,369 ratings
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