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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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#2,843
Reviews:
890
Ratings:
2,426
pDev:
11.82%
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4.33
 
 
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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- The pour results in pretty much half head. It also seems to have excellent retention. And by excellent, I seem to mean obnoxious. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which allows the slightest hint of garnet to show when held up to the light. Looks as if there will be considerable lacing.

Nose- Rich with good amount of complexity and presence. Heavy chocolate notes paired with raisins and roasted malts. Roasted malts have some coffee hints which, in combination with the bitter-sweet chocolate, creates a small sour or tangy note. Lush, dark grains and caramel. Some cocoa as well. Swirling shows some creaminess- milk and vanilla.

Taste- Starts off with raisins on the front. These are very sweet and move into a very bold coffee which turns the sweet raisin notes into a roasted sourness. Lots of cocoa and lots of bitterness on the linger. It's a bit of letdown after the aroma. Some caramel but the flavor profile is pretty much dominated by raisins on the front then coffee in the middle and on the finish. Some chocolate in the background. Lots of woodiness. Some grittiness. It's not a bad beer but I'm failing to understand the high rating of this beer. At this point this really seems just above average. Lots of presence but really lacks integration. The raisin and coffee are good contrasts but they never really meet at any point in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much zing. Some syrup to the texture. Some grit to the finish.

Drinkability- No heat but the notes of the flavor profile really clash. Okay for about 2 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Just above average- I definitely prefer the ease and accessibility of regular Guinness. However, if you like bold, bitter-sweet beers, you might just enjoy it. This will not be a repurchase.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of sliverX
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass pitch black with a nice 2 finger head that bubbled down to a very thick film. Decent lacing .
Smell was of roasted malt and big alcohol which was a bit off putting
Taste was burnt malt a slight coffee and chocolate presence.
Mouthfeel is a light medium just assumed this would be a bit thicker.
This is a very nice beer, will it blow people away- well if they only drink regular Guinness .
Personal note - this should just be labeled "Standard American Stout" skip this and drink a local stout or 2.

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Photo of Miami66
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of Domingo
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to see this finally showing up in the US after hearing about it for years.
When poured it looks pretty much like a normal Guinness. Big fluffy white head (almost like Nitro oddly enough), and a thick brown/black body.
The nose has roasted malts and dark berries. Again, pretty similar to a normal draught Guinness, but stronger. No booze, but the yeast gives it a fruit note.
The flavor is bigger and bolder. Creamy and malty up front, a sour fruitiness (I get a vinous character from many UK and Irish ale yeasts) in the middle, and a roasty bitterness in the finish. It's very much like a "double Guinness," which isn't a bad thing. The good stuff is stronger and bolder and there's more substance to it.
Mouthfeel is creamy and thick, again like a nitro tap, but without the problems. Nice! Having more than one is still no big deal...but it does feel heavier than some.
If you like the normal Guinness, you'll likely enjoy this one. If you don't - the same also likely holds true. Luckily I do, and this was pretty solid for me. I think I prefer Lion and a couple US examples like Fade to Black, but there's nothing wrong with this at all.
A really good beer that misses the "greatness" mark by a little, but make no mistake - this is worth seeking out.
I wonder how this one compares with the FES from other regions...
I'm also curious about the marketing for it. It looks really similar to the other varieties and I can imagine that potentially causing some confusion.

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Photo of mmorris15
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

330mL bottle to tulip. Recently available to the US market. Sampled 1/12/11. $10 for the 4 pack.

A:
spec·ta·cle [noun]: an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is nothing short of a poured spectacle, starting as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. Half of the contents goes into the glass and the head grows steady and fast. Really fast. Just over the rim with no sign of stopping. And right before the head starts spilling over, as if someone pushed the pause button on life, the head immediately halts, and there is no movement to be seen. No cascading bubbles, nothing. And the appearance holds steady for quite some time.

The head rises and falls with three distinct appearances. First is three fingers of froth that doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The second look happens as the head begins to deflate: rocky and cavernous. After settling is complete, I'm left with a lumpy yet creamy texture almost identical to an ice cream and soda float.

As if it even matters, the rest of the brew is solid in appearance too, but a detailed account is not needed. A perfect 5 easily.

S:
A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

T:
Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

M:
The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

D:
This could be my everyday stout. I'm off to the store to buy more.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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