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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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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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 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 hypnotoad1
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

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

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 Lemke10
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 4-pk bottle of this at Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Spring 2011.

Pours a very dark brown with a decent light brown head. Obvious stout smell here as well as roasted malts. Really hits the taste buds with a great mixture of bitterness and texture. Has a slighty salty taste that is blended with malts and other bold flavors. Definetly a beer to enjoy slowly.

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Photo of csurowiec
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bamadog
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow. Haven't had a Guinness product in nearly 2 years, but the draught was something that was part of the regular college line up. Review is from notes taken on 12/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is deep, dark brown/near black and starts with a big 2 an 1/2 finger creamy tan head with really good retention; body is entirely opaque; head eventually fades to a thick and incomplete skim with a plateau of larger bubbles in the center; nice webs and strands of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Not especially robust or overpowering, but there are definite hints of the bittering hops; bit of a sweet, milky chocolate aspect lying underneath it and some well roasted barley; also a bit of a coppery/metallic bite at the beginning of each whiff -- I remember this being in there in the draught version as well.

Taste: Definitely NOT the Guinness of my college days -- this rendition is by far superior to it. Nice roasted malts with some bittersweet chocolate that is smooth and a little milky/creamy in presence; an earthy hoppiness to it that even belies a hint of citrus... Very nice overall and I'm very pleased by this stout. The FES is not a style that I'm especially well versed in yet, but this one makes me want more.

Mouthfeel: Body is a solid medium in terms of weight, and it is very smooth, almost silky; carbonation is present, but it's very light and soft and adds to the creamy body; a thin, dry sticky coating is left all over the palate and the belly is even left a little warm.

Drinkability: Cheers to Guinness for this one! It's super solid with great flavors and a near perfect mouthfeel; weight might slow me down after one or two, and the ABV would likely catch up at 7.5% after a couple as well, but nice for a cold night and I'm more than cool feeling that I could drink 2, maybe even three. Price point was good too -- 2 bucks/bottle.

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Photo of SuperHop18
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of wcudwight
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with some light brwn hues. Large 2 finger khaki colored head that falls to a spotty wet lacing.
Roasted grains, coffee and "rum". Maybe the islands are still on my mind but I swear I smell rum in this beer.
Big roasted character with some toffee and a grainy like hop bitterness. There really is no comparison to the Guinness Extra Stout and this one. The FES is by far the better beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, light on the carbonation. A syrupy. Nice crisp feel from the hops.
Very drinkable, very good stout.
Will someone please tell me why we don't have this one in the states.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass, dark yellow brown almost black with a dark tan foamy head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing, clear

S: chocolate, coffee, slight hops, dark roasted malts, slight burnt charcoal smell

T: very hoppy up front with a strong bitter presence, flavors of bitter dark roast coffee and chocolate, finish sweetens with big roasted malt

M: quite heavy and oily, alcohol is subtle but there, low carbonation

O: an excellent export stout if you love the dry burnt quality of Guinness

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

A - poured into frosted tumbler w/ over 1" creamy head. body was dark chocolate and clear although opaque

S - notes of bitter chocolate - nice strong aroma

T - brought back the memories of the Guinness of old. After the Brits tried to dump all the other Guinness stouts on us. This is the only one and it is full of flavor. Don't bother w/ the other stouts from Guinness

M - delightful carbonation -- smooth

O - a go to beer for all the stout lovers and that includes me.

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Photo of bschinelli
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Beerdudenumberone
1.5/5  rDev -63.1%

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