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

Photo of Getalegup
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of touchmeimsac
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of KG710
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz long neck.
A) Pours with a big head, tan in color and creamy. Opaque body with sticky, big bubbled lacing.
S) Bready with a sweet woodsy aroma. Notes of dark tree fruit - cherries, apple.
T) Roasted grains with a hint of coffee in the mix. Sweet caramel. Oak notes. Pleasant all the way through. The finish has a nice bitterness to it. There is a hint of a sour / brett-type tartness, again pleasant.
M) Dry. Full bodied. Tannin like feel in the finish.
D) A delicious brew. I would definitely have another!

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Photo of Mortarforker
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of chicagoish
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of adam42381
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark cola brown color, almost black, with a 1 finger creamy dark tan head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts and cocoa with just a hint of rubbing alcohol.

Taste: Toasted bread up front followed by mildly sweet notes of cocoa and toffee in the middle before a punch of bitter hops at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and lingers. The alcohol is well-hidden. This is not your normal Guinness...and I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold evening.

Overall: Very good beer overall. I've never been too impressed by Guinness before, but this one is a good stout. I would recommend checking it out.

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Photo of sbricker
2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

Photo of JRed
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque in color topped by giant cappuccino head that clutches the edges of my glass. Aroma of cocoa, light roast, light cinnamon, cereal. Cocoa, cinnamon, echo of the booze with slight prune tang but not too much, roast and hops make an invited appearance and add great dryness/bitterness to counter that famed tang. Heavy body with light carbonation and a clean finish. The best Guinness I've had. Ready for day or night drinking.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deeply opaque onyx, medium layer of bubbly tan foam, good head retention, lace

Aroma: roasty coffee, hint of sourness, very light fruitiness, wisps of alcohol, malty base

Flavor: a minutely salty malt backbone with a hard roasty edge, dark chocolate, coffee, slight acidity, a little caramel, alcohol, finishes semi-dry with a roasty bitterness and traces of burnt caramel in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: full body, fine carbonation, silky texture, rich alcohol warmth

Other comments: Not sure if this is different from the special Guinness that is made for Belgium (despite the 0.5% alcohol difference). In any case, it's just as yummy if not more so!

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Photo of csurowiec
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.2/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at a gas station in Negril, Jamaica. Light aroma, sweet cocoa, almost tangy. Dark tan head faded fast to a film. Opaque black colored beer. Burnt malt flavor, a bit of cocoa, and a strange cigarette butt flavor towards the end. Moderately dry and bitter finish. Moderately light body. I don't like the flavor towards the end, the harsh bitter ashy flavor is unappealing. Give me a Dragon Stout.

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Photo of KeefD
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank several of these over the course of the day in Nassau, The Bahamas. I had it both in bottles and cans, but this review is from notes I took at the Hard Rock Cafe from a bottle. Pours a solid black color with very dark brown highlights on the edge of the glass developing no noticeable head or lacing in the frozen pint into which it was poured. Aroma of toffee, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit and red grapes. Flavor is pretty on par with the nose. A noticeable red grape skin flavor, raisins, dates, dark brown sugar, light coffee and chocolate flavor and a nice hop bitterness on the finish. Very complex and tasty. Creamy on the tongue with a nice bite at the end. While I did manage to put back quite a few of these over the course of the day (they were only $2.40 for single cans and bottles) the 7.5% alcohol can catch up to you. Very delicious and the best Guinness beer I've had to date.

Best beer in the Bahamas, hands down.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Guinness pours a shiny and opaque black brown color with a towering mocha head. I was not adequately prepared for the amount of carbonation in this and the head got pretty out of control. Unfortunately (since I want to drink it NOW) it also has marathon staying power and is leaving lace like nobody's business. Had I poured with more restraint I am sure this would have been an even more attractive brew.

After allowing most of the foam to subside I am able to sample an aroma that is much less impressive than I had hoped for. It is roasty and slightly chalky with the characteristic Guinness sourness to it. There is a bit of charred smoke aroma in there as well, but not much else.

The flavor is much more enjoyable with a great intensity. It is roasty with a nice burnt black coffee character as well as a bit of smoky char. The sweetness is slightly milky and chocolaty and gives way to a nice slightly sour note and a tinge of hops. This is definitely much hoppier than normal Guinness draft. In the background it also has some nice fruity notes.

The body of this beer is medium to full and it possesses a nice smooth character that helps it go down all too easily. The finish is quite dry with a bit of a sour hit to it and it leaves plenty of roasty notes and a nice amount of bitterness on the palate after swallowing.

This is leaps and bounds beyond normal Guinness draft in terms of flavor, yet I still find that it does not hold up to many of the fine stouts brewed by smaller craft operations. Don't get me wrong, this is a step in the right direction and is a quality stout that should be readily available, but I am not sure it quite lives up to all the accolades that have been heaped upon this beer since it was introduced into the U.S. market.

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Photo of DavidST
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been looking for this for a while, it finally showed up. Anyways poured from a 33cl bottle into a Guinness mug, coded bottle date. Pours a pitch black beautiful color with a massive three fourths the mug mocha colored head which is slowly receding to the body below, after a while this leaves a two finger thick head with a lacing. The smells are of dark roasted malts, the guinness burnt smells, a little hops. The feel is somewhere between medium to thick and creamy very nice. The taste is outstanding, plenty of dark roasted malts combined with a noticeable hop bite and a little alcohol burn, this is pretty great, better than the original.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jet black body with a light tan head.

Big roasty aromas with gobs of dark chocolate. Hops and smoke find a their way through.

Roasted barley is prominant. Dark chocolate, hop bitterness and a faint sour note. A roastier, hoppier, bigger, more flavorful version of the light Guinness we all know so well.

For all the roasty character, the body is surprisingly smooth with plenty of carbonation to lift it off the tongue.

Well done guys, but why did it take so long for you to share this gem with us here in the states? This is what I think most of us always wanted Guinness to be: robust roasted barley flavors, bitter hops, and the easy drinking nature of Guinness Draught.

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Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of n2pux
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BierFan
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Good looking very pale milky brown head. Body is black, of course.

Smell: Amazing smell. Very sweet and rich, dessert-like, almost smokey. Really, really reminds me of Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale.

Taste: Not as good as the smell. Smokey and rich. Roasty, sweet. Really unlike any other stout I've had before.

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Photo of eulerthegrape
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,308 ratings.
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