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  rDev -1.5%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a beautiful dark brown almost black pour with an exact 2 fingers of fluffy tan head (excellent lacing).
a creamy Chocolatey, hazelnut, coffee smell.. I know I haven't had guiness in a while but this is by far the best smelling stout I've smelled in a long time. It has a very cream like smell to it that's indescribable unless it's in front of your nose. Sweet like kahlua or a light rum of sorts.
damnnn the taste really falls short on this one.  I was really hoping for the same characteristics as the smells but I got a very traditional dark roasted grain bill instead. Chocolate and smoked flavors are very strong. Some tobacco in there as well.
rich and creamy up front with a chalky finish. It's a heavy medium body beer with low carbonation but the creamy/silk feel makes it seemed watery.
as far as guiness beers go, this is really the only one you should be drinking. It's a damn near perfect stout, and yes I feel weird typing this, but I can't help it, it really is that good.  As ridiculous as it sounds it feels as if they paid a smaller brewer to make this for them and stick their name on it - it IS that hard to believe that they made something this good.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of WoodburyMN
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Beastdog75
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout has only been available in the states since 2010 (or so I've read). While the rest of the world got to enjoy this very nice brew, Americans had either regular Guinness (which is a nice brew as well), or the Guinness Draught with the nitro widget. Seeing how many consider this to be the best brew in the Guinness portfolio, I was very excited to snatch up a four-pack of this.

Guinness Foreign Extra pours a very dark, pretty much black color which permits no light to shine through it. A big, light tan foam forms and retains extremely well leaving an impressive lacing behind. The aroma is of dark toasted grains, cofee, some chocolate, light amounts of dark fruit smell and some burnt grains too. The mouthfeel is smooth with a low-moderate amount of carbonation. The flavor is of a deep, dark roasted bitter coffee taste. Some of the dark fruit taste comes through, some unsweetened chocolate flavors, some burnt notes. There is a nice roasted bitterness throughout and leading into the finish with some woody flavors present. The roasted bitter flavors linger on awhile in the aftertaste, and some nutty flavors make their way through as well. The beer concludes with a small amount of alcoholic warmth.

This brew is a bit more flavorful and intense than its "normal" version, and it boasts a higher ABV % as well. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is a nice big beer, which should definitely be savored.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a thick tan head. The head has fantastic retention, very slowly fading over time to give a great level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is of sweet dark fruits and bitter roasted malt. There are other notes of a caramel sweetness as well as some aromas of dark chocolate.

Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and some caramel and dark fruit flavor. The sweeter flavors lose some ground in the taste while the roasted flavors grow more and more bitter. Some light coffee flavor enters the profile with a bitter herbal hop flavor. This creates a quite roasted off bitter flavor at the end of the taste; a rather off aftertaste of these flavors lingers on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of its creaminess and has a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average carbonation is good at hiding some of the non favorable flavors at the end of the profile, but not great for the roastier flavors of the foretaste; which the body does a nice job of enhancing.

Overall – The taste and feel start out great, but that off bitter-herbal-roasted flavor that is left on the tongue really bring the brew down.

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Photo of JoshuaGoins
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jwhancher
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle from Total Wine in DE. Poured into a classic Guiness glass. Looks black with very nice carbonation and mountainous head that sticks around forever. Foam clings to side of glass. Smells bittersweet as in the label description with roasty notes and hints of candied fig. Some caramel & molasses notes. Tastes very dry with bittersweet notes and candied figs, dark fruit, and some molasses. Alcohol seems well hidden. I love the texture - seems light because of the dryness but feels about medium to full. Overall, a nice variation of the standard Guiness product. Glad to have seen this one arrive in the US. Just pissed I didn't try this one sooner

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rangr514
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Bpierso1
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of BuzzLikebeer
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

A - Dark brown/black with 2 fingers rocky tan head. Head lasts for several minutes. Some

S - Roasted barley, molasses, slight hops, slight alcohol

T - Roasted barley, molasses, acidity balanced by sweetness, slight hops, slight alcohol
(expected at 7.5% ABV)

M - Chewy, full bodied, but not overly filling. No bloated feeling after drinking 3.

O - This is the epitome of a stout. This is what I'd give to somebody who'd never had a stout
but wanted to try one. Perfect example of the style, which isn't suprising considering
it's one of the first. Much better than I expected, never having drank a Guinness other
than a draught, which I quite enjoy. Shoots to the top of my stout list.

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Photo of ncm45
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bostonryan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

A - I gave this beer a gentle poor and it produced a nice rocky fluffy three finger head. This beer produces great lacing and is pitch black like motor oil. The head is a nice brownish khaki color. Great looking beer.

S - This beer is nice and light on the nose with a nice dark roast creamy smell to it. I get a faint amount of figs and dark fruit. I get a nice chocolate smell on this one as well that seems to be smooth and pleasant throughout.

T - First thing I notice on this one is the dark roast which last a split second. Then I get some of the dark fruit and fig taste along with some nice woody after taste. It lets you know that it is a Guinness beer on the finish that is for sure. I also get some black licorice and anise on it. It seems to change every time I drink it. Hmm. Nice and complex and I cannot detect alcohol on this one at all.

M - Nice full bodied, smooth and lightly carbonated. A bit creamy as well.

O - Very nice beer for anyone who enjoys the regular Guinness but wants to try something on a whole new level. This beer is a great Stout that everyone should give a try at least once. A proper beer for a beer enthusiast. Cheers!

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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