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%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown with almost two fingers of thick, light tan head.

Smell. Molasses, dark malts and caramel. Some grassy hops and a little bit of ripe dark fruit.

Taste. Molasses dominate, some dark malts and chocolate and a little bit of bitterness in the end. A little bit sweet.

Mouthfeel. Almost medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Alcohol was well hidden so this drank easy. A good stout, I'd drink it again.

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4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Black as pitch, and no light coming through even when held up to the light. the head, which is a medium to light tan in color, poured just over 2 fingers thick, but then settles down to about three quarters of a finger. leaves a nice bit of foamy lace behind too.

N- Roasted, almost burnt malt all day long, and definite chocolate scent in the mix as well. there is also a bit of a floral aroma, likely from the generous amount of hops that Guinness claims to brew this with.

T- Roasted malts, dark fruits like dates or perhaps raisins, chocolate flavor, all dancing a beautiful ballet on my palate. the floral taste from the hops shows up near the finish, and lingers, although the malt does come back at the end. it has a lovely bitterness to it, mostly roasted malt, but also a nice bit from the hops too. there is a subtle heat from the alcohol too, but it does not overpower any of the rest of the flavors, at all.

M- gets off to a very smooth start, then gets a bit more crisp from carbonation as it goes along, then ends up on again on a smooth, albeit bitter note. it takes you on an absolutely lovely ride.

O- The staple of the style. complex in flavor, mouthfeel, nose, and even the appearance is perfect. this is quite a beer. I have to say I'm sold. Huge fan of this.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Irish style pint glasses. Very dark brown color. Medium sized white head. Lots of roasted notes in the nose. Taste was much more rich than the traditional Guinness. Mouthfeel was also thicker, and you could really notice the additional alcohol. Also, not as bitter as the Extra Stout available in the US. But, this seems to be less memorable than the same FES I had down in the Caribbean -- not as "exotic".

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with a fluffy, smooth, slowly-receding, off-white head. Traditional but good-looking Stout.

S: Heavily roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Slight hops and alcohol. Earthy, smoky, charred. Nice.

T: Fits the style very well. Roasted, charred malt with a bitter, malty, chocolaty finish. Faint presence of coffee, hops, and booze.

M: Smooth, little carbonation. Good, roasted flavor sticks to your palate. And enjoyable beer to drink.

O: So much different from the Guinness Draught that we are all accustomed to. Granted, it's a different style but it hits that style on the head. Delicious beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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

Appearance - Pours a deep black with only the brightest of lights penetrating the thinnest of edges. Thick, pillowy 3 finger head, good retention, and the resulting lace is thick and sticky.

Smell - Classic European stout aromas; sweet, but roasty malt, and a bit of hoppiness.

Flavor - Follows the nose. Malts are sweet, with a complimentary roastiness. Hops kick in mid-taste and ride the wave into the aftertaste, but never dominate the affair.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body. Creamy and smooth, but also a touch dry on the finish. Outstanding mouthfeel for a beer of this caliber.

Overall - Not that much different than the Guinness Extra Stout which is widely available, and at a lower price. I'd say this one's a tad smoother, but the difference is nearly negligible.

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

A: half finger head on a deep black body.

S: full roasted malt with nice espresso/ coffee note.

T: very nice roasted sweet malts with coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate notes. More complex than expected.

M: moderate carbonation and moderate to full body.

Overall: this is a very nice beer for what it is. Flavorful and complex.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Appearance – A very dark brown opaque color with a good head.

Smell – Roasted malts. Earthy with a touch of raisin.

Taste – Roasted malts, with a touch of hops and light smoke.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, light carbonation, and creamy.

Drinkability – This is an easy drinking stout at “only” 7.5% abv.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,315 ratings.
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