Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

2,318 Ratings
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of acevenom
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass. Pours dark brown with a massive tan head. The head dissipates, leaving plenty of sticky lacing on the glass. The aromas of dark roasted malt and dark chocolate dominate. There's also a hint of extra sweetness in the smell. The flavor is sweeter than the classic Guinness flavor with an extra punch from the alcohol. There are flavors of dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and molasses. This is a bolder version of the Guinness we've all enjoyed and the flavors are still well balanced. The alcohol is not overpowering. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Like the original, it is very drinkable. Overall, this is an excellent Irish stout and easily one of the best I've had from the style. If you like the regular Guinness, you could not go wrong trying this one.

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4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, I'm impressed. This Guinness has none of the lackluster qualities of its Canadian Extra Stout little brother. This beer is roasty, a little creamy, a little punchy, and overall delicious. I did find the head retention to be lacking, but given the journey it took from Dublin I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. While perhaps not the most exciting beer in the world it is a very tasty beer of the foreign/export stout style. I'm not sure if it is worth the premium charged for it here on the west coast of the States, but it's wroth tasting if you enjoy stouts.

Favorite beers (for comparison, after all taste preferences are subjective): Elysian's Daedalus Irish Stout, Rogue's Hazelnut Brown Nectar, Allagash's White Ale, New Belgium's 1554, Full Sail's Wassail, etc. Beers I don't like: IPAs (with few exceptions)

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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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%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guiness Foreign Extra Stout pours a very dark brown/ not quite black color with a thick milk chocolate colored head from a brown 330 ml bottle. Dark malts are present in the aroma. Lots of dark malt in the flavor, even a hint of caramel. Definitely stronger than the original in both flavor and alcohol. Sweeter too. This bottle came from the Caribbean. Definitely worth a try.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had the chance to try this one on St. Patrick's day.

This one pours a thick ebony with a dense, tan head that maintains its body through to the end.

Smell is of roasted malts with hints of coffee and molasses.

Taste is as the smell along with a bit of astringency. Body is pretty full and the alcohol, while present, takes a back seat and allows the malt to steal the show. There is a bit of creamyness in the texture as well which round out the experience quite pleasant.

Overall, this is a fantastic offering. Has to be the best Irish stout I have had. Miles ahead of any other offering by Guinness, that's for sure. Definitely worth trying if you could get your hands on it.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Ebony, very slight red around the edges when held up to the light. Really dense and rocky head that takes a while to die down. Decent lacing.

S: Complex. Mocha ish... chocolate and slight coffee, molasses, a bit roasty, slight fruit, slightly metallic, and a touch of a alcohol. Very nice.

T: The taste is virtually identical to the aroma, but a little more emphasis on the bitter dark roast coffee taste in the finish. The alcohol blends in well and adds a slight warmness. Very complex with all the flavors perfectly balanced.

M: Medium body, well carbonated (just right), and very drinkable.

Overall: I don't care for Guinness, but this.... well, this was just delightful.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,318 ratings.
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