Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
2,342 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-30-2001

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4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a deep, opaque black with just the smallest hints of dark amber highlights. Big light brown and rocky two-finger head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind large blotches of lacing.

S - Decent smell of roasted chocolate malt upon opening the bottle along with a hint of dark rum. Stronger would be better.

T - Smooth crystal malt upfront. The body is filled with roasted chocolate malt and black rum notes that are balanced out by a healthy dose of earthy hops. A flourish of hops as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to an intoxicating dark chocolate rum truffle finish.

M - In typical Guinness Irish Dry Stout fashion, the body is relatively light compared to other stouts (medium bodied at best) with ample carbonation to provide a somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Surprisingly, this is stocked at my local Wal Mart. As Advertised, Guinness Foreign extra is a more roasted and hopped up version of their excellent Extra Stout. Here, your extra $1.00 per bottle buys you a 1.5% higher ABV, some nice dark rum notes, and that fantastic dark rum truffle finish. Excellent for special occasions or when you want to savor a well crafted Irish Dry Stout.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into Guinness pint.

A - Black, nothing coming through when held to light. 2 finger dark khaki head receding slowly leaving lace on glass and surface layer.

S - Wow! Dark malt, vanilla, caramel, toffee, just all kinds of sweetness abounds here.

T - Really smooth. Still lots of vanilla and caramel. Roasty and toasty malts. Classic Guinness taste with a bit more punch, less bitterness, but overall more flavor.

M - Not as dry as regular draught Guinness. Nice and full, nice coating effect.

O - Awesome. Hard to find near me, so I'm glad I picked up some of this when I did see it. I'll recommend to anyone into stouts, and I'll definitely grab again.

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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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3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was almost black in colour with a tan frothy white head.

Smelled pretty rich of coffee and malts.

The taste was that of coffee, malts with a bit of a bitter chocolate after taste.

This felt really smooth with just a little carbonation.

Overall it was very nice, for me this and the extra stout were pretty comparable. Both quite a bit better than regular Guinness.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep brown, almost black with hardly any light coming through the glass. Big pillowy, frothy tan head floats on top long after the pour. Awesome lacing already just from the head residing.

S- very robust. Dark chocolate malts, toasted coffee, vanilla, prune, and just a bit of hop spiciness.

T- starts malty sweet with notes of bitter-sweet chocolate and cocoa, finishes with slight hop spice and ends very bitter. We're talking the same bitterness from drinking a robust coffee.

M- low carbonation, medium bodied, and silky.

Overall this is my favorite from Guinness, not for the non stout drinkers! My only complaint is that the taste and mouthfeel don't quite match up to the robust smell. Still a great stout!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: utter, complete black poured with 3+ fingers of creamy tan foam with decent retention. Chunky tan lace is left on the glass; superb.

Smell: rich, sweet, fruity aroma including raisins, dates and plums; there's a little vanilla in there as well and a little chocolate. Fantastico.

Taste: rich flavor with the same fruitiness of the aroma with a bit of chocolatey roastiness at the end. Not quite as enticing as the aroma, but still very good.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation but a big body with a nice creamy silkiness. Good.

Overall: very tasty strong stout with a superb aroma. A bit more depth of roast in the flavor would be wonderful.

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4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Las Vegas during the trip in November. Apparently, this is available in SLC, but the DABC cannot seem to actually stock it in stores. Poured into my beer goblet.

Appearance: A very nice looking almost black beer with reddish edges. It has a one finger wide head with bubbles of varying sizes. Leaves some nice lacing as well.

Smell: Roasty malts, some alcohol, along with fruit notes from the yeast and or hops.

Taste: A solid beer. The flavor starts out with some semi sweet chocolate notes to go along with the roasty char and over roasted coffee flavor. After the initial bitterness subsides ti turns a little sweeter with some lactose notes along with some generic fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than garden variety Guinness, this one is probably medium/thick. The flavors really coat the mouth nicely. The carbonation is on the lower side, but still a little prickly. Very nice.

Overall: This may be overwhelming for people who are not used to dark beers, or if they think Guinness is a meal in and of itself. One the other hand, if you like dark beers, give this one a try. A very tasty beer, that I will return to.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,342 ratings
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