Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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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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3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours black with a finger tall tan head. Good head retention and moderate lacing.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts and hints of coffee bitterness.

T: Dark malts, roasted malts, coffee bitterness, and a hint of toffee. Good balance.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Nice balance of malt sweetness and coffee bitterness. Easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a three-finger light brown head that is very fluffy and takes a long time to diminish, leaving a huge sticky lace along the glass.

Smell: Malts, cocoa, light hops, booze, slight earthy essence

Taste: It's alright. Extremely malty, but not lacking in the hops either. Cocoa bitterness leads throughout, and you can taste the booze a pretty good amount for how low the ABV is.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with high carbonation, drinkability is low, it's a sipper.

Overall: This reminds me of regular Guinness, but with more flavor and carbonation, and a less smooth character.

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

A - Pours a dark black with three fingers worth of head...the brown head becomes rocky and shows slow eventually settles to a thin, bubbly cap...great lacing

S - Chocolate is the main player in the nose...dark fruits, rolled oats, and barley can also be detected

T - There is a fruitiness right off the tastes like the dark fruit you find in other stouts and it gives off just a hint of sweetness...dry and grainy barley rolls in afterwards...there's really nothing in the middle of this saves up for the big, roasty finish...dark chocolate and roasted coffee flavors come in at the finish...the chocolate provides more roasted notes as well as some bitter notes

M - Medium bodied...sweet to begin, but finishes long and roasty

O - I still have yet to try the original Guinness Draught, but this one was very good...the only thing I could ask for was a bigger nose...the look and the finish are what makes this beer

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

The beer pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Great head retention and lacing.

Aroma of sweet, spiced rum along with some coffee and dark chocolate. Also some dark fruit along with that sourness typical of guinness.

Flavors of rum come in first closely followed by coffee. Roasted barley follows along with more cocoa. Finally, there is a slight hint of dark fruit along with a moderate bitterness/sourness reminiscent of regular guinness.

This is really a great beer. It is quite rich and fulfilling all without being too heavy or overbearing. A top notch stout that I will return to again and again.

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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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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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