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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4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark inky chocolate color with a finger mahogany head. Decent lacing
S: Strong coffee and Chocolate notes
T: This is definitely a balancing act between the hops and the malt, chocolate, and coffee notes and this stout preforms it beautifully.
M: Unbelievably creamy with mild carbonation and it has a nice finish.
O: This is by far Guinness' best product. This is a very satisfying product.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown/black with a giant, tan, frothy head that lasted the duration. Fantastic lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee and hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and strong bitterness. Coffee and chocolate. Dark fruit. Roasted and smokey. Hops galore.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Smooth, creamy, and only slightly dry.

O: This is a good stout; better than the Guinness Draught or Guinness Extra Stout. There is more malt character to balance the bitterness. Very creamy, malty, and roasted.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wish I could find this on-tap again. This is an awesome beer. Guinness holds a special place in my heart for getting me into the dark beers to begin with, but with that bias aside, this is real good stout. Nice subtle chocolate with a real rich maltiness. Not many beers beat the look of this one.

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4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted almost a year ago - from notes that were lost, but recently found.

Pours black with a rich, thick, lasting light-brown head that leaves plenty of lacing. Looks almost like a nitro-pour, but natural. Very beautiful to look at!

The smell is of roasted coffee - a rich dark malt with an earthy tone is robust.

The taste is also robust... Roasted dark malt gives a rich coffee impression, with a touch of chocolate. An earthy undertone and the roast balance the sweetness nicely! Finishes dry.

It has a smooth, full body with a lasting aftertaste.

This is a delicious, full-flavored stout. My favourite Guinness brew so far!

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml. bottle into, what else?, my Guinness mug.

Appearance: A very opaque brown body with a creamy light brown head. 3-4 fingers easily that seem insistent and drape the glass.

Smell: Roasted goodness, sweet chocolate as well as cocoa powder and some mild coffee.

Taste: Cocoa, roasted flavor on the very low. Sweetened, milky coffee. Not complex but pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is medium-low with a low lying bitterness that resembles traces left after a gulp of coffee. Marking quality is its creamy smoothness.

Overall: What a Guinness should taste like. Solid as a regular stout.

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

A - Poured into a 12oz glass - pours very brown, settles to a thick deep black. Nice growing 3 finger head, sticky lace with 5 mins hang time
S - smell the chocolate and hops - very nice!
T - almost delivered the on the promise from the smell but fell a wee bit short
M - Looked thicker, tasted thinner. Not much but noticeable.
O - this is a great beer - I like regular Guiness Stout and I liked this even more. I would def buy again.

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4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am finally getting around to sampling this renowned beer. I have seen it on and off on the shelves in the past, but just never picked it up each time due to various reasons. The pour was deep brown coming out of the bottle, but in the glass it looked very black. The head that formed showed the classic cascading action to grow to four or five fingers thick before settling down to a large mass crowing above the rim of the pint glass. The aroma was roasty and robust with a generous helping of coffee, brown sugar, and toffee. The taste was excellently balanced between cream, chocolate, coffee, and molasses flavors. Not as aggressive as many newer variations of the style, but very approachable as a result. A little thin in the mouthfeel, but the carbonation made it feel silky smooth. From my reading about the history of Guinness, this is probably closest to the original recipe from last century than the watered down mainstream variant sold today. People had it better back then.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,424 ratings