Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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4.06/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,904
Reviews:
892
Ratings:
2,431
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Original 2011 review:

Nicely black, with a huge head of tan bubbles. Thin web of spider-web lace. Impressive.

Nose seems creamy lactic sweet, even mildly astringent somehow. Not great.

Taste is strong, even a little bitter, with flavors of burnt barley and crisp hops present, too. Not your usual Guinness, though it does retain some of the creamy body of the usual Guinness. This is a sturdy, strong, and bitter ale that's unique and well-done. I'll be revisiting in the future.

2017 review:

Appearance: Black with ruby highlights. Thick head of tan suds and a wall of lace.

Aroma: Cocoa, bittersweet caramel and toffee, and roasty burnt malts. Definite sweet character here.

Taste: Thick and roasty, with burnt chocolate. Bittersweet with a tinge of hops at finish. Enjoyable enough but no match for today’s American imperial stouts.

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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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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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of joecast
2.82/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thin light tan head. Black but has a cloudy, heavy look to it. Low carbonation. Little lacing.

Robust fruity aroma. Lots of fermentation character there. Seems to overpower the roast and coffe from the dark malts. Prunes and other dark fruits play a role. Ok but a bit underwhelming.

Big juicy malt and dark fruit character. Lots of prune juice and fermentation stuff happening. Nice but it overpowers any dark malt roast or dryness. Disappointing really.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of mustang70
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is my first review so I'll do my best.

poured into a pint glass from an 11.2 ounce bottle.

it poured a thick black that you can't see through. a good 2 finger head that dissipates slowly. good lacing that sticks to the glass.

I smell roasted malts, coffee and a hint of chocolate.

taste of roasted malts and coffee. I slight taste of alcohol and a sweetness at the back.

it has a thick chewy feel that's not too much on the pallet.

overall I really enjoyed this beer. having had Guinness on tap and in the bottle I must say this is my fav. at 7.5 abv I would never guess it. very easyanxious to drink. I would drink this more regulary if the price was better. will definitely buy again and recommend to others.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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

Poured with a very satisfying presentation-
Dark bible black color, frothy head that laced the glass.

The nose was diminutive- with a hint of hops some malt and perhaps a tinge of coffee.

Flavor was rather thing- I can't explain the hoopla over this beer.
Like it cousin the extra stout this is rather a thin light bodied stout. I'm told that "something happens" to Guinness when it's bottled and sent over "the pond"-- but I've never consider Guinness Extra Stout to be a standard of the brewing art.
And the same goes with the "Foreign"..

It hits me with a waft of bitter hops. But it's curious-- the hops flavor is rather one dimensional-- it's bitter but that's about all I can discern. Soon after realizing I've been assailed by hops bitterness the flavor dissipates and flees the flavor stage leaving a rather thin layer of toasted malt and a hit of coffee behind.

The mouthefeel is cordial-- but nothing that evolks nostalgia pangs in my memory..

Overall this beer is a satisfying brew, but given the option of numerous other Stouts-- I'd pass this particular brew by..

Over all I that it was ho-hum..

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of beergoot
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: black, opaque body; thick, creamy tan head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell: thick malt smell, very doughy and sweet. Very faint hop aroma.

Taste: heavy roasted malt and nuts. Classic Guinness sourness throughout and nice bitter finish. Alcohol noticeable but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, carbonation gently tickling the tongue.

Overall: My kind of Guinness! Thick and chewy, with a fine high alcohol edge that doesn't overpower the complex flavors. A stout that makes you take notice and will keep you coming back.

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of powellmg
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thick, dark tan rocky head. Aroma of dried cherries, ripe figs, hint of chocolate. Rich and full-bodied, sour, roasted and dark chocolate flavors. Long finish. Bitter in the aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer with a unique combination of sour and dark. It's like Guinness concentrate with a slug of Brett (which I believe they do use).

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,431 ratings