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.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pitch black with thick head and foam 3in. good lace.

Smell is sweet. Liquorish smell some dark fruits.

Heavy malt flavor. Dark cherry and some floral hop notes but very faint.

Full bodied

Not bad… better than regular Guinness. Worth a shot to try if you can pick it up. Don’t judge by the Guinness name this is better.

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Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and some meadow

Taste: creaminess—especially in the beginning, smoke—especially in the middle, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, high carbonation, sweet and smoky

Overall: I love the smokiness in here. I was not expecting that. I could see myself having a few pints of this on a cool night. I may like this better than the original.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A – Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a nice one finger mocha color head.

S – Smokey, with hints of coffee and roasted malts. The smoke dominates the aroma of this beer.

T – Taste follows smell closely. Huge smoke elements are chased by chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter finish.

M – Medium body with medium carbonation. Very dry with a with a sticky hop like feel on the lips.

O – This is a huge step up from the regular Guinness, and proves to be very drinkable. Given the many options in this style this ranks somewhere in the middle but I still found it a pleasure to drink. Its good to know its now available in the US.

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

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Extremely dark brown. Not quite black, but about as close as you can get. Three fingers of sticky tan head. A lot of lingering as it settles. What remains is smooth and velvety.

S- Very big smell on this guy, even when slightly too cold. Roasted malt. Caramel sweetness.

T- A dry bitterness up front. Roasted malts. Awesome caramel sweetness follows, which is the main player here. Some slight coffee notes behind that. This is really tasty.

M- Creamy, smooth, well carbonated.

O- I knew this beer was highly regarded, but it is better than I anticipated. Too bad I only bought one.

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Photo of boralyl
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep black with an inch of creamy mocha head with wonderful retention. It leaves globs of lace as it settles.

S - The aroma has a sweet cherry smell combined with some roastiness. I didn't expect the cherry at all.

M - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel has a great creaminess.

T - Malt sweetness and light cherry notes are present first followed by a hops/coffee bitterness combination. Roasty flavors show up in the finish.

A very nice beer, much better than the normal Export Stout and way better than Draught.

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

Guinness Foreign Extra has an extremely thick, creamy, beige head and an opaque, dark brown appearance. The aroma is of dark chocolate, dark-roasted barley malt, clean water, dark chocolate, and cherries. The taste is the same, but with some licorice, milk, and pretty strong hop bitterness at the back end of the sip. The alcohol taste doesn’t really show up much here. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout finishes rich, velvety, and heavy. This would go great with vanilla ice cream as a float. Overall, this is an outstanding beer. If it has any flaws, I’m not aware of them. I rate this super high.


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Photo of mdvatab
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Been looking forward to trying this one!

Aroma: A cherry and Cabernet Sauvignon tart one-two punch, transitioning to an earthy mineral note. Dark malt and light cocoa also present themselves in the middle. This one definitely leans toward fruity tartness, as opposed to more round, sweet, dark chocolate notes, which is fine.

Appearance: THICK three-finger, persistent, rocky, tan foam rests on top of a brown-black body with a half-centimeter cola-colored corona around the outside. Beautiful lacing, and, in true Guinness fashion, a thick lump of foam remains until the last gulp.

Flavor: Rich, dark, malty coffee, coupled with the vinous and mineral character that was present in the aroma. The flavors are exceptionally balanced. There's a hint of alcohol, evidence of the 7.5 ABV. Bitterness is prominent, and lingers for a while through the finish, but is not out of place.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, and medium-low, creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is what a Guinness should taste like! I'm a big fan. It's dark and malty, but has some fruity complexity that just isn't there stylistically in a dry stout. Many of us beer geeks avoid Guinness, due (among other reasons) to it's commoditized, ubiquitous marketing, and the one-dimensional nature of Guinness Draught. Give Foreign Extra Stout a chance, though. I really enjoyed, and highly recommend it!

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours with an amazing creamy tan head that is around a finger and a half thick. It does fall but stays creamy and laces very well. The body is basically black.
S: aroma of a more chocolaty and stronger hop version of the original. Nice dark roasted malt. Clean overall.
T: upfront it almost wants to be a milk stout with great malt sweetness, light chocolate with more of a coffee flavor and light bitterness.
M: as far as stouts go I've had thicker, but this is lightly creamy and lingers a little.
O: I like this, one of two Guinness products I really do like, the other being the original extra stout.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Old Rasputin nonic pint.

A: Pours black with a very thick, rocky, dark tan colored head that slowly faded into a chunk film and collar that left sheets of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Strong dark notes of chocolate malt and coffee grounds. There is some sweetness to it, and also a bit of wood and burnt caramel. Very roasted and dark all around.
T: Strong flavors of dark malts, roasted grains, wood, leather, sweet chocolate coated caramels, and bitter coffee. The finish is full of bitter dark chocolate and the aftertaste is roasted tasting and lingers for a while.
M: Medium-thick body, very slick thinnish mouthfeel, and low carbonation. Smooth with a fair bit of chew.
O: Finally a flavorful thicker version of the mainstream version readily available in the states. This was fairly complex and had a nice heaviness to it – not to mention a pretty strong flavor. If there weren’t so many bottles of beer to tick I might buy this again.

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Photo of BDIMike
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely black color with a thin tan head. Head dissipates fairly quick.
Smell is nice. Not a ton of smell to it, but what I get is a lot of dark roasted malts.
Taste is awesome. I am not sure I would normally like this taste, but I do right now. It is a lot of dark roasted malt taste, but it is taken over by a good alcohol taste. If you like hard alcohol, this is a really good beer.
Medium thickness, but a really nice velvety smoothness to the tongue.
Drinkability is okay. A good beer with a lot of taste, but I personally could not drink more than 3 or 4 of these at a time. It is a really cool beer, the best selling Guinness in the world, so it would be hard to call yourself a beer aficionado without ever having one of these...

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Photo of Holland
3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle, no glass, at the Heartland Cafe in Chicago. Going off what I could gather from that experience.

A: couldn't tell much, other than it was heady and very dark.

S: smelled of roasted malts, chocolate, and tons of vinegar of the malt kind.

T: tastes like a nice dry stout with some of the malt vinegar. It's solid, but not super complex.

M: nice mouthfeel - smooth, dry, and carbonated all mixed.

O: seems like an alright beer, and I'd have it again. Maybe this is more of a knock on the Heartland Cafe. It was $6, served in a bottle, and might have been old. Who knows? I'd like to try it again if I could be assured I'd have a real drinking experience.

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

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A: Pours black, with a tan head that almost fully dissipates.

S: Roasted chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

T: Similar to smell. This has a very roasty flavor, almost like the malts were smoked rather than roasted. Good flavor.

M: Good mouthful, carbonation is right on for a stout.

O: Very good; much better than the traditional guniness.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huh, a new Guinness. The last time I saw Foreign Extra Stout on American shelves, it was in the 80s and it was brewed in Canada.

Classic extra stout pour: black beer, with a thick and dense head of tan foam. The aroma gives the good Guinness roast, with a touch of sourness. Flavor is very dry, though roast malt character is not as strong as I'd been expecting. It's been a few years since I've had the standard Extra Stout, but I think I remember it being a stronger roast. This does have some good coffee notes. This is more akin to a strong version of the draft. Good amount of bitterness, though no hop flavor, accompanies and dries out the palate at end. Doesn't feel like a 7.5 beer. The body is smooth, but feels a little watery and insubstantial.

Pretty good stout. I can't imagine buying it again, but stout is not my thing anymore. There were a few years in the late 80s and early 90s when I drank almost nothing but Guinness. Had this been available then, I'm sure it would be my go-to version.

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

Damn. First time I've had a non 4.2 ABV Guinness. Appearance is black like the night. Two finger head that didn't hold up too long, I'll blame the 7.5 ABV. Some lacing. Smells of caramel, toffee, coffee. Taste of chocolate, caramel and coffee. Mouthfeel is lively carbonation, not too heavy, smooth. Overall, its pretty damn good for a stout. First Export I can think of trying.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a massive 2.5 finger tan/brown colored head. This slowly dissipated to about one finger of foam that lasted for the rest of the time drinking. Lacing covers the entire glass. Picture perfect.

S: Quite roasty with some bitter chocolate and a little bit of coffee and cream. Very thick aroma, slight alcohol presence at first that is gone by the end.

T: Nice chocolate flavor, both bitter and a little bit of dark. There is some coffee/espresso in the midpalate with a dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and sticky. No sign of the slight bit of alcohol from the nose.

O: A very nice beer, one the best from Guinness. Would love for it to be a touch creamier, I can imagine this beer on nitro would be fantastic.

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Guinness stout glass.
Appearance: Pours dark black, creates huge chunky, frothy head that stands its ground...about 4 fingers... after classic and awesome cascading that comes from dry stouts (especially Guinness)...commence the mouth watering.

Smell: Roasty malts and slight alcohol.

Taste: Sweet, creamy, slightly chocolate maybe.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth yet thick and delicious.

O: My faith had been faltering with Guinness but this Foreign Extra far exceeds any other they produce. Great example of the Irish dry and at 7.5% its a solid brew/buy. I saw that it used to not be available, I'm glad its here now.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This variety of Guinness has more ABV than the regular or on tap versions. The smell is distinctly alchoholic. The taste is strong and oaky, almost as if it was stored in a whisky barrel before bottling! Nice deep brown color and classic Guinness "fall".

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Photo of rcfunk
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fantastic! I recommend savoring it. Compare it to the extract brewed Guinness Extra and you will see the difference: Imitation is the highest form of flattery.

I am glad to finally be able to regularly drink Guinness in the US that was made in Ireland.

If you like a dry stout and if you like the character imparted by roasted barley, then this beer is for you.

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

Bought a 4-pack to make Export Stout soup. Had one bottle left over so I decided to drink it. Cryptic code reads L0232GF002 05:37. Served in a CCBW pint glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy tan foam that settles to a thick cap leaving sticky glass-coating lace. Near-black body with a glint of red at the bottom of the glass.

S - Roasted barley, coffee and cream, baker's chocolate, very low sweetness with maybe a hint of caramel in the periphery.

T - Taste has a touch more chocolate sweetness, but it's contrasted with sharp roast espresso and toasted grains. Slightly smokey, dry and mildly bitter finish.

M - Carbonation is moderate, body is medium, and residual stickiness is also medium. Some dry, grainy character in the finish. Obviously it's not as smooth in texture as regular Guinness on nitro. Not obvious alcohol.

D - A solid Export stout. Guinness' second-best offering after the exquisite John Martin version. Extremely drinkable stuff - somewhat ashamed I used most of it for making soup. Oh well, at least I can always buy more for an extremely reasonable price.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle I poured in my Chimay Goblet

Opaque blackness, 2" thick, tan foam with strong lace and major stickiness. Good looker.

Huge roastie barley malt, graham cracker, cream, dark roastie coffee, black licorice. Slightly earthy hop and subtle heat tone with some subtle grains and oats.

The flavor has a big, complex roastie malt, coffee, oats, dark wheat and cream and some subtle dark fruits. A sour-malty and wheat finish, English yeast and barley pops right out at ya. The heat is subtle but effective, dry hop mouthfeel with smooth and rather dry overall medium to hefty. There's a slightly smooth vanilla-like feel, not full or thick but complex for sure.

A really great stout with a classic approach, pure English!

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice chocolate-colored head.

The smell is loaded with chocolate truffles, coffee, fresh grain, and bread. I could curl up and live in this beer. (On a side note, I got the inviting smell of German-style potato salad. Weird, but I guess I'm just hungry.)

The taste is full of chocolate up front followed by sweet raisins, some fresh bready grain, and coffee in the finish.

The feel is as rich, creamy, and velvety as you could hope. Not overly thick, not watery, nice and fluffy like mousse.

The original was a staple in my younger days and still hits the sopt whenever I have a pint, but this was an overall great beer experience. It's like Guinness grew up.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a ton of chocolaty, foamy head. Great retention. Smells of roasted malt with mild caramel notes. Taste is rich, creamy roasted malt with some caramel and alcohol; a very mild bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

Very nice stout. Definitely better than the original draught.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First Impressions: I am really excited to try this beer! I enjoy Guinness Draught well enough, and I hear this is the real deal.

Bottle is pretty standard and the back promises me that the extra hops are going to preserve the flavor. I’m interested to see how well this stout works with the 7.5% ABV.

Appearance: Well! That is quite the head. It started at about four fingers of really lacy, almost soapy foam. Not as full as the Guinness draught nitro can, but still nice. It’s a sandy brown, very similar to the extra stout head. As I type it’s slowly degrading, leaving soapy lace all on all sides of the glass.

Impenetrable body on this thing, can just make out the slightest bit of carbonation under the surface. Not really ruby highlights, more of an auburn or mahogany.

Smell: The earthy hops are coming through in the nose. Just the slightest hint of the roasted malt is there. I’m definitely sensing some alcohol in there too. It’s not as nice as the extra stout nose was. No breadiness, but it is big and straightforward.

Taste: Really, really smooth drink. The hops are again the first thing to kick around the mouth. Just a little bit of bitterness there. Then the roasted coffee malt comes through and fills the mouth with that distinctive earthy Guinness flavor.

There is some dark chocolate flavor in the finish. A little alcohol comes through on the sip, just enough to make it warm as it slides across the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: The smoothest Guinness offering. It really makes the drink worth it. It’s still not a really full mouth feel, more on the medium side, but it’s very creamy on the tongue. The hops are lingering well after the drink, so it is a little bitter, but not in a bad way at all. The hops also make the finish a litte dry, well, more so than the other Guinness offerings at least.

Overall: This is Guinness’ best offering. I was a little disappointed in the nose to be honest, the extra stout held up better in that department, but man, this beer is really sippable, and it’s hard to not stop coming back for more. That is a nice quality to have in a slightly higher alcohol beer, especially in something as big as a dry stout.

Really, the way this thing drinks will have you coming back for more. I know I’ll be inclined to pick this up if I’m in the mood for a good stout.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with a light brown head. Retention on this is fantastic. Seems to last forever. No disappointment in the lacing department. Plenty of curtain lacing all around the glass.

S - Mild roasted malts upfront with some sweet milkiness. Middle becomes a bit sour and coffee like with hints of dark chocolate. Finish is grainy and clean.

T - Coffee, dark chocolate and sweet milk straight up front. Everything stays the same but tones down into a kind of smoky roasted coffee finish. With a slight bitter aftertaste.

M - Smooth, Soft, Creamy, flows nicely. Carbonation is just right.

O - I'm very impressed by this. I found this 4 pack in the worst beer selection store near me that I can possibly think off.

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Photo of Wreckoncile
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic from 12 oz bottle.

A - Poured an opaque black with two fingers of large bubbled head that disappates relatively quickly leaving solid lacing throughout the glass.

S - Malt forward with the scents of roasted smokiness, a hint of coffee, and a chocolate kick that smells almost bittersweet from a slightly hoppiness underneath.

T - Wow, definitely an improvement upon the original (especially since it doesn't have some stupid artificial widget). Malt forward with heavily roasted/smoked character. A bit of coffee flavor, with a finish that leaves a very bittersweet dark chocolate feel.

M - Not as silky as the nitro-widget version, but still fairly so. There's a boozy sort of bite to it that warms the drinker.

O - Overall a solid stout for a solid stout fan. Not among the best of the best, but certainly worthy of consideration, and after all, it is produced by the brewery that virtually invented the style.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,313 ratings.
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