Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Mighty nigh unto black, with just a dim mahogany hue visible at the edges when held up to the light. The head kept building well after the pour, up to a solid 2 fingers of light brown froth (it reminded me of the foam on a root beer float), with the bubbles creating the optical illusion of floating down the glass. The head lingered for minutes (I didn't time it) and left a thick, tenacious lace on the walls of my pint glass.

S: Toasted malt is front and center, with some breadiness, and maybe a hint of cocoa.

T: Sweet malt is the first and most powerful taste, lingering even as the acrid burnt malt makes itself known. There's a bitter hops bite, but it fails to match the force of the malt. As the flavor fades, there's a hint of baker's chocolate remaining.

M: Crisp, with good carbonation, although lacking the smoothness I've come to enjoy in the "pub draught" version of the American Guinness (it's still smooth, but not the same). The alcohol is strong enough to notice without being a distraction.

O: A winner in my book. What it lacks in smoothness, it makes up for in rich flavor that brings credit to the entire stout style. (If they ever marketed this beer with the nitrogen widget, I'd give it a solid "A")

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

Served chilled from 300ml bottle in a standard half pint glass.

A: Opaque black in colour with a thick, smooth dark beige head. Little or no transparency when held up to the light. This beer retains its head and leaves a perfect lacing to the glass.

S: Roasted barley with coffee and licorice notes. Smoky. Slight aromas of alcohol, perhaps akin to port or cognac.

T: Heavily roasted malt with flavours of cocoa and dark chocolate, strong black coffee, dark fruits, with a heavy roasted bitterness, almost smoky, with a syrupy sweetness. Touch of caramel, and a mild taste of alcohol near the finish. Becomes increasingly sweeter with the roast and 'dark' tastes less dominant as you near the end.

MF: Smooth and creamy, full and dry with low carbonation. A somewhat sticky/chewy feel as the beer warms up to near room temperature.

O: A very flavorsome, dry, bitter and sweet stout. A beer to appreciate in small quantities.

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Photo of sommersb
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 09-27-2011
Freshness: Best by 12-2011
Packaging: 330 ml brown bottle
Glassware: Guinness tulip pint
Purchased: 4-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

A: Black, opaque beer with slight ruby highlights. Big creamy dark tan head of 4 fingers lasts a long time and has very good lacing.

S: Mainly toasted malts, with also some chocolate, coffee and sweetness aromas.

T: Big roasted flavors of burnt malts and bread. The roasted bitterness dominates over a slight sweetness. As the beer warms to room temperature, the bitterness subsides and some woody notes come through.

M: Carbonation is medium-high and the body is medium. A lingering bitterness from the malts make up the aftertaste.

O: Overall a good beer. Dry stout is not a style I'm particularly fond of, but this is a welcome brew from the genre.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This very dark brown almost gray and very foamy head gets out of the bottle instantly, making its trademark large size and slow together head. Body is a simple dark walnut brown/black. Big together retention on this that just wont go away.

Nose is a some malt but sense of fruit raspberries. This is fruity and hints of sweet cream as well. Wow unexpected fruit joy!

Taste brings a big hop pine, with a roast char character. Slight carbon and tobacco with a tannic dry finish. Lime astringent punch just slightly on the finish, it brings some quenching to the roast and makes the drink sort of juicy. Berry and red fruit sweet sense does not come through compared to what is on the nose. Afterfinish almost has a hop like cherry coca cola!

I never thought this would be this good, but there it is. A wonderful rich and dry stout with a quenching hop punch of juicy flavor. Just great and outstanding.

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Photo of jsulko
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter

Dark black pour with a brown head that tends to linger.

Smell is strong with roasted notes dominating for me.

Hints of coffee with some bitterness in the finish.

Beer seems to be a stronger more flavorfull version of the "traditional" Guiness. A good stout but not necessarily something I would go out of the way to get but it is very drinkable

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Photo of projectflam86
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a black color with a thick 2 finger brown head that leaves rings of lace.

S- Some roast in the nose and maybe a bit of butterscotch or diacetyl? A slight tartness that was hard to place.

T- Much more roast and chocolate in the flavor compared to the regular draught. Slightly bitter finish but not due to hops.

M- Medium/full bodied with nice carbonation.

O- This is far and away better than draught.

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

330 mL bottle. there is a bottling date code, but it's not clear.

appears black, with brown highlights when held to the light. thin head that fades. aroma of roasted malt and a kick of hops. taste has a nice bite of bittersweet roasted flavor, a little acidic. lingering hops. the body is on the thicker side, it coats the tongue.

overall, much more flavor than the regular Guinness Draught.

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

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Almost entirely black body with just a tiny hint of red. Thick, frothy light brown head with excellent retention.

Extremely roasted aroma. Bitter chocolate and coffee noticeable through the head which does just not want to go away. Smokey and with a touch of molasses and dark fruit.

Roasted and dark bread flavors dominate. Very smokey but just a hint of sweetness. Slight touches of chocolate in the background.

Medium-bodied with a medium level of carbonation. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Sheer amounts or roasted/smokiness make me unlikely to try to session this (that and the ABV), but I am definitely enjoying this one before bed.

Okay, so I went into this with quite a bias. I hate Guinness, with a passion. But this... this was actually very enjoyable. Definitely recommend.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Heavy tan head. Thick and creamy. Looks delicious. The thickest of the Guinness beers.

Smell: Roasted nutty malts. Dark fruits. Figs and raisins. Som smoked character. Creamy egg whites and vinegar. Spice. Earthy and herbal bittering hops. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Caramel malts. Bold coffee flavors. Granite and earth. Light herbal and spicy hops Tobacco . Dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thick. Great hop/malt balance. Thick and chewy. Very filling.

Overall: This is a delicious bold interpretation of the Guinness extra-stout. I really enjoyed it and will buy it again.

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Photo of keysofebony
4.94/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Regular Guinness is one of my go-to beers, but this tops it. It's like double guinness; tastier and gets the job done quicker.

A- I would call this an imperial stout, or maybe just an 'extra' stout. It's pure black with no chance of light passing through. There is a typical tan stout head. Head sticks around but unfortunately I couldn't find this in a can with the nitro-ball.

S- The base of the smell is a strong presence of dark chocolate surrounded by sort of a sweet red wine-like scent. On top of that maybe a hint of mint leaf. (very little)

T- The first wave of taste is that guinness black-coffee taste. Followed by a warming presence, but i am not tasting alchohol. The warming of the alcohol is covered by dark chocolate and a minty, red wine taste. (hard to describe the red wine im getting, you'll just have to try it)

M- It has a sweetened cocoa aftertaste, which is nice especially when pairing it with right foods. I have to say this is the first time i've properly paired a food with beer. I had rare-cooked spare ribs and it felt like the manliest, tastiest meal ever.

O- This has just replaced Guinness Draught in my book. Too bad it is pricey, but well worth it on occasion. If you like Guinness or any imperial stouts/porters, try this. I'll certainly be buying this again since I work at a liquor store. :P cheers.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.89/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is almost black in color with a finger of dense khaki head.

S: First thought that comes to mind is barbecue. Smells like roast and fire. However, there's an odd buttery quality to it. Sweet malt and graham cracker follow these strange aromas. A lot of dark fruits, especially prunes.

T: Very heavy on the roasted malts, almost smokey in flavor. Somewhat bitter as a result of this. Only a light sweetness to this one and not really much of the dark fruit that was present in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Not sure what all the commotion was about with this. I didn't like this at all.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of tan head, yet not as creamy as the pint you get at the Gravity Bar at the Storehouse. Jet black body. The entire glass coated with a layer of lace.

S - Charcoal, raisins, dark chocolate and black coffee.

T - Heavy roasted malts, oats, powdered bitter dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.

M - Full, creamy mouthful, dry finish.

O - A blinder. Not up to the memory of my Gravity Bar pint, but probably the closest thing available. One of the world's great beers.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling this beer at cellar temp poured into a snifter.
Pours a rich dark chocolate brown with creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gentle pour. Great retention and tight lacing after each sip. Sturdy surface layer throughout the sampling.
Aroma is some brown sugar and a bit of dark chocolate with the dry bakers chocolate notes, maybe just a hint of booze, but no real hop presence.
First sip reveals a silky smooth texture with minimal soft carbonation. Very easy on the palate and coats my tongue with sweet chocolate and roast malt notes after each sip. The alcohol is hidden and no hops on the flavor either.
Nice easy drinking falvorful beer. Im glad to have finally tried this one and would recommend to others.

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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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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,326 ratings.
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