Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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

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Ranking:
#2,799
Reviews:
889
Ratings:
2,425
pDev:
11.82%
Bros Score:
4.33
 
 
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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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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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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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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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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 11.2oz bottle (i absolutely hate these things...get to that in a bit) into a standard pint

a: pitch black in color with a thick tan head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a while.

s: loads of roasted malts. not much else to say other than it smells like a great stout.

t: big roasted malt flavors. notes of chocolate and coffee with a pleasantly bitter hop aftertaste.

m: delicate mouthfeel.

awesome stout. recommended.

side note:

i'm not sure what pisses me off more: the fact that Guinness has been holding this stuff back from us for so long OR the fact that they are charging 9.99 a 4-pack of ELEVEN POINT TWO FLUID OUNCE BOTTLES!!! c'mon guys, just because it's 7.5% doesn't mean it warranted a smaller portion size and a higher pricetag. at least give us six packs of 12oz bottles for $14 or something.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,425 ratings