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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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Photo of Retsinis
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, Guinness FES. I have a bit of a love affair with this beer, since my band if misfits on our first time visiting Ireland were on a misson to find some. It was actually a bit of a trek to find this in the Irish countryside (outside of St. James Gate is) First bottles we landed were in a small town on the Ring of Kerry.

Anyhow, I was excited that this has now made it stateside again after a long absence. Have had this a few times since, but decided to review it this past Saint Patricks Day at home.

Review from notes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Black, no light penetration, light tan head with a half inch of head that faded to just a quarter inch that retained througout. Little light lacing.

S: Dried tobacco, or light peat. Light chocolate, light coffee, some dark fruit.

T: Bitter dry chocolate, light hops with a medium roast coffee note. Roasted caramel malt, with a crisp dry finish.

M: Thin, light, dry. Medium carbonation. Alcochol is well hidden though.

Overall, it's the best product Guinness makes, and probably the best FES to style you will find in my humble opinion. I hope it does well now that it is state side. Reason being given Guinness distribution, and macro penetration, it makes a good go to craft like beer in otherwise BMC selling establishments.

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

The bottle poured out a jet black body with a two finger high foamy head. The head dissipated to a thick and sticky lace that remained coating the top of the beer. The initial aromas were of dark fruits, caramel, light alcohol and light tobacco. The initial flavors were of burnt caramel malts, light tobacco, dark fruits (primarily prunes,) and chocolate. The flavor overall was on a slightly sweet side with some bitterness. The beer had a medium body with light carbonation.

Overall, this is the best Guinness that I have had to date. The flavors are fantastic. I will definitely buy this again.

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

Wow, so glad I gave this a chance, not being a big fan of Guinness, as I feel it's too light in flavor.

Not this one. Pours a deep fizzy black, with roasted flavor and some chocolate, cola and cherry flavors. Nice bitterness on the finish. Leaves behind a silky spicy mouthfeel, with fizz. Nice balanced alcohol, a lot more than usual in a Guinness. Approaching an Imperial Stout but just short of it.

If you don't like Guinness because of its mass production, flat finish, and blah taste you should really give the Foreign Extra a try. It's more of a beer advocate's Guinness, much tastier, fizzier, and stronger.

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

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard.

A-Jet black, two fingers of creamy frothy mocha colored head, with clumpy clingy lacing

S- Strong roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes

T- Dark fruit (raisin, plum), coffee, toffee, chocolate, with dry vinegar finish. Hop bitterness adds depth and balance with the sweetness from the dark fruit and chocolate flavors.

M- Very robust and mouth coating. Nice chewy body on this stout.

O- I have only have Guinness Draught twice in my life, both times on tap, and I have enjoyed it for what it is, but it never stood out to me too much. This is a fantastic beer though. Very drinkable considering the ABV and with enough depth and complexity for me to want to revisit this beer on a regular basis. Very pleasantly surprised with this beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin blackish body with great tan head and lace patches everywhere down glass on top of a sticky, syrupy malty aroma that has minor sweetness and a boozy, grainy hop undertone. What can I say of flavor/body that isn't known? Smooth, creamy, goes down easy, a lighter-bodied stout that has a delicate balance of a grainy, hoppy frontbite and then passes clean and mellow with a strong malt base. Roasted, dry malts mix with sweet malts like caramel and a touch of chocolate so in other words after the hoppy, prickly taste that first hits your tongue you get that sturdy dry/sweet malt profile one loves from a stout and then finishes with a crisp finish. While not the strongest stout it is well-crafter and a pleasure to drink; the real deal.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle into a glass

A- This has a dark black look to it but is actually a very dark dirty brown with a very pretty white foamy cap of condensed bubbles. Good lace on the way down.

S- Nothing to write home about but slight roasted malt and some chocolate backing although it's not to strong. There is a strong presence of aroma hops in here so hopefully that translates to taste.

T- Like flavored chocolate water with roasted malts thrown into the mix. It is on the dry side though with warming. The hops come out and distract me from the regular guinness taste making this a bit more doable.

M- A bit watered down feeling but not as much as regular draft. This has a nice meaty body that is about medium. With all that said it does display some creamy appeal. A nice amount of carb judging by feel and look.

D- Gets better as it warms while the chocolate comes out more. Next time I pick this up I'll just wait till it gets to that point.

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Photo of sjohansen
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks unbelievable. Poured oil black, with a rocky mocha head. As the head dissipates, it's revealed as tightly grouped bubbles. Toasted the middle of the session, there's a cloud of cream on top of the black base. Great lacing throughout.

Started to get strong hints as soon as the bottle opened. Dark chocolate, bitter coffee, however strongest in the nose is an astringent boozy note that overpowers the rest of the smell.

Boldest taste is a refreshing roastiness. There are balancing notes of dark/rich chocolate, bitterness from several different components; hops, chocolate, and roastiness. Full mouthfeel, slick but sticks to the pallatte.

Had heard great things and was not disappointed. Full flavored, full bodied, lots of roast.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured into a tumbler a beautiful black color with 2" beige head

S- lots of roasted malt comes through Along with faint hops

T- roasted malts and currant dominate this flavorful brew. Has that guinness taste to it but a more flavorful beer then the extra or draught. As beer warms some alcohol can be detected but not overwhelming.

M- very velvety and silky feel to this one, quite nice

Overall a very good offering and I really like this one better than the regular Guinness really nicely done.

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Photo of cdrogers
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle to Guinness pint glass at about 52F.

Appearance: Dark, black coffee. Tan, velvet head.
Smell: Definitely get the coffee and malts. Nice roasty smell. Definitely get the hoppiness coming through as well.
Taste: Head is very creamy when it hits the lips. Get the roasted malts right from the beginning and then it goes into the coffee and finally the hops. Very well balanced though and none of them stand out above the rest.
Mouthfeel: Head is very creamy. A thickness to the overall beer, it's great. Very smooth.
Overall this is super. The head, even though it is not nitrogenous, is very similar to the draught in that way. Lovely and glad it's in the states.

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Photo of Brunite
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A beautiful black pour with 2 finger head of tan foam. Impressive that this almost looks as nice a pour as the nitro'd draught...not as creamy....but just as much action. Head retention is decent. Lacing is extensive.

S: The smell is roasted malt, hints of coffee, vanilla, juicy currants, fruity gum, some smoke. Peat and leather as well.

T: The taste along the lines of the smell. Very complex. Lots of roasted malt flavor, chocolate, vanilla, lots of black currant, some smokey notes, leather, some woodsy notes, some malt sweetness, a touch of anise....lots going on here. Very dry, bitter finish. A lingering tartness of a black currant infused dark chocolate bar dipped in coffee. A touch more sweetness on the back side as it warms.

M: Medium bodied...smooth....not as creamy as draught, of course.

O: WOW. Impressed. I always liked draught as it was my gateway beer to craft/import...but this is likely to have me spending my Guinness dollars here instead. Glad we got this after 90 years of absence.

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

I poured this from the bottle to a pint glass
It poured dark brown almost blackish with a little light coming through when put up to the lamp. There was a off white/tannish head unlike the regular guinness with a creamier head.
I took a smell and it hit me with the roasted malts and grains, a bit of something sweet. That first sip was a little creamy but a bit thinner than your irish stouts. The taste was obviously a blast of roasted malts, grains, and some burnt chocolate. There was also a good balance of alcohol, I could barely notice it in the taste. The usual guinness has 4.5% where as this is around 7.5% and after a few you will actually feel the difference. This drinks much better than a thicker stout, leaving you not full after a few, and leaving you with a little of a buzz!

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Photo of bnes09
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Midnight black and perfectly opaque. Huge whole wheat colored head which will not give up. Forms a silky lace line with every sip. Beautiful.

Big burnt charcoal aroma. Dark, roasted and bold as hell! Creamy hints also. Awesome!

Roasted flavor is powerful with burnt toast and charcoal flavor. Bold coffee and baker's chocolate bitterness. Smoked maple wood and tobacco. Herbal, floral hops are assertive but overpowered by the roasted barley. Delivers a massively bitter palate assault that is actually very satisfying in my opinion. Underlying cherry sweetness mid-drink adds an interesting touch. The creamy lingering finish reminds me I'm drinking Guinness.

Medium to full-bodied with some spritzy carbonation to bring the bitterness to the palate. Creamy mid-drink and dry in the end.

Wow! This is one hell of a stout. Highly complex and delicious. A must try.

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle to a Guinness pint glass.

A- Pours a pitch black oil like color with a thick beige head that sticks to the sides of the glass.

S- Roasted malts, nuts, sweet chocolates.

T- Robust chocolate and roasted nuts. Ends on a strong bitter note.

M- This is a full bodied thick and creamy, dry and bitter.

O- This fucking beer is delicious! I am a Guinness fan and this blows anything else they make out of the water. This is a very very good stout.

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

Pint glass: Extra Black, lots of frothy foam.

S: Chocolate roasted coffee.

T : Bitter, dark creamy chocolate. Slight aftertaste of black licorice.

M: Goes down smooth, just like the pint I had on the Guinness factory tour.

D: I wanna swim in a pool of it. Delectable, Drink up!

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my yards stout glass.Opague black with the thickest,creamiest heading I have seen. Left tremendous lacing all throughout. Simply the best looking stout period.

Smell is much sweeter than I anticipated. Fruit berry punch,some chocolate and a touch of black currents.

Taste is superb. Not an all out assault but damn good. Great roasted flavors,Heavy sweet fruits,some cocoa powder and a lingering bitter hop.

Mouth is smooth,good balance,slightly watery. Also a bit gritty not the velvety texture I would get with other stouts.

Not a bad beer at all. A much different tasting Guinness that everyone knows.

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Photo of TommyW
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at the Montego Bay airport in Jamacia

A- Black with a thin, tan head.

S- Lots of big roasted character.

T- Dominant roasted character, some dark chocolate and coffee notes; the higher abv isn't noticeable. Much bolder than the guinness extra stout i'm used to drinking.

M- Medium body with a easy carbonation.

D- Really glad to have found this and got to try it.

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

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $2.29. No obvious freshness date, unless "L0321GG001" is a date.

Poured rather viscously from the bottle, having a very dark brown color that didn't concede one inch of ground when held up to the light. Good-sized, bubbly tan head that hung around quite a while.

Coffee, mollasses and milk chocolate hit the scent organ. Initially rather bitter smelling, but it gets more sweet as it warms up. There's a little bit of a boozy scent as well.

Bitter and sweet initially, then the coffeeish flavor falls by the wayside with a chocolaty flavor assuming center stage. There's a whiskeyish flavor in the background, along with some acidic notes. Modest dryness at the swallow. More complex than I was expecting.

Medium bodied, with a slick, sticky, coating mouthfeel.

A pretty good effort, and better than I feared. Once upon a time, I thought Guinness was THE SHIT when it came to beer. Those days have been gone awhile, but this is good enough to at least remind me of how I used to look at the products that purport to be from St.James' Gate. If the calculator punchers at Diageo were to choose to make this a regular offering, I would drink it on occaision.

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

Out of a 330cl bottle and into my shaker pint glass. Picked up at Abe's for $2 and change. The stout appears a deep, nearly black color with a good two fingers of thick, bubbly light tan foam. Ample lacing, lasting head. Nose and flavors nice and roasty as expected. Bitter espresso beans, dark chocolate, brown bread, licorice, burnt caramel, and black cherries attack the senses. Approaching full bodied with adequate carbonation and a lingering bitter finish (shocker). Very tasty stuff. Glad to see this easily available here without trading for it like in the past.

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost completely black with just a hint of light coming through at the very edge. There are three fingers of tan head and a layer remains.

Smell: Quite sweet and roasty with a bit of cocoa. Smells like a milk stout.

Taste: Sweet with a very mild sour note. Again, this is a lot like a milk stout. The roasty sweetness has hints of cocoa and coffee. There is some warming alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thicker side. The carbonation is mild and very smooth. Overall this beer drinks like velvet.

Overall: This is a very good beer. I've never had it before, and I will definitely search it out again. Super smooth.

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Photo of rlshep
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Caramelly with chocolate and coffee notes. Very fruity with a hint of horse blanket.

Appearance: Pours three finger brown chunky brown head. Lots of caked on lacing, slow to dissipate. Very black and opaque.

Flavor: Heavy roast and burnt chocolate. Medium high bitterness. Some musty earthiness in background. Fruitiness like dark cherry further in the background. Light sweetness in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very full body. Finishes dry and a little chalky.

Overall: My favorite Guinness type I've had yet. I love the in your face roastiness and full body. Normally I would take off of the mustiness, but I think it adds complexity and character to this beer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours an almost jet-black coloring, but with some ruby highlights. The head is a big, chunky, light milk-chocolate coloring that settles into a one inch vision after the beautiful cascade. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, and molasses invade the nasal cavity on first smells, and further investigation gives off a slightly bitter and slightly sour scent. The beer is subtle in it's initial flavors, and it slowly reveals some smokey roast flavors, darkly sweet caramel and molasses malt, and a very sneaky hoppiness in the very deep background. There is also a roasted meat quality to the flavor, as well, although I have a hard time pinpointing it to anything more than that. The beer is extremely smooth and creamy, and the flavors quickly depart the mouth, leaving a slightly sweet and rich aftertaste. Delicious!

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Photo of MadCat
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours black with a big creamy brown head that lasts, tons of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee, pumpernickel bread, hints of sweetness and anise.

Taste: Roasted malt, coffee, toffee, hints of pumpernickel, sweetness, and anise. There's a flavor in there that I can't quite identify, but seems to be common in Irish and English stouts and porters. Rather complex.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium carbonation, slightly dry finish.

Overall: Leaves me wanting more! I love this beer, glad it is easily available in the US now. Probably one of my favorite stouts, but I might be a bit biased since Guinness Draught is what got me into beer. But it still is great too.

Also, this is my first review with the "Overall" category, so I slightly changed my format, combining my "drinkability" and "overall" parts.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: looks like oil in a glass. opaque black with a sepia head. great retention and lacing as the beer goes down my gullet.

S: toasted pumpernickel. getting more bitter aspects (roast, coffee) than sweet.

T: a real campfire aspect to this one. bacon, smokey, roast pork, a real meatiness. slightly dry finish, but also some residual roast/smoke.

M: standard creamy guinness mouthfeel on a mid/highly carbonated stout. medium/full bodied.

D: im a huge sucker for rauchbier's, so this stout is right up my alley. anytime you can take the roast into smoke territory it makes a great beer. fact.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was the first time I tasted the new Foreign Extra. It poured and looked like any other Guinness Stout.
The head was the typical Guinness Head, big, white and creamy.
The initial taste gave me a lighter style then the original Stout.
It definitely had more carbonation and did have some nice hints of chocolate and coffee flavors.

However, I felt that the finish was not as nice as the start.

We tasted this one on the warm side. Later on we will taste it when its colder

After tasting the same beer 60 minutes in the cooler longer than the first one, my immediate take was that the carbonation appeared to be higher. Overall, I felt this was a lighter version of Guinness, but I still like the Guinness Draught better.

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Photo of thehopsguy
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- as dark as a dark beer can get my friends..good pour and large head.

S- roasted malts or sugars..low hop aroma

T- dark roasted coffee, toffee, brown sugar or molasses.. heavy malt flavor..a medium dry hop punch in the finish.

M- Full mouth feel (viscus)..creamy with an intense dry bitterness..good carbonation..

O- overall Great beer...probably one of there best..I got a four pack for st. pattys..wish i got some more..cheers!

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,352 ratings
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