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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 tito42
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. The "best before" didn't get stamped on this bottle.

A: I don't know what else you'd want out of a stout in the looks department. Mondo cocoa head with excellent retention and lacing. Pours nearly pitch black. Just a touch of coffee color at the bottom of the pint glass when you hold it inches from a light.

S: Roasted barley, caramel, and Irish whiskey.

T: Roasted barley, milk caramel, rich malt, and a hops profile throughout. A bitter and dry finish. Extremely pleasant and well-balanced.

M: Full-bodied and rich without being chunky. A nice hops bitterness leads to a dry finish that doesn't go overboard. The 7.5% ABV is masked very well.

O: Now, THIS is a Guinness. This is the real deal. Glad this is available in the U.S. now, had been keeping an eye out for it and there it was today at the Hy-Vee. This will be a staple in my fridge.

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Photo of Spikester
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a good three finger of puffy light brown head. The head lasts a good ten minutes. Plentiful lacing. Aroma is molasses, prunes, a hint of licorice. Taste is sweet molasses some fruit (raisens?) with a strong hoppy bitterness that almost matches the sweetness. The body is very full and well carbonated. Halfway finished there is still a modest amount of head. Nice sweet and dry bitter finish. Best version of Guinness so far IMO.

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Photo of DrewV
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My rating system:
A to A+: An occasional treat. Don't destroy this brew's greatness by drinking it too often.
B to A-: Mid level brew. Good beer to keep around in the standard rotation as a better-than-average brew. Not quite top shelf, but really good.
B- to D+: Okay to drink every once in a while, but not part of a standard rotation. Nothing special, but not offensive.
D and below: Avoid this brew. Not worth drinking more than once, if only to experience the lower end of beer production.

Poured from a bottle at 50 degrees F into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark chocolate brown with a 2-finger creamy mocha colored head. Spotty lacing remains.

S: Primary aroma is that of prunes/molasses/dark fruit. Hints of roasted malt hide behind. No hops detected. Alcohol is hidden by the dark fruit aromas.

T: More dark fruit and molasses. The roastiness shows itself in the finish. Still no hops to be found. Alchol provides some spice and warmth. Not bad.

M: Creamy, malty goodness. Thick, oily mouthfeel. Nice for a stout.

O: As a huge stout fan, I approve of this brew. But just barely. The ABV is a bit light for my tastes, and the heavy dark fruit detracts from the roastiness, which I prefer. But its creaminess and hearty malt character lift this brew to the "recommdended" level.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Guinness stout glass.

Appearance: A very dark black with only a slight amount of brown color shining through. Moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two and a half finger tan head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of dark roasted malts with dried dark fruit. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Also a hint of vanilla. The dark dried fruits stand out. A lot stronger of an aroma than the other Guinness beers.

Taste: Tastes stronger too. The dark roasted malts and dried fruits along with the chocolate and coffee make this fairly sweet. The chocolate and a decent amount of hops give a bitter finish. Nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and smooth. Dry.

Overall: A very tasty and well balanced stout. A nice mixture of sweet and bitter.

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

Poured into a European pint glass. Pours a deep black. Nice tan head and lacing. Dissipated to a pretty thin head.

Aroma is alot stoutier than regular Guinness. But has that classic Guinness twang smell.

Taste is great. Nice and stouty malty at first. Nice bitter chocolate taste. Finishes with a dry bitterness and that classic Guinness twang.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry. High carb. Especially from nitro Guinness.

Overall a tasty version of Guinness. Will probably buy it again.

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Photo of pzrhsau
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Perfect black color with a robust coffee colored head.
S: The beer has a nice dry aroma with some very nice roasted scent with a slightly sour note to it.
T: It is a lighter version of Gunniess with some good bitter chocolate notes and a very rich body. It is less dry than the traditional stout but has a really good mix of rich flavors.
D/O: Great change of pace from a regular Guinness. Dark rich flavors while making the beer lighter than the traditional beer. Interesting change of pace from the traditional style.

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

Look: Black with brown rings around the edges. 1/2 mocha colored head and good retention nice lacing

Smell: Dark fruits plums and raisin. Coffee and bitter chocolate and roasted malts

Taste: Bitter chocolate and coffee upfront followed by roasted malt that almost seems burnt to me the flavors fade away as the beer finishes

Mouthfeel: Medium body and high levels of carbonation. Tingles the roof of the mouth a bit

Overall: Pretty good beer on all levels I really enjoyed this one since I didnt have to pay for it but if Im going to drink a guinness product I will just stick the draught version not this one

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

A: Rocky mocha colored head. Spider web lacing. Pitch black. Cool.

S: Dark purple fruits, blueberry, currants, black cherry. Roast is there along with maple syrup, milk chocolate, vanilla, but the fruits dominate. Superb.

T: More dark fruits, along with a huge earthy bitter aftertaste. Mildly smokey with some roasted burnt toast malts.

M: Creamy, still a tad more light bodied than I prefer in a stout though.

O: Manages to be unique in the world of accessible stouts. A good one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque black color with a massive 4 inch dark khaki head that fades to a thick puffy cap. Nice distinct rings of bubbly lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smells of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. There is also a slight cola aroma on this one. Taste is of roasted malt and vanilla cola flavors. There is a chocolate covered coffee bean quality in the mouth as well. This beer has a good level of carbonation making for a crisp yet creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good stout from Guinness that is much better than their normal variety. This is my first of the style and I would definitely get this one again in the future.

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Photo of Jayli
3.11/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
Poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours an opaque deep chocolate brown, boardering on black. A two finger of creamy light brown head sits on top. Head recedes nicely to a film that retains throughout. Coated lacing remains on the glass.

S: Nose is sweet caramel and vanilla, some dark fruits - raisin and dates, and a bit of bitter chocolate.

T: Taste starts with sweet caramel, and vanilla flavoring. Middle is nothing but raisin, date, and a bit of fig notes. Finish has roastiness, bitter chocolate and a citrus hop.

M: Lighter side of medium body, moderate carbonation, somewhat thin and prickly on the tongue with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easily, somewhat tasty, not too filling, decent kick, ok representation of style. Overall, this was an average beer for me, one that I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Jishguy
2.43/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- This brew pours a solid black body with absolutely no light shining through. Creamy off-white head with decent lacing along the glass.

S- Smells of vanilla, caramel malts, roasted coffee, and hints of chocolate. There is also a smell of earthy hops present. Not quite expected for the style.

T- Begins with the roasted coffee/chocolate characters and quickly changes into tangy, hoppy, sour mess. The sour is quite overbearing.

M- Quite pleasant. Very creamy and full. Very dry.

This is a quality brew, just not to my personal taste.

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Photo of smcolw
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very impressive non-nitrogen created head. Leaves plenty of spotty lace. The liquid is near black where no light shines through.

Dark chocolate aroma with a touch of caramel. Mildly sweet and a dab of chalkiness.

Burnt malt flavor with a creamy swallow. Very much like an iced coffee without sugar. I think I detect some alcohol warmth. Not harsh, but still very bitter from the deeply toasted malts.

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Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle date: unk

One in a three part Guinness-off

A: Pours a dark, nearly black-brown ale with a three finger head of mocha color and loose meringue quality. This falls to a thick quilt of the same leaving spotty lacing.

S: Vanilla, clove, sweet and dark malts, maple, brown sugar, hints of cinnamon and butter. This has the best nose of the three IMO. Complex and nearly like a Dubbel.

T: Roasty, toasty and leaps and bounds ahead of the other two offerings from Guinness. This beer is yummy. Caramel, toasted bread, hints of bitter hops, nicely integrated hazelnut flavors. Finish is long and strong with the flavors.

M: Medium body with low carb. Dry finish. Nothing special here.

O: By far my favorite of the Guinness offerings here in the states. I dig it. Well balanced, great nose and flavor.

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

A - Dark, very dark ebony in colour, 1 finger creamy-head, yet of a different texture to its draught brethren.

S - Dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel, bitter espresso, sweet warm milk.

T - Truffle, black chocolate with a bitter edge, coffee, malts, maybe some dark fruits, a little and by no means overpowering tinge of alcohol. Nice bitter-sweet creaminess which should be savoured on the taste-buds.

MF - Creamy, slick and not at all heavy (which should quash the Guinness and its 'heaviness' myth), has the consistency of sweet coffee-flavoured milk!

O - Fantastic stout, the best formulation of the Guinness brand to be sure, do not hesitate to pick it up, and a few at that!

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Photo of wcintula
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I dunno about this one, I was very excited to try it...maybe too excited. Finally saw this in a bar(d.b.a., Wmsburg) so I grabbed one out of excitement. Pours looking like a nice heavy stout, the head falls quickly. What I'm getting from this is an amplified Guinness Extra Stout. Stronger roasted flavor, which adds a bit of acidity and bitterness, like a dark coffee. Like the 'standard' Guinness I'm finding it with not enough body, especially for the high ABV. The beer isn't bad, but you won't find me paying $9 for it again.

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

Poured from a 111.2 oz bottle w/ no bottling date or best by date into a tulip glass. Pours out like motor oil & almost midnight black. A nice rocky tan head w/ some pretty damn decent lacing develops. The bubbles are small & very tightly packed on the bottom rising up to mountains of bubbles on the top that range from medium to large. The nose bring DARK chocolate & roasted malt. Some black licorice too. That acidic bite of a stout is present in the nose too.

It goes down like a Guinness on steroids. This is how I thought Guinness would taste like when I first drank their stout. First out the gate is the bite from the hops. Roasted/chocolate malts are very aggressive. Has a thick mouthfeel too as it warms up. I'm really picking up that long aftertaste of a stout & that espresso bite. Coffeeish but this is more like burnt dark chocolate. Quite bitter from the generous hopping. If I were Irish, I'd be mighty proud of this beer!

Overall, this is one damn fine beer. After this, I don't think I'll really ever enjoy a regular Guinness. This is the aggressiveness I've come to enjoy in a beer. It's right up front w/ the nose, almost enveloping the area you are in. Then comes the burnt chocolate & roasted malt. Follow this up w/ the bitterness from the hops & that unmistakable Stout bite makes this a beer to go back to. Very good. I could see myself drinking several of these in a sitting. Would pair nicely w/ a wide range of foods as well. Prosit!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured out as a very dark brown color. The head was creamy and thick looking. The lacing on the glass was quite impressive, leaves plenty of suds down the glass. The smell of the beer seems to have a bit more of a hop presence that isn't usually common from Guinness. The other aromas consist of some chocolate and some really burnt toast. The taste is very dry and bitter, there is a light amount of creaminess but it's got more bite than most other products from St. James. The mouthfeel isn't overly heavy, I felt that it wasn't nearly as heavy as some stouts out there. The body was a bit thicker than the normal extra stout they make. Overall I found this stout to be pretty enjoyable from start to finish. I would enjoy having this one again.

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Photo of azdback
3.19/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Surly pint glass. A deep dark black color, not many highlight other that the very small one I found at the bottom edge of the glass. It was a dark brown color. I can't see the carbonation bubbles but I know they are there because the head is a huge four fingers and a dark mocha color that is very velvety an luscious. The lace is beautiful and sticks in rings all the way to the end.

Smell is European yeast and soggy bread. There are some dark roasted coffee aromas that I can pull out but it is hard to get anything over the dank musty initial smell.

Taste so odd. There are some great dark roasted flavors that get interrupted by this terrible hop bitter. Let it be said that I don't mind some hop flavors in my Stout, but the choice of hop is not my top pick. I understand this is made in Dublin also. I'll stick to America, specifically West Coast.

The mouth is quite unlike the appearance. It does have the bubblyness but feels flat. A bit watery too.

Overall, I must say that I am an American and enjoy beer brewed on this side of the pond. I understand that Guinness is a well respected brand all over the world, I just don't care for this. I know there are a few variations and I will rate them individually as I try them. Thanks to my local purveyor for the sample.

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Photo of fountainofyouth
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle at a bar in Dupont.

Appearance: This is a DARK beer -- brown-black and totally opaque. Light tan head that pours big. Lots of lacing.

Smell: The only Guinness I've tried where hops dominates the malt. A light roastiness follows.

Taste: I was a little disappointed. The characteristic coffee malt was hidden by grassy hops. I could tell there was underlying flavor, but I really struggled to get past the herbal taste. Aftertaste was strangely sweet. The booze, however, is well-disguised.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation and medium-bodied. There's a clean finish that may come from the extra booze. It's a pretty warm finish.

Overall: Not your average Guinness. If you want extra kick, this is your beer. If you're looking for the creamy coffee malt to appear more, go with the Draught or regular Extra Stout.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color with a dense, solid, foamy head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of roasted grains and malt. Dark, bitter chocolate. English sour pale malt.

Flavor is similar to Guinness (standard), but with the appropriate "Extra". It has that slightly sourness that Guinness and many English beers have from their malt. A touch of alcohol.

Smooth mouth like Guinness, but a little less due the little alcohol zip. A little creamy and low carb. Not sure if it has less maltodextrine, or the extra alcohol kind of nullifies its presence.

I've always been a Guinness fan. In a good way, it's like the Pepto Bismal of beer. If my stomach has been screwed up, I can always still drink with the group if I'm drinking Guinness. This beer is a little more full bodied and flavored with the alcohol desired. I'd probably get this every time over regular Guinness unless I didn't feel well. This is a great beer. Better than expected.

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Photo of drowninginhops
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in standard pint glass, review from notes.

A: Jet black with caramel head thick and creamy.

S: Roasted grains and barley. Chocolate malt.

T: Chocolate with roasted barley and grains. Bittersweet and smooth.

M: Creamy smooth and well carbonated.

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Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pitch-opaque with luscious light caramel/brownish/dark tan head, about a fist thick. NIIICCCEEE. Thick, bubbly and creamy, very nice retention. Good sticky lines of lacing.

Good dose of toasted grains/barley, and alcohol. Very noticeable grainy alcohol presence, almost sulfur-like. Mmmm...

Pleasant mouthful of toasted grainy barley, alky presence and very nice hop bite. Smooth, silky sweet yet bittered with a nice hop kick, which is a big plus. The rubbing alcoholish alcohol presence is noticeable here as well. Pretty solid medium to slightly thick body, with fairly high carbonation. Very good.

By far the best Guinness of any style/kind I've had. The hop bite due to the extra hops used is an added welcome and big plus. I'm so glad it finally made it here in my area, hopefully it stays and can get more. This is what the other Guinness brews should be.

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

Pours nice and dark with a pretty brown head which leaves a nice lace on the glass. Smell is roasty malt with some sweetness. Has a smell similar that signature smell of Guinness Draught. Taste is malty bitterness, black coffee, and a bit of alcohol sweetness. Sweeter than Guinness Draught and Extra Stout with a more pronounced alcohol bite, but has that familiar Guinness roasty malt flavor. I prefer Guinness Extra Stout but this is not bad at all.

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Photo of atr2605
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep black color with a nice tan head. Nice head retention as well
S- Caramel, oats, chocolate and a slight olive aroma from the yeast (same yeast smell from original guinness)
T- Roasted malt comes through with more of the olive flavor, and finishes with a sweet caramel/chocolate flavor.
M- Rich body, but not real heavy, with average carbonation. Much more drinkable than I would have anticipated
O- I think it is a nice spin on the original guinness. The extra hops give the beer a little twist. I like the original guinness so I think this is a nice addition. By no means do I think it's ground breaking, but I could still drink a few

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

pours a deep dark black with a huge foamy tan head.

smells sweet and cocoa like with some dark coffee notes. no real hop presence but a distinct bread like yeast nose.

lots of chocolate and sweet coffee in the flavor. and a distinct bitter finish, a bit closer to a piny hop taste. more bread like yeast flavor.

slightly dry mouthfeel, but a very sweet aftertaste. light bodied and slightly creamy with a lot of residual foam.

very drinkable, not filling and extremely palatable.

overall its a really good take on the traditional guiness. not very complex but i like what is going on.

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,430 ratings