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 GoldenChild
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jet black with a big white pillow on top of it. Carbonation did i say CARBONATION???? if you like Guinness but cant stand the fact that there is no co2 to it then you are going to be happily surprised by this beer.

A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

This is a super beer and i will be buying more. Too bad its so high in Abv. Will be buying more for sure.

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Photo of tewaris
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Fuck you Guinness for putting a freshness "code" and making your website so damn tough to access. Fuck you again for making Guinness Draught. Now on to review.

11.2 oz. bottle with a strange code under Best Before poured into a Lion mug.

Dark brown and clear with a big mocha colored creamy head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Perfect looks for a stout of its strength.

Dark and sweet malts and molasses would be pretty good descriptors for the aroma on this stout. The taste begins on fruity notes that transform into molasses and some acidic notes, and finishes very harsh, charred, and bitter. Didn't expect this from Guinness! Some molasses like flavors linger along with hints of sweetness but overall very dry and deeply bittering.

The body is medium and the carbonation high that works (?) in this case because FES is not a silky smooth stout by any means. Alcohol is never noticed but more than a couple of these won't be too enjoyable.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 2/5; Drinkability 3.5/5

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

11.2oz brown bottle
7.5% abv

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout was black in color with a bit of red when held to a light. It had a large light tan head with good retention and lacing. The smell was roasted malt. The taste was mainly roasted malt with some coffee and baker's chocolate. The finish was dry with lingering roasted malt and bitterness. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and medium carbonation, somewhat creamy. The drinkability was very good. This is a good stout and much better the regular Extra Stout.

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Photo of dkrusekontrol
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was going to wait until St. Patrick's day to try this one, but two days early is close enough. Great to experience this other Guinness offering.

A: Dark. I can't see through it at the full width of the glass, but some brownish ruby at the edges. Tan head that left lacing all the way down.
S: Earth and alcohol to go along with coffee (reminds me of the Italian Roast I had this morning) and a little bit of chocolate.
T: A good hop bite to this stout, but still smooth and creamy! I could taste the alcohol a little bit late, a nice finish. I like the full and balanced profile, but I would have enjoyed a bit more chocolate in the taste.
M: Thick and creamy. Yum!
D: I like stouts, and I like this beer! Very drinkable, but a filling stout.

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

I am glad to finally see this brew available in local stores. It exits the bottle black. A fast pour produced a towering cap of tan foam. The foam left circles of lacing down the glass, indicating the volume of each quaff. The aroma is darkly roasted malt, sweet vinous fruit and bitter hops. The flavors present more dark roasted malt with bitter chocolate and a touch of earth fruit. The alcohol gives the brew some body through the center. it finishes with a sparse smattering of bitter hops. The palate is left with a powder residue that traps the flavors near the taste buds--definitely a good thing. This is a delicately balanced beer which satisfies.

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Photo of techfed87
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an excellent-sized head. Color is stark black. Smell is quite malty, giving an almost sweet scent to it.

First sip is a bit similar to the Guinness Extra that I've had before, but with an, excuse the redundancy, "extra" bit of kick that makes everything come alive. What amazes me about this is the sheer body that this beer has. It really is proof that the Guinness name is still worth quite a bit.

You NEED to have this St. Patricks day.

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

A - It pours dark as night with a classic guiness head. Looks simply yet awesome.
S - Roasted malt notes with tiny hints of coffee and chocolate. I can pick up sweet liquor notes in this nose as well.
T & M & D - This beer is smooth as silk and light on the palate. It hits the tounge with bitter sweetness. Then it opens to roasted malt and caramel notes of coffee and chocolate and some deep sweet dark fruits. The beer is light but full bodied in flavor and it finishes dry on the back of the throat.

Incredibly good showing for guinness. I really enjoy this stout!

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Photo of csiewert
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick black with a finger of thick tan head with little to no lacing as you drink. The aroma is strong with sour notes as well as some roasted barley. The taste starts sour and then moves to coffee and chocolate and finishes with some hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is a bit harsh for my liking and the taste lingers with you for some time. I would say worth a try if you are a fan of sour stouts.

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Photo of cyrock1
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Almost pitch black with a fluffy head that won't go away.

Smell: Roasted coffee beans, toast and bitter chocolate.

Taste: Has almost a cola like taste along with the dark coffee flavors. Mild bitter hops on the end.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonations lifts the aromas up and into the back of the nose almost continuosly.

Drinkability: Fairly balanced but maybe fust one or two would do, depending on the mood.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very deep, dark ruby in the light, to a black in lower light. A tan head which pillows as it gives way to a fine bubbly layer.

Quite a bit of dark fruits, like raisin and fig, which are immediately apparent. A sort of coffee liqueur is noticeable as well as some roasty malt. The raisin and tobacco scent, almost reminds me of the smell of the end of an unlit Marlboro light.

Very malty, with a good deal of roasted character. Chocolaty and coffee notes are also dominant. There is a breadiness that pairs well with the very mild acidity. Even in the finish some hops can be detected, so there is a wide range of flavors for this category.

Due to the carbonation as opposed to the nitro can of the draught, this offering from Guinness is less creamy and has more bite. However this is not a bad thing, as the stronger flavors seem to be intensified by the bite of the carbonation.

Obviously there aren't many stouts that one will sit down and willingly pound 6 of in a session, however for the style this beer is quite easy to down.

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Photo of beer2day
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thick, creamy, dark tan 2-finger head. Good retention all the way to the bottom of the glass and nice lace on the backside of the glass.

Nose is very similar to regular Guinness, with a stronger emphasis on light sweet smoke.

Very familiar taste, but more so. Stronger roast flavors and quite a bite in the finish. Obviously not the same feel here since no nitro widget, but the carbonation adds to the roast bite in the finish making for a very nice glass.

If you like Guinness, but wish it had a bit more depth, then give this a try.

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

Ah, perhaps no beer outside of the BMC family gets as mucvh grief as Guinness. I usually only drink it around this time of year or at a bar or restaurant when I'm up for it and there's nothing else on tap.

Of course, that's the Guinnes draught. This is a different brew.

Poured from bottle into pint glass. No cascading effect like the widget cans, but that familiar cloudy Guinness head appears and remains throughout the entire beer. Rosated malt on the nose, with some subtle hops as well.

Tastes quite good, true to style with that sharp bitterness coming through in the middle, but with a nice smooth finish.

The Guinness mouthfeel is there, keeping it quite drinkable. I think i have found my new St Pats drink.


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Photo of mbrady55
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful dark black but when held to light revealed a ruby red character. smell was subdued but nonetheless presented a nice roasty character as well as some chocolate. taste was where this shined, roasty and delicious all around, nice dark chocolate and almost milk like quality. full mouthfeel and was incredibly drinkable, i could put down these without blinking an eye, although they do creep up on you after a few.

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

Reviewed from notes. Poured into a proper Guinness pint glass.

A: Huge frothy tan head with a creamy consistency. Dark brew with ruby edges in the light. Sizable head of retention and plenty of lacing.
S: Roasted sweetness. Berries and milk chocolate.
T: Wow, I'm impressed. A nice balance of bitter fruity hops. Berries are there, and are balanced out by a hoppy bite. Bitterness really clings to the palate. Florals really coming out, too. Warmth brings out the espresso bean malt. A little hot, but not overwhelming. I'm really surprised by the hops in this one.
M: Medium and creamy. Carbonation is fine for the style.
D: Guinness...this might be the most impressive brew I've had yet!

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Looks like traditional Guinness but has a bigger, espresso-like head on it that is thick and creamy. Very nice lacing on the glass as well.

S - Smell is a little faint but it does have a very nice roasted aroma. Aroma is dry like the smell of coffee with a hint of bitterness from the extra ingredients.

T - Not as big a flavor as I would have expected but again, with the smell, there is a lot of roasted flavors going on. It is a bit more bitter from the addition of more hops and the dark roasted malts compliment them very well. Aftertaste is dry and semi-sweet but doesn't last long on the palate.

M/D - Body is a little thin for me but the carbonation is just right. Finishes dry on the tongue. Texture is also a little weak for my liking. It is easy to drink because it is simple and doesn't kill the palate with a sip.

A lot better than regular Guinness? Yes. An "A" beer in my book? No.

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Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured pitch black and formed a huge foamy medium tan head that slowly subsided leaving latticed lace. Looked like a float. An aroma of malt, coffee, chocolate and anise. The flavor was of malt, coffee and chocolate. The body was medium light and the finish was bittersweet.

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Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

WOW. Amazing. This is truly as close as you get to perfection in a bottle. Pours a beautiful fluffy two-fingered light brown head which retains at about one finger. Looks like beautiful brown clouds! Bursting with delicious smells-slight hit of EtOH allows the nose to take up a flowing smell onslaught of toffee, really dark chocolate and dark caramel. You may also pick up some of the hops in the nose, but they will hit you in the taste. Tastes first of very dark chocolate, and retains a flavour of coffee throughout. The sweetness of the toffee, ethanol and chocolate at the beginning of the taste are complemented wonderfully by the hop bitterness which lingers throughout with the coffee. The beer feels very smooth and pleasing and invites you to take another sip. Really a spectacular stout...probably one of the best in the world!

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Photo of LukeK1231
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter.

Color: Dark with a nut-brown head.

Aroma: Coffe-like

Taste: The beer had a nice smooth, dark, coffee, nutty, taste.

Finish: The finish was also smooth, I would have rated it higher, but the high alcohol content came through a little in the finish.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack this afternoon to use in a stew I'm making for dinner. This was one of the leftover bottles. Poured a deep brown/black color with finger and a half of light brown foam on top. Aromas of plums, raisin, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium bodied, and fairly bitter, with plums, raisins and roasted malt.

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

Pours black with a tan head. The lacing forms large blobs which segregate as they fall to the black liquid. The head does not stick around long.

Within the smell is some toffee, caramel, and maybe a touch of coffee.

The taste provides some subtle chocolate with a nice coffee bitterness. The hops provide ample bitterness making an easy drinking stout. The caramel and toffee also come through in the flavor along with a nice roasty-ness.

Medium in the mouth with hop induced drying in the end.

This is a very drinkable stout and my favorite of the Guinness' that I've had.

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

Similar to their 250th Anniversary Stout of 2010 but less hops florals and more strong hops bitters and dryness. I wish they'd have continued their 250th Anniv Stout instead, but on the other hand the bitters-freaks on here (BA) seem to rate this beer higher than their 250th Anniversary rated last year.

A= pretty near black as usual. Very big brown head depending on how it's poured. Plenty of rimming and pooling and lacing, throughout.

S= bold, nice, the varieties of malts and toasted versus whatever really do a great job here. You can smell the malt bitterness as well as the dry hops bitters up-front. The 250th Anniversary had a lot nicer hops florals but were probably more expensive as well as less profitable, unfortunately.

T= strong, and definitely on the higher end of IBU bitterness as well. Bold flavor, I like it better than their old standard. This one in my glass is refrigerator-cold and room-warmed for about 5 minutes (couldn't wait!). I'll have to try a non-refrigerated one as well. Probably has tons more flavor and nose when warm, and you'll probably find me at the local V.A. hospital as well ;-)

M= bitter, bitter and dark coffee dry bitter and.... Plus a little molasses for love. Dry chocolate. More bitters. Burnt molasses.

D= wow good question. I think I could handle maybe 2 of these at home? In session with buddies at a bar, there's no telling. I mean, none of us would probably remember enough to tell! The 7.5%ABV certainly makes a difference in this one versus the traditional Stout.

Is this the part where I sing, now?

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Photo of iD9
3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tuliped Guinness pint glass.

Appearance: Typical of a stout. Dark through the body with brown and red hues lacing the edges. The head pours a medium tan. Looks good but it seems to die-off pretty quick. Lacing is not particularly impressive.

Smell: Stouty. A little roasty but not too much. A few hints of dry, woody tones? I dunno pretty much like the normal extra stout but there is something here I'm not used to. Reminds me of bananas?

Taste: I can taste those awkward notes in the body of the beer too. Shouldn't be skunked, never had a problem at this store before. A bit of dry roastiness kicks through the back though this brew is decidedly less dry than the normal extra stout. An improvement except for whatever the weirdness is thats running through it.

Mouthfeel: Very good. A bit bigger and creamer than the extra stout without being dominating.

Drinkability: Also good, if not a bit unremarkable. You certainly can't taste the alcohol. Suffers from the awkward taste profile but its totally manageable, no prob.

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

A vigorous pour produces a couple inches of foamy tan head. The beer is nice and black like a proper stout. Smells like regular guiness stout just stronger. Milk chocolate and freshly brewed coffee are the strongest on the nose with some dark fruit as well, from the yeast no doubt. Also a fair amount of hops are detectable as well. Taste follows smell with milk chocolate on the front of your tongue followed by a nice roasted malt flavor. Some residual hop bitterness as the beer goes down. Body is fairly thick with just the right amount of carbonation. Absolutely no hint of the above average abv%. Well done guiness. Thanks for making a proper stout for beer geeks and better beer fans everywhere.

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Photo of tjdietz
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 a new favorite!

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

If Turkish coffee produced a head when poured, it would look like this.

Collar dissipated in a few minutes, but left nice lacing.

Smell of hops and malt producing an almost dark chocolate aroma. Bittersweet.

Not a sweet beer. Bitter and flavorful. Toasty and Roasty. Not a heavy as one would think upon first glance.

Clean dry finish, lightly carbonated.

Not as drinkable as many stouts as this is a stronger brew, but this taste is a treat.

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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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