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.

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Photo of JakeScully
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guiness Foreign Extra Stout has a very bitter taste, this one will be sipped for at least half an hour. Not my fave stout and far from it, but it's a decent combination of bitter/sweet chocolate and coffee balance.

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Photo of fx20736
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pak from Beers of the World, 3/19/16. Poured into a mug at a chilled temp.

Look: Black with a meringue of khaki foam and nice lacing

Smell: Licorice, cocoa,coffee

Taste: exactly like the smell

Feel: a little slippery

Overall: an excellent beer

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque black with brown and red highlights around the edges, and a thick, fluffy khaki color head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate malt. Taste is roast, chocolate, light blend coffee, and that distinct Guinness flavor. Mouthfeel is thin to medium, thinner than I like in a stout, but very drinkable. Overall, this is just a classic stout from a stalwart of the industry.

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Photo of josanguapo
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From Hipercor. In Teku glass. Watching True Detective 2x03. Much better than the more common Guinness Draught. That one I cant finish. This one Ive enjoyed. Addictive aroma and good taste and mouthfeel

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass with no head.
So dark I got lost in the look of it.
Clearly Guinness aroma and flavor, but with attitude.
Coffee and spice dominate and the carbonation gives a nice bite.
Sweet and bitter balance well and it has a nice dry finish with an alcohol reminder without burn.

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Photo of matcris
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Very dark brown up to the light. Small half inch creamy tan head that lingers a while and leaves a nice thick ring on top. Hold a flash light to the bottom of the glass and you can see small slowly rising moderate carbonation. Patchy lacing down the glass.
AROMA: A combination of big dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee. Has an interesting sourdough bready note as well. A nice smoky quality. Slight alcohol presence.
TASTE: Roasty, smoky, basically just like I described in the aroma. Slight alcohol presence.
FEEL: Medium full body. Creamy at first then dries on the finish. Medium full carbonation.
OVERALL: Big, roasty, and rich. Awesome stout.

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Photo of Spike
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Twenty years ago I drank draft Guinness all the time. I was lucky to have an old-school pub at the bottom of my street that served some of the best kept Guinness outside Dublin. But that pub no longer exists and slowly, ever so slowly, I stopped drinking the black stuff altogether. Too cold. Too watery. Too bland.

So tonight I thought I would try Guinness Foreign Extra Stout to see if it would rekindle some memories. In truth, it almost does. It lacks the warm depth and body that I remember from old. But the rich flavour is back.

Three fingers of brown head sit atop a jet black pour. The head recedes to a half finger leaving a mass of lacing. Looks great.

Smell is sweet, sweet malt. Raisins. Roasted tones. Plus alcohol.

Sweet then bitter. Or is it bitter then sweet? Some chocolate. Some coffee. This has plenty of hops for a stout so it definitely finishes bitter. Maybe it's bitter, then sweet, then bitter. Alcohol comes through again.

Light body saved by drying bitterness on roof of mouth and back of tongue.

This is not, and it's not supposed to be, like draft Guinness. No nitro, extra hops, 7.5% ABV. It's not as good as the draft I remember. But it's the best Guinness stout I've had since Sunday nights meant an evening down the Prince Christian pub, Kings Road, Windsor, Berkshire.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours near black with big thick head that lasts and lots of web-like lacing everywhere. Nose is sweet with licorice and light roasted notes and light coffee. Flavor shifts to roasted barley, some residual sweetness. Bitterness emerges towards the finish along with some tobacco notes. Mouthfeel is medium...maybe light compared with big US stouts. Carbonation is not as low as expected. Overall, a classic, but no longer a stand out.

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Photo of Kubishark
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A friend got me a 4 pack for Christmas from a local shop. What better way to bring in the holiday spirit.

Pours black with a nice foamy head. Smells like regular Draught Guinness, except stronger and with noticeable hops and alcohol. The taste is right there too: this is Draught Guinness on steroids. Bold and boozy, but in a really satisfying way. More coffee, more bitterness, more everything. The feel is thicker and dryer than Draught Guinness, and an obviously different style of carbonation. Fills you up quickly.

I really love this beer, and it fits in perfectly with this time of year in my view. I don't know how this beer is so prominent in hot, tropical environments when it just makes me think of cuddling up somewhere cozy and hibernating for the winter.

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Photo of bwood06
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a small pint glass (multiple pours)

A - Pitch black beer that shows a slight mahogany tint around the edges with tall creamy tan head that dissipates very slowly. Head rose very nicely even with a slow and easy pour. Moderate carbonation clinging to sides of glass. 4.25/5

S - Espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla come out right off the bat and dominate. Rich dark maltiness, roasted in character with even a hint of umami. A bit leathery as well. 4/5

T - Dark bitter roasted malt that is reminiscent of pumpernickel bread. Herbal hops finish out the flavor profile. Toffee sweetness up front with a leather and tobacco middle. Very earthy. Booziness near the end when the hops come into play. 4/5

M - Full bodied with a dry finish. Decent carbonation burn along with a drying astringency at the end. Somewhat chewy and doughy throughout. Thick but light at the same time due to the amount of hops. 4.25/5

O - Nice balance between bitter & sweet. Very strong flavors. Much more hoppy than other Guinness brews. Comes across as a meal in a glass and sits in the stomach as such. 4/5

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Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, B and M stores, Bristol - Pours black with a large tan foamy head. Medium carbonation. Nice lacing. Smell - roasted malts, light caramel. Taste - Sweet, roasted coffee, caramel with a long dry bitter finish. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice lacy head. Excellent flavor with flavors of dark chocolate, toffee and coffee. Slightly bitter finish. I find this to be far superior To the standard Guinness draught.

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Photo of unclekeith
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9 month old bottle into a stein

L: Inky black with a long lasting 1-finger khaki head
S: Chocolate, some hop resin
T: Malty, sweet, some dark fruit, chocolate, bitter coffee
M: Creamy, a bit hot, full-bodied
O: A giant leap past regular Guinness, very enjoyable

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Photo of puck1225
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black. Nice cream head with good lacing as the beer is consumed. Love the taste and feel of the beer! Comforting! Chocolate, caramel, and a bit of coffee. Feels substantial on the palate. Will definitely buy again when I can.

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Photo of beerinabottle
4.93/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Brewed in Ireland at the St.James Gate brewery (the most popular paid visitor attraction in Ireland in 2014 with over a million visitors). Very close to the city centre if you ever visit. 330ml bottle enjoyed in Offaly 40 miles from Dublin. An excellent stout.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was poured many times into an English pub glass.
With that in mind, here's my latest take on a top standard for the style.
The appearance, well, it pours like motor oil (think I even hear the "chug chug" from the pour). A one finger off white to tan head starts and drops in a slow fashion leaving rings of foamy lacing.
The smell takes a roasty chocolate and drops in rich roasty coffee tones.
The taste replicates the smell and has a rich creamy roasty coffee aftertaste and finish.
The mouthfeel has about a medium bodied feel with that rich creamy roastiness settling over my tongue. Its not as boozy in the feel, thinking that its going to be that way due to the higher ABV, but I like that hiddenness to it.
Overall, to me, I love this beer, I see nothing wrong with it and will be almost always drinking this every St. Paddy's day!

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.96/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from 330ml bottle.

L) Very dark brown / black. Opaque. Dense light tan head of 1cm thickness that looks like it will last forever. No movement in that badboy.

S) I've probably cooled this too much, but here goes. Faint hints of roasted malt. And alcohol.

T) FIrst off is a definite sourness, then a lightly bitter dark chocolate flavour, finishes with a nicely warming kick of booze. I'm a bit annoyed that I shoved this to the back of the fridge and it is now too cold to get a lot of taste out of.

F) Has the required weight in the mouth that a 7.5% stout would be expected to give. After that, there is no dank or bitter aftertaste.

O) A very good strong / imperial stout. Are there any bad ones???

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Photo of doktorhops
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Time for me to review the best beer to ever come out of Nigeria “Wait... what?!” I hear you say: “I thought that Guinness was an Irish beer?!” You’re right - but this is Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - a beer that is synonymous with and brewed in Nigeria. As far as I can tell (and I’m happy to be corrected by anyone on this fact) this is the best beer brewed in Nigeria. “Why?” I’ll tell you why - Export Stouts are highly concentrated versions of the Stouts we know and love, just as India Pale Ales are highly concentrated versions of Pale Ales, Export Stouts take the good stuff of Stouts and amp the volume up to a hearty 12.

Poured from an odd-sized 325ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deeper and darker ruby/cola colour body than Guinness this brew presents, for all intents and purposes, as an opaque black with a centimetre of tan head that disintegrates leaving a chalky lace covering. Looks intense. Smells intense (and my nose is 3 meters away from the glass). 7/10.

S: Medicinal bitter/menthol/toffee/cola syrup. This is nothing I expected from Guinness - one of the safest pair of hands in the brewing industry... this is nuts. Huge boozy dark rum note for a 7.5% ABV brew... I’m just hoping that isn’t going to trash my tongue with fusels - I was planning on enjoying another brew after this. 7/10.

T: Flavour is a bit nuts too... there’s all sorts of craziness going on: Roasted barley, tobacco, 85% chocolate, cheap dark rum (yep was hoping I wouldn’t taste that - I detest cheap dark rum) earthy and sour notes as well. This is a handful of a Stout on first sip, but then it calms down a little bit. Finish is light roasted coffee grind bitterness with a touch of dryness. That tobacco really comes through with a toasty/earthy note - very cigar-like. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a touch watery - but then again Guinness and water go together like cats and salami - with an almost flat carbonation. 6/10.

D: There’s some interesting aspects of this brew that work together but somehow became dissonant at the same time, it’s really hard to describe, I like this but at the same time I hate it... overall this is not the best Export Stout I’ve had - I would go with Coopers Best Extra or Southwark Old Stout, both from my land of birth: South Australia... huh, I just realised why I love Stouts so much - it’s in my blood. 7/10.

Food match: Cigars are the obvious choice, less obvious: Heavy smoked cured ham with Swiss and goat cheese on crusty bread.

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Photo of Bone53
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with no light shining through. A one and half finger light brown, creamy head

Smell: Dark fruit, bakers chocolate, roasted malt. Semi sweet

Taste: Roasted malts upfront, dark fruit in the middle, then finishes with bakers chocolate and more roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body; Smooth, but not as smooth as the regular Guinness. More dry and bitter. Higher abv so that is expected

Overall: Never thought id actually enjoy a Guinness product, but i sure did with this offering. More roasted malt and robust in general. This is what i wished the other variants would be like. The roasted malt and bakers chocolate finish is what sold me. Bar Harbor is still my favorite dry stout, which i dont think will change any time soon. Good job Guinness nonetheless. You surprised me!

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Photo of jcbogantes
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Delicious Stout, dry dark fruits on the nose some sweetness on the aroma too. Very malty, chocolaty, smoky, some coffee notes, some maple, perfect sweetness. Very nice colored head that leaves some fine lacing behind.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A deep black body here that has ruby hints against the light. The top is crowned with a massive beige head of mixed foam. Excellent retention to the head and evidence of light streaming CO2 activity.

Smell - Coffee Liqueur, raisin, prune and sweet caramel are the main elements I can detect but there is a strong roasty toasty malt current in here.

Taste - Sweet sour and bitter. Roasted burnt malt at the front which is very heavy indeed. This one starts rather sour at the front of the mouth and retains a sour undercurrent the whole way through. In some ways this has some milk stout elements. There is also the coffee and caramel ending that was found in the nose.

Mouth feel - A rather cloying end finishs what is otherwise a creamy feeling body. There is some boozy numbing like feeling in here. It is sound in this respect but not as good as I had hoped for.

Overall - Not bad but not really great either. I found this beer looked great but did not deliver anything amazing in any other element.

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Photo of hopley
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

• Look - 4.75 - Jet black with creamy clinging head. Head drapes down the side of the glass in an artful look of drip. Spectacular.
• Smell - 4.0 – Creamy watered-down Guinness.
• Taste - 4.75 - Mild stout, strong and creamy. Tasty – doesn’t have the dryness that regular Guinness does.
• Feel - 4.75 - Thick and creamy.
• Overall - 4.75 - excellent, my favorite Guinness offering.

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Photo of boyntonliquors
4.98/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a world class beer using an old Irish recipe which has the wort/mash exposed to wild yeasts. This along with the use of high quality barley malts and enough hopping to please an American palate makes this beer a surprise find from the Guinness Brewery which is owned by the Diageo Group (read Smirnoff). The beer is made to transport and because of this cellars very well and even bottle conditions which producing a great Irish stout.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on close out and can't translate the date.

Aroma is floral and fruity/boozy, with that signature Guinness roast malt character underlying, and a hint of tobacco.

Flavor is roasty at the base, but notes of raisins and dates add sweetness and complexity, leading to a lightly bitter, ashy finish. Nutty malt surfaces in the aftertaste.

Far more complex malt character than the standard version. The alcohol is slightly fusel, but the dark fruit detracts.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice foamy tan head that takes a while to dissipate. The beer itself is an obscure The lacing left over is plentiful and looks really nice.

The beer smell is nice and roasty with a bit of dark fruit and caramel note to it. The smell is pretty simple but smells well done.

The beer taste is similar to the smell but a bit stronger. The beer has roasted malt notes with caramel and dark fruit notes to round it off. Additionally, the beer also has a bitter hop flavor as well to make a bit more complex.

The beer mouthfeel is a bit light for a stout. The beer is supposed to be heavy bodied but feels on the lighter side to the point that it feels medium bodied. The carbonation is biting and gives it quite a bit of texture, making it feel like a more thicker foam.

Overall, pretty good beer and well worth drinking if you can find it. This is one of the beers that started me on the path to beer geekdom (before I joined beeradvocate) and is still pretty good after having so money different beers.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,301 ratings.
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