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

Got a bottle of this from my friend who brought it back from Ireland for me.

A - Dark chocolate brown with that milky, chocolate head sitting on the top. Has a nice one finger head and have to say this looks great. Also leaves a ton of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S - Smells of burnt malt and roasted chocolate; there is also a slight hint of brandied plums, caramel, and vanilla. I usually don't like a nose that is mostly roasted flavors but this one manages to do it well.

T - first taste is dark and bitter cocoa and blueberries; reminds me a bit of the Dark Horse too at first. There are is the burnt malt which gives the beer a slight strong alcohol and astringent taste. On the back end, there is a hint of caramel sweetness which keeps it all together. I have to say I can notice the alcohol a bit which is surprising. Additionally, it is worth noting that this is waaay better than regular Guinness which I don't even like. The flavors are much bigger and stronger and prevalent throughout. If this were a widely available , I'd drink Guinness all the time.

MF- a good bit of carbonation and a slightly astringent feeling makes your tongue tingle throughout. The body is average, thicker than normal Guinness but thinner than big stouts.

D - Overall one of the best Irish dry stouts I've had. I don't realyl care for this style but here Guinness comes through. The flavors are big and there. You get the strong roasted flavors combined with a hint of sweetness that makes it all balanced throughout the drink.

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Photo of kinger
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What an enjoyable stout, I wasn't expecting it to be this good. Poured a thick black with a decent head and ample amounts of thick sticky lacing. The aroma was bitter and filled with nice roasted malts. Thick mouthfeel that is full and satisfying. The flavor is chock full of dark roasted malts and a strong bitter quality, slightly nutty with decent traces of coffee and chocolate. A wonderful find for an unseasonably chilly spring night.

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Photo of clintone
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one in the Bahamas, a little overpriced at $2.50-$3.00 a bottle, but almost every beer was, and this was by far the best beer I found there

A- A nice color black with a good head on it

S- Strong roasty/coffee-like smell, pretty good, nice and strong, which I like in a stout

T- Kind of bitter, has a roasted/coffee-like taste to it, fairly strong flavor, very good though

M- Not as creamy as I expected, but still very good, nice as smooth

D- Decent drinkability, I had up to about 4 or so in a row, so it was definitely drinkable

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Photo of deepsouth
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to trill for the opportunity to try this one...

this beer poured thinner than i expected. jet black with no head.

the smell is roasted malt, light coffee, a tad buttery & milk chocolate. fantastic.

the taste is complex. woody and dark pitted fruits. a joy on the palate.

the mouthfeel is thinner than i expected it to be, but not bad.

this beer has an awesome aftertaste. they must pour one of these into six US guinness beers and fill the rest up with water and ship it over here. this is a damn fine beer that i wish were the standard guinness in the states.

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

Appearance: Black with a hint of transparency around the edges. Good head retention on this one.

Smell: Charred malts with a touch of acidity. Not a ton going on in the aroma.

Taste & mouthfeel: Roasty and dry. Baker's chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. I'm surprised at how much this still tastes like regular old Guinness, just with actual flavor and body. Dry through and through with a medium-full body. This is excellent stuff, it's a shame that it has such limited distribution.

Notes: Got this one as an extra from johnnnniee. Thanks! Definitely one of the cooler extras I've ever received.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carib it would appear turn their hand to anything and everything. This product is one of their best.

275ml bottle (like all their other beers), best before May 2009, drank June 2008.

Poured into a half-pint tumbler on the hotel balcony. Looked just like a normal Guinness, dark and with a good deep tan head.

The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all seemed overly burnt. Dry and bitter with some caramel trying to be heard in the mix.

Rich, but not creamy, burnt malts ruled the brew and for some could have ruined it too.

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

Pitch black in color with some light brwn hues. Large 2 finger khaki colored head that falls to a spotty wet lacing.
Roasted grains, coffee and "rum". Maybe the islands are still on my mind but I swear I smell rum in this beer.
Big roasted character with some toffee and a grainy like hop bitterness. There really is no comparison to the Guinness Extra Stout and this one. The FES is by far the better beer.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, light on the carbonation. A syrupy. Nice crisp feel from the hops.
Very drinkable, very good stout.
Will someone please tell me why we don't have this one in the states.

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

A: Black - very black with a thin head.

S: Malty and caramel. Smells heavy.

T: Malty and roasted, perhaps even a bit smoky.

M: Full and lush with a slight alcohol burn.

D: Excellent stout. If I didn't know any better I might would have placed it in a heavy Scottish Ale category.

Guinness is the beer that I used to drink 20 years ago when I started enjoying better beers. Now I've tasted the "real thing" and wonder why they sucked all the flavor, alcohol and smell out of the American version and replaced it with bubbles!

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a couple in the British Virgin Islands.

A - Poured out a jet black color with a caramel colored, two-finger head that left behind sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee.

T - It tasted of rich malt. Chocolate and caramel flavors were quite strong, too. It had a coffee like taste.

M - It was thick and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Great beer, far better than the version we get in the states.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Poured two and a half fingers of light brown head over a solid black body. Head reduced quickly to a thin layer.

Smell - 4.0
A strong, rich smell of stewed fruit, roasted and chocolate malt. Noticeable alcohol, slightly burnt smell.

Taste - 4.0
I can't really imagine a strong stout tasting any better than this. Sweet, smooth and malty to begin with, stewed fruit, dark chocolate, finishes very burnt and bitter, overly so in my opinion.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Very nice, moderate fine carbonation, heavy in the mouth, quite thick.

Drinkability - 3.0
Would I buy it again? Possibly. Would I have a second in one sitting? Never. Despite the mostly good taste, drinking one was not easy.

OVERALL - 3.95
Again, I have to give the disclaimer that in general, I do not like dry stouts. This is unquestionably a quality beer that I did enjoy, but I think you have to be a true lover of the black stuff to truly appreciate this brew.

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Photo of JayTheFinn
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I went over to London for a vacation recently and finally got the chance to try Guinness' Foreign Extra Stout. It lives up to the hype!

A - Solid looking stout with a black/brown body and a firm head.

S - Roasty, chocolatey goodness.

T - Nice flavorful roasted malt taste with coffee and chocolate being the fore-front tastebud tantalizers. Much more taste than a regular Guinness.

M - Way stronger than their standard brew!

D - Oh yeah, this one goes down easily but with the added bonus of tastiness!

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Photo of AZTEX
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a bottle into a glass. It had a nice thick, creamy 2 finger foam that lasted about halfway down the glass before it began to disappear. It had a light, roasty smell. The taste was very good. It starts out smooth and creamy before it becomes slightly acidic/sour and finishes with a refreshing hoppiness. This beer has a lighter mouthfeel than most stouts and porters, but it is very creamy and satisfying. A very drinkable stout with a refreshing finish that is dry and hoppy, with a slightly sour edge. Very good if you like stout. I will definitely drink this one again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Having heard and read many positive things about the Foreign Extra Stout, I knew this was one I needed to find when traveling recently to Bermuda. Most Guinness pours on 'The Island' are the garden variety 'Draught' version, but shop the local groceries and bottle shops and be rewarded with the 'FES'.

I picked up a six-pack ($12) at Henry's Pantry, Southampton Parish. Poured this 33 cl bottle to a pint glass back in good ol' Portland.

Best before: 26/01/09

A: Perfectly black, but for thin threads of auburn near the top and bottom of the glass. Head is a creamy 2+ fingers, slow to fall, dusty tan in color. Lace is superb, clinging in wide curtain-like bands.

S: Dark roasted aroma, chocolate-y and earthy. Smells a bit of ash and pitch, with a semi-sweet lactic note.

T: Dark, almost burnt, malt hits upfront. Mix is an acrid espresso coffee and a bittersweet (emphasis: bitter) raw chocolate. Some tangy fruit and a sly malted milk creep in, but mostly this one is about an undeniably big roast.

M: Sneaky mouthfeel starts smooth and creamy, seemingly very light. Powerful bitterness builds and builds, all after just one sip, leaving a long-lasting mouth-filling coating that's worth savoring. Low carbonation, velvety. Alcohol is all but undetectable.

D: A real treat. I can't say this is the Guinness version I'd want exclusively (flavors a bit oppressive after a while, abv is pretty high), but it's one I'd love to have again and would want to have access to when the craving hit. Unfortunately, a trip back to Bermuda isn't in the cards anytime soon, so I'll have to find the right time and place to enjoy these last couple hoo.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Black, 2 fingers of brownish head which reduced.

Smell - The usual strong coffee smell.

Taste - Certainly stronger than Australian brewed Guinness Extra Stout, but not any better.

Mouthfeel - Pretty smooth.

Drinkability - Higher ABV, but not really any harder to drink than GES.

Overall - Unfortunately, this fails to improve on regular GES.

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Photo of seaoflament
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes straight from Ireland, thanks to jspruit for trading me a few. Had been curious for some time to see how the version in Ireland differs from the version we get here in the states. Mostly though, I will review this as just another stout.

Pours dark, like any stout should, and a good inch and a half of soft, billowy foam forms. Very good retention of course, some lacing as well.

The smell of Guinness is there (a tangy yeast aroma) but this one has a bitter kick to it and clearer aromas of chocolate, toffee, and cocoa. A bit of chocolate milk as it warms up. A touch of vanilla and lactose sweetness is there too.

Hop bitterness up front with bitter chocolate and a roasted finish. Bitter and dry on the finish with a nutty aftertaste. Don't have too much to say about this one, it's just ok. The bitterness seems to tone down as it warms up but I didn't even pour this one cold so it might just be my palate getting use to it.

Mouth-feel is semi-dry with a slight cookie dough after taste and roasted bitterness.

Not a big fan of this one but there's more going on here than on the stuff we get that's for sure.

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

Pours opaque black with three fingers of rich, tan head that settles to a soapy layer in a few moments.
The aroma is rich, with a lot of dark malt, roasted grains, butter, butterscotch, piney hops, caramel, and maple. mmm.
Initially malty on the palate, with the sweetness quickly balanced and then overridden with roasted grain. The finish is of acrid grain, with most of the bitterness that balances the malt stemming from the roastiness as opposed to the hops.
The mouthfeel is excellent: smooth, med-full body, very dry and astringent finish, but with a little lingering sweetness on the center of the tongue that balances the bitter astringency on the sides.
This machine will plough.

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

This is definitely the best Guinness I have ever had. I am a fan of all things Guinness, so I was surprised when I was on a research trip to a remote town called Hopkins Village, and was able to get Guinness in a bottle! Belize is hot and humid, but drinking this beer did not feel out of place, even on the hottest days.

A: Dark, thick. Pours thick head when forced, but the head dissipates rapidly. Best to just drink from the bottle.
S: Malt comes through. Very faint hops.
T: Absolutely delicious. Slightly sweet, rich. Not overpowering.
M: Rich. This will wash the sand out of your mouth without killing your palate.
D: Very drinkable. I lived off of this and Belikin Stout for over a month during a very hot July.

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Photo of Floydster
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle received as an extra from seaoflament, thanks for including this Irish brew in my package, split with a friend as the night cap on St. Patty's Day, poured into a pint glass

A-Almost black, very dark brown with hints of red, hufe two inch beige head that slowly faded into the top of the glass, only some lacing

S-Roasted malt, milk, caramel, some hoppy aromas, hint of coffee, maple syrup, scents were pretty weak overall and nothing really stood out

T-Much different than any other Guinness product I have had before, much sweeter and not as dry equals better in this case, starts off with a roasted malt flavor, fades into some slight chewiness and milk chocolate, ends with some hoppiness and some dryness but not too much like the other, also some coffee in the finish but it is barely noticeable, went down pretty easy compared to the Guinness I have drank in the past

M-Dry and somewhat sweet mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, medium to thick body, taste did not linger as long as a standard Guinness does here in the states

D-Could drink a few bottles of this but the ABV is higher than normal, so it might affect me eventually, smooth, not too heavy on the stomach surprisingly

Not a big fan of Guinness but this strong stout brew changed my mind a little bit, would drink this over the standard stuff in the United States any day, would drink again if I ever make it to Ireland, recommended to try

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001.
Appearance : brown-black color.
Smell : malt and hops.
Taste and Mouthfeel : hopped, smoky malt flavour. intense bitterness. Aftertaste is again severely bitter and malty.
Drinkability : very strong beer in the style foreign extra stout

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

I've never had the Foreign Extra Stout, although I'd been wanting to try it for a long time. Finally found a few bottles. The beer is very dark black, although not completely solid: a dark brown translucency is present through the pour and in the shallows of the glass. The beer is an impressive site, though...the head is mammoth and seriously solid. It's a dark tan, nearly nut-brown color, and it leaves intricate lace. Nice. The aroma is a mix of alcohol, a touch of malt, and heavily roasted (burnt?) malt. It has a serious booze quality, and I didn't expect the malt, considering it's not really present in the normal Guinness ES or Draught. The taste is full of chocolate, coffee, and roasted grain flavor. The beer presents more alcohol in the flavor than is really present in the ABV...rather than hiding it, it become part of the flavor. Fairly heavy in body, the beer is satisfying and smooth at the same time. It's a pretty dry stout, but there's more sweetness than expected. I found it satisfying and solid. Head and shoulders better than typical Guinesses.

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Photo of BeerRun13
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very excited to try this one. Thanks Riggsy for including this in my Secret Santa package.

Pours super dark, almost pitch black. Only a slight burgundy can be seen through the thin portions of the glass next to a light. A dense and very stable head rests on top and doesn't want to go away. Very uniform, filmy lacing is left behind.
Roasty notes accompanied by a slight hint of black liccorice. Slight caramel notes as well.
Nice dark malt and crystal flavors. Mild hop presence. Slight hints of fruit. The best tasting Guinness I've had.
Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. A slight pleasant bittering lingers in the upper palate and on the back of the tounge. Overall, extremely well balanced.
I've been a fan of Guinness for sometime now. The Draught is a good beer that is fairly easy to find in many restraunts that don't have a great beer selection... The Extra Stout has often been a saple for me at home... This one takes things to a new level. What a wonderfull offering!

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

Just drank one of these at a brothel on St.
Marteen don't know if it was the beer or the location I liked better but it was a welcome change from the weaker guiness at home because of the 7.5% content overall very good the carribean is paradise. Wish I could find this in the States.

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Photo of bonk420247
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first real experience with a true stout that can be called as such. Rich flavor, chocolaty, bitter, heady aroma. This was brought back to me from family members, and I loved it. 7.5% alc. by volume, a nice difference for me and my Guinness draft regularity. Drank at room temperature, as instructed by the Guinness brewery.

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Photo of Monsone
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from recent trip to Ireland.

Poured into a Alsagash glass.

Big head and dark black. Left tons of lace.

Slight roasted malt scent. Not a big nose.

Tastes like a Guinness...only better. All the flavors are more pronounced. While nothing is out of kilter. Nice an balaced. Smooth, with no alcohol bite. This is damn good. Not too bitter or acrid.

Mouthfeel is creamy and thick. Coats the mouth. Velvety.

Drinkability. I could have a few of these, but I am sure the 7.5 would catch up to me.

Overall, I think this is the only Export Stout I have had so not a lot to compare to. Either way, this was a good beer. I would seek it out again. Too bad you can't buy it in the US.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was a godsend when i was in st. lucia and limited to piton and heineken. i like this version much better than the smaller stuff we get stateside. bigger bodied, bigger taste, bigger mouthfeel. nice roasty finish to provide balance to the dark, sweet, complex malt character. a bit of grainy astringency. why they use fish bladder crap to clarify such a dark beer is my question.

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