Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 916 | Ratings: 2,514
Photo of Brian_L-2056
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found this in a variety pack last February while traveling out of state and thought why not. Pours your typical Guinness black color with a frothy creamy tan head that lasts for days. Can see the carbonation and a ruby hue along the bottom edge of glass. Smell is sweet and roasted notes. Initial taste is sweet as well, but well balanced with a roasted coffee finish. The feel is solid and hides the bumped up abv quite well. Overall it's a great brew and I got to try the Jamaican version as well, both r my definition of what a stout should be, nothing over the top, just a great brew!

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black with a light khaki colored head. Roasted malt bitterness, thinner and creamy mouthfeel. A huge step up in flavor and feel from Guinness Draught. Delicious.

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Photo of Samlover55
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Dark black with a tan head
S-Slight coffee aroma,
T- dark fruit taste, coffee
F-smooth creamy feel,
overall thick & creamy but the dark fruit turned me off

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Photo of djamesb
4.88/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First experience with Guinness stout was the stuff brewed in Nova Scotia.i bought the six pack to make a slow cooker beef and Guinness stew which was I was stuck with 5 beers I didn't really like so I stuck them in the freezer just til a tiny bit of crystallizing. Drank first one like drinking motor oil ,second one same ,third one ?hey this stuffs not bad and it's got some booze in it . Fourth one ,I like stouts, Fifth one very good . then I tried foreign extra from st James gate Ireland, wow what a difference its Guinness on steroids.then to top it off I made a Black and Tan with 1/2 foreign extra and 1/2 Sierra Nevada pale ale. Wow I wish I could find foreign extra year round an exceptional stout from Ireland.

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Photo of Bluerabbitbell
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a find in my local Six pack dollar bin! Didn't really know what to expect since the lady experience I had with Guinness was that watered down thin dry stuff that is on tap at some restaurants where folks think they are drinking a great novelty beer. Anyway, wow I was impressed with the depth of roasted and molasses. Definitely coffee strong too!

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Photo of JeffH_SC
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

More flavor than Guinness Draught. A little hop with good malt and coffee and just a hint of vanilla. Still lighter than most porters and stouts but enjoyable.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Roasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and earthy hops up front along with a touch of spice

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and caramel notes and then picks up the earthy hops and dark fruit. Light spice in there as well (anise and cardamom maybe?). Finishes with lingering roast

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A solid stout with good drinkability. Plenty of flavor. Definitely a step above the draught

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Photo of pianoguy
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a solid brown body with a tan head. Great retention and lacing .

Malt forward scent is plums and fresh hay. Nice but not overly prominent .

Taste is sweet with plums/cherries. An interesting finish that's herbal and slightly astringent. A nice little hop bitterness. ....I didn't smell any hops but I can sure taste them on the finish.

Feel is a little thinner then medium

Value(does not affect score) As part of a $14.49 twelve pack at Winco this is an exceptional value

Overall; An interesting version of Guinness with the extra hops

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Photo of Tomdrichmond
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent take on a classic, uncharacteristically adventurous for Guinness. A lot more flavorful than the original extra stout export, with hints of chocolate and caramel. Nice color and a pretty pour, with a lot of foam. My favorite of the Guinness suite.

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Photo of stortore
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 1/19/17?, had 9/3/17.

Pours near black, opaque, with a one and a half inch foamy head and some soapy lacing. Smells of malt, licorice, chocolate, raisins, molasses, pumpernickel, hops, some caramel and plums. Has a very herbal aroma. The taste is also malt forward, then pumpernickel, caramel, chocolate, molasses, hops, figs, plums, some licorice. Also has a little bit of an herbal taste. Smooth, well carbonated, a solid medium body.

Very different, interesting aroma and flavor. Very enjoyable. This is well worth a purchase at a great price point. Have to admit to being surprised...

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Photo of Nass
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! this has got to be the best tasting Guiness Stout that I have sampled thus far. I am getting licorice, tobacco, leather, chocolate covered raisins, sweet roasted malts. It taste similar to the popular regular Guiness Extra Stout but more amped up in flavor. The abv is hidden really well I may add. This is somewhere in the lower end of world class in my opinion. I have to tip my hat to Guiness they are one of the OG's in the beer world. Cheers! A

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into glass. Dating code on label is 'L7166GF004 20:28'.
Very dark cola colored body, with just a hint of brown highlights when presented to light. Persistent tan head follows body down into glass. Spotty coverage of lacing.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and sweeter hops.
Taste is roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruit like currants. Somewhat sweetened by hops. Just a smidgen of caramel.
Medium mouth feel. Somewhat dry and chalky. After taste is a little bitter.
A very smooth drinking darker beer. Very good choice for session pub work or paired with savory foods.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout brewed by Guinness Ltd., with an ABV of 7.50% This Foreign Export Stout pours deep dark brown color with a nice light brown head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. Really digging the look of the brew, the brew has the look of coffee. Now I'm not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is rich with roasted grains and malts. You also pick up on mild sweetness with hops. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold but smooth with flavors. You first pick up on the smooth rich roasted grains and malts. Then a nice smooth roasted hop bitterness at the end. There is alot going on in Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. I can't get over how smooth this brew goes down. It is really hard to pick up on the 7.50% ABV in this brew. This brew would go nice with dinner. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich , Roasted, Clean, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving Guinness Foreign Extra Stout a 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to.Guinness Ltd., Did a super nice job with brew.

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Photo of 1947
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

C'mon, beer lovers, it's Guinness. Good for you. Is it as good as Guinness in an Irish pub? No. We're not in Ireland. If you go there, you have a sense of how it's woven in to Irish life. Can't overestimate this virtue, wherever you travel. But this one, while not quite the same, allows you to dream that you're there.

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Photo of Zopiac
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Compared to regular Extra Stout, it's less bitter, more complex, darker body and head. There's a fullness to the flavor I cannot quite place. Less stark notes of coffee and chocolate. More refined, more mellow. Altogether a much nicer experience.

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Photo of Themorg826
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look- Very dark. Faint lacing of head, quickly subsides.

Smell- Strong aroma of malts, with roasted coffee undertone. No hop profile. Slight molasses scent.

Taste- Sweet sensation, with a stronger than normal aftertaste. Taste of coffee, chocolate, currant

Feel- Light carbonation. very warm beer, with a strong aftertaste

Overall- not unpleasant

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Photo of FLima
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Irish version (not International).
Deepest black color with a very thick head with eternal retention and leaving some laces.
Nice aroma with predominant creamy chocolate notes, also coffee and roasted grains, caramel, dry fruits, grape juice and mild herbal.
Flavor with notes of roasted coffee beans, earthy and herbal hops, licorice, hay, caramel, grapes, faint sourness, cocoa powder, oats, plums, a bit of tobacco and biscuit. Dry aftertaste with a lingering roasted note and a medium bitterness.
Bordering full body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 7.5% is absent.
Classical Foreign Extra Stout that translates bittersweet. This is so much fun than the regular version and gets fanciful at room temperature. I cannot wait to taste the Nigerian version I have on my fridge.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The second offering I have pulled out of their 200th anniversary pack, and it did not disappoint...

A beautifully dark, practically black beer - clear, oh so clear it was eye-rubbing unbelievable. The head had nice staying power and lacing all the way down the glass. The smell had a hint of booziness to it, a distinct smell of chocolate with light on hops, heavy on malt. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, a slight creaminess to it and light on carbonation - just the way I like it. Taste had the chocolaty taste too it, it was certainly malty and I truly enjoyed the hoppy background. Overall I was definitely impressed with this brew - enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of beerguy04
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Smell is of roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, and I taste a citrus taste to it. Also taste banana of all things. Mouthfeel is medium for a stout. Overall good beer.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with rich tan head and sticky lacing. Nose is burnt sugar, malt, syrup, and figs. Flavor follows the nose, this is my go to stout, always rich and warm, very clean flavors, just the grandaddy of stouts. By far my favorite Guinness.

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Photo of jkblr
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottled 6/15/17 poured into a tulip glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours dense very dark brown nearing black with abundant light brown head. Retention and lacing are above average. The aroma is a semisweet fruity roasty combination that I only find in this style. The taste follows with a semisweet cherry/berry overtone with slightly tangy dark roasted flavors underneath. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, adequately carbonated, smooth and balanced. There is a definite roasty bitterness on the finish that keeps things from finishing too sweet or wet. Overall, excellent. This should be no surprise as Guinness pretty well invented the style. Recommended. Nice change of pace from American or Russian imperial stouts.

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Photo of D1noB
3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Coco and roasted malts, heavy on the roast. Crisp with roasty after-tones with a dark dark beer.

Taste rating in words: simmering coals on a cold winter day with a good movie and a cuddle buddy

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Photo of thebeers
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black with three fingers of long-lasting, dark tan head that leave solid lacing.

It has a modest aroma of dry, roasted malts with chocolate behind.

Nice dry, roasty taste as well, with just the slightest of sour twangs and a hint of vanilla. Bitterness lingers on the backend, evoking chocolate and coffee. Quite tasty.

Medium bodied with just a touch of creaminess and low carbonation in the feel.

This is a delicious beer. In comparison to the Antwerpen and 200th Anniversary Export this is definitely the most dialed-back of the export stouts in the anniversary 12-pack. It's flavors are drier and more refined, and in some ways, I like it best for that. Among all four, it's definitely the one I'd turn to for a regular-rotation brew.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head on this brew is three fingers thick and tan, with solid lacing, and a black body.

I smell rich roasted malts with a generous amount of hops as labeling implies, but not black IPA amounts.

The depth of the roasted malts gets very nicely balanced by those hops. Also present are notes of toffee, black licorice, and fresh pipe tobacco.

Slightly heavier than medium mouthfeel and mild carbonation.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd. gets an overall 4.5. So far my favorite of this variety pack.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 15 June 2017. From the 200th Anniversary Mix Pack.

Pours a very dark brown. Thick, frothy khaki colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, molasses & subtle coffee. Taste follows the same for the most part - dark roasted malts with cocoa and slight coffee. Mid way some hop bitterness comes through. A creamy, full mouthfeel which finishes a touch dry. This is a well made stout. One I wish was more readily available in the States. Highly recommended.

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 2,514 ratings