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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 EmperorBevis
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me how bottled Guinnees used to looked, cola body huge tobacco stained foamy head
Subdued coffee aroma
Flavour is where regular Guinness should be iron & carbon & dark sugars & fruit at the back
but with a lingering booziness
its slightly thin, dangerously close to watery, but not quite & dangerously easy to down
my memory appears to be not entirely correct on this stout but drinkable enough

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Photo of projectflam86
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle.

A- Pours a black color with a thick 2 finger brown head that leaves rings of lace.

S- Some roast in the nose and maybe a bit of butterscotch or diacetyl? A slight tartness that was hard to place.

T- Much more roast and chocolate in the flavor compared to the regular draught. Slightly bitter finish but not due to hops.

M- Medium/full bodied with nice carbonation.

O- This is far and away better than draught.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 15124. Sampled on November 18, 2010. It pours out to a dark brown-black opaque tone with about an inch of foamy, brown head that lingers and laces. The aroma has a sort of burnt malt and butterscotch feel to it with a touch of bitter hops behind. Medium body. The taste is clean enough with a good solid bitterness and a malty characteristic that kind of reminds me of a Mallo bar. Compared to the Guinness regular Extra Stout the alcohol is more notable. But compared to other stouts it is not. I am not enamoured by it but found it to be fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-review, sampled 8/15/11. 11.2oz bottle, poured into a Snake River pint glass.

A: Just as epic as I remember, a towering mocha-colored head with tight, small bubbles cascades over a think black body that shows ruby on the edges. Head retention on the beer is amazing; it reminds me of a nitro beer.

S: Here is where this FES starts to lose me. Roasty, dark malt character hits your nose, as well as some sweetness, but its a 'shallow' smell. Not a whole lot going on.

T: Again the roasted malt is on display, but even with the hints of coffee bitterness, malt sweetness, chocolate, and the slight hopped finish it is not a full flavor; its lacking in depth.

MF: Feels thinner than I want a Stout to be. Finishes with a decent dryness.

O: Overall, good drinkability and it looks great, but not something I'm going to go out of my way to have again. However, with the roasted character, dark malt and hop additions, this beer blows away original Guinness.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Best Before Date of L0244GF0001. Unsure of what that means. Pours an almost black with very minimal head. Aromas of roasted malts and some coffee. Flavors of some more coffee and chocolate but also some molasses. Aftertaste of roasted malts. Pretty smooth stout. Nothing revolutionary but nothing bad either. I liked it and I'd look for it in a bar but probably won't rush out to buy another 4 pack for $10.

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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 Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have heard a lot about this beer, lets see if it lives up to my expectations.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt with a lot of sweet, sugary notes. The flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit and a little bit of bitterness. There is also a sweet, fruity medicinal taste that I don't really like.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Better than some of the the other Guinness beers I have had, but nothing special. It is certainly not as good as I was expecting it to be. Just a slightly above average stout here.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nicely black, with a huge head of tan bubbles. Thin web of spider-web lace. Impressive.

Nose seems creamy lactic sweet, even mildly astringent somehow. Not great.

Taste is strong, even a little bitter, with flavors of burnt barley and crisp hops present, too. Not your usual Guinness, though it does retain some of the creamy body of the usual Guinness. This is a sturdy, strong, and bitter ale that's unique and well-done. I'll be revisiting in the future.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. Foreign Extra Stout bottle in honor of the Americanized St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance: The ale pours a deep black color, almost like oil. The ale's head is a mocha color that leaves a surprising amount of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light chocolate aroma and an underlying hoppiness that is foreign to Guinness Draught. The hop presence is a pleasing sweetness that mixes with the chocolate.

Taste: The ale has a lightly roasted flavor, almost like a Guinness light. Behind that light flavor is a cornucopia of unusual flavors: hops, pepper and spice and even some sourness.

Mouthfeel: This version of Guinness is night-and-day different from Guinness Draught and its widget. The mouthfeel resembles Lion Stout, with the spices and hops that are not found in most other stouts.

Drinkability: The ABV is a little high, but not terrible. The ale is smooth and flavorful, aiding its drinkability.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet notes is pretty good. Taste is a nice mix between some solid roasted malt with dry notes and some light sweet undertones. Body has somewhat of a creamy texture with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. This is definitely a step-up from the regular Guinness.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black, opaque, tan colored head, heavy lacing, nice head retention

S: sweet,heavy caramel, mocha

T: chocolate up front, intense caramel and toffee character, a little heavy on the sweetness, lots of flavor, aftertaste features a bit of bitter chocolate alone with caramel sweetness

Mf: thick body, low carb

O: flavorful brew, a little too heavy on the sweetness

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Photo of djmichaelk
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle into a perfect pint. Time to see if this lives up to the hype.

A - Pours a very deep, dark brown, with a huge four fingers of mocha-colored head. Good retention and lots of lacing on the glass all the way down. Great looking beer, and a great way to start.

S - Roast, dark chocolate, and a nutty earthiness that seems common to all Guinness beers.

T - The coffee and roasted malt are dominant in the flavor. That earthiness is all in the finish, with a little alcohol present, more than I'd expect from them, although it's not unwelcome. Very dry finish.

M - The only letdown. The carbonation is maybe a bit too fine, making it seem like a draught bottle rather than a straightforward export stout.

D - I bought a 4-pack, and it'll probably last past the end of the weekend. I could drink another, but between the higher abv and the dominance of the roast I'll probably reach for something else.

O - For the price, it's a solid value. When I first got into craft maybe 20 years ago, there was Sam Adams Cream Stout and Guinness. You could find the Extra Stout in bottles, but everyone wanted the draught. Once they started releasing that in cans, then all I heard was that I needed the FES. This is one of the beers that got me into craft beer. It's nice to finally experience in what's supposed to be its best form.

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

Pours a deep and thick, black, used motor-oil kind of color with spots of dark ruby shining through the edges of the glass. Head is a creamy shade of tan, lasts for a while, though not as long as the head on the draught nitro cans (of course). The aroma hits with toasted malts and barley, light toffee-like sweetness, and is slightly reminiscent of red wine, via the alcohol. The initial taste has a nice carbonation bite with an onslaught of roasted malts and dark fruits, like prunes and raisins. Bitterness is present with a light but noticeable bite from the hops. The caramel/toffee notes come through at the end, and even more so when the beer starts to warm up. Not much "cocoa" flavor here, mostly just dark fruit sweetness, roasted malt, toffee, and slight floral bitterness. Alcohol shines through in the flavor much like in the aroma - nearly in the form of "wine". Medium body with a dry finish.

Say what you want about them, but Guinness really does make a nice product - both tasty and accessible. This is probably the best brew in their line-up, and at 7.5% ABV, it's definitely their strongest. Be careful, or this one will sneak up on you.

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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 gyllstromk
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love how Guinness is so consumed with Irish identity that they'd name their Russian Imperial Stout "Foreign Extra" rather than risk the cross-national branding.

I poured this into a small glass, with a large, velvety, caramel head. The body is totally black and opaque.

Smell is characteristic Guinness yeast, with chocolate malt and some licorice.

Taste is a sour variant of Guinness, with dark fruits and tannins. Alcohol is well masked.

Guinness is wet for a strong stout.

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

This looks like a Guinness. It smells kind of like a Guinness with some venous qualities.

The head is tan with a very dark body. The body is a little heavier than your typical Guinness.

The taste is quite a bit different than your normal Guinness. The coffee isn't nearly as present, and the beer underneath comes out more (not the best description, I know).
The alcohol presence is much stronger, which makes this harder for the novice drinker. However, this adds complexity that the normal Guinness won't provide.

I like this beer. Will it replace my imperial or American stouts? Nope. But I probably will pick up another bottle the next time I'm at the store.

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Photo of champ103
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since have had FES. Lets see if it is as good as I remember it.

A: Pours nearly opaque black. A large tan head rises to over two fingers. The wispy head has excellent retention. Chunky lace is left in patches around the glass.
S: I don't get hardly anything out of the nose. Some lightly acrid/sour roasted malt. Cereal and oatmeal. Fairly neutral though.
T: This has that lightly sour flavor that I remember from other FES and Guinness versions. Light roasted malt, toasted grains, and bread. Some cream coffee as well.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation, but not under carbonated at all. Creamy and smooth. Pretty easy to drink. This goes down smooth.

A very enjoyable beer. It is good to be able to get a decent Guinness product in the States now. It has been a while since I last had this. I remember this being a bigger stout, but I think that has more to do with my tastes changing than the beer changing. Regardless, worth a try.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: rich toasted malt, slight fruit and spiced licorice notes with gentle hop in background. Dry toasted aroma.
Black and opaque, with a dark creamy head.

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Photo of 05Harley
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle # LO265GG001.. 04:10

Purchased @ Johnson's Market Place, New Durham, NH

Price - $9.99/4-pack

Appearance: Pours dark as night with a creamy three finger layer of foam. A quarter inch soapy light tan head remains half way through the glass and shows a fair amount of lacing sticking to the sides.

Smell: The aroma is classic Guinness on steroids which is pretty much roasted malts with an underlying scent of coffee.

Taste: Again Guinness, probably the easiest beer to recognize in a blind taste test. Oak flavor with smoke.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with a smoke backbone and some hop bitterness. Pretty good carbonation.

Drinkability: Yeah one's enough. After ninety plus years away from America I some how expected this to have more of a wow factor but was disappointed. Still drinkable and one I'll revisit.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark black with a ton of chocolaty, foamy head. Great retention. Smells of roasted malt with mild caramel notes. Taste is rich, creamy roasted malt with some caramel and alcohol; a very mild bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and full bodied.

Very nice stout. Definitely better than the original draught.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

08/07/07- Received via trade from BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a best by date printed on the neck of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Black as expected in the pour. Larger inch plus creamy looking head. Left decent patchwork lace behind.

Smell- Light dusting of chocolate, maybe a touch of hops and the lightest bit of coffee bean notes.

Taste- The cross between dark and milk chocolate comes though consistently, while the coffee flavor seems to be almost absent. Malt is fairly deep and a touch smoky. Seems to be a bit bitter from the handful of hops they put it.

Mouthfeel- A tad more carbonated than I would like, but becomes lightly creamy and more smooth as it warms to room temp.

Drinkability- Don't know what all the fuss is about. It's a pervectly fine beer, but I've had many other of the style that are better and have better outright flavor. I guess it's because of the scarcity.

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Photo of nova009
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a nice dark black, about a finger and a half tan head appears and sticks around for awhile, pretty nice lacing sticks to the glass

S- dark roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate, a little vanilla, pretty much a standard stout

T- this is a lot more complex than the smell led on, lots of roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, slight taste of dark fruits present as well, a little bit of vanilla, the roasted malt tends to dominate despite the abundance of flavors

M- medium body, smooth and creamy, pretty nice balance of carbonation, solid feel

O- this is definitely better than a standard guiness, not an incredible beer but a decent stout overall

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Photo of dubinsky
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A – Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a nice one finger mocha color head.

S – Smokey, with hints of coffee and roasted malts. The smoke dominates the aroma of this beer.

T – Taste follows smell closely. Huge smoke elements are chased by chocolate and coffee. Slightly bitter finish.

M – Medium body with medium carbonation. Very dry with a with a sticky hop like feel on the lips.

O – This is a huge step up from the regular Guinness, and proves to be very drinkable. Given the many options in this style this ranks somewhere in the middle but I still found it a pleasure to drink. Its good to know its now available in the US.

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Photo of BigMike
3.58/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Lovely day for a Guinness"

A: Pours black with just the slightest amount of ruby red around the edges. A huge tan head of about 3 fingers. Tremendous lacing. The head is sticking around and looks as creamy and rich as melting coffee icecream.

S: Huge nose on this. Definitely more then the Guinness I grew up on. Huge bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, roasted malts. Even some caramel and a nice amount of hops.

T: Taste is a lot like the nose in the fact that there's a ton and a half of dark roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, coffee, and a surprising amount of citrus that I'm not used to in my Guinness.

M: Maybe a step below medium. Extremely smooth and well carbonated. Easy to drink with no sign of the 7.5% abv.

Overall: Easily the best Guinness I've had to date. I'm so glad this is available now in the US. It's a really really good stout. Worth the $10.99 price tag for a 4 pack.

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