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 cindyjeffsmith
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The black stuff.
smell: Interesting and complex. dark chocolate, roasty malt, something sweet.
taste: Smooth, sweet with a slightly burnt aftertaste.
overall: Not bad at all. I like a Guinness every once in a while. This is something better.

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

Out of the bottle it was black with about a finger of dark tan head. Pretty much no light coming through.

Smells like coffee, maybe a little chocolate

Taste is better than I expected, coffee of course is prominent, but also caramel, chocolate, some vanilla, and just a tinge of alcohol in the finish

Mouthfeel is solid, chewy heavy, medium to low carbonation, got stickier as it warmed

Overall a decent brew from a big name, I would probably get more if I could find it closer to home.

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Photo of patreely12
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass.

A - opaque black as expected. no light shines through, no highlights just black. two fingers of tan head that retains itself for quite some time. great amount of lacing. if there's one thing Guinness has down it's the how a beer should look.

S - very strong dark roasted malts. a slight amount of hoppy bitterness. some caramel, dark bittersweet chocolate and bitter coffee.

T/M - blast of smokey roasted malts right off the bat. very strong and accentuated with the addition of bittersweet chocolate, coffee and bitter hops. all together these flavors make for a very dry drink. this is like Guinness extra stout hopped up on some steroids.
medium bodied with some notable carbonation.

Overall - if I had to use one word to describe this beer it would be 'dry'. the combination of the dryness and intense flavors makes this a little harder to drink one after another, but still a very good stout.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. This is my first ever experience with Foreign Extra. I've heard good things. Hopefully it lives up to the hype.

A: Pours a deep dark black with an awesome thick, frothy, 2-finger brown head on top. Picture perfect. 5.0

S: Not the nose I would have expected. Not "muted", but not overpowering. Not as much *roastiness* in the nose as I would expected. Definitely some sweet malts and maybe a tough of dry hops. 3.0

T: Dry. Roasty. Smooth and mildly sweet at first, before the hops come in with some bitterness and maybe a touch of grapefruit to really balance this beer out. Not overly complex, but it does what it does very well.

M: Smooth at first, and finishes with a dry and hop-sticky tongue coating. 4.5

D: Very high. This is incredibly drinkable. I'd gladly have another one... and I predict right now I'd be eager for a 3rd after that.

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Photo of deadbody
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a super dark black with a huge head. Head recedes slowly leaving a ton of lacing. Smell was a bit boozy and different. Not what I expected from a stout. Taste was super bitter. Not hoppy bitter, just bitter. Very interesting, felt like it was overhopped and overmalted to get a taste like that. Again not bad, but not what I was expecting. Mouthfeel was pretty good, a bit watery but not bad.

Overall, good. Different than what I expected, and I'm not sure I'll be in a rush to drink the other 3 bottles I have (especially since I bought 4 packs of Pranqster and Old Rasputin at the same time) but not a bad beer, just not really what I expected/wanted.

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Photo of shaunb81
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this beer while shopping at a Walmart!! $8.99/four pack.

Appearance - Dark brown, almost black. 1 - 1 1/2 inch foam head. Medium to heavy lacing. Nice looking beer.

Smell - Heavy malts here. Roasted, toasted, and buttery all the way through. Much more of a hop presence than Guinness Draught.

Taste - Nutty and sweet on the front end. The bitterness really comes through on the back end. Very earthy tasting.

Mouthfeel - Much more carbonated than Guinness Draught, but not overwhelming. Much less dense too.

Overall - This is quite a tasty beer if you're into stouts. It packs a bigger punch than it's cousin, but is very drinkable. This beer is something that I could drink while at home watching movies, at dinner with the family, or at a bar with some good buddies. Cheer to that!!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Black with 3 finger brown head,nice and compact bubbles. Love that look in a stout.

Smell - Malty and smokey

Taste - Some chocolate and vanilla up front providing sweetness, then finishing with crisp hoppy bite at the end. No lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Good.

Overall - This is a good beer by Guiness to apease the American craft brew crowd. More flavors throughout. I enjoyed this one quite alot. Nice job.

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

ST: 11.2 oz poured into a Guinness Porter (stout) glass.

A: Black with a large brown fluffy head that leaves thick lacing all across the glass. The head stays for a long time and sits like marshmallow or whipped cream. Red tints are noticeable when held to the light.

S: Strong malt mixes with pleasant roast, smoke, coffee, and vanilla.

T: The malt is in charge at first sip, but the drinker is quickly taken on a wild ride. Vanilla and coffee make an appearance mid way through and strong smoke and bitterness from hops arrives at the finish.

M: Medium to heavy and slightly creamy.

Overall: The first question any one has about foreign extra is: How is this different from a regular Guinness? The foreign extra backs more of a punch and tastes more like a normal stout. It has a great aroma and packs a ton of flavor. It is also more complex; the flavors develop and change as the beer makes its way down the throat. In other words: This is different from your normal Guinness, and it is worth spending the extra money.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: opaque black with a nearly full finger sized tan, rocky head. Look delicious.
S: lots of burnt roasty flavors along with some coffee. Smells great.
T: at the front you are met with a bevy of roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors. Coffee flavor is pronounced as well. Toward the back you can really taste the hops as it finishes with a tasty bitterness to balance all of the sweet smoke up front.
M: full bodied. It starts very silky and smooth and ends up crisp and dry. A nice bite. Not as heavy as it appears either.
D: Because this tastes so good, this category deserves high marks. Equally as important is the fact that this beer won't fill you up. It is my hope that the availability of this brew persists in the US.

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Photo of zoso1967
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Guinness pours a shiny and opaque black brown color with a towering mocha head. I was not adequately prepared for the amount of carbonation in this and the head got pretty out of control. Unfortunately (since I want to drink it NOW) it also has marathon staying power and is leaving lace like nobody's business. Had I poured with more restraint I am sure this would have been an even more attractive brew.

After allowing most of the foam to subside I am able to sample an aroma that is much less impressive than I had hoped for. It is roasty and slightly chalky with the characteristic Guinness sourness to it. There is a bit of charred smoke aroma in there as well, but not much else.

The flavor is much more enjoyable with a great intensity. It is roasty with a nice burnt black coffee character as well as a bit of smoky char. The sweetness is slightly milky and chocolaty and gives way to a nice slightly sour note and a tinge of hops. This is definitely much hoppier than normal Guinness draft. In the background it also has some nice fruity notes.

The body of this beer is medium to full and it possesses a nice smooth character that helps it go down all too easily. The finish is quite dry with a bit of a sour hit to it and it leaves plenty of roasty notes and a nice amount of bitterness on the palate after swallowing.

This is leaps and bounds beyond normal Guinness draft in terms of flavor, yet I still find that it does not hold up to many of the fine stouts brewed by smaller craft operations. Don't get me wrong, this is a step in the right direction and is a quality stout that should be readily available, but I am not sure it quite lives up to all the accolades that have been heaped upon this beer since it was introduced into the U.S. market.

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

Head explodes on the pour! The head reminds me of an Ice Cream Float. The body is the closest to opaque you can get with some very faint ruby on the sides.

I get a licorice smell, some roasted grains and some grass. Not a bad smell at all.

Bitter burnt coffee, some booziness, roasted grains and burnt grass. Very dry taste. It's not horrible but not really all that good.

Very light carbonation despite the bubblage I saw on the ruby red edges. Leaves the mouth feeling very dry and leaving the lips a little sticky.

It's not horrible just about above an average stout. The taste is a little weird for me at first but as it warms it's a little more smooth with the flavors merging quite well. The booziness becomes more pronounce but blends with the flavors. Weird but not boring. I really would have to be in the mood for this again.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been meaning to try this for a while. I poured a couple in to a one liter boot glass. Color is very dark brown, with some ruby hues at the toe and heel of the glass. About two fingers of tan heading spring up, but fade away quickly in to a lace that remains till the end. A big creamy nose we have here, with some roasted malt, sweet cream, dark chocolate and a hint of dark fruit. The taste brings me back to my first Guinness back in high school, with lots of roasted character along with bitter dark chocolate, and a long bready finish. The aftertaste stays with you for a while, making you want to continue. It is a little bitter around the edges, yet stays smooth, if that makes any sense. The body feels heavier than the usual Extra Stout or Draught, which I am guessing is a result of the extra addition of malt and hops. A hint of alcohol can be tasted, but doesn't become overwhelming at all. Like I said before, this reminds me of my first encounters with Guinness, which really was the first dark beer I had ever tasted. Hopefully this version will find a home in a lot of the Irish pubs where the two others are regulars. Cheers

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Photo of VLtor
1.53/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Let me assure you, the Foreign Extra that you're tasting in the States is a marketing ploy, not the stuff experienced in original markets. I spend about 1/3 my year in Ghana, and while the stuff is widely available, almost nobody drinks it. It is not Guinness like, it is not stout like, it is pretty dang nasty. If you want a Guinness like beer you get a Castle (Milk Stout).

The stuff in the States may be fine, and that is one thing. But to say Foreign Extra is 'finally' available in NA is another, because the NA stuff is NOT the Foreign Extra most markets get (thankfully).

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

Finally got myself the highly anticipated Guinness Foreign Extra, apparently the ONLY Guinness currently sold in America that is actually brewed and bottled in Dublin, Ireland! And what a difference it makes!
Pours a rich dark brown on a pint glass, which then turns into a nice ebony treat, with a creamy 2 inch "mocha" head that dissipates into a nice lacing after a minute.
Roasty caramel / coffee on the nose with hops in the backround. Hoppy on the tongue, again coffee, malty and sweet.
Drinkability is very good, even at 7.5% ABV. Alcohol is present and there to stay.
Overall a great Stout, worth a try.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of livewire05
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've was quite excited to try this beer, after all the good things I've been told about it. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout definitely doesn't disappoint. The pour yielded a dark black beer with a creamy coffee brown head. I got an aroma of roasted coffee. Taste-wise, this was leaps and bounds better than the standard Guinness - a swirl of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. Full bodied. Quite an excellent beer.

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

When I first started drinking good beer and really digging it, Guinness Extra Stout was my favorite beer (for a short time). Once I tasted Guinness on tap and Guinness in a can (and later the draft bottles), then I became undecided. I liked them all and they are very different.

For some reason I never tried Foreign Extra until (it might have been) some time last year. And now it seems to be available everywhere. On the cruise I went on last week (Royal Caribbean) this was the best beer available and I dinged them on the evaluation for poor beer selection (not to mention high prices).

I liked this from the first. It is strong and powerful but balanced and not harsh (like Extra Stout). It's pretty in the glass and you can drink more than one. I had quite a few last week on the Majest of the Seas (at $7 or so each).

Additionally, while in Antigua in March 2014 I had some that was brewed in St. Vincent in the Caribbean. It did not taste quite right (and it was not a great choice for the amazing conch roti I was eating). If I were to review just the Caribbean one it would be much lower.

I also had one in St. Kitts, where they make it, in 2015. It was pretty OK too.

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Photo of AEK
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown bottle poured into a Guinness 'draught' pint pot.

A. Pure black with a mid-brown bubbly, towering head.

S. Roasted malt, some woody tones. Maybe some liquorice and some coffee too.

T. Black coffee, chocolate, roast malt, treacle.

M. Medium, mouth coating.

D. Far more satisfying than the ordinary 'black stuff', lots more character.

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Photo of philbertk
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Guinness & Company--St. James Gate Dublin--Guinness Foreign Extra--Genuine Quality Stout--2010 11.2 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 65 IBU's. (2.25 / 5.0) Big dense lacy rocky rich espresso 3/4" lasting head. Black pour & opaque obsidian jet black color .Sweet roasted dark fruit fig plum raisin mild hop front. Roasted crusty slightly creamy sweet burnt dark fruit toffee body. Sweet mild bitter hop hot hint end. Sampled 3/17/2011. Purchased 4-Pack for $8.99 at Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/9/2010. Disappointing.

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Photo of wspscott
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Completely black with a thick,creamy, one-finger head that looks like the foam on a cappuchino.
S: Predominately roasted malts with a little sweetness, relatively muted overall.
T: The roasted malts are driving the bus, but there is some definite sweetness as well as some yeasty fruitiness. The alcohol is completely hidden.
M: A definite carbonation tingle, almost too much, it makes the mouthfeel much less "creamy" which I usually expect for the style.
D: A much better beer than "regular" Guinness, but that is not saying much. I like this beer, but I either like RISs more or this is lacking something.

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Photo of Briken
3.29/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with big tan foamy/frothy head with great retention and okay lacing. Not much in the aroma, a little roasted and sour lager. Molasses and roasted malts with slightly sour finish. A little hoppy and smoky with a roasted finish. Thick yet thin/smooth with a slight fuzz.

Much more drinkable than other Guinness although still probably just a slightly above average stout. Easy drinking to the point of it being unnoticeable except the sour/bitter finish. Not anything I'll be looking for except if it's the only thing available on St. Patrick's Day. I would definitely drink it before any other Guinness I've had.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a mocha colored head - good retention and some lacing.

Smells of banana, rum, raisin, creme brulee.

Sweet banana, bitter coffee, rum, Burnt sweetness of creme brulee in the back. Finishes dry with raisin notes and slight oaky wine taste. This is an excellent beer full of flavor and none of them are artificial.

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

Pure black body with the thinnest of red highlight line along the bottom edge. Big billowing medium tan head. Excellent lacing.

Rich roast coffee aroma with chocolate back up.

Taste follows aroma as deep roasted coffee rolls down the tongue with chocolate highlights. Subtle bitterness sneaks up more than bites. Late warmth, but not a burn.

Rich smooth mouthfeel. Who needs nitro?

Overly drinkable, its gone too fast.

A long time coming to the US, the only reason to drink Draught Guinness now is the lower ABV. If you're not driving, stick with the Foreign Extra Stout.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Stout black, opaque. Large khaki head, gobs of sticky lacing.

S: Mostly roast with a tiny metallic tinge. Dark, bitter chocolate rounds out the aroma. No perceivable sweetness, just bean. Some faint herbal hops float around in the nose.

T: Plenty of roasted malt as detected in the nose. Bitter just about everywhere...bitter chocolate, bitter hops, bitter coffee. A bit acidic. The finish suggests smoke, and lingering nutty/bitter flavors.

M: Carbonation is high, maybe too high. Finish is dry.

O: A good stout. This is different than Guiness Draught, for better or worse. If I could change anything about this beer, I would dial the acidic and dry aspect down. As far as stouts go, this finishes a little funny. Good job on hiding the 7.5 abv though, wow.

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

Ah, Guinness FES. I have a bit of a love affair with this beer, since my band if misfits on our first time visiting Ireland were on a misson to find some. It was actually a bit of a trek to find this in the Irish countryside (outside of St. James Gate is) First bottles we landed were in a small town on the Ring of Kerry.

Anyhow, I was excited that this has now made it stateside again after a long absence. Have had this a few times since, but decided to review it this past Saint Patricks Day at home.

Review from notes.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Black, no light penetration, light tan head with a half inch of head that faded to just a quarter inch that retained througout. Little light lacing.

S: Dried tobacco, or light peat. Light chocolate, light coffee, some dark fruit.

T: Bitter dry chocolate, light hops with a medium roast coffee note. Roasted caramel malt, with a crisp dry finish.

M: Thin, light, dry. Medium carbonation. Alcochol is well hidden though.

Overall, it's the best product Guinness makes, and probably the best FES to style you will find in my humble opinion. I hope it does well now that it is state side. Reason being given Guinness distribution, and macro penetration, it makes a good go to craft like beer in otherwise BMC selling establishments.

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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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