Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,315
Reviews:
858
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
198
Gots:
324
For Trade:
0
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Photo of AccipiterofBeer
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBen5
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Radcpa
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark appearance and an aroma that is also pleasant. This is a far improvement over other Guinness beers with the exception of drafts that are obtained in the U.K.

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Photo of Sappyjoker
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MacStinson
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ultrasrs
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very deep roasted, cocoa, coffee, blast to the palette. Don't forget the hop bitters, because they are certainly there too!

This beer is inky black and pours with a beautiful head. Just absolutely perfect looking.

I'm not a huge stout fan but I thought it was pretty decent. The bitterness was something that I wasn't expecting. I'm not big on bitters. This is a beer that a man with a full beard and an axe drinks while cutting down trees for fire wood on a cool fall day. haha.

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Photo of SuomenAmerikkalainen
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BenBreeg
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jstarr2517
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tigerbrau
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mongrel
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a mix of chocolate and twangy tobacco, with fruity (dare I say) tropical hops. Nose is actually somewhat mild, but an interesting hint of things to come.

Tastes twangy with fruit and tobacco up front, then milk chocolate mid palate and a creamy finish. Stiff hop profile reads almost like a black IPA at times, but there's no getting around the signature Guinness roasty twang and creaminess. Good brew.

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Photo of NOLANDMAN
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zazzi82
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aberjack
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bammer21
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vader444
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into 2/3 pint glass.

I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover this one. A regular Guinness Draft drinker during my student days this one passed me by completely. This is lovely stuff; bitter, herbal and complex with a reasonably soft mouthfeel. Doesn't have the same intensity as many of it US counterparts but sometimes a bit of subtlety is what you want; it gives you a little more to contemplate. A cracking surprise and readily availability/good value means that this will be a regular buy for me.

Cheers!

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Photo of Tshane
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A very knowledgeable specialty/beer/wine manager at my workplace (#TeamWFM) refers to this as "Expedition Stout." Not sure why.

Appearance: About 3/8 inch, toffee-tan head lasting about a minute plus. Lacing hangs on the sides of the glass a minute and a half at least after drinking quite a bit of this. (No, I'm not sipping slowly, I was thirsty!) The color of the ale is black or almost black.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffeeish. Activated my yeast allergy so I sneezed! Nose stuffed up.

Taste: Fairly full and balanced between slight sweetness and malt and bitterness. Satisfying, although there are a few brews, especially Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, that top this by a long shot. A thin and annoying bitterness remains on the tongue long after a swallow. (FYI re: my taste preferences: I'm a much bigger fan of Imperial and oatmeal stouts because they are generally sweeter and less bitter then regular stouts.)

Mouthfeel: lighter medium, between thin and thick ale, but towards thinner. Like light machine oil might feel if it weren't oily.

Overall: If it weren't so bitter, and the bitterness didn't stick to the tongue so long afterward, this might get a higher rating. Given the choice I will always pick the black chocolate, imperial or pretty much any oatmeal stout over this one.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bitterandtwisted
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBarber
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brownish black like cola. Thick frothy khaki head dissipates leavings sticky lacing all the way down and a thin head.

Smell has aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight hoppy aroma. Its like a regular guinness but with a hoppier aroma.

Taste has notes of chocolate, roasted malts and hops providing a slightly bitter finish. Beer is slightly sweet with a cola like touch. The roasted barley really comes outs the beer warms.

Feel is very smooth, a bit lighter than some other Guinness variants, but still good for the style. Very dry on the finish.

Overall a nice Guinness variant and a good example of a foreign export stout.

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Photo of griffey123
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.07 out of 5 based on 2,315 ratings.
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