Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout
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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

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark stout with faint brown at the edges and a huge meringue-like head that settles into becoming even thicker.

S - Some chalky cocoa with hints of dark fruit; specifically raisins. Another more savory smell that is kind of ambiguous, I think it's a bit like warm meat.

T - Roasty, chalky malts followed slowly by a lingering sweetness that reminds me a bit of prunes or plums. Fairly one-dimensional, but way better than regular Extra Stout.

M - Creamy and medium body, this seems a touch light on the body, but pretty darn good regardless.

D - Stuff flew out of my glass. I think that what it lacks for in complexity it makes up for in high drinkability for a stout. Not sure if I would pick up again due to the high amount of excellent craft brews in the FES's price range.

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

Poured into a stange glass. Bottle brought back from Ireland by a friend of my wife. I asked her to do this shortly before I learned that this beer was finally coming to the US.

Pours with an outstanding three fingers of coffee-with-cream coloured head. As the beer sits this head begins to drop from the middle but is very persistent, and swirling the glass doesn't budge it. Body is darker than strong coffee and only the slightest dark ruby highlight is visible at the bottom of the glass. Fantastic.

Everything in Guinness Extra Stout but with greater depth and strength. The wonderful, nearly charred-roasted and unmalted barley notes that define Guinness are present here, adding the interesting dry/bitter/sweetness that made Guinness famous in the first place. Some baker's chocolate and a tiny bit of dark fruit is detectable as well. Wonderful nose.

This flavor is driven completely by darkly roasted malts. Nearly burnt and dry, but with some sweetness added by the unmalted barley. The bulk of the flavor doesn't hit the tongue till after this has been in the mouth, and when it does it is a wonderful thing. This is like Guinness Extra Stout but with more hop presence, and a slightly bigger overall flavor. This wasn't as big as I had expected from the nose however. The aftertaste is full and complex. Blatant smoke, chocolate and coffee flavors are not present, and that fact sets this beer apart from many other bigger stouts. It achieves a great complexity without any of those single flavors.

Mouthfeel is on the heavier side with higher carbonation, but adequate smoothness. Very nice.

Drinkability is dangerous, and the higher ABV is totally hidden in the flavor and feel. I could throw this back or sip it. Only one small bottle isn't nearly enough.

Conclusion: I have always loved Guinness as a brand despite its gimmicky nature, mostly because of its history. I have always been disappointed in its products available in the US though. This beer however redeems my opinion of Guinness as a brewery, and shows that it has something competitive to offer the rapidly growing market for beer brewed to the standard of excellence.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a dark brown, nearly black in the glass, garnet highlights, an abundance of frothy khaki head.

Smell -- Baker's chocolate, raisin and prune, molasses, toffee, deep roasted malt, and bitter char. Overall, lots of bitter roasty character with inviting underlying sweetness.

Taste -- Deep roast malt, baker's chocolate, blackstrap molasses, caramel, raisin and prune. Big push of earthy hop bitterness and char to balance.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, medium-high prickly carbonation. Carbonation started off a little strong, but a few swirls mended the problem.

Drinkability -- Pretty damn good. Heads and shoulders over Guinness Draught and Extra Stout. Much more complexity, very satisfying. Wasn't thrilled by the mouthfeel, but otherwise a great experience.

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

Pours dark brown, basically black, with a strong frothy head.

Smells of bitter chocolate, with a milky characteristic.

Big bitterness, chocolate, licorice and a decent amount of roasty hops. Hard to describe flavor wise as the Guinness touch is very original and unique.

Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Nice.

All in all the best guinness I've ever had, fills out the gaps of the traditional Guinness by nearly destroying the watery, uncomplex characteristics.

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

This is the Guinness I was waiting for.
After being lulled into believing that Guinness Draft was real Guinness and believing I had merely outgrown it, the love is back.
Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a Weizen glass, appearance is dark - gotta be black - no light through whatever. Incredible head that retains forever after a two minute pour.
Taste and mouth feel is of chocolate and milk with a little hops.
Very nice, enjoyable stout that deserves a place in my stash.
Better than good but not a wow though so I can't push it up to a 5.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very nice black color with a tan 2finger head that pillows down slowly and leaves nice lacing. Great look. The aroma is deep rich burnt coffee and dark chocolate. There is some bitter chocolate notes to and a touch a vanilla to balance out. The taste is fantastic initially, but the aftertaste drags this beer down. There is a nice initial roasty malty coffee and dark chocolate flavor followed by a really tannic and bitter beer face finish. This might be too warm, so I will try again colder. Great viscosity and dryness on the finish but really bitter as the beer leaves your palate. Overall, this is better in some ways that the regular dradt guineas, but drinkability lacks because of th finish and it's higher abv. Really not something to go nuts over.

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

Poured into a Green Flash pint glass.

A-Pours pitch black with highlights the color of dark stained wood. About 2 inches of chocolate milk colored fluffy head that reduces slowly, leaving chunky lacing.

S-Reminiscent of Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout. Grainy and mildly sweet, almost lactic.

T/M-The hops in this one surprised me. I had this in Belgium years ago, and I remember it being much maltier and sweeter. I guess it might be a different recipe. Anyway, there are some really nice bittering hops right up front. It's medium bodied and roasty, with a nice milky smooth mouthfeel.

D-I am not a fan of Guinness in general, but this is a really good beer. I will continue to drink it and stock it in my store.

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

picked up a 4 pack today for 8.99 and shared one with my girlfriends dad(we each had an entire bottle) chilled in the fridge for a good 2 hours, poured into a Guinness pint glass

appearance - black, when held to the light could get a hint of brown but if i had to id still say it was a light black, 1 finger head, good lacing on the glass

smell - smelled of alcohol, malt, and a bit of chocolate, no other distinct smells

taste - i have now had 4 different types of guinness out of bottles and this one by far is the best to me, no longer had the watery flavor that i associated with guinness after having other stouts, started off with a nice malty, mildly chocolate and maybe a mild coffee if i had to stretch for it and a mildly boozy flavor, still a bit watery but a pleasant amount, very refreshing flavor

mouthfeel - thinner than i thought it would be based off the initial flavor but it matched the beer nicely, something that i could drink a few watching a game without feeling weighed down but still let me know i had a stout

drinkability - it went down smooth, tasted good, and since guinness was my first favorite beer this holds a place in my heart as reminiscent of simpler times but with a more developed flavor for a more developed palate, could easily drink all day and not feel as if i deprived myself of a great beer flavor

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium Globe.

A: Black with a very thick brown head. Retention is great and the head leaves a very sticky patchy lacing in its wake.

S: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, plums, cherries, and some citric fruitiness from the hops.

T: Acrid and acidic up front like a good dry stout. Darkfruit dominates the middle with tastes of plums, raisins, and a sour astringent twang. Citric hops follow and provide balance. Sweet dark chocolate and coffee notes come out just before the finish. The finish is excellent: long, dry, and roasty with woody and cigar-like hints.

M: Thick, syrupy, and a little chewy. It has a creamy aspect as well. Low carbonation. Great.

D: Very easy to drink, but owing to the relatively high abv, most people won't have more than a few.

Notes: Wow! I had high hopes for this beer, but it was even better than I expected. It's like a Dry Stout and a Russian Imperial Stout banged and had a kid. Drinkable and complex. Easily the best beer that Guinness makes.

EDIT: I read Todd's review and I agree. There are rum-like aspects to this beer (though he may have had a slightly different recipe). Great, great stuff. I have a crush on this beer.

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Photo of spydo99
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the first 4 pack that my local bottle shoppe sold. At $10 a 4 pack - well worth the price of admission.

Chocolate/Coffee color. Foamy 1 finger head. True Guinness Taste

I prefer the Draught but at 7.5% - I am happy to have access to the option going into the winter months.

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

Bottle scored by buddy shared over football fest 10.2.2010.

Dark brown/almost black opaque body, light brown one finger head, medium dissipation leaving thin broken layer of head on top of body. Nose is mild roasted malts, floral hops and noticeable alcohol. Taste mirrors nose, fairly smooth and well balanced, not overly roasted. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit light for style, decent effervescence. Good drinkability, though a bit of heat from ABV. Pretty good stuff.

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

Well, well, well...I've been waiting to try this one for years.

Pours black with a gorgeously thick, creamy tan head that retains well and leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass. Interesting sweet, almost smokey aroma. Creamy coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, vanilla, and some underlying dark fruity notes...very dessert-like. Bittersweet roasted chocolate malt and a more pronounced smokiness in the flavor. A little burnt here and there, but nice overall, finishing with some nuts and dark fruity esters. Lighter than I thought it would be, bitter, and well carbonated. Pretty good stuff...I enjoyed it!

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Photo of GabrielM
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first GFES, so I'm pretty excited. Poured into a snifter.

A - picture perfect! To quote Chris Farley, this brew is blacker "than the inside of a coffin on a moonless night." The best part, though, is the awesome 1-inch thick off-white creamy head that sits atop. Looks absolutely beautiful!

S - slight chocolate first in, then coffee, some vanilla, roasted malts and a bit of hops in the back.

T - bitter-sweet chocolate and espresso right away, then a surprising hop bitterness. This is mellowed out by some semi-sweet malty goodness, then goes down smooth.

M - creamy, smooth, and lite with fantastic carbonation. Very well balanced and delicious.

D - the dryness and bitterness of the hops of this brew threw me for a loop at first (keep in mind that I've only had Guinness Draught Extra from bottles and tap up to this point, so I was expecting something a bit sweeter). However, I'm chalking that up to a very cold bottle when first poured. Now that its warmed up a little it's going down amazingly smooth! The 7.5% ABV is practically unnoticeable and I know I could easily put back a few of these on any given night.

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

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into an Irish pub style (real) pint glass, in low altitude Galway, Ireland, on September 15th, 2010. Pours a VERY dark ruby with a brilliant display of downward bubbles. Creamy head with excellent retention. Appears clear, alive, and very inviting, though it's too dark to see through.

Smell: Smells of roasted barley and biscuity hops. A scent of moderate strength. My nose is broken so it's difficult to detect flavours.

Taste: A dash of cream and then a perfect balance of slightly roasted barley and a note of hops, with a cool, refreshing finish. A well balanced, perfect body, though the finish is a bit wetter than I like in a stout. There is a very faint note of coffee and maybe caramel, though these flavours are very toned down in comparison to Guinness Draught. Very well built, a stout done right like only Arthur can.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation but not overdone. What's amazing about this beer is how good its body plays on the palate despite its 7.5% abv. Good thickness. Great body. Near perfect smoothness and wetness for the style. Just a touch too smooth and wet; I'd like a biteen more coarseness and dryness.

Drinkability: I'm going to go broke here in Ireland buying this over and over, but I'm going to be happy while I do it. An amazing beer in my favourite beer style. Hides its high ABV impeccably well. Very drinkable. An incredible beer.

Had to revise this review and tone it down following changes to the review weights. After a revisit, I reduced its score to accurately reflect its quality.

High B+

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel snifter. Brought this bottle back from the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin in June.

a - Pours a very dark brown color with two fingers of tan head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, caramel malts, chocolate, and sticky sweet dark fruits.

t - Tastes of dark fruits, sweet fruit, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall a very solid stout that is very drinkable. Not as thick as the Guinness in the US and a bit sweeter, but could definitely have a few of these. Would definitely have again.

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Photo of trevorjn06
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black with an off-white, creamy head that leaves a nice thick lacing on the glass as it slowly recedes.

Aroma is earthy and roasted with notes of caramel, dark malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste is roasted with notes of coffee and dark malts but it is a bit thin and astringent. The finish has a roasted bitterness that is a tad sharp.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin for a stout with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a classic and is good, but falls short of some of my favorites. The thin flavor and taste leaves me wanting, but the aroma is wonderful.

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

the beer that helped me make it through being in poland for six months.

pour is near black/ruby edged in the light... no cloudiness. nice lace. nose that permiates the room of Cabernet and vanilla. a wonderful grape scent. chocolate and coffee mild not sweet but bitter quality... earthy crisp tocabbo. a tad burnt malt quality. a tad astringent bitter finish. wonderful just above freezing fall day beer. good at cellar too. sharper carbonation.

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

11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 28/03/11.

Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with thin garnets hints at the edges and a big, burgeoning, beige-hued head with good retention.

Smell: Roasty nose with an ardor for bulk chocolate and notes hinting at coffee, salted caramel, and a small splash of lightly tart black currant wine.

Taste: Dark, roasted barley with tones of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and smokey molasses. Medium sweetness. Fruity touch of cassis creeps in midway through. Small hint of licorice. The roastiness meshes well with the floral, herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Small carbonic pinch. The finish starts off malty and sweetish with a hint of alcohol, but eventually trails off into a dull bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A bit over medium-bodied with medium-light carbonation for a fairly soft mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability: I enjoyed it. Flavorful and satisfying, the two things I find woefully lacking with the standard-issue Guinness.

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

WOW, what a find. I was in Aruba and met some people at the Divi Pheoix. I checked out their little store and there it was. Soooo much better than the USA extra stout and 7.5% ABV. This stuff was even cheaper than Heineken at $2.85 per bottle. Which isn't cheap, but compared to a $6.00 Balashi draft at the pool, it is a steal!!!

About the beer itself, it is everything you could want from an off-the-shelf Stout.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better then I thought it was going to be I have to admit. This one was served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 07/01/2010.

The pour was a dark black, no light coming through this one at all with a nice tan head of about two inches capping the top. Nice lacing settling down but eventually a mostly bare top was left without much around the sides.

Aroma is very roasty and smoked. Nice hints of underlying bitter chocolate and sweetness laying around as well. Feel was a touch thin, but other then that seemed to work well as the deep roasted chcocolate came across clearly and the nice roasted and smoked malts added a nice touch.

Overall much better then I thought it would be for sure, Would not mind seeing this one again.

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

Thanks to Daniel for this bottle. This one pours black with a rapidly growing mocha head, tall, thick, recedes at a moderate pace leaving lots of lace. Aroma has a worty barley scent along with roast and a touch of honey sweetness. Good balance between roast and sweet on the nose. Flavor has coffee, but not nearly as sharp of a roast as other dry stouts I have tried, smooth and semisweet initially, then a pleasant roasted barley bitterness and cookie finish. Nicely done, the roasted malt avoids acrid sensation for a refreshing beer. Somewhat insubstantial body, but expected for the style, moderate to heavier carbonation is expected, maybe a bit much on the bubbles though. Drinkability is definitely high, not many beers of this strength are as easily quaffable.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best by March 28, 2011.

Pours heavy dark brown/black with a large foamy brown head that recedes beautifully and leaves very intricate patterns of lacing.

Aroma features coffee, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cinnamon, a little dark fruit and earthy/floral hops. Smooth aroma, moderate strength.

Flavor is very roasty and chocolaty along with dark fruits, coffee, a bit of a sourness/lacto kick, and a fair amount of citrusy hops, wasn't expecting that but I like it. Finishes quite bitter.

Mouthfeel is medium to full, prickly carbonation.

Excellent stuff, hopefully it becomes more widely available around here.

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

Appearance - 3 solid inches of creamy off white pillows of head. A dark black color to the beer. Leaving lacing from the initial head alone.

Smell - Malty chocolate with caramel coffee and a bread back to it.

Taste - The caramel and milk chocolaty flavors come through and are backed with a hoppy bitterness that is unforgettable.

Mouthfeel - Slightly heavy thick richness like a chocolate malt. Yet smooth.

Drinkability - I love Guinness and id give it a 5 all the way down but i do not believe anything is "perfect".

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Photo of DerBayer
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I have tried this a couple of times and really want to like it and it s not bad but not great either.

The feel of the beer is very dry - too dry for me but others may like it.

So how is it different to a regular Guiness: Well the Chocolate malt and hops character ius certainly a lot more pronounced and the beer has an above average taste but in all it just fails to impress me.

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Photo of hayes31
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

I was pretty surprised at the thickness of this beer, since I've been so used to Guinness Draught. It's got a great appearance, as always, and an extremely dark smell about it. It tastes much richer than Guinness, with that burned toast taste that I love. Not as drinkable as Guinness Draught, but a much better beer given its improved complexity.

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