Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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2,318 Ratings
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:
2,318
Reviews:
859
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
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200
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326
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0
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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an opaque dark brown/black. The head is a beautiful tan color, thick, perfect, with great lacing. I can't see any carbonation since the beer is opaque, but I can see bubbles forming quickly at the bottom of the head.

Smell: Molasses, copper pennies, roasted malt, toasted nuts, brown sugar.

Taste: Surprisingly flavorful with a great roasted/toasted flavor, molasses, brown sugar, and pine bark.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, rich and creamy.

This is a great beer. I think it would be better if it had a little more coffee/chocolate taste. It's too heavy to drink in the summer. It's definitely a winter beer, and even then I couldn't drink many, but I'll enjoy each one.

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Appearance- The pour results in pretty much half head. It also seems to have excellent retention. And by excellent, I seem to mean obnoxious. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark chocolate brown which allows the slightest hint of garnet to show when held up to the light. Looks as if there will be considerable lacing.

Nose- Rich with good amount of complexity and presence. Heavy chocolate notes paired with raisins and roasted malts. Roasted malts have some coffee hints which, in combination with the bitter-sweet chocolate, creates a small sour or tangy note. Lush, dark grains and caramel. Some cocoa as well. Swirling shows some creaminess- milk and vanilla.

Taste- Starts off with raisins on the front. These are very sweet and move into a very bold coffee which turns the sweet raisin notes into a roasted sourness. Lots of cocoa and lots of bitterness on the linger. It's a bit of letdown after the aroma. Some caramel but the flavor profile is pretty much dominated by raisins on the front then coffee in the middle and on the finish. Some chocolate in the background. Lots of woodiness. Some grittiness. It's not a bad beer but I'm failing to understand the high rating of this beer. At this point this really seems just above average. Lots of presence but really lacks integration. The raisin and coffee are good contrasts but they never really meet at any point in the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel- A little more than medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Maybe a little too much zing. Some syrup to the texture. Some grit to the finish.

Drinkability- No heat but the notes of the flavor profile really clash. Okay for about 2 bucks a bottle.

Overall- Just above average- I definitely prefer the ease and accessibility of regular Guinness. However, if you like bold, bitter-sweet beers, you might just enjoy it. This will not be a repurchase.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours an extremely black body, like starless, moonless space. The creamy tan hat fits nice.
With the aroma I'm picking up roasted malt, sugar cookies, cherry pie and booze, glorious booze.
The flavor is all over the palate with rich roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, freshly baked black bread, all ending with a generous hop bite.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, with a comfortable alcohol warming.
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,318 ratings.
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