Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Foreign Extra StoutGuinness Foreign Extra Stout

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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 Higravity
3.36/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found it at a beer bar in Windsor, Canada and thought it a steal at $4 CA. The bottle looks a little newer than the one in the pic here. Anyway the pour into the glass was brown black with a tint of red in there too. The head was tan and a fluff if a little thin. It smelled of dark sugar and maybe some slight toffee overall it was rather muted even though I let the bottle warm at room temp for a while. The mouthfeel was not as thick as I would have thought and the flavor was just ok for a semi-big stout. I had some good caramel toffee flavors, but overall I found it too be the myth has built this beer. Very drinkable but not worth the chase some people do to try this beer.

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Photo of Lupe
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

When my mom took her most recent trip to Aruba, this beer was the souvenir I requested she bring back for me. And boy was it worth it. Bottle has a best before of 280205, but this beer is even better aged then when I first tried it in 2005.

Pitch black in color with mahogany hues at the bottom of the glass. Head pours thick and rocky, slowly dissipating to a beige sheet and leaving behind some sporadic lace.

Aroma of toasted malts, toffee, and rum along with some dark fruit.

Starts with some bitterness from the roasted malts and hops, which dries the tounge. Next malt flavors of bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, and caramel come in and juice things up - making the mouth water. Hop bitterness combines nicely with the roasted malt flavors. Leaves you with some lingering dark fruit/raisin flavors, nuttiness, and a dry palate.

Full-bodied, and smooth ... very smooth. Kind of chewy. I've seen beers called chewy before and thought "How can that be?", but alas - I have found myself a chewy beer.

Very easy to drink, especially for a heavier stout. But watch out, unless you live in the tropics you will go through your stash way too quickly. Still have 2 more stashed away, but I think it is time to go and find a friend going to the Caribbean. Or book a trip myself. Such a shame this is not more easily available.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in of all places, the Bahamas. In fact, this beer is as readily available as any in this country. A slightly more "deco" style bottle then the display on this page. Anyhow, to the beer. Deep, modest stout color. What do you expect? Smell and taste are extremely similar in this case. Very rich, deep smokey tones, followed by a burnt chocolate body and a very light licorice finish. A strange, complex, and very heavy drinker. Not for the timid, this is one you don't pass along to someone you may be trying to convert. Very complex, but very good.

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Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger pillowy tan head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured candy sugar, caramel malt, mild coffee and and burnt grain aromas.

The taste featured an upfront burnt grian and coffee bitterness with hints of cocoa and charcoal. Some dark fruitiness as well. Mild alcohol burn as well.

The mouthfeel was chewy and full.

Overall a very drinkable stout considering the ABV.

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

Pours a deep shade of burnt brown with a reddish tint too it. Large tan head, frothy, creamy, and quick to fade leaves a little lacing.

Nicely roasted nose with some odd fruit aromas for a stout. Blueberry, blackberry, hints of chocolate, and even a little sour milk. Maybe some oxidation as well.

Creamy full mouthfeel, with the same fruity aspects as the nose. Full of blueberry and roasty malt with a nice bittering hop finish. Blackberry again, dark bitter chocolate. Nicely rounded and balanced. Good complexity as well as a decent finish.

Glad I tried this one thanks too flexabull.

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Photo of 8PCVsFinest
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to have a friend who was visiting London secure 3 bottles for me.

Pours into a pint glass with a thicker, more substantial and lasting head than the "Extra Stout" seen here in NYC. Aromas of coffee, steak, chocolate, and roasted almonds pervade. Mouthfeel is more refined, more complex than Canadian-import Extra Stout.

The head sticks to the pint glass relentlessly. Even with the last viable sip, a rocky outcrop sits defiantly. The aftertaste consists of equal parts roasted earthiness and smoothness. This is clearly a superior beer that should be available to all corners of the globe; it is truly a shame that it is not available in New York City.

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Photo of Stephen63
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black as coal with nice smooth foam on top. Head faded to be not so uniform but held on very well to bottom of glass.

S - Quite subdued, perhaps had been a little too long in the fridge. Hints of caramel and toffee but not strong.

T - Wow... this hits the mark. Acceptable bitterness hits immediately with roasted coffee and wonderfully smooth for such a rich beer. Draught Guinnness pales after drinking this. This really deserves the name stout.

M - Marvelous smoky feel with just right level of carbonation.

D - Yes, much more of a kick that regular Guinness but has a "drink me" factor that can't be ignored.

Makes draught Guinness, which is still a decent beer, seem quite bland in comparison. Nuff said!

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

Enjoyed this out of plastic cups on a high speed train while in Europe (yeah, well, there were no glass vessels available from which to imbibe this delicious elixir - t'was good enough to transcend the sacrilege of the plastic cup). Actually purchased from a convenience store specializing in random foreign foods and goods. Was a bit pricey there at 3 euro/bottle, but it made the train ride go by even faster.

Wonderful motor oil black with a nice brown head. Excellent thick sweetness balanced by roasted notes. Nice and smooth - somewhat creamy. Mouthfeel is nice and thick - I love it. This is how I like my stouts. Alcohol is not easily perceived. The flavors easily mask any if it's hiding back there. It's easy enough to down a few of these, so drinkability remains relatively high.

All I can say is this: Guinness would make a lot of money off of me if they brought this to the US.

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Photo of flexabull
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer and sampled it in Costa Rica about a week ago. The label says, "Producto de Irlanda" so this one is imported from Ireland..

Beer pours a deep dark brown, with a very nice tan head.

Aromas are sweet, chocolate like, and there are some coffee notes.

Flavors are of dark roasted malts on the front, but the beer had a pretty distinct sweet soy sauce like quality. There a bit of dryness and bitterness on the finish, but the soy sauce taste isn't really something that I enjoy.

Mouthfeel is very thick and full.

Drinkability is pretty good, but this really wasn't my style. I'd have another, but I can think of other stouts that I prefer. But I enjoyed trying this one. And it was a welcome change from all the lagers in Costa Rica.

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Photo of sloejams
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I made a point to drink a few of these on my recent trip to France. I should have brought as many as I could home with me. Not being able to get this style of Guinness in the United States is a crime.

Oh the lovely, sweet, thick black elixir. It kind of looks like motor oil. The coffee and toffee aromas hit first. Yum. It has a warming, familiar flavor. It's kind of like that hot chocolate your mother used to make for you. That sort of comfort comes through in the flavor. It's sweet, it's malty - it's delicious.

Night and day from the stuff you can get here - sadly.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on my recent trip to Jamaica. Bottle says it was brewed an bottled by Desnoes & Geddes of Kingston, Jamaica.

I like how this beer poured. Rich, deep chocolate brown. Thick, foamy head that was tinger tan. Never quite vanished. Nose is malty with lots of toast.

Flavor is nice. Never been a huge fan of the style because it always seemed a tad out of whack to me. But this one has decent balance. Malts are heavily roasted and the hops have a nice spruce springiness to them. Kind of a clove flavor as well. Medium to full body that does not cloy at all. Hops do slightly linger and the alcohol is lightly pronounced. Easily drinkable but it might numb the taste buds a bit after several bottles.

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Photo of ikats
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle purchased on the island of St. Thomas. Brewed in Dublin (according to the bottle).

Practically back in color with nice, sticky brown head that slowly dissipated to a thin cover leaving nice lacing behind.

Aroma is full of roasted notes, caramel, molasses. Sweet and sticky with a hint to this beer's strength.

First sip is a bit of a shocker as my mind tries to clear any connection or expectations related to a 4% Guinness Draught. The following sips reveal beer's sweet softness with dry bitterness. Strength is lurking in the background. This beer has substance, but even so, it's still not more than medium body.

Fairly drinkable with a nice mouthfeel; although, I cannot imagine it being a session beer.

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

Poured into a glass, is a awesome blackish red witha fluffy 2 finger head that stays the entire drink and leaves heavy lace. Smell is over bitter sweet fig leaf and bread. Taste is a bit dry and strong with a heavy sense of bread and sweet carmel, this is a very good offering form Guinness and probably my favorite from the, the drink is very smooth and goes down nicely.

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Photo of JimsArcade
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A friend brought a few bottles of the Foreign Extra Stout back from his vacation in Jamaica where this is brewed and bottled. The bottle is different than the one pictured. It's somewhat smaller than the domestic Extra Stout, and the bottle tapers to a wider base at the bottom.

A: This beer is nearly pitch-black with a rather thick head. It reminds me of some of the better stouts I've seen.

S: It's a little "rummy" (thanks to the higher alcohol compared to the domestic version) with a sour-ish aroma of roasted malts.

T: This has a big dose of flavor. The mild sourness of the roasted malts bursts right through. Hints of coffee permeate as well.

M: It has below-average amount of carbonation, but it feels just right.

D: Very smooth and, given the alcohol content, it's surprising how easy it could be to drink these one after another.

Overall, this was a real treat. I doubt I'll ever get the chance to have one again, but I'm glad I finally did.

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Photo of Melchizedek
4.11/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this one in Belize and was very excited to get my hands on the Holy Grail of Guinness. 275-mL bottle pours opaque ebony with a pretty towering head that subsides into a very respectable cap, leaving lovely rings down the side.

Smell develops as beer warms, sweet and pungent. Burnt/roasted grain is subdued, with a sweet caramel-and-tobacco fragrance wafting up on alcohol fumes.

There's something for every region of the tongue in the taste - a bit of mineral kick up front, followed by underlying creamy malt character and coffee-ish roasted flavors. Hop bitterness all around, lending it a strong, dry character, and their leafy (and slightly floral) character blends with alcohol and the creamy texture of the grains to create a tartness I haven't seen in stouts up to this point. Equally nice to savor in the mouth or just sip smoothly. Mouthfeel is just about perfect, balancing slick creaminess with a drying finish that belies the full body of the brew.

Although the alcohol (7.5% by volume) doesn't hide throughout, it's not so conspicuous as to make drinking this (at least in small proportions) a chore, and I could easily work through a couple of these small bottles in a sitting. I'm glad I got my hands on this one.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was able to bring a few of these back with me from a recent trip to Nassau in the Bahamas. Pours pitch black with a large creamy tan colored head. Much like the Extra Stout offered in the states but much bolder in every aspect. Too bad Guinness does not ship the Foreign Extra Stout to the states or it would be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of beltyrion
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I found this in a random bar in Palermo Sicily. Unfortunately I couldn't enjoy it as leisurely as I would have liked, but I was later able to enjoy a second round with a buddy of mine.

A: Pours the typical guinness near pitch black color. If anything the head is a darker brown.

S: Hints of coffee and chocolate. This seems to be the typical Guinness Extra Stout I get in the US on steroids.

T: Like drinking bread. The same coffee and chocolate hints. It takes all the hints you get from a bottle of regular old extra stout and fulfills them. Very bold.

M: Just as carbonated as the regular extra stout but a bit thicker.

D: I don't think I could do this all day like its lesser brethren, but a definite treat. Felt very fortunate to find this, as I don't plan on going to Africa, Asia or the Caribbean any time soon.

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Photo of norwichboy
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I’ve never found Guinness very accessible, and it has been the only beer I can remember trying that I have really struggled to drink, even the supposedly perfect pint poured in the Dublin Guinness Factory. I’d long given up on it, but perhaps I can have more luck with the Foreign Extra incarnation of it.

Pours with a large frothy light brown head, long lasting and plenty of lacing. Pitch black hue, completely opaque. Malty aromas are dominant with dark bitter chocolate, coffee and all round roastiness.
Seemed subdued on tasting though: more maltiness and some pleasant bitter flavours, but somewhat lacking in the intensity you would expect from the smell. Medium-to-full body with creamy texture. Lovely finish with malt giving way to a lovely lingering bitter flavour. The length of this is exceptional. Incredibly drinkable: certainly none of the iron filing flavour I'd associate with Guinness Draught, but surprisingly drinkable for the alcohol content as well.

Overall, sorry to reach the end of it, and happily converted.

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Photo of Derek
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of these at Bob Marley's, Universal City Walk, Orlando.

A: Blacker than black, tan head, not enough retention (for a stout), but it does leave a nice lace.

S: Very roasty, with a hint of British fruity esters.

T: Pleasant dry roastyness, a little chocolate, nut, grassy hops, slight hint of bubblegum esters. None of that Guinness sour tang. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavour.

M: Moderate to full body is somewhat chalky. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Incredible for its strength.

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

330ml bottle bought from Sainsbury's...

Poured a deep black - no hint of colour when held up to light... Creamy brown, rocky head poured big and foamy and lasted for quite a while.... lots of nice sticky lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted malts, coffee, bitter dark chocolate, slight spiciness, nuttiness, some dark fruits (blackcurrents), treacle notes, leathery hints, some soy sauce traces...

Taste – Nice roasted maltiness, dark fruits (prunes, blackcurrents), definite bitter chocolate notes, coffee, biscuity notes, woody, some molasses, spicy hops...

Feel - Quite smooth initially then some sharpness afterwards. Full body... pretty drinkable given the strength...

Overall - An excellent stout, highly recommended. If only all Guinness was this good... Not quite as good as the Belgian version but not far off....

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Photo of Prufrock
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33 cL bottle poured into a pint glass.

pitch brown with a creamy tan head.

coffee and a ton of roasted malts. a hint of alcohol.

smooth carbonation with a slightly thick, alcoholic feel. roasted malt with a touch of coffee and sweetness. less hop character than the standard Guinness.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was given to me, from Tom at Cloverleaf. He brought it back from Jamaica, on a recent trip. He was gracious enough to give me a bottle, to sample. Thank you very much Tom.

Poured from a 275ml bottle into a pint glass.
Label states 6.5% alcohol.
Best before March 07.

Looks like your average stout, inky black color. A one finger thick creamy tan head forms. Spotty lacing is left behind. Smell is mostly roasted malts, hints of dark fruits and some sort of sour aroma. Taste mimics the smell lots of roasted malts, sweet, some hints of the alcohol. Finishes slightly dry. Smooth and full bodied mouthfeel. Leaves a twangy feeling on the tongue, maybe slightly sour. Overall a decent beer to drink. I'm glad I was given the opportunity to sample this. Quite different from the Guinness served in the U.S.

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Photo of BeerFink
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much thanks to my roommate for bringing this back from his trip to Ireland for me. He picked it up at the Guinness brewery in Dublin, bottle says "brewed in Ireland."

Decanting this 330 mL bottle reveals a midnight black brew dominated by a light brown head. As the head dies down slightly, some heavy lacing coats my snifter. The aroma was much sweeter than I was expecting a Guinness to be. Some dark fruits coupled with caramel and possibly some molasses. Plenty of malt in the nose, with a really fantastic nuttiness. An extraordinary nose for an export stout. The flavor is very full, slightly reminescent of Guinness' Extra Stout, but with more depth. Up front, the taste is very robust - a nice presence of roasted barley and black malts, coffee is also apparent. Underneath this malty facade lies some nice bitter chocolate and caramel flavors. The robust malts eventually give way to a definite creaminess along with a hint of dark fruit sweetness. That creamy flavor leads into some spicy hops that help finish things off. Aftertaste is slightly hoppy, but mainly roasted dry. Mouthfeel is very full and almost chewy. Definitely the best offering from Guinness I've experienced.

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Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for this...
Jamaican version...
Appears a light black with brown edges and a small tan head.
Smell is of buttery, caramel, light, mildly sour toffee.
Taste is of the same aromas with a caramel sweetness standing out.
Mouthfeel is chewy, and medium bodied.

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

330ml bottle from santoslhalper way back as part of BIF 17. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense, frothy head lasts more or less forever, with heavy lasting lacing. Aroma is dark malts with a fruity tinge to it, and maybe some vanilla notes. Taste is alomst like Guinness syrup, what you expect from normal Guinness, but more of it in the same volume. More intense flavor than we're used to from them, very nice. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice, although tending towards syrupy sweet a tad. Wish this was more of an option than it is in the US.

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