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:
2,308
Reviews:
855
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
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194
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321
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Photo of artoolemomo
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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Photo of godlessape
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
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.
Overall a powerhouse of a stout.

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Photo of Cheld
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jdkitchi
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hogansct
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of EricThompsono
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of AmishRockstar
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of kb2250
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of lucasj82
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Parker9000
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mquartuccio87
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of beermeplease88
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dpatt70
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of aswaller
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of cam477
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dmquinn
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of cj5y
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of rievelx6
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours black with a nice tan head

S- Great aroma of coffee and chocolate

T- Taste matches the aroma well with the coffee and chocolate

M- Smooth feel with slight carbonation

O- Overall this is a very good stout I thoroughly enjoy this beer, hard to beat this beer

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Photo of tjsmith910
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of schaffer9252
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of brurevu
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Foreign Extra Stout poured a deep opaque black with a full tan head with great retention. The aroma was surprisingly weaker than expected from such a foreboding brew but was reminiscent of a regular Guinness. The Foreign Extra Stout takes those signature Guinness flavors and turns them up to 11. There are hints of chocolate, sweet malts, and a slight char that leaves a nice bitterness on the palate. It has a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is heavier than the regular Guinness, but still lighter than expected. The Foreign Extra Stout is the epitome of Guinness and so good.

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Photo of longisland1983
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,308 ratings.
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