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 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 AdamBear
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-black with a good amount of dark tan head

S-mmm dark roasted malts and caramel...mmmm

T-hmm Guinness really did a good job, it hits with the classic draught guinness taste only much darker and stronger. the dark roasted malts are more evident in the after-taste. has a bit of bitterness to it

M-medium carbonation, much more than guinness draught, creamy finish gets more bitter as the drink goes on...i find this undesirable. the abv hits quickly, its great tasting but its for some reason its a difficult beer to finish.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.39/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a pitch black with a three-finger light brown head that is very fluffy and takes a long time to diminish, leaving a huge sticky lace along the glass.

Smell: Malts, cocoa, light hops, booze, slight earthy essence

Taste: It's alright. Extremely malty, but not lacking in the hops either. Cocoa bitterness leads throughout, and you can taste the booze a pretty good amount for how low the ABV is.

Mouthfeel: Moderate body with high carbonation, drinkability is low, it's a sipper.

Overall: This reminds me of regular Guinness, but with more flavor and carbonation, and a less smooth character.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured into a snifter to three inches of brown head. It is black is color. The aroma is very sweet with some dark fruit and bready undertones. The taste begins with dark fruits, followed by roasted malt, and finishing with some bitterness. The mouthfeel is not as creamy of the nitrous cans but it's not bad. I still think extra stout is the best of the family.

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Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick texture. There were two inches of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Aroma was very underplayed. Notes of coffee, malt, some dark fruits.

T: Had a mild coffee flavor, with some malt and raisins. Kind of on the thin and featureless side. Not offensively bad, but not that memorable.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a very dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An uneven beer, to say the least. Drinkable, but not my first choice among stouts.

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Photo of zoolzoo
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Stout black, opaque. Large khaki head, gobs of sticky lacing.

S: Mostly roast with a tiny metallic tinge. Dark, bitter chocolate rounds out the aroma. No perceivable sweetness, just bean. Some faint herbal hops float around in the nose.

T: Plenty of roasted malt as detected in the nose. Bitter just about everywhere...bitter chocolate, bitter hops, bitter coffee. A bit acidic. The finish suggests smoke, and lingering nutty/bitter flavors.

M: Carbonation is high, maybe too high. Finish is dry.

O: A good stout. This is different than Guiness Draught, for better or worse. If I could change anything about this beer, I would dial the acidic and dry aspect down. As far as stouts go, this finishes a little funny. Good job on hiding the 7.5 abv though, wow.

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Photo of ixodus
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Black in color with slight brown hues as it's held up to the light. Poured a small tan head that receded immediately into a thin foam ring with moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, nuts, earthy hops, raisins, bitter chocolate, metal.

T: Bittersweet milk chocolate, nuts, piney hops, roasty, and smokey.

M: Thin bodied, dry finish, moderate carbonation.

O: Overall a decent beer. It's quite drinkable but a little on the weak side as far as taste and mouthfeel go.

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Photo of rdilauro
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was the first time I tasted the new Foreign Extra. It poured and looked like any other Guinness Stout.
The head was the typical Guinness Head, big, white and creamy.
The initial taste gave me a lighter style then the original Stout.
It definitely had more carbonation and did have some nice hints of chocolate and coffee flavors.

However, I felt that the finish was not as nice as the start.

We tasted this one on the warm side. Later on we will taste it when its colder

After tasting the same beer 60 minutes in the cooler longer than the first one, my immediate take was that the carbonation appeared to be higher. Overall, I felt this was a lighter version of Guinness, but I still like the Guinness Draught better.

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Photo of beergod1
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful Black, with a Tan foamy lasting head. Smell of burnt coffee, earthy and a touch of hops. But then I tasted it, Actually creamy start Medium Body and dry finish. But the overall taste is something I can't figure out. Maybe it's the "oak"? Kinda Grainy, reminds me a little of the 250th yr. Guinness, But not as bad. This is drinkable, But I don't see myself buying it again.(Actually, this was given to me....thanx D.Kurtz)

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Photo of charlatan
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Small 330ml bottle pours with a thick brownish head, a decent proportion of which hangs around for a while. The nose is roasted malt with a hint of molasses, thankfully without coffee.

This is well carbonated and briefly rather too sweet (unfortunately reminding me of artificial sweeteners) before a much needed bitterness takes over lifting the brew to a higher plane.

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Photo of tewaris
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Fuck you Guinness for putting a freshness "code" and making your website so damn tough to access. Fuck you again for making Guinness Draught. Now on to review.

11.2 oz. bottle with a strange code under Best Before poured into a Lion mug.

Dark brown and clear with a big mocha colored creamy head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. Perfect looks for a stout of its strength.

Dark and sweet malts and molasses would be pretty good descriptors for the aroma on this stout. The taste begins on fruity notes that transform into molasses and some acidic notes, and finishes very harsh, charred, and bitter. Didn't expect this from Guinness! Some molasses like flavors linger along with hints of sweetness but overall very dry and deeply bittering.

The body is medium and the carbonation high that works (?) in this case because FES is not a silky smooth stout by any means. Alcohol is never noticed but more than a couple of these won't be too enjoyable.

Scores: Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 2/5; Drinkability 3.5/5

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #233
Served On: 11/02/2012
Glassware: Duvel Glass
Labeled ABV: 7.5%
Date/ Code: L1286GG003 23:42

This was a 12oz. bottle from a 4-pack I got at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick for $8.99.

Look: Poured a monster 3-fingers of a thick tan head with some serious lacing. The brew was pitch black (no surprise there).

Smell: Aroma was of robust winter fruits and a sweet lactose quality. Some slight hits of roasted barley or peat smoke.

Taste: First was a black coffee bitterness, probably from the hops. Then a hint of roasted dark chocolate in the middle. The finish was more bitterness with the roasted notes retuning along with some sweetness. The 7.5% ABV was completely hidden.

This was a really nice variation on the Guinness brand. The hoppy bitterness was a nice addition the usual Guinness palate that I'm used to.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the Guinness that is darker than the other Guinness, can hang with most craft stout appearances, even exceed it when its on tap. Aroma smells like that brown and black patent malt Guinness relatively light roasting.

Taste chewy, alcohol restrained. Hops out of the way. Bitterness held in check. Combines a smooth yet dry ride. Not as dry as the Irish Dry stout version. Decent price. Decent beer.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Time for me to review the best beer to ever come out of Nigeria “Wait... what?!” I hear you say: “I thought that Guinness was an Irish beer?!” You’re right - but this is Guinness Foreign Extra Stout - a beer that is synonymous with and brewed in Nigeria. As far as I can tell (and I’m happy to be corrected by anyone on this fact) this is the best beer brewed in Nigeria. “Why?” I’ll tell you why - Export Stouts are highly concentrated versions of the Stouts we know and love, just as India Pale Ales are highly concentrated versions of Pale Ales, Export Stouts take the good stuff of Stouts and amp the volume up to a hearty 12.

Poured from an odd-sized 325ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Deeper and darker ruby/cola colour body than Guinness this brew presents, for all intents and purposes, as an opaque black with a centimetre of tan head that disintegrates leaving a chalky lace covering. Looks intense. Smells intense (and my nose is 3 meters away from the glass). 7/10.

S: Medicinal bitter/menthol/toffee/cola syrup. This is nothing I expected from Guinness - one of the safest pair of hands in the brewing industry... this is nuts. Huge boozy dark rum note for a 7.5% ABV brew... I’m just hoping that isn’t going to trash my tongue with fusels - I was planning on enjoying another brew after this. 7/10.

T: Flavour is a bit nuts too... there’s all sorts of craziness going on: Roasted barley, tobacco, 85% chocolate, cheap dark rum (yep was hoping I wouldn’t taste that - I detest cheap dark rum) earthy and sour notes as well. This is a handful of a Stout on first sip, but then it calms down a little bit. Finish is light roasted coffee grind bitterness with a touch of dryness. That tobacco really comes through with a toasty/earthy note - very cigar-like. 7/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, a touch watery - but then again Guinness and water go together like cats and salami - with an almost flat carbonation. 6/10.

D: There’s some interesting aspects of this brew that work together but somehow became dissonant at the same time, it’s really hard to describe, I like this but at the same time I hate it... overall this is not the best Export Stout I’ve had - I would go with Coopers Best Extra or Southwark Old Stout, both from my land of birth: South Australia... huh, I just realised why I love Stouts so much - it’s in my blood. 7/10.

Food match: Cigars are the obvious choice, less obvious: Heavy smoked cured ham with Swiss and goat cheese on crusty bread.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330mL from a 4-pack, poured into a snifter.

This is the Cadillac of Guinness. The genuine article. I went into drinking this with a lot of skepticism and hope. Guinness draught was my pre-craft go-to beer. Having revisited that beer recently ... I am embarrassed to say I drank swill for years. This beer is a chance at redemption ...

L: Jet black with 2-fingers luscious rich head, great retention and lacing. Dark, dark brown head, far darker than draught or extra.

S: Malty with a subtle bitter sweet. Sweet is burnt toast caramel, bitter is crisp hops. Damn good balance. Simple.

T: Starts down the sweet path gently, then overwhelmed by a soy-sauce bitterness. Bit more bitter than sweet, balance is slightly off, but not unsalvageable. Not lacking for flavor, but still not world class.

F: Consistant and nearly thick enough, pretty good feel all around.

T: Best I've had from St. James Gate.

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Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: roasted malt and some meadow

Taste: creaminess—especially in the beginning, smoke—especially in the middle, slight chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, high carbonation, sweet and smoky

Overall: I love the smokiness in here. I was not expecting that. I could see myself having a few pints of this on a cool night. I may like this better than the original.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this in the Bahamas and hauled it back to North Carolina. Poured very dark and appeared much thicker or more viscous maybe? Aroma hinted of dark roasted malts and a hint of coffee.

A very thin tan head was present only briefly. This stout tasted much heavier with notes of coffee and chocolate. The higher alcohol content was very noticeable. I can drink regular Guinness anytime in good quantitiy. This version was sip by the fire Stout.
A nice " heavier " offering from the gold-standard of Irish Stouts.

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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 wspscott
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle in Sam Adams glass

A: Completely black with a thick,creamy, one-finger head that looks like the foam on a cappuchino.
S: Predominately roasted malts with a little sweetness, relatively muted overall.
T: The roasted malts are driving the bus, but there is some definite sweetness as well as some yeasty fruitiness. The alcohol is completely hidden.
M: A definite carbonation tingle, almost too much, it makes the mouthfeel much less "creamy" which I usually expect for the style.
D: A much better beer than "regular" Guinness, but that is not saying much. I like this beer, but I either like RISs more or this is lacking something.

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Photo of VMWhelan
3.49/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass.

Pours almost black. In the light it seems like a very very dark brown with some red to it. Nice mocha head that eventually leaves a very thin layer on the surface. Excellent lacing.

Smells like dark chocolate, toffee, molasses, dark fruits (raisins or dark cherrys). Some nice roasted malt aroma.

Very bitter dark chocolate to start. Also tastes a bit like black coffee. There is a definite sourness to this one. Lingering dark chocolate aftertaste.

Leaves the mouth rather dry. Average carbonation.

The dryness is substantial. Don't think I could down many of these.

Overall, it smells and tastes pretty good. Not sure I'd really go for it again though, but it's a pretty nice offering from Guinness. The best I've had in bottle or can form.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark black with a thick tan head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some char and espresso notes upfront, along with milk chocolate and molasses, burnt bread, dark fruit and alcohol. The flavor also has coffee and char notes initially, along with dark fruits, dark chocolate, burnt bread, some herbal hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich, and drinkability is OK. A decent export stoout, but nothing exceptional...a little underwhelming to be honest.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts and some hops. Taste is roasted malts, hops, some chocoalte, considerable bitterness. Feels full bodied in the mouth and has below average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good quality beer.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains dark fruit, roasted malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of dark fruit and faint chocolate. Then a hearty malt character comes in but it's on the thin side for the style. There's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are others that are better in the style.

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Photo of SuperNova777
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10/30/10

A:Pours a dark non transparent color with a big tan head, nice lacing is left down the

S:Smell of roasted malt, coffee, and possibly some chocolate in the mix as well. Much
like a regular Guinness but a little more intense

T:Taste is pretty much the same as the nose but mostly just dominated by robust and
roastiness of the malts. They talk about extra dry hopping on this but I'm really not
getting to much if that at all.

M:Thicker body than the regular style (which was one of the main things it was always lacking)seem like the carbonation was good as well

D:Overall a just above average stout, granted it is better than the original version, but just
nothing to crazy delicious about it. Could see drinking a couple of these if they were
offered for free but probably save my money for something a little better

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,277 ratings.
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