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 | website

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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4.06
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19.46%
 
 
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Photo of Buggies
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a huge fluffy tan head. It took forever to pour a 12oz bottle. Big aromas of citrus. Nice gentle aroma of roasted grains and coffee and just a slight earthiness from the hops.

Tastes incredibly smooth. Again, big citrus flavors. Nice background bitterness from the roasted grains. And nice earthy notes rounding it out.

Probably one of Guinness's finest beers. I really with I could a fresh pint of this from across the pond.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours an almost jet-black coloring, but with some ruby highlights. The head is a big, chunky, light milk-chocolate coloring that settles into a one inch vision after the beautiful cascade. Chocolate, coffee, toffee, and molasses invade the nasal cavity on first smells, and further investigation gives off a slightly bitter and slightly sour scent. The beer is subtle in it's initial flavors, and it slowly reveals some smokey roast flavors, darkly sweet caramel and molasses malt, and a very sneaky hoppiness in the very deep background. There is also a roasted meat quality to the flavor, as well, although I have a hard time pinpointing it to anything more than that. The beer is extremely smooth and creamy, and the flavors quickly depart the mouth, leaving a slightly sweet and rich aftertaste. Delicious!

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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 Hoptometrist
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass at the Winking Lizard.

A-Jet black, two fingers of creamy frothy mocha colored head, with clumpy clingy lacing

S- Strong roasted coffee, chocolate, and caramel notes

T- Dark fruit (raisin, plum), coffee, toffee, chocolate, with dry vinegar finish. Hop bitterness adds depth and balance with the sweetness from the dark fruit and chocolate flavors.

M- Very robust and mouth coating. Nice chewy body on this stout.

O- I have only have Guinness Draught twice in my life, both times on tap, and I have enjoyed it for what it is, but it never stood out to me too much. This is a fantastic beer though. Very drinkable considering the ABV and with enough depth and complexity for me to want to revisit this beer on a regular basis. Very pleasantly surprised with this beer.

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

12 oz bottle

A - Dark ruby brown pour with a good sized beige head; excellent retention that lasts the duration of the drink with very sticky lacing

S - Big toasted malt nose with a somewhat nutty edge. Bits of coffee make themselves known as the brew warms

T&M - Malts in the nose follow through to the flavor, and have a big, bold character with a dry edge. Hints of nuttiness and just a bit of hop bitterness in the somewhat dry finish. This beer has a big feel, and is smooth and somewhat creamy until the bitterness shows in the finish with just a hint of alcohol

D - A delicious stout; I'm glad it's available in the States. Tons of character at easy drinking.

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

Served chilled from 300ml bottle in a standard half pint glass.

A: Opaque black in colour with a thick, smooth dark beige head. Little or no transparency when held up to the light. This beer retains its head and leaves a perfect lacing to the glass.

S: Roasted barley with coffee and licorice notes. Smoky. Slight aromas of alcohol, perhaps akin to port or cognac.

T: Heavily roasted malt with flavours of cocoa and dark chocolate, strong black coffee, dark fruits, with a heavy roasted bitterness, almost smoky, with a syrupy sweetness. Touch of caramel, and a mild taste of alcohol near the finish. Becomes increasingly sweeter with the roast and 'dark' tastes less dominant as you near the end.

MF: Smooth and creamy, full and dry with low carbonation. A somewhat sticky/chewy feel as the beer warms up to near room temperature.

O: A very flavorsome, dry, bitter and sweet stout. A beer to appreciate in small quantities.

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

Appearance: black, opaque body; thick, creamy tan head. Lots of lacing down the glass.

Smell: thick malt smell, very doughy and sweet. Very faint hop aroma.

Taste: heavy roasted malt and nuts. Classic Guinness sourness throughout and nice bitter finish. Alcohol noticeable but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Light, smooth, carbonation gently tickling the tongue.

Overall: My kind of Guinness! Thick and chewy, with a fine high alcohol edge that doesn't overpower the complex flavors. A stout that makes you take notice and will keep you coming back.

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

Poured dark brown color from an 11.2 oz bottle, with ABV and best-by date on the label. Pitch black once it is in the glass with a two finger mocha head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving behind some very nice lacing.
Aroma is so pleasing, a near perfect blend of coffee, malts with hints of chocolate.
Taste upfront is of malts with hints bitter coffee and dark cocoa, finishing with an exceptionally sharp bitterness. Medium to full-bodied stout with a very creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel itself makes this a very drinkable stout, irrespective of the ABV. Very nice lacing all along the insides of the glass.
This stout is hands down one of the best Guinness has to offer. A must try for every stout lover; highly recommended.

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

A - Dark, very dark ebony in colour, 1 finger creamy-head, yet of a different texture to its draught brethren.

S - Dark brown sugar, dark chocolate, caramel, bitter espresso, sweet warm milk.

T - Truffle, black chocolate with a bitter edge, coffee, malts, maybe some dark fruits, a little and by no means overpowering tinge of alcohol. Nice bitter-sweet creaminess which should be savoured on the taste-buds.

MF - Creamy, slick and not at all heavy (which should quash the Guinness and its 'heaviness' myth), has the consistency of sweet coffee-flavoured milk!

O - Fantastic stout, the best formulation of the Guinness brand to be sure, do not hesitate to pick it up, and a few at that!

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

A: 1/2" light brown head that dissipated quickly and left a nice lacing over black/cola liquid.

S: Semi sweet caramel, roasted barley and toasted malt.

T: Delicious. Toasted malt, roasted barley, and some coffee notes. Somewhat yeasty with a burnt and bittersweet aftertaste that lingers with flavours of figs and raisins.

M: Medium viscosity with a creamy mouthfeel and a medium level of fine carbonation.

O: Very nice, a creamy and bitter treat.

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

Appearance: Dark black with a small light brown head that fades quickly.

Smell: Roasted barley malts, coffee notes

Taste: Roasted malts up front, coffee notes, some hints of chocolate, there is a nice balance of ingredients with this beer, some hop bitterness in the background

Mouth feel: Very smooth, leaves a lingering bitterness that lasts for quite a while after each sip.

Drinkability: Easy drink ability, and at 7.5% abv it is hidden extremely well. Overall, this beer reminds me of something in between the Guinness draught in terms of drink ability and the Guinness Stout in terms of flavor. Highly recommended.

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

A friend brought back a bottle from Ireland. Pours pitch black with a thick light tan thick head that sustains well into the pint. Smell is sweet with a hint of burnt caramel and molasses. The taste is exceptional. Starts and finishes with a caramel sweetness but with complimenting flavors all around. In the background a bitterness from hops that sticks around throughout. It is joined by dark chocolate and a subtle coffee flavor. Finish is a lighter caramel taste that is more than expected considering the aroma. Mouthfeel is lighter than expected but still medium bodied. Overall an outstanding stout. Wish this was the Guinness that was readily available in the US.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle a dark blackish brown with ruby red highlights when held to thelight with a thick Rocky/creamy tan head that settled to a nice tan ribbon that lasted for the beer and left lacings. Smell is of roasted malt with a slight coffee and chocolate notes and bitter hops. Taste is domnated by bitter roast malt with a hint of chocolate and coffe and the hops work right along with the bitterness of the grains. Mouthfeel is full and smooth and creamy, a lot of folks commment about it being heavy but this is a full bodied beer with a wonderful smoothness about it. Drinkability is excellent, the balanced carbonation and moderat alchohol level make this a wonderful stout!

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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 mdvatab
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Been looking forward to trying this one!

Aroma: A cherry and Cabernet Sauvignon tart one-two punch, transitioning to an earthy mineral note. Dark malt and light cocoa also present themselves in the middle. This one definitely leans toward fruity tartness, as opposed to more round, sweet, dark chocolate notes, which is fine.

Appearance: THICK three-finger, persistent, rocky, tan foam rests on top of a brown-black body with a half-centimeter cola-colored corona around the outside. Beautiful lacing, and, in true Guinness fashion, a thick lump of foam remains until the last gulp.

Flavor: Rich, dark, malty coffee, coupled with the vinous and mineral character that was present in the aroma. The flavors are exceptionally balanced. There's a hint of alcohol, evidence of the 7.5 ABV. Bitterness is prominent, and lingers for a while through the finish, but is not out of place.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, and medium-low, creamy carbonation.

Overall: This is what a Guinness should taste like! I'm a big fan. It's dark and malty, but has some fruity complexity that just isn't there stylistically in a dry stout. Many of us beer geeks avoid Guinness, due (among other reasons) to it's commoditized, ubiquitous marketing, and the one-dimensional nature of Guinness Draught. Give Foreign Extra Stout a chance, though. I really enjoyed, and highly recommend it!

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Photo of sdj5
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark, two finger tan head.

S: Roasted coffee, fresh sweet bread, cream

T: Sweet, roasted, resinous, dark chocolate lingering, raisins, dates, lactic acid on the end

M: Feels exceptional in the mouth

D: Honestly is one of the most drinkable beers I've had

I recommend this beer. If it weren't so costly it would be my new Guinness.

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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle to tulip. Recently available to the US market. Sampled 1/12/11. $10 for the 4 pack.

A:
spec·ta·cle [noun]: an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is nothing short of a poured spectacle, starting as soon as the liquid leaves the bottle. Half of the contents goes into the glass and the head grows steady and fast. Really fast. Just over the rim with no sign of stopping. And right before the head starts spilling over, as if someone pushed the pause button on life, the head immediately halts, and there is no movement to be seen. No cascading bubbles, nothing. And the appearance holds steady for quite some time.

The head rises and falls with three distinct appearances. First is three fingers of froth that doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon. The second look happens as the head begins to deflate: rocky and cavernous. After settling is complete, I'm left with a lumpy yet creamy texture almost identical to an ice cream and soda float.

As if it even matters, the rest of the brew is solid in appearance too, but a detailed account is not needed. A perfect 5 easily.

S:
A pure malt bomb. The coffee aroma is enormous, the scent of chocolate huge. Very deeply roasted. The hops are heavy too: Dried grass and wood. The yeast imparts rich notes of earth and leather. The faintest alcohol comes through on the nose in the form of shoe polish. This is no bother to me since it plays off of the leathery notes nicely.

T:
Mirrors the nose while adding depth and complexity. Somewhat reminiscent of charcuterie. Light smoke & charcoal and perhaps a stronger woody presence on the palate.

M:
The mouthfeel is full. A thick and gritty texture matches the effervescence perfectly. Finishes bitter and lightly astringent from the deeply roasted qualities mentioned above.

D:
This could be my everyday stout. I'm off to the store to buy more.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have never seen this anywhere. HyVee is the store I usually go to (as I live in Nebraska) and they never have the foreign extra stout just the draught (which I dont love) and the normal extra stout which I drink all the time. I went to Wal Mart and, oddly, they had it. You would think that the store with the more extensive wine/spirits area would have this, but no walmart did.
It was 8. 95 for 4 bottles. A bit pricey, but after having one already, this is my second, I can tell you its worth the price.

poured this into a beer glass. upon opening the bottle generous amounts of smoke come out. pouring it correctly it gives a two finger head of a creamy brown color that laces. The body is jet blackish brown. You cannot see through it at all.

The smell has a roasted tone to it. It smells of barely, hops, and a little bit of alcohol but in the best way possible. It has deep roasted aroma to it that is very very pleasing

It tastes like barely and hops, which has a nice chocolately roasted taste. It has a finish that is very pleasing of roasted tones with a bit of alcohol taste to it. The taste is very pleasing. I really enjoy good stouts and this one is exceptionally nice to drink. The mouthfeel is great. It has little carbonation but enough that its nice. Its very drinkable if you like stouts with roasted tones. The finish is simply a nice roasted hop and barely taste that lingers and is very pleasing.

Overall this is a very very enjoyable to drink and taste. I drink the Guinness Extra Stout on a regular basis as its one of my favorite beers, but this one is an "every once in awhile" beer that has a little bit more bite to it. Its pricey. 8.95 for only 4 bottles, but every once in awhile its VERY well worth the price. Its a great beer. If you like dark beers and stouts, please try this next time you see it.

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Photo of mschofield
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure black, topped with a two finger creamy chocolate head, leaves puffy broken webs of lacing.
Licorice, chocolate, sweet aroma. Dark roasted malt, cream, caramel, charcoal.
Licorice and chocolate taste, somewhat sour and astringent, apple skin type note, bit of pepper. Mocha coffee comes out in the taste when it warms.
Medium-full bodied.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from the UK . Pours coal black with a rich tan head. This is only vaguely related to its anemic cousin. Tastes like a rich complex imperail stout with all the harsh burnt dark malts rounded up into a symphony of goodness. Drank this in a tasting of Storm King and Big Bear from Bear Republic and this stout seemed as complex and big as those two giants. God I wish this beer was easier to find.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the pleasure of having this the day after having the Special Export from Belgium. Not as good, but still an exceptional stout. Seek out while on vacation.

Head not as huge as Special Export, but still very sizeable. Coffee colors in the head. Thick lacing stays with you.

Smell: chocalate malt and some medicinal notes. The medicinal flavor is somewhat pleasant, but that the best way I can describe it.

Taste: like the smell, except more intense. Chocalate malt astringency is on the tongue while the sip is completing.

Mouthfeel is smooth.

Drinkable? Yes. Of course. Maybe a little more drinkable than the Special Export. Hides the alcohol rather well.

Not an earth-shattering experience. Although the first time I had this a few years ago, it opened my eyes to what a stout could be. Very much worth looking for when you are on a cruise.

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Photo of Offa
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black, big light brown head slowly shrinking to lasting foamy thin top, nice lace. It’s a beautiful beer.

Aroma is caramelized & burnt prunes, rich sweet brown bread, caramelized coffee hint, wet leaves, molasses, wine, dry bread crust.

Taste is sweet up front with dry roasty-leafy woody bitterness building and then lingering. It has caramelized coffee and burnt fruits, rum, black pepper, light sour fruit element, but it is mostly sweet and then bitter-sweet. It’s excellent and very drinkable, with good, well-rounded character and some complexity.

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Photo of bboelens
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tuliped pint glass

A-Deep deep ruby boarding on black, with a large creamy khaki head that lasts the entire experience

S- Roast malts, coffee, toffee, alcohol

T-Without a doubt the best thing Guinness produces, an explosion of flavor involving, malt, toffee, spice, hops, chocolate, slight nut and earth flavoring

M-Big body, slight carbonation, just fantastic

D-At a hefty ABV and a hefty price, it's not easy to put down too many of these, that being said, this is one of the greatest beers I've ever had the privilege of drinking

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

11.2 oz bottle I poured in my Chimay Goblet

Opaque blackness, 2" thick, tan foam with strong lace and major stickiness. Good looker.

Huge roastie barley malt, graham cracker, cream, dark roastie coffee, black licorice. Slightly earthy hop and subtle heat tone with some subtle grains and oats.

The flavor has a big, complex roastie malt, coffee, oats, dark wheat and cream and some subtle dark fruits. A sour-malty and wheat finish, English yeast and barley pops right out at ya. The heat is subtle but effective, dry hop mouthfeel with smooth and rather dry overall medium to hefty. There's a slightly smooth vanilla-like feel, not full or thick but complex for sure.

A really great stout with a classic approach, pure English!

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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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