Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,267
Reviews:
915
Ratings:
2,508
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 915 | Ratings: 2,508
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a solid dark brown color with a robust head. The head hangs around a bit. Lacing. Burnt malt and sweetish scent in the nose. Pleasant burnt malt flavor. Yum!

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Photo of DragonsMilk
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is the beer that regular Guinness stout should be and there wouldn't be any reason for all those goofy variations that are drinkable but not enjoyable, proof that big brewers CAN produce really good stuff. If this was a rating based on the Guinness beer line up alone it would receive 5's all around.

Ive had this twice, once in a sixpack (purchased online) and it was quite hoppy and this time around from the Brewery Collection variety pack of draught and porters(purchased in store), not so hoppy but really good all the same.

I would like to see this readily available on its own and I would buy it all the time but Ive only seen it locally in the brewers collection.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Review: Bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, 7.5%ABV

Comes in the well known dark bottle, Guinness Special Extra Stout is a beer with its own unique taste. Can I find the classic Guinness taste in this Foreign Extra version?

Pours the expected pitch black colour with a tan whitish head that didn't last too long, with little lacing.

A very strong aroma of dark cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. The smell is quite strong on the nose.

The taste was powerful. Now I know why in Africa they use the slogan "Guinness gives you power!" It was a very strong tasting stout, with a long bitter aftertaste, that had a bite to it. Overall a good strong stout, tasting of roasted malt with traces of coffee. As you would expect with a Guinness stout the flavours are complex and well balanced, making it one of the worlds richest tasting beers. Still not as good as a pint of the real black stuff beside the Liffey, Dublin town.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She pours a pure dark black color and leaves the same colored body with a two and a half finger tan foamy head. The head must have lasted at least a good three minutes. What a show I had just watching the intricate bubbles pop out from the sides of the glass into the head while a light foamy lacing appeared as the head dissipated. The smell has a great combination between the chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and barley. The taste has all of the previously mentioned smells in the flavoring combined very nicely. On the palate, she sits a medium on the body with a slight watery feel. It still felt pretty good on the tongue. Overall, an absolutely wonderful version of a foreign/export stout. To the brewers who brought us the style, of course that I would have this again.

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Photo of ordybill
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark brown with a large tan head.
The aroma is smoky sweet malt. The taste is smoky malt bliss.

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Photo of jamesroses
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

33cl bottle

appearance: pours black with a brown head of small bubbles, in this case 2 finger head. Low carbonation. Long lasting retention and great lacing.

smell: bitter cocoa/chocolate, some coffee, dark roasted malts and earthy hops.

taste: same as the smell, really surprised to find out it's a really tasty beer. There's a misterious tropical hop note in there too. No sweetness at all.

mouthfeel: creamy, velvety, alcohol not detected. Great.

overall: it's always nice to confirm the expectations when you read it's a great beer.

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Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted into a conical pint.
A: Pours virtually black with a creamy, one inch tan to bronze head and significant Belgian lacing.
S: Dark roasted malt, molasses, dark chocolate, and smoky like bacon.
T: Dark roasted malt, tobacco, and smoked ham, balanced with a nicely bittering hops.
M: Full bodied, solid effervescence.
O: Top of its class.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours black with a dense creamy tan foam head. Smells like black grapes, plum, raisin, black cherry, dried fig, tobacco leaf, dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like tobacco leaf, black grapes, plum, raisin, black cherry, dried fig, dark roasted malts, dark baking chocolate, dark roast coffee, caramel, dark molasses, charred brown sugar, some spice, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice foreign export stout.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Draft is awful, Guinness Extra Stout is ok, so I came into this beer not expecting much. But it blew me away. This is what people should be buying instead of the other two. Beautiful dark black color with a tan head. Smells like dark malts. Flavor is what gives this one its huge advantage. Sweetness and bitterness balanced well, chocolate, and coffee. Absolutely delicious stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer smells like light roast, dark sugars leaning towards molasses, some alcohol and a hint of tart. There are chocolate and coffee aromas in the background. The beer fills the glass deep dark brown under a 2.5" medium to dark tan colored foam collar with good retention. The flavor starts with dark chocolate, a trace of coffee, fruit, and a mild sweetness. Sweet malt and fruit flavor linger balanced by a mild roast and hop bitterness. The body is medium full and the carbonation is medium to medium low but very creamy and soft. The Foreign Extra Stout has a nice balance of roast and sweetness with a gentle assist from some hop bitterness.

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Photo of CNoj012
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pitch black color with a later forming, 2.5 finger, rocky light mocha head. Retention is above average and there are many sticky, hanging chunks of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is rich roasted barley with a subtle smokey bitterness that resembles fresh black coffee.

Taste is the same with a moderately bitter finish.

Feel is medium bodied and starts off creamy, but seems a bit slick on the finish with some prickliness from the bitterness.

Overall a very solid beer. Like regular Guinness but with some balls.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a three way blind taste test of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Antwerpen FES, and Bent Brewstillery FES. This one came in last place. BB came in first.

Thick inky black appearance. Tight and creamy brown head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is that signature Guinness yeast strain mixed in with some roast maltiness. Flavor is quite bitter. Lots of roasty bitterness mixed in with some light chocolate, Guinness yeastiness and a mineral presence as well. Body is full. Carbonation is light to medium-light. Good beer, but still 3rd in my tasting.

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Photo of drtth
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Guinness Foreign Extra date code seems to be Lxxxx, where L=Lot, 1st digit is year, and the next 3 digits are the Julian date. So this beer is from batch L6319 and so was bottled on 14 Nov 16

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a nice black color with a finely bubbled 3/4” fluffy dark tan head that slowly recedes to leave a lot of lacing on the sides. Sipping cleans the side of the glass to leave behind lots of small patches and some thick spider web lacing that persists until the end of the beer. Eventually the head becomes a thin island of foam on the surface of the liquid.

The aromas include dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate and black coffee with a bit of earthy hops and a touch of dark fruit.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the dark roasted malt, some dark chocolate and some coffee up front while in the background there is a bit of sweetness, a bit of dark bread, some dark fruit and some bitter earthy hop flavor to smooth out the ending.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy soft with the gentle and persistent carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the coffee, dark chocolate and dark roasted malt all become more bitter and earthy. The touch of sweetness fades to become completely dry but with a touch of bitter earthiness remaining to slowly fade away.

On the whole I definitely thought this was a well made enjoyable stout which is quite drinkable and which I will surely be having again. The complex set of flavors are well balanced with each noticeable but none dominating the others. To my taste this is much better than the regular Guinness (although if settling down to have more than one I think I’ll stick with the regular Guinness given the ABV for this beer).

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep chocolate brown with a dense, foamy head and wonderful lacing. Chocolate and vanilla nose, but with something a little funky hanging about. Flavors are licorice, raisins and roasted hops, fairly sweet but with a lingering bitterness that actually blends in pretty nicely with the whole. Very complex flavor, more so than the standard Guinness brew. I can't say that I love it, but it certainly is an interesting experience, which is a net positive in my book. Mouth feel is really slick and fits the flavors well. Again, not something I would have listed as a desire, but it kind of works with everything else going on in here.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice dark appearance and an aroma that is also pleasant. This is a far improvement over other Guinness beers with the exception of drafts that are obtained in the U.K.

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Photo of Fear4Beer
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very deep roasted, cocoa, coffee, blast to the palette. Don't forget the hop bitters, because they are certainly there too!

This beer is inky black and pours with a beautiful head. Just absolutely perfect looking.

I'm not a huge stout fan but I thought it was pretty decent. The bitterness was something that I wasn't expecting. I'm not big on bitters. This is a beer that a man with a full beard and an axe drinks while cutting down trees for fire wood on a cool fall day. haha.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a mix of chocolate and twangy tobacco, with fruity (dare I say) tropical hops. Nose is actually somewhat mild, but an interesting hint of things to come.

Tastes twangy with fruit and tobacco up front, then milk chocolate mid palate and a creamy finish. Stiff hop profile reads almost like a black IPA at times, but there's no getting around the signature Guinness roasty twang and creaminess. Good brew.

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Photo of Vader444
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour into 2/3 pint glass.

I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover this one. A regular Guinness Draft drinker during my student days this one passed me by completely. This is lovely stuff; bitter, herbal and complex with a reasonably soft mouthfeel. Doesn't have the same intensity as many of it US counterparts but sometimes a bit of subtlety is what you want; it gives you a little more to contemplate. A cracking surprise and readily availability/good value means that this will be a regular buy for me.

Cheers!

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Photo of Tshane
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A very knowledgeable specialty/beer/wine manager at my workplace (#TeamWFM) refers to this as "Expedition Stout." Not sure why.

Appearance: About 3/8 inch, toffee-tan head lasting about a minute plus. Lacing hangs on the sides of the glass a minute and a half at least after drinking quite a bit of this. (No, I'm not sipping slowly, I was thirsty!) The color of the ale is black or almost black.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffeeish. Activated my yeast allergy so I sneezed! Nose stuffed up.

Taste: Fairly full and balanced between slight sweetness and malt and bitterness. Satisfying, although there are a few brews, especially Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, that top this by a long shot. A thin and annoying bitterness remains on the tongue long after a swallow. (FYI re: my taste preferences: I'm a much bigger fan of Imperial and oatmeal stouts because they are generally sweeter and less bitter then regular stouts.)

Mouthfeel: lighter medium, between thin and thick ale, but towards thinner. Like light machine oil might feel if it weren't oily.

Overall: If it weren't so bitter, and the bitterness didn't stick to the tongue so long afterward, this might get a higher rating. Given the choice I will always pick the black chocolate, imperial or pretty much any oatmeal stout over this one.

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Photo of FBarber
3.77/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brownish black like cola. Thick frothy khaki head dissipates leavings sticky lacing all the way down and a thin head.

Smell has aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and a slight hoppy aroma. Its like a regular guinness but with a hoppier aroma.

Taste has notes of chocolate, roasted malts and hops providing a slightly bitter finish. Beer is slightly sweet with a cola like touch. The roasted barley really comes outs the beer warms.

Feel is very smooth, a bit lighter than some other Guinness variants, but still good for the style. Very dry on the finish.

Overall a nice Guinness variant and a good example of a foreign export stout.

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Photo of Guppy314
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle, pours almost black with a one finger head. There is a mouth filling maltiness followed immediately with a hopsy carbonated tang. Relative to a "regular" Guinness Extra Stout", this had more hops (with hops bitterness) and a bit less fullness.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Review warning, I am tasting this at Guiness in St. James Gate (so discount what I say). Wonderful inky black color, a nose of coffee and chocolate, and a mouth filling flavor that follows the nose and lasts a good twenty seconds. The extra hops (designed in 1801 to help the beer travel without spoiling) brings a gentle bitterness that is more pronounced than Guinness Draft. A fine example of a stout.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste: rich toasted malt, slight fruit and spiced licorice notes with gentle hop in background. Dry toasted aroma.
Black and opaque, with a dark creamy head.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really don't think I can add to almost 900 reviews.
But I do want to comment that this stout brought stout to the world. And they way they make the wort in Dublin and ship it around the world for blending and bottling also must be inventive.

Foreign Extra Stout is a classic and for good reason. Besides the quality control, Guinness also is great marketing. (Remember "Guiness Is Good For You" campaign that went on for years ?) I think I'll finish this one for my nightcap.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 Beers To Try Before You Die!" and listed in the "1001" it certainly deserves to be on both lists.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - black with a big tan foamy head and thick lacing
A - chocolate, light roasted malt and a a slight funk I can't quit place
T - nose plus some dark fruit flavor and a little boozines
F - very nice finish, medium to full body, chocolate but not too sweet

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 2,508 ratings