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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Reviews: 915 | Ratings: 2,508
Photo of Gusler
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh what a surprise, a friend just in from a two week vacation in Europe stopped buy with a gift pack for the “Old Gusler”, some fine brews, from Germany, and a bottle I specifically ask for a bottle of GFE, some thing I’ve not had for some 4 years if my records are correct.

The beer pour the traditional atramentous Guinness color, the head monsterous and a creamy chocolate brown, with the lace sticky and thick Nose is coffee, bittersweet chocolate, nice malt aroma, what a treat for the old schnozzles. Start is lightly sweet, nice malt with the top middling to full n feel, modest in its acidity, the hops pleasing in their spiciness, quite dry, and a treat that’s not too be missed for you stout lovers.

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Photo of bditty187
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shiny black in hue, there is a slight ruby hint around the edges, especially when held to a light. Impressive color. A foamy beige head donned the top of the beer; it was a finger in height at the apex. The head retention was good, after a few moments it subsided to a loose, foamy cap. Subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well. Still, the appearance of this stout is near faultless. The nose isn’t very talkative; I get suggestions of roast, some char as well. In the way back is a hint of soft, caramel and toffee. The bouquet is disappointing; there really isn’t much to it. It is not inviting because there is so little aroma. Apathetic. The palate is much improved. This is unlike any other Guinness I’ve had. First of all, I can taste alcohol and it is warm and yummy. My bottle proclaims, “6.5% abv”. As expected there is a fair amount of roasty flavors that produce notes of coffee and char. Pleasant. Towards the finish is a lovely toffee, caramel flavor. Then an astringent bitterness kicks in and lasts into the aftertaste. I really like the whole package here; there is heat and roast with hints of caramel and bitterness. This is a very good (Export) Stout; the complexities are apparent and welcomed. It is tasty! The body is a little fuller than medium, it is ideally heavy while not being sluggish, the carbonation is moderately low but appropriate. The mouthfeel is good, better than ordinary. Damn good stuff here. My dear Uncle Allen bought me a dainty bottle of FES on a recent cruise while docked at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It set him back $8 at a tourist trap liquor store. That is way too pricey for this beer, still I am very grateful for the opportunity to quaff this famous Guinness product. Thanks Allen!

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

Sampled at the White Horse in London, England.

Dark Brown.

Slightly astringent, burnt grain, molasses, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and prunes in the nose.

Traditional dry stout characteristics throughout, just much bigger with notes of raisins, alcohol, chocolate, cocoa and prunes. Full bodied.

Wow, Guinness can make a good beer. What a surprise.

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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 oggg
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I begged the headwaiter at our table on our Carnival cruise to leg me have a Guinness in a pint glass with dinner on board the ship. I picked up the bottle at a random bar on Dominica and brought it aboard in my backpack. It stayed cool in the ice bucket until dinner the next day.

The beer poured black with aurburn tints at the edges, but had an ugly soap bubbly head. There was a moderate burnt aroma. On sipping, the beer had a strong burnt taste. Emphasis on strong. Not much hop presence. Flavor fades to a mild sourness that became strong and lingering as I got to the bottom of the beer and it warmed up. Flaw of beer storage or beer design? In any case, it was creamy and smooth with a medium to full body, and these were huge pluses. The alcohol level is subtle. Overall I would try this again in the hopes that the sourness was an abberration. I would definitely keep this beer cold and drink it cold though. Easily the best beer I had in the Caribbean.

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Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer Review #3 of my cruise on Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas, May 15-22, 2004.

Purchased just before returning to the boat in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

Dark chocolate-brown in color with a creamy, light brown head and heavy, heavy lacing around the glass. A thick aroma of dark roasted malts and an alcoholic sweetness wafts up from the glass. Thick in the mouth and quite bitter, with a soft, creamy mouthfeel and a character that's best described as "genuinely Guinness." Alcohol is well hidden.

The sun must be getting to me--put me in a cold climate and I'd love this, but I'm just not feeling it in the islands. Still, I think it's really, really good.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer in the world and it isnt even available in North America (guinness, wake up and smell the roasted barley, this would sell huge in N.A.). I got some bottles from a friend that went to St martin to review. The bottle looks cool, the 'Guinness is good for you' logo are classic. It's black, inky and opaque. The head is tan, huge, and rocky and craggy like a mountain range. Left behind on the glass are gobs of rocky trailings (these arent mere lace).

The aroma is powerful. The most dominant smell is of dark chocolate and coffee from the roasted barley. There is also a distinct hoppy bitterness and elements of vanilla, licorice and some kind of fruit.

The taste is intense. Everything about it is big and bold. Think regular Guinness on whatever it was that made Mark Mcguire hit all those home runs. Big malt flavours contend with big hop flavors right off the bat. I can isolate the dark chocolate flavors, espresso coffee flavors, or hop bitterness much easier than I can with other beers, I guess Im trying to say they are so pronounced. It is really beautiful.

The mouthfeel of this brew is at once syrupy creamy and grainy. And Thick!, its like Guinness concentrate. It actually coats your mouth. It hides its 7.5 ABV remarkably well making it deceptively easy to drink. A perfectly balanced brew. The pinnacle of the stout maker's art.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pitch black body with dark tan head.
Aroma: Sweet charred malt aroma.
Taste: Slightly sweet large amounts of elegant bitterness. Alcohol noticeable but only to the degree that it balances the bitterness. More coffee than chocolate, but hugely complex in any case.
Mouthfeel: This is a big boned, super slick beer.
Notes: Although, not the strongest beer in the Guinness line-up (that would be the one for Belgian export at 8%), this is a full strength lovely beer.

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Photo of anders36
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a lovely beer. It pours a very dark almost black brew with a thick tan head. It has a big smell, a fruity smell and with a hint of coffee and licorice. The taste is roasted and very bitter. You also taste coffe, caramel and some dark chocolate. It is pretty strong but you can't taste the alcohol. This beer leaves you with a long plesant aftertaste. This is one of my favourite beers

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Photo of theozag
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours flat black with a thick, fat, tan head. This beer's smell is sharp, seeming to me like a heady caramel and coffee mixture. The start is heavily hopped (duh!), flavorful and bitter. The brew is full-bodied and quite heavy-tasting. In short, it entrenches on the tongue and in the mouth, refusing to let go for some time after the last drop is consumed. Foreign Extra Stout tastes of dark chocolate and rich, sugary caramel with a cappuccino undertone that sifts out as you drink. The beer finishes dry and flat with exceptionally potent grit and flavor. Its aftertaste is bitter to the point of pain, and quite long-lasting.

It should be noted that my bottle of FES was about a "foreign" as it could possibly be. It was brewed and bottled in Champs Fleurs, Trinidad, in the Carib Brewing Co. complex. Therefore, one might think my marks a bit harsh for Guinness, but the Irish had barely a hand in brewing this beer. To say nothing of how long it might have sat in storage before it was served to me.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Robbeer pulled this out of his bag of tricks on the way back to London from the Twickenham beer festival. This stuff was great. An opaque black colour with a nice tan head. The aromas are of sweet creamy chocolate, caramel, dark roasted malts, and coffee. The taste is boozy, coffee-like, chocolate-y, and malty. The mouthfeel is thick, but not too much and the drinkability is great!

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

Purchased in a supermarket in Galway, Ireland. I brought one bottle back to the states. There was a shiteload of bottles there, for just over 2 Euro each...I should have brought more back.

This is damn tasty stuff, the best of the Guinness line, with more flavor and alcohol than Guinness draught or the Extra Stout. Not available in the US, sadly.

Pours thick and black, with a thin tan head which retains very well. Lace trails the glass as with Guinness draught, but does not have that signature perfect appearance, obviously. This may be one of the blackest beers I have encountered. "Burnt" is the best way to describe the nose...melted chocolate and burnt bread. Mouthfeel is exceptionally creamy and smooth, with nary a trace of much carbonation. Flavors of smoke, chocolate, coffee, and toasted malts add to the mild hop profile. This is quite a hearty stout, one I would love to pair with a tasty meat dish. If you venture out of the States, try to find this beer. Good stuff.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oh, my goodness, what a treat awaited me in Bermuda. This is served in some beer bars there like Bud is here in the States. Like its Scottish cousin, Tennents, they get the premo stuff in Bermuda. Can I move please? No? OK, then just send me the beer.

This is nice beer, worthy of the famed Guinness branding. Dark and rich brown color with a thick tan head and loads of lacing. The taste and smell reveal coffee, toffee, and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a creamy and smooth delight. As rich and laid back as the Bermudan culture in which I experienced it.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I also had tried this on a past trip to the Caribbean. Thick and frothy. Head pours heavy and disappates down to a little less than a pinky wide. Alcohol taste is apparent but definetly not a detriment. Chocolatey and Coffee tasting like many dark stouts but has a strong element of molasses flavor as well. Has that always great guinness mouthfeel-heavier but not that heavy on the palate, silky on the throat, and creamy feel on the tongue. Was a shame I had this on a beach and not in a comfy chair at home. Would have enjoyed it more; its an awesome brew none-the-less.

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

Presentation: 33cl/330ml brown bottle. Clear best before date on the back. "Guinness is good for you" on the neck label and cap (something you wouldn't see in the states).

Appearance: Pitch black in colour with deep ruby hues at the bottom of the glass. Head pours thick and rocky. As it slowly retreats it leaves its tracks along the bottom of the glass to form a creamy, bubbly crown tan lace.

Smell: Toasted malts, toffee and rum-like aromas.

Taste: Upfront bitterness of semi-citric hop and astringent roasted malts (much more roasted and bitter than its sibling beers). Dries the palate. This is a full-bodied beer with a smooth overall mouthfeel, gets a bit slick and chewy. Malt flavours of bitter chocolate and coffee with light caramel. Hop bitterness runs along side the roasted, all the way to the end. Combined flavours take on a raisin-like character. Finishes real dry, a bit nutty.

Notes: When you think "Stout," this is the one that should come to mind. A world-class beer that should be available to the world. Sadly you can only purchase it in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

At 7.5%abv. its the strongest in the line of Guinness products. This robustly strong beer was originally produced at the begining of the 19th century to withstand long voyages, at the time mostly to the Caribbean. It's brewed in the same fashion today.

Purchased and reviewed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

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