Guinness Foreign Extra Stout | Guinness Ltd.

BA SCORE
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2,320 Ratings
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:
2,320
Reviews:
859
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
201
Gots:
327
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Mark-Leggett
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of ab39z
5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Miami66
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 jeffreyhill021
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 nicktav4
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nolster
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleMalt
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wpreynolds
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of coopdog1000
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of digitalflood
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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 Klister
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 token_23223
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B_B
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.06 out of 5 based on 2,320 ratings.
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