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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
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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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a bottle into a glass

A- This has a dark black look to it but is actually a very dark dirty brown with a very pretty white foamy cap of condensed bubbles. Good lace on the way down.

S- Nothing to write home about but slight roasted malt and some chocolate backing although it's not to strong. There is a strong presence of aroma hops in here so hopefully that translates to taste.

T- Like flavored chocolate water with roasted malts thrown into the mix. It is on the dry side though with warming. The hops come out and distract me from the regular guinness taste making this a bit more doable.

M- A bit watered down feeling but not as much as regular draft. This has a nice meaty body that is about medium. With all that said it does display some creamy appeal. A nice amount of carb judging by feel and look.

D- Gets better as it warms while the chocolate comes out more. Next time I pick this up I'll just wait till it gets to that point.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.56/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a four finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head; the head disappears somewhat quickly, though it does leave some thin, layered lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is quite dark, an almost black color and it is quite opaque when held up to the light. The aroma smells of burnt, slightly fermented prunes, somewhat acidic espresso and also has a touch of nostril warming alcohol towards the finish. It is quite interesting how fruity this smells, it is really quite amplified, but it also some how smells thin, if that makes any sense. If you really dig there are notes of darkly toasted whole grain bread in the finish that adds some much needed complexity, but you really have to dig to find these notes.

Lightly sweet up front, but this is well balanced by the roast character. The roasted notes start out soft and smooth, but pick up some bite and bitterness as it flows across the tongue. The finish sees the burnt bitterness lingering in a nice way as well as having a roasted coffee / bread character to it. The beer has some viscous heft to it, but it actually seems a bit light for what I was expecting for some reason; the overall dryness and ample roast flavors certainly help to thin the effect of this beer out too. The fruitiness from the nose isn't quite so noticeable in the flavor (the ample roast character in the flavors certainly tempers this), but there is still a note of lightly tart plums in the finish that mixes with some warming alcohol notes that also accentuate the soft fruit character.

For some reason I was expecting great things from this beer; I feel quite a bit let down, but in all honestly this is a more than serviceable stout that I am able to settle in to and enjoy. I wish it had a bit more chewy malt balance to it and the nose is a bit out of whack with its fermented prune focus.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.23/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pulled out of a 4-pack at the Boise COOP over the weekend.. paid ~$2.50... poured into my Delerium goblet. 3 finger dark tan head... great lacing and the expected black brew.

Nose is deep and black with some off putting smoke..

Flavor shows the same char... almost a jerky taste that thankfully dissipates quickly ... burnt sugars with plenty of charcoal... tons of roast and some metallic copper notes... pretty astringent.

Lite/medium body with a nice carbonation.. not digging this one at all.

I am really glad Boise got this one in, but I just never ever.... EVER see wanting another bottle.

4/3.5/3/3.5/3

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Typical black stout color. A rocky off white head forms, and good lace stickage. A really good looking brew.

Smell: Sweet roasted malts, bakers chocolate, alittle alcohol peeking through. Also has a mocha/coffee aroma as it warms.

Taste: Charred malts and pretty damn bitter too. Assertive hop presence which caught me alittle off guard (fuggles?). A bit earthy. Clean alcohol behind a lot of roasted/burnt malt flavor. "Brewed with extra hops and roasted barley" claims the bottle, and it is true. Spot on for the style.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, soft carbonation with a bit of a bite to it. Lingering roasted and bitter flavors stick to the palate.

Drinkability: This is Guinness's big older brother. A strong, bitter, roasted stout that could survive a long journey to foreign lands.

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Photo of plaid75
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger pillowy tan head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell featured candy sugar, caramel malt, mild coffee and and burnt grain aromas.

The taste featured an upfront burnt grian and coffee bitterness with hints of cocoa and charcoal. Some dark fruitiness as well. Mild alcohol burn as well.

The mouthfeel was chewy and full.

Overall a very drinkable stout considering the ABV.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle, I've been wanting to try this since I first heard about it 5 years ago, the classic tropical stout among all others even Coopers,

A: Pours black with a frothy medium tan head. Solid retention, and good lace.

S: Sweet molasses, dark malt. Very sugary in the nose, fruity.

T: Sweet dark malt, roasted malt is there, adding a bitterness. Nice complexity from the yeast, firm hoppiness.

M: Medium-bodied, firm carbonation, direct flavour, bitter aftertaste.

D: Maybe I expected this to be a mindblowing crazy experience, but it isn't. It's simply a good beer. Tasty, I'd love to have this in the Caribbean on a boat fishing, it'd work great there. Lion Stout is better, but this is a wonderful brew.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Carib it would appear turn their hand to anything and everything. This product is one of their best.

275ml bottle (like all their other beers), best before May 2009, drank June 2008.

Poured into a half-pint tumbler on the hotel balcony. Looked just like a normal Guinness, dark and with a good deep tan head.

The aroma, taste and mouthfeel all seemed overly burnt. Dry and bitter with some caramel trying to be heard in the mix.

Rich, but not creamy, burnt malts ruled the brew and for some could have ruined it too.

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

Grabbed a bottle at the Apothecary alehouse the other evening.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The is attractive as well, as I pick up light licorice, malt, vanilla, some light cherry and a hint of coffee and dark chocolate. The nose is fairly complex, and there's something of an "old ale" aroma to this beer that is nice. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this fairly dry stout. There's something of a light bitter, burnt toast finish to this beer, which keeps things interesting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most and is a bit thin. I thought this beer had more of porter quality to it than I was expecting, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and if I had to guess, I would not have thought the abv. was this high.

An interesting beer, though I guess I was expecting a bit more from it. Frankly, given a choice, I think I prefer the lower alcohol draft version of this beer. Nevertheless, I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: utter, complete black poured with 3+ fingers of creamy tan foam with decent retention. Chunky tan lace is left on the glass; superb.

Smell: rich, sweet, fruity aroma including raisins, dates and plums; there's a little vanilla in there as well and a little chocolate. Fantastico.

Taste: rich flavor with the same fruitiness of the aroma with a bit of chocolatey roastiness at the end. Not quite as enticing as the aroma, but still very good.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation but a big body with a nice creamy silkiness. Good.

Overall: very tasty strong stout with a superb aroma. A bit more depth of roast in the flavor would be wonderful.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally trying the (better) version of Guiness, excited to try the Foreign Extra! Purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta.

Pours the typical inky black, with a foamy, mountainous 2 inch head. Lots of lacing down the glass. The heads last for a while as a creamy film on top of the beer.

Smells like chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of smoke.

This tastes pretty great, honestly. Creamy, vanilla richness, with a good amount of chocolate and coffee malt flavor. Quite roasty as well. This is miles ahead of the regular Guinness Draught, night and day honestly. There is some roasty bitterness that keeps everything naturally dry.

Rich, creamy, fairly thick body that coats the mouth very well. Awesome. So drinkable. Low carbonation.

This is a revelation, for the longest time I thought Guinness was garbage until this beer. Now I want to try some of the other export versions.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 11.2 fl. oz. bottle no. 15124. Sampled on November 18, 2010. It pours out to a dark brown-black opaque tone with about an inch of foamy, brown head that lingers and laces. The aroma has a sort of burnt malt and butterscotch feel to it with a touch of bitter hops behind. Medium body. The taste is clean enough with a good solid bitterness and a malty characteristic that kind of reminds me of a Mallo bar. Compared to the Guinness regular Extra Stout the alcohol is more notable. But compared to other stouts it is not. I am not enamoured by it but found it to be fairly drinkable.

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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 Derek
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed a couple of these at Bob Marley's, Universal City Walk, Orlando.

A: Blacker than black, tan head, not enough retention (for a stout), but it does leave a nice lace.

S: Very roasty, with a hint of British fruity esters.

T: Pleasant dry roastyness, a little chocolate, nut, grassy hops, slight hint of bubblegum esters. None of that Guinness sour tang. I thoroughly enjoyed the flavour.

M: Moderate to full body is somewhat chalky. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Incredible for its strength.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no high lights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is sweet bakers chocolate, with a more bitter chocolate finish. Best by May 25, 2010. 330ml bottle - gift brought back from Ireland.

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Photo of wl0307
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 03/03/06

A: pours a very dark brown to nearly black hue in a goblet, with a foamy brownish head which retreats a bit too fast...
S: the initial aroma is a mixture of fruit-cake or X’mas-pudding like black-fruitiness, burned brown sugar or light caramel, very dark chocolate, sweet plum wine, etc....complex but refreshing.
T: most noticeable initially are the dryish taste of roasted barley and that of crystal malts, with intensive bitterness of both Indonesian coffee and dark unsweetened chocolate (without the sour edge) in the background, while lightly tangy-sweet fruity and medium-intensive nutty savours play the second and third fiddles. The dryish aftertaste lingers well and the residual bitterness is weighty but never over the top.
M&D: overall, the mouthfeel runs from smooth beginning to dryish ending, against the fullsome flavour and full body. It's a very nice stout for beer-tasting or even as a digestif, but not something I would drink for more than one bottle.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been waiting a looong time for this to come stateside, and had to wait even longer for it to get to central mass. A bit perplexed by the "best by" date on the back...it says 0509, which, doesnt make much sense if they just started getting these in the US...

A - The good dark, rich pour with the typical light tan guinness head on top. Did not had that bubble effect of a usual guiness. Head surpsingly quickly faded to leave a nice tan blanket and thick side lacing.

S - Like a typical guinness aroma just more intense. Nice strong roasty malts with hints of carmel and vanilla. Light coffee aromas too.

T - Much like the nose this is a more strong flavoured guinness. The roasted malts are more prevalent and theres some more coffee notes but that nice carmel like sweetness, and hints of vanilla.

M - Nice, nice mouthfeel. Much thicker than a regular guiness. Really nice stout feel.

D - Just builds off of a regular "american" guinness and turns it into something that much better. I've been jealous about practicly everywhere else in the world getting this except the US but nowI can drink what all the fuss is about.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Served in a snifter) Best before L0232GF002 05:37
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a big chocolate tan head that separates a bit like the nitro poured Guinness. The body is to dark for any signs of carbonation and the head makes thick sand dunes with each sip until finally resting in the bottom of the glass after the beer is gone.
S- There are some rich black roasted malt with a slightly sweet almost tootsie roll quality behind it. There is an aroma that is not really sweaty and not really smoky or tart but has a lot of those qualities in there. The finish has a graham aroma and a chocolate malt richness.
T- The black roasted malt flavor is rich but mellow with a hop bitterness in the finish that blends with the black malt support. There is a faint smoky bacon quality to it as the beer warms. The roasted malt flavor has a slight green hop quality to it and a soft chocolate flavor and the roasted black malt finish is slightly dry.
M- This beer has a full creamy texture and no alcohol heat. D- There is not a great deal of depth but there are great flavors with a great about of hop support. The flavors and aromas are well blended and each sip makes me want to take another sip. When I think of classic stouts that are rich full and I could drink all day this is one of them.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin blackish body with great tan head and lace patches everywhere down glass on top of a sticky, syrupy malty aroma that has minor sweetness and a boozy, grainy hop undertone. What can I say of flavor/body that isn't known? Smooth, creamy, goes down easy, a lighter-bodied stout that has a delicate balance of a grainy, hoppy frontbite and then passes clean and mellow with a strong malt base. Roasted, dry malts mix with sweet malts like caramel and a touch of chocolate so in other words after the hoppy, prickly taste that first hits your tongue you get that sturdy dry/sweet malt profile one loves from a stout and then finishes with a crisp finish. While not the strongest stout it is well-crafter and a pleasure to drink; the real deal.

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Photo of akorsak
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 12 oz. Foreign Extra Stout bottle in honor of the Americanized St. Patrick's Day.

Appearance: The ale pours a deep black color, almost like oil. The ale's head is a mocha color that leaves a surprising amount of lace around the glass.

Smell: The ale has a light chocolate aroma and an underlying hoppiness that is foreign to Guinness Draught. The hop presence is a pleasing sweetness that mixes with the chocolate.

Taste: The ale has a lightly roasted flavor, almost like a Guinness light. Behind that light flavor is a cornucopia of unusual flavors: hops, pepper and spice and even some sourness.

Mouthfeel: This version of Guinness is night-and-day different from Guinness Draught and its widget. The mouthfeel resembles Lion Stout, with the spices and hops that are not found in most other stouts.

Drinkability: The ABV is a little high, but not terrible. The ale is smooth and flavorful, aiding its drinkability.

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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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Photo of Bitterbill
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This just showed up in town. $9.75 for the 4 pack of 11.2oz bottles. Glad to see this isn't a nitro gadget offering.

A beautiful pitch black pour with a 2 finger head of foam. Head retention is decent as there's foam until the very end but there's very little sticky lacing.

The smell is roasted malt, some caramel malt, hints of coffee and chocolate. Some bitterness.

The taste fooled me by a bunch. Lots of roasted malt flavour, chocolate, some smokey notes, a malt sweetness that you get typically from a Milk Stout, a touch of anise, and by golly, a goodly amount of a dry bitterness. Very damn tasty and it trumps the aroma big time.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very good mouthfeel.

Drinkability? It is no light weight when it comes to the abv but I'm finding the alcohol is hidden very well. Much more so than the super delicious Belgian(John Martin) version that is only a half a percent more. Not a session brew, for sure, but I've finished my first bottle and 1 more will finish a very good sitting with a very good Foreign Extra Stout.

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

330ml bottle from santoslhalper way back as part of BIF 17. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/2" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense, frothy head lasts more or less forever, with heavy lasting lacing. Aroma is dark malts with a fruity tinge to it, and maybe some vanilla notes. Taste is alomst like Guinness syrup, what you expect from normal Guinness, but more of it in the same volume. More intense flavor than we're used to from them, very nice. Mouthfeel and drinkability are very nice, although tending towards syrupy sweet a tad. Wish this was more of an option than it is in the US.

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Photo of barczar
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found on close out and can't translate the date.

Aroma is floral and fruity/boozy, with that signature Guinness roast malt character underlying, and a hint of tobacco.

Flavor is roasty at the base, but notes of raisins and dates add sweetness and complexity, leading to a lightly bitter, ashy finish. Nutty malt surfaces in the aftertaste.

Far more complex malt character than the standard version. The alcohol is slightly fusel, but the dark fruit detracts.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate and coffee. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and some hops. Finish is mostly roasty and bitter, but some sweetness kicks in as the beer warms up. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and a bit coating, and it's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's very smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a solid brew, it's worth trying.

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