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Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Foreign Stout
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Foreign Extra Stout is a beer like no other. The most full-flavoured of all. Singular and striking. Uniquely satisfying. Brewed with extra hops and roasted barley for a natural bite. Bitter and sweet. Refreshingly crisp. Always rewarding. Pure beauty. Pure GUINNESS.

Editorís Note: This is the standard FES. Sometimes it is imported from Ireland but more often it is brewed locally. This version is most common in the Caribbean and Africa. All versions from those places, save for Jamaica, Nigeria, Kenya and Ghana should be rated here.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KoRoBeNiKi (57) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2015
Pours dark brown with a brown head. Dark and sweet from the nose. Thick flavored, like drinking chocolate but with a kick. Finishes with sweet cocoa and a bit of bitterness. I preferred this highly over a non-draft Guinness as it isnít watery, though I have to admit that a properly poured Guinness is quite delicious.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DocJitsu (1180) - Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a proud, well-retaining light khaki head. Iím picking up a lot of chocolate and brown sugar glaze on the nose. Pretty thick with some faint carbonation. Liqueur-filled chocolate flavor. Finishes with unsweetened cocoa powder. Vastly different than any Guiness Iíve ever had. This oneís actually good!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gangstergafje (152) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAY 2, 2015
Beautiful pitch black color. A little layer of creamy almond foam. Nice bitter toasted/roasted smell. It smells of nice barley roasted till perfection. It has however a little hint of iodine. You can also smell the alcohol. The taste is great. Smokey flavor of the roasted barley, combined with a perfect sweetness. This beer is in extraordinary balance. Almost better than regular drought Guinness.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bp15092001 (70) - - APR 26, 2015
Noget skuffende udgave af en Guinness Stout. Smagen og eftersmagen er helt som den skal være - mørk og brændt. Men konsistensen og oplevelsen virker for tynd som vand!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Manslow (325) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 19, 2015
Butelka, piwo legenda.Czarny kolor, bardzo treściwe, piana mocna.Aromaty chmielu, wanilii, orzechůw i whisky. Smak czekolady, kawy, palonego jęczmienia. Kremowe, syte. Piwo doskonałe.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Barnacle_Ed (36) - Milpitas, California, USA - APR 17, 2015
Iíd been a "purist" as far as Guinness is concerned prior to picking this up, but a good friend insisted it was good so I gave it a whirl. Smell of toasted malt goodness, but kind of muted and watery. Taste is truly a work of beauty with coffee, chocolate, licorice and a light carbonated touch alongside the malts...much stronger flavor than the usual Guinness! Surprisingly quaffable and not super heavy for a stout. Slightly over-cabonated for my tastes, but is an excellent beer that I was pleasantly surprised by regardless. Very good.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ratballs (6) - - APR 16, 2015 does not count
Barring more obscure beers found at specialist suppliers this is my favourite alcoholic drink at the minute. Its quite potent and creates an immediate and lasting impression. Lovely burnt coffee aroma and taste with a lovely thick feel to it. If the head was more substantial I would give it full marks. Far superior to standard guiness and even better than the west Indies porter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mariuszek (374) - Gdynia, POLAND - APR 14, 2015
Bottle from off licence somewhere in London. dark brown, rich beige head, good lacing. Very easy drinking beer. Some roasted malt, coffee and chocolate in aroma, but wait, also a bit if sour cabbage, but not bad, just a hint, and I hate this smell in beer. Taste is very coffee, chocolate smooth mouthfeel and a bitter sweet delicate finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
One of only a handful of beers to gain the 5 rating, not my favourite but in my top 5, Guinness Foreign extra stout is not only the ultimate Guinness and Ultimate stout, but arguably the ultimate alcoholic drink ever conceived. Itís nose is powerful, an formidable presence, igniting the senses with unrivalled hop and Roasted Maltís, Toasted Espresso and Burnít Barley in perfect unison. It pours a heroic grade stout of Dark but not draught black liquor, thick, and cloudy, developing a small, quickly clearing tan head which sizzles slightly before standing as the dark ruby knight it is. In the mouth, it instantly gives way to a very harsh, full, bitter, malty weight and amazing grittiness which leaves the mouth feeling very malty. It tastes pretty much as you expect from Guinness but amplified with no trace of velvet smoothness present in draught. A dominating storm of roasted caramel, Galena hop, roasted malt barley, coffee, liquorice and ginger light the moth and taste buds on fire as itís cocoa like element adds the charismatic hits of almond, hazelnut, and smoked wood tones. The Finish is very powerful, bitter chocolate, and toasty nuttiness, fulfilling, thirst quenching, challenging and perfect.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
klm1 (379) - - APR 7, 2015
Black brown colour with small firm head. Smell and taste of roasted malts, plums, and hints of coffee. Dry aftertaste with little bitterness.


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