Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Foreign Stout
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 1142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.

Editor’s 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10480) - Søborg, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2006
Bottled (Cameroun version): Dark dark brown almost black coloured. Dense light brown head. Sweet and buttery aroma. Notes of molasses, chocolate and fruits. Flavour of light roast and chocolate. Some fruitys and caramel. A nice hoppy bite leads into a light bitter end. A bit watery, but all in all a nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 7, 2006
12 oz bottle found at the guinness store at the brewery in dublin. Pours a medium to deep dark black with a deep beige head mixed with small and large bubbles and some lace. Aroma is nutty, yeasty, roast and some chocolate malts. Sweet upfront with some nice dry roasted malts in the back. THe middle is a bit too sweet with some caramel malts. Moderatley smooth but nothing special here- kind of a let-down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6476) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JUN 1, 2006
(Bottled) Colour is opaque black, with a firm, lasting brown head, leaving lots of lacing. Roasted nose with chocolate and liquorice, somewhat bitter-sweet, with hints of raw fish and wet ashes. Taste is roasted, almost burnt, with an initial punch of alcohol and bitterness, turning into liquorice, bitter chocolate, espresso and a long, roasted bitter-sweet finish. Full-bodied and powerfull!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miksu (4982) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2006
Bottle from a food store in London. Opaque black. Salty licorice and coffee in the aroma. Full-bodied with too strong carbonation. Strong roasted, coffee-like flavor with dark fruits and vinous bitterness. Roasted and bitter finish with coffee notes. Balanced with strong flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ogivlado (6012) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 19, 2006
Bottled(330ml). -Cameroon version- found this one in East Asian Shop???!!!Graz, Austria. Pours a deep black coloured with large brown head, aroma of black chocolate with roasted malt notes, bitter chocolate and mild coffee finish, quite good but Belgian Special Export is better

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lubiere (10548) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Bottle from Ian Guénard, from St. Lucia (Winward and Leeward Brewing Co., maker of Piton, the watery beer!). Dark clear brown with a thin off white head. Light aroma of coffee and grapefruit. In mouth, almost citrusy, very hoppy with little chocolate notes. Hops are almost overbearing, metallic, tinish. Not well balanced. 6-3-6-2-11

Bottle from Trinidad: A deep dark stout witha thin brown head. In aroma, light bitter chocolate with light coffee, OK. In mouth, a metallic bitter chocolate with light coffee, harsh and unbalanced. 6-3-5-2-9

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6200) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2006
Bottled Cameroon version provided by Mads Berg and served in my GL Snifter: Pours nearly opaque topped by a frothy but slowly fading beige head that left good lace. The aroma has notes of plum, prune, cherry, molasses, corn syrup, smoked malts, earthy and dusty yeast esters, and a touch of star anise.

The taste is part heavy sweet malt and part twangy fruit. A bit sour (i.e. lactic) upfront as well before turning to a bitter finish that is equally coffee-ish, bittersweet chocolate and burnt ashy malt. Ended on a oaky dry and puckery after taste. The mouth feel is surprisingly lively and oily, bone dry on the finish and almost metallic.

A top notch strong Foreign Stout. The twangy sour undertone kept it from becoming too sweet or overbearing. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fin (7805) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2006
Bottled from Sainsbury’s. Has Funchal Maderia on the label. Very dark black in appearance with light chesnut coloured head. Wonderful roasted and slightly smokey flavours, lovely bitterness and plenty of oomph from the alcohol. I really like this version and buy it regularly from Sainsbury’s.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 6, 2010 1. Bottle at the Edge, Nottingham 18/07/2004 Black smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol. Lasting bitter slight roast finish. 2. Bottle 24/02/2007 Very fruity aroma. Small tan head. Black very strong in alcohol and warming. Crisp fruity and dry very bitter coffee roast finish. 3. 330ml Bottle at Home 18/05/2010 Fruit hop and roast aromas. Beige head. Black a little rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a fruity bitter and dry coffee and burnt roast finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
iCraig (32) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 25, 2006
Bottle from the Guinness factory in Dublin August 2004. Like its counterpart Guinness Original this is a carbonated stout very different ffrom the draught version. Its alot stronger and you can taste it, it almost warms you when you drink it. Taste ofs burnt coffee with a very slight burnt chocolate flavoury sweetness.

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