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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1084   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.

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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2004
Like Guinness on steroids - all souped up and ready to please. and please she does - there is extra roastiness and warmth and the body has the mouthfeel that most people are afraid that regular Guinness has - nice and chewy. Features the standard stout characteristics but then I thought perhaps some licorice too. Also makes you stand up and take notice with some bitterness as it goes. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NaturalIce (146) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Contrary to jimmack04, I feel carbonation is much less assertive. Definitely has tan head. Bitter aftertase, makes you want to come back for more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Black with a small tan head. Dark roasted malt aroma. Flavor is quite different than the draught style. First of all the carbonation is much more assertive. You can also taste the difference in the alcohol content. The roasted malt flavor was also much more intense.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Strong buttered popcorn aroma followed by some alchohol. Wine like mouthfeel with a very dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 2, 2004
Butter and dark fruits (plums and red grapes mostly). Deep black with an off-white head. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becoms a lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter finish. Medium-full body, watery/creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: a strange fruitiness and slightly thinner than I expected, but still good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 30, 2004
A black appearance with a moderate beige head. The aroma is filled with tobacco and smoke. The flavor is very smokey with a bittersweet taste. There is a kiwi fruit and sour berry backbone. This was very different from your other standard Guinness stouts. Not the greatest but still enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TC2642 (265) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2004
Massive off whitish head. Nutty, fruity, and tangy with smoky notes and the traditional guinness bitterness coming through. Sof on the togue. Very enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haddonsman (1234) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - JUL 16, 2004
Bottled. Fantastic aroma; sharp fresh dough, really fruitcake-like. Jet black body with a veneer of coffee coloured froth for a head. Big malt and roasty flavours in this, but the slightly sour aftertaste is a bit of a suckerpunch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (4897) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2004
Deep black color, short brown head. Aroma of black and roasted malts, coffee with cream, chocolate, hint of alcohol, some artificial strawberry milky something. Taste is sweet, roasted malts, some sour creamy tone. Sweet sour aftertaste and slightly bitter with a sticky palate.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
skortila (4424) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUL 13, 2004
Aroma consists of heavily roasted malts (coffee/chocolate) and some cream or lactic essent. Opaque black coloured with a thin brown lasting head (not as creamy as the original guinness). Taste is heavily roasted malty, coffee/chocolate, again something creamy/lactic, quite bitter and too sweet. Even fruity this stout is. The palate is quite sticky.


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