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


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RATINGS: 1104   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1258) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 From a bottle.Bloody black in colour,nice brown head.Dark fruits and coffee,warming alcohol,toe curling,red ears,I can take on the world.well good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5312) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Poured a deep, dark, brown color with a small, light tan head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of peanuts, butterscotch, chocolate and roast, with light burnt notes. Lots of roast and chocolate in the taste. Light oak and nuts, but dominated by roast. Very nice. Best beer I found in Aruba.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 wow, i was WAY impressed by this one for guinness. poured nearly black with tan head. smells like brown sugar and sweet beery goodness... its much smoother than draught and much better tasting... sweeter taste, more licorice and brown sugar with hint of carmel. iíd recommend at least trying it, but defeinitely dont expect it to be speedway or anything

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 I was happy drinking this, I got it in Belize, and it says is under permition of Guinness, blah, bah, blŮah, Itís ok, I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5218) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2004
Sept, 2002: I found this extremely smooth and creamy - much softer than the standard Guinness. The strength is well concealed. [3.0]
<a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=55&FanOfID=4383>Th Stout Stewing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 The Great Guinness Taste Test with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/guinness-foreign Nigerian FES and <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/guinness-special FES.
Darker colour with thick lasting brown head. Light charred aromas some smokiness and a not too great malt component. Almost yeasty aroma rounds off the end. Up front roasty flavour attack. Tart finish with lighter carbonation. Poor malt flavours carry through to the end. Charred smoke seems almost acrid. By far the worst of the three, although not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1851) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2004
Black with big brown head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, liquorice, brown sugar, coffee and chocolate with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy. Finally a Guinness that I really like!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - OCT 24, 2004
Dublin brewed version from Safeway. Head light brown and persistant. Body of beer almost black. Roast and chocolate and licorice aroma, oily mouthfeel, roasty, smoky, bitter finish. Yum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4714) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 10, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2011 Deep dark brown coloured body with a little lighter brown glow near the bottom and a dense thick, light brown head that tops the beer nicely. Aroma of oak, vanilla (strong), malt, cardboard, yeast and a little bit of lighter chocolate. Medium-bodied; Mellow malty flavour with caramel, cereal, yeast, toffee, rye and a little dry oak near the finish. Aftertaste shows mostly malty tones with a little oak, a ton of vanilla and a good lingering sweetness. Overall, a nice beer - well worth the wait and nice to finally sample. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, [Republic of] Ireland on 19-February-2009 sampled on 10-March-2011. The dates on the bottle read: 15-October-2009 11:02 at 7.5% abv, obviously made here in Dublin.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Sampled at the White Horse in London, England. Dark Brown. Slightly astringent, burnt grain, molasses, chocolate, coffee, brown sugar and prunes in the nose. Traditional dry stout characteristics throughout, just much bigger with notes of raisins, alcohol, chocolate, cocoa and prunes. Full bodied. Wow, Guinness can make a good beer. What a surprise.

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