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


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RATINGS: 1110   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 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]
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   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 (1867) - 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 (4751) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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