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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoR (683) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Delicious stout. Very nice color, creamy head. Somewhat chocolaty, hint of coffee. It helps, of course, that I bought the bottle at the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, while on a superb trip to Ireland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2006
Brewed in Lome, Togo. Very week aroma, somewhat chocolatey. The color is a dark brown, with a nice light brown head. The flavor was that of a dark roasted coffee with some hints of a Mexican mole like spice. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
konair1 (66) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Brewed locally. Bottle. Pours dark black color. Creamy long-lasting tan head. Notes of hazelnuts. A very good crafted beer that has a nice balance to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (2001) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2006
Tasted May 26 2006, Regional Wines & Spirits ’Muscle Brews’ Tasting, Wellington, New Zealand. Caramel notes, strong, acidic aftertaste, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 1, 2006
Now this was good -- hadn’t ever had the foreign version, but the extra alcohol kick gives this guinness a nice nose. The taste is still smooth and the palate crisp. A very nice "imperialized" guinness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Irish Version: Poured an extremely dark brown color that was almost opaque. There was a small creamy brown head and a brown oily film on the glass. It had a big roasty aroma with big notes of chocolate pudding. Also noted was some tartness, coffee, prunes and light alcohol. The aroma was thick and full. The flavor was fairly sweet and roasty. Light coffee, tart with a bitter finish. Medium body that was almost creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2006
(Irish version) Almost black colored, huge beige head. Fine guinness-aroma: roastiness, licorice, sweet chocolate and coffee with nice touch of fruits and mild alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is also rich with obvious alcohol, chocolate, licorice, aftertaste has medium alcohol with roastiness. Excellent aroma with slightly too strong alcohol-flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madsberg (10710) - 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 (5075) - 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 (6901) - 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!

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