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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1164   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.

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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2005
Found this in Russia, canned, in a 6.5% version. Not sure if this is the right FES to rate it as, and I forgot to check where the can was from, but I’ll put it here for now. Pours an opque black, with a foamy, medium sized brown head. Aroma of roasted, almost burned malts, burned sugar, and bitter dark chocolate. Rather sharp and somewhat sour flavor of heavily roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, strong coffee, and hops, with a tangy, bitter alcoholic finsih. Fairly smooth palate, but nowhere as creamy as the standard draught guinness. A good guinness, but a bit too sharp for my taste. Goes well with dark chocolate though.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Belial (71) - BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2012 Guinness is a very good stout, though not better than Murphy’s. It has a very strong chocolate, ashes and coffee aroma. Drink it along a piece of meat with a strong sauce, or maybe a salted cold fish like herring.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tplindler (37) - California, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Had this in Yerevan, Armenia from a bottle. Dark as the common draft, with a browner head and a sharper taste. High alcohol (the bottle said 8%). Thick and chunky as a Guinness should be. Quite good overall.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Well. compared to draft, this was a kicker. Bigger nose, body and taste. Alcohol was up front to.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 24, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2006 Jet black with a large lasting milk coffee head. Sweet initial raspberry lolly aroma, followed by some burnt wood and alcohol. There is some bitterness that really lingers at the back of the tongue to finish a great palate that is oily and medium to full bodied. A top drop, and it’s a pleasure to find one at a reasonable price.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GeoDoc (34) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Love that color. Roasty nose, with notes of coffee - bitter kick at the end. Out of the tap in Ireland is a true experience, but bottled will do. A genuine beer drinker’s beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fukito (870) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - OCT 15, 2005
Bottle- October 2005 Pours pitch opaque black with a big nice and frothy beige head that adequatly lasts as it leaves a beatifull lacing in Aromas is nice but at the same time is this brew´s weakest point IMHO. It´s something yeasty and slighltly coffee. Taste is where this beer shows itself, it is very intense roasty, i mean ROASTY but not unidimentional. You can feel the 7,5% but it doesn´t burn or anything. Mouthfeel is beatifull and filling, with a bitter aftertaste. This is what Guinnes should always taste!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 25, 2005
Thick, rich, chocolate and cake-like yeast in the aroma. Opaque black body with generous, dense and lasting, fine bubbled, tan-brown head that lasts and coats the glass. Chocolate cake up front fades to a charred roastiness. Full body with a thick, rich texture. Bottle (GBBF).

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
Camaroun edition. Bottled. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is buttery, roasted malts. Taste is butter, roasted malts, and some fruity rasins/prune components

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2005
Solid blackness in the coloration, thick, lush, prodigious head, slowly climbing down, leaving lace...nice looking stout. Aroma has a sweetness, but emboldened by a dark, molasses-like character, caramel, a bit cola-ish, nutty, a deep, delicious thing, rich, to a degree. Taste: well-played in the mouth, fills it up with sweetness, cancelled by a lightly bitter quality, but never, ever, too much so...creamy, yummy, very much higher thing than the version of the Extra Stout, far too carbonated, that we get here. Very tasty, though, rich and chocolatey, silky and sophisticated, a definite dessert beer, but nothing I would toss back one after the other... Very unique, even if it still falls short of the legend of the true Nigerian version, yet to greet my lips...I like it though, and it ranks as quite a nice, desirable stout...


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