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


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RATINGS: 1096   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2004
My version had something wriong with it I feel. A very metallic bitterness that it just not pleasant. The nose is great with good earthy chocolate overtones but the taste is a real disappointment. Must try asnother elsewhere in my Asian travels.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Thick pour. Had a rocky head. A bitterness from the roasted malt rather than hops. A lot stronger alcohol taste than the regular Guinness and more flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 15, 2004
Pours like chocolate syrup with a creamy, brown, rocky head like the crema of a good espresso. The first note in the aroma is a rich, coffee-like malt, followed by a burnt caramel bitterness. Very full body - not at all watery like Guinness Original or Draught - with warm malt flavours and a slight sourness. A strong bitter character grows into the long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gr0ve (2132) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 9, 2004
Intensely black. Sour, smokey, roasted coffee. Bitter Chocolate. A great beer to end a cold chilly day with.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4606) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2004
Slightly sour smokey aroma. Strong, almost sour, dry licorice flavour. Very dark. Average head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
leaparsons (8019) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2003
Black with a dirty head. Aroma is coffee and strong licourice. Flavours are roast malts, coffee and a plain chocolate bitterness. Not bottle conditioned but still a classic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 19, 2003
Black as hell, massively rocky tan head with crazy lacing. Amazing aroma of leather, smoke, coffee and wood. Flavour is less interesting - fleeting maltiness with some leather which is quickly overwhelmed by first a slight sourness, then a massive hit of burnt, roast malt flavours, then a strong bitterness. Yum.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Choos (595) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2004 Aroma was almost identical to Guinness Draught only with stonger hints of burt toffee and coffee. Tasted like a much much richer version of Guinness Draught only with a lasting hoppy aftertaste. Fairly decent chewy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2005 Black in colour with brown frothy head. Warm rich alcohol flavours with upfront coffee. Chalky like texture with a rich aftertaste. Best Guinness I have tried so far! Cheers! 2nd rating seems to be a lot more bitter that the previous time.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Ernest (6181) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2011 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (molasses, roasted grain), with notes of motor oil, soy sauce, vegetables. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, unclean, husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. I recall this being reasonably good when I visited the Caribbean many years ago, but itís available locally now and is truly horrible. Off notes galore and a dirty/grainy aftertaste. Undrinkable.

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