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


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RATINGS: 1156   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 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

   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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
johndoughty (4133) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2005
Irish version.Jet black and poured with a large head.Bitter edge and a lovely full mouthfeel that lingered for a long time. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
Cameroun edition. Sweet and roasty nose. Jet black body, medium tan head. Roasty flavor, butter and quite sourish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2008 12 oz bottle from Bahamas. Thanks Sammy. Pitch black with a thick brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, roast and toasted malts. Flavour is quite sour, some dark cherries, charcoal, burnt sugar, malted milk. Lingering roasty and oaky finish. 7 5 7 4 15 12 oz bottle from Ireland. Deep black colour, thick tan head. Aroma is quite nice. Coffee roastiness with some light sweet espresso and a bit of light sourness. A touch of molasses and some soft herbal bitterness. It’s quite simple, but it isn’t bad. Very heavy lingering roasty bitterness. OK 7 5 7 3 14

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2005
Irish bottle: Deep black with small light brown head. Huge vineous oaky aroma, with some great liquorice and burnt caramel notes too. Flavour is suprisingly roast, with quite a dry finish. Some darker fruit notes evident, along with some oaky character. Quite full bodied, and very tasty. Suprisingly, much more complex than the belgian version!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
Cameroon-edition. Dark brown body with a light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a dark fruit sweetness. sharp bitter roasted malty flavor and a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Cameroon-edition, thanx to Joergen. Black colour with a baige head. Roasted alcoholic prun raisin aroma and taste. Medium to full body and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (21938) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Cameroon-edition. Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of alcohol and chocolate with roasted notes. Acidic flavour of coffee and prunes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 10, 2005
Bit apprehensive of trying this as I feel the last two Guinness stouts werenít worth the price tags. Poured, from the bottle into a chalice glass just below cold, completely opaque, jet black, with a Ĺ" dense tan head. Steadfast, the head lasted the distance and laced webs down the glass. Bitingly spicy, earthy nose, molasses, toffee and dark chocolate. Generous fruitcake wafts and a light woody note came through as it warmed. Dry and bitter, creamy mouth feel, medium-light in body and yet discernibly filling in the finish. Long liquorice and roasted malt swallow, yeasty across the tongue with a lot of mocha-coffee flavours filling all the nooks and crannies. The only true flaw is itís astringency in the back that feels like choking on grain husks, but not as bad as it sounds! A lovely brew and the better of the Guinness stouts. Quite nice.

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