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


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RATINGS: 1109   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
Thanks goes out to Tim for hooking this one up. Appearance is a dark, basically jet black body. Frothy head accompanies. Aroma is robust roasted malt and some sweetness. Taste is bitter and sour, with some hints of coffee and roasted malt. Dry finish, followed with a heavy sour aftertaste. Interesting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
Black w/ creamy, light brown head. Roasty aroma of chocolate, molasses & brown sugar. Medium-full, creamy feel. Burnt cake-ish, roasty flavour of dark malts (dark chocolate, brown sugar), fruit (dates, raisins, prunes) & creamy butter. Also had a very mild sourness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2010 2010-05-16. Black body, good sized frothy brown head. Aroma of dark fruit, light raisiny notes, sweet dark malt. 7+ Flavour is similar, sweet dark fruity character at first, dry roast follows up quickly and lingers into the finish. Smooth average to medium bodied palate. 3+ Enjoyable, the lingering roast is not to my own tastes but overall it is rather good. 7/5/73/15 - 3.7Bottle from Guinness Brewery, Dublin. Approximately 1 year old.

2004-05-16. Black body, nice beige head. Slightly vinuous body with some pleasant roasty bitterness in the finish. Spent too much time enjoying this one and not enough writing about it. Nice beer. Thanks IPFreely for bringing this back from vacation. 8/4/8/3/15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7365) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2004
Bottled, at 7.5% from Ramís Supermarket, Montserrat. The label suggested it came from Ireland, but I would not be at all surprised if it wasnít the version brewed in Antigua. Compared to all the bland lagers and sweet stouts I had in the Caribbean, this shone. Quite dry and coffeeish. The alcohol is noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Bottled. This beer has a smell of freshly burnt paper. The colour is black with a long lasting off white head. The excellent flavour is burnt, roasty and milky. Although this is available in the UK, people here prefer to drink the weaker version or the nitrokeg version. WHY????Score 3.8
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.5 and 3.8. Average becomes 3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3819) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2004
Bottle from Safeway, Shirley, West Mids. Intense aroma: berries, choc and red wine. Dark black/brown, with a diminishing beige head. Fairly harsh taste initially. After a few sips however, my mouth grew accustomed and started to enjoy it. Smoothish, oily and chocolately creamy. A dry aftertaste, with a lingering bitter coffee taste. A pretty rich experience, which settles in and is relaxing and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 10, 2004
Bahamian bottle in the Bahamas. Pours black with a darker brown head, long lasting. Very roasty aroma along with some chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Similar flavor, roasty up front, caramel in the middle, dry coffee towards the end and hints of vanilla throughout. Big body, good alcohol masking. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DUbrew (49) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2004
Not a nitro guinness, but still has some appeal. Good dark color and head, strong flavor, coffeelike. Not bad. Bottle in B.V.I.'S

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGenius (154) - Pittsburgh, PA, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2004
This is a good beer with a lot of flavor. It has a nice coffee aftertaste that lingers a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 12, 2004
Bottled, 8% alc, brewed in St.James Gate, Ireland. Light brown thick head, glass sticking and mostly lasting, black colour. Very wide and complex aroma, cookie, molasses, toasted wood, coffee (coffee grain, dark coffee drink), melted licorice, vinous. Roasted grain, coffee (espresso fullness), woody-oaky charachter in taste. Creamy and full mouthfeel, full body, moderate bitterness, finish lightly astringent.

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