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


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RATINGS: 1211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 23, 2006
Dark black in colour with thick creamy toffe coloured head. spicey coffe flavours, peperry aroma. Can notice the difference from big brother is more carbonated and not as thick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2006
"Poured a black coffee like color with a medium light tan head. Aroma was a tad smokey. Flavor was the same with a semi sweet taste at the end. This was very different Guinness not as good but okay. "

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2006 33cl bottle from Sainsbury. Black in colour with thin beige head. Attractive roasted malt aroma with choc/coffee and roasted raisins. Grainy dark, bitter choc. Bit of heat from the alcohol. Bit of sourness and liquorice. Nice finish has dry burnt flavours. Overall a pretty good strong stout

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gdub171 (30) - USA - JAN 4, 2006
A little dissappointed. A decent stout, but nothing extrodinary. It lacked the form of the draught guiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (3367) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2005
Pours a deep dark brown color. Aromas of chocolate, espresso, and a scattering of hops. Flavor is bold bitter roast malts with a smooth chocolate like finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2005
Poured a nearly opaque black/brown. Thin beige head that hung around. Very roasty aroma...lotsa maltiness, mostly burnt and bitter. Flavor is no different with even more "burnt offerings" like coffee and chocolate. The abv is slightly noticeable, but not by a bunch. Better than the draught....but again, not by much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
webjedi (250) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2005
I’ll prefer the draught version to this, a bit to "thick" both as the flow of the beer and the flavor. Not as much of a "meal" beer as I find the draught to be. A bit more malty than I care for as well.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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