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


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RATINGS: 1188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.

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 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (23500) - 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 (2617) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2005
A Mes rate: Most pleased that they have this at asda up the road. Iím not really a fan of regular Guinness but this is much more like. Sugar cream and cookies in the nose. I really think it smells great. Like a tasty dessert. Typical Guinness looks. Pitch black with a good long lasting tan head and decent lacing. Palate is pretty much as good as anything. Velvet (yup i know its cheesy but thats how it is) and creamy. A strong smokey coffeee and roasted malt flavour with the extra good stuff clearly there but not offensive. Finish is lengthy and begins creamy but gradually turns bitter the more it goes on. Guinness with knobs on and much better for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DonMagi (5595) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2005
First of al;l the appearance here, poured into my westmalle trappist glass, what a sight,. huge brown head, really good looking. Aroma is malty, coffee and burnt, maybe a bit too burnt for me. Taste however is Particularly malty, coffe, dark dark bitter chocolate with a little bready aroma/ taste coming through too. Defo one to have again, as at 7.5% isnt the strongest of stouts, but a very full flavour. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhliesen (771) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottle-Nice black color with a large,frothy, brown head. More carbonation than the drought. The bitter finish was more than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geiserich (3696) - Linz, AUSTRIA - JUN 27, 2005
Bottled: (Cameroon)
Quite sweet flavor, fruity, sourly and notes of candies. Quite bitter, dry and astringent finish. Few fruitiness, but more hoppiness and roasted malt as the nigerian version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorqui (2144) - Brescia, ITALY - JUN 14, 2005
Dense and plentiful foam, mighty persistent and skin tight. Black color, much somber and inscrutable. Decide and much strog scent, slightly hidden from a solid head- Notes of coffee, bitters chocolate and ash. Dry taste, much bitter and of very long persistence. Cocoa and coffee pips fragrance. Excellent length of smells and taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2005
Black opaque, thick dark head, lasting. toasty chocolate, nuts, some fruit, saltanas in aroma very light sourness. Awesome rich toasty warmness, bitter chocolate and coffee. Light fruityness, and light diecytle butteryness, lingering bitterness, that slowly reveals nice hop flavour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
The Islandsí version. A good stout, though there are many better ones. Night and day to the Guiness draft beers being sent here domestically. Very Bitter, fruity, creamy, roasty and burnt parts. Black, cocoa poweder, malts. Drinkable. Thanks Viggio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 Proof that Guinness can still make a bloody good stout. This is streets ahead of the mediocre draught. Poured tar black with a monstrous tan marshmallow head. Good head retention, nice lacing. Aroma is much more inviting and to style than the nitro-draughtís current dessert trolley mix. This is dry and toasty, with notes of cocoa powder, coffee grounds, marshmallow, burnt rubber and port-like alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but nicely carbonated. Feels much more substantial and stout-like than the draught. Initial taste impression is sweet and malty, with plenty of dark fruit and wood. However, the real kicker is that intensely bitter Guinness kick in the finish which is missing from the draught but magnificently present here, along with a wine-like alcoholic finish. This has restored my flagging faith in the brand. (33cl bottle, Amatos, best before 16/4/05)

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