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


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RATINGS: 1092   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.

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrRomero (1974) - Nolanville, USA - MAY 25, 2002
I like it. Has more carbonation than on tap. Good flavor.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
BruceLeroy (111) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 8, 2002
I absolutely agree with the sentiment of it finishing ’too hot’. The bitter coffee taste is just a way too strong for my liking. If the coffee bitterness was toned down and the spices were more prevailent in the taste I would rate this beer higher. I have never have been much of a fan of Irish beers or the weird recipes they come up with. The higher than normal alcohol content is the only thing that saves this beer. I appreciate the comment about it tasting exactly like soy sauce. I would have to agree somewhat. WAY TOO BITTER!!!!!!! In my most honest opinion this stuff is overpriced crap masquerading as good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bakka (16) - Paris, FRANCE - APR 28, 2002
Thick foam, light bubbles. Very opaque, more than the draught. Tastes a little coffee and molasses, quite bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brian (145) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2002
The coffee aroma was there, along with a burnt/bitter aroma. The head was less than I expect from Guinness, but no widget, so it is par for the course. The taste seemed pretty harsh for a Guinness--no, the alcohol wasn’t the problem, it was the burnt/bitter taste. A bit rough at times. Nevertheless, its a more than drinkable heavy, ’go-slow’ beer. Barring taps, I prefer regular (widgetted) Guinness for the flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9335) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 18, 2002
very dark colour, giant creamy head, deep coffee and black chocolate aroma, roasted, full-bodied, oily, sweet, alcohol presence followed by a long and quite rough bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 15, 2002
Big beer with bitter chocolate, coffee and spices. One is enough that you need to take your time to enjoy. finished a bit hot.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
snapdharlich (29) - SCOTLAND - FEB 11, 2002
This is very enjoyable chilled and in small amounts. Too much and your head will fall off the next morning

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 9, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2003 resampled this last night. Big, thick, rich, spicy, bitter, dry, extremely tasty, packed full of flavour and great to sip away at.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlemishChar (224) - Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2001
It took me an hour to finish this one off. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2001
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 i like this one. an oaky, whiskeylike roundness oozes over the tarry burnt bitterness. intense and rich but soft, no harshness or edginess to the flavours.

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