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


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RATINGS: 1255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   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 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Ruby highlighted black, lumpy thick tan head. Molasses aroma, bran muffins, dates. Full, lightly roasty flavor. Rum, kind of a chewy chalky quality. Alcohol apparent, but not aggressive. Iíve never met an FES I didnít like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle. Purchased in Ireland at a local corner store. Pours a jet black body with a large, foamy dark tan head. Decent lacing. Nice winey (merlot), roasted malty, molasses aroma with some deep lying dark fruit scents. Starts off very bubbly. Bitter, roasted mocha, coffee flavor. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol can be slightly felt, but doesnít take away from the beer. Great finish. Very nice stout from Guinness. Much different than all the other IMO, I just wish I had brought back more than one home.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
axelmonster (1) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 27, 2006 does not count
Aroma: Very rich, bread, chocolate, coffee, roasty. Apperance: Pitch black with a tan head. Flavor: Medium to heavy bitter, small hint our sourness, a little sweet. Excellent. Palate: Pretty smooth, not as silky as other guinness brews, very lively carbonation and a long, bitter finish Overall: One of the best beers Iíve tasted, definately a favourite. I recommend trying it with a bit of dark guinness chocolate (available at the storehouse or at the online shop).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Drank several of these on my recent Caribbean vacation. Dark pour with oddly bubbled head. Strong roasted flavor that seemed a bit different from regular Guinness. Taste was a bit sour, but pretty good once I got used to it. Stronger than regular Guinness for sure, as I got a very quick buzz. Overall, not bad, especially given the nasty Caribbean alternatives........

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2006
[Bottle from ASDA] Black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, berry fruit, liquorice, some vanilla. Full bodied, some sweetness with a dry, roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle in Rome, Italy. This more closely resembles a stout youíd find from an American micro than a classic Guinness. Jet black in appearance with a dark brown head. Taste is quite burnt and not as creamy and smooth as Guinness draught. There is a noticeable alcohol burn upon swallowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2010 Bottle 0,33 l. Dark brown, looks clear. Thick beige head. Nose is malty, somewhat sour, dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet and sour, malts, there is even some saltiness. Very flavourful, a bit of mšmmi going on. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quinten (1060) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Black like drop, fluffy pergamon head, licorice, cough drop, dark burnd hops and grain,... at a lower temperature like 8 decr cels most inpresive stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Inky black pour, caramel head. Sweetish, slightly fudgy snout. Opens with a toffeeish creaminess, finishes with a blast of intense espresso roast. A hint of charred dry fruit. But mostly creamy and toffeeish. A particularly finely balanced specimen. (Re-rate, 09/03/08) Erm, Tossco version. Irish I guess. SERIOUS hops, roast and bitter, bitter choc. Intense. powerfully dry and delicious beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (7973) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
snaggles...got u...it was good for me, ...black as a stuck match..ok head..some sticks around, dirty i sez..smooth and oon crisp...roasted + toasted...delicous...and forgein like ****. i like this best of all..extra stout look out...had at the "smallest pub" in africa..(trust me ..this place was tiny, my bedroom is way bigger than this place..and they have a decent select of beer!)

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