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


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RATINGS: 1176   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Stout black. Brown head, retains somewhat, laces decently. Dry, acidic, vinous, note of toast with mabey a bit of burnt toast. Medium bodied. Long very bitter finish. Although stouts are usually considered hearty, this I found this one as refreshing as pilsner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2005
This is a good beer. Strong to the last drop, then the aftertaste takes over the battle ;-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Clean slightly yeasty aroma. Nice dark brown color with a full tan head. Initial flavor was of honey with a slight citrus finish that was nicely lasting althought maybe slightly metallic. Palate was moderately thick. Enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 From a bottle.Bloody black in colour,nice brown head.Dark fruits and coffee,warming alcohol,toe curling,red ears,I can take on the world.well good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5509) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Poured a deep, dark, brown color with a small, light tan head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of peanuts, butterscotch, chocolate and roast, with light burnt notes. Lots of roast and chocolate in the taste. Light oak and nuts, but dominated by roast. Very nice. Best beer I found in Aruba.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2005 wow, i was WAY impressed by this one for guinness. poured nearly black with tan head. smells like brown sugar and sweet beery goodness... its much smoother than draught and much better tasting... sweeter taste, more licorice and brown sugar with hint of carmel. iíd recommend at least trying it, but defeinitely dont expect it to be speedway or anything

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nekronos (3738) - Xalapa, MEXICO - DEC 25, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 I was happy drinking this, I got it in Belize, and it says is under permition of Guinness, blah, bah, blŮah, Itís ok, I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SilkTork (5360) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2004
Sept, 2002: I found this extremely smooth and creamy - much softer than the standard Guinness. The strength is well concealed. [3.0]
<a href=Beer-Ratings.asp?BeerID=55&FanOfID=4383>Th Stout Stewing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 The Great Guinness Taste Test with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/guinness-foreign Nigerian FES and <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/guinness-special FES.
Darker colour with thick lasting brown head. Light charred aromas some smokiness and a not too great malt component. Almost yeasty aroma rounds off the end. Up front roasty flavour attack. Tart finish with lighter carbonation. Poor malt flavours carry through to the end. Charred smoke seems almost acrid. By far the worst of the three, although not too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1968) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2004
Black with big brown head. Aroma is coffee and roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, liquorice, brown sugar, coffee and chocolate with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is excellent, smooth and creamy. Finally a Guinness that I really like!

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