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


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RATINGS: 1116   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
greenclansman (826) - Nicosia, CYPRUS - SEP 8, 2014
Pitch black color, creamy head...strong aromas of roasted malt and some balanced hops. Mouthful, creamy, a bit bland but an overall pleasant beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
marulla (75) - Warsaw, POLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Jet black, with nice capuccino-coloured head/ Strong aroma of roasted malts, a bit spoiled by the alcohol. Subtle chocolate in flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
R4N5H (98) - SINGAPORE - AUG 31, 2014
33cl can bought back from Hong Kong. Stated at 6.8% ABV. Poured into a tulip glass. Aroma heavy in malts and some coffee. Medium carbonation. Decent light tan coloured head which dissipates and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Very dark brown to black colour. Malt, roasted barley, slightly nutty and bitter flavour. Some acidity left on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
azzie (232) - - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle. Thick ebony color liquid. Capuccino color head. Full body, light carbonation. Roasty taste. Medium to high bitterness. Creamy and full. Coffee aroma and taste. Very good one.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gbeerrater (29) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Immediate chocolate notes with alcohol which pours dark as expected. Definitely more bite than regular Guinness varietals. definitely a bit more sharp in the hops and definitely more expensive than Regular guiness Rich and satisfying but the chocolate notes seems to have a tad raw element possibly artificial. Better than Guiness varietals that have come along, good but nothing to rave about. Would love to try the real deal in Dublin one day as part of my bucket list of beers

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HammerTroll (518) - Pula / Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 27, 2014
Dark as hell, medium sized tan head. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some cocoa. Slightly sweet. Thin body, soft carbonation. Better than regular Guinness.
(Dobro Pivo Pri äčurku 0,33l bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (544) - CROATIA - AUG 23, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2014 Very dark brown color, almost black, average sized brownish head. Some lacing. Medium to full body, soft carbonation. Aroma of coffee, roast and malts. Medium sweet, light bitter taste. After mediocre Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness Draught, this is really a nice surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (580) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 23, 2014
Another one that Iíve forgot to rate. Pours a deep black color, topped with a frothy tan head. Pleasant roasty aroma with some caramel in the back as well. The taste is slightly sweet in the beginning, creamy, followed by some roasty notes and decent bitterness. Thereís some caramel as well. Nice aftertaste, lasting. Great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1180) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 20, 2014
11.2 oz. bottle, consumed on 8-14-14. Weak aroma features scents of chocolate, Tootsie Roll, toffee, artificial chocolate, Playdough, and chocolate-covered pretzel. Pours a nearly black dark brown with a moderate amount of taupe head. Produces extensive, long-lasting, good lacing. Dry flavor dominated by roasted malts. Flavors of banana bread, tar, and caramel. Drier and more bitter in taste than the aroma suggests, but, upon multiple sips, it does sweeten to taste like that artificial chocolate that is present in the aroma. Typically English/Irish yeast strain evident in the flavor. Medium body. Smooth and lively in the palate. Overall, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout is reasonably enjoyable but too simple. Also, that cheap, artificial chocolate element in the aroma and flavor pulls it down. It definitely is a lot better than the more commonly consumed varieties of Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (121) - - AUG 20, 2014
Purchased in a 33cl bottle and at 7.5%ABV. This is the version brewed in Dublin. The colour is black with a big tan head. Lots of roasted malts and a little caramel in the nose. The flavour is full and smooth with roasted malts dominating with hints of coffee. Slight metallic hints. The initial sweet caramel flavours fade fast leaving a long and pleasing bitterness. A brilliantly-made beer that does not have the complexity of some craft beer imperial stouts but is nonetheless a deeply satisfying drink.

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