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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 1070   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHIG (3453) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle: Poured a black with tan colored head. Sweet strong caramel malt aroma. Nice roasted malt, caramel and molasses hints.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
AKORN (95) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Dark pour with good head. Malty, chocolate with a mild sour aroma. Similar to aroma. Good beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vladivostok (215) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
Almost black with an aroma of roasted coffee. Palate is bitter-sweet as is to be expected at this gravity. A fantastic beer and the best offering from a mega-brewer to cross my lips. An absolute life-saver in the Caribbean.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mr_Pink_152 (291) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2014
330ml bottle from supermarket. Dark brown almost black, with a thin tan head. Aromas of roasted coffee and malt. Big on those flavours too. Full bodied, long bitter finish. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
UncleKorm (656) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle poured a deep dark brown hue w/ a large frothy tan head and sticky lacing. Big bold malty molasses aroma. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish of short duration. Tastes are molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, and licorice. Big bodied, soft carbonation, balanced mouthfeel, and a warm roasted finish.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HappyHandsClub (11) - - JAN 31, 2014
Canít dock this classic 7.5% alcohol Extra Stout for itís uniqueness, legendary time & place for consumption. Only problem is havenít been able to find it since the Christmas 2012 St. James Gate, Dublin brewed 11.2 oz. bottle combo 12 pack. Prior to that it was readily available. Still have a dozen [just cracked one - with KerryGold Dubliner cheese - for this review] in the canning cellar. Itís the absolute most discrete, refined, delicate, character Guinness Stout. Makes the Canadian brewed for USA market Extra Stout seem like cat pee. Well worth keeping the antennae up for itís re-emergence. But with the Christmas canned combo 12 pack not containing it (instead funk & wagnels newbees) it may have fallen victim to Left-protofascist European Union export controls. Itís almost worth weeping over. Join Eurosceptic UKIP ;-)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beeebon (142) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2014
For some reason I had never tried Foreign Extra until this evening. I was expecting it to be sweeter however I was pleasantly surprised by how much the taste reminds me of draught Guinness but with a much heavier body and a more noticable roasted bitterness. A lovely stout!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scrapersnbeer (1438) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2014
Expecting something lactic and vanilla smelling, got dark fruit and especially toffee. Looks like the regular bottled Guinness, only thinner. Bitter relative to dry stouts but predominantly baked doughy malt. Thick and gooey body. A real confection that inspired a beer genre.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (2010) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle from Sainsburyís, not sure why I havenít had this one yet. Aroma is earthy mineral, dry roast, some alcohol and caramel. Opaque black like priestsí socks with a big greyish tan head. Flavour is big woody, rum, bozzy, roast barley and berries. Fullish boozy plate with some medium carbonation. Finish is lingering roast and sweet berries.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
allmyvinyl (2208) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 18, 2014
330ml bottle shared with jeevan. Dark brown, near black pour, thin tan head. Big roasted aromas... coffee and malt. Some dark sugar. Taste has roasted bitterness. Full bodied, long bitter finish. Pretty good.


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