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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3424) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - APR 30, 2014
Black bodied. Simple perhaps but a nice dark sweetness to this. Thicker than expected. Brown sugar, bit simple again but it’s appealing to me somehow. Drinks easily, short aftertaste. Not bad at all! (33cl bottle from an Asian food store in Tours)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
saintjulien (97) - - APR 27, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2014 caramel, cereal, toast, roasty, coffee, smoke, black, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium sourness,

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
odannyob (71) - Colorado, USA - APR 16, 2014
poured from a chilled 11.2 ounce bottle into a 12 ounce english pint shaped glass. oddly, reading the bottle’s back label, it states "malt liquor" to the right of "product of ireland". it also says "enjoyed by millons around the world". what TF ever, man, this is super tasty so make that millons plus 1.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LED40 (56) - SCOTLAND - APR 13, 2014
330 ml bottle. Smoky and roasted aroma. Has a milk chocolate like reducing head which doesn’t hang in there (unlike the standard Guinness). The liquid has a black tar like appearance. The taste is very bitter, malty, dark fruit and dark chocolate like leaving a slight burning sensation at the back of your throat after the swallow. It is also very full bodied and chewy. Overall an excellent foreign stout that would go great with beef stews or heavy puddings.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (374) - CROATIA - APR 13, 2014
Bottle, pours black with a beige head, slight bitter coffee taste, dry finish, a nice stout

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JStax (2857) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 5, 2014
11.2 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a near black with a velvety head of khaki colored foam. Good retention. The aroma is fairly muted. I get some faint dark chocolate notes, but I’m really struggling to get much character from the aroma. The taste has some fruity notes along with some roast and char character. There just really isn’t much going on with this beer, unfortunately. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2472) - Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
330 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 8/29/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, plum, herbal, floral, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, light char, raisin, herbal, floral, light pine, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Fair amount of earthy herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, dark bread, molasses, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and earthy hops; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy, smooth, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent foreign stout. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of dark/roast malt and earthy hops flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mzaar (1549) - Varberg, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2014
Flaska på Barbados. Svart med moccafärgat skum. Rostade toner i doften tillsammans med choklad och kaffe. Sältan i smaken är delikat, därtill kaffe, choklad, röda bär och torkad frukt. Mjuk och rund munkänsla.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ozckr (238) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 2, 2014
toast, black, hazy, frothy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, creamy, oily feel, lively,

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (551) - ALSACE, FRANCE - MAR 25, 2014
Couleur noire, forte mousse brune cremeuse. Nez leger de malt grillé. Gout de malt, grillé, note de chocolat avec une bonne amertume longue. Peux de carbonation.


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