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


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RATINGS: 1261   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (1090) - SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Black beer with a brown head. Richy, bitter malt smell. Chocolatey malt taste up front but thereís a dash of tangy, fruity hop in there to balance it a touch and some dark chocolate which comes through slowly just when I thought the flavour had petered out. Rich, tasty stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
I_LUV_BEER (175) - - MAY 5, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 330ml bottle. Pours almost black opaque colour with a thick dark beige head which is slowly diminishing leaving nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate and molasses. Taste is ash, dark chocolate, molasses, smoked prunes, slightly sour finish. Oliy texture with soft carbonation. Extremely nice stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (2721) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Color is dark. Head is medium and brown. Body is thin to medium. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Aroma is liquorice, caramel, chocolate, roasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackBeerPG (319) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Taste: rich toasted malt, slight fruit and spiced licorice notes with gentle hop in background. Dry toasted aroma. Black and opaque, with a dark creamy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (833) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle. Stunned itís not rated, itís often the only decent beer in a local shop. Nose is dark chocolate, toast, roast malt, light smoke. Taste is slightly sour, ash, chocolate, hint of blackcurrant and licorice, caramel, hint of yoghurt, prunes. Mouthfeel is oily. Itís one of the few drinkable beers from St Jamesí Gate these days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dchad56 (358) - - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle - dark and dense with large frothy tan head. Only faint aroma - good mouthfeel, thick and silky, full of flavour with good bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1806) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2016
Bottle @ a local watering hole. Black body with a medium head. Roasted notes, earth, coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
docj123 (1) - - APR 16, 2016 does not count
Top 10 for my favorite stouts. I love the bite that comes with it and the taste of barley. More complex than normal Guinness. I finally found it locally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (564) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2016
33cl bottle at the Gentse Kano en Kajak Organisatie in Ghent (7 IV 2016). First things first. I was handed an overdue bottle, almost two years after the expiration date. I always let my beers mature past the best-before date, yet I expect a fresh beer bottle when buying one. One can imagine that this appreciation thus is rather different, opposed to a normal foreign extra stout. Letís have a go. This classic extra stout has a very smarmy, oily character. This Irish version from St. Jamesís Gate pours a thick greasy liquid, really sticking to the glass, pitchblack and with a firm brown, cassonade collar on top. Good looking for sure. The scents are infiltrated with strong smoked ham notes, full of smoky malts. The taste has lots of coffee, bitters, some caramellish and dark sugar features. Very oily, medium to strong bodied. A great malts sensation, with lots of roast, from a bitterish almost imperial stout brew. This is a perfect strong black beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 5, 2016
UPDATED: APR 6, 2016 Bottle. Thanks to my buddy Trevor for bringing me this (and an entire box more!) from Belize. Shame I donít get the country tick though (oh well, the shitty green bottles lagers will give me that!). This pours very dark, with a lasting creamy beige head. Aroma is dark bready caramel, undertones of roast and prunes. The plate is the same, but more assertive on the roast end, with some subtle medicinal notes in there too (God knows how old this bottle is lol). Moderate roasty bitterness. Rather oily texture, with a nice full body. Better than expected!

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