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

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1189   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.

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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
princepurple (22) - wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
One of only a handful of beers to gain the 5 rating, not my favourite but in my top 5, Guinness Foreign extra stout is not only the ultimate Guinness and Ultimate stout, but arguably the ultimate alcoholic drink ever conceived. It’s nose is powerful, an formidable presence, igniting the senses with unrivalled hop and Roasted Malt’s, Toasted Espresso and Burn’t Barley in perfect unison. It pours a heroic grade stout of Dark but not draught black liquor, thick, and cloudy, developing a small, quickly clearing tan head which sizzles slightly before standing as the dark ruby knight it is. In the mouth, it instantly gives way to a very harsh, full, bitter, malty weight and amazing grittiness which leaves the mouth feeling very malty. It tastes pretty much as you expect from Guinness but amplified with no trace of velvet smoothness present in draught. A dominating storm of roasted caramel, Galena hop, roasted malt barley, coffee, liquorice and ginger light the moth and taste buds on fire as it’s cocoa like element adds the charismatic hits of almond, hazelnut, and smoked wood tones. The Finish is very powerful, bitter chocolate, and toasty nuttiness, fulfilling, thirst quenching, challenging and perfect.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
klm1 (474) - - APR 7, 2015
Black brown colour with small firm head. Smell and taste of roasted malts, plums, and hints of coffee. Dry aftertaste with little bitterness.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrJamesMcEwan (147) - SCOTLAND - APR 6, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2015 * Bottle. Pours black, with a frothy cream coloured head. * Aroma is strong, roast malt, burnt toffee, chocolate. * Palate is full body, medium carbonation, very fine bubbles. * Taste is sweet malt, toffee, dark chocolate & coffee. * Finish is thick & rich, malty, chocolate. * Overall: Very rich, sweet, toffee & chocolate, compared to Guinness Original.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gregerik (13) - Kings Lynn, Norfolk, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2015
Butelka 330 ml. Bardzo ładnie się prezentuje, czarne/ciemno brązowe, piana gęsta, długo się utrzymuje, w smaku czarna kawa, gorzka czekolada i lekka kwaskowość.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alexi91 (142) - Bristol/Romsey, Hampshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2015
Origin: Bottle. Vessel: Pint Glass. Supplier: Guinness Storehouse (Dublin). Sweet first giving way to roasted bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goozen (3381) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2015
Bottle 0,65ltr: Opaque black colored brew with an sweet bitter taste with an well hidden sournesh. Hints of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. This one is brewed at Guinness Cameroun and bought it in the Hague at Africa Products Shop, Spui 231. Handy with an Nigerian girlfriend to find this kind of shops, extra handy if they sell African beers for foreign ticks.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Piw (400) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2015
330ml Flasche. Rabenschwarz und klar. Grosse, dunkle Schaumkrone. Starkes Kaffeearoma. Süsser Nachgeschmack mit einer leicht bitteren Note.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thellgren (463) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 29, 2015
0.65 l bottle from local supermarket in Paris. Colour is black and the head is light brown and won’t die away. Yes, Extra Stout is better than the common version called draught. This version has more hops than the one available in Ireland. Probably to hide the high amount of alcohol. The result is a nice dry taste combined with the usual Guinness experience. No, I’m not working for them.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
danielyabu (1360) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - MAR 29, 2015
huge light brown frothy creamy head. excelente lacing. mostly lasting. flat sparkling thick black body. aroma: light coffee, black chocolate, heavy nutty malt, caramel. if: moderate sweet light bitter. ff: light sweet moderate bitter; long duration. palate: oily texture, metallic finish, lively carbonation, médium body. dulçor de caramelo. toque metalizado no paladar surge como fedeito. background de café, bem balanceado. espuma lembra areia movediça. 70s

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loubar (154) - Los Gatos, California, USA - MAR 26, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2015 12 oz bottle. Clear, dark brown color, medium beige head. Nose of char, roasted malt, coffee grounds and a bit of sherry.Taste has some roasted barley, black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Fresh carbonation, medium mouth feel. Some sweetness perfectly checked by the bitterness. Loads of flavor, yet balanced and somehow drinkable. Alcohol completely hidden. Strong and good.


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