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


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RATINGS: 1130   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
HammerTroll (590) - 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 Ščurku 0,33l bottle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veceo (651) - 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 (765) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - AUG 23, 2014
Another one that I’ve 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. There’s some caramel as well. Nice aftertaste, lasting. Great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1248) - 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 (249) - - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Roasty and slightly fruity aroma. Lots of malts and a bit of mocha under it all. Definitely get some raisin notes. Flavor is roasted chocolate and dark fruits with a slightly sweet and creamy finish with a bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1827) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-14-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a thick tan head. The head has fantastic retention, very slowly fading over time to give a great level of lacing. Smell – The smell is of sweet dark fruits and bitter roasted malt. There are other notes of a caramel sweetness as well as some aromas of dark chocolate. Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and some caramel and dark fruit flavor. The sweeter flavors lose some ground in the taste while the roasted flavors grow more and more bitter. Some light coffee flavor enters the profile with a bitter herbal hop flavor. This creates a quite roasted off bitter flavor at the end of the taste; a rather off aftertaste of these flavors lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of its creaminess and has a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average carbonation is good at hiding some of the non favorable flavors at the end of the profile, but not great for the roastier flavors of the foretaste; which the body does a nice job of enhancing. Overall – The taste and feel start out great, but that off bitter-herbal-roasted flavor that is left on the tongue really bring the brew down.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (860) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2014
Backlog, Aruba 2006, bottle from supermarket. Pitch black color, thin foamy tan head, good lacing; aroma roasted malts, coffee, cardboard, licorice; taste moderate bittersweet, roasty; medium body, oily texture; more bitterness in aftertaste, coffee notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1186) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Black with a foamy yellow-brown head. Sweet stout, a bit of raisin and light roast. Very light malt aroma, with some molasses. This is nice, and despite being stronger easier drinking that normal Guinness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jur (374) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle @ Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe. Actually I kinda like it. Nice dark and roasty, full head, pretty dry and bitter. Your best choice on the road in Africa!

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