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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: 1098   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gopherfan99 (414) - 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 (2955) - 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 (2540) - 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 (1565) - 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 (601) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8848) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Trinidad version brewed by Carib and drank, lots of them, by the pool! Poured a black color with brown edges and an off white head. Roast, chocolate, some brown sugar sweetness, dark fruits, and a lighter coffee finish ... extra points for drinking by the pool in 90+ degree weather in March.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
alcamp99 (72) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Roasted coffee notes with a bitter finish. Sort of like Extra's big brother. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (591) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 12 oz bottle from Steve consumed St Patricks day 2014 Pours dark black as night with a giant frothy chocolate head it looks like a beer float The aroma is awesome strong spicy malt chocolate and coffee Wow nice and smooth lots of taste in between a stout and an imperial stout Steve was right this is fantastic And why can we not get this in Canada?

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartzMimic (84) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin foamy head. It doesn’t stay for long, and there’s little lacing on the glass. Smells of chocolate, malt and bread. Big taste of coffee, chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. A bit of bitterness. Medium mouth with some oil. Just a nice solid stout.


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