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


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RATINGS: 1155   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
davidtjm (657) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 16, 2014
Bottle. Pour is with a head, aroma is caramel, malt, sweetness. Taste is malty, alcohol, toffee, bitterness, some sweetness, light bitter finish, body is medium, carbonation is soft. Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Trystan148 (44) - FRANCE - NOV 14, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2015 I would say I prefer "classic" Guiness from Ireland, but this one is also good and reminds me the true one. Crafted is from far better though

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fashawn (251) - Montesarchio, ITALY - NOV 8, 2014
Ottima Stout. Buona interpretazione, completamente nera con una testa al colore del cioccolato fondente. Si lascia bere, perché in bocca non è cremosa o densa e l’alcool è nascosto bene. La carbonatazione è lieve, e porta alla bocca orzo e liquirizia, qualche richiamo di vaniglia ad in finale secco e amaro, addimicato e tostato. Buona birra.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
HIGHB4LL (733) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2014
11.2oz. bottle from Cash Wise in Watford City. Appearance: 2 fingers dark brown head that lasts, dark brown-black color, great lacing, opaque. Aroma: roasted grain, chocolate, molasses, light grassy hops. Palate: medium-full body, soft carbonation, creamy and oily texture, bitter and dry finish, decent booziness. Taste: sweet malt, into boozy notes, then into a full bodied malt profile that turns roasted and slightly astringent, finishing with bitterness and light alcohol. Overall, palate is awesome, big tastes and aromas, very well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
furthur (306) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle, black need with light cardboard colored head. Aroma is oats and yeast, faint raisin. Taste is dark roast, raisin, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, faint metal, black coffee, malt vineager, finish is faintly dry, but not strongly. Palate is smooth, not thin, good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierMeHoos (210) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. Aroma and flavors of roasted coffee and chocolate. Probably my favorite Guinness they make.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (990) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 650ml bottle served in a tulip. A: Pours a deep black color forming a nice and huge beige head. Fizzing carbonation going up and some lacings left around the glass. Medium retention but the head never disappears completely S: Good. Roasted malts. Coffee notes. Wood. Ginness hops. Alcohol T: As the nose, roasted malts, coffee notes, wood notes, dark chocolate notes, earthy hops. A sweet upfront and a roasted bitter (considerable) aftertaste M: Creamy body. Good carbonation. Sweet upfront. Molasses sensation. Aftertaste is dry and bitter O: Absolutely drinkable. Great beer. Recommended [ BA Review @ 6/23/2012 ]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4341) - Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Backlog rating on 11-21-2012 (Bottle) The appearance is a large frothy tan head that mostly diminishes, dark brown opaque body, very little carbonation observed, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, hint of hops, semi-sweet, dark fruits, and molasses. The flavor is molasses, roasted malt, bitter, hops, and a dry roasted finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and this beer is medium bodied. This beer is most quaffable and the ABV is well masked. I like how the flavors come together to make an enjoyable tasting beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jamesie1857 (1499) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014
330ml bottle from Asda - Opaque, pitch black body with a huge pale tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and slightly bitter dark fruit. Medium body and medium carbonation. I like this, but having said that, I do most stouts of this strength.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuideDogSaint (593) - Xiamen, CHINA - OCT 13, 2014
330ml bottle from Tasty Life, Xiamen. This is the 6.8% version specially brewed in Ireland for the Chinese market. Pours black with a dissipating beige head. Roasted aroma of chocolate and toffee. Bitter sweet finish. Will be going back for more. Edited for typo

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