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

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1090   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.

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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (563) - 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 (79) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a thin foamy head. It doesnít stay for long, and thereís 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.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
traak (73) - FRANCE - MAR 10, 2014
Cíest vraiment autre chose que les cannettes en fer sont goŻt cafťinťe est excellent un bonne brunes

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2014
Not sessionable like the dry stout, but quite a lovely beer. There is some nice honey, molasses and caramel along with the coffee and chocolate you expect in a stout. Iím surprised I donít have a rating for this one already.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 18/20
edsspoon (321) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2014
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2014 Pours completely black, with a big brown head which very slowly disappears. Aroma of alcohol, coffee, cocoa, caramel and smokiness with some spicy and orange notes. Tastes of coffee, followed by roasted malt and a strong bitterness. Medium smokiness and hints of paprika. I find a lot of strong stouts overpowered by taste of alcohol, this is, however, incredibly nice.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (1492) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle: Deep, thick, & black, almost like used motor oil with only a hint of deep ruby shining through the very edges, topped with a creamy tan head that recedes over the course of a few minutes. Aroma has toasted malts & barley, very faint toffee sweetness, & a little bit of red wine. Taste has a bigger combo of roasted malt & dark fruit; prunes, raisins, & some bitter roast. Light caramel & toffee flavors in the finish along with a slight floral bitterness from the hops. Surprisingly dry finish. Decent, easily accessible beer from Guinness, though I still prefer the weaker Draught for its drinkability.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
wabahoye (37) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
There is a reason this beer remains one of the most recognizable in the world...and one that can be found more places in the world than any other beer I know. In Asia, where light lagers rule, this is the one other style that is available. The one Iím drinking now came from a 7/11 in Bankgok...the only non-light lager on the shelf. Just sayin...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (2730) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Pours tar black with a soapy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee. Roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and hint of Belgian sugar. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1611) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 22, 2014
She pours a pure dark black color and leaves the same colored body with a two and a half finger tan foamy head. The head must have lasted at least a good three minutes. What a show I had just watching the intricate bubbles pop out from the sides of the glass into the head while a light foamy lacing appeared as the head dissipated. The smell has a great combination between the chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and barley. The taste has all of the previously mentioned smells in the flavoring combined very nicely. On the palate, she sits a medium on the body with a slight watery feel. It still felt pretty good on the tongue. Overall, Iím pretty much blown away because I didnít think this was going to be this good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElectroMod (113) - - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle from Asda Queensferry. Pours completely black with a thick tan head. Strong malty chocolate aromas which carry on over to the taste. Also picked up a hint of demarra sugar in the taste too. Soft carbonation and oily mouthfeel which goes down nicely. Horrendously overlooked as the best beer Guinness produce, very nice.


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