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


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RATINGS: 1263   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bottle from Puerto Rico via rustychiles. Pours black with a decent-sized chestnut head. Aroma is more boozy and roasty than traditional Guinness. Taste is quite a bit boozier, roastier, smokey, and oaky. Hints of chocolate in the background of both the aroma and taste. It tastes quite a bit like they let it ferment at a much higher temperature than standard Guinness as well. I get some higher-alcohol phenols. Far less drinkable than standard Guinness, but really nice to try. The tannins and higher alcohols make it really difficult to drink an entire pint of this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sm89walt (1978) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2009
33cl bottle. A black beer with a fine, foamy beige head. A good combination of sweetness, subtle coffee tones, chocolate, roasted malts and toasted bread notes on the nose. The flavours are of roasted malt, bitter chocolate with some liquorice and some smokiness. Dry, burnt bitterness and a warming quality in the finish. Thick mouthfeel that envelopes the palate and lasts well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pours black into the glass with an beige head. Aroma is chocolaty with some coffee notes. Flavor is somewhat astringent with a lot of bitterness on the back end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle I enjoyed when traveling for work. Pours a thick deep brown with a frothy lacing tan head. Nose is inviting with some bittersweet chocolate, oak, roasted malt. Entry is supper dry. A bold french roast coffee flavor follows and lingers a while with notes of oak. Mouth is full bodied and chewy. Alcohol pokes through the top at times. I am glad I came across this after talking about it in the Stone U Stout class! Way more complex then the usually available Guinness varieties in the US.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaysonl69 (24) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2009
strong roasted barley aroma. strong malt flavors, reminds me of coffee with a pleasant aftertaste. overall decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (5785) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Overall Impression: I canít explain it but I like this one a lot more then the regular Guinness. I find this one to be really top quality and enjoyable, living up to the rep that Guinness has, while regular Guinness to me is just ok. Is it the Ireland vs. Canada brewing issue? I donít know, but if the standard Guinness tasted like the Foreign Extra Iíd drink it a lot more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Deep, dark, vinous, bitter roast malts and sweet molasses. Nicely balanced with the burnt malt, hops, and sourness scrubbing the sweetness away. Surprisingly enjoyable cold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle, 330ml.. Pours very dark, with tan head. Intense aroma of dark malts and molasses. Quite bitter on the tongue, with the alcohol content very evident, though overall a decent stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011

Bottle, St. James Gate DublinPitch black with only the slightest red tint at the bottom, not much of a head though. Overripe fruit and sangria aroma. Lively carbonation. The overripe fruit blends nicely with the dark bitter roast. Rating changed to reflect the St. James brew 7-3-7-3-14
Bottle of Barbadian FES--salty, tamarind, roast, delicious--my new fave Guinness FES yet 4-8-4-8-16 Bottle, St. Lucia/Piton brewery version. Pours black, opaque, and with a thick foamy head and leaving some lacing. Aroma of molasses, malt, and some tartness in the background. Fairly high in carbonation. The flavors are strange with a lingering acrid finish and not enough malt sweetness. Instead it tastes burnt and bitter. Comes across as a strange brew, and Iím told thatís due to its being brewed with the Piton base beer. 6-3-5-3-12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eManu (535) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a deep black liquid with a very thick foamy brown head that stay a long time and a good amount was left at the end. Aroma is very strong roasted malts. Flavors are quite powerfull , smoky, roasted malts and chocolates and some coffee, bitter and not sweet just on the right level. This is a very well made brew, super nice and very enjoyable.

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