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

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RATINGS: 1237   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
Bottle in St. Croix. Poured a dark black with a two finger brown head. Aroma of liquorice and roasted malt. Flavor was sweet and nutty. Good but not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottle. Dark black body with a tan 2 finger head. Nutty sweet and malty, bitter with lightly roasted coffee, more etoh then the original.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - OCT 21, 2008
This was refreshing after a previous sub par stout I had. A complex blackcurrant and liquorice aroma blends with those lovely burnt roast aromas. follows through into an oily mouth feel thats full of flavour and enough hops to round it out. cracking stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours black with a small creamy light tan head. Smells a little fruity, with a good amount of roast and dark malt, and a distinct toffee aroma as well. The mouthfeel wasnt as thick as I thought it would be. The burnt malt and roast flavors were abundant with hints of dark chocolate coming through at the end. A touch of some hops comes through but not in abundance. Just decent, maybe could have used a bit more body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
Pours black with a brownish head. Aroma of butter and toffee. Flavour is a bit hoppy, with toffee and cocoa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5312) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle provided by a friend after his recent trip to Ireland. Dark brown color with a dark bone colored head. Great lace. Aromas of rye and pumpernickel. Scents of treacle and mild oak. Hints of sour mash. Flavors match aromas. Nice stuff. Nice complexity. What I remember Guinness being years ago.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Bottle in St Thomas. Pours jet black with a full tan head. Wonderful oak/vanilla aromas with some roasted coffee. Delicious complex flavor headlined by the powerful oak and vanilla, also has a bit of coffee to round out the roasted sweet flavor. Has a medium body, and a burnt woody finish. Wonderful beer, superior to the version found back home.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (8162) - Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle shared by Tmoney99. Poured a dark brown color with a small/medium beige head. The aroma showed hints of dark fruits, roasted malt, and a light burnt note. Overall, a little light for a stout. The flavor is much of the same and also a little light for a stout. Dark fruit, slight roast, and light bitterness in the finish. There was also a sour note. Could this have been a little old? Anyway, I’m glad I got to try this one once.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AsaNewt (113) - blackpool, Lancashire, ENGLAND - SEP 26, 2008
nose is coffee, colour is dark with an off white head. Flavour is rich and smooth with a nice pronounced finish. Damn fine brew

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (8746) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2009 Thick and rich, malty and bitter. Full of flavor, always reliable. It is sweet, with cream, chocolate, and a bit of fruit; balanced by bitter burnt barley, coffee, soy sauce too. Good and reliable.


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