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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1173   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.

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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2008
I always wondered why the Irish were so drunk. Theyíre only drinking Guinness and itís pretty poor. Then I remembered this. Havenít see it on sale round my way for years. I used to drink this as a fledgling alky like 15 years ago. I thought at that age I was just a drunken hooligan, cool I had taste. Iíve fallen in love all over again. Smells like the McVities factory in Levenshulme, used to buy this from an offy just round the corner. Black as my exís heart, with an off white head (not her the beer). Irish jungle juice and no mistake. I love this stuff and will be rekindling my love affair with the old foreign extra to be sure so it is.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ramenen (466) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JAN 14, 2008
Drank it in Paradise (local restaurant) that brings beers during holiday season. Guinness is great to drink anywhere even in El Salvador. Pours the classic, deep brown color with a beatiful tan head. Beefy, coffee, chocolate, delicious....

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2008
had a friend bring me a bottle back from his trip through europe. pours pitch black with none of that heavy carbonation like stock guinness. large tan head that fades fast. very strong smell of malt and a little coffee. the taste is big heavy malt that fades into a dry coffee and a little dark chocolate finish. did a good job of hiding any alcohol. oops forgot to rate first time...

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2008
Pours as black as black can be, slightly off white head, very strong series of flavours, coffee, heavy malts, dark chocolate, coffee, espresso...covers so many bases. Is this really the same brand even that is sold in pubs on tap??. Very special.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Pours almost jet black with a milk-chocolate colored head. Aroma is of coffee and roasted malt. Taste is delicious... with flavors from caramel, to roasted coffee, to coffee and oaken flavor as well. 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Poured a deep brown color with ruby highlights and a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and some coffee. Flavor is mostly roasted malts, with some chocolate and coffee, and a bit of bitterness and nuttiness on the finish. Pretty nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joe19612 (2024) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle. I prefer this to the draught. Nice and easy to drink. Not sure why , better taste and finish to me.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9085) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a bottle from his travels. The beer pours nearly black with a bit of amber around the edges. Medium thick and foamy dark beige head that dissipates steadily, and rings of lacing. The aroma consists of coffee, roasted malt and molasses. Rich, roasty body with coffee, chocolate and burnt malt flavors. Some bitter hops shine through as well. The finish is bitter coffee and hops with malty/chocolatey undertones. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste that lingers awhile. Miles better than the "regular" Guinness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2007
I like the Nigerian version better for its syrup qualities but this one has the complexity regular Guinness lacks such as a heavier cereal mix with more bitter tones, roastedness and well hidden alcohol. I would say this is better crafted than the Nigerian cousin I just sipped but it seems a bit overloaded as far as flavors are concerned.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sickassmick (227) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 4, 2007
why canít they put THIS in the nitro can? This is an awesome beer. Just had it a few days ago after some fat tire... maybe thats why iím so crazy about it right now. Make 12 packs of this ... m


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