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

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RATINGS: 1129   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle from Enniskillen fresh from Cork, Ireland yesterday! Nose of yeast, molasses, caramel, and a hint of butteriness; Very dark brown with a medium beige head; flavor of hop bitterness, coffee, chocolate, with a buttery note. Enniskillen rated it a tenth higher, probably because he consumed his in Ireland, not California!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
(many thanks to enniskillen for bringing this back from ireland.)dark brown with a creamy head that left nice webbing.aroma is a blend of molasses,smores,and roasted malts.flavor is root beer,roasted and and a hint of milk chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle purchased in Cork City, IRE. Dark ruby body, with a tan head. Aroma is awesome, very roasty, chocolate, cappacino, caramel. Taste is coffee, espresso, decent background hoppiness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Bottled. Black body with slight ruby color around the edges. Light brown head, fully lasting, prodigious amounts of lace. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, roasted malts. It smells rich and luxurious. Body is fullish with light carbonation, lightly dry finish. Flavor is malty, but not sweet. Molasses, dark fruits, toasted or burned malts, some caramel. Hops are roasted coffee and bakers chocolate. Moderate, bitter finish. I was shocked that I was drinking a Guinness; the stuff is very good. It lacks the creamy body that defines Guinness, but it has flavor, personality, and a little bit of oomph! Smooth and enjoyable, a serious upgrade from the US Guinnesses.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
yespr (31793) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2007
27.5 cL bottle. Pours black as it should, creamy white head, as it should. But rather quickly disappearing. Aroma is only vague malty but sticky sweet. The do produce cane sugar on the island, I assume a lot of that has gone into this brew. Slight earthy aroma as well. Not the most pleasant aroma imho. Flavour is honestly just bad: sticky sweet and sour bitter at once with a sticky bitter finish. This is FAR from the normal Guinness, but it seems to be popular on the island - itís available everywhere. I guess the Barbadians find this a good match to the sweet cajun food.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
norsedoc (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle at the Turks & Caicos airport. Very sweet and syrupy. Dark, bitter. Good malt/hop balance. Itís like the Extra Stout available in the USA, only on steroids.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stopherbomber (111) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 29, 2007
a bubbly, not creamy head, with a good bitter aftertaste, and a kick at 7.5% alcohol. good for the hangover.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Rated 5/6/07: What an enjoyable stout, I wasnít expecting it to be this good. Poured a thick black with a decent head and ample amounts of thick sticky lacing. The aroma was bitter and filled with nice roasted malts. Thick mouthfeel that is full and satisfying. The flavor is chock full of dark roasted malts and a strong bitter quality, slightly nutty with decent traces of coffee and chocolate. A wonderful find for an unseasonably chilly spring night.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 330ml bottle. Aroma is mod/heavy burnt molasses and coffee. Large rocky, creamy, mostly lasting light brown head. Black except for dark red/amber just at the edges. Moderately bitter and salty with an average finish. Palate is light to medium body with a soft carbonation. A very good stout that surprised me since I canít stand American draught Guinness. After a week in Curacao drinking polar and amstel this was an awesome find on the last day. Why canít I just find this stuff in the states!!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2721) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 I just cannot rate this beer on its own merit, pours flat, aroma is tasty but the taste and aftertaste is awful, I cannot see anything positive about this beer ***RE-RATE*** Malt and coffee nose, initial sour bite which soon melts into a coffee finish, small but stable head, very enjoyable


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