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


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RATINGS: 1082   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20217) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 Bottled (Cameroon version). Dark brown colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is sweetness meeting toffee, roasted malts and some coffee. Very sweet flavour, with caramel and roast a long way under the sweetness. Alcohol is also to be noted in the sweetness. Quite different Guinness FES, and definitively different than the Nigerian version. Sticky palate. 6 5 5 3 11

Canned (Mauritius version, 7.5%). Quite much deep amber colour with mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is rather sweet malty, grainy as well as some mild roasted notes. Flavour is also quite much the same. Not very pleasant 5 3 5 3 10.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
peterbier (6) - st. martin, AUSTRIA - AUG 5, 2006 does not count
i realy enjoyed this version of guinness. itīs a good alternative to a coffee in the afternoon to some cakeīs. itīs fully of dark malt aroma and coffee, also tastes very fruity, a real full body. great beer with a lot of tast in it!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12329) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 31, 2006
Bottled Cameroun version (BB 10/2006). Opaque black color, creamy tan head. Weird sweet, sour milk mixed aroma. Condensated milk flavor and then typical FES roasty malty flavor. Quite different to Nigerian version, much sweeter and much less enjoyable. Now two beers from Cameroun sampled and rated but still lacking the country :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoR (484) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2006
Delicious stout. Very nice color, creamy head. Somewhat chocolaty, hint of coffee. It helps, of course, that I bought the bottle at the Guinness Storehouse, in Dublin, while on a superb trip to Ireland.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 26, 2006
Brewed in Lome, Togo. Very week aroma, somewhat chocolatey. The color is a dark brown, with a nice light brown head. The flavor was that of a dark roasted coffee with some hints of a Mexican mole like spice. The mouthfeel was lighter than I expected. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
konair1 (66) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2006
Brewed locally. Bottle. Pours dark black color. Creamy long-lasting tan head. Notes of hazelnuts. A very good crafted beer that has a nice balance to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (1815) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 13, 2006
Tasted May 26 2006, Regional Wines & Spirits íMuscle Brewsí Tasting, Wellington, New Zealand. Caramel notes, strong, acidic aftertaste, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1059) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 1, 2006
Now this was good -- hadnít ever had the foreign version, but the extra alcohol kick gives this guinness a nice nose. The taste is still smooth and the palate crisp. A very nice "imperialized" guinness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Irish Version: Poured an extremely dark brown color that was almost opaque. There was a small creamy brown head and a brown oily film on the glass. It had a big roasty aroma with big notes of chocolate pudding. Also noted was some tartness, coffee, prunes and light alcohol. The aroma was thick and full. The flavor was fairly sweet and roasty. Light coffee, tart with a bitter finish. Medium body that was almost creamy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 11, 2006
(Irish version) Almost black colored, huge beige head. Fine guinness-aroma: roastiness, licorice, sweet chocolate and coffee with nice touch of fruits and mild alcohol. Medium to full bodied. Flavor is also rich with obvious alcohol, chocolate, licorice, aftertaste has medium alcohol with roastiness. Excellent aroma with slightly too strong alcohol-flavor.

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