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

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RATINGS: 1256   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bobinlondon (1287) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle from local off licence. Almost black with a tan head. Considering the bland offerings that standard strength brews represent, this is a very good drink indeed. A real explosion of roasted flavours and warming alcolol without the cloying sweetness of many similar strength stouts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gary (1843) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 Heaps better than all the other Guinness beers in their cataolgue. better than the other Guinness ive tried .

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2008
dark as night with a thick dark beige layer on the beer its thick and smooth in mouth smells malty, with a good roastyness some chocolate coffee and toffee and a bit of dried fruits tasts of toffee, chocolate, dried pears or even a bit of birnel (thats a thick cooked dark brown spread made of pearjuice,wellknown in switzerland and used for example for glazing the lebkuchen,a spice-cake) aftertaste is roasty, toffee,chocolate,bittersweet an intense beer

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 27, 2008
No 650 Rated 27 12 2008 Bottel brown, 330 ml, Appearance pours practically non see throught, pitch black, not transparent at all body with very mild but practically non visible saturation, body is visually full and quite high in gravity with high plato grade I suppose, head is thick, compact, nut brown, dense, irregular, creamy, initially huge, very stable, very slowly decreasing to medium with perfect lacing, Aroma dark bread, burned sugar, caramel, plum, prune, resin, cherry, wallnut, peanut, peanut butter, raisin, dry wood, roastyness, dark malt, creamy soft, mellowy but highly and apart from all of that rich in hoppy earthy scent and tangy tannine influences, on the other hand its very crisp and clean, mastercraft, Flavour heavy, full bodied, very essential and strong dryness but also very smooth, still not that smooth as some Irish Dry Stout, but alcohol is perfectly hidden under the woody roasty crisp malt and becomes present only in the aftertaste but in a very pleasant way as in some good English WInter Warmer, very bready, nutty and roasty with gentle red fruity but very gentle nose manifesting prune, cherries and plum, finish duration is long with smoky nose, Palate body is full, trxture is very dry, carbonation on palate is gentle, finish feel is chalky, dusty, roasty, smoky, kind of salty with pleasant alcoholic warmth

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
I am enjoying my last night in Dublin with a bottle purchased at the Guinness Storehouse. I had to use the outdoors as a refrigerator and purchase a cheap souvenir bottle opener key chain, but here goes I have to drink it before I leave. Pours a thick black with the typical creamy microbubbly head. Its a tan color, a bit darker than the usual Guinness. The aroma and flavor are both much more intense. Lots of cream, caramel and toffee on the nose. Similar flavor which then dissolves into a dry bitter coffee. Alcohol and hops finish and bitterness lingers on the tongue. I enjoy Guinness, I averaged about 2 a night for the past week but I have never found it to be a spectacular beer. This is good though and by far the best Guinness.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2008
12 oz botte - pours an almost blackish, coffee color with a dark tan head that stuck around for much of the beer. Smelled of chocolate, coffee and malt - sweet taste to this beer that indicated chocolate but the coffee flavoring reigned it in a bit. Decent Stout with a nice roasted coffee, if not flat, finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (9369) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2008
33cl bottle, 7.5% abv. Pitch black colour with a thick and dense brown foamy head. Moderately sweet roasted malty aroma with notes of dark chocolate, coffee and a tinge of alcohol, accompanied by very subtle hints of blackcurrant. Bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a smooth, almost creamy carbonation. Solid roasty malty base with burnt bitterness, notes of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Dry and lasting bitter finish with a subtle fruity and roasty aftertaste. The alcohol is well-hidden. Not as exciting as initially expected, but surely a quaffable Stout [02.XII.08].

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (15488) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 2, 2008
33cl botttle @ VinensVerden, Odense. Pours black with a creamy brown head & lacings. Nose is milky chocolate, light roast & dark dried fruits. Creamy & smooth mouthfeel. Taste has mild roasted coffee notes & chocolate. Sticky palate. This is just wonderful, could drink this everyday!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wyzzywyz22 (2108) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2008
Bottle, Courtesy of Slothez. Had forgotten about this which is quite widely available and far superior to bog standard Guinness. Black pour with a fair light brown head. Soft roasted malts mix with chocolate and light coffee notes. Smooth and creamy with a well rounded body and some bitterness in the finish. Not as good as the Belgian version but still pretty tasty.

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.


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