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

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RATINGS: 1251   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.


3.9
   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 (8761) - 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 (9040) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (1073) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - SEP 22, 2008
A very tasty variety of the classic Guiness stout. Hard to come by, but tasty. Bitter and flavorful!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Black. Rocky brown head, fluffy and 1 inch thick. Bitter chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt aroma with a hint of alcohol. Sweet and sour and bitter, quite vinous in flavor. Long tangy finish. Has that distinct black current Guinness note. Rather light bodied for the sweetness. Strange beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (43245) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle 33cl @ Home. [ Trade Maria ]. Clear medium black color with a average, creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate yeasty, steam damped, cellar, vanilla notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (160708)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 11, 2008
Bottle from Liquor Direct, KY. Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate roasted coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth dry texture. Medium burnt coffee flavor with a medium dark chocolate bitter finish of average duration. Good start, soft finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2008
Bottled, BB 12/1/08 thanks to Craig.. brewed in Ireland. Poured deep brown with a creamy cap of medium tan head. The aroma picked up charred chocolate and oaky notes upfront with what was either piney hoppage or some sort of maize-ey adjunct.. either way I enjoyed it. The flavor was on the bright end with coffee and toffee notes joined by milkier chocolates and syrupy caramel.. bitterness was high and not easily identifiable.. lasted through a longer finish. Medium-bodied and sharper on the palate with moderate, well-done carbonation.. good to begin with, but not too enjoyable at the end.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2008
2008 Bottle in St Martin - Pours oily black with a small brown head - aroma is all toasty malt, smoke...flavour is strong, alcohol and taste...burnt malty bitterness on the front end, light burnt and roasty dry fruit on the back end...a nice brew thats hard for me to find in the states...


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