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Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Foreign Stout
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 1261   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.

Editor’s 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.


3.4
   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 (9423) - 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 (15537) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5500) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 23, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2009 Bottle. Dark black body with a tan 2 finger head. Nutty sweet and malty, bitter with lightly roasted coffee, more etoh then the original.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
evilsoc (191) - WALES - OCT 21, 2008
This was refreshing after a previous sub par stout I had. A complex blackcurrant and liquorice aroma blends with those lovely burnt roast aromas. follows through into an oily mouth feel thats full of flavour and enough hops to round it out. cracking stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2008
Pours black with a small creamy light tan head. Smells a little fruity, with a good amount of roast and dark malt, and a distinct toffee aroma as well. The mouthfeel wasnt as thick as I thought it would be. The burnt malt and roast flavors were abundant with hints of dark chocolate coming through at the end. A touch of some hops comes through but not in abundance. Just decent, maybe could have used a bit more body.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
Pours black with a brownish head. Aroma of butter and toffee. Flavour is a bit hoppy, with toffee and cocoa.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5657) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2008
Bottle provided by a friend after his recent trip to Ireland. Dark brown color with a dark bone colored head. Great lace. Aromas of rye and pumpernickel. Scents of treacle and mild oak. Hints of sour mash. Flavors match aromas. Nice stuff. Nice complexity. What I remember Guinness being years ago.


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