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


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RATINGS: 1236   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thewolf (11828) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, faroeviking]
Pours almost black with slight red edges. A fine, creamy, beige-yellow head. Great lacing. Aroma is sweet roasty, some nuttiness and a bit of plums. Good mouthfeel, dry and creamy. Flavour is surprisingly dry, harsh roasted notes, a bit vinious. This is a good brew, but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2008
Black coloured beer with a large brown creamy head. Light alcoholic malty roasted coffee and compact aroma. Creamy full roasted and bitter palate. Finish is bitter roasted with some coffee and creamy light alcoholic touches. nice balanced, good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle from The Bottleneck, Broadstairs: Poured a rich black with a niuce tan head. Lot of chocolate flavours, the alcohol makes itself known very quickly. Not as good as it’s Nigerian brother, but a very nice stout nonetheless.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Pretty good. Had this one in london. Has a more robust flavor than the draught, but thats to be expected. It feels a bit more carbonated than the draught as well. Toasted, oaky flavor and a mildly bitter finish. I would reccomend it but I would also say that I prefer the original draught to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsmith (12) - , Alabama, USA - JUL 14, 2008
I enjoy this more than it’s little brother. It’s a loaf of bread in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6022) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2008
(Bottled at the Brewery Bar, Guinness Storehouse on 2008-07-02) Black. Medium-sized tan head. Chocolate and little hops in nose. Quite amount of carbonation in full palate. Chocolate, some alcohol, sweetness in taste. Slight bite from hops. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2008
Bottled Irish version. Pours jet black but holding it to light reveals a ruby tinge at the extreme edges. Frothy tan head that didnít last but didnít disappear completely, either. Coffee in the aroma with a faint hint of fuggles hops. Initial light sweetness gives way to an intense bitterness. Medium-full body with lively carbonation leads to a long, bitter finish. One bottle easily leads to two which, at 7.5%, can lead to trouble. Benefits from time in the fridge but I wouldnít recommend serving it too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
subcell (96) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
I do not care for this beer nearly as much as I care for the Draught. This beer smells burnt. It pours nicely and has a nice thick dark head. It is very bitter and heavy. Sometimes it is good for something different but I mainly use it to make my batter for fish and chips!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (1876) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Appearance: Totally black, loads of thick, creamy head. Aroma: Smoky, oaky, burnt. Taste: Bitter, long aftertaste. Smoky, woody. Info: 330ml bottle, 28/9-2005, 27/300 (Re-rated 26/12-2008, original score: 2.0)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011 275mL found all over Barbados contracted brewed at Banks Brewery. The pour is a deep cola brown with a massive tan head that has big time retention and webby, suddy lace. Aroma is toasted raisins, light copper metals, cocoa powder. Taste is bitter, lactic tart, some lemon peel. Very nice. Roasted malt character is not astringent or heavy. Very light and easy to enjoy albeit a little dangerous at 7.5%. Medium, crisp palate.

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