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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.

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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 24, 2006
This foreign stout pours an eclipse black color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. A medium bodied Foreign Stout. Malts are roasty malts, chocolate and coffee. Lots of burnt malts, a touch of smoke and some vanilla. Smooth taste. Nice beer. Hides the 7.5% alcohol well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
labologist (56) - Disley, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2006
A strong dry malty stout, with a pale beige head. Tasted in Kenya on a cool evening.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RoyceH (1196) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 13, 2006
Bottle (Ireland). Dark brown, almost black, large rocky tan head. Big chocolate and roasted malts, bit of alcohol too. Flavour is very bitter malt, alcohol. Harsh on the palate, little thin and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabjork (669) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2006
Botteld. (Cameroon version). Black in colour. Medium sized beige head. The aroma is that of roasted malt. The flavour is stron ag consists f burnt malt. It has a sweet and malty aftertaste as well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (20274) - 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.

4.1
   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. it´s a good alternative to a coffee in the afternoon to some cake´s. it´s fully of dark malt aroma and coffee, also tastes very fruity, a real full body. great beer with a lot of tast in it!

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (12535) - 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 :)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoR (504) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.6
   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.


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