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

bottled
common

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1122   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2006
[Bottle from ASDA] Black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted coffee, berry fruit, liquorice, some vanilla. Full bodied, some sweetness with a dry, roasty finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle in Rome, Italy. This more closely resembles a stout you’d find from an American micro than a classic Guinness. Jet black in appearance with a dark brown head. Taste is quite burnt and not as creamy and smooth as Guinness draught. There is a noticeable alcohol burn upon swallowing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - NOV 23, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2010 Bottle 0,33 l. Dark brown, looks clear. Thick beige head. Nose is malty, somewhat sour, dark chocolate. Flavor is sweet and sour, malts, there is even some saltiness. Very flavourful, a bit of mämmi going on. Good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quinten (1048) - zaandam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2007 Black like drop, fluffy pergamon head, licorice, cough drop, dark burnd hops and grain,... at a lower temperature like 8 decr cels most inpresive stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DruncanVeasey (7308) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 10, 2008 Inky black pour, caramel head. Sweetish, slightly fudgy snout. Opens with a toffeeish creaminess, finishes with a blast of intense espresso roast. A hint of charred dry fruit. But mostly creamy and toffeeish. A particularly finely balanced specimen. (Re-rate, 09/03/08) Erm, Tossco version. Irish I guess. SERIOUS hops, roast and bitter, bitter choc. Intense. powerfully dry and delicious beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SudsMcDuff (5916) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
snaggles...got u...it was good for me, ...black as a stuck match..ok head..some sticks around, dirty i sez..smooth and oon crisp...roasted + toasted...delicous...and forgein like ****. i like this best of all..extra stout look out...had at the "smallest pub" in africa..(trust me ..this place was tiny, my bedroom is way bigger than this place..and they have a decent select of beer!)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7846) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Bottle (purchased on Grand Turk Island). Strong charred oak and dark molasses/raisin aroma. Pitch black with moderate head - pours like motor oil. Smokey malt and grass flavors that fades into a nice roasted flavor. Fairly strong hops finish that stays with you long after swallowing. High acidity. Livelier than the Nigerian version. The best Guinness product I’ve had.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Englander1986 (51) - Middlesbrough, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2006
I bought this drink a few months ago, and I was blown away at the difference of both taste and aroma compared to both original bitter and stout. It has a liquorice like taste to it compared to the traditional burnt taste of the others, and when taking your first mouth-full, tastes as if it has been spiked with a spirit lol. Loved it the first time I bought it, love it still, I buy this as often as I can at my local Tesco.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
puzzl (3252) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2006
2002 bottle found in some random local bottle shop, apparently "on display," but the kid sold it to me for $2, not knowing it was not only rare but 4 years old. Whoops. This stuff has matured into what is one of the more interesting stouts I’ve ever had. Though it could be due to a brett infection, what I am drinking is a very dry, roasty, smooth stout, but one that is laced with slight sourness and a whole lot of funkiness. In the aroma especially, there is a lot of barnyard, cranberry, fresh green tobacco, cheese. Flavor is subtle and refined, with the funkiness playing 2nd fiddle to a cool, dry stout. Very drinkable, with zero alcohol presence. Top notch stuff! Perhaps I will buy a few bottles of Lion Stout to lay down for a few years, as they seem to have a good bit in common, although I’m not sure the lion is bottle conditioned, whereas this one is.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GRM (3051) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2006
Eye: black, coffee head; nose: black coffee, skunky; mouth: bitterness, strong coffee, acridness, longue finale in bitterness and acridity FRANÇAIS Oeil : noire, mousse café; nez : café noir, mouffette; bouche : amertume, café concentraté, âcre, finale longue amère et âcre


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