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

bottled
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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1131   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.

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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tranquillity (1422) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2007
Bottle, bought in Ireland. Dark malty aroma, nuts, oak, coffee. Dark, dark red-brown, with a recognizable head. Taste of bitter nuts, chocolate. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
Thanks to Marianne and Kenni from www.g2b.dk for this one. Itís pitch black with a nice brown and creamy head. The aroma has notes of toasted bred, roasted malt and prunes. The flavour is delightful and the mouthfeel is oily. It has notes of bitter chocolate and licorice mixed with prunes, a bit of smoke, sweetness and oak bitterness. Itís a complex and utterly delightful stout!!

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JohnnyZ (90) - Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2006
It is the best Guinness. Smells malt and smooth coffee chocolate. Real good brew. Drink this beer.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ace81287 (10) - ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2006
bottle, bahamas, very dark beer, very strong robust flavor, coffee like flavor

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KnutAlbert (6267) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2006
The best of the Guinness range IMHO. More robust than the extra. Coffee, liquorice. Smoky finish, almost sour, warming aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Ruby highlighted black, lumpy thick tan head. Molasses aroma, bran muffins, dates. Full, lightly roasty flavor. Rum, kind of a chewy chalky quality. Alcohol apparent, but not aggressive. Iíve never met an FES I didnít like.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Bottle. Purchased in Ireland at a local corner store. Pours a jet black body with a large, foamy dark tan head. Decent lacing. Nice winey (merlot), roasted malty, molasses aroma with some deep lying dark fruit scents. Starts off very bubbly. Bitter, roasted mocha, coffee flavor. Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Alcohol can be slightly felt, but doesnít take away from the beer. Great finish. Very nice stout from Guinness. Much different than all the other IMO, I just wish I had brought back more than one home.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
axelmonster (1) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 27, 2006 does not count
Aroma: Very rich, bread, chocolate, coffee, roasty. Apperance: Pitch black with a tan head. Flavor: Medium to heavy bitter, small hint our sourness, a little sweet. Excellent. Palate: Pretty smooth, not as silky as other guinness brews, very lively carbonation and a long, bitter finish Overall: One of the best beers Iíve tasted, definately a favourite. I recommend trying it with a bit of dark guinness chocolate (available at the storehouse or at the online shop).

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2007 Drank several of these on my recent Caribbean vacation. Dark pour with oddly bubbled head. Strong roasted flavor that seemed a bit different from regular Guinness. Taste was a bit sour, but pretty good once I got used to it. Stronger than regular Guinness for sure, as I got a very quick buzz. Overall, not bad, especially given the nasty Caribbean alternatives........

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.


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