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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1173   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3603) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2007
Bottle (cameroun). Black colour with a huge fully lasting light brown head. Powerful aroma and taste of roasted malts and coffee with notes of bitter chocolate. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whelk (123) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2007
330mL bottle. Pours a jet black (or dark enough that I canít see through it) with a thick tan head. Aroma is molasses/syrup, coffee, maybe something else I canít identify (edit: has to be some kind of dried fruit). Full bodied, lots of roasty, toasty, biscuit flavors, with a little puckering bitterness. Lots of coffee. Oaky? Definitely some chocolate. Not a session beer, but very interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kirill (277) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 4, 2007
for once a guinness that doesnt absolutely blow. very dark, chocolate and coffee with hints of wood and a complex flavor that isnt the watery 4% draught shit.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jspruit (122) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 2, 2007
This is now available more and more around in Ireland-at a relatively affordable price too so that is nice. Poured a jet black from a 330mL bottle with a large creamy tan thick head. Smells of coffee and molasses and syrup-your tastbebuds already feel a bit heavy when your nose is working. Tastes of a great stout-more fullness than your average draft stout. Coffee and malty and a bit sweet at the end too-maybe even a bit nutty and chocolaty too. This is definitely a full stout, and I feel like I can detect a bit of the alcohol so I know that it is strong. I would like to drink more than one of these in a session, but I dont think that I really could handle too many. It is a great beer to enjoy though and I am glad that they are more available to me everyday now!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbp182 (255) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2007
This is wow, I like this stout. one of my favorites. very dark brown/black. chocolate looking head. very thick.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3920) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle from Enniskillen fresh from Cork, Ireland yesterday! Nose of yeast, molasses, caramel, and a hint of butteriness; Very dark brown with a medium beige head; flavor of hop bitterness, coffee, chocolate, with a buttery note. Enniskillen rated it a tenth higher, probably because he consumed his in Ireland, not California!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
(many thanks to enniskillen for bringing this back from ireland.)dark brown with a creamy head that left nice webbing.aroma is a blend of molasses,smores,and roasted malts.flavor is root beer,roasted and and a hint of milk chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle purchased in Cork City, IRE. Dark ruby body, with a tan head. Aroma is awesome, very roasty, chocolate, cappacino, caramel. Taste is coffee, espresso, decent background hoppiness.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
0o9i (439) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 24, 2007
Bottled. Black body with slight ruby color around the edges. Light brown head, fully lasting, prodigious amounts of lace. Aroma of dark fruits, molasses, roasted malts. It smells rich and luxurious. Body is fullish with light carbonation, lightly dry finish. Flavor is malty, but not sweet. Molasses, dark fruits, toasted or burned malts, some caramel. Hops are roasted coffee and bakers chocolate. Moderate, bitter finish. I was shocked that I was drinking a Guinness; the stuff is very good. It lacks the creamy body that defines Guinness, but it has flavor, personality, and a little bit of oomph! Smooth and enjoyable, a serious upgrade from the US Guinnesses.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
yespr (33680) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2007
27.5 cL bottle. Pours black as it should, creamy white head, as it should. But rather quickly disappearing. Aroma is only vague malty but sticky sweet. The do produce cane sugar on the island, I assume a lot of that has gone into this brew. Slight earthy aroma as well. Not the most pleasant aroma imho. Flavour is honestly just bad: sticky sweet and sour bitter at once with a sticky bitter finish. This is FAR from the normal Guinness, but it seems to be popular on the island - itís available everywhere. I guess the Barbadians find this a good match to the sweet cajun food.


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