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

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RATINGS: 1126   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (7875) - 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 (3057) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2006
33cl bottle: pours black with ruby tint at bottom and a dense tan head that is lovely and rocky. Aroma is semi coffee, semi chocholate, and somewhat oaky. Flavor is reminisant of when I was an inexperienced beer drinker and really enjoyed guinness draught. it have roasty notes, coffee, and chocolate notes, but it was still nothing fantastic. Just something that is better than average. medium heavy palate. decent beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (2796) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 13, 2006
Bottle. Semi-oily pour reveals a rich black beer with dark ruby tints and a tall, tall firm, dense tan head. After a few minutes, the head forms gorges and rocky terrain but never goes away. The aroma is really awesome. It has hints of dense chocolate, raisins, juicy caramel sauce, molasses. This is much more aggressive in the mouth than any Guinness I’ve had. Biting, crisp hops nip the tongue along with stale coffee, then caramel and Raisinet-flavor balance everything out. A bit of mild sourness drifts in and out. The initial sting lingers between sips. This makes the draught version tuck its tail between its legs and cry home to mommy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2007 definetly more over powering flavor wise than the draught, it was an ok experience though. poured black with a small thickness to it and a descent size dark smokey colored head. has a deep alcohol taste that i dont really enjoy much.stick with the draught!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 When my brother-in law-brought this to my house earlier tonight, which was purchased at the brewery in Ireland’s museum shop, I was wary, but this version of Guinness is one of the best tasting stouts I’ve ever had. The malt profile is that of mild wheat accompanied by complex spices and subdued hops. The aroma is slightly tarte with some nice hoppy elements. The mouthfeel is thick and oily but leaves you wanting more. The head retention on this beer is amazing and CO2 influenced rather than the annoying widget nitro thing most Guinness utilize these days. I need to track this one down locally as it is the type of beer I’d drink every day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jojojo111 (1) - FRANCE - SEP 5, 2006 does not count
This is the usual Guinnes stout beer I find here in the Paris suburbs in Indian or African shops open at night. Not very expensive, only about 2.50$ the bottle. Brewed in Cameroon, imported by a company from Montpellier, France. I really prefer the original one in Ireland or also the canned versions. This one is more bitter, mlty, strong taste of burnt sugar indeed, and strong alcohol. Quite an experience. Strong foam but not as creamy as the real Guinnes. Very black. The original Guinnes looks and tastes thinner.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2006
RBSG DC 2006: Deep brown body with a medium tan head. The aroma is chocolate, prunes, plums, and light cinnamon. The taste is mild cloves, chocolate, burnt coffee, mocha. Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, finishes with sweet prunes and plums.


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