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

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RATINGS: 1129   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.


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 Irelandís museum shop, I was wary, but this version of Guinness is one of the best tasting stouts Iíve 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 Iíd 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5287) - 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 (674) - 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 (20902) - 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. itīs a good alternative to a coffee in the afternoon to some cakeīs. itīs 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 (12991) - 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 :)


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