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

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common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1082   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlphaOne (142) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 5, 2005
Black opaque, thick dark head, lasting. toasty chocolate, nuts, some fruit, saltanas in aroma very light sourness. Awesome rich toasty warmness, bitter chocolate and coffee. Light fruityness, and light diecytle butteryness, lingering bitterness, that slowly reveals nice hop flavour.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8348) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2005
The Islandsí version. A good stout, though there are many better ones. Night and day to the Guiness draft beers being sent here domestically. Very Bitter, fruity, creamy, roasty and burnt parts. Black, cocoa poweder, malts. Drinkable. Thanks Viggio.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
highlandlad (1412) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2005 Proof that Guinness can still make a bloody good stout. This is streets ahead of the mediocre draught. Poured tar black with a monstrous tan marshmallow head. Good head retention, nice lacing. Aroma is much more inviting and to style than the nitro-draughtís current dessert trolley mix. This is dry and toasty, with notes of cocoa powder, coffee grounds, marshmallow, burnt rubber and port-like alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy but nicely carbonated. Feels much more substantial and stout-like than the draught. Initial taste impression is sweet and malty, with plenty of dark fruit and wood. However, the real kicker is that intensely bitter Guinness kick in the finish which is missing from the draught but magnificently present here, along with a wine-like alcoholic finish. This has restored my flagging faith in the brand. (33cl bottle, Amatos, best before 16/4/05)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25090) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Irish version: Fat, tar-like opaque beer. Brownish, thick cappuchino-like head. Extremely potent and rich with lots of bitterness - from both hops and malts. A bit difficult to finish. 230302

(Bottle) Cameroon version: Pitch black with a brownish head. Roasted, malty nose - and a strange, indefinable not so pleasant smell. Surprisingly light-bodied, sweetish malt but yet rather dry. The notes of the burned malt are rather subdued - sort of a "stout light", but not at all unpleasant. 5/4/7/3/12=3,1 170705

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TinyClanger (41) - West Sussex, West Sussex, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2005
Mmm. Roast barley aroma, rich thick tan head on an (unsurprisingly) black beer. Sweetish roasty taste with a long-lasting aftertaste thatís sour but with buttery hints.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
green (186) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Stout black. Brown head, retains somewhat, laces decently. Dry, acidic, vinous, note of toast with mabey a bit of burnt toast. Medium bodied. Long very bitter finish. Although stouts are usually considered hearty, this I found this one as refreshing as pilsner.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2005
This is a good beer. Strong to the last drop, then the aftertaste takes over the battle ;-)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robpet (98) - Stone Mountain, Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2005
Clean slightly yeasty aroma. Nice dark brown color with a full tan head. Initial flavor was of honey with a slight citrus finish that was nicely lasting althought maybe slightly metallic. Palate was moderately thick. Enjoyed this beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1254) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 From a bottle.Bloody black in colour,nice brown head.Dark fruits and coffee,warming alcohol,toe curling,red ears,I can take on the world.well good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 Poured a deep, dark, brown color with a small, light tan head that left spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of peanuts, butterscotch, chocolate and roast, with light burnt notes. Lots of roast and chocolate in the taste. Light oak and nuts, but dominated by roast. Very nice. Best beer I found in Aruba.


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