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


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RATINGS: 1190   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAY 10, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 330ml bottle. Aroma is mod/heavy burnt molasses and coffee. Large rocky, creamy, mostly lasting light brown head. Black except for dark red/amber just at the edges. Moderately bitter and salty with an average finish. Palate is light to medium body with a soft carbonation. A very good stout that surprised me since I canít stand American draught Guinness. After a week in Curacao drinking polar and amstel this was an awesome find on the last day. Why canít I just find this stuff in the states!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
garthicus (2798) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2007 I just cannot rate this beer on its own merit, pours flat, aroma is tasty but the taste and aftertaste is awful, I cannot see anything positive about this beer ***RE-RATE*** Malt and coffee nose, initial sour bite which soon melts into a coffee finish, small but stable head, very enjoyable

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2007
Very sweet compared to regular extra stout... very similar to Dragon Stout from Jamaica

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (3475) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 16, 2007
Bottle, at csbosox KC tasting 4/14. Bottle provided by csbosox, thanks Chris! I had wanted to try this one for awhile, and I pretty much begged Chris to pull it out of his cellar. I owe you for this one! Pour is black, with very thin tan head. Aroma is boozy, with some roast coming through. Taste is sour, with a bunch of carbonation, which surprised me after the pour. Throughout the taste, this one is hot alcohol. The finish has some tangy sweetness. A very unique brew, this one had a flavor profile I hadnít seen before.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - APR 3, 2007
Bottle: Extremely dark brown pour with a thick and creamy light brown head. The lacing is solid and thick. Aroma is decent with lots of chocolate syrup and licorice. The body is fairly creamy. Has subtle dark chocolate flavors upfront. Middle develops lots of licorice and salty flavors. Some metallic flavors are evident as well, leading to a roasty, bitter and salty finish. Overall itís extremely salty, and not too quaffable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - MAR 30, 2007
pours the typical black with khaki head. aroma roast, expresso, black currant, and a hint cocoa. taste is much the same with a hint of the guiness tang and bit spice to the finish. this is better and more bold than the extra available in the states.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Rating #1040
Had a few bottles of this while cruising on Royal Caribbean to and from the Bahamas.
This beer immediately struck me as being different than the Guinness Extra Stout that I drink here in the States. There was more of a scotch like oaky-ness, vanilla, and rich robust coffee bitterness on the finish. Besides that, the ABV was noticeably higherÖ like said, kind of a punchy scotch ABV.
Overall, I prefer this to my domestic version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrFantasmo (8) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
This poured a dark black. Bitter roasted with a bit of chocolate taste and some fruity flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (17313) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
The route to go if you want guiness,bitter roasted aroma, with a chocolaty bitterness with a slight spicyness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thisone326 (9) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2007 does not count
Flavor is stronger than that of the draught...head not as cool looking..not as creamy and such. Dark look, well-rounded palate. tiny bit of bitterness, but nothing too bad

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