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

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RATINGS: 1261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


rings' rating

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2011
As expected, my bottle of mud pours deep and black, with a thin chocolate head that held steady throughout the serving. Without the nitrogen pour, the bubbles were a little bigger, of course, but the lacing was still generous. A little fuller in body, the hoppy bite was noticeable, relative to the standard U.S. Draught version. There’s a little alcohol heat and a nice lingering sweetness, balanced by the hoppy bitterness. While I like this better than the typical draft, Guinness is still a far cry from any number of the HUGE assortments of stouts and porters readily available in nearly any local brewpub or brewery. All in all, while this is a very serviceable quaff, I’d prefer to drink local and fresh.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kostasgiotis (82) - GREECE - SEP 18, 2016
Total black body with a thick brown head.Aromas are bread,caramel,coffee,liquorice...the grat thing is that you can taste them. It bitter and sweet at the same time...Loved it

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (3922) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle from nightshop drank at Girl Scout place. Almost black with fizzy dark brown head. Licorice, lots of dark bread, overripe plums, spices, rum, vanilla and burnt sugar. Medium sweet and bitter. Bit over medium bodied with quite some fizzy carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kamil3ds (27) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Aroma- dark bread, roasty,caramel, dark brown, nice foam, tall and smooth. Taste- sweet - light, bitter - medium, like Graham bread (personally I don’t like), bitterness from dark malt, body - full, creamy, carbonation flat.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
malushky (42) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 3, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours very dark brown with beige, lasting head. Sweet aroma of cacao and chocolate. The taste starts very sweet, dried fruits, giving away to coffee and a long, bitter finish. Medium carbonation, a bit oily. Quite good in overall, but too sweet for my taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tjomleif (127) - NORWAY - AUG 29, 2016
33cl. Bottle. Black body, small lasting brown head. Aroma of molasse, chocolate, liquorice, light roasted malt and coffee. Flavours of roasted malt, coffee, light dried fruit notes, some liquorice, Good bitterness overall. Medium bitter finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
abirres (61) - Salamanca, SPAIN - AUG 28, 2016
Vierte negra opaca con espuma cremosa de color beige de muy buena retención. En nariz destacan granos tostados, malta chocolate, en un fondo con ligeros toques a vainilla y crema de whisky, ligeramente ahumada, tabaco. Sabores de entrada a malta tostada, agrio característico sin ser muy prominente, de final seco y ligeramente amargo con cierto retrogusto a palo de regaliz.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
g_georgiou (489) - CYPRUS - AUG 19, 2016
Dark brown body with a light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Light roasted coffee.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1920) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2016
Bottle at home in Barbados, 17th August 16. Can’t believe I have not rated this before. Pours a thin black ale, some visible carbonation. Aroma is roasty, ashy, slight metallic. Taste is complex from the start, ash, tobacco, cocoa, roasted malts, liquorice. Really nice stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Saeglopur (1697) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - AUG 14, 2016
330 ml bottle from Meinl am Graben, Vienna, bb 04/02/17.
Black body, with a big, creamy, lacing, brown-beige head.
Aroma of tiramisu, caramel, coffee, cocoa powder, some vanilla, slight dark fruits.
Tastes of coffee, caramel, cocoa powder, vanilla, some wood, some liquorice, slight dark fruits.
Medium, very creamy mouthfeel, with an average carbonation.
Finishes roasty-bitter, quite dry, with coffee, cocoa powder, liquorice, wood, subtly sweet, a bit alcohol warming.

Tasty. Quite sweet, but well balanced, with enough roastiness and a lovely coffee/caramel combination. Great smooth, creamy palate. Very good style example, fully aromatic, but really quaffable at the same time. Another proof that this is one of the very best macro breweries.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cajun (388) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle - Pours black, creamy tan head. Curious aroma of coffee, burnt pancakes, chocolate syrup, and funk. The flavor is better, and somewhat typical of stout, maybe a little on the sweet side.


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