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


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RATINGS: 1242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   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.

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.

Theydon_Bois' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (15972) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle at home (BOE) 11/10/12 (birthday beer #2 !). Irish brewed bottle. Mid black with a big frothy coffee/tan head that subsided after a few minutes but retains well. Decent lacing ensues. Big roast malt nose backed up with a good dose of barley, some toffee notes, slightly medicinal/TCP, a little wood and a puff of smoke. The medicinal and smokey tones immediately hit you in the taste. Roast malts are more secondary. Medium bodied with a little spritzy carbonation leading to a slightly smokey dry finish. The alcohol is fairly well disguised. Better than bog standard bland Guinness but wouldn’t actively seek this out in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4702) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2016
(Bottle from DuffMan. Thx Tony!) Une présentation quasi impeccable. Un nez de mélasse brûlée, de légère réglisse, de café, de charbon de bois et de vanille avec une timide touche citronnée. Un goût de malts noircis, de café vieilli et de chocolat sans sucre. Un corps arrondi mais souple. Une finale amère de torréfaction. Bien content de boire cette bière. Une surprise des plus intéressantes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ianwelby (985) - SCOTLAND - MAY 9, 2016
Black beer with a brown head. Richy, bitter malt smell. Chocolatey malt taste up front but there’s a dash of tangy, fruity hop in there to balance it a touch and some dark chocolate which comes through slowly just when I thought the flavour had petered out. Rich, tasty stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
I_LUV_BEER (78) - - MAY 5, 2016
Served in a snifter from a 330ml bottle. Pours almost black opaque colour with a thick dark beige head which is slowly diminishing leaving nice lacing in the glass. Aroma is roasted malts, smoke, dark chocolate and molasses. Taste is ash, dark chocolate, molasses, smoked prunes, slightly sour finish. Oliy texture with soft carbonation. Extremely nice stout!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
andrepintado (2471) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Color is dark. Head is medium and brown. Body is thin to medium. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Aroma is liquorice, caramel, chocolate, roasted.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackBeerPG (242) - Darien, Illinois, USA - MAY 4, 2016
Taste: rich toasted malt, slight fruit and spiced licorice notes with gentle hop in background. Dry toasted aroma. Black and opaque, with a dark creamy head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hanoi (766) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle. Stunned it’s not rated, it’s often the only decent beer in a local shop. Nose is dark chocolate, toast, roast malt, light smoke. Taste is slightly sour, ash, chocolate, hint of blackcurrant and licorice, caramel, hint of yoghurt, prunes. Mouthfeel is oily. It’s one of the few drinkable beers from St James’ Gate these days.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dchad56 (283) - - MAY 1, 2016
Bottle - dark and dense with large frothy tan head. Only faint aroma - good mouthfeel, thick and silky, full of flavour with good bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leini (1678) - SWEDEN - APR 28, 2016
Bottle @ a local watering hole. Black body with a medium head. Roasted notes, earth, coffee.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
docj123 (1) - - APR 16, 2016 does not count
Top 10 for my favorite stouts. I love the bite that comes with it and the taste of barley. More complex than normal Guinness. I finally found it locally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (517) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 9, 2016
33cl bottle at the Gentse Kano en Kajak Organisatie in Ghent (7 IV 2016). First things first. I was handed an overdue bottle, almost two years after the expiration date. I always let my beers mature past the best-before date, yet I expect a fresh beer bottle when buying one. One can imagine that this appreciation thus is rather different, opposed to a normal foreign extra stout. Let’s have a go. This classic extra stout has a very smarmy, oily character. This Irish version from St. James’s Gate pours a thick greasy liquid, really sticking to the glass, pitchblack and with a firm brown, cassonade collar on top. Good looking for sure. The scents are infiltrated with strong smoked ham notes, full of smoky malts. The taste has lots of coffee, bitters, some caramellish and dark sugar features. Very oily, medium to strong bodied. A great malts sensation, with lots of roast, from a bitterish almost imperial stout brew. This is a perfect strong black beer!

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