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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 1106   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KY_Beerhead (15) - - MAR 24, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2013 This is the old school Guinness Extra Stout prior to the Labatts contract for US export. Second to none.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
scottlevine (7) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2012 does not count
This is, without question, one of the best beers Iíve ever had. The only part about it that was less than fantastic was the bottle was only 11.2 oz. It pours a deep dark, opaque brown, nearly black. Smells roasty, almost, but not quite like coffee. Itís hoppy, and strong, smooth on the tongue. I canít say enough. This is truly a special beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Mikefj2004 (2) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2012 does not count
Whatís to say about this beer. Itís absolutely lovable. Beautiful color, aroma, head, lingers on the palate, absolutely amazing taste. I freaking love this beer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ugurgucarslan (3) - - NOV 3, 2012 does not count
cok guzel bira cok.. cidden.. U2 irish pub istanbulída kesinlikle denenmeli.. turkiyeíde bu birayi icebileceginiz en gŁzel yer.. kesinlikle iÁmeli, iÁmeden olunmemeli..

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
alandenz (1) - denton, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2013 does not count
My favorite beer from all I have ever drank. I only like dark stout type beers and after being surprised at Christmas with this Guinness variety I fell in love from the first fabulous sip. Absolutely outstanding....Thanks Guinness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Janitor (8) - USA - JAN 25, 2013 does not count
This brewer has been making this for centuries. It would be unfair to rate it as anything less than perfect. All other stouts should be compared to this especially if they have not been doing this for type for centuries. It is my opinion that many of the people comparing the taste to ílikeí something have never tasted molasses. Not only is the color similar but the flavor. This is my 1st or second stout ever. Actually the only other similar drink was a hispanic ítreatí called Malt Hatuey. Hatuey was an Indian hero in Central American lore I believe. But in Malt Hatuey you get this dark color and malt/molasses flavor too. This stout makes me feel connected with the earth and all the best she produces. The first sensation is carbonation, rather intense from a bottle, second is sweetness, then malt followed by hop bitterness. Buried in these intensities is alcohol. I was barely aware of alcohol in spite of the fact there is more alcohol in extra stout then a pilsner for example. For me this is probably going to be a wintertime treat. Summertime will be something lighter. Keep up the good work Guiness and be the standard bearer.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Cannot get this; where I live we get Canadian Guinness. Having it in England and it is brewed in Ireland. Wonderful. One of the best stouts ever. The aroma in the glass the next morning is like waking up to an Elizabethan garden. I kid not. Amazing next morning aroma.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
oskarfredrik (3) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2013 does not count
The most amazing Irish stout beer that I tasted, and one of the greatest to me, also the first stout tasted. Anyway, this beer have a very nice aroma, including chocolate, coffee and caramel. The appereance is black, very black in deed, a clear, but with a little hazy/cloudy semblance, the head is very large, frothy and creamy, being this, maybe the great atractive of this beer. It have lower sweetness and a lightly sour touch for the taste, being a good combination to keep and producing a great sensation in the mouth. Full bodied, with a thick/creamy texture and very fizzy, with a bitter and and a little astringent finish, giving a cool sensation after the drop. Very drinkable and great for a cold winter afternoon or a rainy day in the summer. Oysters and Guinness is a combination of world-class!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
HappyHandsClub (11) - - JAN 31, 2014
Canít dock this classic 7.5% alcohol Extra Stout for itís uniqueness, legendary time & place for consumption. Only problem is havenít been able to find it since the Christmas 2012 St. James Gate, Dublin brewed 11.2 oz. bottle combo 12 pack. Prior to that it was readily available. Still have a dozen [just cracked one - with KerryGold Dubliner cheese - for this review] in the canning cellar. Itís the absolute most discrete, refined, delicate, character Guinness Stout. Makes the Canadian brewed for USA market Extra Stout seem like cat pee. Well worth keeping the antennae up for itís re-emergence. But with the Christmas canned combo 12 pack not containing it (instead funk & wagnels newbees) it may have fallen victim to Left-protofascist European Union export controls. Itís almost worth weeping over. Join Eurosceptic UKIP ;-)

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
Would be the best beer I have ever tried, but luckily for me, I tried Avery Mephistopheles Stout the same day! The coffee bitterness, sourness, and maltyness that you would expect from Guinness Extra Stout only better (not to mention the higher ABV!)


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