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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1096   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.

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.


KapitiCritique's rating

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, - NOV 24, 2011
APPEARANCE: Black tar, big thick classic head and lacing; AROMA: molasses and tar and coffee, toasted wheat and a hint of fruit and chocolate; TASTE: sweet-ish and bitter; PALATE: big body, creamy, long finish; OVERALL: Pretty solid, prefer the draft in Dublin though.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3423) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2014
(bottle - 330 ml) Dark brown pour with a tan head. Roasty and slightly fruity aroma. Lots of malts and a bit of mocha under it all. Definitely get some raisin notes. Flavor is roasted chocolate and dark fruits with a slightly sweet and creamy finish with a bitter aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (860) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-14-12- Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a deep-deep brown nearly black color with a thick tan head. The head has fantastic retention, very slowly fading over time to give a great level of lacing. Smell – The smell is of sweet dark fruits and bitter roasted malt. There are other notes of a caramel sweetness as well as some aromas of dark chocolate. Taste – The taste begins with roasted malt and some caramel and dark fruit flavor. The sweeter flavors lose some ground in the taste while the roasted flavors grow more and more bitter. Some light coffee flavor enters the profile with a bitter herbal hop flavor. This creates a quite roasted off bitter flavor at the end of the taste; a rather off aftertaste of these flavors lingers on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to just above average side in terms of its creaminess and has a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The average carbonation is good at hiding some of the non favorable flavors at the end of the profile, but not great for the roastier flavors of the foretaste; which the body does a nice job of enhancing. Overall – The taste and feel start out great, but that off bitter-herbal-roasted flavor that is left on the tongue really bring the brew down.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (646) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2014
Backlog, Aruba 2006, bottle from supermarket. Pitch black color, thin foamy tan head, good lacing; aroma roasted malts, coffee, cardboard, licorice; taste moderate bittersweet, roasty; medium body, oily texture; more bitterness in aftertaste, coffee notes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
prawlie (1132) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2014
Black with a foamy yellow-brown head. Sweet stout, a bit of raisin and light roast. Very light malt aroma, with some molasses. This is nice, and despite being stronger easier drinking that normal Guinness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jur (278) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2014
Bottle @ Lake Victoria Hotel, Entebbe. Actually I kinda like it. Nice dark and roasty, full head, pretty dry and bitter. Your best choice on the road in Africa!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dhunter151 (530) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JUL 27, 2014
Bottle in Shanghai, China. Pours black with a tan head. Mouthfeel was not as creamy as the standard Guinness. Roasted malt, coffee notes. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
generallee08 (637) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2014
A tall tan head sits on top of a thick pouring and very dark black body with deep garnet highlights. The head hangs on well and maintains a small covering on top of the beer as I drink. The glass holds on to some nice lacing as well. The aroma has dark roasted and toasted malt notes. Within this I get a hint of coffee, some sweetness a touch of something fruity and a very slight boozy note. Its aroma comes alive here on the tongue. The dark roasted malt brings a full bodied hit of toasted barley notes with sweet touches of toffee that play well off the slight sweet boozy notes. Holding the sweetness in check are some dark roasted coffee notes and mild hop bitterness. The palate has a creamy, slightly slick and full mouth feel and soft carbonation.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
frederickllave (15) - - JUL 21, 2014
Muy buena cerveza,fuerte,se siente bien pura al paladar y los granos tostados.bien oscura

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2603) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a creamy tan head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Rich flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, molasses and had a dry finish

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
coyforce (598) - Virginia, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Good flavor on this brew. Aroma is sweet and the color is a pitch black with a nice brown head.


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