RATINGS: 152   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
The basis is an unfermented but hopped Guinness wort extract shipped from Dublin, which is added to local pale malt ingredients and brewed locally. The Malaysian version has in recent years seen an ABV downgrade to 6.8%.

The FES currently (2010) found in Hong Kong is the Malaysian version, as is the FES found in Cambodia.

As of 2011, this is the version now found in the People’s Republic of China, which formerly had a 5% version. That version no longer exists, so Chinese FES ratings should go here.

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Pyobon (1497) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2017
(Can) Pours black with short lived, loose, tan head. Pleasant albeit rather subtle aroma of dark roast malts, coffee and candy. Medium body with rather fizzy carbonation. Taste of dark toffee / treacle, burnt sugar bitter notes, back coffee hints. It's not the original Guinness, it's not great, but it is drinkable.

YantarCoast (1521) - Moscow, RUSSIA - OCT 8, 2017
330ml bottle found in Hong Kong. Hurrah for the Malaysia tick! Pours black with a big fluffy tan coloured head. Aroma is treacle, cream, brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, dark bread. Enjoyable, even more so since it’s from a majority Muslim tropical country.

Schnabelhund (108) - TAIWAN - SEP 7, 2017
This Malaysian brew of Guinness Foreign Extra Stout pours a black color with a beige head that dissipates quickly. Unfortunately, it doesn’t resemble the beautiful Irish original very much. The notes of roasted malts, caramel, and coffee float up to the nose. The attack is a little watery with notes of sweet malts, followed by a simple mid-palate of coffee with a bit of syrup. The finish is solid and leaves bitterness and acidity behind. The mouthfeel is thin and watery overall, so don’t get too excited when you find a Guinness Foreign Extra Stout far away from Ireland.

mcberko (18981) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 16, 2017
Bottle at FCC Bar (Siem Reap International Airport), pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is lightly metallic, with light toasted malt, and some heart oats. Flavour is similar, with toasted malt, very light hops, some oats, and a light metallic tinge. Light bodied but decently balanced. Solid.

Nicke80 (834) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2017
Pint at The barn Kuala Lumpur. Pours black with big head. Classic guiness. Coffee, cocoa and some bitter chocolate notes.

blackisle (2816) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - FEB 11, 2017
Bottle 32.5cl. from Siem Reap Market Plaza, poured into a lager glass. Pitch Black, good frothy tan head, slowly diminishing, good lacing; aroma roasted malts, cola, brown sugar, licorice; taste medium sweet and bitter, roasted malts, chocolate, cardboard, light spicy notes; bittersweet aftertaste, burnt caramel, light licorice, some chocolate; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; goodness Guinness as it should be.

GoufCustom (2178) - HONG KONG - JAN 8, 2017

330ml can 6.8% Irish version bought at Snack Wordenland on Kau Yuk Road, Yuen Long

Looks: Clear, deep blackish brown colour; One finger head with crumpety beige foam which lasts for 2 minutes; Very good sticky lacing with zero carbonation.

Aroma: Quite fragrant dark malt, with fairly strong roastyness, caramel, coffee, strong chocolate, cream, floral, brown sugar, dark bread and grass.

Taste: Close to medium sweet rich dark malt, with strong roastyness, tartness, liquorices, red fruits, light dark fruits, burnt toast, caramel, toffee, strong black coffee, dark chocolates, light Cola, floral, light molasses, dark bread, strong lemon, quite strong bitter hops and strong strawy grass.

Body: Full body. Thick and creamy palate.

Mouth Feel: Full dark maltyness in a slightly oily background, very smooth and creamy. Strong black coffee dominates with good red fruits and light dark fruits, complemented by dark chocolates, Cola and strong floral. Sweetness is moderate, with dark bread and strong lemon to round. Nice!

Hoppiness: Floral and grass in nose. Strong lemon, floral and strong grass in taste; Bitterness - a mix of hops, burnt grains and liquorices - is tastefully strong for a lasting, very high astringent strawy malty finish.

After Taste: Fairly dry. Roasty and very bitter to mouth.

Comments: Somehow, this Irish original is less fragrant than the South East Asian version, but it is the taste where it shines: rich dark maltyness with strong roast and red fruits, wholesome creamy plus palate, plus bitterness from burnt toast, black coffee and liquorices. All ends very satisfying. If the aroma is stronger it will be great. A nice scoop as the great majority of local FES is from Malaysia.
Earlier Rating: 2/22/2013 Total Score: 3.8

Clear, deep blackish brown colour; Half-a-finger head and lasting mocha like foam; Small but good lacing; Strong and fragrant creamy aroma of roasted malt, coffee, raisin, vanilla and plums, which is then followed by light alcohol, and astringent hop when it warms. Sweet and pleasant taste of roast malt, burnt toffee, liquorices, grass and hops; Medium body, creamy palate; Taste profile is dominated by creamy, milky taste throughout, the roast malt taste is very BSA-like, very tasty and tempting; Despite the boozy smell, its knock-on effect is really minimal, almost none. Hoppiness and tartness are pronounce yet very pleasant, with nice and lingering bitterness give the finishing a nice touch. After taste is very similar to milk stout, surprisingly easy to mouth.

Comments: many raters have said the Irish original is the best FES of all the versions available. I haven’t had the opportunity to try it, but this Malaysian version I’m having is really good in many areas - fragrant roast aroma, good body, nice and creamy BSA-like malt taste, memorable hop character yet it’s so easily likeable - it has shattered my stigma of stout and porter being just plain bitter and nothing more. This foreign-made FES has shown depths and characters to be likeable, so I really look forward to taste the Irish original one day. Recommended? You bet, at least in this part of the globe!

meldorf75 (121) - - DEC 10, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 Wspanily aromat lekko wedzony. Piana wysoka drobmopechezykowa .W smaku podobnie jak aromacie lekko wedzone nuty I slod bardzo wyrazny. Dobra piwo tresciwe polecam.

PowY (1043) - AUSTRIA - DEC 6, 2016
330 ml can. Pours dark brown with a creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts with dark chocolate. The taste starts moderate sweet with some acidity and a slight bitterness in the finish. Low carbonation. Could be a little more creamy. Flavor of roasted malts with caramel and chocolate and a little nutty along with some alcohol and ripe fruits.

Koelschtrinker (21492) - K?ln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 19, 2016
Malaysia. Bitterer, cremig malziger Beginn. Angenehm hopfig im Hintergrund, was aber definitiv nebensächlich ist. Weich trotz der aufkommenden Trockenheit, vollmundig, moderat herb. Sehr gelungen. 9/9/9/10/8/10

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