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


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RATINGS: 1293   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.

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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 16, 2008
Pretty good. Had this one in london. Has a more robust flavor than the draught, but thats to be expected. It feels a bit more carbonated than the draught as well. Toasted, oaky flavor and a mildly bitter finish. I would reccomend it but I would also say that I prefer the original draught to this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mwsmith (12) - , Alabama, USA - JUL 14, 2008
I enjoy this more than it’s little brother. It’s a loaf of bread in a bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (7113) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2008
(Bottled at the Brewery Bar, Guinness Storehouse on 2008-07-02) Black. Medium-sized tan head. Chocolate and little hops in nose. Quite amount of carbonation in full palate. Chocolate, some alcohol, sweetness in taste. Slight bite from hops. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EFC1878 (315) - Manchester, Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2008
Bottled Irish version. Pours jet black but holding it to light reveals a ruby tinge at the extreme edges. Frothy tan head that didnít last but didnít disappear completely, either. Coffee in the aroma with a faint hint of fuggles hops. Initial light sweetness gives way to an intense bitterness. Medium-full body with lively carbonation leads to a long, bitter finish. One bottle easily leads to two which, at 7.5%, can lead to trouble. Benefits from time in the fridge but I wouldnít recommend serving it too cold.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
subcell (96) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2008
I do not care for this beer nearly as much as I care for the Draught. This beer smells burnt. It pours nicely and has a nice thick dark head. It is very bitter and heavy. Sometimes it is good for something different but I mainly use it to make my batter for fish and chips!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CH-303 (2183) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUN 26, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 Appearance: Totally black, loads of thick, creamy head. Aroma: Smoky, oaky, burnt. Taste: Bitter, long aftertaste. Smoky, woody. Info: 330ml bottle, 28/9-2005, 27/300 (Re-rated 26/12-2008, original score: 2.0)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 24, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2011 275mL found all over Barbados contracted brewed at Banks Brewery. The pour is a deep cola brown with a massive tan head that has big time retention and webby, suddy lace. Aroma is toasted raisins, light copper metals, cocoa powder. Taste is bitter, lactic tart, some lemon peel. Very nice. Roasted malt character is not astringent or heavy. Very light and easy to enjoy albeit a little dangerous at 7.5%. Medium, crisp palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
berkshirejohn (6412) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2008
330 ml bottle. Pours black with a ruby tint and a thick peaky caramel head; the aroma has lots of rich chocolate malt with candied fruit and a touch of spice; thick and oily in the mouth with heavy bitter chocolate and black coffee to start, then mellow and fruity, and then a dry and bitter finish. Very well balanced overall, a drink to sip and savour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bradrcr (806) - Renton, Washington, USA - JUN 14, 2008
6/2/08 From the bottle. Aroma is roast malt forward, alcoholic, with a bit of dried fruit character. The creaminess of Guiness Pub draught is still there, just much lighter and sweeter. Appearance is very dark brown with a well maintained tan head. Flavor is sweet, roasted, carbonic, sour and fruity. Thereís a lot going on here. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied with a medium carb and grain texture. Overall, an interesting brew with lots of flavor and strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (9011) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle thanks to Doppelganger. Pours a pure black body with an amazing beige head. It sits atop the beer floating and towering like a mountain. The aroma is mostly rich roasted malts, some hops and metallic notes. The taste is very complex; the initial pour is quite bitter and full of roasted notes, the finish is sweet fruit and finally more bitter burnt coffee. As it warms there is more of a metallic and woody flavor, with berries and liquorice, and always roasted malt. Very good, so complex and so damn tasty. A great mouthfeel and a nice alcohol warmth. As it warms it gets a lot sweeter. My quest for Guinness continues. Thanks Casey.

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