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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1295   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
mjs (7413) - 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.

4.4
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 didn’t last but didn’t 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 wouldn’t recommend serving it too cold.

3.9
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!

3.5
CH-303 (2252) - 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)

3.4
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.

4.1
berkshirejohn (6505) - 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.

4.1
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. There’s 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.

4.1
douglas88 (9194) - 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.

3.8
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 2, 2008
Great Guinness, so much better then local draft...find off license in Ireland selling this...my lucky day :-) Pours completely black, little lasting head, major notes of liquirisel, ,inior notes of coffee, chocolate, and burned malt. Sweet and bitter in perfect harmoney, bitterness winning in the end.

3.5
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2008
Liked this more than I thought I would. Near black with a tan head. Creamy sweet malt aroma, almost like condensed milk, with just an edge of meatiness. Warm, malty, milky chocolate taste - yes, almost malted milk. Some slight fruity sourness too. Mid bitter finish. Odd, but I’m glad I tried it.


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