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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: 1288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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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3.7
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2008
Bottle 330ml from Waitrose, Christchurch. Pours black with a good beige head. Aroma has a distinct molasses background. Reasonably full bodied. Much better than its traditional cousin.

3.6
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2008
Pours a dark opaque black colour with a small brown head. Taste is chocolatey, noticeable pepper and black cherry flavors. Aroma is sort of woody with hints of black licorice.

3.5
faroeviking (11343) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
Botella. Pitch black colour with a nice light brown head. Good lacing. Nice soft mouthfeel. The flavour has a very good soft roasty maltiness with some bitter chocolate and light coffee.

3.4
thewolf (12949) - Kolding, DENMARK - AUG 10, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, faroeviking]
Pours almost black with slight red edges. A fine, creamy, beige-yellow head. Great lacing. Aroma is sweet roasty, some nuttiness and a bit of plums. Good mouthfeel, dry and creamy. Flavour is surprisingly dry, harsh roasted notes, a bit vinious. This is a good brew, but nothing exceptional.

3.4
Bart (2936) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2008
Black coloured beer with a large brown creamy head. Light alcoholic malty roasted coffee and compact aroma. Creamy full roasted and bitter palate. Finish is bitter roasted with some coffee and creamy light alcoholic touches. nice balanced, good one.

3.3
bman1986 (173) - Broadstairs, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle from The Bottleneck, Broadstairs: Poured a rich black with a niuce tan head. Lot of chocolate flavours, the alcohol makes itself known very quickly. Not as good as it’s Nigerian brother, but a very nice stout nonetheless.

3.7
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.

4
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.

3.8
mjs (7778) - 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.


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