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


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RATINGS: 1274   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.

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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2007
Rating #1040
Had a few bottles of this while cruising on Royal Caribbean to and from the Bahamas.
This beer immediately struck me as being different than the Guinness Extra Stout that I drink here in the States. There was more of a scotch like oaky-ness, vanilla, and rich robust coffee bitterness on the finish. Besides that, the ABV was noticeably higher… like said, kind of a punchy scotch ABV.
Overall, I prefer this to my domestic version.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrFantasmo (8) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 13, 2007 does not count
This poured a dark black. Bitter roasted with a bit of chocolate taste and some fruity flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (22382) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 7, 2007
The route to go if you want guiness,bitter roasted aroma, with a chocolaty bitterness with a slight spicyness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thisone326 (9) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2007 does not count
Flavor is stronger than that of the draught...head not as cool looking..not as creamy and such. Dark look, well-rounded palate. tiny bit of bitterness, but nothing too bad

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - FEB 24, 2007
bottled. jet black with a lingering beige head. big whiff of asphalt. traces of stone fruit, pretty hefty burnt bitterness and a well-rounded palate. very tasty stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 23, 2007
(330 ml bottle (lost my notes on this so have to wing it)) More sweet and syrupy, perhaps less roasty than Guinness Draught...Pours dark tobacco brown with one finger of caramel brown head. Aroma of dark bittersweet chocolate, coffee, light roast and molasses. Head feels creamy and mouthfeel is smooth, lightly prickly and slightly syrupy. Some sloppy rings of lacing. Taste is more molasses and coffee sweetness than other Guinness. Some roastiness but subdued in favor of sweeter qualities. Excited to see it, and best beer I found in Bahamas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 20, 2007
Used to be able to get this in the bottle here in Cowtown but sadly no more. Bigger, Roaster, Fuller and a way better beer than the regular stuff. Page 204 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide only 370 Classic Brews of of his 500 to go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pivnizub (10305) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - FEB 4, 2007
Bottle: Almost black coloured, lacing mid-sizedtanned creamy head; robust roast-malty, bit fruity/vinous nose with a touch of barrique; creamy MF, medium to full bodied, strong bitter flavour; lingering dry and bitter finish with hints of liquorice and a certain sourness in the aftertaste. A great, complex beer from a big brewer............

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 2, 2007
Bottle sampled in June 2006: Pours a mostly opaque with dark brown edges and a thin, lightly-lacing tan head. Aroma of sweet milk chocolatey malt and a hint of smoke. Body starts with a nice sticky caramel and chocolate maltiness finishing drier and more roasty. Well-balanced and enjoyable with a fairly full palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 A re-rate, and I’m surprised by how much I still like this beer. Pitch black and pretty with a medium sustained beige foam head. The aroma is lovely with subtle burnt coffee and heavier biscuit malt. Fairly robust flavour initially, burnt malt bitterness and oak, fading to a dry finish. Big chewy palate. I expected to mark this down from my previous rating, but I ended up leaving it as it was because this is a very accomplished beer.

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