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


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RATINGS: 1297   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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Idiosynkrasie (7423) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 26, 2016
330ml bottle [A big thanks to Aziz!]. Quasi black colour with average to huge, thick, frothy, fairly lasting, moderately lacing, beige head. Minimally musty, grainy, slightly chocolately, dark malty aroma, hints of liquorice. Taste is dry, roasty dark malty, slightly chocolately, subtle sweetness, a touch of treacle and malt lozenge, some liquorice, chalky impurities; chalky, mineral finish.
Earlier Rating: 10/7/2012 Total Score: 3.3
330ml bottle. Clear darkest brown colour with a reddish tinge, small to average, frothy to creamy, lasting, lacing, beige head. Slightly roasty dark malty aroma, a nuttily touch, underlying dark fruit notes, bitter hoppy overtones. Taste is initially roasty dark malty and converges over salty to dry and bitter hoppy.

ALIBALI (1989) - Kiel, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2016
Yau, rosty with a flower touch. Äußerst ansehnlich kommt unser ölige Genosse daher. Braun gekrönt und very dark. Mmmmhhhh. Der erste gut gekühlte Schluck läßt erstmal den Eindruck eines staubtrockenen Gesöffs zurück. Yepp !!!! Später wird’s dann filigraner, ein bisschen Beerenflair hier und angehonigte Rauchwolken da. Nett. Und schön bitter bleibt’s trotzdem. Klasse Stoff für den Stouthead. 0,33l Flasche aus Düsseldorf. Nicht billig 🙄.

WaddlingPlatypus (186) - Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2016
330ml bottle. Thick dark brown pour with a dark mocha head. Oak and sweet smoked bacon aroma, with faint dark malts. Flavours of roasted malts, a touch of sweet cream, and a roguish hint of asparagus.

TheBeerUnited (51) - - OCT 31, 2016
Perfect pour. Looks like regular Guinness with trademark tan head and jet black body. Aroma of nut, chestnut, dark roasted nuances and toffee. Coffee and vanilla on the palate. This is the best Guinness I’ve had, but very rich and probably best to have one to start the night with (savour and enjoy) before moving on to session regular Guinness. Can’t wait to get some in for my wife at Xmas as she’s only had regular Guinness. If you can session this, you’re hardcore!

nilsas (4054) - Bryne, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2016

Lukt: Kaffe og kirsebær.
Utseende: Sort.
Skum/kullsyre: Tykt skum.
Smak: Kaffe, kirsebær og sjokolade.
Hvor: Kjø[email protected], banjul, Gambia, [email protected] tasting hos Untapd Jostein.
Medium: [email protected], [email protected],5%, Nå[email protected]

Earlier Rating: 11/28/2014 Total Score: 3.9
Lukt: Duft av kaffe, karamell, vanilje og sjokolade.
Utseende: Dyp sort farge.
Skum/kullsyre: Dekkende brunt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Smak av røyk, kaffe, frukter, noe sjokolade og vanilje.
Hvor: "Kjø[email protected] kiosk I Stockwell området London, [email protected] hjemme tasting med Gorm
Medium: [email protected]

rob19a (325) - - OCT 14, 2016
4/20 fairly disgusting. Prefer normal Guinness which is creamier. This is really flat, sour tasting stout. Not a nice taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ardeo (395) - Flémalle, BELGIUM - OCT 13, 2016
Bouteille. Je ne me rappelle pas avoir bu de la Stout et ... je découvre une bière tout à fait différente de mes apéritifs habituels et qui me plait. C’est une bière très noire à belle mousse brune mais qui retombe assez vite. Les arômes sont de ce qui m’a le plus impressionné (surpris) : café, moka, fruits noirs (pruneau), caramel, grillé, fumé ... L’entrée en bouche est impressionnante aussi avec une belle et bonne effervescence. Je retrouve bien sûr le café moka, un peu de piquant, d’autres choses que je vais découvrir plus tard car je pense bien reprendre de ce breuvage et surprise : une belle amertume. La longueur est exceptionnelle et les saveurs persistent dans la bouche. Vais-je reprendre une autre bière après CELA ?

kostasgiotis (124) - GREECE - SEP 18, 2016
Total black body with a thick brown head.Aromas are bread,caramel,coffee,liquorice...the grat thing is that you can taste them. It bitter and sweet at the same time...Loved it

Maakun (5402) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2016
Bottle from nightshop drank at Girl Scout place. Almost black with fizzy dark brown head. Licorice, lots of dark bread, overripe plums, spices, rum, vanilla and burnt sugar. Medium sweet and bitter. Bit over medium bodied with quite some fizzy carbonation.

Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2016
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2017 The archetypical (even historically first ever) ’foreign stout, tasted many years ago in the original Irish version and revisited last year in its Burkinese version (from a bottle) and Togolese version (from a can), both of them received from Ruben, cheers. Lightly and irregularly lacing, moussy, pale greyish beige head with good ’edge retention’, slowly dissipating in the middle but leaving thin veils of foam; very dark mahogany brown colour but black in general appearance, limiting its maroon hue to the edges. Aroma cannot hide pasteurization - the first thing that springs to my nostrils - in a cooked vegetable-kind of way and also reveals a whole lot of tin can-like iron, overseeing less unpleasant aspects of diluted coffee grounds or even ’green’ coffee beans, pistachio nuts and peanuts, industrial beef stock cubes and even some gravy, haemoglobin, something sulfuric (egg yolk or even further than that), soggy brown bread, old dusty closets. Sourish and sweetish onset, roasted barley sourishness with dried fig sweetishness but both subdued and surrounded by a somewhat beef stock-like umami edge, softish carbonation, smooth oily mouthfeel, gliding effortlessly over the surface of the tongue, leaving behind a trail of malt bittersweetness, nothing too thick or layered here, just a fairly pleasant evolution from sweetish nuttiness towards toasted bitterishness, roasted in the very end but gently so, while at the same time delivering an unmistakable metallic, iron-like flavor, but not more so than in other variations on this theme I had and not more so than in a regular European draught Guinness. Finishes with ongoing ’nuttiness’ and the aforementioned increased roasted bitterness, supported by - as announced on the can - spicy hops but not to the point that they become obvious over the roasted barley; warming, almost rum-like alcohol is there as well producing a sedative glow in the back, nothing astringent or anything like that, but still perhaps a bit too obvious for a 7.5% beer. The metallic edge remains palpable but in a mild, not too obnoxious kind of way. I do not tend to have high expectations from African beers - as long as the international craft beer revolution has not reached it - but this is, all things considered, an enjoyable stout. It has a thicker umami effect and more ’moelleux’ feeling to it (but equally strong iron) than the widespread Guinness Draught you’ll find in any overly commercial Irish - or other - pub in Europe; in fact, I think I like this one, certainly the African versions, better. Feels less industrial than some other of Guinness’ stouts, quite filling and tasty, surely among the best African beers I had so far (which still doesn’t mean a lot, obviously) but lacks some of the ’exoticness’ of the Nigerian version I had ten years ago, which differs from other African (or any) Guinness stouts in using roasted sorghum, whereas this one apparently uses the classic roasted barley.

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