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


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RATINGS: 1305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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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kidmartinek (5000) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2010
A black beer with a 2 inch thick, frothy deep-tan head. Oaky, sharp, roasted malt aroma with a bitter character. Cool, full roasted malt flavor with a nice hop bite. Cool texture gives way to a velvety texture. Milky and sugary sweet stout finish. 50% foreign, 110% satisfaction.

DerBiermeister (587) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Wow. This beer tastes so simple and complex at the same time...it is full of simplexity. I feel like this beer could require years of study and enjoyment. It smells good, it looks good, it tastes good, it laces the glass simplexily. Wow. Since regular Guinness was my favourite beer, this is especially good for me. I know not everyone would like it, but I really do.

blutt59 (6652) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 14, 2010
bottle, mahogany color with big tan egg white foam, lacy with anastringent roasty aroma, flavor is big on roast with some raisin, molasses, prune in there, nice stout to see locally

BeerHawk (1811) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle. Poured black with a creamy tan head that settled to a ring and left thick lace. Roasted malt aroma. The flavor found chocolate, roasted malt, and hints of vanilla and smoke. Medium body and a creamy texture. Roasted malt aftertaste.

adavis234 (290) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 12, 2010
12 oz bottle. Beer pours black with a thick, fluffy tan head. Aroma is rather weak - coffee and dark malts. Flavor is dark, bitter chocolate upfront with heavy, burned oak malts and a bit of a coffee finish. Much more flavor than other Guinnesses.

hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Bottle. Thick, dark espresso color and thin light tan head. Sour malty nose. Very roasty roasty roasty flavor but also a nice touch of hops. And then a very dark roasty finish. Would looove to try this on tap.

MrPickles (422) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2010
Not much on the nose, but a much better version compared to what I am used to. Roast is what stands out the most for me. Would love to try this one on draft.

dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bottle pours black with a beige head. Aroma is packed full of sweet roasted malt goodness. Flavor shows the same with dark chocolate, dark fruit, light smoke, and even some coffee in the background. Overall body is moderate to full and finishes with nice roast malt/dark chocolate bitterness. I’m so glad this is finally available here, it destroys American Guinness!

degbert (1775) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a completely opaque brown/black with a cappucino head. Smells of dark fruit, dark toast, and an almost smoky note. Palate has coffee, baking chocolate, and boozy notes with traces that bring an aged Pinot Noir to mind. Finishes clean and prickly. This is easily the best Guinness I’ve ever had.

nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malt, light burnt sugar, some earthy notes. Flavors of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, oak and coffee as well. Medium bodied, bittersweet and dry malty with a long bitter/dry/woody finish. Overall, my favorite version of Guinness, the dry notes are fantastic along with the bitter notes... maltiness without obscene sweetness is a welcomed addition as well. I could drink a lot of this

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