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


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RATINGS: 1288   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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undercurrent25 (2246) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2010
Quite thick and treacley in texture with high malt taste, bit different to the usual Guinness, not bad for a one off

nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2010
33cl bottle thanks to Arbitrator. Pours black in color with a lasting one-finger white head. Great aroma - very chocolatey with dark fruit, molasses, and coffee. The flavor is surprisingly good too. Roasty and chocolatey with coffee and molasses. Medium-bodied with an average level of carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Better than I expected overall. Possibly the best beer I’ve had from these guys.

tommann (4031) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours pitch black with a large off white head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee. Taste is roasted malts and coffee.

Jow (4170) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Thanks to whomever brought thi sto the Captain Lawrence castleton release. This was my favorite "surprise" of beers brought. I often think of guiness as the mother of my craft brew hobby because without her I don’t know it’d of been born. But who’s the father? anyways pours a nice black and taste is sweet and bitter and delicious. I really liked this and would love to grab a whole sixer next time i get chance.

theSlipperyPen (294) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2010
Pours near black with red-brown edging and a big foamy head which leaves behind a thick tan lacing. On the nose is a burnt malt aroma which approaches an ashy scent - a bit like a coal fire or burning peat. Then comes a traditional English bitter smell and some grassy hops; malty and a bit yeasty, or bready. Mouth feel has a fizzy carbonation which keeps it from getting too sticky. Taste is bitter, sour and malty with a light coffee taste. The yeast presence brings a Marmite tone to this rather tart beer. And there are citric hops in here too. Finish is bitter and thin. It’s better than the usual Guinness but all the same an average stout.

rsalacia (1) - USA - JUL 20, 2010 does not count
Great change from the Guinness Extra Stout we have traditionally had in the US in the past. Great aroma and has just enough bitterness to offset the richness of the roasted barley, almost sweet coffee like taste of this beer.

ChainGangGuy (4941) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 17, 2010
11.2 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: 28/03/11. Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with thin garnets hints at the edges and a big, burgeoning, beige-hued head with good retention. Smell: Roasty nose with an ardor for bulk chocolate and notes hinting at coffee, salted caramel, and a small splash of lightly tart black currant wine. Taste: Dark, roasted barley with tones of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, and smokey molasses. Medium sweetness. Fruity touch of cassis creeps in midway through. Small hint of licorice. The roastiness meshes well with the floral, herbal hops and accompanying bitterness. Small carbonic pinch. The finish starts off malty and sweetish with a hint of alcohol, but eventually trails off into a dull bitterness. Mouthfeel: A bit over medium-bodied with medium-light carbonation for a fairly soft mouthfeel overall. Drinkability: I enjoyed it. Flavorful and satisfying, the two things I find woefully lacking with the standard-issue Guinness.

savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 15, 2010
12 oz bottle on the shelves in Anchorage Alaska 2010. Pours a dark brown with a thick creamy light tan head. Smells like a regular Guinness, has the same light chocolate and cream smells but with a bit more roasty scents. The flavor is semi-sweet chocolate, lightly roasted malt and a medium hop bitterness. Medium to full body with mild carbonation and a slightly water mouth feel. Very good foreign stout, really just tastes like a fuller richer Guinness though.

Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Courtesy of Blazer06. Pours mahogany with tall tan head and effervescents. The aroma is full with dark berries, cherries, candy toffee, dark roastiness and then some mild burnt malts. The taste has a firm thick layer of dark roasted malts moving into burnt malts toward the finish. Underneath the roastiness are sweet smooth notes of berries, cherries, toffee and a mild drying lactose sensation. I think I get a touch of rauch malts in here too. YUM!

nathan30533 (1022) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Great brew for the malt enthusiast! Pours very dark with warm brown head. Good overall!

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