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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: 1267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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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3.4
ghawener (1608) - Santa Tecla, EL SALVADOR - JAN 26, 2010
Bottle: a commercial mass produced stout, tendd towards the lighter / softer sides of the style. Food Pairing: Smoked salmon.

3.7
AGAquino (667) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle in Trinidad. Deep brown color with tall tan head and very long lasting lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet toffee and slight hoppy bitter. Flavor is more hoppy and more toffee candy sweetness than expected; it is less roasted malts than expected as well. Alcohol is noticeable, more than the normal Guinness as well. And here in Trinidad, Guinness is a local, costing half of what a Budweiser costs, so I will be having a few before I leave.

3.8
Dfalken (45) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - JAN 24, 2010
The best beer that can be found in El Salvador. Much better than I expected a commercial stout to be and much better than any other guinness product. Strong stout flavor and noticeable alcohol. Smooth, full bodied beer.

3.4
ddinneb (5) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010 does not count
A pleasant accidental find while we were in Bermuda. Can’t find it from our local importers. This brew differs from other varieties of Guinness, my favorite use to be Guinness Extra Stout, and Guinness 250 comes close but the "Foreign Extra Stout" has a smoother finish not as harsh carbonation as "extra stout" and I feel a rare find.

3.7
slayer02348 (103) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Chalky coffee taste with nice alcohol warmth. One of the better stouts I’ve tried. Pours out jet black with a thick tan head, very nice appearance. Would pick this over Guinness Drought for sure.

3.5
Borresteijn (7354) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2010 33cl Bottle brought from and brewed in Liberia. Thanks Gijs! Opaque black colour with a creamy beige head, looks perfect. Aroma is milky, cream and hard roasted malts. Flavour is hard roasted malts and cream, then a bit sour that turns harsh bitter in a volatile way, also mixing in some wrong alcohols as it seems, ending in a bitter and earthy liquorice finish with some vegetable notes. Medium bodied. Almost undrinkable. Have another (Irish) FES waiting, hope it’s better. 65337 Re-rate, Irish version. Black with a creamy and frothy beige head. Aroma of hard roasted malts, (sour) cream, chocolate. Flavour is hard roasted malts, chocolate, light milk notes, strong coffee, rather bitter finish with some powdery liquorice. Medium bodied. Way better than the Liberian example I had. 657314

3.2
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours an almost opaque black color with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, plum, roast, and cream. Flavor is chocolate, caramel, roast, some crystal malt, a touch of cream, and bitter earthy finish.

3.9
jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2010
[email protected] Lightly smoked aroma with chocolate, malts and a hint of black currant. Black colour, light brown firm head, very nice lace. Sweet, very malty, bitter, fruity, hoppy. Quite full and flavourful.

3.8
rcasta (864) - EL SALVADOR - DEC 27, 2009
comprada en selectos, deliciosa, mi estilo de birria, tipo inglesa oscura. por supuesto, buen puntaje, pero la russian stout estaria cerca si no mejor.

3.6
hawthorne00 (4034) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2011 Pours black, well-retained tan head. Chocolate malt and vanilla aroma. Quite gutsy bitter chocolate malt taste. Some wood and not totally pleasant burnt notes. Prefer the Australian version to this.

Ah, maybe not. Really quite complex charred flavour with surprisingly little sweetness and plenty of roasted and hop bitterness. Brash and quite involving. Coming back around to this.


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