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


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RATINGS: 1280   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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bartazo (275) - Esztergom, HUNGARY - MAY 20, 2010
Totál fekete test, aranyos bézs habbal. Végre egy komolyabb illat, és végre egy barna (fekete) sörben nem csak a kávé illat dominál. Amit érzek az a karamell és körte boldog találkozása. Gyümölcsös és szép.
Íze savanyú is, édes is.
Sajnos az eredeti Guinness-t még nem kóstoltam, így nincs összehasonlítási alap. Ez a változat összességében kesernyés pörkölt maláta ízű, de szerencsére ez a pörkölősdi nincs túlzásba sütve, így egész kellemes.

Quack-Duck (9534) - Down South, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2010
bottle from Waitrose Abergavenny. Deep black colour, mid-sized beige head. Aroma of cocoa and coffee. Full-bodied, solid malty base with lots of cocoa and espresso coffee flavours. Dry mouthfeel, lingering finish, again with caramel and coffee, also dark chocolate.

pumpmaster (1439) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2010
330ml bottle at the 5th floor bar at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin Ireland. This is the real thing! This is the one sold in the Caribbean & Africa.

Sdaniel90 (1100) - Mexico City, MEXICO - APR 30, 2010
Bottle, 255ml. Pours a pitch black colour with a nice extra large, fluffy brown head. Aroma is of coffee and dog feces (seriously), bad. Taste is not too heavy, very sweet, bitter, and with a slight sour touch. Pretty bad.

SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 30, 2010
In the bottle, brought back for SOB tasting by Clark from his Caribbean vacation. Jeez, this pretty much sucks crap big time. Black, but has a thing off white head. Roasted, but watery. Maybe this bottle had been subjected to massive rounds of getting super hot. I just don’t see the appeal over the mainstream Guinness in my supermarket. More booze does not necessarily mean more flavor in this case.

TaxiDriver (1847) - Stadland, GERMANY - APR 3, 2010
Bottle. The aroma is malty and bitter, later a little bit sweeter. The small beige creamy head has a long duration, the body is black. The taste is bitter, malty, the finish is light metallic. The body is very dry, a little bit creamy and medium strong with a soft carbonation.

FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010

A - Black with a deep ruby brown. Thick, creamy, and fairly sticky head. Beige-ivory color, decent retention and good amount of lacing.

S - Sweet toasted malts. Good amount of chocolate and some coffee as well as some caramel. Somewhat like the Original or the Draught but a bit sweeter and spiced.

T - First it starts with that roasted bitterness similar amongst Guinness beers. This is a bit stronger than the other "regular" varieties. Then a good amount of sweet and spice comes in. This has a milk chocolate, caramel, and some spiced dark fruit taste. Hint of rum-like taste accompanied by just the slightest taste of alcohol.

M - Medium body and good carbonation. Very smooth and velvety. Slightly chewey.

D - Pretty good. The mouthfeel is wonderful for ease of it going down and desire to drink more. The flavors are also good, but might be a little much after 2 or 3. That’s ok though since the ABV makes that number kind of the cut-off point.

Notes: Wonderful example of Guinness. Has some of those flavors that you think of when talking about "regular" Guinness, but so much more to that. Full and velvety body also helps. Good stout that is worth trying if you can, not amazing but a very solid beer. I wish Guinness made more of their stouts along this line.

ClubGonzo (5685) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle. Pours a black, thick body into my tulip glass, creating an inch-thick caramel brown head. Looks very good, and the smell is also promising: coffee, leather, oak and a bit of booze makes me wanna dig into this one. The taste is well rounded, with coffee, leather and earthy tones in the front; hints of licorice and booze in the back. A dry and bitter finish which could have been backed a bit more by some of the initial flavor. A right good stout, regardless. This is what the weaker, commercial version should have been like - if that was the case, I would have bought it more often.

SuperDave (2555) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Rusty. Thick black pour with a creamy tan head. Deeply roasted malt, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Really good stuff. Thanks RC!

Ricask (1) - Blackburn, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2010 does not count
far superior to standard Guuinnes stout (being nearly twice as strong) - first came across when brewed at Liverpool c.1984 - high alcohol content with an oakey liquorice taste on the palate
with nice edgy aftertaste - nice bed time drink
Because of its strength and relaxing ambience I pour into a 330ml red wine glass - fills nicely with a deep creamy head - delicious! with dark chocolate

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