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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: 1270   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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3.9
jbrus (4989) - 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 (4069) - 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.

4
jimhilt (2621) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Pours a five finger light tan head that fades very slowly, leaving a good lace. Black color, no high lights. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is sweet bakers chocolate, with a more bitter chocolate finish. Best by May 25, 2010. 330ml bottle - gift brought back from Ireland.

4.2
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2009
Got this from a local off license in a whopping 660ml bottle! Pours black, thick looking with a big dark head - what a beer should look like! Dark viney wine and malt smell, red fruit, syrup with a hint of alcohol richness. Warm, thick, dark and rich taste, balancing coffee biterness and chocolate sweetness. Some warming alcohol and more vine fruit. Roasty malt blends well with the hops to create a very BIG flavour that sits great on my palate.

4
Evocatus (72) - USA - NOV 29, 2009
Pour nice and dark with a beige-cream head like a good stout. Smells of roast and maybe some sweetness, possible dark chocolate. Taste has a mix of bitterness, roast coffee, and slight sweetness. Good amount of thickness, although could be a bit thicker. Haven’t had the draft version in a while, so don’t know how it compares, but I would say you can’t go wrong with this one.

3.5
walrussell (192) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Waaaaay better than Guinness Draught or Extra. Coffee, dried dark fruit, some sourness, a little bit of soy (but not too much), a nice level of sweetness, some hoppiness at the end.

3.5
heavy (2890) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 14, 2009
31/10 0.33 l bottle courtesy of Doggythedog, thanks for sharing! It poured dark brown to black body with bigger brownish head. Weak aroma, some yogurt, coffee and caramel. Slightly sweetish flavor, caramel and coffee here as well, slight fruitiness. Fuller in body with longer sweet finish that misses something I can’t explain. Fine FS once again, I may have liked the Nigerian version better, but this isn’t far as well.

3.6
Marko (5930) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - OCT 31, 2009
Bottle found at the Excalibur store on the Czech/Austrian border. Black, beige head that went away fast. Yoghurty, dried figs, light alcohol, ok enough nose. Bitter malty taste, bit roast, smooth dried figs again, maybe some alcohol. A pleasant enough stout and a far cry from Guinness Draught and similar crap.

3.6
Chapel (468) - Levittown, New York, USA - OCT 28, 2009
I agree with the previous poster who commented that this is Guiness on steroids. Big chocolate flavor that isn’t afraid to let you know it it there. It is, however, a bit overbearing as not much beyond that and a dry finish show through. Either way, it was a fun thing to drink on a cruise this summer.


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