Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Foreign Stout
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 1292   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.

Editorís 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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JUN 30, 2009
bottle, Muddy Murphyís pub, Singapore. sorry, dont remember anything, thats my story and im sticking to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Pours out a deep black with a hefty mocha head. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt, very small amount of chocolate. Flavor is very roasty, coffee, malt, light chocolate, barley. Maybe some oats. Personally I much prefer this to the regular Guinness as it has a thicker mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Good, deep, dark. Black in color. Taste of espresso. Nice and bold. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
Two bottles both 7.5%. One brewed at Commonwealth Brewery in the Bahamas. The other brewed at St. Jamesís Gate in Ireland. The Irish beer is dark dark brown, red hints and a thin tan foam leaves only a cover. Aroma is burnt coffee, roasted malt. Taste is roast, burnt coffee, berries, lingering bitter malt finish. Rating: 7:3:7:3:14 The Bahamian beer is dark black with hints of red and a thick lasting light tan head. Aroma is sourish, chocolate, coffee, roasted barley. Taste is very sour in character, an astringent roast and light coffee and chocolate. Rating: 6:4:6:3:12

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davros (3081) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 14, 2009
Jet black pour with a large brown cream head showing reasonable persistence and lacing. Aroma is a mix of roasted malt, port, rolled oats, sweet alcohol, liquorice and sultanas. Flavours are roasted malt with some burnt notes, sweet caramel, more rolled oats and some alcohol. Powerful roasted bitterness. Quite a mouthful. Creamy body and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stfrancis (56) - Heffingen, LUXEMBOURG - JUN 13, 2009
33cl bottle. surprise find at a club in foetz, Luxembourg. Lighter palate than the draught version, lots of dry roasted barley, but lacking compared to the Belgian Special export Guiness. A once off for this Irish man

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pinball (12034) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2009
33cl bottle from a supermarket in crete. absurdly huge head, light brown, smooth, thick. pours pitch black. lightly sour sweetish aroma , i donít like the aroma. roasted grains, booze also in the aroma.flavor is sweet, sugar, roasted stuff, chocolate, ends very roasted yet still mild. alc. well hidden. seems to me to have a little less complexity compared to ordinary guiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2732) - JAPAN - JUN 8, 2009
Obviously better than guiness, but still pales to others of its type, such as Lion Stout. Macro taste permiates though the whole thing. Limited in complexity, but I will admit it has a nice malt body. Nothing out of the ordinary. Cheap though

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Rustychiles Ė thanks Rusty! Pours midnight black with a 2 finger foamy tan head that leaves spotty lacing. The nose is charred malt and faint cocoa. The taste is coffee, burnt malt, ashy cocoa and even some hoppy bitterness in the finish. Medium creamy mouthfeel. Much better than the US version. Thanks again Rusty!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bottle from Puerto Rico via rustychiles. Pours black with a decent-sized chestnut head. Aroma is more boozy and roasty than traditional Guinness. Taste is quite a bit boozier, roastier, smokey, and oaky. Hints of chocolate in the background of both the aroma and taste. It tastes quite a bit like they let it ferment at a much higher temperature than standard Guinness as well. I get some higher-alcohol phenols. Far less drinkable than standard Guinness, but really nice to try. The tannins and higher alcohols make it really difficult to drink an entire pint of this.

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