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

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RATINGS: 1279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaysonl69 (24) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2009
strong roasted barley aroma. strong malt flavors, reminds me of coffee with a pleasant aftertaste. overall decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6071) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Overall Impression: I can’t explain it but I like this one a lot more then the regular Guinness. I find this one to be really top quality and enjoyable, living up to the rep that Guinness has, while regular Guinness to me is just ok. Is it the Ireland vs. Canada brewing issue? I don’t know, but if the standard Guinness tasted like the Foreign Extra I’d drink it a lot more.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2009
UPDATED: APR 28, 2009 Deep, dark, vinous, bitter roast malts and sweet molasses. Nicely balanced with the burnt malt, hops, and sourness scrubbing the sweetness away. Surprisingly enjoyable cold.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeanMacGC (334) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle, 330ml.. Pours very dark, with tan head. Intense aroma of dark malts and molasses. Quite bitter on the tongue, with the alcohol content very evident, though overall a decent stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011

Bottle, St. James Gate DublinPitch black with only the slightest red tint at the bottom, not much of a head though. Overripe fruit and sangria aroma. Lively carbonation. The overripe fruit blends nicely with the dark bitter roast. Rating changed to reflect the St. James brew 7-3-7-3-14
Bottle of Barbadian FES--salty, tamarind, roast, delicious--my new fave Guinness FES yet 4-8-4-8-16 Bottle, St. Lucia/Piton brewery version. Pours black, opaque, and with a thick foamy head and leaving some lacing. Aroma of molasses, malt, and some tartness in the background. Fairly high in carbonation. The flavors are strange with a lingering acrid finish and not enough malt sweetness. Instead it tastes burnt and bitter. Comes across as a strange brew, and I’m told that’s due to its being brewed with the Piton base beer. 6-3-5-3-12


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eManu (541) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 12, 2009
Pours a deep black liquid with a very thick foamy brown head that stay a long time and a good amount was left at the end. Aroma is very strong roasted malts. Flavors are quite powerfull , smoky, roasted malts and chocolates and some coffee, bitter and not sweet just on the right level. This is a very well made brew, super nice and very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Defreni (3087) - Husum, DENMARK - MAR 2, 2009
Flaske. Sødlig duft på en mørkebrun øl. Ristet malt er tydelig, men igen på en sødlig måde. Fin øl som er en smule bedre end dens mindre stærke fætter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeverszeuge (645) - GERMANY - FEB 25, 2009
ersma: ein legendäres bier, das weltweit gebraut und getrunken wird. meines kommt aus irland. typische, schwarz-braune farbe, die nur darum minimal durchscheinend ist, weil das bier im pils-glas steckt (0.33 l im original pint-glas sähe albern aus). ein berg schaum, der bräunlich daherkommt, aber wesentlich grober ist als beim draught. dazu wird er beim gemächlichen absacken sehr grob und hinterlässt lücken. sehr herber, würziger geruch mit röst- und kaffe-aromen. antrunk extrem würzig und aromatisch: röstmalz, bittere, kaffee, schoko, kirsche - alles drin. alkohol schlägt leicht durch. die mitte ist sehr herb und würzig. malz wird im hintergrund schmeckbar. im abgang likörartig-alkoholisch. wesentlich milder und malziger als zuvor. bittere im hintergrund. insgesamt unglaublich geschmacksintensiv und abwechslungsreich, schmeckt wie stout-konzentrat. allein der schmeckbare alkohol stört etwas. das bier unterstreicht mal wieder meine erfahrung, dass von der insel hervorragende biere kommen. hauseigene flasche mit geprägter harfe am halsansatz. etiketten sind wie immer gestaltet, also durchweg gut. fazit: referenzklasse!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Bottle, pours black with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt and light coffee. Flavors are more bitter malt and light alcohol. Thick mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Pours black with a large fluffy brown head that leaves its mark on the glass as it dissipates. Has an aroma of wood, smoke, and roast. Flavor is a little watery still but an immense improvement over the standard guinness products. This is actually quite enjoyable since I started trying different brews with guinness, I love that malty, woody, smoky, coffee flavor of guinness. This brew is all of the flavor that makes regular guiness good, but with more intensity that makes this brew great. A nice strong borderline session brew.


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