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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: 1280   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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3.8
jsquire (4624) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2009
After many days of Puerto Rican light beers, I finally saw this beer in St.Martin. Why can’t we get this in the US? This is a dark beer with a big fluffy beige head. Big nose of molassess and burnt grains. Big, chewy mouthfeel. Burnt grains, sweetened coffee, burnt toast, molassess and charred wood are all noticable in the flavor. The finish has a long, grassy bitterness to it. I hides the ABV well. My buddy, who likes the regular Guinness alot, couldn’t get through his.

3.6
Muggus69 (2762) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2009
330ml bottle, London
Pours a fluffy sizeable latte coloured head that leaves clumpy lace and dies down to a persistant fingerworth. Body is jet black with ruby highlights.
Rich roasted nosel uced coffee, charred wood, tar, slight leafy hop spice.
Quite high carbonation, metallic drying texture is somewhat blended with a rich body.
Excellent roasted malt profile; bitter chocolate, black coffee, tar, charred notes of wood and earth, some hop character also leeches through; bitter orange and leaf. Metallic bitter finish, with plenty of gusto.
Quite typical Guinness flavour but with more body to let the flavours thrive and bitterness get soaked up in.

4.1
sound67 (784) - Offenbach, GERMANY - OCT 13, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2009 33cl brown bottle, label a little different from the one in the picture (abv as stated above, brewed in Dublin). Similar in design to the "other" Guinness Extra Stout ("Continental Version") - but very different beer! Almost pitch-black, impenetrable colour - big brown head with generous lacing. Sweet aroma of caramel, coffee and dark fruit - uncommon for a "Guinness" brew. Very low carbonation, thick and oily mouth feel, medium body. 65kcal per 100ml - my, oh my! No wonder then that there is a distinct chocolate note, but also fruit and a healthy coffee-ish bitterness. None of the coal-like aftertaste that makes the original "Guinness" so awful! Drunk at 10°, the many flavours come off very well indeed - this is an excellent, multi-faceted stout which fans of that particular style will find hard to resist. The best "Guinness" brew I’ve tasted so far.

4.1
milewide (2326) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2013 Roasted malt taste. Similar aroma. Very dark, but not quite opaque. Long lasting head. Solid body. Not as sweet as Lion

3.5
tgncc (3143) - Bellmore, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Sweeter, roastier than standard Guinness. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate. The apperance is dark black, white head. The flavor is nice roasted coffee, and sweet and bitter dark chocolate. The finish was a competition for roastiness and hops, finishing with a nice bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, a little thin for the style.

4.3
Braudog (6854) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
From a bottle in the bar at the Guinness Storehouse brewery tour, Dublin. This comes with a darker and rockier head than
draught. Much more bitter and fuller flavored with a fruity aspect not seen in the other stouts of Ireland. Brilliant. (#3673, 9/16/2009)

3.8
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 15, 2009
Bottle. Quite different from the regular draught Guinness. Pours slightly darker than the original with only a hint of the deep ruby colour, tending more towards straight black, and with a decent brown head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nose has a juicier quality with liquorice and caramelised sugar standing out from the usual roasted malt. Flavour is very much in the same vein with the alcohol more noticeable which is not so surprising considering it’s almost double the strength of the original. Very good stuff in its own right, actually much better than most bottled Guinness.

3.9
BDR (2535) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Belize version courtesy of Mike D. Black body with tan head and a strong roasted aroma. A sweet lactic flavor with a strong roasted malt character and a bitter finish that lingers for minutes. Fantastic!

3.7
angrybeerman (259) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2010 Had a nice aroma, not too strong. Had a nicer appearence than most bottle stouts too as it had a decent head. Tasted pretty good with a nice roasted, bitter finish. Stronger than regular Guinness but you wouldn’t really notice. An excellent bottled stout.

2.3
Dragonblaze99 (353) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2009
Roasted malt aroma. Black with off-white large head. Flavour opens sweetish, but turns quite bitter with caramel notes, a hint of vinegar. Medium bodied. Finishes vinegar. Warm sweetish alcohol and caramel aftertaste. I think I prefer ordinary Guinness to this.


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