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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1297   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.

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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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

3.7
Pinball (12063) - 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.

3.1
jonno (2756) - 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

3.8
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!

3.1
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.

3.7
sm89walt (2064) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2009
33cl bottle. A black beer with a fine, foamy beige head. A good combination of sweetness, subtle coffee tones, chocolate, roasted malts and toasted bread notes on the nose. The flavours are of roasted malt, bitter chocolate with some liquorice and some smokiness. Dry, burnt bitterness and a warming quality in the finish. Thick mouthfeel that envelopes the palate and lasts well.

3.3
graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Pours black into the glass with an beige head. Aroma is chocolaty with some coffee notes. Flavor is somewhat astringent with a lot of bitterness on the back end.

3.8
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle I enjoyed when traveling for work. Pours a thick deep brown with a frothy lacing tan head. Nose is inviting with some bittersweet chocolate, oak, roasted malt. Entry is supper dry. A bold french roast coffee flavor follows and lingers a while with notes of oak. Mouth is full bodied and chewy. Alcohol pokes through the top at times. I am glad I came across this after talking about it in the Stone U Stout class! Way more complex then the usually available Guinness varieties in the US.

3.1
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
ben4321 (6417) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2009
Overall Impression: I canít 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 donít know, but if the standard Guinness tasted like the Foreign Extra Iíd drink it a lot more.


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