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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: 1287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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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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 (2332) - 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 (3144) - 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 (6904) - 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.

3.1
fiulijn (21516) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
Bottle at Cockney Pub, Århus
Black color; big head. Ordinary roasted malt aroma, mild; I give it a political 6. Good body structure, roasted malt flavor, maybe too much in the end, but overall quite balanced. Anyway, not impressive.

4.7
pollocknicity2 (4) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2009 does not count
Bottle, but nothing beats a Guinness on tap when you can find it. This is one of my absolutely favourite beers. It’s got such a pleasing aroma, and it finishes wonderfully. It pairs well with everything from pizza to a filet mignon. And I will never get tired of watching the bubbles fall!


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