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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1295   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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3.1
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
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.

1.7
That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Poopty peupty pants. Every single aspect of this brew, be it aroma, flavor, or appearance has poop in it. There are other aspects, but the initial adjective before those aspects is poopy. Not good. Only thing extra about this brew is the poop.

4.1
Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2011 This is wildly good. Has the consistency of pitch. Almost. And the color of is darker than black. Yes, darker. We have the coffee-brown head, just as rich as ever. Taste is powerful: coffee, chocolate, soil. It’s really good.

3.7
cab (866) - DENMARK - JAN 9, 2009
bottle.33cl. Fantastic aroma; sharp fresh dough, taste is sweet, roasted malts, some sour creamy tone, coffee/chocolate, . Very flavorfull and a thick mouthful.

3.7
bobinlondon (1295) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle from local off licence. Almost black with a tan head. Considering the bland offerings that standard strength brews represent, this is a very good drink indeed. A real explosion of roasted flavours and warming alcolol without the cloying sweetness of many similar strength stouts.

4.2
Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 Heaps better than all the other Guinness beers in their cataolgue. better than the other Guinness ive tried .

3.9
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 30, 2008
dark as night with a thick dark beige layer on the beer its thick and smooth in mouth smells malty, with a good roastyness some chocolate coffee and toffee and a bit of dried fruits tasts of toffee, chocolate, dried pears or even a bit of birnel (thats a thick cooked dark brown spread made of pearjuice,wellknown in switzerland and used for example for glazing the lebkuchen,a spice-cake) aftertaste is roasty, toffee,chocolate,bittersweet an intense beer

3.8
sirPino (883) - Zawiercie/Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 27, 2008
No 650 Rated 27 12 2008 Bottel brown, 330 ml, Appearance pours practically non see throught, pitch black, not transparent at all body with very mild but practically non visible saturation, body is visually full and quite high in gravity with high plato grade I suppose, head is thick, compact, nut brown, dense, irregular, creamy, initially huge, very stable, very slowly decreasing to medium with perfect lacing, Aroma dark bread, burned sugar, caramel, plum, prune, resin, cherry, wallnut, peanut, peanut butter, raisin, dry wood, roastyness, dark malt, creamy soft, mellowy but highly and apart from all of that rich in hoppy earthy scent and tangy tannine influences, on the other hand its very crisp and clean, mastercraft, Flavour heavy, full bodied, very essential and strong dryness but also very smooth, still not that smooth as some Irish Dry Stout, but alcohol is perfectly hidden under the woody roasty crisp malt and becomes present only in the aftertaste but in a very pleasant way as in some good English WInter Warmer, very bready, nutty and roasty with gentle red fruity but very gentle nose manifesting prune, cherries and plum, finish duration is long with smoky nose, Palate body is full, trxture is very dry, carbonation on palate is gentle, finish feel is chalky, dusty, roasty, smoky, kind of salty with pleasant alcoholic warmth

3.7
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 18, 2008
I am enjoying my last night in Dublin with a bottle purchased at the Guinness Storehouse. I had to use the outdoors as a refrigerator and purchase a cheap souvenir bottle opener key chain, but here goes I have to drink it before I leave. Pours a thick black with the typical creamy microbubbly head. Its a tan color, a bit darker than the usual Guinness. The aroma and flavor are both much more intense. Lots of cream, caramel and toffee on the nose. Similar flavor which then dissolves into a dry bitter coffee. Alcohol and hops finish and bitterness lingers on the tongue. I enjoy Guinness, I averaged about 2 a night for the past week but I have never found it to be a spectacular beer. This is good though and by far the best Guinness.


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