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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1274   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8669) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2008
Bottle thanks to Doppelganger. Pours a pure black body with an amazing beige head. It sits atop the beer floating and towering like a mountain. The aroma is mostly rich roasted malts, some hops and metallic notes. The taste is very complex; the initial pour is quite bitter and full of roasted notes, the finish is sweet fruit and finally more bitter burnt coffee. As it warms there is more of a metallic and woody flavor, with berries and liquorice, and always roasted malt. Very good, so complex and so damn tasty. A great mouthfeel and a nice alcohol warmth. As it warms it gets a lot sweeter. My quest for Guinness continues. Thanks Casey.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 2, 2008
Great Guinness, so much better then local draft...find off license in Ireland selling this...my lucky day :-) Pours completely black, little lasting head, major notes of liquirisel, ,inior notes of coffee, chocolate, and burned malt. Sweet and bitter in perfect harmoney, bitterness winning in the end.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2008
Liked this more than I thought I would. Near black with a tan head. Creamy sweet malt aroma, almost like condensed milk, with just an edge of meatiness. Warm, malty, milky chocolate taste - yes, almost malted milk. Some slight fruity sourness too. Mid bitter finish. Odd, but Iím glad I tried it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Haha. American Guinness sucks. This pour was thick dark black with a full tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt and chocolate. Full body with strong flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, slight coffee, and a slight bitter finish. Very good. Would buy again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 26, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2008 Dublin brewery.Yes, this is much better than the draught style, much more character. I poured this one a little on the cold side, so I am having a hard time with the aroma- after swirling a bit I am getting some creosote, faint hop background, malt wort. Taste is bitter and dry, strong roasty presence, a bit like old coffee grounds. Finishes out with some astringency. Pretty good for such a commercial beer, just crosses over into the territory of beers I will drink with regularity. *addendum- after closely inspecting the bottle, I found that this was actually brewed in Canada, in spite of the Dublin , Ireland claim in larger print.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 27, 2008
Cockney Pub, Aarhus, DK On tap Creamy and soft palate. Some alcohol but well hidden in malt and coffee notes

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2008
Bottle shared with Josh: Pours a silky black with thin white head. Aromas of sweet chocolate, cream, and oak. Taste is of strong chocolate, cream and that classic "Guinness" flavor. Finish is dy with that same "Guinness" flavor. Thanks Josh.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LeopoldT (90) - Lazarevac, SERBIA - APR 25, 2008
Itís a great stout ok. Strong coffee flavor and coffee aroma. Dark colored head,bitter finish. Overall a great stout

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 13, 2008
Lovely frothy head,light chocolate coloured head,dark opaque ale.Aroma crisp cocoa coffee.Smooth roast coffee and chocolate flavours,almost velvety.Made the bottle last out,had a grittyness,finish roasted bitter coffee,chocolate.Great stout to be sure.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - APR 11, 2008
Blackish color with a hint of amber topped with a thick tan head and quite a bit of lacing. Roasted malty aroma. The flavor is that of burned chocolate and malts with a rich, bitter mouthfeel. Itís OK but I prefer the standard Guinness


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