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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: 1282   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOne (345) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2013
This is an entirely different ballgame. Pours opaque black coffee brown with a massive and sustained caramel-beige head - like stiff whipped cream. Nose is coffee, treacle, brown sugar. Flavors carry through - the slight sour note associated with Guinness - near burnt toast finish. Chewy beer with a mouth coating viscosity. The nose and appearance are the notable features. The flavors is just fine just doesn’t add many layers to the experience. And the fact that this sheds a whole new light on Guinness


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (4901) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2017
Bottle from B&M, Team Valley, Gateshead. Inky black with a thick tan head of foam. It has a sweet, rich liquorice, chocolate and plum flavour with brine notes and a warming, chocolate, roasted, leather and oak finish. Very Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (944) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2017
Pours black with a full, foamy, thick tan head. The aroma consists of toasted malt, hazelnut, toffee, and hints of chocolate and espresso. Heavy bitterness in the taste. Here I find an interesting blend of toffee, licorice, toasted malts, and chocolate, which I’d say is are evenly balanced. I do get a some slight floral elements as well. The aftertaste is a long and lingering slightly toasted toffee. Its light to medium in body, with an oily texture, and some fizzy softer carbonation. An stout that is different than most others, I wish I had tried this one sooner.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grumpelmies (177) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle. Pitch black with the classic Guinnes head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate and a little bit of coffee. Taste is malts, liquorice and dark chocolate. Aftertaste is full of hoppy bitterness. Very balanced. Neither too sweet, alcoholic nor bitter. Great.

3.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daydesiang (62) - MALAYSIA - FEB 17, 2017
Nose: weak coffee and malt Taste: medium full bodied, roasted malt, dark cholocate and coffee, average carbonation, simple bitter sweet beer! Aftertaste: medium long It’s good but it must be serve from a cask! IMO, a bottled or canned Guinness rating will be lower.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (1404) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2017
Bottle. Dark, stouty brownish-black pour with a medium tan head, above average retention. Nose is dried fruit, roast, caramelly malt, cocoa. Mouth is medium-full, creamy on the palate, roasty bittersweet, some soot, coffee, toasted nuts. Reminds me a lot the first Guinness I had back in 1988 (when it wasn’t in pub draught cans yet, and was mainly available bottled under the name ’Extra Stout’)... although that was bit more bitter than this. PS: Fuck Valentine’s Day. The only saint I recognize is the one whose day is 26 days from now.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodbod (311) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2017
Bottle from Asda. Pours dense black, with a big tan head falling to a rim of froth. Nose is sweet, creamy, and also bitter burnt malt. Taste is bitter-sweet, a little creamy, well balanced. Palate is light, short, but decent. Good stuff, but get the Nigerian if you can, it’s quite a bit sweeter and better for it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
john44 (2922) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle. Pitch Brown-Black in colour. Very Malty; roast/burnt malts, espresso coffee, liquorice, chocolate, toffee. Hoppy; earthy hop bitterness. Smooth. Full bodied. Sweet roast malts balanced by tangy sour bitter hops. Increasingly dry throughout. Long burnt bitter malt/hop aftertaste. (2011-04-26)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
adamnowek (2290) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2017
Deep black with a thin but creamy head that has a tan colour. Aroma is a bit of toasted malt. Taste is mostly burnt toast and malt with a slightly tart finish. Taste brings out a whole lot of booze. Carbonation is pretty high.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (890) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Bottle pour into tulip glass from Signal Variety. Appearance is pitch black with finger-width light brown head with poor retention and nice speckled lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, earthy European hops, vanilla. Taste is rich, sweet-over-bitter roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla. Palate is full bodied with thick texture, average carbonation and finish as taste. Overall, really strong across the board.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
corkyrory66 (1772) - BELGIUM - JAN 2, 2017
Une pièce au puzzle de Guinness, c’est toujours amusant, mais on se demande parfois à quel jeu on joue … Il est curieux de voir comment cette brasserie peut décliner un stout en supposant des goûts établis en divers lieux !!! Ici, nous avons donc la version continentale de la "foreign stout", qui s’appelle "foreign extra" et qui titre à 7,5 % abv, que je voulais personnellement comparer à la version spécifiquement belge de la "special export" (attention on se perd vite chez Diageo .. mais c’est grand !!), et qui titre à 8 % abv .. Cette dernière, on ne la trouve qu’en Belgique !! Niveau abv donc ici de 7,5 %, en format 33 cl, dont la bouteille est très différente de la Belgique. Mon exemplaire était à 10 mois de sa date limite. Couleur noir profond, à l’opacité forte. Mousse brun grisâtre assez vilain, mais avec un peu de structure ferme en haut, et stable à 12 mm (si on fait un versage vigoureux .. dans un verre de 50 cl de préférence). Arômes de chocolat, café, brindilles au feu, pointe de violette .. étrange !! 1ère bouche souple à l’ensemble sur du foin brûlé. Arrière-bouche longue, avec ce champ brûlé au loin... 2ème à l’ensemble vraiment curieux, entre le porter et le stout. Arrière-bouche au fumé assez fin, et comme proche de votre nez .. c’est amusant. Le reste est du pareil au même .. Aucune évolution sur la longueur, et c’est voulu par le patron, figurez-vous !! Je dirais même que c’est un peu en-dessous, mais il ne faut pas lui dire ... Jambes assez collantes. Alcool qui ne fait pas son niveau, et de loin !! Finale en-dessous de la longueur. CONCLUSION : assez navrant, mais on a ici littéralement "édulcoré" la foreign pour en faire un produit passe-partout, pas trop méchant, pas trop charbonné … assez cool même pour que Madame y mette le bout des lèvres … Mais que cherche-t-on chez Guinness ? Poser la question, c’est y répondre .. on cherche à vendre, point final. Quand vous passez par la Belgique, prenez-vous la version belge "special export" de 8 % abv, vous goûterez la différence, parce que Diageo n’a pas osé se moquer de la Belgique .. Ils savent en tous les cas que les belges aiment une bière bien calibrée en abv, et la belge fait réellement ses 8 %.


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