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


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RATINGS: 1292   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fonefan (48154) - VestJylland, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle 33cl @ Home. [ Trade Maria ]. Clear medium black color with a average, creamy, excellent lacing, fully lasting, light beige head. Aroma is moderate to light heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate yeasty, steam damped, cellar, vanilla notes. Flavor is moderate to light heavy sweet and bitter with a long to average duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. (160708)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
yespr (44223) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 14, 2007
27.5 cL bottle. Pours black as it should, creamy white head, as it should. But rather quickly disappearing. Aroma is only vague malty but sticky sweet. The do produce cane sugar on the island, I assume a lot of that has gone into this brew. Slight earthy aroma as well. Not the most pleasant aroma imho. Flavour is honestly just bad: sticky sweet and sour bitter at once with a sticky bitter finish. This is FAR from the normal Guinness, but it seems to be popular on the island - it’s available everywhere. I guess the Barbadians find this a good match to the sweet cajun food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (36934) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2004
A black beer with a chocolate brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of roasted bread and malt. The flavor is nicely roasted with notes of smoke and roasted bread. It really gives You the warmth - it is almost so thick that You have to chew it. A really nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joergen (27737) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2005
Cameroon-edition. Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a beige head. Aroma of alcohol and chocolate with roasted notes. Acidic flavour of coffee and prunes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2009 Bottled (Cameroon version). Dark brown colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is sweetness meeting toffee, roasted malts and some coffee. Very sweet flavour, with caramel and roast a long way under the sweetness. Alcohol is also to be noted in the sweetness. Quite different Guinness FES, and definitively different than the Nigerian version. Sticky palate. 6 5 5 3 11

Canned (Mauritius version, 7.5%). Quite much deep amber colour with mediumsized off-white head. Aroma is rather sweet malty, grainy as well as some mild roasted notes. Flavour is also quite much the same. Not very pleasant 5 3 5 3 10.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25814) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2008
Bottle. Best before ’05. Pours a black color with a tan head. Roasted malty and a slightly fruity aroma. Smooth roasted malty chocolate flavor. Has a malty roasted finish with some fruity hints in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 28, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2005 (Bottle 33 cl) Irish version: Fat, tar-like opaque beer. Brownish, thick cappuchino-like head. Extremely potent and rich with lots of bitterness - from both hops and malts. A bit difficult to finish. 230302

(Bottle) Cameroon version: Pitch black with a brownish head. Roasted, malty nose - and a strange, indefinable not so pleasant smell. Surprisingly light-bodied, sweetish malt but yet rather dry. The notes of the burned malt are rather subdued - sort of a "stout light", but not at all unpleasant. 5/4/7/3/12=3,1 170705

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (24797) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Bottled at PBF (Marutius version brewed by Phoenix Brewery). Near black, rich firm head. Lemon and licorice up front. Quite dry with tart notes. Medium to full bodied with lots of licorice and lemon. Solid, but a bit syrupy. Resiny bitterness. Powerful, but a bit rough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
madmitch76 (24303) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2011
5th March 2008
Pours with almost no head. Not as thick as normal Guinness. A bit of a raspy stout but the cream is there in the undertone. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (24008) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Bottle at a Togolese shop in Paris. Dark brown, thick beige head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is creamy coffee with a Hershey’s bar in it.

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