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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1286   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3685) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle purchased in St. Kitts. Label reads: Brewed under license by Carib Brewery St. Kitts & Nevis ltd, Basseterre St. Kitts & Nevis. Product of St. Kitts & Nevis. Pours black with a fleeting tan head. Faint aroma of dark roast malts and heavy molasses. The flavor is lightly sweet tempered by bitter roast malts. Full bodied. Slightly ramped up version of the regular Guinness to me.

yerffoeg (80) - Dinant, BELGIUM - JAN 9, 2018
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2018 Noire opaque, avec une mousse beige bien persistante. Des arômes de torréfaction et des saveurs de café en bouche, c'est clairement une Guinness.

iains1 (6) - - JAN 5, 2018 does not count
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2018 Rich coffee roast on the nose and palate. Same in the taste. Nutty and bitter with a long finish. Treacle undertones. Don't like normal Guinness on draught or can but this is proper stuff. Turns out Guinness can make decent stout.

SODAK14 (391) - Rapid City, South Dakota, USA - DEC 25, 2017
This is really, really good! Looks like a regular Guinness, smells better, and tastes awesome. Nutty chocolate flavor with a smooth, nice finish. By FAR my favorite Guinness.

Cybercat (6334) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2017
Pours coffee brown with a thick, frothy tan head. Aroma offers roasted malt, yeasty, molasses, and subtle mocha notes. Flavor delivers roast malt, molasses, chocolate and quality coffee tones, just like a fine stout should. Mouthfeel features firm, smooth body and jazz fizz. My goodness, this is good Guinness!

damzz (528) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2017
Pours a thick black fence black with a thick beige head. Nose is roasted malt and coffee. Body is full. Taste is raisiny, coffee, bitter chocolate. Bitter aftertaste. 11.2 oz bottle Brewed in Ireland

p0urmeac0ld0ne (407) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 18, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2017 My favourite variety of Guinness tried thus far. The extra strength and the increased coffee bitterness really make this a phenomenal brew. I sometimes stop and wonder how this is not more popular, but then I realise that the world is not a fair and just place. Lol. Always had in bottles from supermarket. Pours with lovely tan head.

closey22 (2126) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2017
Opaque black with thin foamy tan head Aroma is malty grainy musty leathery tobaccoey chocolatey all blended together Flava roasty molasses grainy with distinct black licorice notes Feels thick creamy yet lively fizzy foaminess Finishes rich long roasty tangy slightly bitter with notes of licorice and wood

tightslice (1526) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 10, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2017 Bottle from BevMo! in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is herbal licorice, smoky bits, charred fruit, leather. Taste is sweet, mild smoke, dark chocolate. Really great...a bit messy / unstructured but still one of the better versions of Guinness.

LazyPyro (1794) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2017
330ml bottle, Irish version. Pours black with a huge beige/tan head, great retention. Aroma of roasted malts and dark fruits and a bit of chocolate. Taste is pretty much exactly that as well, there's also a subtle warmth from the alcohol, some liquorice and a dry fruity roasty bitter finish. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Not bad.

Towey1989 (3429) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2017
Bottle at Den Engel, Leek. Pours a deep ruby brown to black colour with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted Irish barley, chocolate, dark fruits, some raisins, slight coffee and subtle leather. Taste of roasted barley, chocolate, dark fruits, some coffee, slight leather and subtle cream. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A lingering, dry, roasted fruit bitterness in the finish. Very complex, recognisable Guinness characteristics of the roasted barley and chocolate as well as dark fruits, leather and coffee. Good for its style in a traditional way but there’s better, more modern stouts in the market at this strength now.

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