If you haven’t been following along since late 2021, these Brew Dudes have been challenging ourselves with the Homebrew Jar of Destiny series. We pick a random beer style from a jar (some say THE Jar) and then have to brew it within a few months and share it. This one is from our Eighth pick – Say hello to the BJCP style 16D – Foreign Extra Stout.

It’s soooooo extra.

Brew Dudes Foreign Extra Stout Recipe

From the BJCP: This beer should be a very dark, moderately strong, and fairly dry stout with prominent roast flavors.

Recipe for 5 US Gallons in keg

9 gallons Spring water – 2 grams of calcium chloride

12.5 pounds of Crisp Maris Otter Malt (5.67 kg – 83% of the bill)
1.25 pounds of 60 °L Crystal Malt (0.57 kg – 8% of the bill)
0.75 pounds of Crisp Roasted Barley (0.45 kg – 5% of the bill)
0.25 pounds Briess Dark Chocolate Malt – 420 °L (113 g – 2% of the bill)
0.25 pounds Crisp Chocolate Malt – 350 °L (113 g – 2% of the bill)

2.5 ounces (68 g) of Kent Goldings hops at 5.6% AA boiled for 60 minutes

1 packet of LalBrew Nottingham Ale Yeast

Mashed at 153 °F (67 °C) for 60 minutes
Boiled for 70 minutes to make sure I got that starting gravity around 1.070
Fermented for 2 weeks – started at 64 °F (18° C)

Original Gravity: 1.072
Final Gravity: 1.016
ABV: 7.35%

Tasting Notes For This Pick

To summarize the guidance for brewing this style – make a bigger (but not too big) dry stout. I think we nailed this one.

Aroma: It has a combination of roasted malt, chocolate, and graham crackers with hints of coffee.
Flavor: With our first taste, the roasted notes clearly take center stage, followed closely by a wave of decadent chocolate. The Nottingham yeast provided a clean fermentation profile, allowing the malt and hops to shine through. The bitterness of the Kent Goldings hops perfectly balances the roast and sweetness, creating a truly harmonious beer. Lastly, a very pleasant aftertaste of roasted malt and chocolate lingers on the palate.

Overall: We feel like this is a great example of the Foreign Extra Stout style. Mike gives it a strong B+

Share with us your brewing tips and let us know your ideas for this classic style.


Links To The Jar of Destiny Series Results
Check out the British Strong Ale post
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Check out the International Amber Lager post
Check out the Belgian Tripel post
Check out the Double IPA post
Check out the Kölsch post
Check out the English IPA post
Check out the Wood-Aged Beer post
Check out the Belgian Golden Strong Ale post
Check out the American Amber Ale post
Check out the German Pils post
Check out the Brett Beer post
Check out the Munich Helles post
Check out the Imperial Stout post
Check out the Foreign Extra Stout post
Check out the Belgian IPA post
Check out the Eisbock post