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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) - Guinness Nigeria PLC

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa)Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa)

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BA SCORE
83
good

41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 19.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Nigeria PLC visit their website
Nigeria

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 04-13-2005)
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Photo of dingusrev
5/5  rDev +36.6%

dingusrev, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black colour with dark beige head and good lacing. Head goes down but foam stays on top. This smells of milky coffee with and tobacco aroma making a surprise appearance. The taste on this stout is very surprising and complex. I detect dark bitter chocolate, tobacco, roasted malts, red berries, vinous notes and milky sweetness. Really interesting and changes with each sip.

What a great beer! Very different to the regular (brewed in Ireland) FES. Much more unusual than the regular with more tartness perhaps due to being made with sorghum. A really unique and tasty beer that should be tried by any stout fan. It could be a bit "love it or hate it" as it has some weird tastes. I'm in the "love it" camp.

I would rate this 94 out 100.

LagerCognoscenti, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of vvlebedev
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

vvlebedev, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

325ml bottle poured into wine glass 31/3/14 from notes

A dark cola liquid with a well sustained finger of mocha foam that leaves two pencil thin rings of lace

S molasses, licorice, chocolate milk, cold coffee, lots of sweet toffee and some raisins, smells pretty good much to my surprise

T sweet chocolate and char, just a faint hint of booze and the coffee's burnt in the mouth

M a little thin for the color but the bubbles cream it up quickly, gritty after the fact with char lingering for ages

O much better then I expected, intense dark roast and it sinks like a ship, well rounded stuff

I didn't expect much from Nigerian Guinness but much to my surprise it's a solid brew, not a bad way to get a country tic.

wordemupg, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a large dark tan head.
Aroma of cola syrup, very sweet smelling. Some dark chocolate liqueur and softer roasted malt. Pretty wierd.
The sweetness carries through as a flavour, presumably that's the sorghum. Some bitter roast a bit later but the sweetness is overpowering. A fair bit of booze in the finish.
Could use more carbonation.

CrazyDavros, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of MatthewD4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MatthewD4, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

dcmchew, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of tzunoi
4.5/5  rDev +23%

tzunoi, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
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1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

dasunder, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

325ml bottle, The Cave, Glasgow (£2.50):
Deep ruby colour that borders on black and is topped with a centimetre tall, creamy head that is a light brown colour and eventually turns into a foamy lacing on top.

Darker, milky chocolate and some coffee with a huge amount of sweetness and some roasted malts, none of which seemed as strong as they were with the Irish version of this beer other than the sweet sugars. There is some darker fruits too.

Milky chocolate to begin along with some darker, roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Again the sweetness of the beer outshines most of the rest and there is some plums, raisins and various other darker fruits.

Creamy, full bodied mouthfeel that has a lot of sweetness and some grain coming through. There is a touch of alcohol grain in the middle and some bitterness to go with the mainly sweet feel.

Seemed completely different the Irish version although that may be because I've only tried the Irish version once. Very sweet, surprisingly so and lighter than expected with regards to the roasted malt and coffee flavours. Hidden alcohol content in this one.

flyingpig, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A 325ml bottle with a BB of Jan 2013. Picked up as a 4-pack from a Tesco in Sheffield a while back. I've been looking forward to trying the Nigerian version of FES and comparing it to the Irish original. This is imported from Nigeria - the bottle looks like it's been reused for decades.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. A deep reddish-brown hue that appears black unless held to the light. Yields a large head of creamy light-brown foam with decent retention; this slowly reduces to a thick surface layer. A rich aroma of sweet, fruity malt with notes of prunes, dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel/molasses, mild roasted malt, faint chocolate and stewed hops. A faint vinous hint lingers in the background, almost like a dash of Flanders red. Complex and delicious.

Tastes of sweet dark malt with a fruity character and a dry finish. Notes of prunes, dried fruit, molasses, brown sugar, roasted malt, faint burnt grain, a hint of ash, stewed hops and mild smokiness. There is a subtle sourness in the background, accompanied by a slight harshness. A dry, malty bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with tingly carbonation and a creamy body. Rather astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter roasted grain and sweet, fruity malt.

Impressive, though I don't like it as much as the Irish FES. I guess I prefer the drier, roastier character of the regular version. Nonetheless, this is a top notch brew and probably among the best if you find yourself anywhere in Africa. The aroma is lovely - rich and fruity with a superb complexity. The flavour is good but not as well rounded as the aroma; some faint off-notes lurk in the background. The slight sour hint is interesting but not unwelcome. A highly drinkable beer that packs a punch - worthy of sampling if strong stouts are your thing. Grab one if you see it.

jazzyjeff13, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

A: A huge, frothy milk-chocolate head that slowly settles over a deep black body.

S: Very fruity - sweet, fermented red grapes.

T: ?!! Taste is completely unexpected. Incredibly intense jumble of flavours - toasted barley, molasses, sour grapes, coffee, iron - an underlying peaty, smokiness. Reminiscent of the Irish Foreign Extra but with added grapes and 10 times more flavour.

M: Clingy and sticky - not that appealing.

It's an immensely flavourful stout, but definitely an acquired taste - the tartness is interesting but somehow out of place, as though someone has added a shot of flanders red ale to a guinness. I think I could warm to this simply because of the sheer abundance of flavours and glorious peaty aftertaste, but for someone who doesn't like sours, the fermented grape taste is definitely offputting.

His_Royal_Hoppiness, Jan 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

mtbdonn, Nov 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18%

Pelicanrocks, May 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

swooshjtb, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

33cl, clearly many-times-reused bottle, poured into a La Chouffe tulip. Huge thanks to my friends Jim and Michelle for delivering this to me while visiting from England.

A: Truly black body with nigh an inch of tight, creamy brown head. Great retention and spotty lace. Lovely stout.

S: Pleasant but slightly understated nose of milk chocolate, raisins, port wine, and coffee. Solid.

T: Very fruity up front, with red grape, raisin, and Sandeman's Tawny Port (the communion wine at my old Episcopal church; this is hugely evocative of that particular brand). Some chocolate and coffee roast provide some dryness on the finish. Interesting and pretty darn tasty.

M: Surprisingly thin, slightly sticky body with low carbonation. A little weak.

O: I didn't know what to expect from this beer, and it certainly delivered an unusual experience for the style. While I could easily see a stout purist being put off by the big fruitiness, I absolutely loved the notes of porto. I'd drink this again in a heartbeat, and much prefer it to any Guinness I've had in America.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark brown color, essentially black, with a thin tan head.

S: The nose is quite roasty and dry with some notes of coffee. Perhaps hints of bitter dark chocolate and dark fruits.

T: The flavor is quite dry with an intense roasted quality that is a nice change from the watery Guinness that we get here in the US. Somewhat bitter with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. A touch of raisin flavor, too.

M: The body is on the thin side of medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: If only the stuff we got here was more like this, I might actually consider drinking it once in awhile. Quite enjoyable.

womencantsail, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of 1759Girl
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

1759Girl reviews her favorite beer's African offering... yes.. you're on pins and needles, as well?!
=)

Appearance>Black as night. BIG, CREAMY head. The head has amazing retention that actually puts regular Guinness stout's head retention to shame. The head is composed of slightly bigger bubbles than the standard stout. Overall, a pretty impressive sight for coming out of a dusty bottle in a game reserve.

Smell> Malt and bourbon.

Taste> Most strange! Starts like a bourbon-barrel-aged stout and finishes distinctly like a regular Guinness. Not too shabs!

Mouf> Thin, but not bad.

Drinkability> Yes, please... but not too much.. that % ABV is very, very sneaky

1759Girl, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml can 7.5% abv

I have reviewed this beer before, however I have come to realize that there are two different versions of Guinness foreign extra in Africa. The first I reviewed is brewed with roasted barley, malted barley hops and water; where as this one adds sorghum to that list. I found that there is clearly a difference and they should probably be listed as two different beers.
That said back to the review.

Appearance: Appears almost black in colour, however, as can be seen when held up to the light, the beer is actually very dark red. A violent pour is needed to form a decent head. The head fades quickly but leaves some lace.

Smell: Roasted barley and dark fruit (dates and slightly fermented red grapes) dominate the nose. It's a wonderful aroma, except for a slightly sour lactose smell (assuming this is from the sorghum). There is also a hint of alcohol in the nose.

Taste: Roasted barley is present in the taste, but the flavour is dominated dark fruit (particularly dates and raisons) and a sour-bitterness (similar to the part of the smell that I didn't like).

Mouthfeel: Medium body and subtle carbonation. Just how I like a strong stout.

Drinkability: Perfectly drinkable stout, however if I compare it to the version that doesn't have sorghum it falls quite far short and I doubt if I'll buy it again. The lingering bitterness from the sorghum also reduces drinkability.

Thehuntmaster, May 26, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep black with a dark mahogany brown on the edges. Average sized creamy and frothy light beige head (typical of Guinness beers). Pretty good retention leaving behind a nice thin foamy lacing.

S - Kind of a tart/funky smell joined with a grape, plum, raisin, and black currant aroma. Plenty of tannins and reminds me a bit of a red wine. A bit more in the background is the traditional Guinness like aromas of black coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted malt/barley. Also a touch of dark rum in the background.

T - Similar to the nose. Starting off, this has a number of traditional Guinness/stout flavors. Roasted barley and grain, dark bitter chocolate and coffee, some burnt sugar, rum, and just a hint of dark fruit. Then mid sip it gets a more tart/sour kind of taste. Some more dark fruit, particularly plum, grape and black currant, come out along with a fair amount of tannins giving it a red wine like taste. This gives way to a tart/sour grainy sorghum taste, which lingers on the tongue a bit on the finish. This mellows and smooths out after it warms up and opens up, and the more traditional stout/Guinness flavors come out. I enjoyed drinking that more, so the score for taste could have potentially gone up a bit.

M - Somewhere between medium and thin body, probably closer to medium but for what I was expecting it was a bit thin. Moderate carbonation with a pretty smooth and slick feel.

D - The sorghum/tartness hurts drinkability a bit as I was not a huge fan of how it initially mixed with the traditional stout flavors. However, once it opened up and mellowed out a bit, it was a nice, interesting compliment to those traditional flavors. If I was given another one, I would drink it, but it doesn't really leave me reaching for another.

Notes: Best before 28/07/10. Interesting beer that is quite different from the other Guinness offerings I've had, which is probably due to the sorghum. It provided a tart/bitterness different from the typical roasted bitter Guinness taste. It wasn't bad, but I didn't really get into it; however, it is worth trying to see if you like it. I prefer the UK and Belgium Foreign Extras and would rate this around the same as the "normal" Guinness lines, but for different reasons (they definitely do not taste similar).

FreshHawk, May 13, 2010
Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes - really glad to get ahold of this in both Ghana and Nigeria on a work trip)

A - Poured with a thick, creamy lightly tan head; deep dark dense brown/black color

S - Sour lactose; lightly dark fruit; bit of roasted maltiness; touch sweet

T - Rich dark fruit flavors; bittersweet chocolate; dry roastiness; hit of sweetness; savory-like finish (should not that the bottle states that sorghum is utilized in the brew)

M - Meidum MF; a little creamy; really subtle carbonation

D - Yummy drinking, especially given the lack of other quality brews in West Africa. Delicious

More country/region specific examples of Guinness should be more like this one :), really tasty.

Nickls, Nov 22, 2009
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) from Guinness Nigeria PLC
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.