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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 19.4%
Wants: 10
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 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 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 Pelicanrocks
3/5  rDev -18%

Pelicanrocks, May 27, 2012
Photo of mtbdonn
3/5  rDev -18%

mtbdonn, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of dasunder
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

dasunder, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of zebedee
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've never liked Guinness out of a bottle. True, the last time I had it I was twelve, and, at the behest of my Irish pa, had one forced upon me. Suffice to say, bitterness didn't appeal to my youthful palate. Roll on 18 years and here I am, about to experience some strange hybrid of a drink I despised in my long lost youth. Well, this puppy poured a very very very very dark ruby, almost black, but not as black as a priests socks. Enormous, tan head, probably the result of a less than careful pour. Looks thick enough to slice, which, surprisingly, is mirrored in the aroma. I reckon this stuff smells like sherry. It's sooo rich. Some winberries in there too, and the obligatory roasted qualities one would expect. On consumption, this stuff tastes like ol' ma Zebedees Christmas fruitcake, a warming (but not biting) boozy feel to it, lots of raisins, chocolate and molasses. Leaning towards the cloying, but easily drinkable. Nicely full bodied, but too heavy for prolonged quaffing, this is one I'll probably have again as the winter months draw near. Maybe too generous with my scoring? Well, I like it, but I'll be grabbing me some original some time soon for testing, just to see if I have progressed, or if I still think it tastes like crap.

zebedee, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of rec
1.55/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Wow - absolutely awful in most regards. I'd love to have said I bought it, drank it and enjoyed it, but I could barely swallow a mouthful of the bitter dark and intense coffee orientated stout which smelt nearly as dreadful as the taste.

I'm leaving this one for the hardcore stout fans and Irish who grew up enjoying this brew, because it's definately not something I can stomach.

Eat something that makes you squint, and later vomit, and that reflects my feelings about Guinness Foreign Extra.

rec, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of FreshHawk
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 mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 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
Photo of GreenWBush
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This particular bottle was brought back from London with another, seemingly identical bottle. Upon further inspection I figured out that this bottle was indeed brewed in Kenya and imported for its "unique qualities". I suppose those include the sorghum and maize this beer is brewed with.

Unlike the modern day Water-Guinness we are all associated with, this pours a true light-enveloping black. Unreal amount of lace cling.

The nose of this beer is pungent towards the brink of funky. Prickly nose of cracked grains, raisins, ferocious alcohol burn (dark rum). Candi sugar. Reminds me a little of New Belgium's Brussels Black Bier. Intense chocolate-truffle thing going on. Baker's Chocolate. Brownie Mix.

Unlike the nose profile, the main thing happening in the flavor of this beer is an insane sour bitterness like i've never experienced before. Bitter dark chocolate. Sorghum is apparently a crazy bitter grain that i'm not used to.

Like sucking on leafy, found plants. Dandelion comes immediately to mind.

Thinner mouthfeel than I had hoped for.

This beer is unique alright...a unique experience i'm not sure i'd ever want to have again. Not particularly enjoyable, really, but different enough to be noteworthy.

GreenWBush, Dec 07, 2005
Photo of Sigmund
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle, at the Great British Beer Festival 2008. ABV was 7.5%. Served too cold. Pitch black colour, moderate head. Roasty aroma, notes of rubber, malts and coffee. The flavour is heavily roasted / burnt with grainy and rubbery notes - quite strange. I hate it and I love it - simultaneously.

Sigmund, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle bought from Gap Wines, Belfast...

Poured a deep dark black / brown colour.... Creamy tan head pours thick and foamy then faded to very thin layer... no real lacing...

Aroma - Strong blackcurrent fruitiness, roasted malts, black coffee notes, some treacle notes, rubbery, nutmeg, burnt sugar, leathery notes, some smokiness... not as full on as i expected this to be...

Taste – Roasted, nutty malts, strong dark coffee, plastic hints, nice hop bitterness, vinegary notes - a bit like a Belgian sour ale, some corn notes, light chocolate, hints of smoke, oaky...

Feel - Smooth and creamy. Full bodied... quite drinkable...

Overall - An ok stout... not as good as i expected and definitely not as good as the Belgian version.... worth a try though if you can find it...

mdagnew, May 31, 2006
Photo of tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +9.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of hopdog
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired in trade with douglas88 (thanks!).

Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, licorice and a trace of dark fruits. Tastes of roast, licorice, dark fruits, and coffee. Bitter coffee finish that balanced out the sweetness.

Notes from 7/5/08

hopdog, Nov 12, 2008
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 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 tzunoi
4.5/5  rDev +23%

tzunoi, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
Photo of moneymaker2004
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm suprised at some of the bad or indifferent reviews this beer has received, as it is an old favourite of mine and I rate it much more highly than regular Guinness. It's comparable to other 'third world' stouts such as Lion from Sri Lanka or Dragon from Jamaica - I'd say this one is better than Dragon but not as good as Lion.
Personally, I'd also say this trumps the excessive and unbalanced Belgian version as well.

A 33cl bottle pours a viscous and opaque black stout with a lively brownish head which coats the glass and stays stubbornly put throughout the drink.

The aroma is powerful and a little harsh, a wildly exaggerated variation of a typical coffeeish stout smell.

Flavourwise, it is extremely rich with a (very) subtle fruity sweetness to balance the fiercely bitter coffee and rum notes. Alcohol is undetectable at this temperature (it spent an hour in the fridge earlier) but makes its presence felt in a warming finish.
Sadly it lacks the almost chewy mouthfeel of Lion stout - as others have noted, it is a little on the thin side.

Not for everyone, then, but if you can acquire the taste for it it will surely become a favourite. It is possibly too rich in recent bottlings - I did get hold of some 66cl bottles that were a few years old and much more smooth and mellow.

Also, gnoff wrote: "Bottle brought over from Leeds, England, by a friend of mine. Bought in a special beer shop in Leeds."
That's almost certainly the shop I work at. Tell your friend to say hi next time!

moneymaker2004, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

605ml bottle

Pours with a think rich dark brown body. Deep rich tan head with good retention

Smell, rich sweet roasted malt, some sweet burnt sugar character,

Taste, crisp biscuity malt, rich thick roasted malt, some crisp spicy alcohol

A pretty tasty stout, not quite as good as the locally produced stuff but still solid

cypressbob, Apr 14, 2007
Photo of DaveUK
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Jet black becoming translucent afew mm's from the edge of the glass. A large head of brown bubbles that faded to a persistent rim.

Aroma - treacle and coffee fill the nose, bitter brown sugar.

Taste - treacle and bitter coffee notes, toffee and burnt malt persisting to the finish. The finish also has a pronounced note of bitterness and burnt malt.

Mouthfeel - carbonation was good with a tart bitterness left in the mouth. A heavy mouthfeel with noticeable sweetness left of the lips after each sip.

Overall - Bitter and burnt notes dominate, followed with a thick mouthfeel. Drinkable and mildly pleasent, however, not for the faint hearted and dont expect it to taste like the guinness draught!

DaveUK, Dec 25, 2007
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 Yeastcakes
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving notes - purchased at St. James Gate Brewery in Dublin, tasted one month later back in states. Cellar temp, snifter glass.
A - sweet molasses. Like sticking your nose into an open maple syrup container.
A - Billowing off-white heat (three fingers plus). Layers of small and medium sized bubbles. Opaque and black.
T - Molasses candy but without a cloying sweetness. Slight roast bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue. Nice full roasted malt. Alcohol comes through lightly in the middle of the tongue.
M - Rich and full mouthfeel with a slight creaminess from the carbonation.
D - A nice dessert beer. Not an overpowering imperial beer, but nice and filling.

Yeastcakes, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of swizzlenuts
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is poured with a quite large head and a slightly brown head, which I wasn't expecting. The retention is decent, and it's fairly carbonated.

The nose has a sweetness that makes me think of berries with some roastedness to it as well. The taste of the beer is mostly the roasted malt, but this one has a bit of sweetness in it. The sweetness isn't chocolate, but almost fruity. This flavour isn't what I expected. It almost have a bit of a red wine flavour. The mouth feel is what you'd expect in this style. Also the beer isn't exactly what I like so I doubt I'd have very many.

swizzlenuts, May 12, 2008
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) from Guinness Nigeria PLC
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.