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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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83
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 19.4%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

dingusrev, Aug 03, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

swooshjtb, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ynnpar
4.95/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, which is easily found in big bottles in most cornershops in London. If you're lucky, the guy at the cash register will ask if you'd like him to open it for you right there. ???

Pours like motor oil. Head goes pretty quickly, leaves little lacing. The smell is sweeter than regular Guinness, most likely because the Nigerians brew with Sorghum, but along the same line as the Irish version. It's a little thick in your mouth, but so full of flavor that you won't mind at all.

ynnpar, Oct 24, 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 tzunoi
4.5/5  rDev +23%

tzunoi, Sep 18, 2013
Photo of soulgrowl
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bad black beer that lets no light through that I can see, with a terrifically large, rocky head of an ancient ivory hue with very good retention. The blackness vaporizes into molasses, honey, a buttercream that float atop a core of chocolate, roasted almond oil, gjetost, caramel, and vanilla cake. Vague noble hops lend a faint floral tone. Cherries burst onto the palate, followed by chocolate, coffee, and cola. Fruity and dark, complex and thick yet oddly dry and refreshing. Minty hops and burnt sugar, along with a mild but noticeable spritz of alcohol, help to balance out sweet notes of molasses and hard candy. In fact, this is surprisingly hop-forward, with lots of citric, herbal, and floral bitterness to go around. Plenty chewy and slick with a bit of residual syrupiness, but not quite so much that it becomes cloying. This is a great export stout - probably my favorite of the Guinnesses I've had so far.

soulgrowl, May 06, 2009
Photo of dcmchew
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

dcmchew, Nov 04, 2013
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 feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one's been on my wants list for a loooong time, finally got a bottle from a local bagpiper and beer enthusiast. But this one isn't as close to the source as I'd like, for it says "imported from Nigeria"...still looking for a bottle direct from Lagos or thereabouts!

Anyhoo...
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout--Nigeria
Darkness entire in appearance, slim light brown head.

A cornucopia spills out from the nose, toasty nuts, sweet, but dark fruits, cream, chocolate, ....like a cocktail of Bailey's, Frangelico, & brandy. Alcohol smells comes through.

Now to drink! Roasted malts bump up against plums and dates, that brandy feel again, but not as strong as in the nose. Licorice and maple, big, thick, and sticky.

Special stuff, not quite an imperial stout, really unique...can't imagine how they can drink so much of this stuff in Nigeria.

Very different from other Foreign Extras I've been able to sample.

feloniousmonk, Jun 19, 2008
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

tfsimpkins, Feb 09, 2012
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 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
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 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 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 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 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 endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

endless1408, May 31, 2014
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 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 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 gnoff
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle brought over from Leeds, England, by a friend of mine. Bought in a special beer shop in Leeds.

Black color, pitch black.
Huge brown lasting head.
Mix of burnt and fruity scent.
Big mouthfeel, mix of burnt and red whine like taste.
Big bitterness, sour aftertaste.

I'd rather take a regular Guinness.

gnoff, May 05, 2006
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 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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) from Guinness Nigeria PLC
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.