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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: 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 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 dasunder
1.75/5  rDev -52.2%

dasunder, Jul 24, 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 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 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 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 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 Naerhu
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label reads:
Ingredients: Malt, Sorghum, Maize, Hops (contains barley).

Pitch black body with a low head.
Brilliant molasses and coffee aroma jumping out of the glass.
Intense vinous flavor with massive, not too smooth bitterness following. Char and sweetness. Sour. This does not have the same sweetness I noted when tasting this brew last year.
At that tasting everyone said this was one of the best beers. The sweet carmel like soghum flavor is no longer present. A slightly off bottle? Kinda like coffee bean oil that gets built up in an unwashed grinder.

Naerhu, Apr 13, 2005
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 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
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
Photo of mpalestino
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of vvlebedev
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

vvlebedev, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

t0rin0, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of MatthewD4
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

MatthewD4, Mar 17, 2014
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 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 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 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 endless1408
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

endless1408, May 31, 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
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) from Guinness Nigeria PLC
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.