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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) - Guinness Nigeria PLC

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 44
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 18.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Naerhu on 04-13-2005

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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!

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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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.


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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  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

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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...

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
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).

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Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +19%
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.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Nickls
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of swizzlenuts
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of 1759Girl
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of Yeastcakes
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

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Photo of rec
1.62/5  rDev -55.5%
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.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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Photo of gnoff
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of DaveUK
2.84/5  rDev -22%
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!

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) from Guinness Nigeria PLC
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.