Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) - Guinness Nigeria PLC
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3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
08-29-2010 23:19:24 | More by womencantsail
4.18/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
06-19-2008 02:18:27 | More by feloniousmonk
3.88/5 rDev +6%
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.
06-16-2014 00:28:03 | More by wordemupg
4.25/5 rDev +16.1%
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.
06-29-2011 12:35:53 | More by woosterbill
2.88/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
03-20-2014 11:26:36 | More by CrazyDavros
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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
11-12-2008 20:42:19 | More by hopdog
United Kingdom (England)
3.73/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
01-28-2013 00:32:46 | More by jazzyjeff13
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
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...
05-31-2006 09:51:54 | More by mdagnew
3.33/5 rDev -9%
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).
05-13-2010 00:06:23 | More by FreshHawk
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-22-2013 15:31:12 | More by flyingpig
3.25/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
04-13-2005 14:51:25 | More by Naerhu
3.1/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
11-03-2008 17:10:14 | More by Sigmund
United Kingdom (England)
4.35/5 rDev +18.9%
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.
05-06-2009 08:27:23 | More by soulgrowl
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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
04-14-2007 00:22:50 | More by cypressbob
3.48/5 rDev -4.9%
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.
05-26-2010 17:05:39 | More by Thehuntmaster
United Kingdom (England)
3.25/5 rDev -11.2%
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.
01-27-2013 18:00:53 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +9.3%
(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.
11-22-2009 19:12:34 | More by Nickls
2.85/5 rDev -22.1%
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.
12-07-2005 15:44:04 | More by GreenWBush
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) from Guinness Nigeria PLC
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.