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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica) - Desnoes & Geddes Limited

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica)Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica)

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BA SCORE
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26 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 15.04%


Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited visit their website
Jamaica

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: markaberrant on 04-02-2007)
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -56%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I made a new entry for this beer, as it clearly states on the bottle "Brewed and bottled by Desnoes & Geddes Ltd, product of Jamaica." Interesting that it is labelled as Guinness Foreign Extra, but is only 6.5% abv, which is more in line with Guinness Extra. I thought all Guinness FES in this region was imported from Ireland, but apparently not. Here it goes.

275ml bottle served in 16 oz pint glass.

Pours opaque black with a generous tan head. Nice sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smell starts out promising with some sweet-ish roasty malt, but then a sour citrus note comes in to dominate.

Taste starts out with the sour citrus and continues right through the middle. Some harsh roast flavours show up in the finish and it is also sorta sorta chalky. The more you drink of it, the more everything blends into a nasty overall taste.

Mouthfeel is ok I guess, but who cares when it tastes this bad?

I found this same sour citrus character in Bohemia Especial from the Dominican Republic, only it was somewhat enjoyable in a light lager. I'm guessing this flavour comes from some sort of cheap grain/adjunct. I suppose there could be something wrong with this particular bottle, but I'm not sure I want to try my other bottle of this crap...

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 23:44:12 | More by markaberrant
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed at Time N Place in Falmouth, Jamaica. Reviewed from notes.

A - Nice, black beer here. Good looking mocha head. Excellent lacing.

S - Touches of baker's chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee.

T - Roasted malt dominates the flavor, before being subdued a touch by sweet chocolate and coffee notes. Finishes clean with a hint of hop bit.

M - Rather full bodied, heavier on carbonation.

Overall - I'll be honest, I was spending the day on a beach in Jamaica and didn't want to pound Red Stripe. I was very happy for Guinness FES that day. Is it a spectacular beer? No. But it's solid, it gave me what I was looking for, and it's much better than some of the other American Guinness iterations. Good for a long session of drinking.

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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a large brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of black chocolate with some lactose notes are quite interesting and different then the aroma of the regular version. Taste is also dominated by loads of black chocolate notes with some sweet undertones with lactose notes. Body is thinner then I would have expected with some good carbonation. Enjoyable in the sense that there is not much else to drink that is somewhat interesting in Kenya.

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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Although I noticed the bottle was unique, I didn't realize that it was uniquely brewed in Jamaica.

A - Pours a nice black with a thumb of mocha head, solid retention and some fine sheeting lacing.

S - Roasted cocoa and dark chocolate with a bitter espresso finish.

T - Much like the flavour the roasted chocolate and cocoa dominate the palette, but the bitter coffee lingers on the finish.

M - Not your traditional Guiness, with loads more carbonation and goes down a bit prickly.

D - I prefer the Guiness we get in Canada, though this is still a tasty stout and worth a try when visiting Jamaica.

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4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle bought in St. Thomas... Poured into pint glass.

A: Black, Black, Black.... About 2 fingers of beautiful tan head. A nice ring thought the session.... Best lacing I've seen for a while.

S: There is a very sweet malt smell right up front... with notes of chocolate, coffee and cream. Not like your normal Guinness.

T: Not your normal Guinness smoothness, this one is heavy hitting.... lots of burnt caramel, coffee with a touch of chocolate. There is a little note of alcohol in the finish with a little bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Like I've already said, this is not your normal Guinness... Not as smooth and velvet like... this one is full bodied but aggressive. Plus the alcohol is not as well hidden. It has a nice twist on your normal nitro Guinness.

D: Good for at less 2 in a session.... not much more than that but very drinkable.

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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on: 09-01-2002 17:41:23

I was able to score some bottles of this in Negril, Jamaica from my resort manager (which currently say 6.5% abv).... a welcome relief from Red Stripe (though this is brewed by the same people here in Jamaica - Desnoe & Geddes)!!! Nice black color, with a creamy, tan head. Leaves decent lacing in the cup. Nose was coffee-ish, somewhat bitter, and on the subdued side. A bit less than medium body-wise, but still fairly smooth. Flavor exhibited lots of roasty, coffee notes, with a hoppy, bitter, dry finish. Some citrus-like astringency was present, too. Pretty good, considering...

overall: 3.85
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Originally reviewed on: 09-01-2002 17:41:23

Serving type: bottle

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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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A: Couldn't really see much since I was served a bottle on the street, and had no glassware available. Holding it to the sun, it had the classic Guinness appearance.

S: Classic Guinness smells as well, perhaps a slight sour odor as well.

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sholland119

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Picked up a six pack in the beer desert that is Grand Cayman.

A-Looks beautiful, especially compared to the Caybrew and BMC alternatives. Deep dark brown, quite opaque.

S-Lots of roasty malt and bitter earthy hops.

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M-As with the taste, too much lingering bitterness.

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Maryland

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

275ml bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins (thanks!). Bottle labeled BB March '07.

Poured a dark black color (almost brown) with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, caramel, some dark fruits and a little buttery. Tastes of tart cherries, green apples, light chocolate, and caramel. A little on the tart and sour side with the butteriness not as apparent in the tastes. Light lacing left on the glass.

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Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 20:45:53 | More by hopdog
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boblinneman

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Fresh from JamRock, bottle has freshness date of BBE May 09 ink jetted on neck. Pours black with little head, although had great lacing, if held to bright light amber hues shine through. Very smooth drinking, slight sweetness up front (cherries) followed by a bitter roast malt on the back of the tongue. Medium body, very drinkable 6.5% is completely hidden by the smooth fruity stout...Oh but its in there, its warming me now as I sit here in PA on a chilly afternoon, feels like the Jamaican sunshine, Feelin irie now... But Seriously this is a great beer, not as complex as today's craft offerings, yet would hold its own

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11-11-2008 17:18:48 | More by boblinneman
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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Finally found this in a bar in Ocho Rios during our recent trip to Jamaica. I thought I'd be stuck with nothing but Real Rock and Red Stripe all week! This one poured very dark with a ruby hue. Thin wisps of fine, brown foam laced the top of the beer. Roasty aroma of dark malts with a bit of cherry in the background. Medium to low bitterness and very malty without being cloying. Very roasty, which gave the texture some dryness, and earthy tart cherry skins gave it a pleasing fruity character. Medium/full bodied with lowish carbonation, good texture, perhaps some faint alcohol. This really hit the spot after nearly a week of nothing but light lagers.

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ChainGangGuy

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Lovingly brought back for consumption by my friend and yours, AndoBrew, on his return from Africa, the Dark Continent.

Appearance: Pours a black body with a full, though quickly thinning, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Drat, the aroma's not nearly as expressive as I had hoped. Only a thin, thin measure of chocolate along with frown-inducing vegetal notes.

Taste: Light chocolate and molasses flavors with only a mild sweetness. Again, that vegetal trait rears it's ugly head. Hop bitterness and roastiness, both light, on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It literally felt like there was disappointment in my mouth.

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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bunch of bottles while in Negril back in April. Thank God our resort had this as one of their offerings, don't know if I couldn't have drank Red Stripe for a week.

Appearance: Poured from an 275 ml bottle, Guinness FES is dark brown, bordering on black in color with hints of ruby shining through the beer. A super thick, light brown head tops the beer and ever so slowly dissipates to a creamy 1/4 " head.

Smell: Lots of dark, fruity esters with a hint of molasses and rum. A slight chocolate aroma pervades with a bit roastiness thrown in for good measure.

Taste: Starts sweet and fruity but not cloying by any means. Nice hints of chocolate, molasses, rum soaked raisins. The middle moves things along to more of the malty goodness but this is also where you'll find a touch of hop bitterness along with a really nice roasted malt character that lends a dryness in the finish. Alcohol nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Medium in the mouth with a bit of creaminess. Mouth coating. Nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: When researching our trip to Negril, I was really excited to know that Guinness FES was available. But I had questions like, why in the world would you want a stout in the tropics. Well the answer is Guiness FES. Foreign Extra Stouts compliment the warmth and humidity with a nice malty sweetness that is pretty refeshing compared to a Dry Irish Stout. It was cool to see most Jamaicans drinking FES instead of Red Stripe. Plenty dark fruit and sugar with a nice bit of hop bitterness and roasted malt to balance things out. Very easy to drink at 6.5% abv. Overall, a really fine stout, one that I wish was sold in the U.S. and one that I will definitely get again to my next trip to Jamaica. If you get the chance, Seek and Enjoy. Highly Recommended. Not sure why the other reviews are so negative. To each their own.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 22:46:37 | More by SwillBilly
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this on my honeymoon and waited to come home to drink it, and glad I did. Poured a nice dark color and nice white head with thick lacing. Smells of coffee and sweet malts, even alcohol. It tasted of a very good scotch ale. A little smokey, more filling than usual, and a nice warming alcohol presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 17:23:01 | More by OWSLEY069
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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica) from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
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