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

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83
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of angelmonster
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black body with chestnut colored highlights. Head is 1/2 inch and coffee colored. Head retention was good and lacing was above average.

Smells are very underwhelming at first but the dominant ones are of figs, dates, and oddly burnt plastic. As beer warms more fruit is detected as well as some alcohol.

Taste is pretty fruity for a stout, has lots of characteristics of a foreign stout. Lots of dried figs/dates/prunes. Charred caramel and chocolate malts are also present. For 6.5 abv, the alcohol is definitely present

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated. Head had some presence in the texture.

Overall this beer was alright, about average for the style. No glaring flaws to the beer just nothing out of the ordinary. Glad I tried it though.

Photo of Kingcurio
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of GABrew
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of tscanlon51
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of Piason
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of mralphabet
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

I'll say it again.. a different Guinness... Give it a try.

Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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

Photo of stonesean
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Written from notes after the fact: Served cold from the bottle at a street market in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

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.

T: Suprising. This isn't the Guinness that we all know. The dry toasty stout classic Guinness flavors are all there, however there is a chocolate sweetness that is counteracted by a (I swear to god) lemon flavor. It tastes just like a slice of lemon was dropped in the bottle. This makes the beer VERY drinkable in the Jamaica sun. Suprising and fun.

M: Bittersweet upfront with a nice sourness at the end. I might like this better than "regular" Guinness.

D: Much more drinkable than it's European brother. This beer is designed to beat the heat and it does so with a lot of class and character. I would drink it again and again no question.

Photo of sholland119
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

T-A bit of a disappointment, really. Starts off with a solid roasted malt presence that quickly dissolves into an overbearing hop bitterness. I do like my hops but a little balance would be nice.

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

D-The two I had after a day of sitting in a conference room (rather than on a beach) were nice but I did not seek this out afterward.

HV

Photo of JISurfer
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm guessing this is the one from Jamaica. I got it on Grand Cayman and it was sitting next to some Red Stripe Light and Dragon Stout. Anyway, the beer had a nice thick tan head, which thinned out a bit, but still had good coverage. The smell was sweet, malty, and smokey, which I really liked. The taste was nice, but not as nice as the smell. It had more of hop bite to it and got a little bitter as it went down the throat. All in all a cool beer. I'm glad I paid double for it, especially since it's hard to find around the states.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black, almost looks shiny. Great tan head on top. Somewhat of a sweet and sour aroma to it. Milk chocolate like. Smooth roasted flavors dominate. Has a silky, mild chcolate flavor. Slight lactic sourness. Damn good mouthfeel-the slight sourness of the flavor makes my mouth feel happy. The further down the glass I get the more enjoyable this beer becomes. This would be great on tap. Blows away the US version.

Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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.

Notes from 4/27/06

Photo of boblinneman
4.43/5  rDev +22%
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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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica) from Desnoes & Geddes Limited
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.