Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Africa) | Guinness Nigeria PLC

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Brewed by:
Guinness Nigeria PLC
Nigeria
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Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Naerhu on 04-13-2005

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48
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29
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
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Photo of swooshjtb
5/5  rDev +37.7%

Photo of woosterbill
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Cheers!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 1759Girl
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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 Thehuntmaster
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 FreshHawk
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
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 Nickls
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Yeastcakes
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 soulgrowl
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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 hopdog
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Sigmund
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of ynnpar
4.94/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer, which is easily found in big bottles in most cornershops in London. If you're lucky, the guy at the cash register will ask if you'd like him to open it for you right there. ???

Pours like motor oil. Head goes pretty quickly, leaves little lacing. The smell is sweeter than regular Guinness, most likely because the Nigerians brew with Sorghum, but along the same line as the Irish version. It's a little thick in your mouth, but so full of flavor that you won't mind at all.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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!

Anyhoo...
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 swizzlenuts
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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 DaveUK
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
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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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 moneymaker2004
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

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Photo of rec
1.62/5  rDev -55.4%
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 zebedee
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 gnoff
3.66/5  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.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
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 Naerhu
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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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