West Indies Porter
Guinness Ltd.

West Indies PorterWest Indies Porter
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Porter - English
Ranked #101
Ranked #25,002
3.82 | pDev: 9.95%
Guinness Ltd.
Very Good
West Indies PorterWest Indies Porter
Notes: A group of enterprising brewers on a quest to explore new recipes reinterpret old ones and collaborate freely to bring exciting beers to life.

A style with origins from our brewers' diaries dating back to 1801, West Indies Porter is complex yet mellow, hoppy with notes of toffee and chocolate.

50 IBU
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VicCooper from Ireland

4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, not all of the good stuff comes from small breweries, and this porter shows when there's a will, there's a way.

Top: it forms a lovely thick head of 2-3", tan in colour and descends slowly. It's between foamy and creamy.

Colour: black, cola like. No light gets through, seems like the real deal. Upon further inspection it can be seen it has a red/orange hue.

Smell: coffee, cocoa, black bread and hints of fruit cake in the background, rich, promising.

Taste: smooth and velvety, yet fresh, interesting. Taste follows the smell, hints of coffee, cocoa and yeast. Some roasted malts. Moderated character (in a good way), not too sweet & malty, nor too bitter. This stands for the alcohol too, it's just the right strength, not hidden, but not in your face either.

Carbonation is on the light side, medium body. Lasting, semi-dry finish, light yeast aromas are discoverable.

Summary: apparently, at Guinness, their brewers didn't forget how to make decent beer, like this example or their Citra IPA, or their Rye pale ale. It's beyond me why their "world famous" (God, why?!) Draught is just dreary, a real letdown, practically black water.

However, this one, this is what their standard supposed to be. A nicely balanced, very decent porter(/stout). With 6% ABV, not 4!

Actually, I believe, with this product, Guinness is getting a step closer to craft beer territory (which is always nice from a mass producer). Go for it, it's very decent stuff.

May 02, 2020
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James94 from England

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Thick lacing, very dark throughout with only a speck of light at the bottom
S: Treacle, toffee, caramel, malts
T: Sweet sponge cake, toffee, hoppiness at the back
F: Mild carbonation with a slight hint of being under-bodied

O: 4

Nov 11, 2019
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle in the Dublin airport while waiting for a plane home.
Black with faint garnet at the edges when light is behind it. Huge bubbly tan head slowly recedes. Chocolate and faint roast with light bready caramel and earthy fruity to counter. Not too bad.

Jul 27, 2019
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marcbosch from Netherlands

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark brown, almost opaque. Tan head with faded quickly but retained a good cap.
S: Faint. Malty, bready, somewhat roasty (dark roast coffee). A hint of liquorice, a bit of fruit.
T: Prune and toffee with a roasted malt backbone. Textbook.
F: Medium body, almost a bit too heavy for what I was expecting, but otherwise very good. Middle to low carbonation.
O: Good porter. Enjoyable.

May 26, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into tulip glass; bottled on 1/21/2019, best before 11/20/2019. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas; a touch of diacetyl, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark/brown bread/crust; with lighter notes of molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, woody, grassy, peppery hops; and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark/brown bread/crust, molasses, licorice, dark fruit, vanilla, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying, acrid, astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6%. Overall this is a delicious English porter. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Very soft feel, and not overly bitter/charred. Very clean and rich English malt complexity, balancing earthy hops, and restrained fruity English yeast. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

Apr 05, 2019
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Martin194 from Iowa

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Opaque black with a solid light brown head.

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, caramel malts, sort of a roasty character.

Taste: Definitely roasty in the mouth, followed by a sort of bitter tang similar to French pressed coffee after swallowing. The flavor isn't super strong, but it's acceptable.

Feel: Smooth, low carbonation. Medium body. Leaves a refreshing feel after swallowing.

Mar 17, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L- Pours black, with decent tan head that is clearing to lacing.
S- Quite mild, just some toastiness, with a shadow of puddingy richness behind it.
T- Wow, toasty, then port barrels. I don't think it's aged in port barrels but the flavour suggests it might have been.
F- Very different from mainstream [dreary] Guinness; this is a whole different thing and way better for me.
O- The lable suggests notes of 'coffee and chocolate'; agreed, it's a quite complex and enjoyable beer.
Bought from Sainsburys supermarket, London W10, 500ml bottle £1.85. BB: 14/11/19

Feb 22, 2019
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rickrem from California

4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Dublin airport.

Quite dark, chocolate color. Certainly not blackish like regular Guinness.
Big, thick medium tan head with frothy lacing.

Taste is nice and rich. Plenty of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Just a nice bit of bitterness to keep it from getting sweet.

Creamy and enough carbonation.

Nice Porter to try.

Jan 03, 2019
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased in Dublin. Pours opaque, dark brown in color with one inch head. Taste is toffee, leather, and earthy hops. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation sweet with slightly bitter undertones. Really complex porter. Really good for the style.

Jul 25, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draft at the brewery
Nice rich head, decent lacing retention, dark brown ruby color

Nose plenty of roasty malt typical Guinness roast, sweet caramel, little coffee, nougat and chocolate

Taste sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, nougat, basically a candy bar, little creamy lactose and nougat, mild roasted barley and coffee notes

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit rich, nice carb


Jul 07, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

West Indies Porter brewed by Guinness Ltd., with an ABV of 6.00% This English Porter pours out a deep brown color with a nice light golden brown color head. This Porter looks like coffee or cola, not saying that is a bad thing. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with roasted grains, malts and sweetness. There is also some nice mild hop bitterness in the smell as well. Between the look and smell this is one inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is rich and bold with flavors. You first pick up on the roasted grains and malts. Almost a burnt sweetness, but in a good way. You also pick up on the mild hop bitterness in the taste as well. The body of West Indies Porter is a solid medium. There is nothing overpowering about this Porter, it has a super nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 6.00% ABV in this brew. The month feel is Bold, Roasted, Clean Smooth And Refreshing. Overall I giving this brewca 4.50 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to.Guinness Ltd., Did a super nice job with this Porter.

Dec 28, 2017
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

West Indies Porter has a think, beige, creamy head, a very dark brown appearance, and thin sheet glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet, black cherry and dark-roasted malt. Taste is of those elements, with a touch of licorice, black bread, some char, coffee, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is low medium, and West Indies Porter finishes medium dry.


Dec 19, 2017
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

West Indies Porter | Guinness Ltd. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the head's two fingers thick and light tan, with solid lacing and a black body.

I smell the addition of hops among the roasted, nearly coffee-like malts.

The taste is quite similar, with a slight chocolate note coming in as expected with a porter. Very nice balance to this brew and smooth finish.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

I'll go ahead and give West Indies Porter | Guinness Ltd. an overall 4.25

Nov 16, 2017
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Shanex from France

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours dark cola brown with a half-finger width, light tan head. Sub-par retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds and a thin ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing aside from one broken line and a spot or two.

Smell - Strong toffee with a hint of roast, chocolate and leafiness. 

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet, slightly buttery toffee upfront and throughout, with lesser roast and chocolate pitching in. Mild tea-like leafy bitterness comes in mid-taste to help balance the brew. Bittersweet finish, though toffee is still the prominent flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Slick texture makes for an easy drinker.

Overall - Toffee bomb with some nice off-setting flavors. I really like it, actually. I'd take this 100 times out of 100 over the Guinness Draught.

Nov 14, 2017
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DragonsMilk from Kentucky

3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks really good

Didnt smell much it was a slight sweetness but nothing offensive.

slight maltyness slight roastyness nothing mindblowing but kept me going back for another drink

A bit thin like most Guinnesses are but I don't know how viscus a Porter is suppose to be so I rated conservatively.

Pleasant brew that I would drink again, much better than the Dublin Porter in my opinion although for a low abv beer the Dub is ok.

Oct 05, 2017
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Gmann from New York

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a near black color with a tight khaki colored head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of toasted pumpernickel, scorched caramel, and toffee.

The taste is of toasted pumpernickel and caramel. Light roast and hints of metal.

Moderate body with fizzy carbonation. Sweet on the palate but does have a roasted bitter offset in the finish.

A nice English Porter. Not super complex but has flavor.

Oct 01, 2017
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BranfordBound from Connecticut

3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Dublin and served in a pint glass. Comes out very dark brown with a small head. Taste is sweeter than extra stout, more toffee notes. Still lots of coffee and chocolate. I actually like this a lot, probably my favorite Guinness next to foreign extra.

Sep 13, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reddish tint with a tan head. Sweet, roasty aroma: caramel, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted nuts. Nice, creamy feel with decent carbonation. Taste largely follows the nose, but less sweet, more light roast. Really nice.

Aug 12, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed as part of a flight at the Guinness Museum / Brewery in Dublin. Review from notes.

Appearance - Near black in color, deep shade of ruby when held to the light.

Smell - On the fruitier side of things with dark fruit and cherries being most prevalent

Taste - Strangely light, certainly some roastiness and the dark fruit does come through here a little.

Mouthfeel - A touch too light for a porter.

Overall - Decent for a lighter porter despite the ABV. Would enjoy this again and would like to try a sample from a bottle / can to see how it compares.

Aug 05, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Dec 2017. Purchased a little while back from a bargain store. The label mentions that this porter is based on an 1801 recipe from the brewery archives.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very dark reddish-brown hue that appears virtually black in the glass. Yields a large head of frothy tan foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt with hints of grain, husks, subtle stewed hops, faint coffee, a whisper of chocolate and earthiness. Decent complexity from a macro brewer.

T: Tastes of roasted grain with notes of dark malt, husks, stewed hops, subtle coffee, a hint of chocolate and earthy yeast. A moderate bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with prickly carbonation and decent body. Could be thicker given the strength. Aftertaste of bitter roasted malt, stewed hops, grain and earthiness.

O: A respectable effort from Guinness - more characterful than their flagship brew. Looks good, while the aroma and flavour are replete with roasted malt, grain and subtle bittering hops. Body is OK but could be creamier. I wouldn't say it stands out from the crowd, but it goes down readily enough. Worth sampling.

Jul 03, 2017
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ordybill from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is pitch black with a large brown head. The aroma is roasted malt and pepper. The taste follows the nose.

Jun 25, 2017
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SpongeHop from Belgium

3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - black, slight tan head, dissipates quickly
S & T - the slightest hints of tobacco-y smokiness upfront; roast, almost burnt toast, and dark, dark coffee maltiness; slight hints of toffee, and not very sweet; very well-hopped with grassy, pine-y notes; nice bitters in the aftertaste
F - slightly more watery than I expected...

O - this and the guinness special export stout are my two favorite brews by guinness.

I absolutely recommend this one.

Jun 09, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 3/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, smoke, wood, sweet malt, hint of licorice, slight hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of an English Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight smoke, slight roasted malt, hint of yeast, pale malt, hint of hops, and slight adjunct. Overall, weak appearance and adjunct flavors are a detriment, but good aroma, feel, blend, and complexity.

May 31, 2017
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ArrogantB from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle purchased at Molloy's in Dublin for 3€. Dark black, little bit if head. Aroma is strong toffee. Flavor is sweet porter with a mild roast and even milder bitterness.

May 23, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 4/16/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a hugh, noisy khaki head; strong lace.

Creamed wheat & mild black coffee notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Creamed wheat & black coffee flavors; a slightly more substantial Guinness flavor but nothing to get excited about.

Apr 17, 2017
West Indies Porter from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 275 ratings