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

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Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica)Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Desnoes & Geddes Limited
Jamaica
redstripebeer.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by markaberrant on 04-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
40
Reviews:
21
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
13.57%
 
 
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4
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3
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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Photo of andrenaline
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bierman9
3.83/5  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

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Photo of canucklehead
4.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As good as Dragon Stout and a tad more funky in the notes on the finish. Great find at a bar that really only sold Red Stripe in Montego Bay. Wish we could get this in Vancouver

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Photo of hopdog
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of GABrew
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of lackenhauser
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of JISurfer
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Act25
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Uniquely brewed in Jamaica.

A - Pours black body with 2 fingers of thick, lasting mocha head, solid retention and sheet lacing.

S - Roasted cocoa, dark chocolate, prunes, grapes, with a bitter espresso end note.

T - Much like the smell, with the roasted chocolate and cocoa dominating, over a prune body, and the bitter coffee on the finish.

M -More than traditional Guinness, alcohol, bitter char, and more carbonation and a pleasant prickly finish.

O - Loved it. The only beer to drink in Caribe. (in my case Utila, Honduras, goes so well with the food here at Utopia - one of the best in the world - owner- operated dive resorts.) Must try Utopia Village. Must try Foreign Extra.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark dark brown that's not quite black but almost there. Head is frothy as opposed to typical Guinness creamy and dissolves quickly leaving minimal residue on the glass.

The aroma has some sweetness to it in the form of caramel and perhaps some chocolate and fruit notes, as well as a hint of roasted malt. Not bad, but not great.

The flavour is basically on par with the aroma, but almost a bit of a watered down version of it. Flavours don't necessarily mesh well together because of a lack of balance here. Even seemed a bit tart at times. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and probably the lightest Guinness I've ever experienced. There's a bit of slickness to this one as well.

This Guinness Foreign Extra Stout was the one beer I was looking forward to finding in Jamaica, and I have to say that this one turned out to be very average and bland at best. This is indeed a different brew that's made in Jamaica and is for the island and perhaps the others in the Caribbean as well and is certainly not the brew that folks here seek out. There's nothing terribly wrong here, but I am shocked to say I found myself reaching for and drinking more Red Stripe Light than Guinness FES on my trip. At least be wary of this one if you're in the Caribbean and check the label to see where it's brewed...if it says it's from Jamaica then you're stuck with the blandness of this brew.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zylod
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bill235
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.61 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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