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

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica)Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Jamaica)
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3.64/5
40 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by markaberrant on 04-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,156
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
40
pDev:
13.46%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
3
Trade:
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Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.79/5  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.

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Photo of Kingcurio
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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 DrJay
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Bierman9
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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
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 Act25
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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 lackenhauser
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Bill235
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of mralphabet
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
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 beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SwillBilly
4.32/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of boblinneman
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
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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Photo of wrightst
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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