Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Bahamas)
Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Bahamas)Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Bahamas)
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Style:
Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #80
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #26,491
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 15.89%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
19
From:
Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
 
Bahamas
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  2
Gots
  2
SCORE
86
Very Good
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Bahamas)Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Bahamas)
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Reviews by malloyca:
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malloyca from District of Columbia

4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed directly from the bottle, this had surprisingly forward and lively aromas of roasted malts and toffee which suggested this would have a much more dynamic flavor profile than the standard draught I am used to drinking in the US. Flavors were similarly sweet and fresh, with coffee, chocolate and some mild hops, which worked with the carbonation to provide a nice bite. This is very drinkable beer and I'll seek it out on my next trip. Too bad this is not available in the US.

Aug 18, 2010
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Bierman9 from New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed quite a few of these while on vacation in July of 2008 at Sandals Royal Bahamian. While you could get Kalik and Kalik Light at all the bars on the resort, Guinness was only available at the English-themed Cricketers Pub. I'd stop there and get 4 or 5 cans, snag a bucket of ice, then head out to the pool of my choice. Ahhh!!! I brought a few cans home, and am just now getting around to reviewing this bier for keeps.

The 355ml cans state "Brewed in the Bahamas by Commonwealth Brewery Ltd. Clifton Pier, P.O. Box N4936 Nassau". There's a "best by" date on the bottom of each of the 3 cans of 01/09. Phew! Just made it!! ;-)

Poured into an imperial pint glass, the liquid is dense and opaque, jet-black like crude oil. The head is frothy and creamy, with a rich mocha color. Starting out as a 1.5" layer, it ebbs to a smooth, thin layer, all the while leaving an exemplary exhibit of lacing in the glass. The nose is made up of rich, roasty, choco notes, plus some light hopping, leaning towards the floral side. Body is a solid medium, with a satiny smoothness on the tongue.

Unlike the aroma, which leans toward the malty choco with light hoppiness, the flavor heads in the opposite direction. Some burnt-toast bitterness and roasty chocolate hit the palate, but they are soon overwhelmed by a large dose of floral hops. A little espresso-like coffee action comes into play, yet it is the hopping that takes precedent. It borders on citrussy, with a stark, rindy quality dominating. This a really top-shelf export-stout; very nice. Is it any wonder I went to extra lengths to get this while at Sandals (especially when Kalik was the other option)? Even at 7.50% ABV, this is verrry drinakable...

Cheers!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

1101

Dec 28, 2008
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mattcrill from Ohio

2.22/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to HardTarget for giving me the chance to sample this beer. It's been a long time...

Aroma: Buttery diacetyl notes up front. Some mild vegetal notes and sulfury lager yeast charactersitics. Underlying background fruity esters.

Appearance: Jet black with moderate efferevescence noted. Sticky off white head that retains moderately well.

Flavor: Low fruity esters, more corn and vegetal flavors, sharp acidic and slighy vinegar notes. A little roasted grain comes through but more as an after thought. Finish is dry and somewhat clean.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, high carbonation, and a strong carbonic bite.

Overall impression: Wow..what a mess. Not even good by "regular" Guinness standards. Not sure if I got a bad sample or what. Way off the mark but I feel priveliged to have the opportunity to sample it. Thanks HT!

Mar 15, 2009
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ExtraStout from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in the Bahamas (Nassau) at the Poop Deck. I was very happy I did, it was quite good with some nice kick.

Too bad I didn't see any of it during my stay as the beer choice SUCKS on the islands. Guinness Foreign Extra Stout and the local brew Strong Back Stout are all the beers of any quality you get to chose from and they are not offered at many places.

My rating here is based in comparision to all beers worldwide but if it were based on the island beers only this would be 5 star!!!

Dec 11, 2010
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours an opaque dark brown with a generous tan head and some nice sticky lacing.

S-Good spicy hoppiness with a nice roasted malt aroma.

T-A strong roasted coffee taste in the front with toffee and caramel flavor in the middle and a strong bitter roast and hops finish. Quite tasty.

M-Medium bodied with a long lingering bitterness.

D-Very tasty. I really enjoyed this one. Too bad our domestic Guinness is not nearly this good.

HV

Mar 11, 2010
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tmrocker from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +30.2%

Dec 18, 2011
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lookrider from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jan 19, 2013
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ToasterChef from Maine

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from my notes. This beer is an opaque dark brown, nearly black. The head has more of a tan color than the Guinness I normally drink back in the states. It has good lacing, even in this plastic cup I poured the beer into. It has a slightly sweet aroma with some good grassy hops. I find it to be very pleasing. The beer tastes smooth at first, but with a very bitter finish. It's a little sweet, but also has some coffee flavors. It has a medium body. There is some carbonation present, but nothing impressive. It leaves a bit of mouthcoating. Although it is similar, this beer has some differences from the American Guinness that I normally have access to. Te extra bitterness is a bit harder to swallow. There are more enjoyable stouts available.

Jan 15, 2010
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pavpav12 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.9%

Dec 04, 2011
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Pahn from New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a mug. Best by date: 12/10.

Appearance: 1/3 inch tan head, leaves a nice ring of lace. Pours solid brown, reddish brown around the edges. Leaves decent lacing throughout.

Smell: Smooth roasted malt. Small note of hops, and some definite grape and plum.

Taste: Starts hoppy, moves into roasted malt and then a bitter, hoppy finish. Nice, deep development of flavor. The grape and plum come back in the taste. Flavor is a little sugary, but the hops help a lot with that. There's a nice, trademark Guinness coffee hit that comes out especially when paired with fried food. Some nice cake notes as well. The overall flavor profile is a lot more roasted than creamy, unlike normal Guinness.

Mouthfeel: Pretty lively carbonation, and a pretty heavy bitterness. Good, but veers a bit more toward cola than stout. Could stand to be a little fuller bodied.

Drinkability: The 7.5% ABV is relatively well-hidden, and the flavor is good. There's several other stouts I'd rather drink, but I enjoyed this very much.

I was definitely impressed with this beer, especially considering the brewery's other offerings are bad fizzy water beers.

Special note, since you'll probably only get this in the Bahamas: I had the bottle reviewed paired with fried grouper and conch at Fish Fry. The combination was perfect; I could eat that beautiful, fresh fried fish and throw back bottles of this beer all night. If you end up in Nassau, hit that place up. The locals all know about it and it's easy to get to. And if you get tired of beer, try some Sky Juice--coconut water, sweet milk, and gin. It's delicious.

Mar 11, 2010
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Amp from Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sep 02, 2017
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Jules11788 from California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

Jan 05, 2012
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cbrbenny

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Jul 03, 2012
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seavercm from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Apr 15, 2014
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FFATS from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Apr 04, 2014
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Mar 04, 2014
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jrand2621 from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Mar 24, 2014
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robebo44 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 20, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle shop in Nassau, straight from the bottle. Chocolatey roast with some coffee. Burnt sugar bitterness, more than the version sold in the us.

Dec 01, 2019
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Bahamas) from Commonwealth Brewery Ltd.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 19 ratings