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Brewed by Desnoes and Geddes (Diageo PLC)
Style: Foreign Stout
Kingston, Jamaica

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 682   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.1   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Ingredients: Black malt; corn syrup; caramel malt; and hop extract. Priming sugar used when bottling.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5121) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012
Dec, 2002 From the white Jamaican creators of Red Stripe comes this intensely sweet, licorice flavoured stout. I can see it being a cult brew - it is an individual drink: the combination of sweetness and high alcohol content would make it irresistible for some, but off putting for most. More of an alcopop than a beer. [2.8]
Feb, 2003 Compared with Mackeson Stout. Enjoyed a little more than last time. [3.0]
Dec, 2006 I really want this, and expect this, to be better than what it is. It’s not very stout like - more like a run of the mill, sweet, strong Belgian beer. There’s a lot of sugar in this - too much. It tastes cheap and nasty. There’s some fruit, a little red wine, but mainly it tastes like a caramel flavoured high abv sugar brew. Not very tasty - quite crude, sweet, simple and rather sickly after a while. [2.3]
Aug, 2009 It’s a a sugary brew. Quite light and refreshing for the abv - feels more like the strength of Sweetheart Stout or Manns Original Brown Ale - and there’s something quite similar about all three beers, though all three are regarded as different styles. All three are dark and sweet and light bodied. The strength of this one is in the fumes - you catch the fumes as you breath in. And there’s an awareness of alcohol after the swallow and on your breath. As always I want to like this beer so much more than I actually do. I just love the idea of this beer, and it’s the sort of beer I should love. But it always lets me down. [2.5]
Nov, 2012 Low carbonation, light body, pleasantly licorice flavoured sweetish dark beer. Feels more like a dark lager than a stout. It’s drinkable and certainly not offensive. I’m coming to terms with this, and am quite happy to keep drinking it. [3.1]

2.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cartoonkhaki (1220) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 1, 2002
Very sweet and syrupy. Had a good head to it. very malty. I would recomend this. I wouldn’t drink it all the time though.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Supaflyfresh99 (98) - E.Williston, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Good beer from Jamaica, Caribbean, not Queens.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 6, 2002
Very dark brown, beige head. A bit sweet aroma, dried fruits, alcohol, some hoppy notes. Chocolatey with too much alcohol presence. Very sweet but still more bitter than Royal Extra The Lion Stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2002
Black, decent head and lace. Nose of sweet malt, licorice, coffee and alcohol. Medium to thick bodied, lots of licorice, coffee, chocolate malt, alcohol is all over the place but oddly, I like it. Its sweet, smooth, flavorful and has a nice kick.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Discofish (152) - USA - NOV 3, 2002
The first thing I noticed about this beer was the alcohol presence. Small head, mild flavor and hoppyness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
acnemaster99 (20) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 30, 2002
super thick, ah yes a lovely stout

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 9, 2002
Deep crimson red with a dark tan medium size shortish lasting ehad. Chocolate, coffee and medium roasted and caramel malt aroma. Medium body with flavours matching aromas plus a low acid vinous flavour and palate. The Alcohol is reasonably well masked considering the lightness of flavour and palate. My son says, ’it’s what I imagined a Jamaican beer would be like’.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Davhgbrew (887) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2002
I remember someone talking about this one on the forums, but I couldn’t remember if they said it was good or bad so I had to try it. Coffee/alcohol aroma, sweet flavors that get annoying after a while. Jamaica make a stout..who’d a thunk it!

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ARMed (590) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2002
Extremely black. Rich smell of brown sugar, chocolate and cocoa. A very malty tasting stout with a sweet undertone. Excellent with a nice dish of jerk chicken in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. A little too sweet for my overall liking.


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