mstrcrwly (827) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
straight from the bottle..in St.Ann’s Bay Jamaica West Indies..smooth,dry,roasted malty flavor..much better than Guinness Extra Stout.
Subliminal64 (72) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought this beer from the Montego Bay Airport at $6 USD.
Smells a lot more potent then the North American (NA) variety. A bit of a hop smell.
Pours different then the NA beers, as there is no widget. Coarse head that disappears quickly. Same black colour although more light can bee seen through it.
Taste is more flavourful then the NA version. A slight hop note. Little bitterness on the aftertaste.
Proper amount of carbonation. Smooth with little lingering aftertaste.
Overall I was happy with this purchase. I much prefer the taste of European Guinness to North American version, and this Jamaican variety is close to that. NA version is flat and bland. This is lively and flavourful. Try it if your in the area.
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pete4999 (1347) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle while in Jamaica. Disappointingly wasn’t as good as the one I’d had in St. Lucia. More bitter than the other Caribbean version, less of a sweet chocolate feel and more dark roast malt. Not bad and still probably the best beer on the island but not as good as other variations in other places.
gregwilsonstl (1712) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I wish I opened this side by side with a "normal" Guinness. Definitely different. Coffee. Im not getting the sweetness some other raters mention. Kinda strange not having nitro in my Guinness.
MadRobin (2543) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 500ml bottle at the Lake Duluti Serena Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.
Opaque, brown-black with a 1-finger tan head and good lacing.
Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate charcoal and dark fruit.
Taste of roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, mild dark roasted coffee and dark fruit.
Medium body and medium carbonation.
Very nice. Much better than the regular Guinness.
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Ratman197 (12170) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
275 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, dried fruit, cocoa and light coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt bitter chocolate, light coffee and light dried fruit with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.
bigguns22 (752) - Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like most other Guinness but sweeter. Pour is dark almost black with a large tan head. Hoppy for a stout but sweeter then most extras and not as hoppy as the U.S. One.
kajser27 (876) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2015 Pitch black almost opaque, strong and lasting dark tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate and overroasted malt, charcoal. Taste is low on sweetness, caramel, malt, bit of choco, bit of licorice and mostly roasted malts with a very dry charcoal bitter finish. Medium bodied. While this is very decent in Africa and without much competition I don’t think it would do well against European or American stouts. 0,33 Bottle in Rwanda, from Kenya.
gnoff (9286) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2015 First rating
Bottled 275 ml at John Crow’s Tavern, Ocho Rios, Jamaica, on January 24, 2015.
Jamaica version, stated on label to be brewed at "Desnoes and Geddes". 6.5% ABV.
Clear very dark brown to black color, big lasting brown head. Sweet malty, rich scent. Rich, malty, roasted, alcohol taste. Alcohol aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium high bitterness.
Though the ABV is "only" 6.5%, the alcohol is way too evident in the taste and aftertaste, scent is much better to my personal liking.
Bottle from Seow Edward & Sons Ltd in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, picked up in January 2015. BB 11 Nov 15, sampled on July 31, 2015.
Black color, hints of dark brown in it as well, dark brown head. Sweet, alcohol, light roasted scent. Berries, sweet taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Travlr (18706) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle in NBO. Pretty close to black color, brown head. Aroma of chocolate, burnt licorice. Taste has cocoa, toffee, burnt coffee. Nice change of pace.
Angelmonster (167) - Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a black body with chestnut colored highlights. Head is 1/2 inch and coffee colored. Head retention was good and lacing was above average.
Smells are very underwhelming at first but the dominant ones are of figs, dates, and oddly burnt plastic. As beer warms more fruit is detected as well as some alcohol.
Taste is pretty fruity for a stout, has lots of characteristics of a foreign stout. Lots of dried figs/dates/prunes. Charred caramel and chocolate malts are also present. For 6.5 abv, the alcohol is definitely present
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated. Head had some presence in the texture.
Overall this beer was alright, about average for the style. No glaring flaws to the beer just nothing out of the ordinary. Glad I tried it though.