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


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
The basis is an unfermented but hopped Guinness wort extract shipped from Dublin, which is added to local ingredients and brewed locally. The abv may vary.

There is also another Guinness FES at 6.5% alcohol, brewed in Kenya, by Kenyan Breweries Ltd and one brewed in Tanzania by Serengeti Breweries Ltd.

Editor’s Note: Not sure at what point this went from 7.5% (the standard FES) to 6.5%. This entry is for Jamaican, Tanzanian and the Kenyan FES’ only - we don’t know of any others at 6.5% but if you see one let us know.

ComradeK's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, - SEP 25, 2012
500ml bottle. Pours a deep, opaque black, with a large beige head, which lasts reasonably well and leaves good lacing. The aroma is fairly muted, with moderate espresso notes and some faint lemon and herbal hops notes. Prickling citric hops up front give way to some espresso and dark chocolate notes. There is some pleasant bitter cocoa in a drying finish. A fairly simplistic stout, but (since mine was brewed under licence in Dar es Salaam) I would have no hesitation in pronouncing it to be the best beer made in Tanzania, although this is emphatically not a huge compliment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (11748) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (745) - Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2015
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (629) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 6, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9191) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2015
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (17644) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Angelmonster (159) - Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (7342) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle, Kenya version. Pours near black. Sweet and ashy, with medium roasted malts, light earthy notes, and a sweet malty finish. Not awful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle courtesy of (...Andy?) at RBSDADG 2014. Pours a deep blackish brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is sweet roast, light earthy character and faint chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium (perhaps not as creamy and full than the typical Guinness on draft, but not entirely sure due to the different sampling scenarios). Overall, this seems to be on par with the normal guinness - though I would’ve preferred to try both back-to-back to get a clearer distinction between the two.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (11783) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2014 Bottle. RBSDG. Pours dark brown with off white head. Nose/taste of chocolate, light toast, and sweet chocolate milk. Lighter body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstrcrwly (779) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2014
straight from the bottle..in St.Ann’s Bay Jamaica West Indies..smooth,dry,roasted malty flavor..much better than Guinness Extra Stout.

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