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

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (978) - 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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5196) - Manhattan, 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mstrcrwly (231) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2014
There seems to be various versions of this beer, but I had the one brewed in Tanzania by Serengeti Breweries Ltd.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2591) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2013
275ml bottle, by way of Montego, Jamaica. Deeply roasted, black malt in the aroma, along with lighter notes of licorice, prune, dark chocolate, toasted bread and earthiness, has certain burnt and dark fruit characters lurking in the background. Quite intriguing. Mostly black in color, only showing some dark brown around the edges, and with a very fine, lasting, khaki head. Flavor profile is roasty, charred and bittersweet, with suggestions of anise, cacao, espresso, woody smoke and dark, dried fruit in the background, closing on a drying, lightly bitter note. Features that particularly unmistakable Guinness malt twang. Active on the palate and supremely easy to drink for the style, mostly because its so tasty, body is medium. Thanks to my wife for risking life and limb to fetch this from outside the port town she visited recently. Only $1200 + tax for the 2 sixers! (That’s in Jamaican dollars.)

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (3940) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2013
Had this at the RB Pgh Halloween Spook-tacular Tasting/Drunkfest fall 2013, nice time at Hornydevil’s place, thanks James & Michelle! Nice clean malty aroma. Really dark. Some co2 in there. A little strong but never over the top. Has some of that metal flavor inthere. Good over all stout. No widget in this can.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inbreak (1875) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 25.11.2011, 0,33l bottle @ hotel room, Constance Ephelia Resort Seychelles:
Lett fyldig sødmerik lukt med preg av mørk malt, humle, sjokolade, karamell, kaffi. Lett fyldig sødmerik smak med preg av mørk malt, humle, sjokolade, kaffi, karamell, gras og vanilje. Middels bitterhet som set litt. Grei.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (2667) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2013
on holiday in Kenya 0.50l bottle black colored body with an off white head and a roasted malt hoppy aroma a roasted malt hoppy fruity taste with a alcholic bitter finish

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1019) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bottle. Deep, dark color. Some off white head. Taste was Guinness with molasses in it. Aroma was sweet, corn syrup.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
I drink this frequently as I travel to KE and TZ several times a year for work. The additives give a lot of off flavours in this that you do not have in regular draught Guinness. I have tried it in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Malawi in addition to TZ and KE and it is the same brew in every place at 6.5%. Sometimes brewed by Bell’s brewery in Uganda, sometimes by KE breweries, and sometimes by Serengetti. I like the west african version better. Still its the best beer going in the horn of Africa.


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