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

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 (1084) - Sydney, - 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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2557) - Varberg, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle @ Negril Tree House Resort, Jamaica. Pours black with a beige head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and caramel. Flavours of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt, soy and dark fruit. Bitter finish. Smooth texture.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (5096) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2016
Bottle at a restaurant in Nairobi. Dark malty smell with chocolate. Similar taste. Creamy. Allot better and more tasty then the guiness I’ve had in Europe.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Subliminal64 (81) - London, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2016
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. MB The Beer Bearon

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1377) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2015
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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (1817) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 10, 2015
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2657) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - NOV 30, 2015
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. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (12540) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bigguns22 (755) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kajser27 (1064) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (9417) - 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.

8/4/6/3/13=3.4

Rerate
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.
8/4/6/3/12=3.3


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