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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Indra (2711) - 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.)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
cheap (4755) - Beaver Valley, 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Inbreak (3351) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wim (3279) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tnkw01 (1540) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (2128) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ComradeK (1076) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (3416) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2012
300ml bottle in South Sudan. From Kenya. Sweet, ruddy black malts with a distinct sour tinge. Strong bodied stout, with some hop bitterness. Really quite nice, and unexpectedly good break in this tiny town I’m in.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3513) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Purchased at Progressive Foods in Montego Bay. The aroma on this is really interesting. It’s super spicy and peppery, with some of the underlying roasted and toasted malt character. Some metallic character is also there, with some anise making a strong showing, too. It’s Guinness, but totally different. Opaque dark mahogany body with a medium, creamy tan head that is strong. Attractive. Starts with lots of anise an licorice character. Becomes leathery and somewhat roasted in the middle. Strong anise character also comes through later with a bit of a saltiness on the palate. Spiciness is present late. Super gnarly...not a huge fan of all the anise, though.

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