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


on tap

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   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.

Editors 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 dont know of any others at 6.5% but if you see one let us know.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2005
This beer made its way to a tasting yesterday. Ive not been overwhelmed by anything from Guinness before, and this didnt blow me out of the water, but it was good. Nice aroma of roasted malt, but very one dimensional. Flavor is of roasted malt, some dried fruit, and a nice background sourness from sour mash. The US "Extra stout" version takes this sourness a bit too far, I think. Finish is a little dry and short lived. Better than Guinness here...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (5227) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2017
$2 for a 275 ml. from a gas station near Ocho Rios, bb Nov 2017. Same look as regular Guinness. Nose is mild mocha and a bit of char. Flavors of cocoa, mild coffee, dark toffee, graham cracker and a touch of prickly green herb. Near-medium bodied and a pretty drinkable balance. Better than the Guinness sold in the US, and I believe this is likely the best beer to be found in Jamaica

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LinusStick (3399) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2017
Delicious version I had at Montego Bay airport waiting to come home. 8:00am also but I had to try it right? Very thick and chewy compared to what we get in the states. Aroma was dark roasted malt but couldnt really get a good feel for it because I bought it at a newsstand and they didnt have a glass. Looked like a typical dark brown/black beer. Taste was really good. Burnt molasses, strong dark roasted malt and heavy coffee flavors that were very full and pronounced. Lingering bitter finish win a thick chewiness to it. Mild carbonation. Not bad at all

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Erzengel (8447) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUN 18, 2016
300ml bottle, brewed in Kenya, from Woodlands Supermarket in Kigali / Rwanda 🇷🇼. Malty and thick beginning. Lots of roasted malt and liquorice. Moderate bitterness in the aftertaste, thick an viscous, very dry. Nice malty intense aftertaste. Great and deep stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (3265) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olsvammel (6843) - rebro, 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 Ive had in Europe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Subliminal64 (152) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2015
Bottle while in Jamaica. Disappointingly wasnt as good as the one Id 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gregwilsonstl (2380) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2929) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (14368) - 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.

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