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Guinness Foreign Extra (Nigeria) (174 of 1001)

Rating: 3.75

This version of Guinness Foreign Extra was the first to be brewed outside Ireland in Guinness’ first brewery outside the country. For years Guinness Foreign Extra proved to be a hugely successful beer in Africa, particularly in Nigeria where it had been imported into since the 1940’s. When Nigeria gained independence from the UK in 1960, Guinness opted to build a brewery in Lagos to meet demand. Currently the Nigerians drink more of the black stuff than the Irish and make the country Guinness’ second biggest market with sales predicted to overtake the UK in the not to distant future. This is a beer that I have been looking to try for the best part of two years, basically since I tried the Irish version of the beer. The other reason I had for wanting to try it so much is because it appears on the 1001 beers list as the only Nigerian offering on the list as well as being one of the few African beers to feature. I’ve seen the beer in a number of different bottle shops over the past couple months but for one reason or another only managed to pick it up about a month ago and finally made the decision to crack it open after trying and thoroughly enjoying Dragon Stout from Jamaica recently, hopefully this one is as good as that offering from the Caribbean.
Guinness Foreign Extra (Nigerian)

Appearance (4/5): This one is a really dark looking, deep ruby colour that borders on black and is topped with a centimetre tall, creamy head that is a light brown colour and eventually turns into a foamy lacing on the top of the beer.
Aroma (7/10): A mixture of darker, milky chocolate and some coffee with a huge amount of sweetness and some roasted malts, none of which seemed as strong as they were with the Irish version of this beer other than the sweet sugars. There is some darker fruits too with a slight bit of sourness nearer the end.
Taste (7/10): Lots of milky chocolate to begin along with some darker, roasted malts and a bit of coffee. Again the sweetness of the beer outshines most of the rest and there is some plums, raisins and various other darker fruits making themselves known throughout.
Palate (4/5): Smooth with a nice amount of carbonation and a creamy, full bodied mouthfeel that has a lot of sweetness and some grain coming through. There is a touch of alcohol grain in the middle and some bitterness to go with the mainly sweet feel as well.

Overall (15/20): A strange beer this one, I was expecting it to taste only marginally different than the Irish version of this Foreign Extra stout but it seemed completely different although that may be because I’ve only tried the Irish version once and that was almost two years ago. This one was very sweet, surprisingly so even after all I’d read about it online and it was a lot lighter than expected with regards to the roasted malt and coffee flavours I come to associate with Guinness. I also felt the alcohol content was better hidden in this one, with both being the same 7.5% abv., making this beer a better one for it. Perhaps not in the same league as Lion Stout but a good foreign extra beer and worth a try if only for the novelty factor of trying a Nigerian beer.

Brewed In: Lagos, Nigeria
Brewery: Guinness Nigeria
First Brewed: 1962
Full Name: Guinness Foreign Extra Stout (Nigeria)
Type: Foreign / Export Stout
Abv: 7.5%
Serving: Bottle (325ml)
Purchased: The Cave (Glasgow)
Price: £2.50

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