The Nip Guinness interests me in particular. It was bottled by a company called Read Bro's who specialised in bottling beer from large brewers casks. Bass and Guinness didn’t bottle their own beers but shipped hogsheads out to specialist bottling companies like the Read Bro's, from there the bottles were exported. I often wonder exactly what sort of beer this Nip Guinness was; by now the contents of the bottle would surely be oxidised vinegar. The word Nip suggests it was a strong product and since Read Bro's specialised in export it’s likely that the products they bottled were robust. I imagine it might be similar to today’s Foreign Extra Stout, the Dublin brewed version I have been lucky enough to sample several times in the past, the Nigerian version I have just finished sipping.
Guinness F.E.S. is one of, if not the largest selling Guinness product worldwide. According to Wikipedia (I know not the most solid of references but it was all I could find) Guinness has around 40% of the African market with F.E.S. being the main product. F.E.S. is also big in Asia and the
Nigerian Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 7.5% abv
Pours a pitch black with a lovely natural tan head. Aroma features a massive creamy caramel milkshake character, confected and unique. On the palate there is a woody note, warm alcohol then bitter sweet caramel that’s rich but is cut by a sharp dry finish that prevents it from being cloying, like spicy xmas pudding with brandy sauce. World class
If anyone has information on Read Bros or Nip Guinness I would love to hear it