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Guinness Special Export (Belgian version)

Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Foreign Stout
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 611   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (995) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2016
Olhão 18/7 2016. 33 cl bottle from Oriente Modelo Supermarket. Yellow label with the characteristic harp. Declarations of "Genuine Quality" and "Special Export". Makes you wonder why beers with a high ABV is often "Export Beers"? Are the Brewers afraid that people at home will actually get drunk? So they have to send the strong beer out of the country. Pours opaque dark brown with light beige head. Head is kind of dense but settles as flimsy thin layer of foam. Moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet with chocolate, coffee, roasted dark malts and a whiff of alcohol. Some more subdued bitter notes. Soft carbonation and thick creamy palate. Flavor is intensly sweet and a bit sugary followed by light bitterness. A quite heavy fellow which would fit in nicely on a could day in December. A bit misplaced in Portugal in 30 degrees.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
labeerinthum (476) - Milano, ITALY - JUL 5, 2016
Bottiglia. Il gusto al naso ricorda orzo tostato e caffè. L’intensità olfattiva è elevata e la persistenza olfattiva è apprezzabile. Il cappello è di schiuma compatta, cremosa, aderente ed ha una buona tenuta. Le bollicine sono medio-fini, con carbonazione media. Il colore è scuro impenetrabile, ma lascia intravedere il perlage costituito da bollicine fini con carbonazione persistente ed insistita. Il corpo è strutturato non pesante. Il dolce è medio e l’amaro è medio. L’intensità gustativa è elevata e la persistenza gustativa è buona e lunga. Il gusto è piacevole. Le sensazioni boccali finali sono di facile beva. Il finale è setoso, amarognolo, lungo, pulito e complesso. Il retrogusto è intenso. L’aroma in bocca riporta sentori di caramello, miele, cereali, caffè, pane tostato, resina, frutta secca, alcol presente non invadente.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ozzatoadisback (63) - ITALY - JUL 1, 2016
Black colour, average head, slightly off-white, decent persistence, some lacing. Aroma has caramel malts, milk coffee and red fruits. Taste is on the sweet side with a slight hint of bitterness in the finish: buttery/milky sweetness, a light hint of roasted malts, slight red fruits, liquorice. Medium body, almost flat, decently creamy. Easy, and easily forgettable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (612) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
The beer looks perfect, like an example for every stout. The color of te beer is pitch black on the eye and a dark ruby red glow in the light. The beer is rather clear. On top of the beer there is a nice layer of rough almond colored foam. The smell of the beer is quite nice but a tiny bit mild. I smell some lovely biscuit-like malts, toasty and roasty. I love this roasted barley aroma. The beer has a little salty touch to it. The smell is that of the regular Guinness draught, with a bit more sweetness to it. The taste is nice. I taste some sweet fruity aromas and some nice roasted barley. The beer has a strong licorice taste. The roast flavor is a bit on the background in the taste. There is a nice savory touch to the beer. It is truly a lovely stout. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alteregoo (797) - POLAND - MAY 25, 2016
Po przelaniu do szkła tworzy się niewielka, beżowa piana, dość szybko redukuje się do firanki. Barwa ciemno brązowa z jaśniejszymi refleksami. Aromat średnio intensywny, przypomina kawę espresso z mlekiem, kawę latte i pianki marshmallow. W smaku półsłodkie, średnio wysycone, kawowe,karmelowe, delikatnie słodkie, bardzo gładkie. Goryczka lekko powyżej niskiej, palona, z popiołowym, tytoniowym afterteasem, dość rzadkie w odbiorze.
FES, który przypomina Milk Stouta w aromacie i Coffee Stouta w smaku :) Bardzo sesyjny pomimo wysokiego, nieźle ukrytego alkoholu.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
L_Lovecraft (177) - - MAY 24, 2016
Roasted malts, coffee, dark brown/black, medium body, law carbonation, dried fruits, roasted malts, body is not full enough for me and there is too much alcohol in evidence...good but practically a Guinness too strong and not elegant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierridder_S (633) - BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2016
21/05/2016 - 33cl bottle @ a party @ former Jeugdhuis ’t Stadt, Welden. Black colour with nice light tanned head. Nose is roasted mals, some caramel. Taste is grains, coffee, some mocha, some caramel. Thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rami_pl (1640) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 19, 2016
butelka, warka do 08.07.16. piwo jest faktycznie ladne, super piana (bez zadnego widgetu), dosc szybko opada, ale super zostaje na szkle. Aromaty to najpierw kawa zbozowa, pozniej ciemne owoce swieze (wisnie) i suszone tez, chleb, palonosc, w tle jakby przyprawowosc, czekolada ciut. w ustach anlaogia do powyzszych, kwaskowate, slodkawe (nieco karmelowo), ciut alkoholu, srednio- wysycone. srednio- ciala. posmaki kawowe. to jednak nie legenda - guinness na benelux robiony jest lepsiejszy i tyle...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
rdb84 (535) - NETHERLANDS - APR 13, 2016
Stout pour with large lasting head. A: buttermilk, licorice note, sweet dark malts, vanilla, wood note. T: smokey note kicks in from offset. Bit oily mouthfeel. Nice and long development which starts with the sweetness from the malts, moves towards vanilla, smokey bacon, back to malts with fruity touch, mostly banana. Finish is bitter, rye, tar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (1946) - Minsk, BELARUS - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle. Aroma: burnt barley, popcorn, coffee. Taste: prunes, roasted, dried fruits, a bit smoked, wine, warming.

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