Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Foreign Stout
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 616   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lowenbrau (3183) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - SEP 26, 2015
330ml bottle, lots of occasions. A classical.
In short: roasty dry stout.
Pours quite dark with nice tan head. Moderate head retention, some lacing. Roasty, licorice, coffee nose. Medium to full body, average to soft carbonation, oily texture. Taste is roasty, coffee, some raisins and plums, licorice. Smooth, some dry and bitter finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sound67 (647) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2015
Maker: St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo), Dublin, Ireland *** Beer: Guinness Special Stout (Belgian) (bottled, 330ml) *** Style: Imperial Stout *** ALC.VOL.: 8.0% *** "Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin." *** Colour: Jet black, impenetrable, with a big, frothy beige head. *** Nose: Roasted malts, lactose, smokey bacon(!), hints of vanilla. *** Texture: Medium to full body, oily. Modest carbonation. *** Taste: Roasted malts, estery notes, yeast and lactose in the beginning. Smokey bacon towards the middle. Espresso. Finish is sour coffee, citrus, yeast. After taste of caramel malts, coffee. *** Impressions: A world apart from the usual Guinness "Original Draught", this export, Imperial Stout version has much more depth and doesnít rely on charcoal exclusively for effect. Eminently (and dangerously) drinkable at 8%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
migueledls (3) - - SEP 19, 2015 does not count
I must admit Iím a bit biased by this one, as it was one of the first "good beers" I had, and has settled for me what a good foreign stout must be. Roast barley aroma, chocolate, hints of coffee. Pitch black with smooth tan head. Taste of roast cereal, and pretty much like the aroma. Full bodied but not overwhelmingly so, drinkable. Thick. One of the best around, in my humble opinion.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SkillsFactory (523) - ITALY - SEP 14, 2015
Marrone molto scura, quasi nera, con riflessi caramello, schiuma beige di media persistenza. Aroma di liquirizia, caffè, zucchero bruciato, frutti rossi. Al palato stesse componenti, maggiormente presenti liquirizia e tostato (caffè), finale acido con frutti rossi e ricordi di cacao, forse l'alcool si percepisce troppo. Ben carbonata, corpo medio-leggero.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbonde (305) - DENMARK - SEP 13, 2015
33cl bottle@home in pint glass@approx 10 degrees C. Pours pitch black with massive beige head with excellent retention. Nose of bread and sweet, dark fruit. Taste roasty, bready, sugary with a little chocolate and caramel. Not quite Christmas pudding as it lacks the fruitiness. Hardly any carbonation and the beautiful head just stays on and on. Heavy, sweet inbetween a Guinnness and a porter also in the malty aftertaste. Warming, but rather dull and one-dimensional compared to the excellent porters out there.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zakoon (483) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 5, 2015
330ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a thick beige head. Aroma is sweet with light roasted malt, lactose, liquorice, some coffee, caramel and bread. Flavour is sweet and light bitteer. Medium bodied and average carbonation. Finish is watery, blunt and bittersweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MelvinKalksma (875) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - AUG 27, 2015
UPDATED: APR 21, 2016
Medium aroma of malts, dried fruit, liquorice, chocolate and roasted malts.

Opaque black beer with a ruby glare and with a medium beige head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, dried fruit, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
altonbrownd (5536) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Bottle at home. Drank it quite warm. A sweeter version of one of my favorite all-timers. Itís dark chocolate color, not as black, and more sugary. Some of the wheat/bread flavor is less pronounced. Lovely bitter finish. Highly drinkable and most enjoyable. Only criticism would be that itís perhaps too smooth, too easy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Senka (1051) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 8, 2015
FTA. 33cl. There is nothing special about it. If you really miss the UK stout, and are stuck on the island - get this. Like 10 years ago there were nothing similar available in Estonia for example. Now there are 100s of alternative stouts. And If I want dry stout, I will get myself something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cool_Bond (2298) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2015
Black malt and butter aroma. Taste of dark roasted coffee and a little caramel. Heavy bitterness that fills the mouth for a long time. Okay but slightly bitter. Follow me @ Kung av Ųl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.

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