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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Deep black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is a bit earthy with some soft molasses and an unusual carbonic aroma, that I tend to associate with homebrewing. Strong roasty aroma but there is also a metallic character that is quite distracting. Flavour is quite coffeeish with heavy roasted barley and a long lingering earthy bitterness. It’s quite simple really, sort of an intro Imperial stout rather than a foreign stout as listed. Nowhere near as good as the Nigerian version.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TrefwoordPunk (830) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2008 Bottle, 33 cl. Black beer with a large brown head drunk from a coffee-cup. Smells semi-pleasantly, earthy. tastes earthy too, with a bit of smoke, bitter and a little sweetness too. Aftertaste is even better than the initial taste. A medium-lasting pleasant bitter taste. A good beer

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
Luzern-07. My favourite of the Guinness line. Pours black with dark brown head. Nose is quite hoppy with roasted coffee and liquorice notes. Very full bodied and quite sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5576) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, sweet chocolate, nuts, smoke, ash, and sticky dried fruits. Taste of smoke, and sweet, chocolate, with toffee, light nuts, tobacco, and faint alcohol. Dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6926) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - NOV 13, 2007
(Bottle, Monk’s Café, Stockholm) Black colour with huge, firm, pale brown head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate and dark rye bread. Sweetish and rather discreet. Roasted, malty taste with smooth notes of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. Rather smooth and discreet but with fiery, vinous undertones. A bit different than other verisons, more smooth and chocolatey, but with an underlying powerful, fiery bite. Nice one.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6909) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2007
bottle @ Cambrinus in Brugse. Roasty, thick. slightly burnt flavor. Big one inch head. Full bodied, creamy, strong. Good

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - SEP 21, 2007
Bottle, imported, Aikmans, St Andrews. Black with a big brown head. Nose is espresso and some roasted malts. Lots of dark fruit and some alcohol too. Mouth is very burnt, cinder toffee, malty, more alcohol. Finishes with alcohol at the back of the throat and some dry liquorice tones. Nice, but not as good as I was expecting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2007
Bottle for €1.50 or so. Strong burnt, charred, absolutely carbonized wood aroma. Same kind of thing in the taste, kind of tastes like biting into a sausage that’s been on fire for a few minutes. Light coconut or marshmallow tastes perhaps but I’m really just digging. If this is the best they can offer to try to win over the Belgian market to stouts that is pretty sad.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (528) - SPAIN - SEP 18, 2007
Poured in a half pint Guinness glass. Black colour and the usual big brownish Guinness head that last until the last sip. Complex aroma of coffee, licorice, cream, butter, prunes, raisins, rum, rosted notes, spicy, nutmeg... the lot. Taste is coffee, licorice, rum, figs, rosted, nutmeg, raisins... the lot again. Alcoholic coffee flavor. Great.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaxiDriver (1553) - Stadland, GERMANY - AUG 30, 2007
Bottle Nr. 100. Very strong smell of malt (which has been roasted) and alcohol, sweet brown sugar, a little bit like an Irish Coffee. Pours a big creamy dark brown head in my mug, the body is as black as it gets. The first sip - don’t really want to destroy the nice head but anyway - the creamy head remains intact. Heavy bitterness and a long duration on the palate. Very creamy texture, full body and a flat carbonation. Very good and strong stuff, it’s really a replacement for a breakfast. Should soon travel again to the Dutch border to get me another one...


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