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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorqui (2081) - Brescia, ITALY - NOV 22, 2004
Strongly and decided. Elevated alcoholic degree that it stretches to cant of the general taste. Black with persistent foam. Much bitter with toasted aroma nearly burnt.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2004
solid ebon hue, saves ruby tinges around the bottom, enormous, volcanic, creamy tan head, with honeycombed appearance, leaving lace, a delight to watch dwindle down, gracefully... the nose is a blast of dark, yet bright fruit, mingled well with molasses and mocha, delicious, a shiny sensation, bold and beautiful, trickling hints of anise and pepper, with sweetness heavier than the spice...notes of vanilla, a bit of butterscotch...staggeringly complex, and right up my alley, aroma-wise... Thick and sweet in the mouth, with forceful, yet pleasing presence on the palate, slying slinks on the tongue, dripping flavor throughout...same complexity of flavor found in the aroma occurs again in the taste, a rich mix of cocoa and coffee, sweet caramelly tones, dark molasses, tar, licorice, pepper, and a fresh feeling, though I have no idea how long it’s been since this beer was bottled. Full bodied, long, strong, sweet finish, excellent balance...tons of dark malt, not much hops, but still, a wonderful interplay and a unique flavor combination. This is an astonishing stout...the alcohol is well hidden, and sneaks up on you, and delivers one into a comfortable lull. A relaxing brew, luxurious, and immensely rewarding. It goes without saying that I wish this were as easily available as the Extra Stout found here, let along the "Draught" version. If I found a genie in a bottle, that’s where one wish would go!

2.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
harvey (40) - Milano, ITALY - OCT 14, 2004
Deep black with a rich foamy brownish head. Roasted malt aroma, with a fully noticeable acacia honey hint. Taste has a huge malty bitterness. Medium bodied, with burnt bread and roasted coffee notes. Much better in aroma than in taste, IMHO.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Deep dark brown cola-like hue and an off white/tan head. Aroma is rich, roasted malt and coffee beans with a subtle hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is full of roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate malt. Its spicy and hoppy with roasty caramel and chocolate and huge coffee. There are also hints of prunes and raisins. High alcohol content is hardly present. Palate is full bodied and viscous with a long lasting coating on the throat. This stuff is really good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Very beautiful beer, jet black with a big frothy tan head on top. Rosty aroma, licorice, coffee, chocolate, smoke and some frutiy thing. Very powerful roasted flavor. some good coffee flavors and a nice bitter finish. Very smooth and delicious.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2004
Black with long lasting beige head. Roasted, coffee, a little milk and medicine, bitter. Medium body.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Joeh (2038) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2006 Bottle from The Wine Company, Slough. Poured into a Duvel glass. Black, with a frothy tan head. Typical Guinness roasty flavour, but stronger. Not horrible like the regular Guinness, this had higher drinkability (and more alcohol).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2004
Black coloured. Nice roasty aroma with notes of coffee and liquorice. Sweet, malty and full bodied with a malt bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ghawener (1453) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle: Black, pours a small brown head uncharacteristic for a Guiness. Burnt coffee and chocolate in the nose; taste is bitter sweet with coffee and caramel coming through. Nothing compared to the real thing but overall a good alternative.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2004
Sampled from bottle at Danish Beer Festival 2004 (#43).
Dark brown almost black color, nice tan head. Sweet and delicious aroma of malt and milk chocolate. Heavy and full flavor. Malt, coffee and chocolate and a bitter hoppy finish. A really nice stout and better than the ordinary Guinness.


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