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

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RATINGS: 580   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thewolf (11557) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle. The usual dark brown bordering on black pours gently into my glass, follwed by a flowing, slightly brownish head. It is incredible that it can stay for so long, and it continues to leave nice lacings on the glass. Aroma is primarily roasted, but compared to the usual Guinness, this has more chocolate aromas, and a whiff of dried fruits. Mouthfeel is spectacularly creamy, but feels lighter than the Irish original. Flavour is sweet, roasted, lots of chocolate. There is a fine vinious edge to it, giving me a lasting impression in my mouth. The roasted flavour gives the finish a light sour bitter edge. Great - much better than the original

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 11, 2007
Bottle, BB 8/8/08. Poured a clear, deep garnety-brown with a creamy well-retained beige head and sticky lacing.. looked great! Aroma had a decidedly foreign stout feel to it... burnt semi-sweet chocolate and mild coffee with sweet herbs and dark caramel. Flavor was of sweet, yet bitter burnt chocolate with coffee bitterness.. almost candied caramel and light darker spices at the back-end.. tasty. Medium-bodied with a grainy and tacky feel to it.. Solid brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (17649) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2007
bottle at home, tasted along side Foreign extra (Nigerian)... There definitly different beers... Deep red black ... smokey fruity malt ... deep roast malt ... caramel sweetness ... fruity ... roast malts .. light smooth bitter linger ...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beeranarchist (231) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2007
Bottle. Black with light brown head. Aroma of coffee, caramel, metal and some liqourice and a hint of alcohol. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, very mild compared to the alcohol content. Bitter finish. Much better than the draught Guinness that’s available here in Denmark, this is actually good!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (39393) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2007
Bottle. Black color with large creamy excellent mostly lasting light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, burnt, chocolate / coffee, brown sugar. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter (malt burnt bitter) with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeinDahlem (1378) - Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2007
I haven’t drank the stuff at the source, but this was easily the tastiest Guinness I’ve had. Black with a gorgeous brown head, roasty espresso aromas that carry into the flavor. Very roasty, very malted, a touch sweet, mildly bitter, and without the empty blandness that other bottled versions often have. Not just creamy but also lively. The burnt finish is not extreme, but dry. A good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Had this in Antwerp, bought from some shady grocery store on the wrong side of town - got to love it. Black with a thick, bubbly brown foam that laces considerably. Aroma is strong roasted malt, caramel, and some interesting and rather intense fruity esters. Also a slight alcohol kick to the nose. Taste is strong roasted and chocolate notes, but there is a tinge of something here that is very reminiscent of more classic Belgian styles, again playing on fruity esters and a faint yeasty/spicy dynamic. Heavily bitter finish and a long lasting roasty aftertaste. Very thick, vicuous, little carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - APR 29, 2007
Sampled at the Woodshop Tasting. Poured dark almost black color with a nice light brown color. Aroma had a smokey oak caracter with some roast, coffee and caramel. Taste was just as complex as the aroma with a slight alcohol finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
Huge thanks to oh6gdx for getting me this long coveted brew. Thanks, Pat. Aroma is huge with alcohol and fruit along with black licorice and mild woodsmoke. Interesting aroma. Much more intense than I expected. Quite concentrated. The body is ever so lightly garnet-tinted black and holds a massive (three fingers) mocha head that is lasting and leaves ample lacing. Very burnt/bitter fore is followed by mild black coffee and faint liquid smoke notes. Raisins and licorice notes throught the middle and a dark cocoa and underripe cherry finish. Very nice! Seems underrated even at a 91 to me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 25, 2007
12 oz bottle VIA Saarlander (thanks man!). Pours black with a very large tan head. Nose is full of fruity easters, smells like a Baltic Porter. The taste though is another story. The fruity esters are buried underneath strong roasted burnt malts. Also some licorice (NOT anise) flavor. Some bitter coffee in the finish. This is not what i expected at all. Body is medium, carbonation moderate, mouthfeel silky.


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