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

bottled
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToolHead (266) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - APR 22, 2004
30 cl. bottle; served in Duvel tulip. Black color; nice, creamy, tan head with good lastability. Bitter, heavily roasted aroma. Impressive fullness and bite in a well-balanced bitter, dry taste that's nicely rounded and complex. The alcohol is impressively hidden and is noticeable primarily as a slowly warming sensation halfway into the glass. Assertive, long finish. Very nice, full mouthfeel. Highly drinkable. A thoroughly impressive stout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (12335) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2004 Bottled (Finnish version of "Special Export", BB 07/04/05)
Classic opaque Guinness color. Coffee head, foamy - not creamy like nitro/tap version has, lace. Roasted malt aroma, light. Taste is Guinness-like roasted malt with chocolate taste. Bitter but short finish, aftertaste much milder than in normal version. (6/5/8/3/15 3.7)
Dark, foamy vanishing coffee head. Light roasted aroma. Crisp, bitter mouthfeel, thanks for alcohol. Aftertaste has lots of hops. (6/4/6/3/14 3.3)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19194) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2004
Bottled. Black with average, beige head. Licorice, and coffee fragrance. Sweet and boldly malty with a lot of chocolate. Soapy with harsh bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4667) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 26, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2005 (Bottled) Almost opaque black color, big foamy and beige and lacy head. Roasted-malty, chocolatey, hoppy, sourish aroma with anise hints. The slightly wineous, smoky and tarry flavor starts off sweet and alcoholic, and finishes dry, bitter and coffee-like, roasted-malty. Quite long, dry coffee aftertaste. Oily, very full-bodied, creamy, dry and alcoholic palate. A very tasty stout, but could hide the ABV better.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aldrighetti (163) - Coltura, ITALY - MAR 12, 2004
Bottled. Light nut brown thick head, glass sticking, black body. Caramel aroma, sweet fruity nose (preserved pruin?), weak vinous, mild coffee, light toffee. Sharp bitter (coffee/licorice bitterness) in contrast to a initial candy sugar sweetness, dark coffee taste. Medium to full body, oily texturem finish bitter and lightly astringent. A complex and rich beer, where a strange fruity&sweet aroma is followed by a "stouty" coffee&bitter taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CEZ (397) - Milano, ITALY - FEB 20, 2004
Dark brown body and generous brown head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt, with a trace of yeast. Tastes slightly bitter, at least once you go through the thick malt and caramel. Finish is slighlty sour, dry and peppery. Some alcohol is felt. Medium to full body. Rich and tasty, this one was a pleasant surprise.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (7937) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2004
Dark black with an beige foam. Aroma is sweet coffee and something slightly off. Flavours are typical of a guiness - sweetish coffee, some chocolate. Quite bitter on the finish. Better than the draught.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Carbonic gassy hop aroma. Some maltiness, caramel, and a bit of smoky/chocolate bitterness. Large tan foamy lacing head over dark, dark copper brown/black clear beer. Thick watery body with medium carb. Bit of sweet malt up front followed by slight metallic hops. Finish has alcohol, some coffee, and a nice bitterness. After is roasted nuttiness & medium bitter. More depth of character than the bottled Guinness I'm used to in PA.

2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
diabel (1603) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - SEP 20, 2003
Brownish head. Dark, brown colour. Malt, sweet aroma. Water-flavour, little sweet. The aftertaste reminds me of 'drop', a disgusting sort of candy.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (14298) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 25, 2003
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2005 2005-05-21, 6-4-8-4-15=37
Black color; nice creamy head. The aroma is quite cheap, roasted malt, both metallic and Madeira (?). Very strong taste, good structure, good roasted malt, plus malt, caramel, pretty good hopping. Very enjoyable, forget classic canned Guinness.

2003-08-07, 6-4-6-4-13=33
Dark color, beige foam. Quite light nose. Interesting body structure, some sweetness well hidden by loads of caramel, followed by the roasted and hop.


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