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

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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 40   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 (9169) - 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. Itís quite simple really, sort of an intro Imperial stout rather than a foreign stout as listed. Nowhere near as good as the Nigerian version.

3.2
   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 Ä1.50 or so. Strong burnt, charred, absolutely carbonized wood aroma. Same kind of thing in the taste, kind of tastes like biting into a sausage thatís been on fire for a few minutes. Light coconut or marshmallow tastes perhaps but Iím 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5871) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - 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 (1198) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (608) - 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 (1672) - 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 - donít 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, itís really a replacement for a breakfast. Should soon travel again to the Dutch border to get me another one...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyit (3733) - Vadum, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2007
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of port, alcohol, roasted malt, prunes and raisins. A flavor of port, prunes, raisins, notes of liqurice and coffee.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MiP (14738) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle, 8%. Liquorice aroma. Black colour. Big, semi-stable brown head. Good and flavourful. Roasted flavour with a hint of malt bitterness. Nice liquorice and coffee notes.


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