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

bottled
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RATINGS: 509   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


2.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
diabel (1607) - 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 (14990) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 21, 2003
Fat toffee and roast, thick and rich. Very long roasty finish, quite bitter. Some mollases and raisins aswell, very thick mouthfeel. Beautiful rich, bitter chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 18, 2003
Thick dense beer. Pours with a tan head. Lots of flavor in this one. So much better than the draft USA version. Tastes thick and sweet with lots of roast malt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
minguimore (17) - SPAIN - JUL 16, 2003
Great. Regular Guiness loses all its flavor if you don´t drink it on tap but this one is good in bottle. Its like a powered version of Guiness, with an even more complex taste. I could drawn in this wonder.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2010) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 This one actually turned out to be quite ok. Appearance is black with a creamy light-brown head. Smoked, malty and coffee aroma. Bitter flavour and palate.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (29484) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2003
The color is black with a fine light brown head. The flavor is licorice, slightly smoked, and sweet. The flavor is very sweet and slighty smoked. A good Guinness but too soft for my liking of a stout.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2003
Bottled at the Danish Beerfestival 2003: Very black coloured with a beautiful chocolatish head. This is a very nice looking beer. Aroma is roasty and hoppy with destinch coffee notes. Roasty and coffeish flavour as well that ends up in a huge bitterness. A bit sharp mouthfeel, but not in any way unpleasant. Good stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (7976) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
Colour: nearly full black. Dark brown, very thick head, going down as lace. Nose gives burnt malts, black coffee, roasted nuts. Bitter, and in the same breath malt-sweet taste, again overtaken by roasted malt bitterness and caramelisation, constantly fluctuating. Retronasal flavour of coffee-covered cookies and cured ham. Rich mouthfeel, little carbonisation, seems to have been knocked out by pouring. The little carbonation notwithstanding, there's a sourness from the CO2. This is a very strange beer, very balanced with sweet, bitter and sour collaborating to create a rich beer. I have problems with its qualification as "sweet" stout. Somewhere between a classis Irish stout and an Imperial ditto, I'd say.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Black with giant, frothy, tan head. The clasic Guinness yeast aroma (sweet and creamy). Smooth, mellow start with a very bitter finish.


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