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


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RATINGS: 559   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2005
Thanks to Hopdog. Pours a dark brown with some red when held to light. Small tan lacing head. Sweet chocolate and butterscotch aroma. Flavor of the same, maybe some more cocoa in the flavor and a tad bit watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (22903) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown coloured with a lasting beige head. Roasted aroma with notes of chocolate and alcohol. Roasted flavour with lots aof liquorice and notes of coffee and chocolate. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
toccata (70) - grembergen, BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2005
Very black beer with a creamy tann foam. Fine roasted aromaís and hints of black coffee. Taste is burned bitterish, blackend sweet bread, tout with nice fizzy caracter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
Darkly pitched in black with periodic flashes of brown tinting. Lofty huge dark tan top of smoothed over foam. Stays at the helm forever and a day and never leaves its seat, fanning out eventually to leave enormous amounts of thick lacing. Well rounded aroma of dark cocoa and milk chocolate with a light roasted quality and even lighter fruity notions of cherries and figs. Flavor is quite full of action from front to back. Slender and dark fruity front, sweetly sided undertones at first, then, bold and creamy, big roasted chocolate cake center, dry and bittering finish with burnt crusty edges of roasted malts and grains. Turns to smoke, charcoal, tar, coffee grounds, and dry licorice spice as it cinders off into the finish. Wonderfully complex and layered with fun roasty flavors. A great whirlwind at the finish totally knocks it out of the park. Feel is rich, thick, and velvety with a unique sweet under carriage that keeps a very nice balance. The roast never really completely takes over but makes great efforts to do so. The body of this stout continues to grow in texture as it warms, becoming creamier and warmer in cocoa returns towards the finish as does the coffee grade. A fantastic beer. The true Guinness! So truly sad that many here in the states donít realize what they think and drink as the "Original" - isnít actually what it should and could be. Oh well...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Pours an opaque black with a frothy tan head. Bready malty toffee aroma has some dark chocolate and honey undertones. Starts with some sticky sweet maltiness, a viscous palate, and a milk chocolatey finish. Nicely balanced and very drinkable and hides the alcohol very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2005
Poured a very dark brown with a medium tan head. Sweet roasted aroma with tart chocolate. Almost like a chocolate salt water taffee. Also reminds me of chocolate liquer. Flavor was soft and acidic, almost creamy. Roasted chocolate pudding comes to mind. Medium bodied. Dry roasted bitter finish. WOW! Pure surprise. I need some more of these.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 20, 2005
Strong malty aroma features notes of raisins and chocolate. Opaque brown-black body with thick, dense, lasting, fine-bubbled, tan-brown head that coats the glass. Chocolatey malts and nutty marzipan sweetness are nicely balanced with strong roastiness with a background of raisin-like esters and resiny hops. Medium body is very dry with strong, almost aggressive, pointy carbonation that prickles the tongue. Bottle sampled at the White Horse on Parsonís Green in London during GBBF 2005.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanPrimus1982 (48) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - SEP 15, 2005
Darkest beer with a long lasting head, black body. Roasted malt flavor, bit spicy. Very high alcohol percentage (8% ABV) in comparison with the original Guinness (4.2% ABV).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2005
Nearly black, with a nice steady tan head. Sweet smell, just a hint of roasted malts. Flavor is sweet again, a bit hard to detect other flavours but roasted malt because of the high level of carbonation. Still, despite all this, still a very pleasant beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2005
30 c bottle. Sweet flavor with licorice and hints of smoked herring. No chocolate flavor. Bitter finish. Mouth feel is nice and oily and carbonation too powerful.

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