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

bottled
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RATINGS: 526   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
janubio (441) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 Tap at , Marne La Vallee, France.
This is what’s it’s all about. A deep, rich, mysterious black hole with a hefty, strong marshmallow-white head that sits atop and guides to the drinker an aroma of sweet, wet pipe tobacco and delicate chocolate. A rush of subdued pipe tobacco with a slightly sugary and cocoa-powder finish tickles every taste bud as it travels slowly along the tongue, leaving a viscous and slippery layer of perfection in its wake. This is the Guinness I have always wanted. This is THE beer for me. Better stock up for the trip home. Absolutely flawless and divinely perfect.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (705) - BELGIUM - APR 13, 2014
Admirable stout dans cette version « special export » pour le marché belge, qui titre donc à 8%abv, au lieu des 4,2 % du stout classique local irlandais ou de tous les irish pubs du monde …. Couleur noir profond, magnifique, d’une opacité totale. La mousse au versage est sensiblement différente d’une mousse commune de Guinness bien crémeuse. Ici elle est beige foncé à assez gros flocons au départ et couleur un peu passée, puis elle devient effectivement crémeuse comme sa petite sœur, certes moins épaisse mais de texture bien crémeuse et d’un beige clair bien connu. Arômes de céréales, pain complet, chocolat noir, candi. 1ère bouche très souple sur un très bel ensemble café/céréales, avec une pointe de réglisse. Arrière-bouche très torréfiée, mais très distinguée et longue. 2ème bouche à la texture superbe, chocolat fin de dégustation, pain aux 7 céréales, café doux. Arrière-bouche complexe, longue. La longueur enchaîne avec de grandes beautés, des saveurs vraiment riches, denses et pourtant douces. Très bel amalgame et harmonie fantastique. La levure est parfaitement incluse. L’alcool est bien progressif, et on sent l’effet bienheureux des 3,8 % abv en plus que la classique : effet sur les saveurs et la suavité. La finale ne faiblit pas et témoigne de ce qu’est un grand stout. CONCLUSION : quel bonheur de trouver LA vraie version de l’Irlande dans LA version belge de sa bière emblématique, comme quoi les Irlandais ont parfaitement compris que le belge était exigeant sur la vérité d’une bière, son aspect équilibré et dense, avec une force de caractère intégrale. Merci Guinness pour ce bel hommage à la Belgique.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Cimi (1) - pralormo, ITALY - JUN 22, 2012 does not count
I like this beer, because the taste is very very good! The aroma is strange, but tasty at the same time!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Hopgeek (90) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 7, 2004
Deep dark brown cola-like hue and an off white/tan head. Aroma is rich, roasted malt and coffee beans with a subtle hints of chocolate and caramel. Flavor is full of roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate malt. Its spicy and hoppy with roasty caramel and chocolate and huge coffee. There are also hints of prunes and raisins. High alcohol content is hardly present. Palate is full bodied and viscous with a long lasting coating on the throat. This stuff is really good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tomaz (63) - , GERMANY - MAY 3, 2011
hum, quelle belle bière, la mousse crémeuse, la couleur foncée et brune, le gout tellement typiquement guinness alors que ce n’est pas la version habituelle, pourtant ca rappelle vraiment la vraie recette avec bien plus de corps, a 8 %, tout est rond, notes de café grillé, noix-noisettes grillées, amertume légère, notes de thé puerh un pue fumé, l’astringence umami qui rafraichit. Pourquoi j’en ai jamais bu avant?

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mattcolo99 (27) - USA - NOV 13, 2001
hey micky your so fine, your so fine you blow my mind, hey micky.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3305) - Radom, POLAND - JAN 24, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2012 chocolate, coffee, herbs, leather, smoke, vanilla, skunky, ginger, licorice, alcohol, black, brown foam, rocky head, light sweetness, medium bitterness, lightly sour, umami, medium body, sticky, bitter, lively,

4.6
   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 don’t realize what they think and drink as the "Original" - isn’t actually what it should and could be. Oh well...

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogivlado (5900) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2002
Bottled(330ml). -the best guinness beer


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