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


on tap

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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 9, 2001
chunky, ripe, smoky. much better than normal guiness

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2005
Bottled. A big black beer with a lovely coffee coloured head. The aroma is full and malty with toffee, fudge and coal. The taste is also very full with malts, caramel and coal. Not the roastiest of stouts but oh so tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mike_77 (5290) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAR 28, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2014 Black in colour with a thick dark beige head. Aroma is dominated by the strong roasted malt. The malty flavour is complemented by the bitterness of coffee, dark chocolate and dark treacle. Texture is smooth and velvety and makes me think of cold frappe coffees.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle. A - Deep black with some ruby hues especially at the edge. Gigantic, thick, foamy, creamy, meringue-like, light beige head. Great retention with a good lacing left. Very nice looking beer. S - A touch faint, but a good amount of licorice, some fruit, also some mocca/espresso. These go along with the general roasted malt and chocolate. Has a bit of a BSDA smell. T - It starts off with a bit of a roasted malt taste. This quickly gives to a BSDA-like flavor. There is a good amount of licorice, dark fruits, and some Belgian yeast. Then more stout flavors come out. A bit more roasted malt, along with some chocolate, mocca, burnt sugar/caramel, molasses, licorice, a bit of earthiness, and some lactose sweetness. Somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet, and a little warming alcohol presence all mix throughout the sip. M - Medium body with average carbonation. Smooth and rich taste. Not quite as full and thick/chewy as I would have liked, but not bad really, the rest of the beer just set the bar pretty high. D - Easy to drink and makes me coming back for more. A large diversity of flavors that mix well, and are easy on the palate. Well balanced and is smooth. Only probably for drinking multiple ones in a sitting is the ABV, which is pretty well hidden. Notes: A very nice beer, too bad Guinness doesnít make more beer like this, or at least have this beer distributed to a larger area. Taste like a mix of a BSDA and a stout. A lot of different flavors that intertwine and mesh nicely. Glad to have tried this (and on St. Patrickís Day too).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerheart65 (1389) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 22, 2012
Strong abundant aroma has licorice, chocolate and french roast coffee. Elegant black with creamy expresso head medium lenght. Taste is dryer and has more hoppiness than aroma. Roasting is more evident and stronger also. lots of nuances. Full bodied, roasted dry and bitter, low carbonation. Overall a well-made beautiful stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeCarty (2) - - JUL 6, 2013 does not count
Much darker and thicker than other types of Guiness, so much so the head is a light brown colour. Liquorice flavour, strong and slightly bitter on the palate, bit of an acquired taste but to me itís the best version of Guinness

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
edsspoon (855) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2014
Bottle - once I opened it it started frothing over so I poured it quickly which caused the head to erupt and fill up my glass (and overflow). Opaque black with a very big light brown foamy head, which eventually subsides into a medium sized head which lasts throughout with good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee and light butterscotch with some hints of dark fruit. Taste begins with some warming and burnt flavours, followed by a strong bitterness, toffee, chocolate, some vanilla and some butterscotch. A very long bitter finish, medium sweetness. Heavy body, low carbonation, quite sticky. I thoroughly recommend this, it is an absolutely beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
peponi (1414) - Mainz, GERMANY - JUN 6, 2015
Aroma: roasted smoked notes, coffee, dried fruits. Appearance: dark color, nice creamy head. Taste: acid and smoked, roasted dark malts, dried fruits, bitter chocolate, coffee, semi-dry, bonfire. Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, ashy rosted finish. Overall: Really good stuff, nice smoked notes and deep compex taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (667) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
The beer looks perfect, like an example for every stout. The color of te beer is pitch black on the eye and a dark ruby red glow in the light. The beer is rather clear. On top of the beer there is a nice layer of rough almond colored foam. The smell of the beer is quite nice but a tiny bit mild. I smell some lovely biscuit-like malts, toasty and roasty. I love this roasted barley aroma. The beer has a little salty touch to it. The smell is that of the regular Guinness draught, with a bit more sweetness to it. The taste is nice. I taste some sweet fruity aromas and some nice roasted barley. The beer has a strong licorice taste. The roast flavor is a bit on the background in the taste. There is a nice savory touch to the beer. It is truly a lovely stout. Great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fraerm (3) - Misterbianco, ITALY - JUL 30, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2016 Bottle. Aroma: sweet cherry, liquorice, sweet. Beautiful looking beer in the glass, black, beautiful brown head. Taste: sweet but also hoppy, delicious, malty and wonderfully balanced, smoked. Best Guinness I have ever had

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