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


on tap

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RATINGS: 588   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10346) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Funny, I just stumbled on some of my notes from my first order from belgianshop.com. I shared this with my neighbor and we both really enjoyed this one. Much sweeter, much maltier and creamier(wow)than the one you get here in America. By looks you might not know the difference. But by smell and flavor you certainly would. Chocolate and coffee abound. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2009
Very nice arome of brown sugar and roasted coffee, also a caramel background. Pitch black in colour with a very frothy longlasting beige head. It just stays beautiful allover. Flavor of chocolate malt and a bitterness that might come from the hops. Aftertaste is very coffeeye and bitter, might come from the alcohol, or just the hops, don’t know. This was a discovery, as to I had a very bad prejudice when it came to Guinness. Awesome beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Dark, dark brown. Verging on blackness. Medium pour produces a massive 5-finger head of thick creamy tan foam. About a full finger of it was standing above the rim of the glass. Excellent retention and amazing lacing. Butterey caramel and coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruits. English toffee. Vanilla extract. Nice roasted malts upfront. Sweet vanilla caramel follows. Nice dark fruit hints. Finishes with the bite of burnt coffee grounds. Hides it’s alcohol quite well, even though it does provide a slight bit of warmth. Much more complex than the more readily available version. Feels good, but is not quite as creamy and velvet-like as it’s relative. Still great compared to others in the same style, but could stand to be a bit thicker and richer. Very drinkable, in general. Would rate higher if not for that nasty bite, at the end. Still, I wish I could bet better access to this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prokroustis (689) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - APR 24, 2011
Pitch black body with a big light brown head. Strong sweet malty aroma of caramel, toast and coffee. Lightly carbonated palate, flavour is sweet with caramel and brown sugar. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 23, 2011
A nice lively hiss from the bottle when I opened it. A light mocha head leapt into the glass and the body was black with ruby flecks at the base of the glass. Aromas of buttered toast, fresh coffee, mushroom soup and indeed, powdered mushroom stock. Other notes of chocolate mousse shine through. I’m going to put my neck out and say that this maybe one of my favourite smells because it couples with it great anticipation. While it isn’t the most sophisticated palate, it is tasty. It does what it says on the bottle (which is Guinness). It is refined and robust at the same time. Coffee at the fore as well as chocolate. Silky smooth and gorgeous. If I was only allowed to drink one beer for the rest of my life this would be in the top five in my pea brain as I attempt to prevaricate and beg not to be confined so. This is all that is sexy about Guinness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tseo (153) - Athens, GREECE - JUN 3, 2012
Aroma: Toffee, milk chocolate, lots of caramel, smoke, soil, nuts... Mouthfeel: Full and creamy. Taste: Firm, malty, smokey, roast flavour. Exceptionaly delicious. Finish: Alcohol, potent coffee-like bitterness. Overall: Near perfect. Very rich, easily drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beereakfast (5) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 1, 2012 does not count
Fruity and belgian on the nose. Fat mouthfeel, great body. Very smooth chocolate and roasty flavours. Very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3414) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2012
Bought in the Netherlands, poured from a bottle of 300 ml. Colour is a very dark brown, almost black if not against light. Pours a thick beige head, which is leaving heavy lacing around the glass as it goes down. Aroma is chocolate and coffee. The taste follows the aroma, bitter chocolate with a sweet finish. Tick in body with average carbonation. The high ABV is there but it goes unnoticeable until you think about it. Overall a great dark beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shaney (2425) - Köln / Cologne, GERMANY - JAN 14, 2013
Neben dem Röstmalz deutlich mit Kaffeearomen gesegnet. Vollmundiger, röstmalziger Antrunk. Zartbitter, Röstkaffee, Kakaonoten im Geschmack. Im Abgang etwas spritig geraten, was die Süffigkeit leicht schmälert. Nichtsdestotroz ein Charakter Stout. Nichts für Weicheier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Xstream (214) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 11, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2013 More like the old guinness. The normal one (Draught edition) is a weaker version of the classic i remember. This one is more thick and oily with more flavor, like it should be imo :)

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