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


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RATINGS: 624   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carlorox (19) - siena, ITALY - SEP 29, 2016
Per me rimane la migliore guinness, retrogusto complesso e speziato, densa e corposa, amaro contenuto ed equilibrato... come si fa a sottovalutare una birra come questa?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
Huge thanks to oh6gdx for getting me this long coveted brew. Thanks, Pat. Aroma is huge with alcohol and fruit along with black licorice and mild woodsmoke. Interesting aroma. Much more intense than I expected. Quite concentrated. The body is ever so lightly garnet-tinted black and holds a massive (three fingers) mocha head that is lasting and leaves ample lacing. Very burnt/bitter fore is followed by mild black coffee and faint liquid smoke notes. Raisins and licorice notes throught the middle and a dark cocoa and underripe cherry finish. Very nice! Seems underrated even at a 91 to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 4/24/06: 11.2 oz bttl. Pours a ruby-red, black coffee body with a tan, med, creamy, fully lasting head... Aromas of toasted malts, dark chocolate, mild coffee, dough yeast, and light gingerbread... Tastes lightly sweet with soft palate, chocolate, bitter coffee and long finish... Light-medium bodied with a creamy texture... No alcohol evident... Tasty tasty tasty!!! Iíd have this again and again... Muchas gracias a Will Knight...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10883) - 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, donít 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 itís 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 itís 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 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 (4925) - 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
sound67 (702) - Offenbach, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2015
Maker: St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo), Dublin, Ireland *** Beer: Guinness Special Stout (Belgian) (bottled, 330ml) *** Style: Imperial Stout *** ALC.VOL.: 8.0% *** "Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin." *** Colour: Jet black, impenetrable, with a big, frothy beige head. *** Nose: Roasted malts, lactose, smokey bacon(!), hints of vanilla. *** Texture: Medium to full body, oily. Modest carbonation. *** Taste: Roasted malts, estery notes, yeast and lactose in the beginning. Smokey bacon towards the middle. Espresso. Finish is sour coffee, citrus, yeast. After taste of caramel malts, coffee. *** Impressions: A world apart from the usual Guinness "Original Draught", this export, Imperial Stout version has much more depth and doesnít rely on charcoal exclusively for effect. Eminently (and dangerously) drinkable at 8%.

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