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

bottled
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RATINGS: 617   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony Martin.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JorisPPattyn (9468) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 1, 2003
Colour: nearly full black. Dark brown, very thick head, going down as lace. Nose gives burnt malts, black coffee, roasted nuts. Bitter, and in the same breath malt-sweet taste, again overtaken by roasted malt bitterness and caramelisation, constantly fluctuating. Retronasal flavour of coffee-covered cookies and cured ham. Rich mouthfeel, little carbonisation, seems to have been knocked out by pouring. The little carbonation notwithstanding, there's a sourness from the CO2. This is a very strange beer, very balanced with sweet, bitter and sour collaborating to create a rich beer. I have problems with its qualification as "sweet" stout. Somewhere between a classis Irish stout and an Imperial ditto, I'd say.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jerohen (2169) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2003 This one actually turned out to be quite ok. Appearance is black with a creamy light-brown head. Smoked, malty and coffee aroma. Bitter flavour and palate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2004 Bottled (Finnish version of "Special Export", BB 07/04/05)
Classic opaque Guinness color. Coffee head, foamy - not creamy like nitro/tap version has, lace. Roasted malt aroma, light. Taste is Guinness-like roasted malt with chocolate taste. Bitter but short finish, aftertaste much milder than in normal version. (6/5/8/3/15 3.7)
Dark, foamy vanishing coffee head. Light roasted aroma. Crisp, bitter mouthfeel, thanks for alcohol. Aftertaste has lots of hops. (6/4/6/3/14 3.3)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2005
Black in colour with a short though long lasting brown head. Nice lacework too. Choc coated liquorice aroma, with some nice roast notes behind it. Flavour is sweet aniseeed, chocolate with a chalky roast finish. Some vineous notes there too. Medium feel, and overall felt a little one dimensional.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (34308) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2003
The color is black with a fine light brown head. The flavor is licorice, slightly smoked, and sweet. The flavor is very sweet and slighty smoked. A good Guinness but too soft for my liking of a stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 28, 2004
Black coloured. Nice roasty aroma with notes of coffee and liquorice. Sweet, malty and full bodied with a malt bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 13, 2004
Very beautiful beer, jet black with a big frothy tan head on top. Rosty aroma, licorice, coffee, chocolate, smoke and some frutiy thing. Very powerful roasted flavor. some good coffee flavors and a nice bitter finish. Very smooth and delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lululegrand (94) - gent, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2005
Very dark beer with brown head. Coffee aroma’s, black chocolate and burned malts. Full taste with dry coffee like bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2005
Iv noticed this before, however just took it for the foreign extra stout, close looking told me otherwise. The Aroma is malty with chocolate notes and somethign else which im not sure of maybe yeast. Taste is similarly typicaly stouts with a bit of a bit to it aswell, dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MoritzF (9423) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - JAN 26, 2006
(bottle) Very dark brown colour with a fluffy and stable brown head. Dusty and dry roasted malt aroma with cacao and notes of coffee. Sweetbitter flavour, dry-ish roastmalty taste with caramel and a touch of raisins, dry finish with a nice roasted bitterness and well-integrated warming alcoholic note.


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