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

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RATINGS: 573   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Deep black beer with a thick tan head. Aroma is a bit earthy with some soft molasses and an unusual carbonic aroma, that I tend to associate with homebrewing. Strong roasty aroma but there is also a metallic character that is quite distracting. Flavour is quite coffeeish with heavy roasted barley and a long lingering earthy bitterness. It’s quite simple really, sort of an intro Imperial stout rather than a foreign stout as listed. Nowhere near as good as the Nigerian version.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - NOV 30, 2007
Bottiglia da 33cl comprata da Squillari senza troppe aspettative, sia per il produttore sia per l’importatore; la verso ed è scurissima con schiuma beige pieno mica chiara pure éla. Aroma non molto pronunciato ma gradevole con una punta d’alcool che invece è perfettamente occultato nel sapore, pieno caffè e nocciola con qualche nota anche di frutti rossi tutto sommato abbastanza dolce e carezzevole. Corpo per niente acquoso; molto molto molto meglio delle aspettative.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4163) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2008
Guinness Special Export 8 % Belgian version. Bottle. [Great two day tasting session @ Papsoe] Average beige creamy head that mostly lasted. Dark mahogany color. Fair display of lacework. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, light alcoholic sniff, toasted malt. Over the palate burned malt, bitter coffee, hint of dried fruit. Quit full bodied with a soft carbonation and light dry texture. Moderated bitter and sweet flavor. Bitter coffee and dark chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6761) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2010
aroma of roast chocolate and metal cocoa tin .. big ole head, lacing is 2 thumbs up .. . dark brown black .. hmm, this is way to easy to drink, and the masking of the 8% is ridiculous, i could drink 10 in a row in half an hour, but when i got up to go to the bathroom, out like a light .. nice stuff, could be a touch thicker and abit more involved but very happy to try it.. red light district, here i cum!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zita (5400) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2010
dark bread,smoke, yoghurt,black, light brown foam, light sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation,

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
77ships (5247) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2011
bottle@friend’s house: I don’t like Guinness Draught but this one is not only much better but kind of nice actually, it has a nice black colour with a really thick and creamy head, it is much more balanced & tastier than Guinness Draught and in many ways is a completely different beer actually, roasted part has been smoothed out, coffee flavours are actually agreeable now, there is some dark syrup, bread and liquorice taste in there as well, the creamy & bready taste is up font and is complimented by the syrup and liquorice and the coffee taste of which only a smidgeon can be found here, bitter beginning, smoother ending, nice macro stout

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Served in a Bruery tulip. Pours with a thin tan head and a nearly-black body. There are some light spots of lacing around the sides and bubbles on top. The nose is light roast and a surprising amount of caramel and, especially, toffee character. There’s some light candy and brown sugar as well. The taste brings a good dose of toffee along with some light roasted character and some super mild espresso following through after that. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly smooth and slightly dry. This is nice and easy to drink. The finish seems to dry out even more as I get through the bottle. Pretty good stuff. Thanks again, Matt. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-16-2010

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (3638) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2011
Hmm, I almost rated this one too low, because I compared it to the draught Guinness, rather than judging it in its own right. But let’s see.. Nice dark brown colour with an creamy, tan head. Aroma close to draught Guinness, but not exactly the same. Coffee, Chicory, nuts, more of an alcohol twang. Flavour too, perhaps a bit more body. Roasted malts, chicory coffee, milk chocolate and hazelnut. Not quite as creamy as the draught Guinness, and maybe a bit light compared to other stouts, but nice in its own right. (From 33cL bottle)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle. Very dark with a thin layer of foam. Aromas of caramel and rolled oats. Some ash and creamyness as well. Taste is somewhat bitter. Some caramel and toasted barley. Body is very creamy. Fairly long bitter aftertaste. Much better than the standard version here.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maledictum (713) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUL 9, 2011
Bottled 33cl. It pours a black beer with a beautiful big light brown head. Strong flavours of tar and black chocolate. Extremly smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Some alcohol presence. Roasted malt taste. Black chocolate, roasted finish. A good foreign stout with plenty of character.


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