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

bottled
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common

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RATINGS: 527   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


Demise's rating

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Demise (57) - Wellington, - MAR 17, 2009
Pours pitch black with a light brown head. Coffee and roast malt aromas dominate, with caramel and dark chocolate notes and a hint of alcohol on the nose. Roasted malt and coffee flavours hit immediately, moving though to the sweeter characters of caramel, dark chocolate and an almost syrupy alcohol taste. The finish is very bitter, however, with burnt malt and a smokey finish giving the beer a real kick to end. Unfortunately, the aftertaste is a bit unpleasant, with the mix of alcohol and bitter malt leaving a syrupy-burnt flavour lingering for quite some time. A lot of flavour and a smooth texture make this stout very enjoyable and surprising, the aftertaste just leaves a bad impression.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Borup (6304) - Albertslund, DENMARK - DEC 25, 2014
33 cl. bottle. Black with a huge beige head. Aroma and flavour of roasted malt, caramel, smoke, licorice, chocolate and alcohol.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boxereddy (152) - BELGIUM - DEC 23, 2014
Zwart ondoorzichtig bier met mooie beige schuimkraag. Aroma van koffie, koekje, donkere karamel, donkere mouten, hint van rook. Smaak is geroosterde mout. Bittere afdronk, degelijke stout.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (13413) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Bottle. Close to opaque dark brown color, swirling tan head. Aroma of coffee grounds, chocolate. Taste is similar.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hednom (34) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle from Delhaize, Black with beige foam, Aroma of roasted nuts and light coffee. light sweet and roasted taste. dry aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ksiwzos (30) - GREECE - DEC 20, 2014
Almost black, opaque, big head, lasting with beautiful lacings. Aroma of coffee, biscuit, dark caramel, dark malts, hint of smoke. Nothing standing out in the taste, just high roasted malts. A bit astringent but not in a bad way. Nice bitter finish from the malts mostly. Notes of earthy hops. Medium bodied, dry finish, little carbonation. Not anything too good but itís a decent stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maakun (829) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 19, 2014
Black with very nice light brown creamy head that leaves a small layer of foam with some big bubbles. Light fruity with some berries and strawberry candy, roasted nuts, light coffee, biscuits and cookies. Light sweet with roasted bitter finish. Nice creamy feel. Worlds apart from the disgusting draught.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olliejobbins (948) - Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2014
330ml bottle bought from vanuxeem. Pours jet black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is super malty, marmite and yeast. Taste is sweet at first followed by quite bitter malts, brown bread, liquorice and syrup.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
__Rb81 (279) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours dark with an off-white head. Light aroma of roasted malts, hint of coffee, slightly buttery as well. Taste is sweet, bitter roasted malts, coffee, light bitter aftertaste. Not bad.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marvelDim (20) - - DEC 7, 2014
Pours black with off white, tan head. Good lacing. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. No noticeable hops.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drinking_77 (45) - Basel, SWITZERLAND - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2014 Comes in the well known dark bottle, Guinness Special Export Stout is a beer with its own unique taste. Can I find the classic Guinness taste in this Foreign Extra version? Pours the expected pitch black colour with a tan whitish head that didnít last too long, with little lacing. A very strong aroma of dark cocoa, coffee and roasted malts. The smell is quite strong on the nose. The taste was powerful. Now I know why in Africa they use the slogan "Guinness gives you power!" It was a very strong tasting stout, with a long bitter aftertaste, that had a bite to it. Overall a good strong stout, tasting of roasted malt with traces of coffee. As you would expect with a Guinness stout the flavours are complex and well balanced, making it one of the worlds richest tasting beers. Still not as good as a pint of the real black stuff beside the Liffey, Dublin town.


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