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

bottled
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RATINGS: 555   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8397) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
Keg at Delirium. It pours jet black with a decent tan head. The nose is rich roast, molasses, liquorice, earthy, maltesers and chocolate. The taste is rich roast, bitter-sweet, molasses, earthy, chocolate malt, maltesers, toasty, light alcohol, chocolate ice-cream and liquorice with a small tan head. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Nice bitter-sweet balance to it. A solid beverage for sure.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlexGR (142) - GREECE - MAY 2, 2015
Dark beer with brown head. Creamy beer, great texture, with some caramel and toffee. And lots of dark chocolate! Some sweetness from some dark fruits. Full bodied. Great beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AGCostaNeves (65) - Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL - APR 26, 2015
Beer dark as night in a creamy liquid. The cream is light caramel, huge, foamy, stable with fine bubbles that emerge forming a beautiful thin foam. Formed ties on the walls of glass along the tasting. The Aroma initially shows weak but with good grades of roasted malts and will slowly growing with soft notes of coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, dark cherries, prunes, and a light acidity an unpleasant little. Taste brings a fruity sweetness of raisins, plums, lots of coffee, slightly bitter chocolate and tar noticeable generating a barely perceptible bitterness, but ending the sip an average bitterness. The finish is slightly alcoholic, but good insertion in the set and the hops are practically imperceptible. The Aftertaste is faintly smoked. Again it is perceived alcohol that brings a certain dryness, but nothing that brings imbalance to the set. Medium Body Full, oily and creamy texture and an average constant carbonation. Good and Interesting Porter. Clearly the best Guinness variant I’ve ever tasted. Very tasty and good to drink. Excellent drinkability. Recommend!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zlotta (221) - Bonn, GERMANY - APR 22, 2015
0,33 l bottle from EDEKA Mohr, bottled on 11/12/2014. Clear, very dark red to black with a huge, foamy, stable, tan head. Great aroma of raisins, prunes, coffee, dark chocolate and toffee, a bit of tar as well. Wow! Different aromas come to the front every time you smell it. Sweetish taste of raisins, prunes, dark cherries, lots of coffee, dark chocolate and hints of tar. Short, slightly bitter and minimally sourish, gently alcoholic finish. Medium to full body, oily and creamy texture, flat carbonation. What a gem! Very complex, so many different and strong flavours, a satisfying finish, but also very well balanced. Moreish!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
graham_murphy (402) - - APR 19, 2015
Has the traditional tar and roast coffee from the guinness malt but with the extra alcohol comes more sweetness to make this something closer to an imperial stout. From a bottle it’s unfortunately impossible to get a pour that matches a good pub though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Piw (292) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - APR 14, 2015
330ml Flasche. Schwarz und klar. Mittelgrosse Schaumkrone. Kaffeearoma. Süss im Antrunk, leicht herb im Nachgeschmack.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
allmyvinyl (5521) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 12, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours opaque dark brown with a thick tan head. Aromas of light tar, liquorice. Taste is quite thin, some tar. Light sour finish. Disappointing.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
klm1 (352) - - APR 7, 2015
Dark brown colour with almost no, but still firm head. smell od roasted malts, some coffee hints. The bitterness is little present in aftertaste. Different from their a draught stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luklaer (144) - BELGIUM - APR 4, 2015
A Guinness is a Guinness is a Guinness: it really reminds you of Dublin, Ireland!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hamirubi (203) - Waarschoot, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2015
33cl bottle. Black stout with lovely brown, firm head. A beautiful beer, with a great scent. Some vanilla, even coconut, and of course the coffee hints. The bitterness tops the ending. Different from a draught stout, but definitely as nice! Great to drink ice cold.


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