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


on tap

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RATINGS: 720   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 (John) Martin.

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rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 23, 2010
330 ml bottle. Finland.
Black colour with small tan head. Mild roasted malt, caramel, soda and lemonade in mild aroma. Roasted malt, bitter hops, sweet sugar, coffee, brown sugar and caramel sweetness in flavour. Balanced. Hops in aftertaste.

Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2010
Bottle: Big almost white/very light beige foamy head. Smell is a mix of hops, sugars, yeast and roasted malts. Color is black. Taste a strong note of roasted malts, but pretty smooth and bit bitter. Also tasting; sweets, hops and some dark fruitsÖ Very well balanced, just slight bitter and a full body. Aftertaste turns a bit grassy and dough.

keepersj12 (3115) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Special thanks to wyzzywyz22 for this great beer. Fruity aroma of prunes and other dried fruit. The pour is classic Guinness with a black body and a tan creamy head that lasts. the flavor is fruity and sweet with a hint of the Guinness chocolate and coffee flavors. The finish is very dry with a lingering after taste. Good stuff.

usetheforce (52) - Wehl, NETHERLANDS - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle. Pours an almost black beer with a big tan head. Coffee and dark chocolate. Nice long lasting bitter ending. After a while I started to taste some sourness.

rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAY 3, 2010
Pours black with large beige head; aroma is quite sweet and toasty, almost like baked caramelish or burnt toffeish, but with harder roasted malt notes in the background and also strong hints of licorice; flavor is sweetish and a bit salty, pretty roasted malty with strong licorice notes and also hints of chocolate finishing slightly burnt and quite bitter the aftertaste also revealing quite evident notes of coffee; medium body, quite smoooth. The aroma and flavor doesnít quite match in this beer and therefore it doesnít really feel altogether but, it needs to be said, it still tastes pretty good.

KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 Tap at , Marne La Vallee, France.
This is whatís itís all about. A deep, rich, mysterious black hole with a hefty, strong marshmallow-white head that sits atop and guides to the drinker an aroma of sweet, wet pipe tobacco and delicate chocolate. A rush of subdued pipe tobacco with a slightly sugary and cocoa-powder finish tickles every taste bud as it travels slowly along the tongue, leaving a viscous and slippery layer of perfection in its wake. This is the Guinness I have always wanted. This is THE beer for me. Better stock up for the trip home. Absolutely flawless and divinely perfect.

Kavu (4730) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2010
Pours almost pitch black red with a creamy but somewhat light head. Aroma is very strongly roasted malts and flavor much of the same, with a whole new strength compared to the canned guinness you can get in finland. This is the best guinness you can get in a bottle.

tlind2 (1708) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 8, 2010
Bottle. Black-brown color, brown head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Roasted malt flavor with espresso notes. Full body, high carbonation. Not bad, but Iíve seen many better stouts at this ABV.

Abio (1869) - BERMUDA - MAR 28, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2013 Very dark, a little red inside, brown, but almost black. Brown big head that holds good. Weird aroma for me, coffee, chocolate, roastiness, smells a bit weird. Something inside the smell that doesnít seems to fit in. A bit of fruit maybe? Chocolate, roastiness, coffee, not a bad taste. Dark fruits, caramel. Good biterness. And some nice aftertaste, wich is better then the actual taste. Some kind of drop-candy in the taste.

FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bottle. A - Deep black with some ruby hues especially at the edge. Gigantic, thick, foamy, creamy, meringue-like, light beige head. Great retention with a good lacing left. Very nice looking beer. S - A touch faint, but a good amount of licorice, some fruit, also some mocca/espresso. These go along with the general roasted malt and chocolate. Has a bit of a BSDA smell. T - It starts off with a bit of a roasted malt taste. This quickly gives to a BSDA-like flavor. There is a good amount of licorice, dark fruits, and some Belgian yeast. Then more stout flavors come out. A bit more roasted malt, along with some chocolate, mocca, burnt sugar/caramel, molasses, licorice, a bit of earthiness, and some lactose sweetness. Somewhat bitter, somewhat sweet, and a little warming alcohol presence all mix throughout the sip. M - Medium body with average carbonation. Smooth and rich taste. Not quite as full and thick/chewy as I would have liked, but not bad really, the rest of the beer just set the bar pretty high. D - Easy to drink and makes me coming back for more. A large diversity of flavors that mix well, and are easy on the palate. Well balanced and is smooth. Only probably for drinking multiple ones in a sitting is the ABV, which is pretty well hidden. Notes: A very nice beer, too bad Guinness doesnít make more beer like this, or at least have this beer distributed to a larger area. Taste like a mix of a BSDA and a stout. A lot of different flavors that intertwine and mesh nicely. Glad to have tried this (and on St. Patrickís Day too).

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