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


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RATINGS: 741   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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Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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

77ships (11304) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2011
[email protected]’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

txspartan (1062) - Berchem, BELGIUM - MAR 3, 2011
A special version for the markets of Belgium, France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Wonder what made them do that.

sebletitje (10421) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
brune claire, mousse beige.
Malt et orge avec note de caramel et malt grillé laissant une fine couche de café. Un peu de mélasse semble être présente ainsi que du malt chocolat laissant un fini qui est légèrement amer. Je trouve cette version nettement supérieure à celle que j’avais l’habitude de trouver aux US. Plus complexe avec une approche malt et café/caramel grillé qui est agréable en bouche.

Erasmus_ro (3199) - Alabama, USA - FEB 14, 2011
330ml bottle. Poured into a snifter. Color is black as night with about a third of the glass filled with fluffy beige foam that leaves lacing. Aroma is roasty with a lot of buttery smoke and a bit of peat. Taste is very much of roasted, almost burnt, malts, buttery smoke and coffee. Aftertaste is more of the roastedness with some coffee. Palate is nicely oily. Excellent alone as well, but also tried it with two different kinds of dark chocolate: One is 86% chocolate and it was a bit too dry and ashy with the not so sweet stout, while the other one was 70% chocolate with nougat-filling and was much better.

note666 (1315) - Eindhoven, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2011
2011 - 02 - 12 330ml bottle. black hazy colour. creamy white fading head. aroma is smoke, earthy, strawberry. taste is coffee, nuts, oily feel. nice surprise.

johnnnniee (4434) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 9, 2011
Received in trade from brdc, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a solid dark brown with garnet highlights when held to the light. Fluffy mocha head persists for a while. Smells of dark dried fruits, Grainy malt and oats. Faint chocolate and roasted malts. Bit of a sour note on the nose as well. Taste is chocolate, dried dark fruits and a sour twang with a dry finish. Roast/chocolate fill the palate long after the liquid is swallowed. Mouthfeel is creamy very coating. Body is medium to thick. Carbonation is medium to high. Great export stout! This is the one that should be sold in the States, I’d buy it often if it were more available.

Meilby (11783) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 7, 2011
Bottle 330ml @ home

Pours black with a huge creamy tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. Taste is medium sweet. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

mjs (7735) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2011
(Bottle, 0.33 l, at St Urho’s Pub) The beer poured black. Its head was qute large and light brown. Aroma had roastedness, chcolate and hint of yeast. Palate was full bodied and bit warming with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, liquorice, roastedness, hops, mildly yeast and medium bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. Sweetness a bit surprising but it fitted quite well.

deanso (10123) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - FEB 1, 2011
33cl bottle from Albert Heijn XL in the Hague
Lots of foam. Good stout colour. Much better than normal Guinness, much more flavour

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