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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 713   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Special version of bottled Guinness for Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands. Brewed in Ireland for Anthony (John) Martin.

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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gangstergafje (1039) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2016
The beer looks perfect, like an example for every stout. The color of te beer is pitch black on the eye and a dark ruby red glow in the light. The beer is rather clear. On top of the beer there is a nice layer of rough almond colored foam. The smell of the beer is quite nice but a tiny bit mild. I smell some lovely biscuit-like malts, toasty and roasty. I love this roasted barley aroma. The beer has a little salty touch to it. The smell is that of the regular Guinness draught, with a bit more sweetness to it. The taste is nice. I taste some sweet fruity aromas and some nice roasted barley. The beer has a strong licorice taste. The roast flavor is a bit on the background in the taste. There is a nice savory touch to the beer. It is truly a lovely stout. Great.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carlorox (19) - siena, ITALY - SEP 29, 2016
Per me rimane la migliore guinness, retrogusto complesso e speziato, densa e corposa, amaro contenuto ed equilibrato... come si fa a sottovalutare una birra come questa?

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
SilkTork (5712) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - JAN 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 27, 2017
Jan, 2005 Bottle from Beer Essentials, Horsham. Sweet & fruity - dark berries. Soft chocolate. Smooth. Strawberries & cream. Lacks the typical bitter roasty edge. In fact doesnít taste like a Guinness, more like an everyday stout with lots of sugar. Itís quite pleasing, but insubstantial. [3.3]
Oct, 2006 Bottle at Cafť Belge, Eastbourne. Wow! Not insubstantial today at all. A Guinness Foreign Extra Stout with Belgian yeast and candi sugar. Sweeter and softer than the regular FES, and with a spicy yeastiness. I love it - I love the blend of dark chocolate burnt bitterness and soft yeasty sweetness. Do I love this more than the Nigerian Guinness? Hmmm. Probably not. But it would be fun to try them side by side. [4.2]
April 2017 330ml dark bottle, filtered, from Tesco labelled as 1944 Antwerpen Stout. Itís note-worthy that Guinness are now making this available through Tesco - it kind of shows the interest the general public have in more interesting beers, and stouts with a high abv. Iím enjoying this - itís truly a quality beer, but at the same time Iím thinking of aspects of it that I feel are lacking. Itís very smooth, rich, and easy drinking, with a big fluffy mouthfeel. Quite divine in that respect, but itís also a tad sweet for my taste, and lacking in some of the qualities that I think make the standard Guinness (not the nitro version) quite special - it lacks the bitter edge, and it lacks that hint of red wine tartness that lifts Guinness into the sublime. Mind you this is very dreamy on its own.And there is some hints of red berries on the swallow. O go on with you, this is simply bloody lovely! [4.5]

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2007
Huge thanks to oh6gdx for getting me this long coveted brew. Thanks, Pat. Aroma is huge with alcohol and fruit along with black licorice and mild woodsmoke. Interesting aroma. Much more intense than I expected. Quite concentrated. The body is ever so lightly garnet-tinted black and holds a massive (three fingers) mocha head that is lasting and leaves ample lacing. Very burnt/bitter fore is followed by mild black coffee and faint liquid smoke notes. Raisins and licorice notes throught the middle and a dark cocoa and underripe cherry finish. Very nice! Seems underrated even at a 91 to me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AxlLives (288) - Maryland, USA - FEB 9, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2008 4/24/06: 11.2 oz bttl. Pours a ruby-red, black coffee body with a tan, med, creamy, fully lasting head... Aromas of toasted malts, dark chocolate, mild coffee, dough yeast, and light gingerbread... Tastes lightly sweet with soft palate, chocolate, bitter coffee and long finish... Light-medium bodied with a creamy texture... No alcohol evident... Tasty tasty tasty!!! Iíd have this again and again... Muchas gracias a Will Knight...

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (11036) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2008
Funny, I just stumbled on some of my notes from my first order from belgianshop.com. I shared this with my neighbor and we both really enjoyed this one. Much sweeter, much maltier and creamier(wow)than the one you get here in America. By looks you might not know the difference. But by smell and flavor you certainly would. Chocolate and coffee abound. Yum.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - NOV 15, 2009
Very nice arome of brown sugar and roasted coffee, also a caramel background. Pitch black in colour with a very frothy longlasting beige head. It just stays beautiful allover. Flavor of chocolate malt and a bitterness that might come from the hops. Aftertaste is very coffeeye and bitter, might come from the alcohol, or just the hops, donít know. This was a discovery, as to I had a very bad prejudice when it came to Guinness. Awesome beer!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Dark, dark brown. Verging on blackness. Medium pour produces a massive 5-finger head of thick creamy tan foam. About a full finger of it was standing above the rim of the glass. Excellent retention and amazing lacing. Butterey caramel and coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruits. English toffee. Vanilla extract. Nice roasted malts upfront. Sweet vanilla caramel follows. Nice dark fruit hints. Finishes with the bite of burnt coffee grounds. Hides itís alcohol quite well, even though it does provide a slight bit of warmth. Much more complex than the more readily available version. Feels good, but is not quite as creamy and velvet-like as itís relative. Still great compared to others in the same style, but could stand to be a bit thicker and richer. Very drinkable, in general. Would rate higher if not for that nasty bite, at the end. Still, I wish I could bet better access to this.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dynamiteninja (1848) - Norfolk, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2010
Bottle. Ä1.99. Unexpectedly popular in Portugal. Thick tan head, black body. Aroma of fruit, alcohol, malt, dark cherries, port, rose wine, licorice. Bitter notes, sweetness dominates. Warming, dry finish. A little oily. Viscous and gloopy. A very rewarding beer, and one of the worldís greats.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mashvivian (2) - Alaska, USA - JUL 5, 2013 does not count
Good stout! And strong taste. Lasting strong aroma too. Very thick black beer. Not too shabby.


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