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Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium)Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium)

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

217 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 217
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 100
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 06-28-2003)
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Damburger

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -5.2%

10-09-2012 18:39:29 | More by Damburger
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thewolf: Poured a deep black color stout with a huge light brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of liquorice with some light roasted malt and some sweet malt notes. Taste is a mix between some light roasted malt with some notes of liquorice and medium sweet Belgian malt with what appears to be a Belgian type yeast. Medium full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A very well balance beer overall with a level of complexity greater then the regular version of Guinness available over here.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 20:56:46 | More by Phyl21ca
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jmalex

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this I never expect to get a hold of. But after seeing it in a convenience store in Brussels, I knew I had one of my hardest finds.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English style pub glass black in color with a 2-finger high light-tan head. The bubbles are both tight and loose and slowly dissipate to a full coating of foam with some spotty lacing dotting the glass.

SMELL: Not very aromatic at all, but the dark chocolate aroma I am getting are extremely rich. It's coupled with a slight smell of dry, acrid, black malt. That's about it though.

TASTE: My initial 2 word reaction to this beer is completely contradictory - flavorless and complex. It's got such a dry stout profile going on that it fails to deliver the rich robustness of a foreign extra stout. But the dry black malt flavor is so nice. It adds such depth and dimension to this beer that is found in no other. It really contributes most of the bitterness to this beer. Other than that, there's some raw cocoa and a hint of sweetness on the end. One thing I will say: I can tell it's a Guinness product.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a slightly below average carbonation. No complaints here other than maybe it could've had a bit more body.

DRINKABILITY: I was on the fence here until I noticed it's listed at 8%. Holy crap, I never would've guessed! This does go down really nicely though a second bottle probably wouldn't be in order.

Wow, this is not what I was expecting, but it certainly was a nice surprise. All the different names for the different varieties of Guinness can get confusing, so I'd just call this "Guinness - The Good One"

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 22:26:30 | More by jmalex
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dbaker61

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-23-2013 15:02:44 | More by dbaker61
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soulcougher

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-01-2014 04:16:22 | More by soulcougher
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

05-24-2013 22:04:34 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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caverog

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%

07-03-2012 04:43:57 | More by caverog
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jandadeboer

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-25-2013 20:02:14 | More by jandadeboer
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-23-2012 08:36:56 | More by allforbetterbeer
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DoubleSimcoe

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-14-2011 21:18:51 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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Paisan

Belgium

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-22-2011 15:50:45 | More by Paisan
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IPA35

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 33cl La Trappe but Duvel style glass.
An almost black but dark brownish beer with an off-white head with good retention.

Strong stout aroma's in this one: roast, liquorice, dark chocolate and dark fruity sweetness.

Tastes of dark fruits followed by roastiness. Quite a good hop bitterness in here as well. I also get liquorice and other typical stout flavours. A bit complex and hard to describe prehaps but nicely drinkable and certainly very full flavoured.

A thick and creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

Overal a good stout and the only stout sold at most supermarket chains in my country so that's a plus.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 18:22:59 | More by IPA35
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-14-2013 04:35:54 | More by spycow
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ChugMan

Washington

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-16-2013 03:30:47 | More by ChugMan
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DmanGTR

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

02-06-2013 20:49:50 | More by DmanGTR
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-15-2012 04:09:19 | More by whartontallboy
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unclekeith

Alaska

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-30-2013 16:32:15 | More by unclekeith
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Holland

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.2%

12-26-2013 05:51:10 | More by Holland
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev -5.2%

01-21-2012 21:10:49 | More by samEBC
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hncowden50

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.2%

11-21-2011 03:39:26 | More by hncowden50
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

03-25-2012 11:17:12 | More by Reagan1984
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mmmbeerNY

New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-03-2014 20:15:20 | More by mmmbeerNY
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been attempting to hunt this one down for quite a while now, and it always seems to be alluding me. I am not a fan of Guinness by any means, so the chance to try one that was so highly rated was a chance I had to take. The pour was very nice, a little bit more of a dark brown then your standard jet black pour, but still essentially opaque with a thick tan head that reached a height of easily over three inches. Really a very impressive looking stout with copious amounts of side glass lace and a very evenly distributed head of lace. Really very nice indeed.

The aroma was rich chocolate and roasted malts that were predominant here. Lots of lactose aromas and a touch of coffee were present as well, this was night and day from the version we get here. The flavor was really very nice. Not nearly as dry and bitter as I was expecting, this was much more of a sweet stout, with dark chocolate hints running throughout. There was a good deal of coffee notes, lots of lactose, deep roasted malts and a touch of sweet vanilla as well. As it warmed there was some nice dark fruit coming though in the finish, more then likely a good bit of yeast. The finish was very sweet, with a smooth creamy long lasting flavor. The body on this one was really full, and nicely carbonated, much different then the dry, bitter version I had been used to.

Overall, I thought this was fantastic. A far cry from the crappy version we get here. This was really a solid beer with a great flavor profile and a full body. I would love to have this again as it is truly deserving of its reputation and worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 13:18:20 | More by mikesgroove
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GreenCard

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: just like a regular Guinness Foreign but with more head; dark mahogany, almost opaque, tan head with nice lace effects

Aroma: roasty, coffee, grain, alcohol, slight maltiness, some caramel, soy sauce, cherries

Flavor: very full flavored roastiness is almost too bitter at first but then the substantial malt sweetness starts to be more evident with each sip; tangy, toasty, caramelly, the finish dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, spritzy carbonation, blooming alcohol warmth (a bit harsh in the throat), slightly astringent

Overall Impression: I heard tell of this exclusive version of Guiness about a year ago and now that I live in Belgium, I can finally taste it. Pretty good stuff. Definitely tastier than the original and more "worthwhile" to drink. Give one of these to the people who think dark beers are stronger and they'll think they're right!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 19:09:58 | More by GreenCard
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 33cl bottle poured into a standard shaker glass. Out of the fridge and allowed to warn up for at least 15 minutes. Shared with Deuane. The stout appears a dark and opaque brown color with about two fingers of creamy, lingering ecru foam. There is no evidence of this beer clocking in at 8% judging by the aroma and flavor. Notes of bittersweet chocolate, medium roasted coffee beans, caramel, a touch of vanilla, milk chocolate, pipe tobacco are all present. This stout falls somewhere between medium and full bodied with adequate carbonation. It's a shame this one is such a bitch to obtain because it's mighty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 20:14:42 | More by ClockworkOrange
Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) from Guinness Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.