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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
92
outstanding

236 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10%
Wants: 108
Gots: 21 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

WOLFGANG, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

jimbuck, Jul 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

bonbini26, Jun 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Slatetank, May 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

BlackSpark, May 26, 2013
Photo of mmmbirra
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice lookin beer. Pitch black with a tan head that sticks around.
Understated aroma. Nice and chocolaty, with considerable sweetness, and maybe some figs, but not too pronounced.
It's full flavored, and full-bodied. Lots of chocolate and sweetness, with a nice roasted touch to it that could be, and for me should be, a larger part of the flavor profile. A little bitterness from the roast, and probably a little more from the hops, though I wasn't able to perceive any hop flavor in this one.
Full, rich mouthfeel. Not too thin for the style, not too big, just right.
A good big stout, though I wish there was some kind of slight hop flavor there, and I'm not one who generally likes super-hopped stouts.

mmmbirra, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

jandadeboer, Mar 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

safaricook, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

ChugMan, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

DmanGTR, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Argion
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to try this beer again while in Greece. The Foreign Extra Stout has become my favorite Guinness in the US so I wanted to have another taste of this guy to see who would win out. I would say no doubt that this is my favorite Guinness stout and rates high overall on the stouts I like. Even though not classified an Imperial stout, the alcohol content is high. It lacks the bitterness of a regular Guinness; it is almost sweet. Pours a dark black colour with no head. I don't know if it is served on tap anywhere but I would like to try it if it is.

Argion, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Ciocanelu, Jan 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

unclekeith, Jan 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -28.6%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

KLSKNick, Jan 12, 2013
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3.73/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 30-09-13

Poured into a big wine glass. Fairly dark but the black body gives way to brown highlights. The head is thick and fluffy with bigger bubbles interspersed on top. Settles down fairly quickly but sticks around well.

Dark fruit and roast dominate the smell on this at first but there is some dark chocolate fudginess as well that comes out making this really inviting.

The taste is of dark fruit, a little roast and chocolate.

Smooth although fairly fizzy with a medium body.

Not super flavorful but very nice.

MattSweatshirt, Jan 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, 24-11-13 00:49 printed on back label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is decent, and there's a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, licorice, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some caramel. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's the addition of some burnt/charred malt. It starts off bitter, but gets sweeter as the beer warms up more. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. The 8% ABV is well hidden in this brew. I think it's a good overall brew, I liked it.

bluejacket74, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

allforbetterbeer, Jun 23, 2012
Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) from Guinness Ltd.
92 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.