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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
93
outstanding

226 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 226
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 106
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of mmmbirra
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%

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
Photo of jandadeboer
4/5  rDev -5%

jandadeboer, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of safaricook
4.25/5  rDev +1%

safaricook, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of ChugMan
4/5  rDev -5%

ChugMan, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev -5%

DmanGTR, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Argion
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%

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
Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Ciocanelu, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4/5  rDev -5%

unclekeith, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -28.7%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5%

spycow, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of KLSKNick
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

KLSKNick, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.73/5  rDev -11.4%

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
Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +1%

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
Photo of Damburger
4/5  rDev -5%

Damburger, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of DrunkinDonutz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

DrunkinDonutz, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of jmtpi
4.25/5  rDev +1%

jmtpi, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of LiorS
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

LiorS, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of caverog
4/5  rDev -5%

caverog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of IPA35
4/5  rDev -5%

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.

IPA35, May 08, 2012
Photo of camreiff
4/5  rDev -5%

camreiff, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of DARIVA
3.58/5  rDev -15%

A: Nice deep black beer with a beautiful head.

S: The smell of fudge, the smell has a tasty sweet smell.

T: The tastes of licorice, chocolate and caramel.

M: Good carbonation and a reasonable foam feel.

O: Good drinkable beer with a normal aftertaste.

DARIVA, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of Metz
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

Metz, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of Aethien
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%

300ml bottle.
Pours black with a small brown head, just as a stout should look.
Smell: Chocolate, caramel, malts, coffee and a little raisin. Quite sweet smelling.
Taste & mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy with chocolate, malt and caramel goodness, a little sweet but not too sweet. It finishes dry and with a coffee or cocoa bitter and some roasted malts in the flavour. There are some notes of booziness and raisins throughout that tie it all together.

Overall: This is simply a very good stout, it is as a stout should be. It's not shocking or special or strange but it sets the bar for all other stouts.

Aethien, Apr 18, 2012
Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) from Guinness Ltd.
93 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.