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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

222 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 222
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
Wants: 106
Gots: 16 | 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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Coren

Belgium

2.75/5  rDev -34.8%

08-27-2013 11:37:13 | More by Coren
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BlackSpark

Portugal

3/5  rDev -28.9%

05-25-2013 23:09:06 | More by BlackSpark
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insanidade

Brazil

3/5  rDev -28.9%

06-19-2014 16:18:23 | More by insanidade
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phishbone23

New York

3/5  rDev -28.9%

01-23-2013 13:57:00 | More by phishbone23
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3.05/5  rDev -27.7%

Right, this is a live review: I am in my hotel room on the Belgian coast. The wife is dead on her feet, so we stopped at a 'Night Store' for me to have a night-cap beer. The only beer they sold that I hadn't reviewed was this one. Can't believe I'm reviewing an Irish beer in Belgium!

33cl Brown bottle, best before 29 Jan 2012, reviewed in Middelkerke on 26 May 2011.

Poured into a glass tumbler, because that is what was available in the hotel room.

It's a Guinness, so it's dark with a huge tanned head: the smell is of a regular Guinness with alcohol added. Even the head (which refuses to shrink) tastes like an alcoholic infused normal Guinness.

Dry and malty taste, the alcohol detected in the aroma is hidden better within the mouth flavours, but appears somewhat in the aftertaste as the mouth drys; and as already mentioned, in the foaming head.

Not as well balanced as I expected and not a beer I'd search for, certainly not in Belgium: where there are so many great beers to try.

05-26-2011 20:59:04 | More by BlackHaddock
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -24.2%

Picked up a bottle from Drinks of the World.

I dont know if this beer has been mistreated, but it certainly doesn't live up to my expectations. It poured a nice black body with tn head that left lacing, but it was downhill from there. The flavor and aroma especially are dominated by a thick caramel note with chocolate and coffee roast faint around the palate. Still, this beer was surprisingly drinkable and not bad overall - just nothing special.

07-12-2008 18:25:41 | More by tempest
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erg

California

3.25/5  rDev -23%

06-29-2014 22:25:41 | More by erg
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dbalsock

Vermont

3.33/5  rDev -21.1%

Poured dark brown with a tan/brown pillowy head. Looked quite appetizing and the head stayed thick and present for as long as I was drinking the beer. The best part of the beer by far was its gorgeous appearance... a little more lacing would have made it a 5.

Smell: Caramel, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate combine to create a pleasant aroma. There is a noticeable hop aroma as well, but it doesn't carry over into the taste.

Taste: Dark chocolate dominates with a hint of careml in the background. It tastes noticeably like a guinness stout, and only marginally better than their other products. I had high expectations that were let down by how one-dimensional this turned out to be. The alcohol was well hidden, but the taste seemed almost entirely made up of roasted barley. There was, however, a slight taste of fruits during one of my sips, but that passed quickly and I did not taste it again.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy at first with a delayed roasted bitterness that becomes quite intense. The alcohol presence is subtle but adds to the complexity giving an almost balanced mouthfeel.

Drinkability: the intense roasted bitterness and alcohol would make it better if ther was more complexity in the taste. It's almost an RIS, but too simple and not interesting enough.

07-05-2009 15:54:29 | More by dbalsock
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stcules

Italy

3.48/5  rDev -17.5%

The color is black. It has two fingers of a beautiful cream colored foam, creamy. Good appearance.
Stout smell, intense, strong, with malty notes, liquorice, dark malts. Dark and intense notes.
The taste is strong and intense too, with a lot of liquorice, cocoa, hazelnut, and a rhubarb touch. Even some bitter roots.
It is for sure less smooth than a regular Guinness Draught, but more interesting.
Intense, strong, full.

03-10-2009 21:21:37 | More by stcules
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addiwilliams

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

08-10-2013 22:27:51 | More by addiwilliams
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BJSmit

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

02-22-2014 22:06:57 | More by BJSmit
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -15.9%

Thanks to goryshkewych for this one!

This one looks black at a glance, but a nice, nutty red wine comes through when held to the light. The head is an irregular tan film.

Smells of molasses, pungent sour coffee, cherry pie and sour grains.

Tastes of a similar blend of molasses, caramel, red grapes and day old coffee.

Feels a tad viscous with a frothy carbonation that appears out of nowhere and jams things up a bit.

Fun to try, but not one I'll seek out again.

05-10-2008 02:45:59 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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DARIVA

Netherlands

3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

04-25-2012 09:23:02 | More by DARIVA
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haz77

Australia

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

A - Pours black with 2 inches of tan head, which leaves some rings of lacing as it falls.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roast malt, alcohol

T - Large amount of roast malts at first, with some chocolate and coffee coming through. Alcohol warmth comes through in the aftertaste.

M - Creamy, full, smooth, surprising amount of carbonation.

D - Much better than the original and worth a try.

06-22-2006 15:16:10 | More by haz77
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%

Nice appearance, with a jet black body and a light tan head, which has good retention an deposits globs of lacing on the glass. Dry roasted grain aroma mixing in with cocoa. The taste is fine, but by no means spectacular. Kinda reminds me of a slightly amped up Irish dry stout. Prominent oak and stale coffee flavours, mixed in with cocoa powder. Some hints of fruit and sugar, but overall very dry. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Alcohol isn't even perceptible.

This didn't really impress me that much. While it is a decent beer its not in the same class as other foreign/export stouts, and it didn't have the richness of flavour I look for.

09-13-2009 14:02:08 | More by bobsy
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -12.3%

Thank you Abusmaster. Jet black with substantial off-white creamy head. Good malty and licorice and roasted barley aroma. Taste is dry and bitter, baker's chocolate, with diesel fuel and smoke at the end of the bottle. Easy creamy mouthfeel while you absord this dry stout, Certainly better than any Guinness I have had, far from the best stout.

07-27-2007 00:13:26 | More by Sammy
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punkindrublic50

New York

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

Take your normal Guinness and put it on steroids. Darker. Thicker. Sweeter. Then make it only availible in Belgium and (where I found it) West Germany to torment beer drinkers everywhere else, and you have Guinness Special Export.

Coloring is almost completely black, with a strong tan head. Scent is pretty much identical to taste in every way, strong but not overpowering, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate. This beer is thick and creamy, to the point that it severely hurts the drinkability. Nice to sit down with one and relax, but this is by no means an every day sipper or a drink to get drunk sort of beer.

06-18-2008 05:18:09 | More by punkindrublic50
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

Bottle split thanks to Bobsy. Thanks for sharing this hard to get brew!

Pours a dark dark brown with mahogany around the edges, a light cappuccino head. Not a ton of bubbles.

First thing I get off the nose is honey bread (odd I know), followed by smooth choco nibs and a hint of caramel. Some light roasting, sweet smelling.

Taste is light cocoa, choco nibs, hints of dark fruits, coffee grinds, a touch of baking chocolate, honey, vanilla. Luxurious body, smooth and yet light feeling in the mouth - not heavy at all. Dry finish.

As Bobsy said, kind of an amped up Dry Irish though, to be honest, I was also disappointed. This lacked the bold roast flavor that I would be looking for, focused too much on the sweet chocolate, and, while certainly complex and rich in flavor, lacked in body. A nice beer and miles better than your average Guiness but still not something that I would get excited about. Thanks again Rob!

09-13-2009 15:40:14 | More by ritzkiss
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

Black porter looking beer with a thin tan head. Roasty nose with some burnt edges. Tastes like regular Guinness with more body, more roast, added baking chocolate, and not as much sour tang - almost none in fact except where the bitterness of the roasted malts come into play. Not unlike an imperial stout, but perhaps on the milder side of that.

02-15-2008 05:30:19 | More by dedrinker
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

01-09-2013 06:16:08 | More by MattSweatshirt
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Looks delicious, deep brown to black, really compact head, tight bubbles. Didn't like the aroma so much (oily, buttery mollasses. Fat toffee and roast, thick and rich. Very long roasty finish, quite bitter. Some mollases and raisins aswell, very thick mouthfeel. Beautiful rich, bitter chocolate finish. A beautifully rich stout.

09-18-2003 00:28:33 | More by rastaman
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-24-2013 19:36:36 | More by bonbini26
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Hearneator

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

12-28-2013 19:48:22 | More by Hearneator
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-17-2012 07:54:47 | More by ygtbsm94
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supermeniscus

Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

03-17-2012 19:55:23 | More by supermeniscus
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Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) from Guinness Ltd.
94 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.