Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) - Guinness Ltd.
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4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
A - A super dark red beer with a good beige head, that unfortunately retracts to a small layer.
S - Coffee and dark chocolate. There is also some strange scent prickling my nose which I cannot bring home.
T - Again coffee and chocolate - a nice dry bitter beer.
M - Medium carbonation and a medium dry finish and thickness.
O - A good stout totally nothing wrong here.
12-19-2011 18:04:26 | More by Mar02x
5/5 rDev +18.5%
Poured in a half pint Guinness glass. Black colour and the usual big brownish Guinness head that last until the last sip. Complex aroma of coffee, licorice, cream, butter, prunes, raisins, rum, rosted notes, spicy, nutmeg... the lot. Taste is coffee, licorice, rum, figs, rosted, nutmeg, raisins... the lot again. Alcoholic coffee flavor. Great.
09-18-2007 19:32:32 | More by janubio
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Guinness Special Export Stout | 330 ml | 8.0% ABV | vintage
Brewer: Guinness Ltd.
Style: Foreign / Export Stout
Orange-yellow label with the words "Guinness Special Export St. James's Gate Dublin". I'm told this is not available in the U.S. Luckily, my friend Justin brought one over after touring Europe.
Pours a beautiful matte black with a fine mocha head of 1". Great lacing.
Deep and rich coffee and dark chocolate flavors mingled with dark fruit and brown sugar. A tinge of oaky, whiskey-like alcohol lurks in the background.
Immediately the dark chocolate and espresso notes in the nose translate onto my palate. Unlike many stouts, the Special Export manages to imbue the standard cacao and coffee with a somber richness and complexity. The middle features a flash of cola and some brown sugar. It is at this stage that I am most reminded of the common Guinness Stout.The finish is oaky and a bit alcoholic with just the slightest hint of dark fruits.
Remarkably creamy and well-carbonated. It carresses the tongue like a sudden brush of silk against supple skin.
Extraordinarily complex and well-crafted. Flavors are vibrant and the aftertaste matures gracefully well after the last sip.
Price = It was a gift from the one and only Justin M.
Served/bottled on: Doesn't say
Best by: May 26, 2011
06-25-2010 01:21:09 | More by BeerNemesis
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
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours a very dark brown/black colour, with light brown edges when held up to the light....
About a 2" head forms after an aggressive pour, which recedes to a solid 1/2" tan layer.
Smell is of dark malts....smokey, chocolate, vanilla, some coffee....
Feels like a Thanksgiving gravy on the tongue.
Taste is chocolate, lots of dark malt, an bitter coffee bite at the end.
Great. I wish all the Guinness Draught drinkers could give this a try....
11-26-2008 21:58:06 | More by darklordlager
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
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
A- Black (or extremely dark brown) colour. Two finger, dense, very light brown head. Great retention at first, just a little ring after some sips. Loads of lacing on the glass
S- Quite weak, even after head has receded, but nice. Creamy chocolate aroma, with notes of nut and raisin. A light alcoholic note in the back. Maybe a hint of leafy hops as well. Overall this is much sweeter than expected
T- Very sweet as the aroma suggested. Rich, full chocolate taste, but really on the sweet side with a delicate caramel malt foundation to it. Nut, alcohol, maybe liquorice notes all blend very well and bring complexity. Finishes with a refreshing hint of bitterness. Not the slightest hint of roastiness
M- Medium body and just a hint of carbonation. Wonderfully delicate on both tongue and palate, but somehow still a dense, full creamy mouthfeel
O- Delicate and rich. Extremely drinkable but still nicely complex, perfectly balanced. Even quite refreshing, which is great to be found in a strong stout
10-16-2011 15:17:43 | More by Cozzatoad
3.84/5 rDev -9%
A: completely impregnable dark brown, nice creamy brown head
S: candy syrup, molasses, hints if dark chocolate and prunes
T: dark roasted nuts, hints of hops, chocolate and tobacco, some malts, even a bit candy sugar syrup
M: thinner than expected, really dry, little carbonation, some warmth
O; this isn't my favourite style but it's a pretty good beer
11-13-2013 22:06:59 | More by benfons
4.68/5 rDev +10.9%
Appearance: almost black and nearly opaque due to its dark colour. The head is brown, large, rich, full and creamy. Excellent retention followed by beautiful lacing.
Aroma: very nice roasted malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee notes.
Taste: well balanced between the roasted malts and the bitter hops. A noble port presence.
Mouthfeel: unctuous and velvety, perfect carbonation and a full body. The beer is so balanced that you do not feel the 8% ABV.
Finish: lingering bitter aftertaste.
Overall: Great beer with a wonderful mix of flavours. One of my favourites in the world. Better than the average Guinness. Could not wait to get my hands in another one.
09-02-2007 21:04:59 | More by AlexLMS
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
I am a little excited to try this beer; I bought it from CrackedKettle.com and it is the very much coveted Guinness Special Export Stout. After cracking it open, my first whiff told me that this was like a Belgian dark ale with the fruty nose but on a second sniff I am catching the roasted malts, milk, caramel, a bit of coffee and a bit of chocolate. Predominantly, I am getting milk and roasted malts. I do not think the smell was as strong as the FES but I like it on this one. The pour yielded a creamy rocky head (creamier than the FES) that refuses to settle (this has to be a family trait in Guinness brews). Almost jet black in color; very nice appearance and a nice lacing turned up after drinking it for a bit. I took a sip and man the first thing I notice was the ultra slick mouthfeel on entry and throughout till I swallowed it. Before getting to the taste I am already going to give a 5 to mouthfeel. Let's break my usual rules and do the mouthfeel first. Unlike many beer that goes in with a slight sting, the SES was just smooth, so very smooth creamy, milky entry of the rich and thick stout. A low but apt amount of carbonation for this one and the milky creamy smoothness with the thick richness is the winner for the mouthfeel of this one. The taste starts off with roasted malts and some hints of chocolate and coffee which is constantly flooded with this lactic milkiness backing which I loved. Best of all the bitterness was so well contained it was well acceptable by my standards. Compared to the FES this one's a pleasure to drink and it's drinkability is nothing but a 5. The taste was rich yet mellower than the FES which gets a bit stingy at times. Some very faint dark fruits (I found plums which came on just before the finish and lasted into the after taste) which got onto the nose though I think if this one has a proper sweet fruitiness to it, I am almost certain taste would score a 5 as well. Goodness... But talking about sweetness this one does have a tad bit of sweetness. The dark fruits were in the after taste led by plums wich are blended amidst roasted malts and lactic milkiness which was pretty omni-present but very nicely balanced. The milkiness found its way to the nose as the fruitiness became a little raisin like; almost analagous to the dark belgian ales. Bitterness was there but well under control. A stout brewed close to perfection; a pity it is so hard for me to obtain this one.
11-16-2007 19:43:55 | More by basica
5/5 rDev +18.5%
One of the best beer in the galaxy; reflects in its price (us$5.00 in mexico); direct from the st jame´s gate brewery, take an scale in belgium via John Martin, and put in mexico by Carrefour; in general this beer had an exceptional touch of ireland; the irish brewers are up on the english brewer´s, english had good beer´s but ireland had guinness in a wide range of variations, this version is the most powerful of it; made originally for export with a chocolate and roasted malt, belgium is the place where fisrt was sold this beer; i recommend alone, but try with american and mexican food
10-13-2005 19:28:46 | More by tesguino
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
330mL bottle poured into a pint glass.
pitch brown with a moderate layer of chocolatey dark head. moderate lacing.
tons of sweetened coffee in the aroma. dark fruit aromas as well; raisins and prunes.
heavy, malty feel with strong roasted coffee flavors. slightly metallic flavors, some sweet dark fruits, and a burnt espresso finish. if there's any guinness sour in there, it's hiding behind the roasted malt. balanced, enjoyable, and drinkable.
10-10-2006 00:28:49 | More by Prufrock
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Simply the finest offering from the Guinness Brewery, and only available in Belgium. Goes to show you what a great beer place that country is! Not that you needed that to know. Pours a dark dark brown. Slightly fizzy, aroma is rich, roasty. First taste is rich, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, maybe even a little licorice or rum. Great roasty yet slightly hoppy finish. All this and incredibly silky and creamy. What a great beer. Unfortunately its not available here.
06-06-2005 22:25:57 | More by ChrisBowers
Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) from Guinness Ltd.
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