Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) - Guinness Ltd.
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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
4.8/5 rDev +13.7%
I poured this one from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay goblet. It is a deep dark brown cola-like color and makes a superb off white/tan head. Laces nicely down the goblet as it empties.
Smell is rich, roasted malt and coffee beans with a subtle hints of chocolate and caramel.
Flavor is full of roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate malt. Its spicy and hoppy. Much of the same that was found in the nose is present in the flavor, roasty caramel and chocolate with a huge coffee flavor. There are hints of prunes and raisins on the pallate. Alcohol is hardly present. This is perfection in an export style stout.
Mouthfeel is full bodied and viscous and long lasting coating on the throat.
This is a moderately drinkable brew, it is strong and full flavored and all around great!
03-30-2004 08:05:54 | More by kmcnair
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
Wow, nice stout. Pours a very dark brown almost like tar or rich corinthian leather. Initial quaff makes me thinks I bought a sherry from Jerez. It gave me some head and I appreciated it. Probably about one inch of light brown foam and it laced nicely. I feel like it is a touch of brown sugar, coffee and cocoa in both smell and taste. Mouth feel is medium bodied-kind of like a sandwich on light whole wheat bread. Drinkability is good-I could do two and WILL try to pick this up again. I like this better than its cousin that seems to be brewed in Canada now.
10-25-2010 17:16:47 | More by jhtipton
4.05/5 rDev -4%
Appearance: Pours a dark brown beer with thick pillowy mocha head. Good lacing and head retention. No perceivable effervescence.
Smell: Medium high intensity. Grainy notes, Chocolate, Coffee and some higher alcohols up front. Toffee and a bit of smokiness on the back.
Taste: High intensity. Black patent Roastiness, grainy, coffee, buttery, fusely and kind of a lactic twang aswell. Expected more depth to be honest.
Mouthfeel: Medium full bodied. Medium low to low carbonation. Medium bitterness. Long lasting smoky flavour. Well achieved.
Drinkability: Complex enough although it could use a bit of dark fruit complexity and more balanced roastiness. The alcohol is well hidden and makes this beer surprisingly easy to drink considering th ABV and harshness on the palate. Decent price quality ratio. Would have again although its not even the best Export Stout in Guinnesses catalog.
11-28-2010 21:09:02 | More by endovelico
4/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
05-08-2012 18:22:59 | More by IPA35
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
This is a much better beer than the most common nitro bottle and nitro can of Guinness Draught that I can more easily find.
After five --non consecutive!-- bottles, with no doubt I can state that I prefer this version of Guinness over the regular draught.
It pours a dark, brown and thick brew, but in the glass it's dark as a moonless night. If you lift your glass to a light or a sunlit window you can only see a small redish glow.
It has a dark, small but lasting head; little cobweb-like lacing in the top of my glass.
Roasted malts, some chocolate and, of course, alcohol is present to the nose.
The taste is mokka-ish. You can clearly detect the coffee and chocolate flavor, which for me has a lot to do with an authentic mokka coffee; plus all it's maltiness.
Creamy, silky and hoppy aftertaste.
Where I live, with hot weather during almost 7 months, this is a beer that you'd prefer in the peak of Winter, since you don't want to drink it too cold to truly appreciate all it's character.
It's a great beer, with a steep price, even for México where imported beers always bear a big tag.
05-15-2005 23:13:57 | More by Pepeton
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
This is one of many, time for a review.
When I poured the Guinness, no scent was noticeable. I used a Stange to serve this beer. The head is as fluffy and thin as a draft Guinness, but this one version has a nice beige colour. Im impressed by the lacing: small/thin, elegant, perfect circles,
The scent is bitter, resembles cold coffee with too much sugar.
The liquid has the same brownish colour as its famous brother. A slight dark red glow is visible, no carbonation.
Taste is fresh, starts off with chocolate, coffee and nuts evolves with cinnamon, burned grains/coffee beans (slight carbonation is noticeable), marzipan; overall bitter.
The aftertaste is pretty strong and bitter. Resembles dark chocolate, sweet cold coffee and cinnamon.
Quite different in respect to the Guinness on tap, but a job well done!
01-07-2007 22:14:57 | More by Bierschenker
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
Ordered from an online "Belgium" "Shop" and arrived in 15 days. Pours an inky black that is impervious to light. Large frothy light tan head that laces down to a hefty little ring. Smells lightly of sweet roasted burnt malts and some vague hop bitterness. Mouth feel is light to medium with a minimal amount of silkiness to it. Nice roasted coffe notes on the tongue with a dry finish of chocolate and dark fruit. Aftertaste dwells on the roasted side. Hides the 8% pretty well. Would really like to try this out of a nitro tap or can, I think I just blew my own mind. Better than it's little brother. All in all it is a good beer, I'm glad I tried it, but I don't feel like I was missing out on much.
07-25-2008 03:53:46 | More by timbro81
Guinness Special Export Stout (John Martin - Belgium) from Guinness Ltd.
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