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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen StoutGuinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This 8% abv stout has long been a secret pleasure among beer connoisseurs and indeed our Brewers, who value the mouth watering intensity of its roasted malt, smoked wood and dark chocolate notes, not to mention it's excellent and seemingly endless finish. Since 1944 we have been exclusively exporting this same special stout from Ireland into Belgium through the vibrant port of Antwerp. This is the first time we're making it available for general release in America.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 06-28-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,100
Reviews:
277
Ratings:
591
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
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Photo of KarlHvK
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Soneast
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akk14
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mustela_Man
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of steverx8
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cris4545
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of milehi
4.79/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Icedog
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Guinness Ever...

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Photo of jbclib7285
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pegasus
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Obsidian in color, with a thick, dense, and fine-beaded cream colored head with superb retention. Thick rings of unbroken lacing adorn the glass walls.

Aroma: Dense aromas of bitter coffee, caramel, dark bread, licorice, brown sugar and sweet alcohol dominate the aroma.

Taste: Opens with bitter cocoa, coffee, toasted black bread, and a hint of dark fruit. Soon after, licorice and brown sugar present. Midway through the taste, the alcohol appears, and is warming and gracious. Late in the taste, some oak notesappear, balancing the sweetness, Finishes with a long and lingering note of caramel and bitter cocoa.

Mouth feel: Rich, creamy and exceptionally full.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, its regrettable that Guinness Antwerpen Stout is only occasionally available in my area. Perfect for a cool and rainy September day, a rarity in Texas, to be celebrated.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two ounce Euro-style brown glass longneck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PMakowski
4.59/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 Oz Bottle poured into a glass
Look - dark brown almost black. Looks like a cola and a medium head gives way at a good pace, some lacing on glass
Smell - chocolate, rum, coffee, roasted charred malts. Not super strong scented but rich and aromatic as the style usually is with an ABV of 8%
Taste - Impactful. man, this beer has a very strong taste. Some burnt coffee beans, dark chocolate, caramel, tobacco, and smoky oak. A little bit of creamy profile. Below average carbonation which is lovely. Beer mixes sweet and bitter tremendously, the bitter does linger some on the tongue.
Overall, what a fantastic beer to drink, my favorite Guinness of the ones I've tried.
I haven't tried a massive amount of stouts but for what it is, I give this a grade of A+

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Photo of tradershmulie
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a half finger dark khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of dark, lightly toasted malt with a little biscuit, cocoa, a hint of caramel, brown bread and dried plums. Flavor is dark toasted malt, molasses, vanilla, cocoa, hints of fresh and dried dark fruit. Flavor tapers off a little into the finish, but leaves a nice, semi-dry dark malt and vanilla taste. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I rarely buy Guinness for home, although it is always welcome when present at a pub or restaurant; it is a little tame to me now that I regularly drink big BA stouts. This version brings a lot more interesting flavor notes into what is clearly the classic Guinness stout base. The vanilla and dark fruit notes are well integrated and improve the base malt flavors. The finish is a little thin, but enough of the dark fruit and good toasted malt remains to satisfy. It's history is interesting and I'm glad they made it available again.

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Photo of pegelstrand
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells chocolately. Strong molasses taste with prune, rye bread (caraway?) and just a little coffee. Smokey and Roasted. Mouthfeel is buttery. Sumptuous.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The black colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” finely bubbled dark tan head that recedes very slowly to an irregular island of foam on the beer and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches of lacing, many of which cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some nutty dark roasted malt backed up by dark fruits, chocolate and dark toffee.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with lots of nutty roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits all intertwingled with some light sweetness from the malt (and possibly the alcohol, but if so the alcohol is otherwise well hidden here). The hops provide a light earthy character and very light bitterness to the whole flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and a nice mix of both creaminess and light crispness from the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the sweetness and most of the flavors begin to fade except for the roasted, lightly earthy bitterness in the long dry ending.

Overall I think this is a first rate stout that is particularly enjoyable and drinkable and I’m looking forward to having the remaining bottles. There’s lots of nice rich and complex aromas and flavors here. Hopefully this beer will become more easily available in the US.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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