Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen StoutGuinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout

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Guinness Ltd.

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.

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Reviews: 285 | Ratings: 617
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle with a code of L8053GFOO2...opened 6-15-19.
Huge, 3" tan head with amazing retention...sitting like a rock after 2 full minutes. Great, thick lacing left behind when it does start to slowly recede. Dark brown on the edges, black towards the center.
Roasted malt, chocolate and a sourdough twang that's front and center in the aroma.
Lightly charred flavor, not quite burnt coffee. Coffee with cream. Hint of licorice. Wood char. Cola. Some sweetness in the finish but nothing out of control.
Medium body, low to medium carbonation. Creamy finish with all the above flavors that linger around for a while making this a heck of a beer, very nice!

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Photo of beergoot
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black body with a thick, frothy, and sticky head; huge sheets of foam clinging to the glass. Sweet, roasted grain aroma; caramel with a mild sourness. Charred grain flavors; bitter grain char; bitter chocolate. Heavy body; residual sugar heft with a touch of alcohol dryness; velvety mouthfeel.

A very nice and tasty stout, definitely rich and dark in character with satisfying flavors.

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

Pours an opaque black with a thin layer of tan foam. Aroma is rich and roasty, which matches the flavor profile. Roasted notes are the main focus here, with some chocolate, and a touch of black licorice in the finish. Medium bodied, with the alcohol just present at the back of the throat. Overall a nice solid stout for a cold spring day.

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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Jet black in color, three fingers of dense khaki colored head, tight bubbles and excellent head retention. Sheets of lacing all over the glass.

Aroma: Tangy like most Guinness stouts, hint of smoke, dark fruit and light char.

Taste: Charred grains up front. Dark fruit, hearty brown bread and brown sugar dominate the palate. Slightly sour and yeasty towards the end. Rich roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate and a hint of licorice on the aftertaste.

Feel: Full bodied, carbonation is crisp and refreshing. On the dry side of the spectrum. Alcohol warmth is barely noticeable. Insanely drinkable for an 8% beverage.

Overall: This beer really shines as it comes up to room temp. Bordering on Imperial territory without the alcohol burn. Delicious.

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Photo of Buckeye55
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn, I forgot all about this beer. Had two bottles once at a party and loved it. A full mouth party, this one is. I am going to pick this up on one if my next beer hauls. Once obtained, I will update this review.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau stout glass.

Look is a pitch black with a cafe au lait head.

Aroma is creamy rich coffee and cream.

Taste matches aroma. Lots of rich chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: rich, semi sweet, tangy, woody, chocolate, fruity, smooth roasted malt, airy finish. Same with the nose. Black, brown hue, mostly opaque, tall tan foamy head, broken lattice. Medium to med/full body. 52 IBUs

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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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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 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 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 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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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark body, brown-black, opaque, moderate tan head with lots of lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and roast, dark chocolate and dark fruit.

T - Full of dark fruit and solid semi-sweet chocolate notes, bitterness and a close with dark bread and coffee.

M - Moderate body, brisk carbonation, a bit of dryness in the finish.

O - As a U.S. version of the famous Export Stout, I enjoyed giving this a try, and fond it quite delicious.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2018. Purchased a while back from Tesco. The label states that Guinness have been exporting this stout to Belgium since 1944 via the port of Antwerp.

A: Poured into a tulip. A very dark reddish-brown that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a huge head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a thick surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of rich dark malt with hints of roasted grain, mild molasses, subtle dried fruit, ale yeast, faint earthiness and a whisper of booze in the background. Lovely.

T: Tastes of dark malt with notes of roasted grain, burnt barley, mild coffee, subtle molasses, a hint of dried fruit, ale yeast, vague earthiness and a touch of alcoholic heat on the finish. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust malty bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker given the strength. Lightly astringent. Aftertaste of dark malt, roasted grain, mild molasses, ale yeast and a touch of booze.

O: Nice - a rich, balanced stout. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are replete with dark malt and yeast notes. Good body; perhaps a tad thin. Goes down a treat, though I reckon I still prefer their regular Extra stout. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of tigg924
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, blaack in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is Tootsie Roll and peat. Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, smooth, creamy,sweet and roasty. Chewier, smoother Guinness. Really liking this variation. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of stortore
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 1/31/18.

Pours a dark cola color, somewhat opaque, with a one inch foamy head and foamy lacing. Aromas of malt, hops- a bit floral and herbal, caramel, some chocolate, smoke, light vanilla. The taste mostly follows along: malt, chocolate, floral hops, vanilla, caramel- more as it warms, light molasses, a touch of bitterness on the finish. Mostly smooth, slightly dry, a good medium body, well carbonated but a little fizzy.

Good representation of a foreign stout, although I liked their Foreign Extra Stout more. Drink this one warm, it grows on you and is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black pour with an uneven, soapy toffee lacing ring.

S - Dark chocolate and light smoke aroma.

T - Some chooclate, that's it.

M - Medium body and a little watery up front.

O - I don't see how or why this beer is scoring high, it doesn't have much flavor and it's thin for the style. The bottle has a stamp with "023/17" which tells me this was possibly bottled on January 23rd, 2017? If so, our local store is screwing us and I'll definitely re-visit this beer when I find one bottled more recently.

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Guinness beer #1 for St. Patty's day, 2018.
This was good. Black and a heavy pour with a dark and dense head that left some lacing.
Kind of a faint aroma for a beer so big but could pick up the dark malts and hits of sour.
This drinks like a amped up version of their classic stout. Moderate + feel. Nice dark roast that shy's away from being too bitter. Hits of sour. Chocolate and smooth roast. Nicely carbonated without going too big.
Drinks smaller than 8% but satisfies more than smaller version.
Nice beer and willing to buy again.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a super dark brown color that lets no light through. The head is massive, creamy and mocha with excellent retention. There are sheets and webs of lacing left all over the glass.

The smell is rich roasted malts and chocolate.

Taste is the same with more flavor and another layer of complexity that I can't quite articulate the flavor of.

Feel is medium, smooth and very creamy. Ridiculously drinkable for the abv.

Overall this is the best beer by Guinness that I've had. Excellent robust flavors, but still so smooth and easy drinking.

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruit and a touch of smoke up front. Some earthy hops in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt, dark chocolate, and caramel and then picks up some of the smoke, molasses, and dark fruit on the back end. Finishes with lingering roast, dark chocolate, and smoke

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great stout with a touch of smoke that drinks extremely well. Definitely worth a try

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Photo of pianoguy
4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle

Pours a solid black body with a tan head. Lots of tiny carbonation bubbles. Exceptional retention,Great thin lacing on every sip. Gotta give it a (rarely given) 5.

My initial impression was dark chocolates first, then I started smelling a toffee/coffee thing that gave it an overall smokey effect . Only thing better would be if it smelled more prominent (fresher!).

Taste followed with the addition of cherries. Nice dry slightly bitter finish Only a little of the (8.0) noticed.

Medium slightly thin feel... interesting for a Guinness.

Value; (Does not affect score) As part of the 200th anniversary 12 pack for $12.49 this was an exceptional value.

My favorite from the 200th anniversary 12 pack. Really enjoyed the taste !

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Photo of 57md
3.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Compared to the standard Extra Stout, this offering is lighter and not as roasty. The Belgian style yeast comes through on the nose and in the flavor.

I'd never guess this was 8% based upon the way it drinks. However, it paired well with a few anise cookies for a nice late night snack.

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Photo of MikeGray
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is different from Guinness Extra Stout in a few ways. First, it has a smokier taste. Second, it has a higher ABV (8%), which makes for a stronger alcohol taste with less balance. Third, it is traditionally carbonated as opposed to using nitrogen. It is worth trying if you like Guinness, but I would choose Extra Stout if given a choice.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown clear colour. Black treacle nose, roasty notes, earthy hop notes, and dark fruits. Heavier, very toasty throughout. Burnt grains and black treacle body, minerals, dark fruit notes, bitter burnt lingering drier finish. Very nice.

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Photo of Drpfpbuck
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A nice addition from Guinness. Think Belgian dark version of a Guinness Stout. Nice to enjoy when you want a Guinness but with some sweeter chocolate and cherry notes.

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