Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout
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Stout - Foreign / Export
Ranked #3
Ranked #3,282
4.13 | pDev: 10.17%
Guinness Ltd.
Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen StoutGuinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout
Notes: 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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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#1746 - Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- 330ml bottle marked on main front lable as 'Guinness Special Export'.
Superficially black, held up to a halogen actually ultra deep ruby-red. Clear, pours with a 5mm deep tan head (of fine bubbles suggesting it'll stick around). ps It does, and forms lacing, still lingering 20mins later...
S- Toasty-roasty-fireplaces... + some hints of fruit I believe, dark raisons?
T- Here the fruit/raisons... almost a wine-like aspect to it comes first. It's pungent but has a deep + sliiightly sour fruit aspect. It is nothing less that INCREDIBLY different from the swill you would get if you asked to be poured a pint of CO2-forced draft under-license black stuff you'd find in almost all UK pubs
F- It's pretty pungent and somewhat rich. The pungent/rich+slightly sour is a clever interplay.
O- The beer I just had earlier was a Nigerian brewed Guinness. This is different, nothing stands out of place as unblanced or 'wrong [or WTH is this facet]'. It's pungent yet refined, very easy drinking. Expensive but good and an experience, not likely something most will be buying frequently as a specialist import
As I understand it this is brewed in Ireland (shows what they CAN actually brew in Dublin!) and is exported under a special commission contract for the style to Belgium.
I'm not a born Guinness drinker, most UK brewed Guinness is rough. Now if it tasted anything like this I'd happily drink it!
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed!
330ml bottle £4.15 BB: 18/06/2021 8% Bought from TremblingMadness, York/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
At this shop^ it is described thus: 'Export Stout // 8.0% Abv // 330ml Commissioned by John Martin of Belgium in 1912. The first variety of Guinness to be pasteurised, in 1930.'

Apr 13, 2021
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Scoopdogg_ from Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my favorite beer for a long time until I tried Focal Banger by Alchemist brewery. I've then tried Heady Topper by Alchemist, the former KING #1 ranked beer on Beer Advocate (currently #5). So how has my opinion of this much lower ranked beer changed? Well, I still consider this a MASTERPIECE and the best Guinness on the market!
It goes down unbelievably smooth for a beer, let alone an 8% ABV beer. It gives you that Guinness, Stouty, Irish flavor you've come to know and love but at the same time, it tastes more refined. If you like Stouts, this beer is in a class of its own and it truly stands up to any beer in enjoyability of flavor!

Jun 16, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

De Hipercor. En vaso de pinta inglesa de Ikea. Jugando a Spiderman. Se bebe pasmosamente bien para el abv que lleva, y tiene unas agradables notas a frutas oscuras, con quizás algo de regaliz. También tiene un toque ligeramente metálico que no llega a molestar

Jun 16, 2020
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Specialmick from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look.. Again the very nice stout look. One of the first brands of stout(like many of my generation) I ever tried 30 years ago. not much. roasty
Taste...Similar start to the on I had last night sour bitter malt in that order (The Foreign Stout) but on the back end very nice sweetness ,choc, roast, mmm
Feel..kinda thin but very like many of the stouts from Guinness
Overall... I like. good not great but still really solid. Nothing I would not finish gladly

May 13, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look is the patented great Guinness stout look: deep dark color under a thick, tall, tan, cream head, with decent retention, leaving lots of strings and disconnected islands of lacing down the glass, forming a domed top to the head.

Aroma is faint. I can coax out perhaps a little dark malt, that's about it. Disappointing.

Taste starts out mild and dry, transitioning to a slightly sweet middle, and a dry, moderately bitter finish. The bitterness lingers into the aftertaste. The flavor is (fortunately) more pronounced than the aroma. Roasted malts with slightly sweet dark fruits, hints of chocolate, and a decent tannic bitterness. The aftertaste is rather nice, fruits with tannin.

Mouth feel provides a good body with carbonation.

Overall, a decent export stout, good flavor, decent body, weak aroma. IMO, not Guinness's best.

Mar 21, 2020
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this from the 12.5 bottle Antwerpen Stout poured into a pint glass.
Appears black with a nice foamy tan head that lasted throughout the beer.
Smells malty, smoky, chocolate, licorice.
Taste follows the nose.
Mouth feel is medium for the style.
Overall a very nice stout that I would definitely order again.

Mar 18, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle: Poured a a dark brown nearly black color with a thick bubbly 2 finger cream/tan color head that quickly fades away, but leaves a good amount of lacing. A nose detects notes of roasted malt, chocolate and the 8% ABV. The taste parallells the aroma, but has additional notes of coffee, and chocolate followed by a smoky after taste and dry finish. Overall smooth, tasty and stout beer.

Mar 14, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz bottle.

Opaque jet black color with a light tan head. Patchy lacing on the glass.

Aroma improves as the beer warms. Mostly anise and dark chocolate with light smoke and roasted malt.

Deep roasted malt flavor. A little sweet and vinious in the finish, with the ABV showing itself a bit. Full bodied.

Glad I got to try this one. I prefer the regular Foreign Export Stout over this but it's a good beer for sitting by the fire with.

Nov 23, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark colour (much like cola). Another review mentions to make sure it's not over-refrigerated - they are correct. Overchilling will ruin the taste. Taste is cocoa, coffee, sweeter, but with some bitterness. Has a small amount of gritty feel to it.

Nov 18, 2019
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DDiFran from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a 3 Floyd’s pint glass. Color is very dark brown almost black with a tan head that lingers nicely. Smell is a slight burnt cocoa or coffee but not very strong. Taste is wonderfully complex mix of nuts, cocoa, coffee and alcohol especially as it warms toward room temp. Important to serve this only lightly chilled. It loses a lot if over refrigerated. Overall a delightful stout. Surprisingly good for a mass production brewer.

Sep 08, 2019
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phildo79 from Northern Ireland

1.61/5  rDev -61%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Cannot fathom how this beer has such a high rating. The words 'bog' and 'standard' spring to mind when trying to describe it.

Aroma is of virtually nothing. As is the taste. It's 8% but you'd be forgiven for thinking it was closer to 3%. Zero warmth from the ABV. Little to no carbonation produces no head.

This just reeks of yet another beer that Guinness are trying to jump on the craft beer bandwagon with. I have lost count of the atrocious, quickly assembled beers they have produced in the last few years. This beer was apparently made back in the 1940's but then again, their West Indies Porter was apparently made from a lost 99 year old recipe that they found down the back of the sofa or behind a fridge. Yeah right!

Sep 05, 2019
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Jun 16, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Mar 24, 2019
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Nephilium from Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Mar 23, 2019
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abnormal from Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Mar 13, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Jan 31, 2019
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Dec 31, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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

Dec 31, 2018
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Pegasus from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Sep 09, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

4.59/5  rDev +11.1%
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+

Aug 05, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Jul 18, 2018
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

4.48/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells chocolately with dried fruit. Strong molasses taste with prune, rye bread and just a little coffee. Smokey and Roasted. Mouthfeel is buttery. Sumptuous.

Jun 18, 2018
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

May 28, 2018
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.13/5  rDev 0%
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.

Apr 25, 2018
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Apr 16, 2018
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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 644 ratings