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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:
#2,424
Reviews:
275
Ratings:
574
pDev:
9.73%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
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147
Gots:
113
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Ratings: 574 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of funkyaudio
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of ControlVolume
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Skunked bottle, still able to finish. Seems like it would taste good without being lightstruck. Bought as a single, will have to buy as a 6-pack

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Photo of bubseymour
2.51/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this bourbon barrel stout at the new Guiness brewery in Baltimore. Not good at all. One of the worse BA stouts I've ever had honestly. Quite disappointed.

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Photo of Coren
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of Vader444
2.83/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into 2/3 pint glass. Dark brown, not quite black. Fairly pathetic head. Smells vaguely of chocolate and marshmallows with a slightly dusty aroma which unfortunately predominates. Taste follows the nose; quite sweet and a peculiar confectioned aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty poor in my opinion; I can't stand "fizzy" stout. I was excited to try this but was disappointed in the end. Oh well. Cheers anyway

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Photo of Nunya
2.99/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of BlackSpark
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of SVD
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of kbrown
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of insanidade
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of phishbone23
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of rickklein9
3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fubudu187
3.04/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Right, this is a live review: I am in my hotel room on the Belgian coast. The wife is dead on her feet, so we stopped at a 'Night Store' for me to have a night-cap beer. The only beer they sold that I hadn't reviewed was this one. Can't believe I'm reviewing an Irish beer in Belgium!

33cl Brown bottle, best before 29 Jan 2012, reviewed in Middelkerke on 26 May 2011.

Poured into a glass tumbler, because that is what was available in the hotel room.

It's a Guinness, so it's dark with a huge tanned head: the smell is of a regular Guinness with alcohol added. Even the head (which refuses to shrink) tastes like an alcoholic infused normal Guinness.

Dry and malty taste, the alcohol detected in the aroma is hidden better within the mouth flavours, but appears somewhat in the aftertaste as the mouth drys; and as already mentioned, in the foaming head.

Not as well balanced as I expected and not a beer I'd search for, certainly not in Belgium: where there are so many great beers to try.

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Photo of drmeto
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L:
-pours a very dark brown with mahogany tinges and a big,frothy,beige head
S:
-grainy,lactose,vanilla,toffee
T:
-toffee,coffee,chocolate,caramel,plums,raisins
-toasty finish
-almost a little tart
F:
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol well hidden
O:
Lacks in most categories

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Photo of tempest
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle from Drinks of the World.

I dont know if this beer has been mistreated, but it certainly doesn't live up to my expectations. It poured a nice black body with tn head that left lacing, but it was downhill from there. The flavor and aroma especially are dominated by a thick caramel note with chocolate and coffee roast faint around the palate. Still, this beer was surprisingly drinkable and not bad overall - just nothing special.

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Photo of Euroglot
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Knickfan3
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of erg
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Botulizard
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color dark brown with ruby highlights. On the surface of beer creates a huge cap beige foam. Finely bubble, high and stable, which some may wonder does not leave behind many traces.
Aroma of dark, roasted malts, slightly fruity, with plums in the foreground ..
Taste: here, there is no surprise, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruit slightly acidic. Finish bitterness of a coffee, dry.
Saturation average.

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Photo of JayKay412
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and trying to be impartial despite not being impressed by any of the brewers but have most expectations of this
Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
Dark fruit aroma
Coffee and fig
Thin tho

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Photo of DragonsMilk
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice beer from Guinness, too thin for a stout especially an 8% stout but this has a good flavor in the family of the regular stuff except more pronounced and enjoyable.

Way better than Draught "from the bottle" or Extra (although that doesn't take much) not enough body to stand with Foreign Extra.

Recommend trying it.

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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 574 ratings