Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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
Ratings:
449
Reviews:
224
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.83%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 449 |  Reviews: 224
Photo of rickklein9
3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Fubudu187
3.04/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
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 -24.5%
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 -23%
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 -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of erg
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
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 EmperorBevis
3.26/5  rDev -21.8%
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 LAND_MINE
3.36/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbalsock
3.38/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured dark brown with a tan/brown pillowy head. Looked quite appetizing and the head stayed thick and present for as long as I was drinking the beer. The best part of the beer by far was its gorgeous appearance... a little more lacing would have made it a 5.

Smell: Caramel, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate combine to create a pleasant aroma. There is a noticeable hop aroma as well, but it doesn't carry over into the taste.

Taste: Dark chocolate dominates with a hint of careml in the background. It tastes noticeably like a guinness stout, and only marginally better than their other products. I had high expectations that were let down by how one-dimensional this turned out to be. The alcohol was well hidden, but the taste seemed almost entirely made up of roasted barley. There was, however, a slight taste of fruits during one of my sips, but that passed quickly and I did not taste it again.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy at first with a delayed roasted bitterness that becomes quite intense. The alcohol presence is subtle but adds to the complexity giving an almost balanced mouthfeel.

Drinkability: the intense roasted bitterness and alcohol would make it better if ther was more complexity in the taste. It's almost an RIS, but too simple and not interesting enough.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.4/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Opaque very dark brown with reddish tint. Head is tan, thin. Little carbonation evident.

S) Nowhere near what you may expect from an 8% stout. This hasn't been cooled too much either. The main impression is the 'tannic' odour as from a red wine. Does not smell like beer and nothing like a stout.

T) Slight acidic aspect, as per a 'milk stout'. Hint of burnt malt, but not much. Mid-vanilla fudge sweetness comes in after the main drink. Very little bitterness from hops or roasted malt. Balanced for sure, but doesn't try to excel in any one department.

F) The best aspect of the beer; has a nice squidgy liquid marshmallow texture. Slight carbonation. No bitter aftertaste, which you cold take as a plus or minus.

O) I'm disappointed with it, but you have to look at it from Guinness' point of view - produce an 'imperial' stout that will appeal to a mass market. It is a nice easy drink, but doesn't commit to doing anything especially well in any one department.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hophugger
3.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stcules
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The color is black. It has two fingers of a beautiful cream colored foam, creamy. Good appearance.
Stout smell, intense, strong, with malty notes, liquorice, dark malts. Dark and intense notes.
The taste is strong and intense too, with a lot of liquorice, cocoa, hazelnut, and a rhubarb touch. Even some bitter roots.
It is for sure less smooth than a regular Guinness Draught, but more interesting.
Intense, strong, full.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of addiwilliams
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of duvel1979
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (8.0%). There is some decoder ring version of a date stamp that means nothing to me. The beer is black in color and looks thick. Peaking of thick... The head is 3 fingers of bullet-proof khaki bubbles. They are dense and creamy!

S: [3.50] Wet charred wood. Corn. Raisins.

T: [3.50] Roasted malts, malted milk (charred), worcestershire sauce, some marshmallow.

M: [3.25] I expected it to be creamy and smooty - it has prickly carbonation. It is probably medium body but the carbonation makes it feel thinner.

O: [3.50] I stand by my "worcestershire sauce" take. I think that is in the aroma too. It is something that is in that flavor category. This beer is not bad it is just that flavor that is out of left field. Also the carbonation is a bit heavy handed. I would get a different stout in the future. I haven't had a lot of variety from Guinness so I wanted to try something new.

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Photo of Kamahl16
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of beergorrilla
3.54/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to goryshkewych for this one!

This one looks black at a glance, but a nice, nutty red wine comes through when held to the light. The head is an irregular tan film.

Smells of molasses, pungent sour coffee, cherry pie and sour grains.

Tastes of a similar blend of molasses, caramel, red grapes and day old coffee.

Feels a tad viscous with a frothy carbonation that appears out of nowhere and jams things up a bit.

Fun to try, but not one I'll seek out again.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.17 out of 5 based on 449 ratings.
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