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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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

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214
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429
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
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Photo of DARIVA
3.59/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice deep black beer with a beautiful head.

S: The smell of fudge, the smell has a tasty sweet smell.

T: The tastes of licorice, chocolate and caramel.

M: Good carbonation and a reasonable foam feel.

O: Good drinkable beer with a normal aftertaste.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a deep darker than cola brown with a couple fingers of very dense light brown head. The head took forever to slowly fade into a thick and lasting fuzzy collar that left a thick network of impressive lacing down the glass.
S: Ashy, smoky, nose with notes of tobacco smoke, savory barbeque smoke, chicory, and slight sulfur.
T: More of a roasted and toasted grain quality to the flavor than it is pure smoke like the nose. Still, there is a subtle smoky undertone throughout the flavor. Roasted malt flavors up front followed by sweet and sticky flavors of molasses and slight caramel. Savory, meaty, smoke and slightly acrid flavors round out the finish, and I get a hint of chocolate and chicory lingering in the aftertaste. Mild spice.
M: Dense, softy, and creamy carbonation that really froths up on my palate. Full body, chewy and thick mouthfeel, moderate bitterness.
O: The aftertaste was like a lighter version of the taste that lingers after smoking a cigarette. Thick, chewy, and drinkable, but probably not something I’ll revisit.

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Photo of bobsy
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice appearance, with a jet black body and a light tan head, which has good retention an deposits globs of lacing on the glass. Dry roasted grain aroma mixing in with cocoa. The taste is fine, but by no means spectacular. Kinda reminds me of a slightly amped up Irish dry stout. Prominent oak and stale coffee flavours, mixed in with cocoa powder. Some hints of fruit and sugar, but overall very dry. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Alcohol isn't even perceptible.

This didn't really impress me that much. While it is a decent beer its not in the same class as other foreign/export stouts, and it didn't have the richness of flavour I look for.

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Photo of haz77
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with 2 inches of tan head, which leaves some rings of lacing as it falls.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roast malt, alcohol

T - Large amount of roast malts at first, with some chocolate and coffee coming through. Alcohol warmth comes through in the aftertaste.

M - Creamy, full, smooth, surprising amount of carbonation.

D - Much better than the original and worth a try.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I have had a good several days as a customer at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop here in Lancaster, PA. They took delivery of a bunch of new & different beers on Thursday & our crew of (usually) Friday evening knuckleheads swooped in to procure them.

From the bottle: "A rich and robust Stout"; "First brewed in 1944 for export from Dublin to Antwerp."; "The Brewers Project"; "A group of enterprising brewers on a quest to explore new recipes, reinterpret old ones and collaborate freely to bring exciting beers to life. This 8% ABV Stout has long been a secret pleasure among beer connoisseurs and indeed our own brewers, who value the mouth watering intensity of its roasted malt, smoked wood and dark chocolate notes, not to mention its 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."

I Pop!ped the cap and began a moderate pour, but as soon as I saw the pseudo-cascade begin, I backed off to allow it to do its thing. That turned out to be the creation of three-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with great retention. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration and showing cola highlights only on the bottom edges of the glass. Nose smelled of dark chocolate, light smoke and treacle, but not terribly different from other Foreign/Export Stouts. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste very much mirrored the nose - bittersweet chocolate, smoky charcoal and the tart, off-sweetness of treacle. Finish was semi-dry, very much of bittersweet chocolate & treacle with a light, lingering smokiness. Not bad, but does it merit the hype of bringing it to the U.S. for the first time? Eh. I can find Guinness Foreign Export pretty easily as it is, so the arrival of this one does not really trip my trigger.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color and impenetrable to light. There's an inch of dense creamy brown head. Heavy lacing. I'm smelling dark malt and plum. The taste is dark malt and plum. The mouth is dry and light chewy.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black porter looking beer with a thin tan head. Roasty nose with some burnt edges. Tastes like regular Guinness with more body, more roast, added baking chocolate, and not as much sour tang - almost none in fact except where the bitterness of the roasted malts come into play. Not unlike an imperial stout, but perhaps on the milder side of that.

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Photo of rastaman
3.72/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks delicious, deep brown to black, really compact head, tight bubbles. Didn't like the aroma so much (oily, buttery mollasses. Fat toffee and roast, thick and rich. Very long roasty finish, quite bitter. Some mollases and raisins aswell, very thick mouthfeel. Beautiful rich, bitter chocolate finish. A beautifully rich stout.

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Photo of punkindrublic50
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Take your normal Guinness and put it on steroids. Darker. Thicker. Sweeter. Then make it only availible in Belgium and (where I found it) West Germany to torment beer drinkers everywhere else, and you have Guinness Special Export.

Coloring is almost completely black, with a strong tan head. Scent is pretty much identical to taste in every way, strong but not overpowering, dark fruits, coffee, chocolate. This beer is thick and creamy, to the point that it severely hurts the drinkability. Nice to sit down with one and relax, but this is by no means an every day sipper or a drink to get drunk sort of beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Abusmaster. Jet black with substantial off-white creamy head. Good malty and licorice and roasted barley aroma. Taste is dry and bitter, baker's chocolate, with diesel fuel and smoke at the end of the bottle. Easy creamy mouthfeel while you absord this dry stout, Certainly better than any Guinness I have had, far from the best stout.

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Photo of FBarber
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark blackish brown, opaque. Thinnish tan head dissipates steadily leaving no lacing and a thin filmy slick on top of the beer. Smell has notes of malt, lactose, chocolate, and milk chocolate. Taste follows the nose. Flavor has notes of roasted malts, lactose, milk chocolate, and cocoa. Mild hop bitterness on the back end. Feel is thin for the style. Smooth with medium carbonation. Overall I didn't think this was anything special. Its just another variation on the same basic theme.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i think its really cool that these guys have after all this time, decided to brew up (and/or release) a few new beers and get them out there, and i have liked the ones i have had better than expected. this one is a really different sort of stout, with some belgian elements, some funny mouthfeel components, and a lot of cool guinness grainy roast to it. not much of a head on the pour from the bottle, but a nice shiny near black liquid still looks inviting. aroma is a little bit of almost intentional oxidation, not the wet cardboard thing, but a maturity, not staleness, of the grain that always seems to mark some of these imports. lots of roast here, but very little perceived bitterness, slight dried fruit, ash, and an aged earthy hop. there is also a neat yeast to this, maybe sort of belgian, hard to tell though the stouty nature of this overall, but there certainly seems to be some fruitiness and brightness from the yeast, but it also has a more classic guinness yeast factor, maybe multiple pitches or just temperature variances to bring more flavor out of it, but i like it a lot, and its definitely unique in that regard. it doesnt need to be acidic in the finish, which it is a little bit, but in general i think this is pretty darn solid. neat to see some innovation from a brewery like this too!

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle split thanks to Bobsy. Thanks for sharing this hard to get brew!

Pours a dark dark brown with mahogany around the edges, a light cappuccino head. Not a ton of bubbles.

First thing I get off the nose is honey bread (odd I know), followed by smooth choco nibs and a hint of caramel. Some light roasting, sweet smelling.

Taste is light cocoa, choco nibs, hints of dark fruits, coffee grinds, a touch of baking chocolate, honey, vanilla. Luxurious body, smooth and yet light feeling in the mouth - not heavy at all. Dry finish.

As Bobsy said, kind of an amped up Dry Irish though, to be honest, I was also disappointed. This lacked the bold roast flavor that I would be looking for, focused too much on the sweet chocolate, and, while certainly complex and rich in flavor, lacked in body. A nice beer and miles better than your average Guiness but still not something that I would get excited about. Thanks again Rob!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 30-09-13

Poured into a big wine glass. Fairly dark but the black body gives way to brown highlights. The head is thick and fluffy with bigger bubbles interspersed on top. Settles down fairly quickly but sticks around well.

Dark fruit and roast dominate the smell on this at first but there is some dark chocolate fudginess as well that comes out making this really inviting.

The taste is of dark fruit, a little roast and chocolate.

Smooth although fairly fizzy with a medium body.

Not super flavorful but very nice.

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Photo of vinicole
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Black. Tan head which subsides to thin wispy layer.
Sweet roasted malt aroma. Smoke present. Chocolate also there.
Standard Guinness Stout flavour with added booze. Somewhat sweeter and less bitter.
Smooth carbonation and soft feel.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown with a very heady 3 inches of pillowy foam. Almost thought it was infected the way it poured, but it's just overcarbonated.

Aroma of roasted malt, faint peat smoke, perhaps a bit bready.

The taste has cocoa, dark roasted malts, coffee and light alcohol. Faint hops round out a light bodied, toasty stout. Medium carbonation which works for a beer like this.

Overall it's another solid stout from Guinness, not a surprise.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

0.33l bottle, purchased and consumed in Brussels Belgium out of a chalice.

Deep dark/black with reddish mahogany visible at the very top edge. Not at all translucent. Thin tan head of small bubbles, quickly dissapates.

Smells of molasses, and barley.

Flavor has a residual molasses, slight bit of dark chocolate, and a bit of coffee. Hard to pin the overall flavor. Hops in a long lingering finish. More bitter than a Guinness.

Good full mouth feel, that hits the palette in waves. Seems a bit thin, especially considering the color, but not lacking.

Not a beer I would consider drinking more than one of. I suppose it would be good to fit a niche - like if I was dying for a beer but also really wanted a coffee, and it had to be at exactly the same time. Since I can't imagine when that would happen, I don't know that I would reach for it again, given the wealth of other options available.

Overall a good beer, but likely only to be purchased for visitors who can't find it in the US.

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Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Trappistenbier, a big Thanks to Filip for bringing this from your home country.

A: Pours very deep dark black with a towering brown head. The retenion is great with spotty lace noted. Nice.

S: Nothing like your normal ho hum Guinness. Bold aromas with hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit.

T: Taste of nice sweet malt and brown sugar. Hints of coffee and chocolate as well. Mild in taste but a good blend of flavors.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: Nice treat, wish this was on tap in every bar in America instead of our version of Guinness.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, great finger sized head that lasts.

Aroma of Sweet vanilla, mocha, leather, biltong.

Similar in taste with the standard thin body from Guinness. Some bitterness, bit of that lactic tang too, tad puckering on the finish. Drying too, not too much.

Remains their best beer, an excellent example of a stout. It's a bit thin for me, but that's one of the features of the current generation of Guinness stouts.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dougofthefuture for this one.

Poured into snifter. Pours a finger of creamy chocolate hued head. Great retention leaving some thick lace rings. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Chocolate milk and cocoa powder. Creamy and nutty. Kind of sweet.

Taste: It reminds me more of stout than the other guinness beers I have had, but I can still pick out the guinness characteristics in it. It is very chocolately and creamy. Has a cocoa powder flavor. Creamy again with a touch of nuts. A bit of coffee and roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and dry. Medium to full bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a decent stout. It was very flavorful and pretty easy to drink. Thanks Doug for this one!

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Photo of Uniobrew31
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Its like guinness extra with more booze and a dark fruit like aftertaste. I ran through a four pack on a friday night and I would gladly pick up another!

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Photo of pwoods
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tprokop7 for sending this rare extra and finally knocking if off my wants list.

33cl. brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a large creamy mocha head with some pretty decent retention. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Lots of roasty aromas backed by some cream notes. There's a definite lactic smell throughout, close to a milk stout. Plenty of sweetness, maybe some vanilla.

T/M: Nicely roasted malts, not too bitter but nicely balanced. More of the somewhat big lactic notes. Pretty sweet with more of the vanilla. Has a pretty dry finish that kind of tastes like necco wafers. Light, milky, chocolately notes in the back that come out further as it warms. Body is medium with nicely smooth carbonation. A bit of alcohol comes out as it warms and adds a nice touch. If not at room temperature, you'd never guess this at 8%.

D: Pretty easily drinkable and 8% isn't much of a factor. Very glad I got to try this. Thanks Todd!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours with a thin tan head and a nearly-black body. There are some light spots of lacing around the sides and bubbles on top. The nose is light roast and a surprising amount of caramel and, especially, toffee character. There's some light candy and brown sugar as well.

The taste brings a good dose of toffee along with some light roasted character and some super mild espresso following through after that. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly smooth and slightly dry. This is nice and easy to drink. The finish seems to dry out even more as I get through the bottle. Pretty good stuff. Thanks again, Matt.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is half fully expected, half unique. The smoky, fruity, roasty notes I expect from a foreign stout are there; this version in particular amplifies some of the lighter fruits (think apple, peach, and even orange) and adds a distinct bread quality. This definitely has Belgian yeast, I can smell it a mile away. The flavor profile (mostly) follows suit. An intense start of yeasty bread, black pepper, and apples turn into dark fruits around the middle. It finishes like a proper Guinness should: with plenty of smoke, roasted malt, and espresso flavors. Its lack of careful balance keeps the flavor from being a 4 (the yeast profile being the culprit), but I'm still impressed by the depth and nuance offered. It feels creamy and soft yet it's dry enough to keep it clean, with a long finish. This also feels a bit bulkier around the middle of the palate compared to the front and back (where it's thinner). Carbonation is fine. I'd personally put this a slight notch below my favorite Guinness - the FES - but it's still a very good stout that many craft brewers would be proud to have in their collection.

3.85/5: A tasty and fun yet archetypal Belgian-style stout

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Photo of benfons
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: completely impregnable dark brown, nice creamy brown head

S: candy syrup, molasses, hints if dark chocolate and prunes

T: dark roasted nuts, hints of hops, chocolate and tobacco, some malts, even a bit candy sugar syrup

M: thinner than expected, really dry, little carbonation, some warmth

O; this isn't my favourite style but it's a pretty good beer

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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.16 out of 5 based on 429 ratings.
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