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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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#2,337
Reviews:
270
Ratings:
563
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
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Photo of azkkr
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at the bottle shop down the road from me.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours black with some nice carbonation effect after the initial pour. Afterwards, no carbonation evident at all. A big three finger medium tan head fades relatively slowly into a thin film. Some lacing evident.

SMELL: Dark fruits initially, with some roasted barley malt and some black licorice. Nose is alright and powerful enough.

TASTE: Mirrors nose somewhat. Roasted barley malt with a smoky component as well up front, with some bitter hops and chocolate flavors through the finish. A touch of alcohol at the end, but well controlled. Alcohol and bitterness in a strong and longer lasting aftertaste. Good stuff for sure.

PALATE: Medium-thick body and pretty creamy on the palate. Carbonation is there but balanced well. Goes down smooth but finishes with a bit of a bite. A slight bit of stickiness lingers. Good here.

OVERALL: Obviously this is a very different beer than their pub draft; they are not comparable and are not meant to be compared. I could see how someone who loves the pub draft would not like this. Too bad, because this is a great beer on its own right. It's certainly drinkable, and the nose is sharp and impressive. Looks and feels great too. This is a perfect example of how good Gunniess can be. One I'll re-visit. Recommended.

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Photo of ntanner83
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Macamah
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 Lukass
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Whitey_from_Remedy
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThaCreep
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Color black with dark brown. The charred malt feels strongly, it offers scents of caramel brown, bitter coffee and a little toffee. The entry on the palate is alcoholic, slightly burnt and it offers, tasting, sour and bitter tingling that spread in the finish, added a powerful lasting bitterness. Good command of such export stout, well balanced and offers a nice range of flavors, it is the archetype without sublimate kind. Heady, strong and powerfully bitter, it is quickly exhilarating.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not feeling this one as much as some of you, but I still like it. Pour is almost black with a two finger tan head. Smell is roasty malt, some dark chocolate and a little smoke. Taste is pretty much like smell, but I also get a little nutmeg taste. A little on the thin side for me, but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Casey_L
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OKbrew89
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice stout, aroma was of dark fruit with a slight herbal aroma.....flavors follow the nose with dark fruit,wood, herbal spice with a smooth finish....grade B beer

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Photo of kuhndog
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of D1noB
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crisper stout with subtle chocolate tones, and a slight roasted malt throughout.

Taste rating in words: finding tissues in your coat pocket as your nose runs from the cold on a winter day.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks shaughn256 for the taste

11.2 oz bottle. pour is a bit difficult.. not knowing what to expect, i pour this into an imperial pint. familiar guinness cascade of bubbles stops 1/10th of the way through and sits there with an 8-finger head. definitely a different beer composition here. slightly seethru.. black with brownish foam, dissolving slowly into crusty craters leaving dank lacing on the glass. smells like marzipan and fruity yeast. not at all what i expect from a guinness, but very mouthwatering nonetheless. significantly thinner and fluffier. flavor is deep and complex, only playing partially off what irish/american guinness represents in its trademark roasted bitterness. alcohol strength and slight banana/floral character help to balance a significantly less chalky big bitterness. lactosian creamy sweetness emerges with warmth.

a better version of a beer that i thought was subpar to begin with. good mouthfeel but doesn't stand up to the familiar nitro smoothness when consumed from a not-so-fresh standard bottle. just as drinkable if not moreso than the original. glad i got a chance to try this crazy bastardization of a beer.

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Photo of petrusek23
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of williahd
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HopHead84
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

8/22/2010

Thanks! The beer is black with a frothy light brown head. The nose displays a dry roasted malt quality with a light coffee character. Smells like a nice dry stout. Alcohol is noticeable in the flavor with a moderate dry roasted grainy malt character and a touch of nutty character. The beer finishes dry and light with a touch of coffee and a lingering dry roast. The mouthfeel is full, creamy, and dry, with a lower level of high carbonation.

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Photo of domtronzero
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown, nearly opaque. Big, long lasting tannish head with little lacing.

S - Roasty, chocolatey dark malts. A little bit bready. Big raisiny nose.

F/M - Bready, roasty, caramelly malts with a firm typical Guinness bitterness. Classic Guinness house flavor in the dry finish. Lingering chocolatey roast malt flavors. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Much better than Guinness Draught, roasty and chocolatey and much more bold. Still has the classic Guinness taste, but much more satisfying.

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Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of AlarmClock314
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle, no date. Pours transparent brownish black with a large sized tan head; lots of small carbonation bubbles. Smells of roasted malt, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, floral/earthy hops, and some cocoa. The taste follows exactly with roasted malt, licorice, molasses, dark fruit, hops, and some cocoa. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Somewhat below average smell/taste intensity. Medium carbonation and lighter body; pretty drinkable. Overall, it's an interesting Export Stout with lots of licorice and molasses, but could use more intensity and body.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle (US release) stamped L619OGF003. Sampled on February 25, 2017.

It is a gorgeous looking pour with its brown to black heady and boisterous, tan foamy head.

The aroma is Guinness with a decent dark roasted malt character, sweetness, crackers, the Guinness house yeast, and a low hop profile.

Medium body but a little acidic.

Same roasted dark bread sweetness in the taste with a kind of burnt yet milky quality if that can be separated. Mild bitterness to end.

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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 563 ratings