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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,476
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
577
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
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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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Photo of sposter4
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MA08
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of unclekeith
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Giantspace
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmmbirra
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice lookin beer. Pitch black with a tan head that sticks around.
Nice and chocolatey aroma, with considerable sweetness, and maybe some figs, but not too pronounced.
It's full flavored, and medium-bodied for the style. Lots of chocolate and sweetness, with a nice roasted touch to it that could be a larger part of the flavor profile. Nice bitterness from the roast, and probably a little more from the hops, though any hop flavor is subtle.
Full, rich mouthfeel. Not too thin for the style, not too big, just right. Somewhat acidic.
A good big stout.

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Photo of ajm5108
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super dark brown that looks black, huge frothy head. Aroma is good, maybe a little light, roasted malt, cream, oat, faint milk chocolate. Taste isn't very robust or explosive, which is tefreshing cause so many beers nowadays wanna pound you into submission. You get good flavor but it is still very drinkable & you could have 2 or 3 without getting overwhelmed. Chocolate malts, dark roasted malt, whispetrs of coffee & chicory,, vanilla creme & medium oats. Body is a little light, like normal guinness, guess maybe it would be fuller cause of the abv & flavor.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Part of my #1 beer per style series. Foreign export stout, #1 beer Jonh Martin Guinness SPECIAL EXPORT STOUT. Its cool how the label says special. How excited am I to have a few bottles of this beer? About an 8. Long time want, closing in on the goal.

Beer poured from a bottle into a Russian river goblet. Beer is brown, dark with a mocha head of small and medium bubbles, good sized head at that. Leaves a lot of lacing as the head falls away to a convex shape resting on the top of the glass. Carbonation moderate to low. Looks good.

Aroma is sweet, malty, yeasty, mild esters. Smells like a Belgian ale. Interesting. Mild roast.

Well this is the strongest variation of Guinness and it shows. Beer is light in body and dry on the finish. There are some late bitterness and roast with a midpalate of mild esters and some sweetness. The beer is absent up front and the midpalate is quickly eclipsed by the dryness. Its mildly alcoholic too, but oddly late in the palate. Its good though. I am enjoying it, but its not like any Guinness I've ever had.

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Photo of jmalex
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now this I never expect to get a hold of. But after seeing it in a convenience store in Brussels, I knew I had one of my hardest finds.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English style pub glass black in color with a 2-finger high light-tan head. The bubbles are both tight and loose and slowly dissipate to a full coating of foam with some spotty lacing dotting the glass.

SMELL: Not very aromatic at all, but the dark chocolate aroma I am getting are extremely rich. It's coupled with a slight smell of dry, acrid, black malt. That's about it though.

TASTE: My initial 2 word reaction to this beer is completely contradictory - flavorless and complex. It's got such a dry stout profile going on that it fails to deliver the rich robustness of a foreign extra stout. But the dry black malt flavor is so nice. It adds such depth and dimension to this beer that is found in no other. It really contributes most of the bitterness to this beer. Other than that, there's some raw cocoa and a hint of sweetness on the end. One thing I will say: I can tell it's a Guinness product.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a slightly below average carbonation. No complaints here other than maybe it could've had a bit more body.

DRINKABILITY: I was on the fence here until I noticed it's listed at 8%. Holy crap, I never would've guessed! This does go down really nicely though a second bottle probably wouldn't be in order.

Wow, this is not what I was expecting, but it certainly was a nice surprise. All the different names for the different varieties of Guinness can get confusing, so I'd just call this "Guinness - The Good One"

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into glass.
Very dark brown to black colored body. Some brown highlights when presented to glass. Creamy, khaki colored head. Some sheets of lacing on opposite side of the glass.
Aromas of dark chocolate/cocoa, dark strong coffee, toffee to molasses sweetness, and slightly sour dark fruits.
Taste is generally sweet, with some minor sour dark fruit additions at the end. Dark chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness from the toffee/molasses.
Creamy smooth, medium mouth feel. Rather dry.
A sweeter Guinness stout recipe.

When compared to Guinness '200th Anniversary Export Stout', the 'Antwerpen' is lighter (more brown than black in its body color), has a lighter colored head (khaki to tan), has more lasting lacing, is much sweeter and with more dark fruit, and is more creamy in mouth feel. Both about the same medium mouth feel.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of camreiff
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Iaido
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of frontalot
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thewolf: Poured a deep black color stout with a huge light brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of liquorice with some light roasted malt and some sweet malt notes. Taste is a mix between some light roasted malt with some notes of liquorice and medium sweet Belgian malt with what appears to be a Belgian type yeast. Medium full body with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A very well balance beer overall with a level of complexity greater then the regular version of Guinness available over here.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Photo of warpedrevolution
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of soulcougher
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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