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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:
#2,423
Reviews:
274
Ratings:
573
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
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Ratings: 573 |  Reviews: 274
Photo of pegelstrand
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Smells chocolately. Strong molasses taste with prune, rye bread (caraway?) and just a little coffee. Smokey and Roasted. Mouthfeel is buttery. Sumptuous.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wizzle32
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4.44/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The black colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” finely bubbled dark tan head that recedes very slowly to an irregular island of foam on the beer and leaves lots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates lots of small patches of lacing, many of which cling to the sides of the glass.

The aromas include some nutty dark roasted malt backed up by dark fruits, chocolate and dark toffee.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with lots of nutty roasted malt, chocolate, toffee and dark fruits all intertwingled with some light sweetness from the malt (and possibly the alcohol, but if so the alcohol is otherwise well hidden here). The hops provide a light earthy character and very light bitterness to the whole flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and a nice mix of both creaminess and light crispness from the finely bubbled persistent carbonation. The fairly long finish begins as the sweetness and most of the flavors begin to fade except for the roasted, lightly earthy bitterness in the long dry ending.

Overall I think this is a first rate stout that is particularly enjoyable and drinkable and I’m looking forward to having the remaining bottles. There’s lots of nice rich and complex aromas and flavors here. Hopefully this beer will become more easily available in the US.

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Photo of DigitGrowler
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewale4me
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Very dark body, brown-black, opaque, moderate tan head with lots of lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and roast, dark chocolate and dark fruit.

T - Full of dark fruit and solid semi-sweet chocolate notes, bitterness and a close with dark bread and coffee.

M - Moderate body, brisk carbonation, a bit of dryness in the finish.

O - As a U.S. version of the famous Export Stout, I enjoyed giving this a try, and fond it quite delicious.

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Photo of jcoleMA66
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Aug 2018. Purchased a while back from Tesco. The label states that Guinness have been exporting this stout to Belgium since 1944 via the port of Antwerp.

A: Poured into a tulip. A very dark reddish-brown that appears pitch black in the glass. Yields a huge head of creamy tan foam that lasts for a while before slowly reducing to a thick surface layer. Some lacing.

S: Aroma of rich dark malt with hints of roasted grain, mild molasses, subtle dried fruit, ale yeast, faint earthiness and a whisper of booze in the background. Lovely.

T: Tastes of dark malt with notes of roasted grain, burnt barley, mild coffee, subtle molasses, a hint of dried fruit, ale yeast, vague earthiness and a touch of alcoholic heat on the finish. Slightly sweet, followed by a robust malty bitterness upon swallowing.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with spritzy carbonation and decent body. Could be a shade thicker given the strength. Lightly astringent. Aftertaste of dark malt, roasted grain, mild molasses, ale yeast and a touch of booze.

O: Nice - a rich, balanced stout. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are replete with dark malt and yeast notes. Good body; perhaps a tad thin. Goes down a treat, though I reckon I still prefer their regular Extra stout. Well worth sampling if you come across it.

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Photo of SGR1220
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, blaack in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is Tootsie Roll and peat. Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, smooth, creamy,sweet and roasty. Chewier, smoother Guinness. Really liking this variation. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Darrin_Smith
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Pleasure
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dave1999
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A slightly weird tang and wet wood char that is interesting but strays from basic stout aspects a tad. Ok enough.

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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 jzeilinger
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black pour with an uneven, soapy toffee lacing ring.

S - Dark chocolate and light smoke aroma.

T - Some chooclate, that's it.

M - Medium body and a little watery up front.

O - I don't see how or why this beer is scoring high, it doesn't have much flavor and it's thin for the style. The bottle has a stamp with "023/17" which tells me this was possibly bottled on January 23rd, 2017? If so, our local store is screwing us and I'll definitely re-visit this beer when I find one bottled more recently.

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Photo of Stutz
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Strong and dark...good stout

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

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