Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen StoutGuinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

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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Ratings: 572 |  Reviews: 274
Photo of Jeremiah87
3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of porterman66
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MinerBob
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours black with a light head. The smell for me was banana and milk chocolate. The flavor is chocolate, some coffee and yes banana. The beer is smooth goes down real easy. Overall a nice offering.

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Photo of uu1
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of dubnation
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Pineal7
3.33/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of miwestcoaster
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 The_Kriek_Freak
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It pours very dark black with a tan head. Some nice lacing. The aroma is fairly complex, with notes of burnt bread, caramel, coffee, syrup, dark chocolate, bread pudding and dark malts. The taste is surprisingly sweet, but somewhat balanced degree by a roasted/burnt bitterness. Very chewable and thick. Creamy mouthfeel with no harsh carbonation bite at all. A very nice stout.

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Photo of ilikebeer03
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with a great khaki head. Good retention and lacing.
Nose is chocolate, dark fruit.
Taste follows. Chocolate, dark fruits, plum, raisin, roasted malts.
Body is a tad thin.
Pretty good beer.

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Photo of PJCarnell
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Guinness 200th mixed pack. Long time no review.

Look - Almost a solid black with a finger of khaki head. Light penetration if held up to it. Good stick on a finished pint.

Smell - Bakers chocolate and fruit.

Taste - Virtually follows the nose. Chocolate with some dark fruits. No prevalent alcohol.

Feel - Sits moderate with a decent carbonation. Sweeter as it warms.

Overall - This would be a pretty nice bar stout at a comfortable ABV. This is nothing earth shattering but I could surely drink them all night long. Good job Guinness...can't believe I just said that.

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

Photo of bubseymour
2.51/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this bourbon barrel stout at the new Guiness brewery in Baltimore. Not good at all. One of the worse BA stouts I've ever had honestly. Quite disappointed.

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Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of kjkinsey
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: finger and a 1/2 tall tan, spongy foam, collapsing into a messy-bubbly, chunky collar and smeared sudsy film cap atop a murky dark brown liquid

S: dark bitter chocolate, powdered black licorice, espresso, hint of peppermint... second whiff reveals emerging, extra-rich prune and black currant aromas.... last thing I'm getting is a sort of black strap molasses taffy note up the middle... cannot wait to taste this!

T: the molasses and licorice peel off to reveal more of a 'malty' malt flavor with the hefty base malt and the rich, dark melanoidins of the character malt shining through without much impedance from any bitterness or flavor from the hops and roasted barley, which are there, but in sedate supporting role... hint of a dry, deeper burnt toffee note clinging to the bottom... I dare say there's a bit of a caramelized barrel char note that also gently creeps up atop the tongue, while a subtle hint vanilla surfaces on its sides... the alcohol is moderately apparent and does seem to enhance and extend some of the malt sweetness

F: lightly foamy atop, with a light airiness underneath those suds, while a subtly silty, oily viscosity billows along the bottom... the back end of its body drops off quietly, while the mellow heat of the alcohol takes longer to burn away... a ghostly bit of chub settles in the inner cheeks below the teeth; superfine residual sediment yanking the tastebuds maybe

O: fantastic - could this beer be too streamlined??... I've long been a fan of their Foreign Extra, and this seems like a Grand Cru version, who knows... thank you to the guy at Total Wine who let me wrench this one bottle from a 4-pack, I'm coming back to pick up the other 3

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Photo of GrumpyGas
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass shows a midnight black body and floats a persistent tight bubbled tan colored head of foam leaving a webbed chain of lacing.

Aroma is roasty goodness and smoke that hints of stone fruit.

Flavor is smoked roasty barley, with a metallic undertone I blame on the carbonation. A roast aftertaste clamors for another sip.

Mouthfeel is a buoyant medium and a wet finish.

Overall a well crafted stout. Perfect for a roaring fire and a close friend.

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Photo of cdwil
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjamadorphd
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am so glad I got the 200th anniversary 12er, this offering alone made it worth it...

A beautifully dark beer with the patented tan foam, high and tight. It had a touch of lacing with a head that had just a bit of staying power. The mouthfeel was more carbonated than I preferred to start with but it did feel creamier than when it warmed. The smell was a light blend of chocolate, coffee notes, and a hint of roasted malts - a very nice combo. Taste-wise I simply enjoyed this beer - distinct, yet not overwhelming chocolate, malt, and coffee flavors all blending well with the 8% ABV - special in my book. Certainly this was an exceptional offering out of their 12er for the 200th anniversary.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ab39z
4.94/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beerguy04
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a tan head, with red hues on edges. Smell is roasted malt and smoke. Taste is similar. The smell and taste makes me think of a fireplace. I can taste the firewood. Mouthfeel is medium for a stout. Overall, favorite Guinness so far.

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