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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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493 Ratings
Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen StoutGuinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout
BEER INFO

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:
#2,108
Reviews:
244
Ratings:
493
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
91
Trade:
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Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Decanted from an 11.2 oz bottle into a conical pint glass; stamped with serial number L7033GF003, but no clear production data.
A: Clear darkest brown to black with a half inch head after initial pour (but low retention) and solid, persistent lacing.
S: Aromas of toast, roast coffee beans, and toffee with a slightly spicy note.
T: Tastes sweet initially with roasted coffee flavor blending into and well balanced with a bitterness/licorice/star anise flavor that leaves tingling on the palate and back of the tongue.
M: Full bodied which is enhanced by aggressive effervescence.
O: Complex and very satisfying. Certainly a great interpretation of what a Foreign/Export Stout should taste like. A favorite.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my clear beer stein. Very opaque dark color with a brown creamy thick head on top.

The aromas of malt and milk chocolate mask the nose. Very complex flavor of different sorts of chocolate and other sorts of subtle sweetness like ice cream and vanilla, and overall feels very creamy.

Outstanding!

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of tesguino
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beer in the galaxy; reflects in its price (us$5.00 in mexico); direct from the st jame´s gate brewery, take an scale in belgium via John Martin, and put in mexico by Carrefour; in general this beer had an exceptional touch of ireland; the irish brewers are up on the english brewer´s, english had good beer´s but ireland had guinness in a wide range of variations, this version is the most powerful of it; made originally for export with a chocolate and roasted malt, belgium is the place where fisrt was sold this beer; i recommend alone, but try with american and mexican food

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Photo of janubio
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured in a half pint Guinness glass. Black colour and the usual big brownish Guinness head that last until the last sip. Complex aroma of coffee, licorice, cream, butter, prunes, raisins, rum, rosted notes, spicy, nutmeg... the lot. Taste is coffee, licorice, rum, figs, rosted, nutmeg, raisins... the lot again. Alcoholic coffee flavor. Great.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an overall unique take on classic Guinness, it has a slight salty seaweed taste that blends perfectly with the dark stouty taste of a tradition Guinness.

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Photo of JSG18
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional.

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of carloskleber
5/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of Olegophren
4.93/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of steveh
4.89/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Last of my 4 pack that I've been enjoying over a few weeks. Poured into my Imperial Pint.

L -- Opaque black only showing red highlights via a flashlight through the glass. Dense, finely bubbled tan head that holds up substantially.

S -- Milk chocolate and cream notes with light roasted malt character back. Some clay-like notes with warmth.

T -- Roasted barley character very prominent up front. Coffee flavors follow with a spicy hotness from alcohol. Peppery alcohol blending with roasted grains through the finish and into the aftertaste with a light malt sweetness balancing the roasted character. Mild earthy hops in the aftertaste as well.

F -- Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a robust body and dry finish.

O -- I'm not sure how this compares to the every day Guinness Extra or Foreign Extra Stouts, but I can say that this beer hits all of the right targets for the style. My only inner debate is whether there are any faults to knock this from a perfect score. My only hedge is in aroma, but that is growing on my senses with warming. There is no real fruit or vinous character, but the milk chocolate aroma is very inviting.

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Photo of Urk1127
4.83/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Considering that Guinness foreign extra stout is my favorite beer of all time, when I saw this in Belgium, I had to try it.

It pours an inky opaqe black that doesnt let the tiniest amount of light through. The head is absolutely massive, the color of coffee with milk in it and lasts indefinitely. The amount of lace this beer leaves behind is ridiculous. It coats the glass like shaving cream.

The aroma is of milk chocolate and coffee with hints of hops and alcohol. The taste is very complex with big hits of dark chocolate and coffee bitterness, theres also plenty of hoppyness and an alcohol zing (which is very mild, though definitely more noticeable than the Foreign Extra Stout, which my favorite beer ever). The taste is incredibly luscious and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and thick as can be. It coats your mouth and throat. The sheer viscosity fights incessantly with its ample carbonation for your palate's attention.

This is as close to a perfect stout (with the exception of F.E.S.) as I have yet tried. Its a testament to what a cool place Belgium is that Guinness would brew a beer like this especially for its markets.

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Photo of kmcnair
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 33cl bottle into a Chimay goblet. It is a deep dark brown cola-like color and makes a superb off white/tan head. Laces nicely down the goblet as it empties.

Smell is rich, roasted malt and coffee beans with a subtle hints of chocolate and caramel.

Flavor is full of roasted coffee bean and bittersweet chocolate malt. Its spicy and hoppy. Much of the same that was found in the nose is present in the flavor, roasty caramel and chocolate with a huge coffee flavor. There are hints of prunes and raisins on the pallate. Alcohol is hardly present. This is perfection in an export style stout.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and viscous and long lasting coating on the throat.

This is a moderately drinkable brew, it is strong and full flavored and all around great!

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Believe the hype. This is a tremendous stout.

Appearance: Black as night with just a little bit of ruby coming through at the bottom of the glass. Volumnous head. Big lacing til the end.

Smell: chocolate malt. It smells like someone opened up a bag of dark malt, except less intense.

Taste: Strong dark chocolate malt tastes with some vinous Russian Imperial Stout tastes poking through. Esp. when you are at the end of a sip.

Mouthfeel is perfect, esp. as it warms up a tad.

Drinkability: extremely good esp. given the alcohol percentage of 8%.

Now, I don't want to be stereotypical. "This is sooo good and you can't get any." This is great. But if you have good imperial stouts near you, you should content yourself. That speaks to how good this beer is, when I can easily compare it to the imperial stout style.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

one of the best stouts ever. Dark Color and mild head. Malty and somewhat bitter in taste goes down pretty darn smooth. Better than i expected. Almost like drinking a chocolate candy bar

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of DarthVorador
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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