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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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Photo of bobstockwell
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of puck1225
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has to be my favorite Guinness product! Smooth as silk. Fragrant chocolate smell. Complex flavor of chocolate, dark toast, licorice and some dark berries. Enjoyed it very much!

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Photo of Pantalones
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally getting around to reviewing my last bottle of Antwerpen Stout, the hardest-to-find Guinness of them all. I bought these in May so this probably isn't at the peak of freshness, but it's also a higher-ABV non-hoppy dark beer so I'm sure the age won't have really hurt it any.

Appearance is pretty much exactly what you'd expect of a stout in the Guinness family -- pitch black in color (my little LED flashlight can't even put a dent in the blackness; for comparison, I can at least see red dots through the regular Extra Stout) with a nice layer of tan foam on top. Interestingly the foam is lighter in color than what I remember of Extra Stout, or maybe I'm misremembering a little -- hard to say which off the top of my head. I notice it's leaving a little bit of lacing behind as the foam recedes to a thinner coating.

Smell is classic Guinness roastiness right away, blending into something deeper and sweeter, reminiscent of chocolate. It's a very pleasant smell, far and away better than either of the more readily available Guinness varieties (I haven't had the Foreign Extra yet however) -- if you like the smell or taste of stouts/porters/other very dark beers, you will like how this beer smells.

The taste picks up where the smell left off, with roasty Guinness flavor mingling with something chocolatey. And then it goes even further, adding in a nice dark bread and faint hint of almost-sourness in the background, both of which remind me of the Extra Stout. Not too much flavor lingers after a drink, there's a bit of the chocolatey thing and then a bit of the almost-sour and bread, but the breadiness is the only thing that hangs around more than a second or so. Occasionally the lingering flavor is more of a slightly burnt bread crust mixed with something sweeter instead, which is interestng. Overall this basically comes across as a bigger, richer, slightly sweeter version of the Extra Stout, adding that nice chocolatey element into what was already a pretty nice beer and making it into something even better. I do find myself enjoying the smell just a bit more than the taste this time around, but maybe that's just due to it being such a nice change from all the BAD smells I've had to deal with today. The taste and smell are both great, though.

Mouthfeel is not bad, but probably the weakest element of this beer. It's a bit fizzier than I was expecting, but on the upside it's as drinkable as you'd expect from Guinness despite the bumped-up ABV and flavor. I'm finding myself drinking through a glass of this beer just as quickly as I would a glass of Extra Stout -- even though it's 8% ABV rather than only 5%! Light-feeling for an 8% ABV beer, but not so much as to seem thin or unpleasant; while I feel like it's the weakest feature of the beer it's still nicer than the common Guinness varieties in the mouthfeel department for sure.

Overall, I think I would agree with this beer's reputation as the best Guinness stout currently in production -- if you like dark roasty beers, and especially if you enjoy the standard Extra Stout, I would definitely recommend seeking this one out and grabbing a four-pack or two. Unfortunately the availability of this one, just like the Foreign Extra Stout, is spotty in some states; in my case I stumbled across it in a beer store when I was in the DC area (Norm's Beer and Wine, I believe was the name -- MASSIVE selection in that place, I would definitely recommend it to anyone in northern VA/DC or nearby.)

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Photo of Act25
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best Guinness I've ever had from a bottle. Lovely export series: hope to collect them all.
a) Classic body with lasting tan head and ample lace.
s) better as it warms. Light hops, coffee, sweet caramel, charcoal, and chocolate sauce (ice cream sundae).
t)Hops, grass, chocolate, caramel, coffee. Some smoky, roasted barley, slightly whiskey in its base.
f ) Well weighted, rolls on your tongue nicely, dry, yet refreshing, leaves your mouth in a great place.
o) Well done. Best Guiness I've had ever? (And I went to Trinity College Dublin).

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Photo of stakem
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving patchy lace.

An aroma of sour mash and anise, day old coffee and earthy tobacco.

Its tastes of tobacco, earth, char, chocolate and overally just roasty with hint of anise.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Overall the best iteration of guinness that ive had in a long time.

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Photo of ichorNet
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very excited to have this highly-rated "imperial" export stout by Guinness in my glass tonight! I've heard a lot about how this is pretty much the ur-example of the Foreign Extra Stout idea that Guinness popularized a couple centuries back. Guess we'll see how much truth there is to that kind of talk.

Pours a dark brown/mahogany color out of a brown glass bottle with Arthur Guinness' signature embossed on the neck. The beer that tumbled out of this bottle seemed almost exactly the same color as the bottle itself, interestingly enough. Builds up with a slightly khaki-leaning head of foam, measuring about three fingers at its apex. Fades down to about a single finger with solid legs and splotchy, inconsistent lace around the glass. Several sips leave a bit more flimsy foam, but it's lace nonetheless... beggars can't be choosers, after all. Nice deep brown color when held up to light. Pretty solid looking beer. Not as dark as expected, though. Perhaps the filtered approach feels off for such a beer.

Nose is heavy on deep fruity esters reminding of raisin and prune with some plum and red apple. Toasty caramel malt and some light notes of blackstrap molasses and cherrywood smoke enter the senses as the beer warms to room temperature. Light baker's chocolate and maybe some slight diacetyl or similar butterscotch-ish note (though it's very subtle and relegated to the background; wouldn't consider it a "fault" here by any means). Brown bread and more plum as I sip and return to the smell. Nice stuff. Comforting and rich with good character and balance. I get absolutely no hint of the 8% ABV, too, which is rather deviously done.

Flavor smacks of deep roasted barley, bready brown malts and strong raisin-like esters. Somewhat sweet and rum-like with more smokiness. More molasses and complex dark fruity notes kicking around the palate. Finish has some roast and hop bitterness... very earthy and a little bit herbal as well. Leafy and surprisingly resinous right before each sip closes out. Swallow has a little bit of ethanol, but still not enough to make me think 8%.

Feel is detailed and well-carbonated with a modestly-heavy body that nevertheless drinks like a beer under its stated weight-class. Not too much to say, but it's certainly adequately brewed and satisfying in its adherence to the classic Guinness extra stout mold with some slight changes; changes that I think many people would have trouble discerning in a blind tasting, mind you. Very subtle.

Overall, it's fairly similar profile to the regular Foreign Extra Stout, but with a little more brown/bready malt and less acrid roastiness, I think. A bit fruitier as well with more lingering esters. Sort of equal in quality, in my opinion, but for a different kind of palate. Makes sense this has always been specifically sent to Belgium, as I think it accurately reflects what I understand of the Belgian people's taste for beer (that is to say, not really a whole lot... I only know what they tend to brew and export to the US)... it's fruitier, slightly hoppier and stronger without feeling strong by any means.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Guinness Special Export (Antwerpen) has a thin, beige head, a very dark brown appearance, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is strong, with licorice, dark brown bread crust, black strap molasses, dark-brown sugar, black cherries, and some char & peat. Taste is similar, with sweet & rich notes predominating. Mouthfeel is heavy, and Guinness Special Export finishes sweet & somewhat lingering. Outstanding stuff!


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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown and a short lived head, soon reducing to a ring. Nose gets the roasted malt and some raisins and cocoa. In the mouth, it is mostly roasted malt with a minor touch of sweetness. Nice!

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

From the Guinness 200 Years of Stout in America Mixed Pack.

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Photo of nwhittin
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DragonsMilk
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice beer from Guinness, too thin for a stout especially an 8% stout but this has a good flavor in the family of the regular stuff except more pronounced and enjoyable.

Way better than Draught "from the bottle" or Extra (although that doesn't take much) not enough body to stand with Foreign Extra.

Recommend trying it.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice with a dark color body and a short lived frothy head.
Some subdued elements of toasted oats and a touch of hops.
I've always thought that Guinness Stout was somewhat of a "light" stout-- and my sentiments extends to the Antwerpen Stout as well.
I don't know what to make of this brew-- I think it's merely a variation of the usual Guinness Stout-- maybe with a bit more hops-- and a hair less sweetness. I've never had the pleasure of experiencing Guinness Stout first hand over in Ireland-- I'm told it's quite a bit different. The Antwerpen Stout isn't that much different from Guinness Stout in the bottle-- it's an enjoyable beer and worth trying.
My only beef is it's only 11.2 ounce bottle-- they've even shaved .8 ounce from the usual 12 ounce bottle? Even the beer bottles are getting smaller and smaller!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep brown with just a hint of light creeping through, one-finger creamy off-white head that has good retention

S- smells of roasted malt, sulphur, plums, raisin, cocoa, and a hint of smoke

T- rich dark roasted malt up front gives light notes of char and smoke, followed by dark fruit notes raisin and fig, as well as caramel, even a bit of tobacco and anise. The finish is roasted with some chocolate undertones

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky finish

O- like a Guinness on steroids, plenty of roasted malt, chocolate and dark fruit, very good

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Photo of Bravada
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of flyingpig
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from Tesco, Fermanagh (£1.68):
This one was a very nice beer from Guinness & easily one of the best, if not the very best, that I've tried from the brewery so far. There was a lot more complexity to the beer than anticipated with it coming through quite rich & sweet, plenty of chocolate & darker fruits featuring alongside some nice coffee & roasted flavours. It was a balanced & smooth offering that went down much easier than I thought it would & it's definitely a beer that I'll be on the look out for again.

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Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This rather nice stout pours a rich
blackish brown with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring,
thin subtle pool, and displays light sudsy lacing. Nose of light smoke, earthy
cask notes, and subtle chocolate notes. Flavors follow but exceed by presentation
alone with smoke and char touched chocolate malts touched with wood and deeply
roasted grains and malts. excellent mouth feel; medium full body, low carbonation,
and as the label says a long finish laden with chocolate and smoked oaken notes.

Overall a fantastic brew worthy of the Guinness name and one of the best stouts I
have had from them period.


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

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

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

Photo of Jame515
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours dark with a rich creamy head. You can smell the coffee and chocolate aroma. This is the best offering that I have sampled from Guinness. I have two more in the fridge and look foreward to drinking them

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Photo of stephenlee
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of priley
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VoxRationis
5/5  rDev +21.7%
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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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 548 ratings