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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

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#2,355
Reviews:
270
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567
pDev:
9.98%
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4.16
 
 
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Photo of Donkster46
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpd975
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Trappistenbier, a big Thanks to Filip for bringing this from your home country.

A: Pours very deep dark black with a towering brown head. The retenion is great with spotty lace noted. Nice.

S: Nothing like your normal ho hum Guinness. Bold aromas with hints of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit.

T: Taste of nice sweet malt and brown sugar. Hints of coffee and chocolate as well. Mild in taste but a good blend of flavors.

M: Medium in body, pretty smooth.

D: Nice treat, wish this was on tap in every bar in America instead of our version of Guinness.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.79/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black, great finger sized head that lasts.

Aroma of Sweet vanilla, mocha, leather, biltong.

Similar in taste with the standard thin body from Guinness. Some bitterness, bit of that lactic tang too, tad puckering on the finish. Drying too, not too much.

Remains their best beer, an excellent example of a stout. It's a bit thin for me, but that's one of the features of the current generation of Guinness stouts.

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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 mothman
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dougofthefuture for this one.

Poured into snifter. Pours a finger of creamy chocolate hued head. Great retention leaving some thick lace rings. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Chocolate milk and cocoa powder. Creamy and nutty. Kind of sweet.

Taste: It reminds me more of stout than the other guinness beers I have had, but I can still pick out the guinness characteristics in it. It is very chocolately and creamy. Has a cocoa powder flavor. Creamy again with a touch of nuts. A bit of coffee and roast in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and dry. Medium to full bodied with a bit higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasted.

Overall, this was a decent stout. It was very flavorful and pretty easy to drink. Thanks Doug for this one!

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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 Texasfan549
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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 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 Uconnelmo
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NilocRellim
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark brown clear colour. Black treacle nose, roasty notes, earthy hop notes, and dark fruits. Heavier, very toasty throughout. Burnt grains and black treacle body, minerals, dark fruit notes, bitter burnt lingering drier finish. Very nice.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good beer. Its like guinness extra with more booze and a dark fruit like aftertaste. I ran through a four pack on a friday night and I would gladly pick up another!

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Photo of Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of pwoods
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tprokop7 for sending this rare extra and finally knocking if off my wants list.

33cl. brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a large creamy mocha head with some pretty decent retention. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Lots of roasty aromas backed by some cream notes. There's a definite lactic smell throughout, close to a milk stout. Plenty of sweetness, maybe some vanilla.

T/M: Nicely roasted malts, not too bitter but nicely balanced. More of the somewhat big lactic notes. Pretty sweet with more of the vanilla. Has a pretty dry finish that kind of tastes like necco wafers. Light, milky, chocolately notes in the back that come out further as it warms. Body is medium with nicely smooth carbonation. A bit of alcohol comes out as it warms and adds a nice touch. If not at room temperature, you'd never guess this at 8%.

D: Pretty easily drinkable and 8% isn't much of a factor. Very glad I got to try this. Thanks Todd!

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Photo of whatname
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Appearance: Pours black with foamy off-white suds and light, thin lace.

Aroma: Caramel roasty, sweet, smoky.

Taste: Big sticky sweet, with notes of chocolate, smoked malts, and fruit underneath it all. Finishes with an almost licorice taste. Really a pretty solid stout here, with the 8% ABV hidden nicely. My favorite of the 200 Year Anniversary Mix pack.

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Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.84/5  rDev -6.6%

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

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

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to drabmuh. Served in a Bruery tulip.

Pours with a thin tan head and a nearly-black body. There are some light spots of lacing around the sides and bubbles on top. The nose is light roast and a surprising amount of caramel and, especially, toffee character. There's some light candy and brown sugar as well.

The taste brings a good dose of toffee along with some light roasted character and some super mild espresso following through after that. Medium body with moderate carbonation. The finish is fairly smooth and slightly dry. This is nice and easy to drink. The finish seems to dry out even more as I get through the bottle. Pretty good stuff. Thanks again, Matt.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The aroma is half fully expected, half unique. The smoky, fruity, roasty notes I expect from a foreign stout are there; this version in particular amplifies some of the lighter fruits (think apple, peach, and even orange) and adds a distinct bread quality. This definitely has Belgian yeast, I can smell it a mile away. The flavor profile (mostly) follows suit. An intense start of yeasty bread, black pepper, and apples turn into dark fruits around the middle. It finishes like a proper Guinness should: with plenty of smoke, roasted malt, and espresso flavors. Its lack of careful balance keeps the flavor from being a 4 (the yeast profile being the culprit), but I'm still impressed by the depth and nuance offered. It feels creamy and soft yet it's dry enough to keep it clean, with a long finish. This also feels a bit bulkier around the middle of the palate compared to the front and back (where it's thinner). Carbonation is fine. I'd personally put this a slight notch below my favorite Guinness - the FES - but it's still a very good stout that many craft brewers would be proud to have in their collection.

3.85/5: A tasty and fun yet archetypal Belgian-style stout

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Photo of benfons
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: completely impregnable dark brown, nice creamy brown head

S: candy syrup, molasses, hints if dark chocolate and prunes

T: dark roasted nuts, hints of hops, chocolate and tobacco, some malts, even a bit candy sugar syrup

M: thinner than expected, really dry, little carbonation, some warmth

O; this isn't my favourite style but it's a pretty good beer

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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 567 ratings