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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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4.12/5
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484 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:
#2,105
Reviews:
242
Ratings:
484
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
Wants:
142
Gots:
89
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 484 |  Reviews: 242
Photo of mistahmojoryan
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jame515
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kayakguy
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of priley
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 donspublic
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle in the shaker monster 3 finger tan head, great retention and lacing. Jet black in the glass. Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste of roasted malt chocolate, express. Very full middle and finishes on the dry side like its little brother.

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Photo of azkkr
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdmundBlackadder
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Vader444
2.83/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into 2/3 pint glass. Dark brown, not quite black. Fairly pathetic head. Smells vaguely of chocolate and marshmallows with a slightly dusty aroma which unfortunately predominates. Taste follows the nose; quite sweet and a peculiar confectioned aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pretty poor in my opinion; I can't stand "fizzy" stout. I was excited to try this but was disappointed in the end. Oh well. Cheers anyway

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RBuckley73
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Black colour as you would expect with a thin fluffy tan coloured head.

Super beer, chocolate, vanilla with some burnt malt at the back end.

Excellent example of this style, perhaps the best.

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Photo of ordybill
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 330cl bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a dark mahogany brown color with a thick tan head. The aroma is very mild, mostly malt. The taste is malt goodness with a black licorice finish.

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Photo of mmorris15
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpongeHop
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - black, tan head
S & T - caffe latte. Milk coffee. Slight hints of milk chocolate. But it's definitely creamy and milky.
F - nice and creamy and just absolutely smooooth af

O - very nice exemplar of what to me has become the quasi-stout-archetype that I contrast all other stouts to. It has a lovely creaminess, it's so so smooth, it's more of a caffe latte than an espresso, it doesn't have much smokiness. Almost gentler than your stereotypical porter (which I personally prefer more), but very, very nice regardless.

I absolutely recommend this one.

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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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Photo of andrewh995
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color with a very small head. Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and strong roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel with LGBT carbonation. Overall this is an absolutely delicious stout, probably my favorite by 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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Photo of zotzot
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VictoriaTyagunova
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle purchased somewhere in the greater Spokane area, most likely either Huckleberry's or one of the Total Wines. Can't remember what I paid for it. No obvious freshness date, just some sort of code on the rear label: L619OGF0003.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was lovely to look at. So dark brown as to be virtually black, with a big, creamy tan head that took it's time dropping and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Initially the nose was of toasted dark malts, like one would expect from an Irish dry stout. As it warmed, an odd, sugary sweet aroma took over, eventually dominating the aroma entirely.

The flavor was an odd mix of traditional, dry stout flavors such as dark roasted, restrained coffeeish bitterness and a strange, somewhat off putting burnt sugary thing that reminded me of burnt marshmallows and candy. These did not meld together all that well. There's also a little bit of alcoholic heat. Finish is bitter, dry and slightly reminiscent of elderly noughat.

Creamy, light mouthfeel that hides the fact that it's an 8% stout quite well.

Many years ago I really would have loved a chance to try the Belgian Guinness. Haven't been a Guinness fanboy for a long time now, and this isn't doing much to bring me back. It's an overly sweet booze bomb that tastes like artificial sweet flavors were added with a heavy hand. It's not awful, but it's definitely not my thing.

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Photo of BluesBreaker_89
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an oversized wine glass, it appears pitch black. Holding up to the light, however, reveals its true very dark ruby hue at the edges of the three finger head. Rich dark malts on the nose, with hints of milk chocolate and dark fruits.

Complex flavour, with rich, mildly-bitter roasted malts and a slightly milky, brown sugar sweetness. Overripe plum and fig with hints of milk chocolate and traces of coffee.

Overall, a fantastic stout. I can't quite believe that this is now available for £2 per (330ml) bottle in my local supermarket!

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Photo of avisong
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnct
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 484 ratings
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