Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen StoutGuinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout
BA SCORE
4.12/5
465 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:
#2,085
Reviews:
231
Ratings:
465
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.16
 
 
Wants:
139
Gots:
86
Trade:
1
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Photo of Johnct
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Malt_Man
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served at cellar temperature from 330ml bottle into tulip glass.

L) Opaque very dark brown with reddish tint. Head is tan, thin. Little carbonation evident.

S) Nowhere near what you may expect from an 8% stout. This hasn't been cooled too much either. The main impression is the 'tannic' odour as from a red wine. Does not smell like beer and nothing like a stout.

T) Slight acidic aspect, as per a 'milk stout'. Hint of burnt malt, but not much. Mid-vanilla fudge sweetness comes in after the main drink. Very little bitterness from hops or roasted malt. Balanced for sure, but doesn't try to excel in any one department.

F) The best aspect of the beer; has a nice squidgy liquid marshmallow texture. Slight carbonation. No bitter aftertaste, which you cold take as a plus or minus.

O) I'm disappointed with it, but you have to look at it from Guinness' point of view - produce an 'imperial' stout that will appeal to a mass market. It is a nice easy drink, but doesn't commit to doing anything especially well in any one department.

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Photo of matcris
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown-black with a huge tan head that really sticks around and clings to the glass. Lots of roasted malt, chocolate, malted candy like whoppers, and a little smokey. All of these notes in the flavor and so smooth. No hint of the alcohol, whatsoever. Average carbonation, medium body, and a little slick up front. Not overly dry on the finish, either. Just right. Very nice brew, here.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and moderate amounts of cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a large patch of thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts with just shy of moderate aromas of dark fruits (plum + fig), chocolate, and molasses sweetness.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted, chocolate, caramel, and bready malts with a light to moderate amount of dark fruit (plum + fig) + caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of chocolate + molasses as well as some light to moderate amounts of earthy hop flavors. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish which slowly fades away.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

O: Glad I finally got the chance to have this beer since I started reviewing on BeerAdvocate - I had it years ago while traveling for business and have wanted the chance to try if again. Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Worth the wait. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of Giantspace
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sparx1100
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Foley67
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hanglow
3.79/5  rDev -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 Fishwhisperer
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
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 Duff27
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Macamah
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tongbliss
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vinicole
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Black. Tan head which subsides to thin wispy layer.
Sweet roasted malt aroma. Smoke present. Milk chocolate also there.
Standard Guinness Stout flavour with added booze, smoke and chocolate. Somewhat sweeter and less bitter.
Smooth carbonation and soft feel.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola brown color with a 2-finger khaki head. The head has great retention, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

The aroma brings notes of roasted malts, marshmallows, caramel, and molasses. Lightly smokey, with the faintest hint of chocolate on the back end.

The taste follows the nose. Lots of caramel and roasted malts, with plenty of chocolate and smokiness in the finish.

The feel is full bodied with a ton of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, with plenty of prickly carbonation that tingles the palate.

Overall, a very good stout that brings a ton of flavor and a great mouthfeel. It's not overly complex but what it does do is done very well.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottled and trying to be impartial despite not being impressed by any of the brewers but have most expectations of this
Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
Dark fruit aroma
Coffee and fig
Thin tho

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Photo of Uconnelmo
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.64/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a deep darker than cola brown with a couple fingers of very dense light brown head. The head took forever to slowly fade into a thick and lasting fuzzy collar that left a thick network of impressive lacing down the glass.
S: Ashy, smoky, nose with notes of tobacco smoke, savory barbeque smoke, chicory, and slight sulfur.
T: More of a roasted and toasted grain quality to the flavor than it is pure smoke like the nose. Still, there is a subtle smoky undertone throughout the flavor. Roasted malt flavors up front followed by sweet and sticky flavors of molasses and slight caramel. Savory, meaty, smoke and slightly acrid flavors round out the finish, and I get a hint of chocolate and chicory lingering in the aftertaste. Mild spice.
M: Dense, softy, and creamy carbonation that really froths up on my palate. Full body, chewy and thick mouthfeel, moderate bitterness.
O: The aftertaste was like a lighter version of the taste that lingers after smoking a cigarette. Thick, chewy, and drinkable, but probably not something I’ll revisit.

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Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've never seen this before. Pours a dark hue with a brown head into my glass. Roasted coffee and rich cocoa notes in the nose. Rich roasted coffee with bittersweet chocolate and dark fruit upfront. Chewy finish with some alcohol warmth. Well worth a shot if you're a fan of Guinness Export/Foreign Export stouts.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.42/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appropriately, I had this for the first time on St. Patrick's Day. Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into pint glass. It pours virtually black with dark walnut hues when held to the light, and a fluffy, khaki-colored head and lacing that lasted throughout the pour. It smells of roasted malt, molasses, chocolate, and peat smoke. The aromas come through in the taste, as well: the molasses and smoke really come forward as the glass warms. There is also discernible dark chocolate and bitter, slightly hoppy finish that nicely balances the molasses. It is medium-bodied with a pleasantly creamy mouth feel and the 8% ABV makes for easy drinking. You can easily down several of these gems. Overall, this is one tasty stout; it's significantly more complex and satisfying than the "regular" Guinness Export Stout but it's also very quaffable. I'm very happy finally to have tried this and it won't be the last time!

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Photo of cwkash
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 465 ratings
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