Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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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
Ratings:
455
Reviews:
225
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
9.59%
 
 
Wants:
138
Gots:
82
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 455 |  Reviews: 225
Photo of Gambyt20
3.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dcotom
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Haybeerman
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black pour with a billowing light brown head. Awesome retention. Lacing clings everywhere.

S: Thick molasses and brown bread. Caramel. Burnt grain, acrid. Burnt coffee. Buttery. Stewed plums. Earthy and tobacco-like hop flavor.

T: Molasses and toffee lead. Brown bread and crust. Burnt flavors pull through soon after. Burnt coffee and burnt grain. Jerky. Stewed fruits. Brothy and slightly buttery yeast character. Earthy. Hops ride up a bit on the back end with some tobacco. Sweet throughout, though the finish dries. Mild acidic twang. Smoke and coffee finish.

M: Big and thick. Full, chewy body. One could cut it with a knife. Fine carbonation pricks at the tongue with a bit of aggression.

O: A Guinness drinker's delight. All that lovely 'house' Guinness essence is on full display as it maintains great balance while bringing challenge and complexity. I don't know there's much of a market for it outside of the fanboys, but I'm glad they sent some Stateside. This and the Foreign Export Stout are the pinnacle of the Guinness line as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of goingbrokeonbeer
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm not feeling this one as much as some of you, but I still like it. Pour is almost black with a two finger tan head. Smell is roasty malt, some dark chocolate and a little smoke. Taste is pretty much like smell, but I also get a little nutmeg taste. A little on the thin side for me, but overall very drinkable.

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Photo of LoudDerp
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delta490
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a deep, almost black, brown, with a big cap of foamy light tan head. It's thick and textured and has great retention. The lacing is small and soapy. The aroma is deep molasses sweetness balanced against burnt malts and a little hit of earth. The taste is dominated by the molasses up front, but it slides into the pleasing burnt malt. It's lighter on the palate, mostly smooth with just a little bit of carbonation.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.96/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 330 ml. bottle (US release) stamped L619OGF003. Sampled on February 25, 2017.

It is a gorgeous looking pour with its brown to black heady and boisterous, tan foamy head.

The aroma is Guinness with a decent dark roasted malt character, sweetness, crackers, the Guinness house yeast, and a low hop profile.

Medium body but a little acidic.

Same roasted dark bread sweetness in the taste with a kind of burnt yet milky quality if that can be separated. Mild bitterness to end.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

i think its really cool that these guys have after all this time, decided to brew up (and/or release) a few new beers and get them out there, and i have liked the ones i have had better than expected. this one is a really different sort of stout, with some belgian elements, some funny mouthfeel components, and a lot of cool guinness grainy roast to it. not much of a head on the pour from the bottle, but a nice shiny near black liquid still looks inviting. aroma is a little bit of almost intentional oxidation, not the wet cardboard thing, but a maturity, not staleness, of the grain that always seems to mark some of these imports. lots of roast here, but very little perceived bitterness, slight dried fruit, ash, and an aged earthy hop. there is also a neat yeast to this, maybe sort of belgian, hard to tell though the stouty nature of this overall, but there certainly seems to be some fruitiness and brightness from the yeast, but it also has a more classic guinness yeast factor, maybe multiple pitches or just temperature variances to bring more flavor out of it, but i like it a lot, and its definitely unique in that regard. it doesnt need to be acidic in the finish, which it is a little bit, but in general i think this is pretty darn solid. neat to see some innovation from a brewery like this too!

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Photo of Spoild
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of fscottkey
3.51/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] The bottle lists the ABV (8.0%). There is some decoder ring version of a date stamp that means nothing to me. The beer is black in color and looks thick. Peaking of thick... The head is 3 fingers of bullet-proof khaki bubbles. They are dense and creamy!

S: [3.50] Wet charred wood. Corn. Raisins.

T: [3.50] Roasted malts, malted milk (charred), worcestershire sauce, some marshmallow.

M: [3.25] I expected it to be creamy and smooty - it has prickly carbonation. It is probably medium body but the carbonation makes it feel thinner.

O: [3.50] I stand by my "worcestershire sauce" take. I think that is in the aroma too. It is something that is in that flavor category. This beer is not bad it is just that flavor that is out of left field. Also the carbonation is a bit heavy handed. I would get a different stout in the future. I haven't had a lot of variety from Guinness so I wanted to try something new.

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

Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of L8YKatie
4.73/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This beer put Guinness back on my map for drinking. Period. Their Blonde American Lager was good and an awesome alternative to their long-standing Stout. I found it in a BevMo and immediately bought it. It tastes exactly like it says on the carrier. This is an awesome beer. Thank you Guinness.

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Photo of ControlVolume
2.5/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Skunked bottle, still able to finish. Seems like it would taste good without being lightstruck. Bought as a single, will have to buy as a 6-pack

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
4.83/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of duvel1979
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BlueShepard19
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rich, high-ABV Belgian-style stout that's supposedly been brewed since the end of WW2 and is available just now for the first time in the US.

Pours a viscous, very dark black with a wonderfully large and retentive brown head.

Smells very sweet and malty with big nodes of chocolate and ripe fruit. Very smooth with nothing betraying the relatively high ABV.

Tastes really good. Not as assertive as you might assume, but very well done. The hops are toned way down from regular Guinness or the Foreign Extra Stout, and a lack of any booze burn allows the rich malt nodes to really shine. Chocolate, ripe fruit, and light butterscotch dominate throughout, starting dry and getting gradually sweeter as the sip progresses, with a lingering finish that's the distillation of what you want out of a stout grain bill.

The Guinness name and relatively accessible price point might turn away some snobs, but this is actually a wonderful beer.

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Guinness Special Export Stout / Antwerpen Stout from Guinness Ltd.
4.17 out of 5 based on 455 ratings.
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