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Foreign / Export Stout
Guinness Antwerpen Stout

Guinness
Antwerpen Stout

Another offering from that 2017 mixed 12 pack. Again, I suppose this must be old, but to be honest there aren't any/many signs of age. Perhaps the head retention was poor, but outside of that, no oxidation and it drinks just fine. Jet black body with the head one would expect. Ruby red notes in strong light. Lace minimal, thin film on the surface. Carbonation is good, even a touch prickly. A lot of sweetness on the nose. This carries through to the up front tastes. Plenty of chocolatey,...

200th Anniversary Export Stout

200th Anniversary
Export Stout

11.2 oz bottle from a mixed 12 pack. I purchased this a few months ago (late 2022) and I know the beer was original brewed in 2017 for the 200th anniversary of exporting to the US, but TBH it didn't give an impression of being that old, either from the external packaging or the bottle contents. Lot number on the label is L9183GF002 (that may help in the future). The beer does not give any impression of age in term of oxidation or any other element. Pour is as one would expect. Lace minimal but...

Black Rocs 1979

Black Rocs 1979

L1933 00909, 17/01/22 Well, I don’t know. What has become of the once great l’Abbaye des Rocs? Some things as good as ever, most things not, and then there’s this. Is it a stout? Sort of. Is it a coffee stout? Absolutely not. Is it a 'flavored stout' (whatever than means, and what it says onthe label)? No. Is it a Belgian Dark? Some elements of it might feel a bit that way. It is a little insipid? Yes. Too thin? A bit. Frankly it’s all over the place and not really in a good way. The pour us a...

Fade To Black Volume 1 – Foreign Export Stout

Fade To Black Volume 1 – Foreign Export Stout

12 oz single. Been holding on to this one since the original release. Time to have a crack at it now. Pour is an impressive jet black body with a tight head of very fine bubbles. Nice looking head and decent retention and lace. Nose releases some bready malts and not a lot else. Tastes release some very light alcohol notes amongst the very lightly charred, dark chocolate. A little bitterness that is the source of the slightly dry character. The dryness doesn't really ever get very high, which...

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

Guinness Foreign Extra Stout

A classic, pictured 05/26/23 Original notes 09/26/10 12 oz single from Hop City, Atlanta, GA. This beer was not available in the USA until relatively recently (last few months) when Atlanta became one of the test markets before a wider launch across the USA in September of 2010. With all of the various incarnations of this beer being brewed in all parts of the world, I'm pretty sure this review is in the correct place since apparently (according to the bottle at least) this was brewed in...

Foreign Export Stout

Foreign Export Stout

WOW! Extraordinary. I wasn't expecting this. 500 mL bottle, Hop City, Atlanta, GA, USA. I didn't bother to check the ABV or anything about this beer before I cracked it, and as a result I got quite a shock Pour is jet black (some reddish highlights at the extremes) with a small head and not much retention or lace. There is a spotty, creamy film on the surface of the beer. The nose reveals some amazing, light sherry notes with beautiful, subtle roasted creamy bursts of depth. The flavors...

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De Dolle Extra Export Stout

11.2 oz bottle. Into the Westmalle chalice it goes. This is at least two years old, but to be honest it's impossible to tell the real age; could be even older. Quite a lot of sediment from the dregs of the bottle and a large amount of yeasty, marmite debris around the top of the bottle and underneath the cap. Body is dark, dark brown approaching opaque. Creamy mocha head with a nice spotty film on the surface of the beer. Nose gives a slightly acidic, lactose like whiff. Mouthfeel is a little...

Fade To Black Volume 1 – Foreign Export Stout

Exit 1

Cracked this one at The Brick Store on a Friday lunchtime. Simple pour with standard black body and nice, mocha head. A very light drinking stout. Influence from the oysters? Maybe, but if there is an character at all it manifest in the light nature of the beer. Mouthfeel is approaching thin, but it doesn't seem to detract from the experience at all. Perhaps a mild salty, brine element amongst the water, but to be honest this may be just a function of the mind playing tricks on the palate...

Lump Of Coal

Lump Of Coal

Additional notes 11/01/23 (Pictured) I'm not going to lie. This is an old bottle that was collecting dust on a random store's shelf in Ohio. I knew it was old for a couple of reasons, one because this essentially doesn't get to the USA these days (or if it does the distribution is incredibly limited), and two it shows that is distrubuted by the long defunct Shelton Bros. As such, I was expcting little, in fact half expecting to find a drain pour. $5.99 for the 500 mL bottle. But no! The beer...

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Lion Stout

330mL bottle, $1.99 as a single at Michael's Atlanta, GA, USA. Poured into the Brasserie des Rocs chalice, it forms a one inch head before receding to leave an espresso film and some very nice, very fine lacing. Black opaque. Big chocolate nose. Very mild tastes, not at all bitter. Large, creamy mouthfeel with the dominant taste being a very mild licorice. This imparts a dry finish. Very nice, a small tasting stout considering the 8.00% ABV, and the alcohol is well hidden....

Fade To Black Volume 1 – Foreign Export Stout

Coopers Best Extra Stout

Jet black pour with a disappointing head and not much lacing. Lots and lots of sediment, a little too much for my liking in this style. For whatever reason, the sediment in the jet black body looks slightly off-putting (perhaps that's the Guinness perfect pint syndrome). Aroma is very sweet, with some coffee and a little chocolate. I suspect that the aroma would be too much for some people, but I like the sweet malt nose. Tastes are bitter sweet, with a decent bite in the lingering finish....