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John Martin Guinness

Belgium John Martin
330ml Bottle
8.0% ABV
£4.29

Commissioned by the adventuring brewer John Martin in 1944, Guinness Special Export stout packs a punch befitting his Belgian brewery. 8% alcohol creates a strong body. Rich malty flavours combine with smoky roasted barley. Liquorice and butterscotch play supporting roles, along with molasses, hints of vanilla and dark fruit accents. An Irish stout with a continental edge.

As impressive and imposing as their St James’s Gate Brewery doors may be, they’re always open to new ideas and innovative thinking. Back in the 1940s, John Martin, an English brewer expatriated to Belgium ventured through those doors with an idea. He brought the notion of a punchier, fiercer Guinness brewed with less hops, a sweeter aftertaste and a lower bitterness to suit the Belgian palate. He requested a unique vintage be created especially for this purpose – the first Guinness beer to be served in Belgium. Creamy and light in texture and containing all of the distinctive characteristics of their Irish beer, it was a departure from the norm but still unmistakably Guinness. An adventuring brewer’s black gold.

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About John Martin Guinness

John Martin Guinness is a beer from Belgium that we would class as Stout and Foreign Stout.

Vegan Friendly

No

Gluten Free

No

Look

Pours a jet black with a chocolate-brown head.

Smell

Roasted barley, butterscotch, toffee and blackcurrant.

Taste

Full-bodied roasted coffee flavour, with bitter chocolate, salty liquorice, molasses and hints of dark fruits.

How we rated it

Sweet
Bitter
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