I’ve had a few of these in the fridge for awhile. For me, Guinness is a classic beer. My ancestry is partially Irish, so when I was younger, I felt a need to drink Guinness. I went to Ireland twice and tried Guinness Extra Cold, which I remember really enjoying. Every time I drink Guinness, it reminds me of having a beer in a pub in Ireland. But, I haven’t had one in awhile, probably a few months, nor have I really analyzed one. So, I’ll put the nostalgia aside, and here we go…
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Trivia: According to Guinness on Tap, “In England, post-operative patients used to be given Guinness, as were blood donors. Sadly, this is no longer the case in England. In Ireland, Guinness is still made available to blood donors and stomach and intestinal post-operative patients. Guinness is known to be high in iron content.”
Random: The thing in the bottom of the nitro bottle is called a “rocket widget.”
I let the brew warm up for a minute, given that Guinness is supposedly best served at 43 degrees. Normal fridges run around 38 degrees, so a few minutes, given the weather should bring it to optimal temperature. Since this is a nitro-bottle of Guinness, I’ll be drink straight out of the bottle, so no comments on color or head. But, I think everyone has an idea of the inky black color with the creamy off white head that comes with a Guinness. In the bottle, it’s a little more difficult to get scents, but I get a hint of dark chocolate. The taste is a bit watery, with some roasted malts. The finish is a slight bit bitter. There is also a bit of carbonation to it. I also get some chocolate on the taste. The nitro bottles are okay, but to me, nothing beats a Guinness on tap. Guinness is a staple beer in most bars. The history behind it, and for me, the nostalgia, make me have a special spot for it in my heart. But, not the best stout that I’ve ever had and not really comparable to Guinness on draft.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0