Beer of the Weekend #54: Guinness Draught

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

As promised I’m continuing my Big Three sampling, and tonight’s brew is the quintessential Irish beer — at least marketing wise: Guinness Draught brew by Guinness & Company St. James Gate of Dublin, Ireland.

Serving type: Four 14.9-ounce nitrogen cans.

: Poured like a chocolate milkshake from the nitro can. As the famous cascade of bubbles rose the beer settled to deep black that was not completely opaque. A thick, creamy head sat on top throughout the pint.

Smell: The smell is not very strong, but it had a light, chocolate milk scent with just a hint of coffee.

Taste: Similar to the smell, but the flavor is subdued. It’s watery, but smooth. It has a slight bitter tail to it, mostly from the coffee malts.

Drinkability: It’s Saint Paddy’s Day, so what can I say? The drinkability is high, and it has that distinctness to make it appealing, but to me it’s the “lite” version of stout. Maybe it’s because I’ve only had it from nitro bottles and cans. Directly from the keg, as a “draught,” is the ideal way to drink it. Directly from the keg in Ireland would be perfect.

Fun facts about Guinness:

-Serving temperature: 45-50°F.

-Alcohol content: 4.2 ABV.

-Food pairings: BA suggests the usual stout pairings. Barbeque, “Latin American,” chocolate, and smoked or grilled meat.

-I’m sure there are lots of quirks about Guinness — I can name a few off the top of my head — but I’m going to skip them and enjoy my Saint Patrick’s Day. Mmmmmm.

The Quiet Man’s grade: C+.

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