Guinness Extra Stout

Guinness Extra Stout Cap Guinness is as Irish as St. Patrick’s Day, and the two often go hand in hand. It’s a beer that has risen far above the brew to become an icon of Ireland and hoity-toity beeriness. I’m not sure if I should drink it, use it as a key ring, or wear it as a t-shirt. As you can see, I’ve already poured it in a Guinness glass.

I think I’ve been holding a grudge against Guinness. In Seoul, Guinness would sell for between $6 and $9 a pint. All the foreigners I hung out with the first year or so had no problem spending $50 or more for a casual evening out. I’m a cheap-ass, and Guinness didn’t jive with me. This is the first Guinness I’ve had in about six years.Guinness Extra Stout Bottle

There’s a trick to pouring Guinness. If you pour it too fast, the head shoots up and drowns you and all your friends. If you pour it too slow, it doesn’t mix right. After you pour it, you need to let it sit so it’ll settle. It’s a beer with a ritual, like a fancy tea party in a glass.

It’s a bitter beer. Dark and heavy. Bold as brass and thick as pitch. But don’t be intimidated. Guinness is creamy and delicious. It’s a good dark beer that a beer fan would enjoy. If you’re a beginner, you’d want something else. This is not a beer I’d try to give my wife.

Would I buy Guinness Extra Stout again? I don’t think I’d be willing to make it through life never having another Guinness. Should you try Guinness? If you’re a beer fan who has never had a Guinness, you’re doing it wrong. Buy one today.

Guinness Extra Stout gets 5/5 caps.

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Left Hand Milk Stout

2013-04-02 09.14.25It’s been a while since I’ve had a stout, and I’m not sure why. I really like these thick, chocolaty beers. Milk stouts, or sweet stouts are quite a good selection among the stouts. When I was living in Seoul, there was a bar chain called Cream Beer that served pitchers of milk stout. It was a fantastic place to go, but they were insistent that you buy food when you went. With the cheapest item on the menu being 15,000 W, I didn’t go very often …but I should have.

This milk stout was a product of the Left Hand Brewing Company, and it’s a beer they’re very proud of. Unfortunately, it seems as though this will be the only of their beers I sample here since all of their caps are the same. Oh well. At least I got the bottle with the cow on it.

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I poured this beer and was met with an off-putting aroma. Once I held my nose and tasted the beer, I was quite happy. The full-bodied chocolaty taste was quite rewarding. The texture of this beer was not creamy as you might suppose from something called milk stout. In fact, it was mildly crisp.

Would I buy this beer again? Yes, quite happily. In fact, I’m going to be looking to try more stouts, especially milk stouts, in the near future. Should you buy this beer? Yes. Do it now.

I’ll give this beer 5/5 caps.

Red Chair NWPA

005Deschutes Brewery produces a large number of different beers. Unfortunately, they use the same cap for all of them. As a result, their Red Chair NWPA will likely be the only one reviewed here. I’m definitely the one missing out as their variety is quite compelling. Maybe I’ll find a sampler from this brewery someday. (Or maybe I’ll just add a bunch of caps to the repeats jar.)

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The first thing I noticed about this NWPA (Northwest Pale Ale) was that it was much darker than I expected from a pale ale. It struck me as being much more like a red ale. This full-bodied beer was nicely hoppy. It was a bit bitter, but pleasantly so, and I could definitely tell that I was drinking alcohol. Honestly, this is everything I want from a beer.

Would I buy this beer again? Fuck yeah I would. This is one of the best beers I’ve had in a long time. Should you have it? Only if you like good beer.

I’m happy to give this beer 5/5 caps.