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.
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.