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Budget: Guinness Draught

Saint Patrick’s Day, a day venerating the beloved patron saint of Ireland, also conjures thoughts of green, the Irish, and of course, imbibing all sorts of fantastic Irish beverages.  When one thinks of Irish drinks, the mind often turns to thoughts of Guinness Draught, Jameson Irish Whiskey, and Baileys Irish Cream – incidentally, the components of the infamous Irish Car Bomb.  While I may or may not have enjoyed one or two of these this past Saturday, I felt that the quintessential base component of this delectable, magical concoction was worth a closer look.

There is a lot of misinformation surrounding Guinness, much of it propagated by those unfortunately intimidated by anything that’s not a macro lager – that it’s a “heavy” beer, that it’s “super alcoholic”, and that it’s super caloric.  Being very light in body, only 4.2% in ABV, and 125 calories per 12 oz, none of this is true.  Unfortunately, due to this benign character, sometimes flavor and satisfaction suffers.

But you know what?  Sometimes it’s just the right beer for the occasion.  Check it out below.

Guinness Draught
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This is definitely the high point of this beer. I'm not sure what it is about the black-as-night body that's punctuated by a perfect beige-white head, even if you pour it less than perfectly. This beer just always turns out beautiful. I love this.
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I'm not detecting a lot going on here. I smell faint chocolate through the head. That's... about it. Perhaps it wasn't able to penetrate that head, but not much seemed to change even once it faded.
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I take a sip of this beer, and I just keep waiting for it to show up on my palate. It's gone and swallowed before I've barely detected anything beyond slight chocolate. Where is it? Satisfying, and way better than most macros, but, emptiness is just what defines this beer for me.
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Upon taking a drink of this gorgeous looking beer, I'm instantly refreshed by the light character. Based on the appearance, however, that's not what I was expecting, aside from a distinct light creaminess. But, because of this light character, I could definitely drink several. Slightly better than mediocre in this regard. One of the beer's high points.
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Not exceptionally cheap. You can find better stouts at a comparable price. If Guinness is what your occasion calls for, however, this sort of stout may be the only thing that will do.
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Overall, this beer ranks just ever so slightly above average for me. For some reason, I just find it beautiful to look at, and every now and then, I get an odd craving for this nearly-absent stout. Thank you, Guinness. You served me well this St. Patrick's Day. I'll see you again... later.

Beer Stats
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Serving: Nitro Can
Size: 14.9oz
ABV: 4.20%
BA Score: 78
RB Score: 90

 

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Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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