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From the Cellar: Guinness Draught (Can)

In celebration of yesterday’s most joyous feast of Easter, I decided to dig deep into the cellar and open a truly special beer, one that has withstood the test of time and travel. Serving as a faithful companion through good times and bad, this particular can of Guinness Draught has been by my side ever since St. Patrick’s Day around 4 years ago and has aged gracefully in closets both in Pittsburgh and Penn State. As one of the most prestigious beer in my cellar, I never could bring myself to push that tab in and indulge in this ebony nectar, but as one wizened philosopher once exclaimed from the pulpit of a stoop on College Avenue: “YOLO.”

Guinness - Draught (Aged)

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Julian dating… 53rd day of 2009 (February 22nd)



Guinness Draught (2009 vintage)
Even after all these years, Guinness Draught faithfully mimics the black hue of its can. Unfortunately, the nitro widget has seen better days, as the iconic cascading head effect is greatly diminished. Instead, a finger's worth of creamy tan head slowly appears with only mild extravagance. It does still exhibit excellent retention, lasting for nearly the entire duration I drank it, but there's no way it would stand up to the 119.5 seconds needed to create the 'perfect pour.' .
The aroma has improved marvelously with age, inheriting subtle sherry notes through slight oxidation, gourmet 85% fair-trade certified cocoa, and wafts of Guatemalan coffee beans that were freshly roasted that morning and steeped at 197°F for 3.5 minutes by a tragically hip barista.
What is this? My first sip leaves my palate unspeakably empty, a blank canvas devoid of paint, a sheaf of parchment left unfilled. How could this happen? The Guinness had the appearance of something familiar, an enticing bouquet that lured me in like the pollen to a bee. But as if flipping through long-forgotten photo albums, the faces remain the same and recognizable, but the feelings and emotions can never be recaptured. The film remains unexposed, lost throughout the annals of time, like sand sifting through an hourglass.
This Guinness Draught leaves me as swiftly as it came, wiped clean from the mouth as if it were water. It has no body, no character, no substantial means of sustenance
Thanks to Ben Bernanke and his little Quantitative Easing adventures, what once cost me about $3 in 2009 would now appreciate to around $50 in today's dollars due to inflation. I would not spend $50 on this beer.
I feel like a spurned lover, an investor after the stock market crash, or a doomsayer once the calendar rolled to December 22, 2012. I had such high hopes for this beer and it had all the promises of a finely-aged Bordeaux, but it tossed all of my nurturing out the window. I can't believe I spent 4 years with this can.
Beer Stats
Style: Irish Dry Stout
Serving: Can
Size: 14.9oz.
ABV: 4.20%
BA Score: 79
RB Score: n/a


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Written by Greg Bruce

While studying at Penn State, Greg learned that beer could serve a much better purpose than a means to an end for a good party. Delicately brewed Belgians acted as a stark contrast to the almost watery beer that had been so popular and began the journey towards craft beer. From that launch point he always seems to land on something new. Greg approaches each beer, whether it is an aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA or an English bitter (and everything between), with a clear mind and open opinion, ready to analyze, compare, and ultimately, enjoy. While always fond of stouts (especially barrel-aged) and IPAs, Greg is slowly but surely drifting towards various soured beers. Find Greg Bruce on Google Plus

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