No. 16 – Guinness
Guinness is a curious thing.
A good pint can be a glorious transcendent experience. Whereas a bad pint can be a thunderous let down.
In my year of beer, I tried Guinness early on at the Irish Embassy (where it was pretty good) but I tried it at various other places throughout the year as well. I’m basing my notes and score on a pint I had at Dublin Airport last May as it stands out as head and shoulders above the others.
After flying Montreal to Dublin last (sore arms!) I like to stop and have a beer before hopping on the bus for a couple of hours trip back up to Belfast. The Angel’s Share, the bar near the bus stop, is a little expensive but being many people’s welcome to Ireland they have to have a good pint on tap.
It is worth noting that I hate flying so any pint I have afterwards always feels like a victory.
This pint was great. It was creamy and smooth, served at the right temperature and oddly refreshing for a stout.
Having tried a lot of different stouts last year and having developed a taste for more complicated flavours (the beers on offer from Dieu du Ciel for example), when I think of a good Guinness it remind me of how simplicity can be perfection. It does not have a strong flavour behind it the way a lot of microbrewery beers do but it is a perfectly balanced and well textured stout. I can’t really describe it in more detail unfortunately (or fortunately perhaps) but in the context of a year of beer in which I tried between 50 and 75 different stouts, I will still always go back to Guinness when I fancy a good stout.
It’s a very good 8/11.
Here’s a treat, a couple of old beer mats I found when I was back home!