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Acquired in two places: Stiffy’s Bar, Hoquiam, Washington (from the tap) and the Guinness can.When it comes right down to it, so many people have their own perceptions of what Guinness tastes like, should look and its perfect pint. Hey, this review comes from a POV that will be vastly different than others here. However, that isn’t going to stop me.Quote: “Guinness has everything needed to sustain life.” – Brian Johnson, AC/DCTo achieve this review, I tasted Guinness in two places – at the bar and at home. Hey, it is the roadwork that makes the review.
Appearance: At the bar, a nicely formed foam top after the characteristic cascade of foam and bubbles roll through the beer. The body is black as coal and It was served in a Guinness-shaped glass at slightly higher than room temperature (only because it was 37 degrees outside). At home, nearly the same appearance of black body and foam top, but with less on top due to the pour from the can. It was also served in a Guinness-shaped glass, but at room temp.
Aroma: A dark, roasted smell with a little bit of a creamy tinge from the foam top. No difference between home and the bar.
Taste: Dark, hoppy and smooth with little to no carbonation to spoil the taste. It is very creamy and easy to drink, but a little heavy to slug down quickly. At the bar, it is a bit stronger taste and feel than at home, which was a little weaker in taste, but not in feel.
Drinkability: You can drink Guinness at any time, especially at 5 a.m. when English Premier League matches are on Setanta and Fox Soccer Channel on Saturdays. Just don’t overdo it.Everyone has in their mind what Guinness is, should be and should never be. I’ve had Guinness warm and in Ireland. I’ve had Guinness cold in the States. I’ve had Guinness straight from the can without a glass tailgating before a football game. I’ve had Guinness in a plastic red cup at an overflow bar on St. Patrick’s Day.Because we aren’t in Ireland and can’t get it straight from the source (like most beers), we all have to make sacrifices to enjoy the drinks we cherish. I cherish Guinness and the sacrifices are small to me.
Reviewed By: Rob B. (rvr)