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  1. Jim
    April 8, 2021 @ 4:48 pm

    Where do you get a 16 Oz can? I’ve been drinking Guinness cans for years. Only can find 14.9 FL OZ. Not that 1 Oz would make a difference. In Europe?

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    • GT Wharton
      April 8, 2021 @ 11:39 pm

      Thanks for the catch. I updated the volume to be accurate.

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  2. Kevin Fry
    April 2, 2021 @ 11:09 am

    I started drinking Guinness about 5 years ago and was hooked from the start. I went to Washington DC area and found a very close runner to Guinness. Murphy’s Irish Stout is slightly better than my Guinness friend. A little sweeter and the cascade show as you pour it in the glass is AMAZING. I like them both,but the Murphy’s is still the King to me

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  3. Joe W.
    March 31, 2021 @ 7:19 pm

    The reason for the recommended 45 degree angle pour is so that the head forms a beautiful smooth surface, just like a well poured pint in a pub. If you just dump it straight down into the bottom of the glass, the head will be all foamy and full of bubbles, referred to as fisheyes, and a much less visually appealing pour. The same unappealing pour also happens at the bar when the uninitiated TGI Friday’s bartender dumps the pour straight to the bottom of the glass. So give that 45 degree pour another try and appreciate the visual appeal. Remember as the Irish say, “you drink it with your eyes before you drink it with your lips”

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  4. Jimmy B
    March 17, 2021 @ 9:17 am

    What is your second favorite macrobrew? 😉

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    • GT Wharton
      March 17, 2021 @ 5:54 pm

      That’s a tough one…In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever thought of Guinness as my favorite macro beer, but it may be now that I think about it. I also really like Old Style Pilsner, but I’ve only been able to find it in Canada. In past blind tests, Hamm’s and Miller High Life have faired well in my notes, though I don’t go out and buy them. For imported stuff, Pacifico is up there. Though hard to find, I really like Beerlao. Bitburger is also excellent, I think, and easy to find. It’s tough. One of the above probably until I think of something better.

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  5. George
    March 16, 2021 @ 7:19 pm

    What do you do with the ping pong balls in the can after you drink the beer?

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    • GT Wharton
      March 16, 2021 @ 7:22 pm

      Good question! I don’t drink enough Guinness to have a routine, but I did cut open the can after the review to check out the widget. It’s pretty thick-walled and doesn’t bounce. It’s probably a choking hazard keeping it around the house, so I just tossed it! Any other ideas?

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  6. Tablehop Games
    March 16, 2021 @ 4:58 pm

    Agreed Guinness is the best macro and something I crave regularly as well. When I was living in London, it was my go-to at many pubs. Picked up a four-pack for this St Patrick’s Day too!

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  7. Ian Roberts
    March 16, 2021 @ 3:00 pm

    Kudos to you for daring to review Guinness! Most of the time I wouldn’t go anywhere near it, but once in a blue moon I actually crave it!

    Although Guinness have always denied that their on-tap-in-Ireland Guinness is no different to anywhere else on the planet, we ALL know that’s a total fabrication. Guinness on tap in an Irish pub is like an elixir of the Gods – thick bodied, velvet, creamy, as malty as it gets. And that’s the nitro version! Even my wife, who would never consider a pint of Guinness will say it’s in a league of it’s own on tap in Ireland.

    Always loved Guinness FES, with my favorite version being one we had from their brewery in Dominica. Hugely underrated Stout.

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    • GT Wharton
      March 16, 2021 @ 3:13 pm

      Thanks, Ian, for the insight and kind words! I’m in the same boat: will not have had it for years and then all of sudden will crave it.

      Tasting it in Ireland, especially at St. James’s Gate, is a wonderful experience I’ll never forget. The panoramic bar at the end of the tour is probably the best pint of Guinness around. It would be amazing to somehow do a side-by-side comparison of what we get here vs. Ireland. The flavors on a low ABV beer like Guinness could change drastically based on heat damage during transit and time in the bottle/can/keg. It’s not a robust beer like Foreign Extra, which can sit unrefrigerated in the tropical heat without detriment. That’s awesome they brew it in Dominica – had no idea. It’s all over the map!

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