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When I first started drinking, shall we say, better quality beers, I remember drinking my first stout. Guinness. Now to be perfectly honest, I was not overjoyed with it. As time went on I drank more and more Stouts from other brands, and loved them. However I never went back to Guinness, all because of that first taste. Now let’s move up to today, when on a recent trip to London, I found a Guinness put into my hands at a pub. Being polite, I tasted it. And to my surprise I was thrilled with it. I had always heard Guinness in England and Ireland tasted so much better than in the United States and this proved it. And just to make sure I was not making mistake, I had several additional pints to make absolutely sure
Upon returning home I wanted to see how Guinness tasted over here. So I bought it and again was very happy. Now I know Guinness has not changed the way they make beer over the years. Beer is sure not like wine where every vintage is different. However it did show me that my tastes change over time. When I first tasted Guinness I was not ready for the complexity of a good stout.
Wikipedia states that Arthur Guinness started brewing ales from 1759 at the St. James’s Gate Brewery, Dublin. On 31 December 1759 he signed a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annul for the unused brewery. Ten years later, on 19 May 1769, Guinness first exported his ale: he shipped six-and-a-half barrels to Great Britain. And the rest is history.
Today The UK is the only sovereign state to consume more Guinness than Ireland, and the third largest Guinness drinking nation being Nigeria, followed by the USA
Guinness Black Lager – Is an extremely smooth stout. With Coffee, and maple flavor, this is a lighter alcohol beer at just 4.5% additionally it is not available in all markets, including Ireland. However it is well worth trying out. This is a great beer, especially for first time stout drinkers.
Guinness Extra Stout – Rich and full body with a slight bitter finish. A complex stout with very traditional flavors of coffee beans, chocolate and nutmeg. For you trivia buffs the Extra Stout is the beer that started it all for Guinness.
Guinness Draught – Smooth and very drinkable, but lacking complexity of Guinness Black and Extra Stout. Still a very enjoyable stout with maple and light coffee flavors.
I, for one, am very happy I went back and tried Guinness. The older I get the more I want to retry great beers and wines.
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