Product Type: Guinness Beer
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Member Name: lordsponge
Date: 20/07/11, updated on 20/07/11 (26 review reads)
Advantages: unique, asthetically pleasing, creamy
Disadvantages: does not taste as good from a can or bottle
First brewed in 1759 by Arthur Guinness in Dublin, this beer is famous worldwide and is synonymous with Ireland. When people think of Ireland they imagine poets sat in pubs drinking the black stuff. Guinness is a stout and can be found in most bars in the UK. Like many of its big rivals it is massively pushed through TV advertising and when people drink it they are drinking the brand as much as the drink itself.
Guinness is probably best described as slow, smooth and creamy. Black as coal with a white head when held up it is a beautiful thing to look at. There are not many drinks that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are tasty.
The biggest drinking day on the calendar is probably St Patrick's Day. This celebration of the patron saint of Ireland would not be the same without Guinness and indeed for many it is the only time of the year they will drink it in any sort of volume. I feel that this is a shame because for me it is one of the nicest beers available. It is unique in the pub; nothing comes even close to the taste, texture and appearance of a perfectly pulled pint. Indeed if pulled properly you could be forgiven for thinking that last orders is going to arrive before you have the chance to taste it. A clover in the head completes the experience and once tasted it is never forgotten.
Price wise it is rather expensive and you may find it one of the most expensive in the pub. Anywhere between £2.50-3.50 seems to be the norm. In the supermarket you will pay over £5 for 4 cans and a crate of 10 for about £12. For me personally cans and bottles do not come close to the satisfaction of a pint in a pub. They just do not taste the same.
It is certainly an acquired taste and you either love it or you hate it. It leaves a slightly bitter taste in the back of your mouth and can be quite heavy on your stomach. It is not really a drink that can be consumed all night or even with a meal, it is a meal unto its self. The smell is amazing and offers the promise of something special. For me it delivers this. If you have never tried it before then I implore you to head down to your local boozer (Once you have reviewed this article of course) and try a pint of what can only be described as creamy Irish goodness.
Summary: Well worth a drink down the boozer but avoid home drinking.