I don’t like stouts normally, so it took a lot of goading before I tried my first Guinness. Honestly, though, I ended up surprised by how good it tasted and even though I can’t say I had much to compare to, I think I’ll give more stouts a try. Let’s jump into it.
Bar: Capital Ale House
Old Fashioned Guinness Review
Love at first sip: I was struck by the rich and malty flavor of the roasted barley. The colour stared at me like that Netflix show Black Mirror. While the creaminess of the maltiness was definitely present, it was contrasted fully by the bitterness of the hops hopping around my sinuses. Full body and satisfying at the end of the day.
Guinness is known for that creamy, foamy head. The nitrogen gas used to dispense the beer creates smaller bubbles than good ol’ Co2, which results in a creamier texture and helps to retain the head. It’s a nice texture and speaking of which, I had to go hit the head.
Overall, while I may not be a huge fan of stouts in general, I am gonna revisit that. The balance of flavors and the smooth, creamy texture made it a very enjoyable and refreshing drink at the end of the day – and only at the end of the day. Can’t see myself drinking this during the daytime…. yet.
If you’ve ever said eff stouts but haven’t tried a Guinness (not sure who this actually is), I would definitely recommend giving Guinness a try – you might be surprised by how much you like it. Like me!