Everyone's heard of Guinness. even if you don't drink beer, you've heard of Guinness. As the gentleman in the TV ads would say, their marketing is, "brilliant!" Unfortunately, their beer is awful!
Upon pouring this into a pint glass, the first reaction is, “This is one beautiful beer!” When you first pour it, it looks brown in the glass as it comes alive in the glass and releases bubbles into a gorgeous very light beige (almost white, really) thick pillowy head. When the beer settles down, the beer itself is almost completely black in the glass with the most beautiful head you can find in a beer. The contrast in the beer and the head is striking!
This smells lightly of roasted malts, but without any hint of sweetness. It is an Irish stout, after all, which is a drier stout than some other sweet stouts. It smells somewhat clean, and there are definite hints of coffee beans.
This has a very clean, smooth and refreshing mouthfeel and is lighter bodied than you would guess from the pour alone. There is a very slight roasted flavor profile and it is somewhat dry on the finish. Sounds good so far, but despite the previous descriptions, the flavor leaves me literally with a sour look on my face (something akin to the old bitter beer face). It tasted metallic and just unpleasant to me. I had to follow it with a bowl of Lucky Charms to get the taste out of my mouth.
I hate Guinness. It can’t be more clear than that. It tasted metallic and just bad, and was not a pleasant beer. If you like the flavor, for some weird reason, it is very drinkable. To me, it tastes like some sort of chemical, and Guinness’ success can be directly attributable to a job well done by their marketing folks. All hype and not much else.
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Here are some stats on Guiness compared to other beers:
A 12oz serving of Guinness has 125 calories, 9.8 grams of carbs and it’s alcoholic content is 4.2%. For comparison, 12 ounces of Budweiser is 150 calories and 11 grams carbs, 12 ounces of Heineken is 150 calories and 12.2 grams of carbs, 12 ounces of Corona Extra is 148 calories and 14.1 grams of carbs, and SURPRISE… a Sam Adams Light has 126 calories and 10.9 grams of carbs.