Guinness Draught

Guinness Draught served from a Nitro Can

55 Blade Chainsaw

Guinness Draught is an Irish Dry Stout made by the famous St. James’s Gate Brewery in Dublin, Ireland. It is crafted from roasted barley grain, pale malts, female hops (possibly Goldings or East Kent) and a registered trademark Guinness Yeast for an alcohol content of 4.2% ABV.

Guinness Draight

The brewery and Guinness brand has a rich history going as far back as 1759 when Arthur Guinness began brewing several ale, porter and single/double stouts after his initial Ale creations in Leixlip.

Guinness is such a unique yet interesting staple in the collective beer landscape that it’s often overlooked; with folks either favoring the ordinary American lagers or move past it to the obscure microbrews. The nitrogen signature Guinness Draught served in pubs since the 1960’s is emulated in these cans through the use of widgets, and today Guinness Draught is worth a fresh look.

Onto The Method

7.5/10 – The Classic

2.0 – Appearance – The fresh pop of the can activates the widget, releasing its nitro power before the pour begins. The brew pours the consistency of chocolaty milk and cream. It is almost black until held to the light, showcasing its crimson shade. I love the way the cascading carbonation forms a rich and creamy solid head – it’s like an Independence Day celebration in a can.

Guinness Draught1.5 – Aroma – The strong chocolate and coffee notes with its evident roasted barley malts and a hint of hop fragrances come together for a unique olfactory experience.

1.5 – Taste – The cans claim to serve this brew super cold, and I should have listened – the grains fall apart and the flavor loses to the heat of hopelessness. The flavor greatly improves when chilled and all of its chocolate notes, roasted barley and mild hop character come in nicely together. It’s a shame I lost that first beer though.

1.0 – Palate – A very interesting balance of heavy roasted ingredients over a light and liquid body. The grains expand and contract according to the temperature, and benefit from the suggested chilled serve.

1.5 – Overall – A well chilled serve offers an exciting visual celebration with some interesting grain textures and good flavors over a light but balanced palate.

4.0/10 Blades – The Hammer – the booze – The ABV of this brew starts off at a low 4.2% that doesn’t fare well with it’s ingredients. It’s a weak hammer with little toll on its objective.

5.0/10 Blades – The Knifedigestibility – With such thin body, the knife had some chance to cut through the body, but must have been dulled by its heavier and roasted ingredients.

5.0/10 Blades – The Spider – the lift – It takes about 2 full 14.9 ounce cans for the spiders to finally arrive. When it’s fully evident, it’s a warm and sleepy rush that challenges my well rested body that’s ready for some action.

8.0/10 Blades – The Motor –can you handle it? – The motor works well, it gets that as a high chainsaw mark, but I’m almost sober after the conclusion of the fourth and need to move on to a few decent quality Ales.

The Chainsaw

25.5/50 Blades – The Buzz – Guinness Draught is a delicious and visually exciting brew that’s surprisingly thin and easy to drink. It’s grainy character expands and contracts with the temperature, making it sensitive to heat. The buzz comes on slow, and by the time it gets here, the four-pack is done; so what’s the point? The buzz itself is warm and cozy, but I’m in the mood to rip and ignite, and a few decent quality seasonal Spring Ales were required for fuel and detonation.

Guinness Draught

I’m certainly aware of the 16 oz and the Guinness Draught type widget 14.9 oz can four-packs, but they just don’t offer enough physical fuel to chainsaw the night. And recently I started seeing some four-packs of 12 oz bottles from some American brewers. I’m not interested in that and these people need to cut that off!

For prices equal to or greater than other quality six-packs, I would feel like I’m being ripped off paying extra for 2 missing brews.

Sure, they’re probably great quality beers – as in a 7% ABV Imperial Stout I saw yesterday. But if I’m going to pay top dollar for beer, I need assurances, or even probabilities. I can’t just throw money away into possibilities: I need my satisfaction guaranteed! After all, if I buy a good beer and don’t achieve a good buzz, it’s just masturbation.