Archetypal nitro-injected draught in can retains frothy whipped cream head, full-bodied coffee thickness, deep roasted chocolate malt insistence, clumped eclair globule, burnt caramel richness, black tea spot and cedar-chipped twinge. On tap, these pour like a thick chocolate malted and can’t be beat. In distressing bottled version, watery bottom smooths subtle up-front nuttiness, mild charred hop bitterness, and milky mocha creaminess, dreadfully leaving barren black malt astringency to carry the load of underwhelming presentation. However, in iconic black can, it’s never overtly heavy, just well rounded, super efficient, and absolutely world class. These Irish trailblazers inspired a thousand worthy imitators by inventing the Stout style in 1820.