On tap at Ambulance, creamy eclair-headed nitro stout retains soft-toned cold-brew coffee nuttiness over mildly smoked barleymalts. Subsidiary black chocolate, espresso and cappuccino illusions fortify nitrogenated Irish stout. Using the same Guinness yeast strain fermenting all St. James Gate product, its plush java serenity never relinquishes.
Basically, fabulous Guinness Export Stout sold initially only to the Belgian market. Smoothly creamed molasses-sapped dark chocolate milking gains hickory-smoked cedar sear over light hop-charred barley roast. Bittersweet chocolate malting further enhanced by vanilla bean, coffee, anise, blackcurrant and rum raisin illusions. A must have.
Crisp dry wheat moderation lets spritzy orange zest contrast mild lemon musk alongside subtle banana-clove sweetness. Pasty glass-sugared honey wheat malting counters dank phenol hop bittering beneath the surface. An OK blend of wheat ale and hefeweizen stylings.
Scattering “rustic” grain-toasted rye malting across undefined Americanized Mosaic-Cascade hop spicing and tart peach influence, Irish-brewed moderate-medium body lacks bite of better overseas competition. Enjoyed cracked pepper bread aftertaste, though.
Approachable pale lager draught utilizes mildly fruited Americanized Galaxy-Mosaic hops, Guinness house yeast and dry Irish barley. Lemony orange-dried apricot sedation shadowed by resinous pine wisp and fresh-cut grass astringency as lightly creamed pale malts form fuzzy foamed sweetness.
The difference between waterier Guinness Dublin Porter and bolder West Indies Porter is almost negligible on the surface. West Indies ancient recipe offers a dryer mouthfeel, higher ABV (6%), bitterer coffee affluence and deeper charred hop tarring. Nutty black chocolate malting, reminiscent of Guinness Stout, drops off substantially as chalky cocoa astringency and ashen walnut sear back end bottled moderate-to-medium-bodied mediocity.
Mild, smooth and watered down, soapy 3.8% ABV bottled porter (from ancient recipe) lacks distinction as nutty dark-roasted black chocolate malting and charred hop bittering prove insufficient. Sedate coffee, pumpernickel, burnt caramel, raw molasses and black tea illusions receive earthen mineral-grained musk. Disappointing.