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Monday, June 21, 2010

Day 172 Drink: Guinness Extra Stout

Arthur Guinness started brewing at St. James's Gate in Dublin in 1759. It is a huge brewing complex and a major tourism attraction in Ireland. The brewery turns out a variety of beers, including several stouts that carry the Guinness branding.

The Guinness most people know in the U.S. is Guinness Stout, a 4.2 percent Irish dry stout that is served on draught with nitrogen in most Irish-style pubs and in cans and bottles equipped with widgets that give the beer a creamy head. In most of the world, the Guinness that is the best seller is Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, a 7.5 percent alcohol by volume bottled beer popular throughout African, Asia and the Caribbean. The two beers are as different as their alcohol contents suggest.

In the U.S., Guinness Extra Stout, a descended from West India Porter, is a 6 percent alcohol by volume bottled beer. It pours a dark brown color with a thick tan head. The beer has a slightly sweet aroma. The flavor is a combination of roasted grains, dark chocolate and balancing hop bitterness. The aftertaste on this one lingers nicely.

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