Guinness expand into the craft beer market
Based on a recipe from 1796, Dublin Porter is one of two craft beers released last year by the folks at St James Gate Brewery. Aimed at the ever expanding and highly lucrative market, this beer is 3.8% volume and comes in a 500ml bottle.
On initial pour it is the familiar deep dark Guinness colour, which looks strange due to the absent creamy head and the additional presence of some light bubbles and fizz. On the nose the initial scent is lighter and not as rich as the black stuff we are used to.
The first mouthful is interrupted by the fizz on the tongue, but the strange sensation passes and although this is lighter than the stout it is not indifferent in taste. The after taste is familiar and appetising enough to drink the rest of the pint
This strikes us as being a good entry drink for anyone unfamiliar with the acquired taste of of the famous black stuff. It's drinkable, yet slightly weak, Guinness substitute. Nice enough for a pint or two but it won't sway us from the Irish legend that is Arthur. Kudos though for Guinness making the effort though, miles better than the crap that is Guinness American Lager
Cinnamon infused Jack finally arrives in the bar
We having been waiting months for this to become available on this side of the Pond.. So excitement was high when a few weeks back, we read on the official Jack Twitter page that it had finally arrived. Sadly despite visiting several supermarkets, which they claimed stocked it, not one bottle could be found. They do say patience is a virtue and thankfully a friend who was stateside bound was drunkenly briefed one night to find a bottle or two... So after a little bit of a wait, We owe a big thank you to that friend, who generously brought back two bottles, albeit 50ml taster size..
Having a limited supply to work with we had to try this in moderation, so a shot glass was gingerly filled to the brim and we set to work. The smell is, as you would expect, cinnamon, but sweet and inviting, like a cinnamon stick that has been rested in a shot of bourbon. The initial taste was easy on the palate, there was no immediate warm feeling in the mouth, but after a second or so it rises onto the roof of the mouth. It's not so much a bite or burn, that I usually find with spirits, but a delicious warmth to the throat.
Letting this rest on the tongue before slipping down the throat through the heat of the cinnamon, the second or maybe third sip brought that heat explosion at the back of the mouth, that I had expected initially, though that could be the way I was sipping at this drink. I didn't throw the shot back, like normal, as before the bottle was small so every drop was savoured.
This is definitely gonna be stocked in the bar, when the larger bottles become available. It's an instant classic, which we probably favour over the other cinnamon infused bourbons on the market. It's perfect sipping for a crisp winters day, sitting outside in the cold air would be a little less harsh with the warmth of the cinnamon and JD warming the throat.
Coming a few years after release of Tennessee Honey, the guys at Lynchburg have quite probably created a superior and better tasting bottle than the excellent forerunner. We look forward to the local release of this one