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Free Black & Tan Widget from Bass

I'm a fan of Guinness year round, but many find it a bit heavy for the spring and summer months. Stout lovers have been blending beers ("Black and Tan") as a lighter alternative for over a century. They can also be layered by pouring a half a glass of pale ale or lager and then slowly topping off the glass with a Guinness or similar dark stout. This creates a very cool effect in the glass when done properly since stouts are typically less dense than lighter beers which allows it to float on top. The trick is to not splash the surface of the lighter beer enough to cause them to blend.

Pouring spoons are commonly used to help. On my last trip to the grocery store I found that Bass was offering free plastic pouring devices, so I decided to give it a shot.

The plastic device worked about as well as a pouring spoon. The holes trickled the Guinness lightly in the center. This would have turned out perfect if I had started with more Bass in the glass. Keep your eyes peeled next time you stroll by the beer isle.




Review: Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout

My wife had a nice surprise for me this week:   Two six packs of the new Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout (she's a keeper).  I've been itching to try this since they announced it early this year.


This is the first new stout Guinness has introduced to the US market since they started importing Guinness Draught in 1967.  This beer is quite a departure from the Draught and Foreign Extra Stout we have become so familiar with.  They seem to be targeting a new market with this beer.  Most notably, this beer is heavily carbonated rather than nitrogenated.  As a result, the head is big and foamy, more like a root beer float rather than a smooth and creamy stout.  It also has a much thinner mouthfeel than what you expect.  Overall, I would categorize this more as a heavily carbonated porter.  Ironically it is quite similar to my own disappointing attempts at brewing an Irish stout.


The aroma is very nice and roasty, and the roasty flavor also carries through to the finish with just a touch of bitterness in the end.  The head is just not what you would expect from Arthur Guinness' brewery, but it is still impressive in a carbonated way.  Overall it is a nice beer in classy packaging, but for me it just makes me appreciate true Guinness Stout more than ever!


•     Aroma:  A     •     Appearance:    B+    •     Taste:    B+     •


•     Overall:    B+



Science behind Guinness' cascading bubbles



I enjoy watching a freshly poured Guinness almost as much as drinking it!   I think of it as a lava lamp with drinkability.  You can approximate this effect by adding additional pressure to homebrew kegs but you risk over carbonation which can really effect the flavor profile of your beer.  The real magic happens when you step up to a Nitrogen and CO2 mix for beer gas which creates much smaller/tighter bubbles.  That's what Guinness does, to the extent of including that clever widget in their draught bottles and cans which release additional nitrogen when you open it.


So why do the bubbles seem to defy the laws of buoyancy and cascade down the side of the glass?  This episode of NPR's Science Friday explains the phenomenon quite nicely...  -D

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