The winter of my dark-content is drawing to a close but I’ve got a few more stouts left in me before that happens. While bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stouts seem to be the fashion of the day I’ve discovered that my preferences are for dry Irish stouts and just about anything on a nitro tap!
Last week I had Three Floyds’ other available stout Moloko, their third stout Dark Lord I hope to have next month at Dark Lord Day. Tonight I’m drinking the second of their stouts, Black Sun, a dry Irish stout. Here’s what they had to say about this beer:
Black Sun has a nose of coffee, roasted malts and piney hops. This medium bodied stout has a broad depth of maltiness and a clean dry finish.
Let’s find out what I think…
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Guinness doesn’t make many styles of beer, at least compared to most American craft Brewers. Making just the Draught, Extra Stout, and Foreign Extra Stout regularly and then a small spattering of others which are mostly one offs. I wasn’t hugely impressed by the Draught, it’s a decent beer but not a good or great beer. I’ve heard amazing things about the Foreign Extra Stout but tonight I’m drinking the Extra Stout.
The Extra Stout has an interesting story behind it. Seems this is the original recipe for what we now think of as Guinness, according to Wikipedia the beer was toned down in the 70s to make it more marketable. That is why this same beer is the called Guinness Original across the pond. The other interesting, and far more important, thing is that this is brewed in Canada. That much is known from the label on the bottle, the following is a bit of varying info from the Internet. According to some sites Guinness exports the unfermented wort from Ireland to Canada to be brewed there. While that is all fun to know drinking is better!
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