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Published on March 22nd, 2013 | by



I’m very particular about anything I consume. I try to shy away from processed foods, will spend the extra couple of bucks on a better cigar, and like what I like when it comes to by alcohol. I love stout beers, and I love Guinness when I drink my stouts. This article by William Bostwick on GQ’s blog is beer blasphemy for stout drinkers. The headline says it all, “My Goodness! The Perfect Irish Beer Isn’t Guinness!”

It gets worse. He goes on to describe Guinness as “a one-note tang, crisp and thin like burnt diner toast.” Look, you may like Old No. 38 stout better than Guinness, but you lose all credibility when you take a steaming dump on the best known, most loved, stout in the world.

He was just trying to get a reaction, which he did. So maybe I am an idiot for even acknowledging this nonsense. My hyper vigilance betrays me from time to time.

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  • Velky Al

    Speaking as a fellow devotee of the black stuff, I hate to say it, but I actually agree with him. O’Hara’s Stout from Carlow, Wrasslers XXXX from Porterhouse and Francsican Well Shandon Century Extra Stout are all superior, and actually Irish, stouts.

    • Thanks for taking the time to check it out. See my post above. I don’t disagree at all.

  • John Heylin

    Yeeeaaaaaah, I think you’re way off here. You could say the same about Budweiser beers being number one in the world and therefore tastes great and is free of scrutiny. I did like their 250, it actually tasted what I thought a Guinness should taste like.

    Old 38 is delicious, but I prefer a black lager like Death and Taxes.

  • Thanks for reading gents! I wrote this because I strongly disagree with the assertion that Guinness tastes like “burnt diner toast”. I love a warm Guinness, but would quickly agree that it isn’t the best stout out there. It is the most readily available so I tend to drink it more than others.

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