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28 October 2012


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Having spent a lot of time haunting Irish pubs in my student days, I can definitely say that Irish stouts are best on draught if you can get them. If you ever get a chance to try Murphy's from the tap instead of from a can, you might like it better. Though I do think that Guinness is a superior brew. Oh I do love a good pint of Guinness. Now if only beer didn't exacerbate my asthma so....


Wait, so are you saying you liked Guinness better than the Samuel Smith's Oatmeal Stout, or just better than other Irish stouts?

Personally, I'd put Samuel Smith's as one of the best stouts out there. Their Taddy Porter is also very good, and Mark might like their Russian Imperial Stout (though it's not as crazy hoppy as the American ones like Shakespeare or Old Rasputin.) Samuel Smith's is, to my mind, one of the most reliably good anglosphere breweries.

A couple other stout notes:

If you try a chocolate stout, look for the Brooklyn Brewery one. It's amazing.

Also, if you want to tour another corner of the world, try picking up some cans of Lion Stout from Sri Lanka.


Guinness is better than the other Irish stouts. Sorry about the confusion. I can see why you were appalled! :-)

I like the milk stouts best and the oatmeal stouts second best. I happen to have 2 cans of Tallgrass Buffalo Sweat Oatmeal Cream Stout in the fridge, which I'm looking forward to comparing.

I agree with you about the Samuel Smith's. So far we've had the oatmeal stout, the Taddy Porter, and the India Ale and I have liked all three very much.

Saw both Brooklyn Brewery Chocolate Stout and Lion Stout at the beer store yesterday... but my cart was already full of abbey ales and I had to focus. It seems there are enough chocolate stouts in the world that I could do a whole tasting just on chocolate stout.

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