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Guinness West Indies Porter

Rating: 2.95

My second new beer from Dublin’s St. James Gate Brewery, this one a ‘West Indies’ porter that follows on from the bottle of Dublin Porter from Guinness that I reviewed here last week. That particular offering was a bit of a letdown and given that this one comes in considerably stronger at 6% abv. I’m expecting a lot more from it that the last bottle offered me. Like the Dublin Porter, the only reason for me picking up this bottle was down to the fact I recognised the brewery (naturally) and it was a new beer on special but hopefully it’ll prove to be an astute purchase, let’s find out.

Guinnness West Indies Porter

Appearance (3/5): Black in colour with the odd tinge of ruby and a thin, half centimetre head that is bubbly, beige and disappears after about thirty seconds to leave a patchy lacing that struggles to cover more than a quarter of the beers surface. This one doesn’t look at all like the Guinness I know and love.
Aroma (6/10): Roasted malts and a few hints of alcohol with a fairly nutty aroma that has some solid sweet notes to it and a bit of grain as well. There was a good balance to the nose without it really exciting and there was some hints of cocoa and milk in there too.
Taste (6/10): Sweet initially with a solid backing of roasted malts and nutty flavours. There was some hints of darker, dry fruits on the tastebuds as well and I could detect some alcohol coming through a little stronger than it did with the nose. A fairly enjoyable taste with some sugar combining with the fruits to further reinforce the sweetness of this one.
Palate (3/5): Touches of grain on top of a dry and fairly sweet beer that was medium bodied and featured similar carbonation levels. Some alcohol from the middle on gave the beer a nice warming, slightly grainy feel for what was a smooth beer for the most part.

Overall (11/20): This one wasn’t a bad beer from Guinness, the problem was that it wasn’t an exciting one either and it failed to impress me much beyond the fact that it was so much better than the last bottle from them I tried, their Dublin Porter that was launched alongside this one earlier this month. Definitely a drinkable beer but not one that had much else going for it over similar beer and in truth I’d stick to Guinness Draught over a bottle of this stuff every time.

Brewed In: Dublin, Ireland
Brewery: St. James’s Gate Brewery
First Brewed: 2014
Type: Porter
Abv: 6.0%
Serving: Bottle (500ml)
Purchased: Morrisons
Price: £1.50

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  1. July 14, 2015 at 13:01

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