Name of beer
West Indies Porter
What the brewer says
“A group of enterprising brewers on a quest to explore new recipes reinterpret old ones and collaborate freely to bring exciting beers to life. With origins in an 1801 entry in our brewers’ diaries, Guinness West Indies Porter is complex yet mellow, hoppy with notes of toffee and chocolate.”
I needed a strong-flavoured beer to cook dinner with today and, as the recipe only required 100ml, it seemed a waste to not use the rest for this week’s blog.
However, having had a mini disaster with a heavy, dark beer last week, I had half a mind to go for a nice light beer today. There was nothing wrong with the beer in question, it was just very heavy for a mid-afternoon outing, accompanied by pies, leading to widespread complaints of being very full (we had been sampling enthusiastically that afternoon) and, still too early to switch to spirits, it was game over.
Anyway, I decided to get ‘back on the bike’, so to speak, and went for this offering from Guinness’ Brewers Project.
A fan of the original, I like this twist. Imagine regular Guinness porter (served at its best), slightly lighter, but with a slight burnt touch of toffee and dark chocolate. It’s nice, but it’s a steady away drink. If you’re going rounds with your mates and they knock them back, you’re looking for trouble, not to mention wasting a good beer, if you pick this.
For me, it’s a great off licence beer, meaning it’s best taken home and savoured than it is plucked from behind a bar on a busy night out. A steady, convivial afternoon sup, in a welcoming, relaxed pub, yes, but a night in, not out.
If you like Guinness, or porters in general, give this a try. If you want a nice light ale, step away.
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I’m 42, I don’t have a beard (partly because when I try it is patchy, has gaps, with ginger and grey bits) and don’t take a clipboard to the pub. So, I’m not the stereotypical real ale fan of old, in the style that I was always told to look out for...read more