With the weather getting frostier and the evenings growing darker, it is starting to feel more wintery by the day. For me, this means that stout season is definitely upon us.
I’ve always associated stouts with autumn and winter. Among the great family of beers, the darker stuff is not ideal as a thirst quencher on a hot summer’s day. Leave that to pils and wheat beers, I say. But when the colder weather arrives, there’s nothing quite like sipping a pint of creamy stout while sat in front of a big roaring fire either in a traditional pub or at home. The Danes might call this Hygge.
Sadly, as I lack a fireplace in my relatively modern apartment, a YouTube virtual fireplace must do.
A vintage pint of the black stuff
I love a pint of Guinness and like the many others who are partial to the ‘black stuff’, I’m very particular about the two-part pour, the perfect bubble-free head and all the rest of it. Guinness Original Extra Stout is notably different to its contemporary counterpart which you’ll find on tap in any decent pub around the world.
Before you take your first sip, you’ll notice a slightly sweeter aroma. The head is more akin to a lager, lacking the thick creaminess of a modern day pint. The taste is more nutty and bready and slightly more bitter. Original Extra Stout is, apparently, a modern approximation of how a pint of the black stuff would have tasted in the earlier part of the 20th Century. It is definitely worth a try if you’ve not yet come across it.