Guinness Dublin Porter is the second of beers, which is based on old recipes from the Guinness brewers as part of The Brewers Project.
Its production started exactly a year ago.
The origins of English porter date back to thirties of the XVIII century. It is believed that it came at the request of the then London workers (porters, dockers), which tasted a mixture of three beers: “ale“, “beer” and “twopenny“. Beers were mixed on site at pub with three different casks, which in the long term was rather burdensome for innkeepers.
One brewer from London named Ralph Harwood, came up with the idea of brewing beer, which combines the features of all three beers. This beer has been called porter and it gave beginning of a new style.
In Ireland they began to brew a porter in 1776. Guinness brewery launched its production in 1787. Then withdraw from the production of other beers: for 1799 they brew only porter.
Returning to the hero of today’s tasting, a recipe for it was created in 1796. This beer its character is to refer just to the days when men after work went to the pub to drink portions of their favorite porter. So it was an everyday drink, often drunk in large quantities, so it could not be too strong: it had quench their thirst without affecting too quickly on the conscious mind.
Dublin Porter seems to be relatively light beer (alcohol only 3.8%) – how does the test I’ll just check it out.
Name: Guinness Dublin Porter, alc. 3,8% vol.
Brewery: St. James’s Gate, Dublin, Ireland
Just as in the previously described West Indies Porter, we have here a very nice stylized label. In shape and graphics refers to the old, historic labels of Guinness. You can say: vintage label.
Appearance: Brown, under the light visible reflections of cherry color.
Head: light beige, descending pretty quickly, but it remains, however, to the very end.
Aroma: delicate scent of roasted malt. Additionally I sense, however not too intense, aroma of alcohol, and basically like a note of dried fruit soaked in alcohol brine (though beer is still rather weak).
Flavor: coffee, roasted malt, bitter chocolate (all so typical for Guinness stouts), but further: taste of smoked fruit. Beer is a moderately sour almost without bitter, while at once the lack of sweetness. Rather than bitter, aftertaste it is here lightly smoked. Low saturation.
It’s a lightweight in drinking porter, rather watery, dry, coffee and sour with hints of smoked fruit.
Aware of that the recipe for this beer comes from 1796, in the imagination, we can move to the then pub and get a taste of the Dublin stout – an interesting experience, but Guinness in its offer has a much better suggestions.