About Irish Beer

About Irish Beer
Ireland: Stout Country

Although the country sports a handful of microbreweries, it cannot be said that one goes to Ireland to discover diversity in brewing styles. This is not to say Ireland does not produce noteworthy beer—especially if one likes dry stout, Guinness in particular. Guinness is brewed in a number of places around the world, but most Guinness exported to the U.S. market originate from the St. James Gate brewery in Dublin. Of course, this beer is even more creamy and flavorful when found directly in Irish pubs. Bottle-conditioned Guinness is available in the U.S., as are “widget” cans. Other popular Irish stouts available in the U.S. markets are Murphy’s, made by the Lady’s Well Brewery in Cork, and Beamish, made by Newcastle.

Top Picks for Ireland

Guinness Draught Nitro Stout
93 points
Murky dark brown color. Roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts, chocolate bar, and hint of jerky and sausage with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of pumpernickel raisin toast, sweet lettuces, and latte finish. A lovely, effortlessly drinkable stout that will be great for sessions and food.
Awards: 2017 Best Dry Stout & 2017 Best Irish Beer
Guinness Foreign Extra Stout
92 points
Brown black color. Nutty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and dark chocolate vanilla cake with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long finish manifesting impressions of strong coffee and toasted meringue finish. A rich, satisfying export stout with great roasted malt flavors and a long finish.
Awards: 2017 Best Foreign/Export Stout
Guinness 200th Anniversary Export Stout
91 points
Brown black color. Creamy aromas and flavors of toasted marshmallow, cappuccino foam, and pannetone with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of lettuces, toasted fig bread, and cocoa dusted nuts finish. A refreshing, easy drinking stout with a nice snappy finish.
Boyne Brewhouse Irish Craft IPA
90 points
Brilliant amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange-mango chutney, pineapple cake, pine blossoms, and forest floor with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a refreshing, medium-long finish with notes of frisée with lemon vinaigrette, grapefruit, peppered rapini and radishes, and vegetable chips finish. A rock solid ipa-like pale ale with invigorating bitterness.
Boyne Brewhouse Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
89 points
Ebony color. Aromas of chocolate biscuits, molasses, shortbread, and vanilla cola with a satiny, bright, petillant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long leather, toffee-coated peanuts, gingerbread, dark toasted croissant, and salty espresso finish. A dry and nutty Imperial stout best served with robust beef dishes.
Guinness Extra Stout
87 points
Dark walnut color. Roasted aromas and flavors of roasted grains, brownie crust, and hint of dried fruit with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, intricate, medium-long finish with notes of toasted dark nut bread, chocolate espresso bean, and peppered greens finish. A spot-on stout that refreshes and satisfies.
Boyne Brewhouse Amber Ale
86 points
Clear amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted raisin bread, chocolate nuts, and straw with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, snappy finish that shows accents of honey roasted nuts, watercress, and hint of bbq rub finish. A pleasant, versatile amber ale.
Boyne Brewhouse Born in a Day Pale Ale
86 points
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of succotash and orange phyllo pastry with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long finish that shows accents of grilled kale and radicchio, lemon pepper, roasted nuts, and leaves finish. A nice dry session pale ale.
Guinness Antwerpen Stout
85 points
Nearly opaque dark brown color. Aromas and flavors of oily nuts, chocolate cookie batter, and waxy honeycomb with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of honeyed peppered kale, chocolate toffee, and sprouts finish. A nice snappy, appetizing stout that wakes the palate, a bit more of a robust export stout than a classic imperial style though.