Mar 18, 2016

Guinness Dublin Porter

No matter how many new products Guinness releases, the company will always be known for their stouts — and that’s not a bad thing; not at all. So in an effort to diversify that portfolio, the brewery created the Brewers Project. This offshoot within the company is essentially a small brewery all its own, dedicated to experimentation with new beers and revisiting old Guinness recipes through its 250+ year history. Released last Fall, Dublin Porter (culled from recipe originally brewed in the 1790s) is the first of this line of beers released to the public.

This 3.8% ABV porter isn’t nearly as smooth as that iconic nitro-infused stout, but it’s still pretty darn easy drinking. A slightly raw character leads with caramel and roasty malt with just a touch of sweetness to help offset the rough edges a bit. A slightly higher than normal carbonation pushes the flavors across the tongue easily while the fairly light body keeps things fairly refreshing for the style.

I’m a big fan of porters, but this one was a bit subtle on the nose and a tad too light in body for my personal preferences. That said, I’m sure that it reflects the era in which it was first brewed. I did enjoy its overall nature and flavors, but would prefer a bit more heft on the palate. Still glad that I had the opportunity to sample Dublin Porter.

This is a review of a promotional sample.