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GUINNESS DRINKERS...

Posted on 05/13/2012 2:00:03 PM PDT by mamelukesabre

Anyone notice Guinness tastes different? It seems to me when they stopped using the "widget" in their bottles, the flavor changed. It now has a slightly sour aftertaste.

A year ago or so I was asked to leave an irish pub when I got into a huge argument with the bartender. I told them their Guinness keg was crap after taking one sip of a draw and I told them I wanted my money back. They gave me my money and I was escorted out.

But now I tasted guinness(bottles) last friday for the first time in a year and realized its the same taste. Slightly sour aftertaste. They changed something. I can't drink it anymore.


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1 posted on 05/13/2012 2:00:12 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: knews_hound

ping


2 posted on 05/13/2012 2:00:58 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

Changed the sock they strain it through?


3 posted on 05/13/2012 2:05:17 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Sorry about that (as I chug a cold Hamm’s for $0.40).


4 posted on 05/13/2012 2:05:27 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: mamelukesabre

I usually make Guinness Stew yum, so aftertaste is not an issue. I had to stop drinking it when I fractured my spine and was put on a lot of meds.


5 posted on 05/13/2012 2:07:28 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: mamelukesabre

Not a drinker, but I can also tell when my favorite brands change their recipes, and I hate it! I used to love Pringles, but a few years ago they changed something (I think it was their cooking process) and suddenly I couldn’t stand the taste OR the texture. Same with several other foods that I just don’t bother with anymore because they’re no good now.

I consider it motivation to learn how to make my own.


6 posted on 05/13/2012 2:08:11 PM PDT by Ellendra ("It's astounding how often people mistake their own stupidity for a lack of fairness." --Thunt)
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To: mamelukesabre

I wouldn;t be surprised if they changed the recipe to save money. They did that to Schlitz back in the early 70’s and ended the beer’s popularity. That used to be my favorite unitil they changed it. Drank it once more after I returned stateside. Never again.


7 posted on 05/13/2012 2:08:51 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: mamelukesabre

F that S! Pabst Blue Ribbon!


8 posted on 05/13/2012 2:09:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: mamelukesabre

I only drink it on tap. Bottles and cans have a different taste to me.


9 posted on 05/13/2012 2:09:16 PM PDT by Night Hides Not (My dream ticket for 2012 is John Galt & Dagny Taggart!)
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To: mamelukesabre

Murphy’s, brewed in Cork, has always been better than Guinness. Guinness brewed in Dublin has always been better than Guinness brewed in London.


10 posted on 05/13/2012 2:09:30 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Hey, those old timey american heavy lagers are pretty darn good for the money. Schlitz was my favorite of the old school american canned beer. Falstaff was my second pick. I can’t stand the standard “lite” beers...coors, miller, bud lite.


11 posted on 05/13/2012 2:10:24 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

What, if anything, has changed about you? Not an idle question as some meds. change our sense of taste and our body chemistry.

Then again are any brewery workers missing?


12 posted on 05/13/2012 2:10:46 PM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: mamelukesabre

Even worse, Johnnie Walker was going to close their historic production facility at Kilmarnock by the end of 2011.

Do you know if that travesty actually happened?


13 posted on 05/13/2012 2:11:48 PM PDT by ngat
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To: GGpaX4DumpedTea

Do they still make guinness in ireland? I thought they quit. I also thought they quit making murphy’s keg beer and only make canned beer now. I did not care for murphy’s in the can.


14 posted on 05/13/2012 2:12:52 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
“It seems to me when they stopped using the “widget” in their bottles, the flavor changed.”

The last time I had a Guinness was March 17th. It tasted just fine & there was a widget in every can.

BTW, I always enjoy a “Black & Tan” on St. Paddy's Day. Simply fill the glass half way with a light ale (Bass Ale is best for the symbolism). Then carefully pour Guinness over top — use a spoon bent back to break the fall of the Guinness, so it stays on top. (Heat a cheap plastic spoon handle a bit, then bend it back, so that the convex side is up.)

15 posted on 05/13/2012 2:14:16 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: mamelukesabre

“Lite” beer: amber-colored club soda.


16 posted on 05/13/2012 2:14:16 PM PDT by Ax
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To: ngat

sorry no. I never drank j walker. I preferred micheal collins and glenfiddich.


17 posted on 05/13/2012 2:14:42 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

Do they still make bleedin’ Watney’s Red Barrel?


18 posted on 05/13/2012 2:15:07 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

Do they still sell Hamm’s in those keg-shaped cans? Not a bad beer.


19 posted on 05/13/2012 2:15:11 PM PDT by Ax
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To: mamelukesabre

Right there with ya when it comes to anti-lite. My rules:

1.) Cold
2.) Cheap
3.) Not lite.
4.) Not necessarily in that order.

Never averse to a micro stout if someone else is buyin’.


20 posted on 05/13/2012 2:16:06 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: mamelukesabre

Last few 6 packs I have bought did not seem as tasty as in years past, but I would need an A-B test to know for sure. Had not bought it in a few years.


21 posted on 05/13/2012 2:16:39 PM PDT by doorgunner69
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To: count-your-change

fair question

I don’t know. I suppose something could’ve changed about me and my taste buds. I have become more fastidious with tooth cleaning. I actually floss 2 times a day. Maybe that is it.


22 posted on 05/13/2012 2:17:43 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
I guess I've only seen the widget (Nitrogen pill, I think) in the cans. It would be a shame if they discontinued this as those cans (and the Bodington ones that have the same “widget”) are the closest to draught that I have experienced.

ML/NJ

23 posted on 05/13/2012 2:18:04 PM PDT by ml/nj
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To: dfwgator

After a couple of years arguing with the Powers-That-Were at our mess in England, they finally installed Watney’s Red Barrel. Not bad, but considering the majority of the membership wanted Wm. Younger’s Tartan Bitter, it was a loss. The manager of the mess, a retired NCO, had in-laws that worked with Webster’s Penine Bitters, so that’s what we were stuck with.


24 posted on 05/13/2012 2:18:37 PM PDT by Ax
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To: mamelukesabre

The Guinness Pub Draught has the widget. You may have received a Guinness Extra Stout unknowingly. I prefer the Extra Stout but that’s neither here nor there.


25 posted on 05/13/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
(as I chug a cold Hamm’s for $0.40).

Yeah, that's livin' large. Try something that you'll still taste in the morning - WAY after the girlfriend is gone -

Modus Hoperandi

26 posted on 05/13/2012 2:24:06 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: meatloaf
Schlitz is taught in business schools nowadays as a case study of how a grand old brand can be destroyed through poor quality.
27 posted on 05/13/2012 2:24:09 PM PDT by ccmay (Too much Law; not enough Order.)
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To: Ax

Haven’t seen it in keg-shaped cans. I’m sure it can be beat in terms of quality, but is much to be enjoyed at the price of $11.99 for a cold 30-pack while it lasts.


28 posted on 05/13/2012 2:27:17 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: Ax

you live in the UK?

two most exquisite beers I’ve ever tasted are St Peter’s English ale, and Wexford’s irish cream ale. I have always preferred irish/english ale above all else on the planet. It was actually St Peter’s ale that pushed me into brewing my own beer. At 4 bucks plus a bottle I could not afford to drink it and started looking at replicating it on my own. I never succeeded.

That is some exceedingly fine beer(st peter’s english ale). Words have no meaning. It is like heroin to me. I can sit with one pint and literally savor every last drop oblivious to all around me. There is no such thing as getting enough. It does not get better.

The funny thing is, I’ve served it to others and they think it is skunky and ordinary.


29 posted on 05/13/2012 2:28:57 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre
And what's with the bland "draft" version? Anyhow, I still consider Guiness OK, but if you want a treat look for one of the Russian Imperial Stouts offered by various vendors. Watch out for the 2x alcohol content though!
30 posted on 05/13/2012 2:29:43 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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To: gorush

no, I’m talking about the regular taller bottles of guiness with the “shrink” label. They used to have a widget in them like the cans. They no longer do.


31 posted on 05/13/2012 2:30:15 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: mamelukesabre

I think it’s you. I’ve had both (draft and bottle) fairly recently. Tastes like it always did to me.


32 posted on 05/13/2012 2:31:37 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Fester Chugabrew

For a cheap beer, PBR in quart bottles and $1.69 isn’t bad. IMHO it tastes better than Bud or Miller. Also Simpler Times @Trader Joes for $2.99 a six pack isn’t bad either.


33 posted on 05/13/2012 2:35:38 PM PDT by Hugin
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To: Libloather

Not that there’s anything wrong with still tasting girlfriend in the morning (whether she’s gone or not), right?


34 posted on 05/13/2012 2:37:16 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (let establishment heads explode)
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To: dfwgator

no idea

never had it before


35 posted on 05/13/2012 2:37:33 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: dfwgator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz2LaJOVAiA


36 posted on 05/13/2012 2:38:39 PM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: RightGeek

Ive never had a russian stout that didn’t taste too sweet to me.


37 posted on 05/13/2012 2:38:55 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Little Bill

Somebody got it!


38 posted on 05/13/2012 2:40:51 PM PDT by dfwgator (Don't wake up in a roadside ditch. Get rid of Romney.)
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To: Hugin

You might be right...because I’v also noticed I don’t care for sam adams anymore either. Sam adams summer ale was always one of my favorite beers.


39 posted on 05/13/2012 2:41:07 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: meatloaf

Schlitz has been re-introduced (in the Midwest, anyway - not sure how broad their distribution is yet) using the original pre-1968 recipe. It’s a great summer beer.


40 posted on 05/13/2012 2:42:51 PM PDT by LouD (I stand with Scott Walker)
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To: Fester Chugabrew
” (as I chug a cold Hamm’s for $0.40).”

They still make Hamm’s??

41 posted on 05/13/2012 2:47:48 PM PDT by pieceofthepuzzle
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To: mamelukesabre

No, I was stationed at Menwith Hill Station (GOOGLE it) from 1969-1974. I’d only passed through LHR going in and out of Africa in the 80s. I was appalled, APPALLED I tell you, to see Budweiser on draught at the airport. What were they thinking? I’m not familiar with either brews you mentioned, but English beer is very regional. Each area has its own, and the further north one goes, the better it gets. I discovered Smithwick’s while in Ireland ten years ago and was delighted to find it on draught at a local Irish pub here.


42 posted on 05/13/2012 2:49:08 PM PDT by Ax
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To: mamelukesabre
Ever had a Murphys Irish Stout?

I like em better that Guiness any day. Plenty o hops for that sleepy red eye.

43 posted on 05/13/2012 2:49:08 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: mamelukesabre
Ever had a Murphy s Irish Stout?

I like em better than Guinness any day. Plenty o hops for that sleepy red eye.

44 posted on 05/13/2012 2:49:58 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("Behold, I am against you, O arrogant one," Jeremiah 50:31)
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To: Little Bill

I would’ve asked to see what’s upstairs and then compare prices.


45 posted on 05/13/2012 2:50:09 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: LouD

I just found that out by searching for Schlitz original recipe. Looking for a six pack is on my to-do list.


46 posted on 05/13/2012 2:53:13 PM PDT by meatloaf (Support House Bill 1380 to eliminate oil slavery.)
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To: Fester Chugabrew

It’s been quite a few years since I’ve seen Hamm’s but I remember it as being more than drinkable.


47 posted on 05/13/2012 2:53:44 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Fester Chugabrew
Not that there’s anything wrong with still tasting girlfriend in the morning (whether she’s gone or not), right?

RIGHT! But after drinking some SKA, she may not want to continue smelling you! (Ya never know, either way, and that's a shame.)

48 posted on 05/13/2012 2:54:12 PM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Ax

smithwicks is too sweet for my gullet. I generally dislike german and belgian beer, like czech lager to a degree, and certain ales of the british isles are to die for...says my taste buds. Beer is something that is extremely variable and mysterious. Two people will not taste the same beer and have the same experience.


49 posted on 05/13/2012 2:54:39 PM PDT by mamelukesabre
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To: Fester Chugabrew

While I do love the “good stuff”, I just finished mowing the lawn and this cold Miller High Life is tasting mighty good right now.


50 posted on 05/13/2012 2:54:54 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer, but when it is, it is the only answer.)
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