I found a new mixed 12-pack – the Guinness Winter Selection. I love mixed 12-packs because they let you try a few different beers from a brewery. And since I never get the chance to drink anything from the Guinness brewery except for the classic Draught Stout, I was excited to find this 12-pack.
The 12-pack included:
- Draught, “Swirling clouds tumble as the storm begins to calm, settle, breathe in the moment, then break through the smooth, light head to the bittersweet reward.” That doesn’t exactly describe Guinness from the bottle, but it’s a great description of Guinness from the tap! (4.1%)
- Foreign Extra Stout is”brewed with generous hops and roasted barley for a bittersweet balance and full-flavored, natural bite. Developed over 200 years ago for global export from Ireland, the addition of extra hops ensured this Stout would arrive to its destination in perfect condition.” Strong at 7.5%. My favorite of the four.
- Black Lager, this Schwarzbier is “cold-brewed with roasted barley to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of Guinness.” (4.5%)
- Generous Ale is a “special edition holiday beer that was developed in a traditional winter ale style, but with more body and the distinct roast for which Guinness Draught is known. With a rich amber appearance, the vanilla notes accent Guinness Generous Ale’s silky, yet vibrant taste.” That’s a bit over-stated…but OK. (5.6%)
I found the mixed 12-pack at Rodman’s in Wheaton, MD. It had been a while since I’ve shopped for beer there – the last mention of Rodman’s on this blog is March 2011. But I was in the area and needed beer for the weekend, so I’m glad I stopped in.