Welcome , all to Fat Beagle Brewery and BBQ joint for tonight’s Beer of the Week!
I find it hard to believe that I completely missed this one at my local beer store this fall. Oh, that’s right, I didn’t! They didn’t get it in until two weeks ago. Better late than never I suppose. So, on with the review.
The can is a nicely stylized standard Guinness can containing the graphic below with widget developed by Guinness . Dubliners are very particular about their pint, so that is why they figured out the now ubiquitous Widget that releases the Nitrogen into the beer thus making it set up almost exactly like a pub poured draught. It is better than rocket science and dare i say better than brain surgery because without the widget, your pint just isn’t quite right. That said, I’m not sure how they got their head to do what it does in the second picture. This pours exactly like normal Guinness Stout in the Widget can.
It is indeed red, a nice dark red with a proper Guinness head. It is sweeter, maybe a little maltier, not as distinct on the pallet as Draught Guinness. Toffee and Caramel? sure, there is a hint of them but it is by no means overpowering. The toffee/caramel comes at the end. Its a real quick taste, then it is gone. Where standard Guinness uses twice the amount of hops as regular beers, This Red seems to not have that punch at the end, but it does have a faint Irish Whiskey peaty maltness…
So, It isn’t a traditional Stout, too weak in the palette for that. It is a good one for having a few with mates. Very drinkable, I’ll buy a case of it again and put it in the cellar to have on hand for guests who aren’t as ‘adventurous’ in their beers. It was a good attempt as something different. I hope they keep up the attempts and make something new every year.
Mrs Coldwarrior says she prefers this to standard Guinness, but I always knew she was a KGB plant.
MAGH SLÉCHT, IRELAND (Aug 2013) – Celebrating ancient Celtic traditions, Guinness & Co. today announced that GUINNESS® Red Harvest Stout, a new, limited edition seasonal beer, will be available in the United States this fall. This new craft brew, which captures the spirit of the fall season, provides a change of pace from the array of pumpkin beers often available this time of year while incorporating centuries old Celtic traditions.
With GUINNESS® Red Harvest Stout, the makers of GUINNESS bring to the American beer drinker the ancient Celtic tradition of Samhain. In centuries past, Samhain (pronounced saw-wen) was the festival held every year on All Hallows’ Eve in celebration of the end of the fall harvest and the coming of winter. Legend tells that on this night, restless spirits are beckoned from the darkness with bonfires and sweet offerings from the bountiful fall harvest. GUINNESS® Red Harvest Stout captures the spirit of this ancient Celtic tradition and represents Guinness’ brewmasters’ own crafting of this special offering to adult consumers for this fall season.
GUINNESS® Red Harvest Stout celebrates the brand’s brewing tradition with its mildly sweet, velvety taste and deep red hue. The stout is crafted with a blend of lightly roasted barley which allows for aromas of caramel and toffee and is supported by a sweet malty taste. When poured into a pint glass, the nitrogen widget creates the iconic surge, unleashing the sweet and alluring flavors and delivering a distinctively smooth, flavorful taste experience to be enjoyed responsibly.
“GUINNESS® Red Harvest Stout is perfect for Fall and offers a great change of pace from the pumpkin seasonals crowding beer shelves,” said Doug Campbell, Brand Director, GUINNESS beer. “GUINNESS® Red Harvest Stout has a unique ancient Celtic connection with Halloween through the story of Samhain, and we encourage adult beer fans to enjoy it in moderation with friends and family.”