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McGuire's Irish Stout | McGuire's Irish Pub

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McGuire's Irish Pub
Florida, United States

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not for everyone - but if a rich, creamy, dark ale with a distinguished roast flavor appeals to your taste buds you will enjoy a pint of McGuire's Stout. To produce the sumptuous, creamy head we use a special nitrogen draft system. This robust brew is created with dark roasted barley and Chinook Hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-29-2002

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Ratings: 38 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by chinchill:
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at McGuire's Pub in Pensacola.

I had the impression this was modeled on Guinness but McGuires' version was, if anything, better. It looks and smells like a Guinness, complete with a very nice creamy tan head. Taste is also quite similar but with a better finish and a subtle hint of cask conditioning (which it isn't). Fine smooth and creamy mouthfeel with good body.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Thewill450
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisCBeets
2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

Photo of beveritt
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had on tap recently at McGuire's in Pensacola. Listed as 5.2% ABV. Arrives in a standard Shaker pint glass.

Appearance: 1/2 finger tan head. This settles slightly leaving a ring each time I sip. The beer itself is very dark brown, with just hints of light getting through around the edges.

Smell: Roasted barley bitterness with hints of cocoa. Slight metallic twang.

Taste: Unsweetened cocoa with a husky graininess. Long, lingering roasted barley bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as expected. Body is great.

Drinkability: Yum. Smooth and refreshing, exactly like this style should be.

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Photo of Sazz9
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark brown, nearly black in color. Some ruby edges stand out. Nice creamy tan head, which holds together well. Nice roasty aroma. Nice patches of lace left on the glass as the head and beer disappears. Roasty flavor, without the char, or burnt characteristic. Some chocolate notes in the background. Seems a bit thin. This while not being overly flavorful, is approachable. This beer was very easy to drink, and somewhat enjoyable.

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5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of HardyA
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Landfill21
4.67/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this stout at the Destin location. What a great pub, excellent food, great beverages, the wife ordered the Irish wake and I devoured 5 of these irish stouts with the help of Eugene the bartender.

Poured into a pint glass with a nice creamy ruby head. The stout is dark, a very deep black. Has a great smell, malty with chocolate undertones. It goes down very smooth and is not as thick as one would think. Has a nice subtle malt taste and has chocolate aftertone. Leaves a nice lace around the glass. Great beverage.

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Photo of ArmyATCBrewer
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KG710
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of fisherbray
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of charlzm
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed at brewery, 03/27/08.

Clear yet very dark brown pour. Tan head.

Smoky aroma of roast malt.

Flavor is roasted malt with burnt coffee notes. Smooth and creamy in the mouth, though fairly light. Not particularly bitter. Clean finish.

Compares favorably to a Guinness as it lacks the sometimes unpleasant sourness of the latter.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Destin location

Pours a beautiful deep brown to black, with garnet highlights around the edges where the light seeps through. The head is tight and lasting as they run it through a diffuser, but per the bartender, they don't have this on nitro.

The nose is dominated by roasted malts. A good, slightly acrid aroma hits the nostrils fairly hard. There is also the slightest bit of hop aroma here, but not enough to really call your attention away from the roastiness.

The taste isn't quite as roasty as the aroma. There's only a hint of darker malt flavors here. There's a good, bracing bitterness to it, as there should be, but no hop flavor, also as it should be. The slight astringency from the dark malts makes the bitterness seem more pronounced than it really is. Nicely done!

The mouthfeel is fairly high, once again leading one to believe this is pushed with nitro, but it's simply the character of the beer (and to a lesser extent, the diffuser) that gives the creaminess. Again, nicely done.

Overall this is a well made Irish dry stout, with a good, creamy body, good bitterness, good dark and roasted malt character, and none of the sour flavors that Guinness has, which can be distracting at times. Well worth trying.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JayQue
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried to order a Guinness at Mc Guires and was told they make their own stout and it was better than Guinness. One of my traveling companions is a Guinness drinker and liked it well enough, hesitated to say it was better. Nice dark color, good head, heavy lacing on the glass. Good toasted malt flavor and aroma. Didn't have time for the frosted mug to thaw or let the beer warm up, probably would have got more variety of flavors from it. As it was, I thought this was a good creamy, rich tasting beer with a pleasant malt flavor. Would make a fine session beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of BurnsTau
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a witbier but got this instead, don't know how that happened, but I had tried it before and remembered it's good so I drank it anyway.

Appearance is pitch black, some white/tan head that stays around for a while.

Smells roasted coffee, chocolate, malts, pleasant aroma all around.

Tastes like you imagine a stout would, a mostly coffee like malty taste. A touch of chocolate and very slight bitterness. Overall I am impressed with this stout, obviously the comparison is to Guinness and I think this beer is very superior overall to it.

A good solid stout which went great with my meal in a good atmospheric restraunt.

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Photo of hamrwolf
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 1 Pint draft serving, sampled during a recent trip to McGuire’s Irish Bar in Pensacola, FL. This was definitely listed as 5.0% ABV on the BrewPub Beer Menu blurb, because my colleague commented on the fact that it was stronger than Guinness. The Second of Four beers sampled on my recent visit to McGuire’s Irish Bar.

Appearance: Served in a “Sleeve”-like Pint Glass, I hate these, but I guess it gives this Stout the traditional Guinness look so recognizable to the Tourists. That and the fact that it arrives with a very creamy looking milk-coffee colored head atop a very dark black body. This was served from a mixed dispense tap and the beer was still settling as it arrived. It looked damn good though!

Nose: Again, like the previous Irish Red Ale not much at first. But this one did get chance to warm up because our food arrived just afterwards. Much better nose as it warms even slightly. Some roasted chocolate bitterness and a roasted Columbian coffee odor also. It needed to warm to reveal its best aromas.

Taste: Roasted malts are prevalent at first, then some caramel-coffee in the middle, with a light dry-bitter finish that has sweetness to it. That sounds strange but it is exactly how it tasted. The bitterness felt as though it was coming from the chocolate & coffee aspects more so that any hops though.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly creamy and very smooth. The Head if sipped has a silky smooth feel, but once the beer enters the mouth and mixes it is more like a crushed-velvet texture. Solid body for the strength and an above average feel, but not heavy at all.

Drinkability: The mixed gas dispense of course adds an easy-going feel to this beer, and it accompanied my Shepherd’s Pie perfectly. It’s very easy to let this smooth baby slip down, and empty the Glass - definitely a session Stout this one.

Overall: At $3 a Pint, this would beat the more expensive Guinness hands down in the value stakes, but it even edges it in overall the Taste & Drinkability areas as well I think. I prefer the roasted coffee flavors that this “Irish” Stout had.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McGuire's Irish Stout has a dark black body and a solid looking, light brown head. Retention and lacing are both good; I suspect that this beer is served with a mixed tap (Nitro/CO2).

The aroma is a little bit subdued, which seems to be common for McGuire's beers, but I do pick up some roasted malt and coffee notes.

The flavor is quite good for an Irish Stout. Up front there is a load of roasted malts that dies away eventually to be replaced by a little bit of coffee and a little bit of chocolate. Underneath those flavors there is a layer of sweetness, and the finish has a hint of hop bitterness to it.

The mouthfeel is smooth and full, once again suggesting that this tap is mixed. What ever makes this beer feel the way it is, I'm not complaining, because it is pretty good.

This is a very good beer, and I would suggest that anyone who has the chance give it a try. Good Irish Stouts are hard to come by.

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