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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2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

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3/5  rDev -24.4%

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3.41/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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Photo of jettjon
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Highs: Appearance
Lows: None

Arrived completely opaque pitch brown with a hearty, nitro fueled head that lingers leaving plenty of lacing. Nose is heavy with malt but no detectable hops. Taste is again heavy malts and coffee with no hops. Mouth is watery yet a bit creamy, not so much as their porter. Finish is light, bitter, and with a bit of coffee. Drinkability is good; it’s not heavy at all. Easy to toss back a few with a good steak. Menu lists ABV at 5.2%

Overall: A solid, if unremarkable stout.

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Photo of BurnsTau
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
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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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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3.69/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

To be more accurate, my first taste of real beer, the Madeleine moment for me, if you will, was my Senior year of highschool in a little Irish Pub with autographed dollar bills on the wall that once you were inside you'd have no idea that you were in a strip mall in North Florida.

I was spending Spring Break with my girlfriend and her parents in a house they'd rented by the beach. Back home it was snowing, kind of like it is this morning, only a helluva a lot more and in the South to make matters worse. Here in the Northeast, they're no strangers to the white stuff. Especially in the City, schools are rarely closed, and roads are usually passable within hours of the storm's ceasing. But down South, forget about it. A six inch snowfall can leave some parts of the county I hail from without power for weeks. Imagine what a 2 foot blizzard did to the fine folks of the Southeast that year. 1993. I heard stories of people actually abandoning their cars on the interstate and walking to the nearest motel. My mother and father were housebound for a week. Though Daddy did still love her enough after all these years to snowshoe out for provisions one morning when Mama woke up with a murderous hankering for a GooGoo Cluster.

My girlfriend and I and her folks, we just barely dodged the worst of the weather, and had only begun to pat ourselves on the back for our seeming good fortune upon reaching the beach house, when the local meterologist announced that "Well, folks we may not be getting any of the white stuff, but it sure is going to be a wet one for the next week or so." And so it was--a wet and gray and dismal week by the beach. The girlfriend and I were on the outs anyway, the way Fall turns to winter in this part of the Country, with fewer and fewer mild days giving over to the cold and the howl. We had our moments, but you could drive semi-trucks through rough patches between.

And like that our trip was almost over. But on the last night, her parents decided to take us all out for dinner. Her dad was feeling like a beer, so we asked around and found McGuire's across the bay bridge and drove over to the strip mall where it was located. The place brewed their own ales and root beer, so being underage I opted for the latter, but my girlfriend's dad ordered a big, thick stout porter as dark as the liquid in my own frosty mug, and having only ever known the thin, yellow quaff my father poured proudly from American cans, I just had to ask for a sip.

My God, what an eye opener. What a tongue and teeth and nose and throat and guts sensation. It's a taste I'll never forget. The taste I am constantly crawling back to the way we are ever in retrograde toward the womb. Bittersweet to say the least, like first love. Like the ending of highschool and the beginning of real life. Like a blizzard in April and rain all Spring Break. It's the first cigarette I ever had. My first kiss. My first orgasm. The day my son was born. And there's never any getting it back. And that's what makes the memory all the more precious.

You know, no wonder that in Catcher in the Rye is so depressed and sick and sad. Life is out of our control, and the instant after something happens, it is immediately the past. None of us stay young forever. The best we can do is hope to never grow up.

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3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
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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3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
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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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
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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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
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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3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
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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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

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