Thank Mr. Guinness, this Irish Stout is a must for the dark beer drinker, with characteristics similar to the big G itself. It’s a true pot of gold with a rich, bittersweet taste (thanks to dark-roasted grain), a creamy head and a light carbonation, just as a stout should be. A favorite among dark beer fans.
- Deep, dark brown color like a Guinness
- Rich, creamy head
- Bittersweet with dark-roasted grain
- Ingredients include: 6 lb. dark liquid malt extract, 4 oz. Chocolate Malt, 4 oz. Caramel 10L, 4 oz. Roasted Barley, 4 oz. Flaked Barley specialty grain, 1/2 oz. Nugget, 1 oz. Willamette pellet hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag
- Deep, dark brown color like a Guinness
- Details & Instructions
4.9 / 5.0196 ReviewsExcellent-especially for beginnersI was nervous brewing this as my first brew, but the flavors in this kit are great and will give you a real ego boost. Since it was my first, I just followed the instructions and didn't try to get fancy. Still got a rich flavor. Beautiful color and head. I got about 4-5% alcohol content. It was very easy to drink and as a result very popular. Everyone was asking for more to drink/take home._x000D_Single stage fermentation wasn't a problem for this brew, but if you can, definitely throw it in the carboy.April 21, 2011Roasty!A nice complex stout - much roastier than Guinness, think more tuned towards Beamish or the stouts churned out these days by a lot of the New England microbreweries and brewpubs. An easy brew that started nice and aged beautifully. Keeping it under $30 for the activator Wyeast, a great beer for the price of a good beer.April 17, 2011Tastes greatI made this one for my wife. We both enjoy dark beer with a creamy head and a touch of bitterness. This one goes down smooth and it is easy to drink more than one or two pints after a long day at work.February 4, 2017Purchased
over 2 years agoSimply wonderfulEven with my admittedly substandard brewing techniques, this turned out just lovely. Great flavor, good head retention and lacing - you just can't go wrong here. I used the standard dry yeast, and it worked out quite nicely anyway.April 30, 2011Great first StoutMy first brew! Tastes Great! I will definitely use this one again. I agree with other posters that it will allow adding flavor profiles to the beer.March 14, 2013Good stuffI like Guiness the best of all stouts, and this is more roasty than that. BUt, thats purely a subjective opinion. This beer, like all homebrew, gets better with age. I drank a bunch of these, gave some more away, and wasnt too impressed with it at first. but, I found one this weekend, and it had improved in the 3 months or so after bottling it. It is a GREAT value, and if you like Sierra Nevada stout and other more roasty, burned tasting stouts, this is worth the time and money. A hit.May 3, 2011WowzersJust tried my first bottle of this. I fermented it in primary for two weeks and let it sit in the bottles for a week. I can tell this beer is going to be awesome. Right now it has a little harsh bitterness that I'm sure will round out. The head is dense and creamy, and a rich black color.March 14, 2013WOWThis is the first Midwest kit that tried, and I can say that I will be making this one again and again. I opted for the Wyest Activator as I always have great success this way. This one is a great beer for all those Guinness fans, myself included!July 16, 2011Good as always!I toasted coconut just for a lark. Added it to the fermenter for the same reason. Now I have a toasted coconut Irish Stout. To have on St. Paddys day while in the South Seas. hint. (It won't make it to St. Paddy's day!)February 12, 2016Maybe it's my fault...This was my first attempt at brewing and I had some hiccups along the way. I received this kit as a gift and I don't know if the specialty grains were crushed or not and I did not crush them. Judging by the finished product, I think they weren't crushed. Make sure the grains are crushed._x000D__x000D_I used tap water which I have since learned was probably a mistake as I have VERY hard water in my area. There is a long and lingering bitter finish to this beer, and it isn't a hoppy bitterness. My fault though, not the kit's fault!_x000D__x000D_However, the kit has a LOT of potential in the flavor department. Unfortunately my batch didn't turn out as amazing as I had dreamed it would over the 4 weeks it took to ferment and bottle. With that said, however, I will be buying this again to try and perfect my mistakes and really allow this kit to show it's full potential. The beer is nice and dark in color, but had very little to offer in the aroma department. The head retention is iffy in my batch but that could be because of the grains not being crushed. There are a lot of carmely and chocolatey flavors around. I recommend this kit if you like darker beers.March 19, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 3 answershow do I know which yeast to buy?BEST ANSWER: Dry yeast is best to ship in hot weather, liquid in cold. I think liquid yeasts perform better and flavors seem better in comparison to dry yeasts. I use both.I want to boost AVB to be around 5.5%. What type of DME should I add and how much?BEST ANSWER: If you were to add 2 lbs of DME, that would bring the ABV up to around 5.5 %. Use the light or gold, so it does not add any additional bitterness to the batch, but only adds malt sugars to increase ABV.