Guinness drinkers - normal or extra cold?

Guinness drinkers - normal or extra cold?

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alfa pint

3,856 posts

163 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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It comes from the same bloody barrel; it's just the cooler it goes through that's different.

I tend to go for normal Guinness, but that's a 20 odd year habit. I only drink extra cold when I think that the normal guinness will still be stale from sitting in the lines overnight.

V8mate

43,461 posts

141 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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alfa pint said:
It comes from the same bloody barrel; it's just the cooler it goes through that's different.

I tend to go for normal Guinness, but that's a 20 odd year habit. I only drink extra cold when I think that the normal guinness will still be stale from sitting in the lines overnight.
I prefer Extra Cold. It's extra...refreshing; it enhances the reason I love Guinness, which is the smooth yet full-bodied taste.

I won't drink any Guinness if I'm the first person to order a pint that day, though, thankfully, that's a rare occurence.

shirt

19,426 posts

153 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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chilled flatters the bartenderm so if i know they do good guinness i'll have normal. if it's suspect, or i haven't drank there before, then i'll have chilled.

hollydog

1,100 posts

144 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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Only drink it every now and again but extra cold for me . Just been to a friends wedding and i was amazed about the guinness i have there . It came in a can but after they had poured it in to the glass. They put it on this small stand thing it did something to the guinness. Then it looked like it came from a tap . drink

Edited by hollydog on Tuesday 1st November 11:32

Rich1986

21 posts

134 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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Im not too sure, shall have to do a taste test tonight and figure out which one I prefer!

V8mate

43,461 posts

141 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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hollydog said:
Only drink it every now and again but extra cold for me . Just been to a friends wedding and i was amazed about the guinness i have there . It came in a can but after they had poured it in to the glass. They put it on this small stand thing it did something to the guinness. Then it looked like it came from a tap .
Guinness can surger? I thought they flopped in the UK and were withdrawn ages ago?

otolith

40,365 posts

156 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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V8mate said:
Guinness can surger? I thought they flopped in the UK and were withdrawn ages ago?
They recently got that system in the bar in Wootton Bassett village hall. I think the effect is largely cosmetic.

Bottled export strength Guinness. lick

woody2846

1,354 posts

102 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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Extra cold mmmm oh damn is it wrong that I now really fancy one and it's not even 12pm!?!?

rudecherub

1,997 posts

118 months

Tuesday 1st November 2011
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Back in the 90's my then local Landlord served an excellent pint of Guinness, which was a good as I had in Ireland in 96.

He told us his secret was every time he was in the cellar he kicked the barrel.

craigjm

10,379 posts

152 months

Thursday 3rd November 2011
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I cant stand Extra Cold and it gives me stomach ache. My biggest beef ever with Guinness has been the extra cold. Since they introduced it many pubs appear to be serving their normal Guinness colder than it should so you are basically now getting cold or colder.

ChrisnChris

1,280 posts

174 months

Thursday 3rd November 2011
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craigjm said:
I cant stand Extra Cold and it gives me stomach ache. My biggest beef ever with Guinness has been the extra cold. Since they introduced it many pubs appear to be serving their normal Guinness colder than it should so you are basically now getting cold or colder.
Have to agree....room temperature.....served in a dirty glass biggrinbeer

Shaw Tarse

29,577 posts

155 months

Thursday 3rd November 2011
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Normal for me.

Don Veloci

1,476 posts

233 months

Thursday 3rd November 2011
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hollydog said:
Only drink it every now and again but extra cold for me . Just been to a friends wedding and i was amazed about the guinness i have there . It came in a can but after they had poured it in to the glass. They put it on this small stand thing it did something to the guinness. Then it looked like it came from a tap . drink

Edited by hollydog on Tuesday 1st November 11:32
I think that set up is common where they might not get through much draught. Just order in a case or two of cans for the likes of a wedding reception.

Edited by Don Veloci on Friday 4th November 13:26

yellowbentines

4,315 posts

159 months

Friday 4th November 2011
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prand said:
Seems to take less time to pour a pint of extra cold, so I appreciate a shorter queue at the bar, especially if I'm going to see the rugby and everyone's drinking guinness.
This is the main reason Extra Cold was launched, quicker to pour, so pubs can serve more customers in less time.

I prefer regular Guinness, cool, but not cold, e.g. from a widget-can from my garage beer stock smile

Garym85

99 posts

100 months

Sunday 18th December 2011
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V8mate said:
hollydog said:
Only drink it every now and again but extra cold for me . Just been to a friends wedding and i was amazed about the guinness i have there . It came in a can but after they had poured it in to the glass. They put it on this small stand thing it did something to the guinness. Then it looked like it came from a tap .
Guinness can surger? I thought they flopped in the UK and were withdrawn ages ago?
It flopped in the off trade (home consumption) but in terms on the on trade it's in massive growth. I couldn't tell you how many are in the uk now but it is frightening. The idea is very simple, surger cans have no widget so it uses an electric pulse to 'surge' the glass and release the gas in the beer.

In terms of regular Guinness vs extra cold. Different parts of the country See different trends but extra cold is more popular now. There's only 2c difference.

I know all this as I work for them and my job is (amongst numerous other things) to taste test Guinness every day. -yes honestly!

Garym85

99 posts

100 months

Sunday 18th December 2011
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V8mate said:
hollydog said:
Only drink it every now and again but extra cold for me . Just been to a friends wedding and i was amazed about the guinness i have there . It came in a can but after they had poured it in to the glass. They put it on this small stand thing it did something to the guinness. Then it looked like it came from a tap .
Guinness can surger? I thought they flopped in the UK and were withdrawn ages ago?
It flopped in the off trade (home consumption) but in terms on the on trade it's in massive growth. I couldn't tell you how many are in the uk now but it is frightening. The idea is very simple, surger cans have no widget so it uses an electric pulse to 'surge' the glass and release the gas in the beer.

In terms of regular Guinness vs extra cold. Different parts of the country See different trends but extra cold is more popular now. There's only 2c difference.

I know all this as I work for them and my job is (amongst numerous other things) to taste test Guinness every day. -yes honestly!!

Urban Sports

Original Poster:

11,321 posts

155 months

Sunday 18th December 2011
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Garym85 said:
V8mate said:
hollydog said:
Only drink it every now and again but extra cold for me . Just been to a friends wedding and i was amazed about the guinness i have there . It came in a can but after they had poured it in to the glass. They put it on this small stand thing it did something to the guinness. Then it looked like it came from a tap .
Guinness can surger? I thought they flopped in the UK and were withdrawn ages ago?
It flopped in the off trade (home consumption) but in terms on the on trade it's in massive growth. I couldn't tell you how many are in the uk now but it is frightening. The idea is very simple, surger cans have no widget so it uses an electric pulse to 'surge' the glass and release the gas in the beer.

In terms of regular Guinness vs extra cold. Different parts of the country See different trends but extra cold is more popular now. There's only 2c difference.

I know all this as I work for them and my job is (amongst numerous other things) to taste test Guinness every day. -yes honestly!!
Which do you prefer?

wink

Garym85

99 posts

100 months

Sunday 18th December 2011
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Regular. Do doubt about it. It's usually the last thing I choose when I go out at the weekend though. The novelty of drinking it every day at work wears off quicker than you believe

Sebo

1,954 posts

178 months

Monday 19th December 2011
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I have a Guinness Surger unit at home and it's a really decent pint IMHO (for home poured). Works out to about £1.20 for a full pint.

When out and about I don't really mind whether it's cold or extra cold although I would say when it's ice-cold it isn't as tasty.