Some background information on the trouble makers
based in Kildare. Trouble Brewing was founded when three friends, Thomas Prior, Stephen Clinch and Paul O Connor had visited one too many pubs that had no variety in the beers available, and decided that something needed to be done about it. So over a few of Thomas’s home-brewed bottles they set about starting a brewery that would go some way to addressing the issue.
Figuring that beer should be presented in a humorous and fun way, they chose to name the brewery Trouble Brewing. The brewing equipment was procured from Sioux Falls in South Dakota, USA and set-up in Allenwood, Co. Kildare.
Last Friday, I popped into McHugh’s Off Licence looking for a new beer to write about. I was struggling to choose one when the shop assistant crept up behind me and breathed in my ear: ‘If young squire be having trouble selecting a beverage, might I suggest, Voodoo Logic,’ he said, smacking his lips.
Okay, it may be slightly fictitious in the way he approached me. But maple syrup stout? I shrugged and thought, I’ll give it a try. So I bought 2 44cl cans at €5.79. ABV 10.1%
Now, if I thought the Milk Stout was dark, this beer flows from the can like tar and leaves behind a thick tan coloured head.
The taste is quite interesting as you get the sweetness of the maple syrup first and then the bitterness of the hobs chases after it. I find the sweet maple syrup masks the strong 10.1% as even my partner thought it was ‘nice’.
So overall, I thought it was a beautiful well crafted drink that I wasn’t expecting to enjoy and the unique branding makes it stand out from the competition.
Well done, lads.
Not that it’s needed but here’s a brief background on the Guinness brewery. Taken from Guinness.com
From where it all began—with one man and £100—to where we are now, we’ve been honing our craft since 1759. With over 20 world-class beers in production, and a wealth of exciting new brews being dreamed up daily by our ever-enterprising brewers, it’s no surprise that the Guinness name is known and loved in 150 countries. But, no matter where it is brewed or served, you can be sure your Guinness is still inspired by the pioneering batches of our legendary stout, crafted at St. James’s Gate in Dublin, over 200 years ago.
As you pour this into a glass you instantly get the scents of chocolate and coffee. The head is a much darker colour compared to the traditional Guinness Stout with big bubbles. The drink itself is darker than a corrupt politician’s soul. But, unlike the original stout, the head on the milk isn’t as thick nor as creamy and this is purely from an aesthetic point of view and has no impact on the taste of the product but the head on the milk is gone after a minute. For me, personally, I like the head to last for as long as possible.
From the first sip or gulp depending on your drinking style you can really get the taste of the chocolate and coffee and it lingers on your palette for some time, even after you have drunk it all. The roasted malt offset by a cream-like sweetness is quite pleasing to the senses. I love this stout and I prefer it to the original as I didn’t find it to be as bitter. It’s very smooth and silky an all round beautifully designed drink by the boys at Guinness.
I got mine from Dunnes at €2.99 (500ml bottle)
How would you like a pint of wine? Essentially that’s what this craft beer is. Okay, it might not be as strong as traditional wine as it’s just 5.5% but wine it is nonetheless. It’s just as sweet and looks the same too.
It comes in a dark brown bottle and it’s marketed at the young craft loving people. And admittedly, I feel into this trap myself, I picked up the bottle and I was drawn in by the quirky label and the tag line: No monkey business. And I thought, I’ll give this a try. But as soon as I poured it into a glass, then it dawned on me. But I still drank it, (no point in wasting it!) as sweet as it was. But it’s not really for me, Lynx Africa smells better! Maybe if I had of drunk it on a hot summers day while having a BBQ it might have been better? I don’t know, but then again I’m not much of wine drinker in general.
Rascals Ginger Porter from McHugh’s at €2.59 per can. ABV 4.8%.
A little bit of information on the Rascals.
Rascals Brewing Company is an award winning Irish craft brewery located in Dublin, Ireland. The brewery was founded in 2014 by, Emma and Cathal. Their story began while living in New Zealand where they both discovered their love and healthy obsession for craft beer! On moving home they chucked in the 9 to 5s and made the bold decision to start their own microbrewery.
The Rascals name represents the pair behind the brewery, the bright and bold branding and most importantly, the styles of craft beer they like to brew; BOLD IRISH BEER.
As soon as I opened the can I got the strong ginger scent that flooded my nostrils with an instant calming factor, that everything’s going to A-OK. A bit like getting a bear hug from your granny but then again I don’t remember my grandmother smelling of ginger.
As I pour it into a glass I can get all of the other aromas. The sweetness of the delicious chocolate fragrance and that ginger zest are a delight to the scenes. It’s a dark beer caped of by a lovely thick creamy head. This beverage has won its first reward back when it was in its infancy as a homebrew and as a commercial beer it won a gold and bronze at the Alltech Cup. It’s a beautiful porter that would go well with a Sunday Roast and with the dark evenings lurking around the next bend what way to spend your evening than with a glass of Rascals Ginger Porter. That’s my honest to goodness review!