Allow me to start with the punchline. Guinness + Cold Brew Coffee = Tiramisu. Any one of those categories are divisive in their appeal. You either love them or leave them. So you are now free to pass on this review, or decide on a nice reading corner to be immersed in a scene of divinity and perfection in a pint glass which is the Guinness Nitro Cold Brew Coffee Beer.
I need to further disclose that I am in camp of “love it” in all three categories. I am deeply illogically (inexpertly) protective and a purist about Guinness (must be perfectly patiently poured), coffees (exceptional roast, meticulously brewed, served black), and tiramisu (impeccably balanced in flavors and texture).
The thought of a Guinness/Cold Brew mashup sent me into wildly bipolar reactions of excitement and apprehension. It could only be abysmal or phenomenal. Imagine my delight to then be enveloped in silky tiramisu notes with the first sip. I can no longer tread on this review without bias. This is delicious. You cannot convince me otherwise
Let me break it down.
The pour was executed the only prudent way acceptable – slowly down the side of a tilted pint glass, with millions of minuscule bubbles floating earnestly to the surface to ultimately rest confidently into the signature inch-thick heady foam: Classic Guinness presentation. The creaminess of the foam clings to the first sip which creates this titillating softness in texture against an assertively bitter palate. This kind of bitterness will be familiar to those who drink Guinness and espresso, with a chalkiness akin to dark raw chocolate or cocoa powder. (Again, love it or leave it.). There is nothing sweet about this pour, but the creaminess underneath the bitter elements convince you of some butterscotch there. That is essence of tiramisu: bitter espresso delivered on a cloud of pastry and cream.
There’s really not much else to add. If you’ve made it here, this beer-brew is meant for you, too.