Originally Posted by Ringmaster
I was doing some light reading on guinness trying to figure out why it supposedly tastes better in ireland when i found this
article. Someone mentions that darker ales should be served warmer.
I usually drink lager so this is all kind of new to me.. But is it true? do darker ales taste better at room temperature? and if it's true is it still important to condition them?
I think that the whole Guinness doesn't travel story is a thing of the past. It goes back to when it was a cask beer and long sea journies would allow the beer to get stale.
The main reason I can fathom is that there is Guinness and then Guinness Export and they just don't taste the same.
Years ago when I worked in bars here we used to have two Guinness taps, the front bar was a warm tap, at room temp and the lounge tap was cooled. A lot of the older clientelle picked the warm tap as they were used to the old cask Guinness, the younger clentelle who were used to chilled lagers etc always picked the cold tap, and the odd person picked a half and half with a mix of both taps.