In this setting, my mind wandered and I ended up thinking about an email I got from a law school buddy, Arch. He had this to say:
This summer I've really gotten into a drink called a Boilermaker, which is essentially a pint of beer mixed with a shot of whiskey.
Somewhat surprisingly, a lot of the discussion I've come across about this drink places Scotch fairly far down the list of preferred whiskeys to use. Bourbons typically top the list, followed by Canadian and then Irish Whiskeys (a "Jimmy and Guinny" is Jamieson mixed with Guinness).
This may be heresy to you but some Scotches mix really with beer: Guinness and Glenlivet 15 is a personal favorite.
This is a topic you might want to explore and write about on your blog, though you're in the best position to judge whether it'll upset the purists.
A topic I might want to explore? Ahh yeah! Anything involving Guinness will get my attention.
Jimmy & Guinny
So, I poured a nice pint of Guinness, very chilled, and deposited into it two shots of Jameson Irish Whiskey.
I took a pull and noticed the Jameson slightly lightened the taste of the Guinness and added a pleasant lemon/ginger note to the drink. Nice!
Guinny & Glenlivet 15
Try the Guinness with some Glenlivet 15 and you get a deeper flavor. Plum and oak comes through and compliments the stout.
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It's all about experimentation. Some whiskies work well while others don't or leave you baffled. I thought Guinness and Amrut Fusion Single Malt would work, but it made the beer tart and off putting.
Arch mentioned in another email that he tried Guinness with Highland Park 18 and the result was disastrous. So, fellow malt explorers, you must experiment! On paper or in the mind's eye, other whiskies might appear to work with Guinness, but you can never tell until you test your thesis. I am thinking that Jim Beam Black is gonna work, the dark licorice and plum notes of the whisky I imagine will compliment the heavy malty nature of the Guinness, but who knows until it is tasted.
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And remember your boilermaker is not restricted to just Guinness. Use your favorite beer. Lagers and bourbons can work well too! So, be a malt adventurer and let me know what works for you!
P.S. The boilermaker is a beer cocktail that you must be careful with. Very powerful and just drinking one can have the same effect as walking into the path of a Suburban. Accordingly, moderation is a must! I want you around to read more posts.