Pour it hard. Drink it slow.

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Much to the dismay of a lot of my mates (or are they even?), I’m a big fan of Guinness. The creamy head and low fizz makes for the perfect brew in my opinion. And contrary to the feeling most seem to be left with, I don’t get bloated from a pint or two. And when I can’t get to a pub for one, I’ll happily pour from a can and watch the widget do it’s thing in creating the creamy top.

With the above in mind, I was pretty pumped to try Australia’s first Nitro Stout in a bottle. The clever buggers at 4 Pines have formulated a stout that doesn’t require a widget (that’s the little plastic thing you hear clanking around a can of Guinness) to create a frothy head.

The nitro infusion in the bottle comes into effect once you pour hard and fast into a glass.

Once you crack the cap all you have to do is flip the bottle vertically over a glass and watch the magic happen.

As you’ll notice from the photo, heaps of head is produced and once left to settle for a few seconds you’re left with a generous tan top that paves way to aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Needless to say, if you like a stout bursting with these flavours, you’ll dig this one.

I paired it with a 12 year old single malt for a boilermaker that left me pretty content while staying in on a chilly Friday evening.

Word is, Nitro Stout is currently being tested to become the world’s first certified ‘space beer’ too. All I can say is, lucky astronauts!

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Justin Felix

Editor of ManSpace magazine, Justin Felix has a thing for craft beers, whisky and typewriters.

IN THE DRINK PROFILE

Name: Justin ‘hop tart’ Felix
Beer experience: Super welterweight
Style preference: IPA and pale ales
Beers I avoid: Anything that doesn’t deliver a punch of flavour. Smack me in the face with it.
Beer philosophy: It’s about quality, not quantity... but I’ll happily try as many as it takes to find what I’m looking for.

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