An earlier post noted that the Jamaican-brewed Dragon Stout comes in at 7.5% ABV. That higher strength may explain its absence from the Couples resorts. I would be curious to know the reason. I found individual bottles of it for sale at the jerk chicken restaurant that our shuttle stopped at about midway between the airport and CTI. I suspect one could also find it at places in Ocho Rios. It is worth noting that Dragon Stout is imported to the US. I have seen it in more than one retail store in the state of Georgia. In fact I have a six-pack of Dragon Stout at home right now.
Special Guiness is available at the mineral pool at CSS (at least it was in April 2010). I think that the ABV is around 6%. (probably to compete with the stronger Carribean stouts)
The draft Red Stripe definitely tastes a bit lighter than the bottled, but what the heck, it's Couples (CSS), it's Jamaica, there's sun, there's fun, I'm with my sweetie...it doesn't get any better. Did I metion we'll be there in 60 days!!!
I may try this variation on the half & half just for you. It sounds interesting, at least.
Well I surely appreciate it! Let me know what you think. Though I doubt you could go wrong with a combo of those two beers.
In the past, I have tried a mixture of light beers with other darker beers, like Newcastle and bock beers, and have had some success. It gives the light beers a fuller taste yet doesn't quite fill you up as quickly as straight darker beers tend to do. There is nothing worse than a tummy too full to drink beer!
One can find lots of references to mixing Guinness with another beer style (lager, pale ale, or even a cider), both on the web and in Irish Pubs and better beer bars: Black & Tan (Guinness & Bass), Half & Half (Guinness & Harp), Blacksmith (Guinness & Smithwick's), Black & Blue or Dark Side of the Moon (Guinness & Blue Moon). I did find a reference to a Black & Red (Guinness & Red Stripe), which in reality is just another version of the stout and lager combination (i.e. Guinness and Harp). So it would be interesting to see how a Red Stripe topped with a portion of Guinness would do at Couples. Perhaps someone can try that combination at the CTI Piano Bar and report back.
Dave’s comments about lighter and darker beers would benefit from some clarification. The impression held by many people that darker beers tend to fill you up more quickly than lighter beers is based on the contrast between a typical full-bodied stout (Guinness) and a typical thinner-bodied pale lager (Red Stripe). So considering the beers available at Couples, this widely-held impression would be a fair one. However in a much broader sense, it is a misrepresentation. Dark beers are simply dark in color (due typically to roasted grain), and extend across a wide range of beer styles. Pale colored beers also cover a wide range of styles with an equally wide range of fullness or “mouthfeel”. To make the point, a Belgian-style golden ale (Duvel) or a pale bock beer (Sierra Nevada Glissade), both quite light in color, will be much more filling than a Bohemian-style black lager (Kostritzer Schwarzbier, Samuel Adams Black Lager) or a black ale (New Belgium 1554), which are both as black as Guinness yet with a much lighter body. With these examples, you can have your beer darkness and not get filled up too quickly. Since none of these beers are found at Couples, this is a digression. As has been suggested, at Couples a "Black and Red" may be a good way to go.