Pat – I would describe Guinness as an acquired, somewhat unusual taste. It was like the illegitimate love child of beer and espresso, with all the good and bad that may imply.
It’s great as an occasional beer but I wouldn’t recommend it as an all-nighter – I tried this once while in Dublin (while in Rome, I just had to do as the Romans) and had one of the more severe hangovers of my life the next morning. No doubt the volume of Guinness consumed was a major factor as well but either way I’m not too anxious to repeat it.
Ken – GAH!
UPDATE: NOT GAH!