Monday, March 17, 2014

March 17th, 2014 - Me, My Guinness, And My Bad Irish Reputation!

Good evenin' lads and lassies!  Forget having to listen to shitty club music and drink neon green Budweiser, the Meista is here pairing the real deal this St. Patty's Day... Thin Lizzy's "Bad Reputation" and a Guinness Extra Stout with a shot of whiskey... just like my late grandpappy, Jimmy Patterson would have liked it!  Sláinte Gramps... this one is for you!!  I'm also dedicating this pairing to the late Phil Lynott and the late Gary Moore... cheers and rest in peace lads!!

Released on September 2nd, 1977, "Bad Reputation" is the 8th studio album by Irish rockers Thin Lizzy.  Producer Tony Visconti once called this album  "pure visceral rock and roll, the hardest and heaviest that Thin Lizzy ever made".  Oh yeah, this one is definitely up there as one of my favorites!  Songs like "Soldier Of Fortune", "Bad Reputation", "Opium Trail", "South Bound", "Dancing In The Moon Light", "Killer Without A Cause", "Downtown Sundown", "That Woman's Gonna Break Your Heart", and "Dear Lord" helped solidify Thin Lizzy as one of the giants of not only 1970s hard rock, but rock and roll as a whole historically!  Man, I could listen to this album over and over again!  Gorham's guitar work coupled by Lynott's silky smooth voice... PERFECTION!!  Personnel on the album included frontman Phil Lynott (bass guitar, lead vocals, string machine, and harmonica), Scott Gorham (lead and rhythm guitars), Brian Robertson (lead guitar on tracks 3, 6, and 8, vox box, and keyboards), Brian Downy (drums and percussion) as well as guests John Helliwell (saxophone and clarinet) and Mary Hopkin-Visconti (backing vocals on "Dear Lord").  (Interesting side note: Robertson only played on 3 tracks on the album because he was recovering from injuries sustained in a brawl!  Sadly, this was his last album with the band.)

Brewed in Dublin, Ireland since 1759, the Guinness Extra Stout is the quintessential Irish ale and the quintessential stout.  It pours an opaque ink black in a pint glass with a lumpy tan head that leaves intricate lacing.  The nose is a mellow blend of toasted malts, soft caramel, cocoa, and subtle dark roasted coffee notes.  Full-bodied and low in carbonation, the mouthfeel is oily, big, creamy, and silky smooth.  The flavor is sweet, malty, and earthy.  There are robust notes of burnt toffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, Walnuts, oak, rich coffee, and just a hint of smokiness.  The Guinness Extra Stout goes down easy with a nice, dry finish that leaves just a hint of bitterness.  I cannot think of anything better to be drinking with the rockin' goodness of Thin Lizzy's  "Bad Reputation" on March 17th!!

Sláinte... Guid forder!!!

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