Black Velvet is a mixture of the very dark, very stout Irish drink Guiness with equal parts of champagne.

The resulting beverage is one that almost has to be tried to be believed - a potent stout kick with the smooth silkiness of the champers. It characteristically has a monster head on it - photos abound of people with the most suss milk moustaches of stout and champagne.

Once past the head, you get a beer with class - smooth and easy drinking, but with a strangely sweet taste and stoutish aftertaste. Try one today - it gets the bar-people thinking and is a good talking point to any ladies nearby - they think it's strange and eventually an entire bar (like Frigid) will be drinking it.

Toady, a single bar, tomorrow, a city, and then, THE WORLD!

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