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Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness 250th Anniversary StoutGuinness 250th Anniversary Stout

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81
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561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 10
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: naterock on 04-13-2009)
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Reviews by Rhettbuck:
Photo of Rhettbuck
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Like most of the Guinness products, the beer is dark like motor oil. I would say it was a little more dark than normal Guinness. Slight brown light lining, and little to no head.

Smell: Strong notes of malt, and hints of chocolate and coffee, but stops before it gets too strong. So more than a normal Guinness, but not quite a java porter or anything like that.

Taste: Honestly this was the low point for me on this beer. I have talked to a lot of people that really enjoyed this beer and tout its taste. But, I found it to be a lesser form of a normal Guinness. Maybe its cause I normally drink Guinness form a tap, and this was a bottle. Nonetheless, I think it tastes like a watered down version of the original.

Mouthfeel: very filling, seems to have less carbonation than a normal Guinness, but then again anything coming out of the St. James brewery has its own odd mouthfeel.

Drinkability: At its current price, its not really worth it, just stick with a normal Guinness and skip this Anniversary batch.

Rhettbuck, Apr 28, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head.

I actually like this one quite a bit. The aroma is chocolaty, similar to English Porter. Light roast, inviting.

A little black licorice in the taste, along with chocolate and light coffee. Very sessionable, I think this is better than their extra stout. Creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation, slightly dry.

brownbeer, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of blackearth
2.33/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased from Consumer Beverage in Hales Corners, WI. Pours a black body with a puffy light tan head. Aroma is of wet cardboard and bready. Medium bodied with more carbonation than is necessary for a stout in my opinion. Astringent flavors are mixed in with the roasted malt flavors. This is the last of the six pack I bought back in May, so it must not keep very long. I remember the first one I tried being better than this, but still nothing very special.

blackearth, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not a big fan of Guinness, but thought this was worth a try. The beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color with a thick tan head. It had a nice aroma of cocoa and roasted malt. Unfortunately, the aroma did not transfer into the taste. A very meek chocolate and coffee taste. On the watery side. I don't think I'll buy another 6 pack.

lordofthewiens, May 01, 2009
Photo of marvin213
2.03/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A couple inches of fizz tops off what looks like an average stout. The head has only the slightest black tint. The initial fizziness leaves me surprised when the thick foam cap just sits there for minutes. If nothing else, Guinness knows how to pressurize a beverage.

Smells like every other Guinness I've experienced: there's a malty, raisiny quality to it--an aroma that's distinctively Guinness. It's almost like you can smell the pressure. The carbonation that forms the head gets creamier as the beer sits, and it offers a milky tip to the nose. As I try to distinguish it from the more familiar Guinness, I detect more raisin and cream. Still, it ain't that much different.

I smelled the cream, but I taste the malt. Though it's there, the raisin sensation is less apparent in taste. The milk effect is like a spoiled aftertaste. It tastes oddly like fancy cheese smells: pungent and old. For such a fizzy pour, the taste is stale malts. Is it more bittering hops in what is usually an ordinary, malty stout?Whatever was supposed to make this special has backfired--it's inferior to a normal Guinness. It's a stale malt milk hop. Though that might sound promising, this is forgettable.

Stale malts make for a dull mouthfeel, and high-pressure carbonation compounds that effect. Throw in the old cheese milky aftertaste, and it feels downright disappointing. Were there not the comfortable familiairity that a Guinness offers, I'd dub it awful.

It's less enjoyable than your average stout, as well as your average Guinness. Though it's lighter than most stouts, I debate whether I'd just as soon have the nothingness of a Bud Light. A stout in that light must really be awful. Throw in that it's a special anniversary beer, this one is a real let-down.

marvin213, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass. There appears to be no freshness date on the label.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brown/black color and is nearly opaque. A small tight foamy head about one finger thick sets on top. It is light tan in color and hangs on well making nice rings of lace on the glass each time I sip.

Smell: There are hints of smoky wood with loads dark roasted grain and some dried leafy/mineral like hops.

Taste/Mouth: The base has nice roasted malt flavors with very mild sweetness and creamy over roasted coffee notes. Hop flavor is mild but adds some leafy spice and light mineral notes. The light sweetness dries out into the finish and becomes more roasted and bitter but not overly so. It has a light to medium body, moderate carbonation and an easy drinking texture.

Notes: It's not my favorite stout by Guinness but it is still very drinkable. Happy 250th Guinness!!!

generallee, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of merlin48
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Since a trip to the Irish Republic several years ago I've been a bit harsh in my appraisal of the Irish stouts I've encountered stateside. This bottle doesn't change my opinion. Pours decent enough, with a dark, essentially opaque body and a lavish light brown head that retains well and deposits ample lacing on the glass. Aroma seems a bit muted, with some light roasty malt notes of cocoa and coffee and not much else. Creamy medium to light medium body is a bit overcarbonated. Taste is roasty, but not bitter. Mild notes of cocoa powder and coffee. No hops presence. An okay drinker, but not impressive. Nowhere close to a fresh pint from St James.

merlin48, May 29, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce botle. Stouty near black, under a puffy mocha head, that sticks around and leaves plenty of thick lace and ringed sheeting. Mild nose of coffee and oaty malts. Tasty and suprisingly bitter stout, more coffee, unsweatened chocolate, and dry hops late. For me the Guiness family of beers are the classic "in a pinch" type of selections. Nothing amazing but when nothing more interesting is to be had, they are distributed EVERYWHERE and...you know the rest.

Billolick, May 03, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown-black with a khaki head. The aroma is roasted malt with some coffee notes. Definitely a better smelling beer than regular Guinness Extra or Draught. The flavor is roasted malt. My problem with this beer is the same I have with Guinness Draught and Guinness Extra Stout, that is the beer is so thin-bodied. I definitely prefer this without nitro since I am not a fan of nitro-stouts. Better than the regular Guinness beers, but still not great.

Mora2000, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of sm0key
4/5  rDev +13%

sm0key, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of magictrokini
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Princess Pub. Poured a nice dark brown with a foamy off-white head with nice retention. Strong lacing. Sweet roasty malt with cocoa powder and earthy grain. Same smooth, creamy mouthfeel and dry finish. Cocoa and bitter roasted malt in the taste, with some vanilla and cream towards the back. Easy drinker, had two of them. Didn't really detect a difference between this and a regular Guinness Draught.

magictrokini, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of NilocRellim
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

NilocRellim, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of ChadwickHines
4/5  rDev +13%

Never can go wrong with Guinness. Especially with a celebration brew.

ChadwickHines, Saturday at 01:01 PM
Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured in an Amstel glass.

pours a dark almost black color with a very small head that fades quick. On the nose is a whole lot of coffee and roasted malts, very toasty, an awesome aroma for a stout.

Taste is awesome for a stout, nice, rich and smooth. It's somewhat thick and creamy, not a meal like many will say of Guinness but still very good. I'm not sure how much longer this will be out but worth seeking out, I think it's pretty decent.

kingcrowing, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

IrishGermanAmerican, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Had this at the Truckee Soroptomist beer fest. Also have had some subsequent bottles of it. Pours not as impressively as the usual nitrogen guinness, but looks cool nonetheless.

Nothing to write home about smell wise, just a hint of the smoke.

Taste is where its at. Superior to normal Guinness, it has a smoky edge to it. A little thicker than the normal stuff too. Mouthfeel is better, stickier, not thin like the normal. Very drinkable.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears with a pitch black body with ruby red highlights, light tan head much like a draft version. Head retention and lacing are pretty slick, big chunky layers of lacing coat my pint glass, a very nice looking brew. Aromatics a bit tame but here's what I'm getting...malty milk chocolate with powdered yeast notes slightly tart with some raisin sweetness underneath the dark roasted malt layers. Flavor wise a nice blend of toasted malt from sweet creamy to slightly tart with a lactic mineral character. Finishes slightly fruity without any residual sugars, dark chocolate with tame coffee accents makes this beer much more flavorful than the standard dry irish stout. Mouthfeel is nice as well with the standard carbonation makes this one a medium bodied fine dry irish stout that will hopefully see an imperial form, maybe at the 300th Anniversary. Drinkability overall was nice, definitely a beer I didn't mind imbibing on. Solid example of what Guinness should be all of the time.

WVbeergeek, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy dark brown color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing. Not quite as pretty as the nitro-tapped normal Guinness.

Smells of lightly roasted malts with hints of burnt caramel and dark fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Lightly roasted malt flavors up front are joined by toasted caramel flavors ending in a roasted malt bitterness. The flavors are all pretty clean but there's not a whole lot of complexity.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with light carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass without much problem but I could pass on another.

Overall this is a decent beer, but there's a reason Guinness is served on nitro-tap.

glid02, May 03, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a nonic)
A- This beer has a black dense body with a creamy beige head that pops of big bubbles and then fades to a thin wisp of foam. There are a few tiny bubbles that stick to the glass.
S- This beer has a light cola note followed by mellow roasted dark malt notes and a cream note in the finish.
T- This beer has a light smooth roasted flavor with a light chocolate malt note and finishes with a soft dark roasted not that doesn't have any bitterness. There is a very light tartness that only comes through when the beer is pretty warm.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a thin texture on the tongue. There is a tight fizz that cleans up any flavor at the finish.
D- This reminds me of a Guinness that has been lagered for a good bit of time and is smooth but really doesn't have much character.

rhoadsrage, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Trashcat
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Trashcat, Saturday at 05:53 PM
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

LXIXME, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250th Anniversary Stout pours the same color as the brown bottle it came in. Rich stained wood color that is opaque but not cloudy. The sand colored head starts out as a fluffy mix of large and small bubbles that have kind of a soapy/ oily look to them. It dissipates to a thin film but still has enough retention to lace the glass. The carbonation is firm in this beer so a light swirl refreshes the head very nicely.

The nose has a dark roasted scent to it that fluctuates between sugary malts and bitter scorched barley. The smell is gritty and processed but not unsatisfactory.

Taste is silky sweet but doesn't have a lot of complexity to it. Some light roasted barley flavor that yields a subtle caramel and a dose of bitterness. There is also some hops in there that add to the overall profile but their flavors are erased by an over carbonation for the style.

Initially this beer reminds me of a cheap extract brew however there is a saving grace. The aftertaste redeems 250 by giving me all the flavors I've been missing in the liquid. Touches of creamy dark chocolate, caramelized sugars and a nice dry roasty flavor.

Ok, this is not the best Guinness I've ever had. It is way to over carbonated and I've found that warming it to room temps and swirling the crap out of it to release the bubbles makes it much better. Fancy packaging and brand loyalty to the Guinness name sold me this beer. Cheers to Guinness and the 250 years but this beer isn't even as close to the fantastic-ness Guinness draught served in Dublin.

jbphoto88, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is typical Guinness black. A nice tan possesses an impressive rocky denseness and takes some time to dissipate, leaving patchy lacing.
The smell is mostly the caramel malt backbone accompanied by a toasty aroma and maybe some dark fruits.
The taste follows suit with a nice addition of balance from hops and a smokier flavor lingering. This has a nice, mild flavor that isn't weak but isn't overpowering either.
The mouthfeel is sturdy with a very nice creamy texture in a moderate body. Carbonation is quite light.
This is a sturdy, tasty brew from Guinness. It might lose points with some BAs for a lack of complexity and a certain lightness in aroma and flavor, but it's balanced, tasty, creamy and very drinkable.

Brenden, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of eweneek83
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - almost black body with a nice dark tan head - much like a doberman.

Smell - The smell is rather faint, but smells a bit smoky with that classic malty but creamlike smell.

Taste - The perfect balance between the draught and extra stout Guinness. Tastes much like the draught Guinness with a bit more carbonation, taste, and a bit less creamy. Nothing special, but very good for a a dry stout

Mouthfeel - exceptional! carbonation gives way to a creamy roasty taste that makes your mouth water even more. You'll feel like you need this beer in your mouth more than Obama needs a public approval boost. It's that epic.

Drinkability - Unfortunately, I only have this one bottle. But I could easily go ahead and quaff six of these bastards in about 90 minutes and feel great. It's even tastier on tap!

eweneek83, Mar 02, 2010
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Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout from Guinness Ltd.
81 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.