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Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout - Guinness Ltd.

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 402
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: naterock on 04-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 564 | Reviews: 402
Photo of Vixie
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark color with a nice tan head, but when held up to the light, you can see it is not opaque, but i a very deep red/brown color.

The smell to me at first was very candy like, reminded me of the smell of hot caramel. Was also a bit of fruitiness in there.

The taste starts out sweet, then finished with the bitterness and smokiness I expect from Guinness. Overall was sweeter than the original, but still had the flavor characteristics Guinness is known for.

The feel was less than I expected from such a dark beer. The flavors do stay with you, but I did expect something thicker and a bit creamier. The impression I got was watery.

This one is an easier drinking beer than the original. Not near as heavy and thick, goes down much easier. Not the best stout I've ever had, but a decent one.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: Poured bottle into pint glass, same dark-black, ruby-red color. Foam head which sticks around all the way through the drink.

Smell: Nothing changed here compared to regular Guinness. Same stout coffee, chocolate smell mixed with corn and grains.

Taste: Here is a little difference, the taste is a little sweater than regular Guinness. Other than that the normal stout, coffee, chocolate taste mixed with corn and grains.

Mouthfeel: Normal Guinness mouthfeel, quick and dry, left with the smoky chocolate, coffee mouthfeel.

Drinkability: A little easier than regular Guinness. Surprisingly it is really easy to drink, so I guess it is worth a try.

Photo of robertjohnson
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Less creamy than the "original" guinness and, yeah, a little watery, but the taste was closer to the stuff in Ireland. I actually think the higher carbonation helps enliven the flavors more by adding a little bite to where it's watery and by creating a better impression of overall dryness. It's the wateriest at the beginning, which moves to a slight lactic sourness and then a nice chocolatey finish with hints of weak coffee and figgy richness. (By the way, it's lactic as in the acid and not lactose, that's actually a sweet flavor derived from milk sugar.) Yeah it's mild, but it's dry and drinkable and way better than the usual crap guinness in grocery stores that sells almost entirely owing to marketing and mouthfeel from a stupid nitro can.

Photo of scottyshades
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Eh, I was expecting more from Guinness on this one

A: Pours a rich, thick-looking black color that leaves a near-white head...now this is when I saw things going south...The head is unlike the classic Guinness head (which is tan and creamy looking)...this one is frothy, almost white, and looks like the carbonation is off.

S: Plain...a little roasted malts, minerals, metallic notes, and other bland aromas.

T: Again, plain. Roasted malts...

MF/D: The carbonation is way too high for my liking. Light in body for a stout. I'll stick to the classic Guinness' from now on...

Photo of Nick3
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer forms a 2 finger head in my guinness pint glass. Dark black in color, the head sits for a while but is much more pillowy compared to the nitrogen version of this brew. Nose is straight forward and simple; primarily smoked malt and molasses. Taste is sweet up front with some bitterness coming through in the finish. Ample carbonation over powers my ability to really taste this one. Full bodied brew that you can drink pretty quickly. I wasn't thoroughly impressed as I knew this beer was a marketing gimmick but it actually was a bit better than I expected. I wouldn't turn down a free one (which is how acquired this) but I wouldn't buy it either.

Photo of atpben
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured the bottle into a Guinness pint glass. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma had light coffee, caramel and grain. The taste of this beer reminds me of a slightly watery version of the extra stout, which is not a bad thing. The beer is very carbonated. Light chocolate and coffe flavors kick in. Fairly sweet on the palate with a dry finish. Not bad I think they should make this a regular.

Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle.

Poured a deep brown color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, dirt, and roasty. Tastes of earthiness, caramel, roast, and lighter coffee. Lacing left on the glass. Body on the thinner and weaker side.

Notes from and tasted on: 6/13/09

Photo of indiapaleale
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark dark brown to black like the good 'ol Guinness stout that I've known since high school. Head is about a quarter inch of tan colored head.

Smell is roasty toasty malt, toasted brown bread, dark chocolare and coffee.

Taste is a little metallic, iron-y with a bit of semi-sweet chocolate and some slightly sweet malt. Not much else, leaves a dry metallic aftertaste in my mouth.

Is it different from regular Guinness from a bottle? Maybe, a bit. Not a whole lot though. Go for the Foreign Export Strength if you can find it, this stuff is pretty weak overall.

Photo of jjboesen
2.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Anniversary Stout has been tapped to celebrate the day that Guinness signed the 900 Year lease at the site at St. James Gate. It is available for a few more weeks. So, this afternoon, over a hearty lunch at Dubliners in Washington DC, I finally got the chance to try a pint of this limited relaease - and for $7.00, it might be very limited.

Unlike "regular" Guinness, the Anniversary Stout has little head and settles quickly. Being much less malty than the "regular," it comes off much like an Irish Ale. (When ordering this, the bartender replied that it was "like mixing Smithwicks in Guinness." I don't know about that, but it was a mild quaff, but one that lacks the creaminess of the regular.

I still prefer the other version.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up an opaque black with a thick white head that lingers, leaving nice lacing on the glass.

S - Slight aroma of roasted malt. Not much else.

T - Nice malty sweetness with hints of roast on the fringes. A bit of roast in the finish with some faint hoppiness. Nothing too noticeable or offensive.

M - Good mouthfeel, but with a bit more carbonation that I am used to

D - I like this beer. Very drinkable.

Photo of philipquarles
2.51/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours clear dark brown/black with a substantial beige head. Smells faintly of roasted malts with some metallic and mineral notes. Taste is weak, watery dark malt with some slight bitterness. Light body with a fair amount of carbonation. Slightly better than the standard Guinness, but that may only be down to the carbonation vs nitro.

Photo of lackingfocus
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Looks like any Guinness, really. A very dark chocolatey brown, bordering on black. Generous tan head, about 3-4 fingers in a pint glass. The head is a little more bubbly than even your standard Guinness draught. It really has the appearance of tiny soap suds. I thought I'd poured some Dawn in my glass for a bit. And "lacing" really doesn't describe it. Entire colonies of suds stick to the sides of the glass throughout the drink. Not unpleasant or at all a bad thing, just a bit unusual.

S: Light chocolate / coffee aroma. Pleasant, but nothing special.

T: Again, a light chocolate / coffee flavor. Not a huge noticeable difference from Guinness draught, but it does feel like a slight step up. Still has that vaguely watered-down sensation to me, though. Slightly malty aftertaste with hints of chocolate remaining.

M: Slight sense of fullness in the mouth, but cleans out nicely.

D: I find Guinness to be slightly less drinkable than water. This is a slight step up from Guinness draught and could easily be an anytime beer.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with a garnet tint. Transparent around the edges of my mug. Pretty decent head with some big bubbles around the edges and a consistent film in the center. Looks like what we would call a Porter in America.

S- Lighter roast then a typical guinness. The wider range of roasted malts provides for a bit more complexity. Some yeast aroma.

T- Taste is very light and pleasing, but lacks anything impressive. Bittersweet characteristic of chocolate or coffee is the highlight, but short-lived. Mostly watery. Some yeast flavor somewhat alike rubber but more appetizing.

M&D- Very sessionable with a relatively light body and active, bubbly carbonation.

Photo of dismal
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very very dark brown, pretty much black with some red around the edges. Has about a one finger off white head that stays till the end pretty much but leaves little lacing down the glass. The smell is roasted malt, and some coffee. Not much other than that but it's still not bad. Taste is very similar, with coffee and roasted malts. The taste overall isn't bad and has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel to it. The drinkability is pretty good, a lower abv and it's not to strong so I could drink quite a few no problem. Overall it's good but not the best Guinness I've had. It sort of taste like it's somewhere between Guinness draft and Guinness Extra Stout somewhere right in the middle. It's good but I'd prefer the Extra Stout any day over it but I have no problem drinking this.

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown colored beer with a rich thick creamy head.Aroma and taste are extemely weak.I am a fan of Irish stouts and of Guiness but this to me is just weak and watery.I cannot detect chocolate or coffee.Very disappointed and I would not recommend to anyone.

Photo of cjgator3
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark brownish black color, not quite pitch black but close. There is a nice light tan signature Guinness head that sticks around forever and has decent lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts with hints of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee.

T- The taste follows the aroma with burnt roasted malts, a touch of smoke, bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not too bad! I enjoy this more that Guinness Draught and right under Guinness Extra Stout. Happy 250th Guinness!

Photo of Folderol
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had almost forgotten this brew was on its way when I found a bunch at my niece's 1st birthday party. I was kind of looking forward to it.

This tastes pretty much how I'd expect a bottled, non-nitro Guinness Draught to be, although a bit sweeter. As such it was pretty satisfying for this sweet stout/porter fan! Much lighter, richer roast, definitely more caramelly and less astringent, and a whole lot easier to drink than Original Extra Stout. Quite porter-like overall. The flavor profile is a little thin and, well, macro-ish, but if the idea was to make a real stout with mass appeal, I can forgive it. I'd try this one again.

Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had an imperial pint while waiting out a layover in the Detroit airport at whatever the Irish bar there is. So basically this is a non-soured Guinness or classic Irish dry stout like Beamish or Murphy's, but not quite as good. Still, it has the nice deep black roast barley for a bready espresso flavor before a creamier cocoa flavor rolls in. Still, like normal Guinness, this beer comes off a bit more watery than other dry stouts. It's still an improvement I suppose.

Photo of drpimento
2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Underwhelmed. Poured with a dark tan, frothy, foamy, soap bubbly head and lots of lace. Aroma is very roasty, malty, chocolate, and dark coffee. Flavor is two dimensional - something going on, but not a lot. A lot like the aroma and with a bit of sweetness and a hint of caramel in the finish. Way over carbonated. An effort to be a more popular beer? Not bad, but the carbonation really derails it.

Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of patent and chocolate malts. It's thin smelling much like the original. The taste is average. It has a bone dry patent malt flavor with a slight hint of chocolate malt for some added body and sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes with a bit more mouthfeel than the original. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average Irish stout. I like the nitro version of the original better. This doesn't impress me much.

Photo of everetends
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a 12 oz bottle of this when I was in Birmingham. It still hasn't shown up in Jacksonville or any of the surrounding areas. Enjoyed at home side by side with of course the normal offering which is always in the fridge. I would say it is pretty important to see how it stacks up against the standard that Guinness has created. Served up in a shaker pint.

A: Uh, this isn't like the usually experience. Sure it has the cloud and the effect but it just doesn't build that huge, rocky head that you expect to last the entire experience. It also doesn't throw up the lace that you get from a regular Guinness. Everything else is in place as far as carbonation and color (may actually be a touch bit darker than the original), but the lack of head is not what you expect from a Guinness. Sorry but this just goes a touch beyond mediocre.

S: There seems to be a touch more bitterness coming across in this offering than the standard, and I don't know how it translates to tell the truth. Maybe it is a bit of burnt wood, smoky presence as well. Its got all that regular Guinness presence with nice thick malts, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, but the added smells seem to hurt this a bit.

T: Same as the nose. A little extra added bitterness and even a touch of metallic presence that may be coming from either the hops or water. A little more smoke character is in this offering. Yet again it has all the original flavors but what they added to this to set it apart appears to have hurt it in this category.

M: Not as thick as the original. More of a lighter body to the originals medium if I'm not going crazy. Since a bit thin and watery. This does finish MUCH drier than the original, calling for more pulls that don't quite quench as well as the standard. Aftertaste is of some of that metallic quality that tends to drive me a bit nuts.

D: You know, i have to say its not bad, but its not much above mediocre. Having always had the standard Guinness offering I have come to love it. Sure its not crazy dynamic or challenging, but it sure as hell is enjoyable. This beer is enjoyable but it doesn't stack up to the original offering. What was added seems to have taken away from the original flavors. The dryness doesn't leave me as happy to be drinking a Guinness to tell you the truth. It was a fun new twist on the beer, but it doesn't really translate well nor does it impress me. I guess this was an attempt at being a little more aggressive and risk taking, but I think Guinness should stick with what they have over the past 250 years. Nothing wrong with it if you ask me.

Photo of lhaqq
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Love how the nitrogenated Guinness looks, so can't expect the carbonated version to compare.
S: Nutty and some smoke. Good for a standard dry stout.
T: Less watery than the other types of Guinness I've had stateside. The stuff in the UK is overall better in terms of preserving this flavor but retaining the creaminess of the standard nitrogenated version.
M: Fairly thick, again better than most of the US counterparts.
D: Probably wouldn't go past one.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized head, was served on regular tap instead of nitro so it didn't have that extremely creamy looking layered head like usual.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, faintest hints of coffee.

Taste is roasted malt, dark and slight bitter, easy to drink but not as creamy smooth as usual without the nitro, although it does have a certain sharpness that is usually lacking in the regular nitro-infused Guinness.

Other than the lack of creaminess, it seems pretty much the same Guinness otherwise.

Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Quick 6 West in York PA. Poured chilled from the growler into the appropriate Guinness tulip pint

A - A cola-like deep mahogany w/ garnet accent. A 1/2 inch smooth light beige head w/ a small bead crests the stout. The head is a dull color, the lace is random and the clarity is translucent which is good for such a dark beer

S - Like a chocolate bar or mocha coffee drink perhaps nougat creamy sweet smell, like milk chocolate w/ mild yeast and hop scent

M - the feel is nutty, slightly sweet and medium bodied w/ slightly above moderate carbonation mixed w/ light bitterness

T - A creamy malt w/ subtle sweetness is balanced w/ herbal sweet and mildly bitter hops - a mild caramel malt w/ subtle cereal sweetness. The hops rise until the dry finish

D - an easy to quaff irish dry stout- good for what it is, just seems only a slight improvement to the original, but it is a good example of the style + I prefer it to the bottled draught

Photo of saintwarrick
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wohoo, Guinness without nitro. This brew pours a deep brown with amber highlights. A thick tannish head that coats the beer stays forever. Aroma is quite good, nutty with some cocoa thrown in, some roasted malt character in there with a nice thick body and some decent bite set this apart from it Draught brother. This is the superior brew in my opinion. Finishes light and creamy.

I'd put Extra Stout just over this in overall taste, but this is the better original Guinness flavor than either Extra or Draught.

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Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout from Guinness Ltd.
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