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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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Ratings: 554
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown, near black body with a thin, bone white head.

Smell: Dark maltiness leads the aroma with notes of lightly roasted barley, chocolate, and even licorice. Also with a noticeable fruitiness. Don't forget the noticeable dark fruitiness, friends.

Taste: Dark malts, both roasted and toasted, with slight showing of bittersweet chocolate and charred bread crusts as well as a medium amount of lingering sweetness. Almost immediately, there's a surprising, particular fruitiness trying to overstep the malt flavors. Encroaching licorice flavor. Gentle touch of sourness. A subtle roasty bitterness perks up midway. Faint wisp of smoke on the drying, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A pleasant, non-nitro'ed step up from the typical Guinness Draught. I can't wait to have the next Guinness Anniversary beer poured over my grave in the year 2259.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2009 18:32:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 16:07:14 | More by Billolick
Photo of BarrelO


3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Apparently, this is brewed with "triple hops." Is that how it gets that great pilsner taste?

A: Blackish dark brown body with a white fizzy head. Good amount of lacing.

S: Roasted malts with lots of chocolate notes.

T: Typical Guinness roastiness, but with a lot more chocolate. Also some vinous notes. Finishes dry.

M: Light and fizzy. Not very stouty.

D: When I first heard about ths, everything about it screamed "marketing gimmick" to me. But it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. In fact, I think I prefer it to regular Guinness. If Guinness could find a way to combine the smoothness of its regular stout with the flavor of 250th Anniversary, that would be a world-class beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:42:28 | More by BarrelO
Photo of medic25


3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Guinness pint glass. Dark ruby red color with a tan head that's initially frothy and quickly subsides. Pleasant malty aroma I've come to expect from Guinness. Taste is fairly pleasant, roasted malt with a little more hops than the traditional Guinness taste. Carbonation throws me a little, as I actually enjoy the nitrogen cascade. An easy drinking offering from a traditional favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 03:08:38 | More by medic25
Photo of techcommdood

New York

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured very dark with a nice thick 2-3 inches of light tan head. Crimson highlights can be seen when held up to the light. Good head retention and nice lacing on the glass.

Chocolate malts with some milky chocolate tones. Mild sugary sweetness and a pinch of raisin-like tartness. Malty and smooth.

More roasted grains with chocolate notes. A bit of a bitter kick to it towards the back of the mouth. A little bit of bitter citrus zest coming through, and as much as I can't believe it from a Guinness, some alcohol notes as well.

Definitely not as milky as traditional Guinness, though smooth. Crisp carbonation on the tongue and a bit thin.

This beer is not too thick or thin, not too strong in flavor nor too weak. Highly drinkable. I'm nearly done with mine, while typing this up... about 5 minutes.

I'm bummed that this was a single run. I like it much better than Extra Stout, and it's much more flavorful than Guinness Draught. Fairly high marks from me!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 21:56:43 | More by techcommdood
Photo of champ103


2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. I noticed some ruby highlights around the edges. A two finger beige head forms, but leaves very little lace.
S: Grainy malt is up front. Old and musky coffee in the nose. This is really lacking in this department.
T: Some grainy malt and bread. Light roasted malt and some bitter chocolate. Very faint old coffee.
M/D: A medium body that is thin and watery. A bit chalky. Easy and smooth to drink. A sessionable stout.

Not much difference between this and the regular Guinness (except this is not on nitro). This has a bit more roasted malt here than I remember in the regular version. I guess Guinness has officially manipulated stouts as much as BMC manipulated the Pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 04:56:58 | More by champ103
Photo of AlcahueteJ


3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a thick rocky one inch tan head, body is near pitch black with some clarity at the bottom of the glass. Thick lacing slowly appears as the head fades. Lots of carbonation coming from the bottom of the glass, sort of like coca-cola.

S - Mild roasted character in the nose, chocolate notes as well. Smells just like a Guinness draft, only with a much stronger scent of roasted malt.

M - Mouthfeel is quite thin with mild carbonation. I hate to say it, but I'd enjoy this more on nitro as this would at least add a thicker creamier mouthfeel to this brew.

T - Roasted bitterness up front then chocolate pulls through right after the roasted bitterness fades. A coffee-like bitterness returns and lingers on the tongue. While I wouldn't call this complex, it's much more complex than regular Guinness Draft.

D - Nothing too mind blowing going on here, a simple beer. I do enjoy a Guinness Draft, especially at a bar with minimal options, but this one leaves me wanting much more. Not as easy drinking as Guinness Draft, yet not as tasty as Guinness Extra Stout. Just an ok beer, not something I'd buy again though.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 04:00:23 | More by AlcahueteJ
Photo of JMBSH


2.2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Pours lke a Guinness Extra Stout (dark liquid, tan head, no nitro). Head was about two fingers worth. To strong light, the dark ruby color of Guinness. Head a light tan which shrinks to a nice coating leaving a thick lacing about a finger above the fluid.

S - Chocolate, dark roasted coffee tones. Again like Guinness usually.

T - Tastes a bit thin and watery with only a little hop bitterness in the finish. Has a bit more smoke in it then I remeber from the last time I tried a Guinness (The extra stout being my personal favorite). But this seems bland and boring to me. I don't know what I was going to get from a beer that celebrates 250 years of history and lore but this doesn't seem to be a good way to show off what it can be.

M - Fairly carbonated with a very dry finish. The bitterness stick around but the malts don't want to dance as they do in other dry stouts.

D - Can I drink it again? Maybe with other BAs or some of my friends so we can talk about it. But I came home looking forward to tasting a beer that sings the brewer's praises but instead falls flat. I cannot see buying any more of this beer I am sorry to say.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 03:08:07 | More by JMBSH
Photo of oddfire


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to try this when I went to the store the other night. Poured into a pint glass.
A - good appearance. The head is like any other beer. (no nitro) It fades fairly quick to the thickness of 2 ritz crackers. Very slight lacing.
S - The smell is not bad. It smells like a stout. There is a small hint of coffee and a little vanilla.
T - This stout is similar to extra stout but tweaked a bit for the 250th. There is a coffee and smoked flavour. Not a bad taste at all.
M - I like the feel of this stout in my mouth. It reminds me of sitting in the pubs in Ireland. Smooth and a little creamy.
D- This stout is a drink just a few and not all of them at once. It deserves to be enjoyed in a relaxed atmosphere.
In closing this is not a bad addition to the stouts of Guinness. Will have more.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:59:25 | More by oddfire
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown that does show some light when held directly to it. Nice tan head. Nose is malty and coffee, but barely much there really. Flavor is prety nice and hearty. Thicker malts, but not too much so that it breaches that lighter character profile for the style. Minimal roasted tones. I have to say the carbonation is way too full at the start IMO. But overall this is a nice drinker. Happy Anniversary Guinness. Here's to the next 8,750 years on your lease.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 20:04:50 | More by RblWthACoz
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 11:26:26 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of wmthorne


4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured very similar to a Guinness extra stout from a bottle. Nice light brown head. Light carbonation. A little smoother than the extra stout from a bottle.

Had this on tap at the flying saucer. Had been looking forward to it since I heard about it's release. Caveat that I am a big stout fan and love Guinness.

All this being said I prefer the regular Draught Guinness but enjoyed this edition.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2009 03:18:05 | More by wmthorne
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A dense, dark brown color with some chestnut hints. The head is quite large, foamy, and fluffy, with a light tan color. Retention is very nice, with attractive lacing.

S: Some light toasted/roasted malt. A bit of leafy hops. Faint vanilla, even fainter chocolate/lactic notes.

T: Pretty solid dose of roasted malts, with a toasty sweetness. Hops are leafy and herbal, with moderate bitterness. Mild coffee and semisweet chocolate, along with a hint of vanilla.

M: A fairly full-bodied, dry mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and slightly tingly.

D: A pretty nice offering. Mild and drinkable yet firm and unquestionably a stout. Not anything world-beating, as you might expect from Guinness, but a solid limited release here.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 02:21:54 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of Redrover


3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was excited to see this one on tap at JC Wooloughans in Las Vegas.

Served in a 20 oz imperial pint, the beer is jet black with a creamy beige priests collar. Decent lacing.

The aroma is of roasted malts a bit of coffee and a hint of molasses.

The beer is served too cold and I'm thinking its dampening the flavor and aroma.

The beer leads with roasty malts, a hint of smoke and a trace of black bread.

The beer has a nice dry finish and some latent bitterness. The taste improves as it warms.

The mouth is more carbonated and less creamy than a regular Guinness

It's an easy drinker that may be a bit harder to session due to the carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 16:08:42 | More by Redrover
Photo of thryn


3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It's the gimmick Guinness! Woohoo!

I am not one of those people who hates on regular Guinness. It's one of my go-to beers in certain situations. So I was interested to try this.

This dark brown beer pours nearly opaque into a pint glass. Head is a good two fingers, cream-colored and fluffy. No widget, so it pours more like the Extra Stout, but it's got a bit more carbonation to it. Head drops as it's consumed, but stays at a few millimeters. Minimal lacing.

Nose is very roasty and slightly chocolatey. I actually think it smells very nice, if a bit lacking in depth.

Hm. It is roasty at first, but there's not a lot of lingering flavor past that. I'm getting a bit of chocolate and dried dark fruit. A slightly bitter finish. They were going for more "refreshment and zing," but they got more "meh."

Mouthfeel is way too thin. I disagree with the "Guinness Draught is watery" faction, but this beer is a bit watery.

It's decently drinkable. I mean, it isn't bad ... if i had more body I'd probably get it again. As is? Eh, not so much.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 01:55:24 | More by thryn
Photo of OtherShoe2


2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with a fluffy head with good retention and no lace. You can easily see through this when held to the light. Tons of bubbles in this one.

Faint scents, and what you get is kind of a boiled barley mixed with watery coffee scent. Eh.

This is stout, right? Could've fooled me. Take a Guinness Draught and mix it with a Michelob Dry (remember that crap?). Watered down, dry, thin flavors. Some dark roasted malt, maybe some coffee, but what is missing is that creaminess that you look for in the Guinness. Has a bitter, almost mineral/metallic finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy.

Drinkability? I've been on the wagon because of a health issue and this is the first beer I've had in little while. I poured out the remaining third of the pint glass. Glad I only bought a single. I always try to be constructive, and justify any critical comments, but when it comes right down to it, this is just a really shitty marketing ploy gone bad. This is terrible beer. Not horribly undrinkable, but not even worthy of its mediocre predecessors. This is a limited edition (6 months?) so grab one if you are compelled to do so, but for God's sake do not buy multiple bottles of this swill. If this is what they do to celebrate 250 years, I'd hate to see what these clowns do for Mother's Day (hey Ma -- here's a punch in the mouth!).

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 23:10:23 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nearly black color with a few brown tints around the edges. Has a nice, fluffy tan head that provides good retention and even better lacing.

Pretty much smells like Guinness draught (faint) with a bit more roasty malts and the sauer german malt that is used in small proportions. Smells very much like an old wooden irish pub that does not see an overabundance of cleaning.

Taste is pretty similar as the nose description above...more carbonation and a bit more malty heft than draught. Perhaps a touch more bitter, especially on the finish as well. For a 250 anniversary beer it does not seem to stray from the norm very much, it would have been nice to see them do something interesting. It is an ok beer, the price tag was a bit ridiculous at 9.00 a sixer. I wont buy it again, but wont have much problem finishing the rest of 'em.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 20:27:03 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of drunkboxer1


3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap in a imperial pint glass. Color was black with deep red around the edges and when held up to the light. White head dissipated real quick like. Smelled roasty and faintly like chocolate. It's fairly highly carbonated, and theres a pretty strong hop bitterness to it. As it warms you taste a lot more chocolate flavor. I don't think this is as good of a beer as their foreign stout, or their extra stout. Its probably better than the regular draft, but I don't think its as drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 13:07:53 | More by drunkboxer1
Photo of mjw06


3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

brown almost black, two finger sized foamy and soft head that dissipates fairly quickly.

smells like a guinness draught, overall the smell is just kinda weak. some roasted barley in there that isnt all that strong in the nose, and then after that nothing.

where is the taste? stout? hmm... more on the taste when we get to the drinkability part.

the mouthfeel is an interesting one. although this isnt a nitro carbonation, it still carries some characteristics of it. the carbonation seems non-existent, and then shows itself to be what it is with a sharper, fizzier finish.

what to say about this?? guinness 250 is like a cross between draught and extra stout. everything from the color of its head, to the taste, and its mouthfeel. it is disappointing to say the least. i tried to keep my expectations low, but still it didnt match them. i hoped for a stout that would be memorable, very complex, and one that would stand out to commemorate 250 years. this isnt it. 250 isnt bad, however its not great either. and i dont know where its supposed to be taking me. i found myself mad that i even ordered this, wishing i would have just got one of the others. they could have went a lot of places with this, and though a cross between draught and extra may sound great, theres nothing commemorating about it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 04:34:48 | More by mjw06
Photo of Liverpool08


3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Different yet the same. The pour looks the same yet the head is very carbonated and dissapears quickly. Its not the smooth creamy, delicious head you get with a tradional Guinness draft.
The smell is average, toasty. The taste is at first very carbonated yet still smoooth. Still has the toasty nutty flavor of the brand. Doesn't coat the mouth as the normal brew does. Yet VERY drinkible, probably more so than the original.
For any Guinness drinker a must try, at least once.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 02:38:52 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of jokelahoma


3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint at Old Chicago in Olathe, KS.

Pours a nice opaque black, deeper in color than regular Guinness. Not nitro charged, apparently, so the head behaves like a regular beer, and falls fairly rapidly.

Aroma varies from "normal" Guinness as well. Smells more chocolate than roasty. Aroma is a tad lighter than expected. Overall not bad.

Taste is surprising, in that it isn't as roasty as Guinness, yet at the same time it's more assertive. Dark chocolate flavors dominate, rather than roasted barley. Little of that Guinness "tang" sourness. I like it more than regular Guinness, to be honest.

Mouthfeel is where this falls on its face. Overcarbonated, which both lightens the mouthfeel and gives it a prickly "bite". Hate to say I miss the nitro and the creaminess it provides, but I do.

Overall, this is a good stout that would be better on nitro, or at least less carbonated. Good flavor, just a bit too much "bite". Worth trying, though.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 00:52:25 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle obtained at the local Hannaford. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown to black body with slight ruby-red highlights and nearly an inch of slowly-dissipating light tan head. Smells toasty with strong notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes initially sweet with toasty rich caramel playing a big role, but finishes dry. Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. This was definitely better than expected - downright good. Solid flavors, no perceivable flaws, leaps and bounds better than Guinness Draught and at least as good as Guinness Extra Stout if not even a bit better in some ways. The only thing that will stop me from getting this beer as often as I can is the price (9.99$/sixer) is a little steep for what it is. It's a solid dry stout though.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 00:44:04 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of thequeen711


4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I, too, will be very disappointed when this brew goes away!!! This delicious, malty, roasty, creamy and smooth brew is a step above the traditional Guinness we get in the states. Same Guinness goodness, but, a creamier, smoother drink. I compared side by side, Guinness Extra Stout and the 250. Extra Stout seemed watery compared to 250, the nitro infused head on the ES lasted far longer than the 250, but, my concern was the flavour and drinkibility of the 250. It will be hard to go back to Guinness, but, since 250 is a limited release, I'll stock up now!

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 20:15:25 | More by thequeen711
Photo of nlmartin


2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass. This review is based of drinking 2 bottles of 250th Anniversary.

Appearance: The beer pours a dark brown coloration. When exposed to light the beer looks like a glass of coke. The head is thick with ok retention. Specs of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beers initial aroma is very very super light roasted malt. Something vaguely identifiable as fruity aroma is kicking around my glass. An earthyness finishes the aroma.

Taste: The beers flavor leads with a caramel sweetened light roasted coffee flavor. I am not sure what I expected but this isnt it.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The carbonation is a bit much. It was a chore to consume 2 of these for a review. I am hoping I can give the other 4 bottles away.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 04:16:10 | More by nlmartin
Photo of omnigrits


4.53/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm going to be very sad when this beer goes away, and I'll go out on a limb by saying that after the promotion has run its course I'll find it very difficult to go back to nitro-Guinness. I've never quite understood the rationale for putting nitrous on a beer rather than CO2, which is the gas that yeast makes when it ferments the liquid that we all love. It ruined Boddington's for me.

This beer looks very much like regular Guinness but with a slightly darker head, and obviously no cascading. The aroma is the most wonderful mix of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee - just what you'd expect really. The taste is much the same, with that added dry stout finish that can make your mouth pucker if you're not ready for it. Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side compared to some of the craft stouts I like to drink, but the drinkability of this beer is second to none.

Guinness really need to add this (or something like it) to their full-time portfolio after the 250 promotion is over and done with.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 23:44:15 | More by omnigrits
Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 554 ratings.