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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: 558
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website

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

330 ml bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

A semi-aggressive pour builds a massive, 2" of foamy brown head that retains well and drapes thick webs of lacing along the inside of the glass...sound familiar? Not quite as sexy a look as the original, but the opaque, jet black body is just as enticing. 250th's aroma is just as good, if not slightly better than original Guinness, as it's predominated by dark chocolate roast, a hint of lactose, vanilla, peat, and earthy hops.

The flavor brings much of what the original Guinness does, with a lactose-like sourness balancing a roasted chocolate barley and biscuity malt body. The mouthfeel is a downgrade. It's not bad, and in fact the lighter, bubblier body of 250th is much more quaffable than the stockier, creamier Guinness. However, the body feels thinner and over-carbonated, leaving me slightly uninspired. Still, I understand what the brewers were going for with this beer--it's a "Guinness Light" that is sure to please the masses.

wagenvolks, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of slayer3604
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- very black and void of light, just like a good beer should be. frothy lacing that settles to a fine film, with buildup around the glass.

s- nice bit of caramel, fig and a tinge of bitter chocolate.

t- enjoyable bit of dry candi-ish flavor that doesnt go as roasty as a normal guinness would...i dont mind it though.

M- very light, bubbly, finishes semi dry with some cloying malt. again, no roast.

D- I dont like the price tag but that aside, this is a mediocre beer for all the hype.

slayer3604, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of Buebie
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml brown bottle into pint glass. The beer forms a 2 inch off white head that quickly receeds leaving very thin and spotty lace trails. A thin colar of retention. The beer itself is black in color with no light penetration.

Aroma is a bit odd, its got a slight smokey husky cereal grain aroma and it also smells like shampoo to me. With a chemical like sweetness and bits of corn.

It tastes similar to what it smells. Although there is some good cereal grain roasty taste in here without that chemical aroma into the taste. Very mild chocolate taste. The grains and chocolate provide a nice flavor pairing. There really is nothing fancy or complex about this though and it is extremely boring in every aspect. The mouthfeel is way overcarbonated and also boring.

The taste is fine, but this is the most godawful boring beer on the planet. For your 250th anniversay this is all you could come up with???!!!
It took Guiness 250 years to make a crappy beer, when some companies can do it in a matter of months.

Buebie, Apr 20, 2009
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 Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger head of foam. Very good head retention with decent lacing.

The smell is a little bit roasty, a little bit sweet, a little bit bitter. Not much going on but what's there isn't bad.

The taste has some caramel sweetness, light roasted malt, and light hop bitterness. Pretty smooth but may be a bit overcarbonated for my liking.

High end of medium mouthfeel and very lively in the carbonation department, it finishes with a light bitter touch.

Drinkability? It would probably be easy to put a few bottles away at one sitting but I doubt if I'll try to find out. ;^) Just an OK beer in my book.

Bitterbill, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of CherylM
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was impressed with this anniversary stout. It was a little lighter than regular Guinness, but with the same foamy head. Smelled a little sweeter and maltier, less smokey and had about the same mouthfeel. It was less harsh and bitter than the regular Guinness with more malt and vanilla notes. It was sort of a cross between Guinness and Smithwick's. I liked it very much.

CherylM, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of TippySelenoid
4.33/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours black with a dark tan head. It looks like Guinness.
Smells like Guinness.
Tastes like Guinness, but maybe a little less smoky.
Feels a little lighter than I'm used to.
This beer goes down smooth. Line them up. Too bad it was 10 bucks a 6 pack at the grocer.

TippySelenoid, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of naterock
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured into a pint glass, Deep black with a foamy head. No lacing to speak of and a dish water tinge to the beer when it is held to light.

Smell is incredibly bland but some sweet malt comes out and a faint yeast.

Taste is really quite the same, Bland. no real suprises here, it is as if they took guinness draught and re-bottled it with a different carbonation. this is definitely "fizzier" like the bottle said. mouth feel is in cridibly overcarbonated and dry. I feel that this is more of a Marketing ploy than a "celebration" because seriously who are they trying to impress with this?

naterock, Apr 13, 2009
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Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout from Guinness Ltd.
80 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.