Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout
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Stout - Irish Dry
3.56 | pDev: 15.45%
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Have had this one on tap and bottle, enjoyable in either format. A good pour, but it can't hold up to the nitro cascading effect of the regular stuff. Every other aspect of the beer is superior to regular Guinness.

The aroma has one of the more noticeable differences, it has this earthy smoke and tobacco thing going for it.

Taste imparts just as much smoke. Mouthfeel has a thicker amount of two row and roasted black patent malt going for it, really one of the drawbacks of regular Guinness, being its thin body despite its deep roast appearance. Sticky, too, and a treat to check out. Wouldn't mind if they brought this back, I only have one bottle left in the back of the fridge and I'm having a hard time cracking it knowing it ain't coming back anytime soon.

Jul 29, 2016
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stephenjmoore from Maryland

3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours dark brown, leads to black in the glass with a slightly off-white bubbly head.

S- Hint of roasty malts and bready malts. Slight bitterness in the aroma too.

T- Similar to classic Guinness, with a little more maltiness in the body.

M- More of a standard stout feel than compared to the nitro Guinness. This one is slightly oxidized, which is to be expected based on the age, but my notes from years ago indicate medium body.

O- Clearly this one is passed it's prime, but drinking it again, along with my notes from before concur that this was a pretty good beer and an improvement on standard Guinness.

May 13, 2013
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger tan head on a jet black body.

S: Toasted and roasted malts. Mild coffee and earthy hop notes.

T: milder roast than I was expecting. Nice chocolate and caramel notes. Sweetness is in the finish.

M: creamy and smooth as expected from a guinness product. medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: very drinkable not very strong with a mild nose. Nicely refreshing for stout.

May 13, 2012
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1990al from California

3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

very dark beer. I would say it is black. High head and high carbonation. Malty/roasty taste. No Hops armona. A little but of caramel smell as well. Creamy head. it has Irish unmalted barley. it is not better so considered sweet. Mouthfeel is light and has a strong hold.

Jan 26, 2012
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FosterJM from California

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1004th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

I bought this when they 1st came out and drank 5/6. Been sitting on this one since then and don't remember how long ago its been.

App- A very dark brown with a good two finger head. Some residual spotty cling and lace and a bit of a pond layer on top.

Smell- There really is much going on in the aromatics here. I feel it might have fallen off too much. A little barley, malt and some cocoa powder.

Taste- I feel its fallen off a bit. A little bit grainular with a bit of a powder taste. Mix in some older coffee thats cold and you're in the ball park. Still pretty tasty with some malt notes and a bit of roasted chocolate.

Mouth- A little bit thin/medium with a touch of wateriness behind it. The carbonation is relatively smooth for this one. A little bit of the powder/coffee/chocolate remains.

Drink- Pretty average, which it was when I had it the first time. It's fallen a bit and still remained pretty smooth but just doesnt flourish with enough bitter/roast/chocolate for me to rate higher.

Dec 24, 2011
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

1.81/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours pitch black with mahogany edges and a two finger frothy light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet malty aroma with bittersweet dark chocolate, earthy hops, caramel, nut and toffee.

Thin and fizzy mouthfeel. Disturbingly watered down with high carbonation. Slight toasted malt flavor with subtle caramel and hazelnut. Tastes more like dirty soil with some sweet malt thrown in. Pretty gross.

Oct 28, 2011
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AleWatcher from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.
Served in a Guinness tulip pint.

So I actually bought a lot of these when they came out (I was having a party and lots of people drank Guinness but not genuine craft). So I drank a lot of these.

I'll flat out say it: I liked this better than regular Guinness.

The finish is dry and crisp, almost lager like. The body is nice-- it's thin, but less carbonated than regular Guinness.
The flavor has a light sweetness up front with some chocolate-like notes. A roasty malt and barley note follows it up.
The overall is better than regular Guinness (and at 19, Guinness was one of my first loves in the beer world-- Hereford it always holds a soft spot in my heart).

I like this recipe. It has more flavor and a smoother feel with a better finish.

Aug 29, 2011
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CaptJackHarkness from New York

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

A disappointing brew for people who are used to having the regular or draught versions of Guinness.
It is lighter in taste and aroma than the standard, too malty not enough bitters.

Supposedly based on the recipe of two hundred and fifty years ago and only to be brewed once!

Aug 25, 2011
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Boto from Connecticut

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, fairly dark brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers a little bit and leaves some lacing. The aroma is milder. A touch of sweet chocolate and some roasted malts are predominate. The taste is good. Chocolate malts, but not much sweetness at all. A bit of dryness in the finish. Medium to lighter bodied. Smooth and easy drinking.

Jul 16, 2011
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle at Dark Horse Pub, Philly, PA

I actually wasn't crazy about this. I thought it was lighter than the regular stout, and even on the fizzy side. I'd rather just have a normal Guinness. But I'd much rather have an Extra.

Pours opaque black with a smooth tan head and nice lacing. Roasty malts in the aroma and not much else. More malts on the tongue, with some coffee and cocoa. Smooth and a tinge of bitterness following the malts, with a mildly metallic aftertaste. Lighter mouthfeel than other Guinness brews, surprisingly, and some carbonation, and I didn't like these aspects much. Drinkable, but again, I'd rather have a regular Guinness or preferably an Extra.

May 09, 2011
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- It starts off promising, with a tan colored head that is thick, however with big bubbles underneath, which lead to its' demise rather quickly, settling to a puffy, patchy layer. Good sticky lacing clings to the glass. Carbonation looks to be heavy at first but seems to settle down after the initial pour. Fairly typical looking non nitroed black stuff!

S- Sweeter aroma than the original and with more flowery whiffs that was quite unexpected....probably due to the fact that ale yeast is used in this. The finish provides more of that dry coffee/cocoa aroma that I'm used to in a stout.

T- The flavor is a lot like the draught, but with a little more edginess on the palate. While it is rich and smooth, the bitter/roasted quality nips at the side of my tongue more intensely and I find the cocoa notes are a little more astringent. This isn't a bad tasting beer at all....just different from the norm, which is what I guess it should be!

M- This area disappointed me a bit, in the fact that while the carbonation is smooth and flavors are rich and creamy, the body itself is on the thin side.

D- If this was available here in Canada, I would definitely by this again, but unfortunately I only bought one bottle when I did see this in Montana. It's easy to down, and as it warms, it gets better. It's a very decent dry stout and while I still like the draught a little better, this is a very refreshing version of the venerable brand. Cheers!

Apr 27, 2011
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goalie33 from New York

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 16oz pint glass. No best by date.
A) Opaque black beer with red hues around the edges when held up to the light. Two fingers of fluffy light-tan head recedes fairly quickly but leaves lots of lacing as it goes down.
S) Roasted malts with some chocolate notes. maybe some faint hints of coffee. Slightly more rich then Guinness Extra Stout.
T) Bland chalkiness in the beginning with bits of chocolate and roasted malt flavors on the finish. Really not much more to say about the taste.
M) Medium body, slightly chalky mouthfeel in the beginning. Virtually no carbonation feel in the mouth.
O) Not impressed with this beer. Very bland with only hints of roasted malts and chocolate. The aroma is only slightly more robust than the flavor. Looks nice on the initial pour, but the head fades rather quickly to nothing.

Mar 31, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too much different than the Draught style, it's still a dry stout, it's black and had a little bit of a darker head on it. The beer isn't charge by nitro so it's got a little bit more bite to it because of the carbonation. I was excited to see Guinness did something special for their 250th. I ran and got a case right I heard about it's release. I still enjoy the Draught better but this was a nice brew.

Mar 21, 2011
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JizackFH from New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the perfect beer for my 250th review, so here it goes:

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color. It has a 2-finger off-white head. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind some good lacing on the glass.

S - Smells pretty much like your average Irish dry stout. It is malty and has notes of roasted malts. There is also a nice bit of chocolate here as well as some chocolate.

T - It tastes like Guinness Draught, but with more flavor. It is malty and has a bit of roasted bitterness. The malts seem to be more 'toasted' than dark roasted. It seems to me like Guinness draught mixed with Guinness Extra Stout. It has a clean finish with a slightly lingering roasted bitterness.

M - This has a light body with medium carbonation. It is smooth creamy, and easy going. It is not as creamy as guinness draught, due to it not having the widget. I am however glad this does not have the widget. There is also a light lingering bitterness.

O - The drinkability here is good. It has good flavor and a really good creaminess too it. I would much prefer this over the traditional Guinness Draught, but I would certainly good the Foreign Extra Stout over it. Overall, I think this is a good representation of the style, and I'd recommend giving it a shot.

Mar 20, 2011
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chugalug06 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - WOW, if sex had a "look" this would be it. Pitch black body with a creamy white head. The head leaves behind delicate lacing too. No, there are no innuendos in this statement

S - Yum, smells like Guinness and sex

T - Yep, tastes like Guinness... and sex. Roasty and malty extreme notes of bold blackness. Creamy and rich, would drink well with a shot of Bailey's too. Right off the bat I took three good size sips. The beer has an amazingly light taste. you really get good flavor from this brew. Awesome job with this one, not quite as risky as I would have liked, but very unique flavors

M - Very light, extremely easy to go down. Evenly cotes your mouth with wonderful flavor. Could be improved, very carbonated and bubbly

D - Outstanding, once you get over it being over carbonated the true flavor comes bounding out of all corners leaving no rock unturned. I could quite conceivably drink a sixer of this tonight.

Great job Guinness, but walk out a little further in the next 250 years! I have no idea why this beer is getting such bad ratings. I don't know if people are looking for a nitrous taste? Its a dry stout, not nitrous. A must find/have in case you've never... Not quite as good as Guinness Drought, but still very good and Guinness-y.

Cheers, Happy St. Patrick's Day.

Mar 18, 2011
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SykDoc from Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a moderate brown but appears opaque in the glass and held to the light. A 2+ inch beige head forms and slowly reduces to a minimal lacing.

The aroma has a primarily roasted malt component with some raw earthy and metallic tones. Somewhat nutty character.

The taste has cimilar characteristics to the nose with a roasted malt, cocoa taste combined with an earthy minimally metallic hint that comes across with a nutty bite.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly low level of carbonation. Clean feeling, mildly dry finish.

Overall, this is a solid beer. It has the Guinness components and highlights some unique parts. Enjoyed it on St. Patrick's Day and happy to do so.

Mar 17, 2011
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat soapy, somewhat creamy head. I can't tell if it's going to be a good head or if it's going to crap away. The head is about two fingers in length. The body is pitch black, with tiny hints of red if you hold it right up to the light. It looks pretty damn good, the head is kinda hanging in there, but it is for sure leaving good lacing. It smells like a regular Guinness but with hints of chocolate, cocoa, and maybe some brown sugar. Overall it smells a lot sweeter than a regular Guinness does, which is weird because it's supposed to be a dry stout, oh well, either way it smells really good, and pretty damn unique! Well, definitely more carbonation than a classic Guinness stout, and a lot sweeter. I'm really detecting brown sugar, which is very very tasty. There are some chocolate and cocoa hints, but not much. There is of course the heavy malt character, and a tiny hop bite hidden in there nicely; but mostly it's the brown sugar. The brown sugar taste is not overpowering by any means though, it's well balanced. I mean this beer is just so tasty, it's well balanced and easy drinking. Really really good beer, best beer by Guinness I have ever had, hands down. Mouthfeel is pretty damn good too, it fits the beer perfectly, not too heavy, not too light. This beer is almost perfect, I mean I want to start giving it 5's, it's that good. I don't know what else to say, fantastic!

Mar 17, 2011
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TheMadChef10 from New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was dark, very non translucent. I dont know if other people had this problem but I had sediment floating in my glass, I dont mind it just saying. Smelled of roasty malt and coffee. Had a slight coffee taste. Felt a lot thinner than a normal guinness to me. Its a good relaxing beer i suppose, it would be good with chocolate cake to me anyway.

Mar 17, 2011
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July2Nov from Virginia

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Found this tucked away in the fridge.

Appearance: Poured with a huge three-finger, off-white foamed head that goes down to a one-finger. Typical color of Guinness. Nice.

Smell: Has a grainy scent with some metallic.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Light in body. Has a burnt quality to it. Slight metallic and grain flavor at the end of the tasting. A bit of carbonation in the beer. It tends to get sweeter the longer you drink it. Always a fan of this beer, anniversary edition, or not.

Drinkability: I would dare to venture that if you like Guinness in all of it's forms, your probably going to like this edition. I did. Slightly different than the "normal" stout but nothing that really captures your attention and makes you say, "wow", but still it's a Guinness and either your going to like it, or your not.

Feb 08, 2011
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plaid75 from New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Chip Shop, Brooklyn, New York.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger foamy off white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel and faint roasted malt.

The taste was subtle with light malts, a touch of roast and a grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the lighter side of the style with a vibrant carbonation.

Overall a decent stout with that is a bit thin flavor wise.

Jan 28, 2011
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CuriousMonk from District of Columbia

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap from several irish pubs across the country. Pours the familiar black color the brand is known for, but with a darker tan head. Aroma was of chocolatey roasted malt. Palate is smooth, but found it to be lighter than regular Guinness. Taste had a roasted malt sweetness with a chocolate undertone. As it warms, some coffee comes through as well. Seems like a lighter version of stout, but really good way to honor Guinness' long-standing success.

Jan 28, 2011
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pretty underwhelming for a stout; though the color was dark brown with ruby highlights, the head could have belonged to any number of beer styles - just didn't have they typical stout characteristics; left some strands of lace behind, however

Smell: Cocoa, brown bread and a nutty character

Taste: Cocoa and nutskins, up front, with a developing earthy, nutty bitterness; an odd soapy flavor arrives if you swirl it over the tastebuds for too long; after the swallow, the up front flavors add a charred dimension that lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low to moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nothing not to like; just nothing to get excited about, either

Dec 01, 2010
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philphilphil from Australia

3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Guinness glass.

Pours deep black with crazy large head.

Smells like the first night I was in ever in London, when I had a bottle of Guinness Foreign Extra stout (I think). hard to describe smell but nice.

Taste is pretty good and how I've always thought of Guinness.

Mouthfeel was awesome, just right in every way.

Drinkability is high, it is not much more expensive than most domestic beers.

Nov 30, 2010
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LiquidBread219 from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= Poured Dark black with a small tan head.

S= Nose was basically light roasted malts and a little bitterness.

T= Taste was really smooth nice roasted malts had a little bit of carmel in it also very nice taste.

M= Medium in body not very little carbonation.

D= I really enjoyed drinking these when they where out they went down smooth and I thought they where better than the orginals...

Nov 21, 2010
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fourplayed from California

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark basically black with some brown hints in the thin head.

Smells are light on the nose, roasted malts, lite chocolate n' caramel hints with some bitterness.

Tastes smooth - almost too smooth for a stout roasted malts, chololates, caramel and lite bitterness are are subdued making it a smooth tasting.

Medium heft in the mouth with very little carbonation.

If you want a traditional stout you may not want this. But, if your a newby to stouts it's a good place to aquire the taste. It as smooth and understated a stout as I've had so far.

Oct 14, 2010
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