Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout
Guinness Ltd.

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Stout - Irish Dry
3.56 | pDev: 15.45%
Guinness Ltd.
Retired (no longer brewed)
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twenty5 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

May 12, 2013
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scootercrabb from Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.7%

Nov 22, 2011
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harmoniousplinth from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Nov 20, 2012
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LittleCreature from Australia

3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 3.0
I wasn't sure whether to expect it to be nitrogenated or not. It isn't. Pours a couple of fingers of beige head that quickly reduced to a thin bubbly layer over a solid black body, red where the light catches.

Smell - 3.5
A lot more malt on the nose than the original, chocolate and caramel. Blocked nose prevents further description.

Taste - 3.5
A more natural and more pleasant flavour than regular Guinness; slightly less dry (sweeter), more noticeable alcohol (it is stronger at 5%), more chocolatey, not much roasted or coffee, has a pleasant, earthy aftertaste. Tasty enough, but nothing to cry over.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Obviously lacks the smooth, creamy mouthfeel of regular nitro-Guinness, carbonation is light to moderate and quite fine, actually quite light bodied for a stout.

Drinkability - 3.5
Easy to drink, but I would get bored of this quickly. Not as sessionable as regular Guinness.

OVERALL - 3.35
An average Irish stout. Worth trying, but I wouldn't go back to it.

Nov 06, 2009
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NefariousR from Texas

3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz. glass bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A - Black with ruby highlights, forms an off-white foamy head. Strictly CO2 here; no nitro-infused creaminess.

S - Malty sweetness, slightly more evident than in the standard Guinness Draught.

T - Malt with a roast bite. There's also a slight note of dark fruit -- perhaps figs or raisins.

M - Light-bodied with just a bit of carbonation.

D - An interesting change from standard Guinness. To be honest, it mostly just seems like they took out the widget and rebottled it as a new beer. Worth trying, but don't go out of your way.

Apr 13, 2010
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deapokid from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -15.7%

Nov 25, 2011
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Moose44 from Texas

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Jan 23, 2012
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EvanWilliams from Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Feb 05, 2012
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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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berserker256 from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wondered if this was just Guinness with a different label but I don't think it is. When I poured it into my pint glass I didn't get all the fine light brown bubble cascading down the side of the glass as you do with a Guinness Draught. The color has the same similar dark brown-to-black appearance. Medium creamy tan head. It smells like sweet roasted chocolately malt with a hint of smokeyness. Tastes surprisingly more smokey than the smell. Dry and bitter in good ways. Nice carbonation. This beer smells malty and tastes hoppy. Unusual. Good beer, though. Sort of heavy. I may like it more than Guinness Draught.

Jun 22, 2009
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weerezboy from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Dec 22, 2011
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OKCNittany from Oklahoma

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sep 07, 2015
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OldTime from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Mar 11, 2012
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Halcyondays from California

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black with a soft, rocky, foamy off-tan head. Good lace and head retention.

S: Notes of coffee, roast, some sweet sugar.

T: Overall not bad, though the flavour intensity was light for the style, the Extra Stout is certainly a bigger beer. Roasted malt, though sweeter than I expected, minour caramel and molasses.

M: Soft carbonation, smooth, light/medium bodied.

D: Quite a drinkable simple pint. The flavour won't wow you, but I had no glaring problems. Would be a good introductory brew to the style, and it was cool to have my first non-nitro Guinness.

May 10, 2009
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AngusOg from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Aug 02, 2013
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Overlord from California

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

Pours a somewhat translucent-on-the-edges black with a slight brownish/ruddy tint. Maybe half an inch of tan foam, long lasting foam crust.

Smells faintly of cocoa powder. And ... I don't know ... stale roasted malt.

Taste is a tad more robust, with some astringently weirdly bitter/sour (almost oatmealish) roasted malt, a bit of cocoa ... yeah, not too much else going on.

Beers been getting a bit of a bad rap, but I think it's an improvement over the "normal" Guinness.

Mouthfeel disappointingly thin and watery.

Sep 05, 2009
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MicroBeerMan1980 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Dec 11, 2014
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really enjoy a good Guinness, the clerk told they did a little something different. I was able to a real Guinness in Ireland, but, alas I don't remember it to rate it.

Poure into a nonic at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A nice 2 finger ivory head that has some retention. The color of the beer is dark dark brown like used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is jet black.

Nose: A dark roasted malt, with phenol, molasses, wood, and caramel. So far the nose is just a little different that the oringal.

Taste: There is a dark roasted malt, phenols, wood, some caramel and a slight burnt character.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light. The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated. The finish of the beer is medium light. This beer isn't much different than the orginal. I perfer the Extra Stout.

Jul 11, 2009
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tdmccarthy from Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Jan 31, 2012
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BDIMike from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brown color. There is a fair amount of carbonation that creates a light tan colored head.
Smell has a sweeter smell to it than the average Irish dry stout. There is a nice malt base with a little smokiness, but with a bit of an English hop smell.
Taste starts out almost like a milk stout with a sweeter chocolately malt taste. Ends with a bit of the regular dry smoky finish of a regular Guinness.
Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it while staying smooth, a bit more chewy than I would like though.
Drinkability is great for an Irish dry stout. Probably because I really wouldn't consider this beer a true version of one. There is more sweetness and it tastes almost more like an English porter, which is probably because that was the prevalent style that was made when Guinness was created. A good beer that can go down very easy and often...

May 23, 2009
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a77cj7 from South Dakota

4/5  rDev +12.4%

Nov 22, 2014
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scottyshades from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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 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...

Jun 18, 2009
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nightcrawler from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark enough that I couldn't see through my pint glass. The head was about 1/2" of tan goodness and it liked to hang around.

I didn't detect any hops in scent or flavor. Just a bit of sweetness with molassus and roasted/chocolate malty smells & tastes. A bit thin on the body for a stout, I think.

I know of friends that don't like other Guinness beers to enjoy this beer. Definitely not as bold as I expected an anniversary beer to be, but very enjoyable. It could be we on the west side of the Pond have become use to breweries producing big beers for special occasions.

I wouldn't mind this becoming a regularly produced beer.

Oct 13, 2009
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ssjkyle from Nebraska

5/5  rDev +40.4%

Jul 14, 2012
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NCBeernut from North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights, very similar to Guinness Draught. Creamy, dense, pillowy head, that holds itself up very well.

S: Fruity and estery, with a light roasted barley aroma. Very faint fuggle-like hop aroma - kind of earthy, but not spicy. Soft and pleasant.

T/M: Nothing offensive. A touch minerally. Roasted barley gives it a bit of a smoky flavor. Esters round it out. Dry, slightly bitter finish. I could probably go for a bit more roasted flavor. Carbonation adds a little bite, but I would prefer a little less. Soft and creamy, but just a touch too much on the carbonation.

Jul 24, 2009
Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 576 ratings