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Guinness 250th Anniversary StoutGuinness 250th Anniversary Stout

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by naterock on 04-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ronniebruner
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without a doubt, this would have to be the greatest beer I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. To drink a 250 is a privilege and you will thank yourself for buying the beer, or whoever bought one for you. An A+ brew, perfect for any occasion. Cheers.

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Photo of JamesS
4.65/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Piper's Pub, Pittsburgh, PA.

Pours a great dark brown color with ruby shimmers; excellent tan head with very nice lacing. Deep stout scent, nice burnt grains. Excellent taste, a good deep stout, not many extra flavors, but very well balanced for a nice plain dry Irish stout. Great mouthfeel! The carbonation is great and has a champagne-like feel on the tongue. This is a great stout, very smooth and malty with a great feel and finish.

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Photo of MikeInIowa
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Let's cut to the chase: Guiness 250 is delicious. Go drink some while you still have the chance (this is the only year it is going to be brewed).

Look: Dark brown, opaque appearance with light brown, evenly distributed head that does not lace much except for ringers on the glass yet sustains itself for an extended period of time with a full centimeter or more of foam.

Nose: A pleasing aroma of chocolaty malts.

Taste: An easy embrace of cholocate and coffee, but with a surprisingly low IBU.

Mouth: A full-bodied, cream mouthfeel.

Drink: Superior consume-ability -- as easy as a Hershey bar. Smooth and creamy.

In a word: WOW!

with respect for beer,

Mike in Iowa

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Photo of stoutmasterjames
4.54/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Haven't tried this on tap yet, but man was I surprised. At first drink I was not impressed but at by the time I reached the bottom of the first bottle I was in love. This is a less creamy, somewhat lighter (is it lighter?) version of the stout we all know and love. Hits you with a tingle on the tip of your tongue. Quite good actually, try one!

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Photo of omnigrits
4.52/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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Photo of simmons
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark black with a light red tint to it when held up to the light. Medium tan head lasting a few minutes leaving a lin lace.
Aroma: Mild roasted notes, with a malty nose to it. No hop aroma
Flavor: A nice solid malt flavor. Not too grainy or bread like. Has a moderate roasted flavor that doesnt leave a bad after taste but lingers around for a bit. Hop bitterness is mild and goes very well with this beer.
Mouthfeel: A little light on the body but it is an irish stout so it is right on the money. Creamy and very well balanced with light carbonation instead of the classic nitro that guinness is known for.
Overall: This is one tasty beer! Well balanced, fit to style, not too heavy & not too light in body. This is a good Irish Stout, not the best out there but a damn good one. Worth buying, I hope they change their mind about keeping it a limited beer.

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Photo of billybob
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a big head and lots of lace looks like coke in the glass. nice roasted malt hints of coffee and earthy notes in the nose. lighter and smoother tasting than the guinness extra stout and better than the nitro draft. light mouthfeel and good carbonation. this would be a great intro to the style and good more than a few. to bad its a one shot brew.

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Photo of BeerandBeer
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came across it on the shelve at our small local store. I was pleasently suprised by the taste. Nice dark appearance. Comparable to the regular stout, not as good, but a nice change. It was a hit for some not as often beer drinkers in my family, who did enjoy it as well. I was saddend when I went back and it was no longer available.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

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Photo of chugalug06
4.33/5  rDev +23%
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.

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Photo of losdizzel
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at James E. McNeillies in okc as soon as it came out
As a fan of Guinness this was new and different ,but in a good way . almost too carbonated but very drinkable
Reminds me of Guinness extra stout mixed with Guinness draft
Finished dry as in mouthfeel
very dark with fast cascadind head
A must for Guinness fans

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Photo of TippySelenoid
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of thequeen711
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
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!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer seemed to just show up on a few taps around town with no flare, marketing, or promotion. Glad it did, it's a marked improvement over the standard Guinness.

First off, the beer has a more beer-like appearance without the cascading effect of the the nitro-tap. A sturdy white foam sit proudly on the beer and laces well on the way down in true Guinness fashion. Still as dark brown and dense looking as ever.

Faint aromas give a light impression of toasted grains, delicat maltiness, and with a slight yeasty twang.

Flavors on the other hand do deliver a bit more sweetness than the original Guinness and take the shape of caramel, barley malt, and light esters of grapes and plumbs. Still quite reserved in flavor and aroma, this beer has a noticable depth that is similar to the Extra Stout.

Somewhere between moderate and full, the mouthfeel seems heavy up front (probably because of the low carbonation and added sweetness). The beer fades nicely into a powdery and lightly ashy texture that is reminescent of Guinness Draught.

Ultimately, I find that the beer might be a good blend of Guinness Draught and Guinness Extra Stout. Still it's a good beer that I'll happily drink again.

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Photo of Amalak
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at a random Irish pub in midtown NYC. I love Guinness. It's actually my favorite beer. Naturally I must compare to the original. This has more of a sweet taste to it than the other and lacks some of the biting bitterness. It's also more carbonated and not quite as smooth as the original. Something new, so I like it.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: dark brown color with a thick frothy light brown head and decent lacing.
S: dry dark roasted chocolate malts and lightly hopped smell.
T: sweet chocolate liquor taste with a dank yeast after taste.
M/d: smooth almost to sweet and very thick like a lighter syrup. The drinkability is good mostly because of the taste. I definitely recommend and hope it will stick around longer.

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Photo of iNHaze
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a regular tap into a pint glass.

Poured a very dark chocolatey black. Bar was low light so I couldn't really determine if there were any highlights to speak of. Had a decent 1/2" of creamy head and some nice lacing.

Smelled a little bit alcoholy, and a little bit roasty, and a little bit chocolatey, but similar to a standard guinness.

Taste was very nice, coffee, toffee, caramel, and roasted malts all pull through strong in this brew. Hop profile is very minimal.

The smoothness of this beer blew me away. I've always thought guinness without nitrogen felt a little bit thin, but this didn't. It was very full and round and coated the palate nicely. I felt like I was drinking an oatmeal stout. Very nice.

The excellent mouthfeel, moderate abv, and an enjoyment of stouts put the drinkability on this one up there for me. Too bad they don't make this the standard import guinness.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tried this first at capital ale house, liked it enough to buy a 6er,

A: blackish brown, lingering head but not as long as nitro-can or tap, minimal lacing,

S: sweet, caramel, coffee.

T: more coffee, sweet malts.

M: smooth and creamy

D: already a Guinness drinker so very drinkable.

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Photo of CherylM
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a sixer of these cause I needed one to bake a cake with. I had one while baking and was very pleasantly surprised. It came on like a concentrated Guinness, with a pleasant malt forward presentation showing subtle chocolate and a little coffee. As it warmed the flavors were less concentrated and the body got a little creamy. Nice thick but not viscous texture and an aftertaste that made me want to keep drinking.

Incredibly drinkable, malt rich without being oppressive. This is a solid stout. In a time where it seems stouts are just being added on to more and more (coffee, imperial, barrel aged, etc.), Guinness steps up with a serious "regular" stout to show us how it's done.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.15/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear dark brown colored beer with a quite nice light brown colored head.

Smell is herbal English style hop with a slightly soapy aroma. Patent malt and smokiness is in this one but very much reduced from regular Guinness. This is a great deal like a black and tan.

Starts out sweet and malty with a very smooth taste, almost like a milk stout. Much sweeter than the regular Guinness and a great deal less bitter. Little bit of toffee and chocolate but mostly this tastes like a black and tan.

Mouthfeel is good.

Super easy to drink, much like a milk stout. Only question would be if the sweetness would get old on beer number three or four.

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Photo of bort11
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Guinness pub glass. Over an inch of khaki head. Good retention and decent lacing. Color is a deep dark brown with warm chestnut highlights.

Smell is a rich chocolaty coffee. Much richer than a standard Guinness. Taste has a nice coffee bitterness with a bit of hops. Not used to experiencing hops with a stout. Still very malty and dark roasted.

Mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation. Finishes with creamy dark malt.

Blipped "Pints of Guinness Makes You Strong" by Against Me!

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Photo of therica
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A worthy 250th Anniversary brew. I'm drinking this one warm, just for reference.


A= possibly a hint more caramel-glaze tint while pouring but it's still jet-black in my glass 1/2L stein and I can't see any light through it. Hefty tan frothy head.

S= wonderful hops florals, malts, molasses. Much more enjoyable aroma than standard Guinness Stout (bottles for comparison).

T= in comparison to their traditional Stout, this is slightly sweeter, has a lot less of the coffee-chocolate bitterness, more apparent rich molasses, yet plentiful floral hops and enough hops bitters to please the more contemporary hops-fanatics of the 21st Century.

M= lightly molasses-caramel sweet with hops bitters and more of a Belgian chocolate than raw-Swiss chocolate hint.

D= if you like Guinness Stout I think you'll really enjoy this. I hope they keep this beer active for a long time to come. I prefer it over the original Stout.

NOTE: I did email Guinness and asked what hops they used. Their reply was less than enthusiastic-- and makes me think less of Guinness and their parent-company Diageo, especially in light of how many US micro-breweries (and some macro's) are listing the hops used in each of their beers.

"While we appreciate your interest in Guinness, it is our policy not to provide proprietary information to
external parties for private or commercial purposes. "

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
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!

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