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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 Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Premiere. This is a premium quality to the regular Guiness, however it is still no too drinkable and f course not as good quality as their foreign extra stouts, particularly that of Belgium. Pours very dark brown, with a fomaing head. There is a tad of roast and malt in the aroma. High carbonation and an overall medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of GRG1313
1.74/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours dark brown/black with a thick pillow white head and with nice lacing.

Simple light coffee nose with hints of bell pepper.

No mouth feel to speak of - could be water. No body; no character. No flavors to speak of - hard to even describe as this beer is almost devoid of flavor. (What am I missing??) Hint of flavor but without desription or character.

Hard to believe that this was released as a limited edition. Candidly, if they labeled this "Guinness Light" it would be accurate. A real miss.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For such a momentous event I was expecting a rare sort of beer to celebrate.. turns out it's like exactly the same? I find Guinness Stout to be a pretty good beer, not great but solid. I'd be hard pressed to find a difference between the 250 anniversary beer and that beer. Just a nice nutty stout on the lighter bodied side, won't knock you over with taste but has great smoothness and drinkability to it. Just expected a little something more for their 250th anniversary.

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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 brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a thick, foamy, bubbly, tan, two-finger head. It left soapy trails of foam on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of roasted malts and rich chocolate.

T - Chocolate flavor dominates with a caramel roasted backbone. It has a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It is very crisp and sharp. A light bodied stout.

D - This is good. I think I like it better than their other bottled brews (except the Foreign Extra Stout).

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comparisons to Guinness Draught are inevitable, so I won't avoid them. Besides, I think that may actually be the best way to get an idea of what the beer is like as they are very similar.

First up is that the 250 is not run via nitrogen dispense. That effects the mouthfeel and flavor preception, and it initially seems lighter, and not as burnt-roasty.

Compared side by side, I noted that the 250 offered more flavor, with more caramel, more hop, a subtle fruitiness, and less roastiness. It also appears less bitter, probably because it has more caramel maltiness to it; but also perhaps because the deep roastiness of the original accentuates the bitterness that's there. Regardless of the exact reason, however, the 250 is sweeter.

Overall, I felt that the original Draught Guinness was more drinkable. The 250 is certainly a bit more complex though. For stout fans it's certainly worth trying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, chocolate and coffee along with a metallic whiff.

T: The taste is malty as expected with mild flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. The sweetness is not overdone as it can be with some stouts. There's a decent hops presence for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp & smooth and not as watery as the original, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, mild kick, good representation of style, I like it better than the original (which I don't like too much) but there are others in the style that I would pick first.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Dark nut brown that becomes lucent dark cherry when backlit with the overcast morning outside my front window. Opacity wasn't expected. The beige crown has outstanding texture, like a torn loaf of freshly baked peasant bread. Plenty of lace sticks as well.

The nose is simple and underpowered. Each sniff delivers a whiff of cocoa and a fruitiness that is pleasant enough. It's also somewhat earthy and nutty, characteristics which aren't usually appreciated in beer of this style due to the dominance of chocolate and black malt. No such dominance here.

Forget the interesting history of Guinness and the fact of its 250th anniversary. Forget the fancy packaging. Simply put, 250th Anniversary Stout isn't very good beer. I've had loads of American-brewed Irish dry stouts that put this one to shame. It's slightly better than the abomination that is Guinness Draught, but then that isn't saying much.

Each mouthful leads me to drop the taste score another notch. Bland is the one word that keeps coming to mind. It's as if the brewers tweaked and tweaked... and then tweaked some more, until they 'succeeded' in engineering any sort of stout-like flavor out of this brew. BMC drinkers who feel brave enough to venture out into 'dark beer' should find a comfortable home here.

Specific flavors... now that's a tough one. Let's go with watery cocoa, bitter nut skins and a large splash of mineral water. The beer simply isn't flavorful enough to be offensive. A near complete lack of malt sugars leads to a dry, bitter, metallic finish that is shockingly brief. That's probably for the best.

My mouthfeel impressions should be obvious by now. The beer is too thin, even keeping style and ABV firmly in mind. Carbonation is on the low end, which contributes even more to the lackluster feeling that accompanies each and every mouthful.

Why? Why? Why? Why take the opporutunity of your 250th anniversary to release lousy beer? Why not take the time and effort to... who am I kidding? This is exactly the beer that Guinness wanted to brew. More's the pity.

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Photo of russpowell
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an effervescent ebony with 3 fingers of mocha colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Light roasted malt & not much else, it quickly fades

T: Light roasty malt, dryness & touch of leafy hops. More of the same along with some leafy & metallic hops. Finishes watery with a weak cola taste

MF: Light/medium bodied with too much carbonation, started smooth out some after it warmed way the Hell up

Drinks okay, seems even weaker/less gutsy than the flagship brew. Very forgettable.... 5 beers left I will have to drink once my taste buds are wrecked...

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Quick 6 West in York PA. Poured chilled from the growler into the appropriate Guinness tulip pint

A - A cola-like deep mahogany w/ garnet accent. A 1/2 inch smooth light beige head w/ a small bead crests the stout. The head is a dull color, the lace is random and the clarity is translucent which is good for such a dark beer

S - Like a chocolate bar or mocha coffee drink perhaps nougat creamy sweet smell, like milk chocolate w/ mild yeast and hop scent

M - the feel is nutty, slightly sweet and medium bodied w/ slightly above moderate carbonation mixed w/ light bitterness

T - A creamy malt w/ subtle sweetness is balanced w/ herbal sweet and mildly bitter hops - a mild caramel malt w/ subtle cereal sweetness. The hops rise until the dry finish

D - an easy to quaff irish dry stout- good for what it is, just seems only a slight improvement to the original, but it is a good example of the style + I prefer it to the bottled draught

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here's to Arthur! I have been given a couple of bottles of this beer and I feel it only fair to open one and get a review in.

From the bottle: "To mark the 250 year anniversary of the signing of the lease on St. James's Gate Brewery by Arthur Guinness, we introduce a special commemorative stout. This premium recipe provides a refreshing taste, which underlies the complex flavor of stout."

It began with a big, foamy two fingers' worth of deep-tan head that eventually sat down, leaving a lot of lacing in its wake. The nose had notes of dark chocolate, black coffee, and smoke. The color was a Stygian black with ruby highlights at the edges. Mouthfeel was medium with tastes of charcoal, coffee and smoke on the tongue. The finish was very dry with about as much charcoal taste as I can tolerate in a stout. It might be worth trying this side-by-side with regular Guinness, but otherwise, it was just sort of a novelty for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.11/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a tanned head of big bubbly foam. Smells of barley and malt sweetness. Also has some coffee notes and a bit of yeast. Quite a bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Light feel with low carb. Taste is a bit watered down for a stout but has traces of burnt grain and a little bit of coffee/chocolate character. It reminds me more like a black and tan than anything. For something as epic as a 250 year anniversary, I think they blew it on this release.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears with a pitch black body with ruby red highlights, light tan head much like a draft version. Head retention and lacing are pretty slick, big chunky layers of lacing coat my pint glass, a very nice looking brew. Aromatics a bit tame but here's what I'm getting...malty milk chocolate with powdered yeast notes slightly tart with some raisin sweetness underneath the dark roasted malt layers. Flavor wise a nice blend of toasted malt from sweet creamy to slightly tart with a lactic mineral character. Finishes slightly fruity without any residual sugars, dark chocolate with tame coffee accents makes this beer much more flavorful than the standard dry irish stout. Mouthfeel is nice as well with the standard carbonation makes this one a medium bodied fine dry irish stout that will hopefully see an imperial form, maybe at the 300th Anniversary. Drinkability overall was nice, definitely a beer I didn't mind imbibing on. Solid example of what Guinness should be all of the time.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a large creamy off white head that sticks for a while. Smells of light roasted malts, slight metallic, very little hop presence. Taste is light bitter roast slight acrid, a little caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is crisp, body is medium. Better tasting than the draft in a bottle gimmick. Light almost flavorful brew. This one reminded me more of a brown ale than a stout. Drinkable, but nothing special.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Almost black, mildly translucent body with a deent one finger tan head.

S - Smells of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and dark sugars. Some mild spices as well.

T - Dark sugar, coffee, some chocolate and faint fruit notes are taken in. Some spice and sweetness balanced with the standard dryness and bitterness of a stout.

M - Low carbonation and a medium body for a stout. It sits well in the mouth and seems properly balanced.

D - Like all stouts in my opinion, this is easy to drink. It's dark but on the lighter side and the flavor notes arent overpowering. I agree I think Guinness could have done a bit better for a 250th anniversary brew.

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Photo of jwc215
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with ruby edges and a large foamy tan head - not as black as expected. Nice head, though.

The smell is of roast, chocolate...Smells like a Guinness.

The taste is of deep roast and chocolate with a fruity undertone.

Rather watery with the carbonation somewhat harsh. Not as creamy as the regular "draught" version, not as rich as the extra.

Not something I would consider a "special anniversary" brew. Won't get this over the regular on-tap, can or extra versions I could get around here. Nothing special - has a Guinness character, but with a fruity-ish undertone and harsher/pricklier carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  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 know the rest.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with lighter brown color along the bottom of the glass. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, grass, slight hops, hints of toffee, and the slightest roasted malt. Fits the style of an Irish Dry Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with an average carbonation level. Slight dryness is present. Tastes of roasted malt, toffee, sweet malt, slight hop, some grass flavors, nuts in the finish. Overall, this is much better than the Guinness I've had the opportunity to try. I hope this beer sticks around instead of just being a one year anniversary brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed this bottle at a local beer bar, served in an imperial pint glass. I'm not expecting great things but its a novelty beer.

Beer is dark brown to black. Brown head made up of a tiny bubbles leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell isn't roasty at all, mostly malts and sweetness, that was surprising.

Beer is medium body (heavier than a Guinness draft). Beer is slightly sweet and moderately bitter. This is approximately what I expected. I'm not surprised but I'm also not disappointed. There is no aftertaste, overall its a fine crafted, sweeter fuller Guinness and I can respect that.

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