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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 ZeroSignal
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark, dark brown; can only see through it when held up to the light, and barely at that. A good inch or so of beige head that settles to a thin layer; lacing is a little slippery

S - Nose is pretty much what I would expect from a dry stout - roasted malts with a noticeable hop presence. The aroma is nice, but there isn't too much going on

T&M - Lighter bodied with a predominant roasted malt character, which is well balanced by a wave of hop bitterness that seems to clear the palate, lending to it's drinkability. Some earthy character and a bit of grassiness in the finish, which is clean and somewhat dry.

D - Body and lighter flavors with a very reasonable ABV produces a very drinkable and pretty enjoyable brew.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.84/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a fairly thin-looking dark brown, not unexpected for the style. Head is light tan and a couple fingers thick. Lacing is decent.

Smell: I get a bit of roasted malts, dry bitterness, and a little...soapiness? Interesting, and frankly not appealing.

Taste: A bit of roasted malt flavor and bitter chocolate, but overall this is a very underwhelming flavor. Not a lot of character here. Watery, more so than Guinness Draught.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: I feel like the mouthfeel is too thin, even for the style that it represents. Carbonation is okay, but overall not much to write home on. As with most dry stouts it is pretty drinkable, however.

Overall: Not Guinness' best effort. I much prefer Guinness Draught over this one.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Guinness 250th Anniversary

Served at 48 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Dark brown, medium head with lacing.

Smell: Malts, hint of caramel, chocolate.

Taste: Slightly malty bitterness, dark chocolate, and subtle sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium with a light dryness.

Bottom line:
This is a good beer. I like it better than the regular Guinness. This is more flavorful.

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Photo of Plokhooy
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Although most believe that the 250 is inferior to they traditional Guiness product I throughly enjoyed is product. Not quite as stout as its younger, more famous brother, I found it more drinkable and quite tasty. Too bad it wasn't around long enough.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours black with a tight tan head. Smells light and somewhat soapy. Very, very mild roastiness. Tastes thin and a bit bitter without a lot of character. I really don't see what they were going for here. This is what you brew for your 250th anniversary? Figures- a nice parable of what Guinness has become. Nothing to see here, time to move on.

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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 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 Rhettbuck
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Like most of the Guinness products, the beer is dark like motor oil. I would say it was a little more dark than normal Guinness. Slight brown light lining, and little to no head.

Smell: Strong notes of malt, and hints of chocolate and coffee, but stops before it gets too strong. So more than a normal Guinness, but not quite a java porter or anything like that.

Taste: Honestly this was the low point for me on this beer. I have talked to a lot of people that really enjoyed this beer and tout its taste. But, I found it to be a lesser form of a normal Guinness. Maybe its cause I normally drink Guinness form a tap, and this was a bottle. Nonetheless, I think it tastes like a watered down version of the original.

Mouthfeel: very filling, seems to have less carbonation than a normal Guinness, but then again anything coming out of the St. James brewery has its own odd mouthfeel.

Drinkability: At its current price, its not really worth it, just stick with a normal Guinness and skip this Anniversary batch.

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Photo of Deuane
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear, deep brown/black with chestnut highlights. A thin, light tan head hangs on well and leaves spotty lace.

S-Light roasted malt with a hint of chocolate.

T-Fairly roasy with subtle hints of coffee with a finish of dark chocolate. Certainly nothing robust here but solid nonetheless. A dry bitter finish builds with warming.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied with good lingering flavours and earthy bitterness.

D-Pretty solid overall. Certainly better than standard Guinness. I like the roasted malt aspect and the hint of coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a bottle left over from St. Pat's day into a pint glass. As expected the beer is black with the pour producing a light brown head about 1/2 an inch in height. Head fades to a solid cover and leaves a little lace.

Smell: For me this is in line with a typical Irish dry stout. Malt aromas dominate here with scents of roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate to go with it along with a little something else I can't quite place.

Taste: Followiing in line with the smell of the beer, I get a malt-centric stout (which is to be expected IMO). The roasted malts abound, taste of coffee and bitter chocolate (not sweet or milk chocolate). A nice bitterness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: I'm thinking Guiness extra stout (from the bottle) light. Medium body with a decent carbonation. Lighter than expected and a bit prickly on the tongue and throat when going down.

Drinkability: A nice drinkable Irish stout. Course that seems to be the trademark of Guinness beers. Sure they look intimidating (dark beer with a motor oil look) but in reality these are good, tasty, highly sessionable (drinkable) beers.

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Photo of Thiestru
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Black and opaque, even when held up to sunlight. One-and-a-half finger creamy head right after pouring. Decent lacing. Of course, Guinness has always looked good, but usually that's where the quality ends (unless we're talking Extra Stout). So let's see how this fares....

Smell: Not much better than usual in this category, unfortunately. We get definite but not very potent malts, and nothing more. Still, it's certainly not a bad smell, and makes me want to go ahead and taste it....

Taste: You know what regular Guinness tastes like? Well, take that, and add just a bit more flavor. This is not threatening to overtake Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout as a majestic stout by any means, but it's certainly enjoyable. It tastes malty and crisp at the same time, and is a bit less creamy than the normal Guinness.

Mouthfeel: More carbonated than I expected. It's a little fizzy on the tongue. It does have some body though, so it's all right.

Drinkability: This is very, very easy to drink. This is basically a 'background music' sort of drink, meaning that I'd have no problem drinking lots of these, provided I had good company and conversation and it wasn't the focus of attention.

Place this beer right in between Guinness normal stout and Guinness extra stout. It doesn't have near the flavor and potency of the latter, but it's sure as hell more respectable than the shameful former.

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Photo of NefariousR
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap many a time. Pours black with fluffy white head, looks identical to it's sister guinness draught. Smells of dark roasted barley with a nice chocolate undertone, pretty much the draught amped up. Taste is similar, very roasty with a smokey burnt chocolate being cleaned up by a nice big bitter bite. Overall better than the draught but still no where near the extra stout.

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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 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 brownbeer
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head.

I actually like this one quite a bit. The aroma is chocolaty, similar to English Porter. Light roast, inviting.

A little black licorice in the taste, along with chocolate and light coffee. Very sessionable, I think this is better than their extra stout. Creamy mouthfeel and light carbonation, slightly dry.

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Photo of eweneek83
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - almost black body with a nice dark tan head - much like a doberman.

Smell - The smell is rather faint, but smells a bit smoky with that classic malty but creamlike smell.

Taste - The perfect balance between the draught and extra stout Guinness. Tastes much like the draught Guinness with a bit more carbonation, taste, and a bit less creamy. Nothing special, but very good for a a dry stout

Mouthfeel - exceptional! carbonation gives way to a creamy roasty taste that makes your mouth water even more. You'll feel like you need this beer in your mouth more than Obama needs a public approval boost. It's that epic.

Drinkability - Unfortunately, I only have this one bottle. But I could easily go ahead and quaff six of these bastards in about 90 minutes and feel great. It's even tastier on tap!

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Photo of hopheadjuice
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sierra nevadda lazer etched glass.

A - Typical stout, Black

S - smells smokey with a little fruit like scents poking through

T - This does not taste nearly as smokey as it should. a bit to fruity on the back of my pallet

M - normal carbonation and a medium-full body.

D - this beer is okay for stout standards but there are so many better ones out there. go grab a shakespere stout, much more worth it.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

250th Anniversary Stouct was a lighter then other guinness, and other stouts as well. This makes it a good "starter" stout. For being a anniversary limited production beer, I was hopeing for a much stronger and speical taste, however this beer is be no means bad, its worth trying, but it could have been better.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on a cold February afternoon, served in a Duvel tulip glass. Look: Deep black color, a finger of creamy, brown, shiny foam, good lacing; Smell: Malt with sweet chocolate and coffee; Taste: Malt with roasted coffee and chocolate, biscuity malt at the end, slightly amount of hops; Mouthfeel: Refreshing, never had tasted a refreshing stout before, high bitterness, medium and thick body, low carbonation; Drinkability: Like drinking a choco-milk, the third guinness i drink.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearlyblack, very deep tan head that leaves little lace.
Smell is malt, peat,smoke and caramel.
Taste is malt, hops, grass and smoke.
Medium bodied. Typical Guinness dry finish, slightly watery though less than normal. Ahint of sweetness prior to the swallow. Touch of floral and alcohol in aftertaste. Good stuff.

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

Pours lively black with a nice caramel head that has some life to it. foamy retention. Smells of rich chocolate and light coffee and caramel. Tastes of rich chocolate, malty caramel with a little of that coffeeness evident in Guinness products. Mouthfeel is medium with a light sizzle of carbonation. I would describe this as pretty drinkable for the style.

All in all - this falls somewhere between the Draught and the Extra Stout. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of fastsrt
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured 11.2 ounce bottle in pint glass
A: deep deep brown, with a frothy 2.5 finger head, lace in the glass but the head does not hold up well.
S: small roasted notes, but there are hops that mostly come through
T: roasted barley, finished with nice earthy hops. balanced flavors
M: thin and light, with not much carbonation, but since the flavors are so light it does not hurt the mouth feel much the balance is still there, the hops finish the beer dry and refreshing.
D: highly drinkable and could session these with ease, low abv, light mouth feel but still has real flavors.

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Photo of koopa
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as a gift from a local friend...

Appearance: Pours a frosty dark brown/black with a 1/2 finger off white crown that shows little retention and good lace.

Smell: Roast malt, a touch of nut, and a hint of yeast.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Way thin and not satisfying at all.

Drinkability: Easy to down but I wouldn't want to.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The head lacked uniformity of bubble size which spoilt its appearance.
It had a watery smell that wsareluctant to give off any roasted barleyness.
Relaively sweet and possibly designed to either offend or challenge anyones taste buds or Stout sensibilities.
I thouht it smoother and creamier and sat in the mouth quite well.
I would call this a Stout most amenable to quaffing.
There is nothing to get excited about ,and it does no real harm

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3.52 out of 5 based on 570 ratings.
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