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Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness 250th Anniversary StoutGuinness 250th Anniversary Stout

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by naterock on 04-13-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, earthy scent that boasts of patent and chocolate malts. It's thin smelling much like the original. The taste is average. It has a bone dry patent malt flavor with a slight hint of chocolate malt for some added body and sweetness. It goes down easy and finishes with a bit more mouthfeel than the original. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is an average Irish stout. I like the nitro version of the original better. This doesn't impress me much.

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Photo of everetends
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Finally found a 12 oz bottle of this when I was in Birmingham. It still hasn't shown up in Jacksonville or any of the surrounding areas. Enjoyed at home side by side with of course the normal offering which is always in the fridge. I would say it is pretty important to see how it stacks up against the standard that Guinness has created. Served up in a shaker pint.

A: Uh, this isn't like the usually experience. Sure it has the cloud and the effect but it just doesn't build that huge, rocky head that you expect to last the entire experience. It also doesn't throw up the lace that you get from a regular Guinness. Everything else is in place as far as carbonation and color (may actually be a touch bit darker than the original), but the lack of head is not what you expect from a Guinness. Sorry but this just goes a touch beyond mediocre.

S: There seems to be a touch more bitterness coming across in this offering than the standard, and I don't know how it translates to tell the truth. Maybe it is a bit of burnt wood, smoky presence as well. Its got all that regular Guinness presence with nice thick malts, a little bit of chocolate and coffee, but the added smells seem to hurt this a bit.

T: Same as the nose. A little extra added bitterness and even a touch of metallic presence that may be coming from either the hops or water. A little more smoke character is in this offering. Yet again it has all the original flavors but what they added to this to set it apart appears to have hurt it in this category.

M: Not as thick as the original. More of a lighter body to the originals medium if I'm not going crazy. Since a bit thin and watery. This does finish MUCH drier than the original, calling for more pulls that don't quite quench as well as the standard. Aftertaste is of some of that metallic quality that tends to drive me a bit nuts.

D: You know, i have to say its not bad, but its not much above mediocre. Having always had the standard Guinness offering I have come to love it. Sure its not crazy dynamic or challenging, but it sure as hell is enjoyable. This beer is enjoyable but it doesn't stack up to the original offering. What was added seems to have taken away from the original flavors. The dryness doesn't leave me as happy to be drinking a Guinness to tell you the truth. It was a fun new twist on the beer, but it doesn't really translate well nor does it impress me. I guess this was an attempt at being a little more aggressive and risk taking, but I think Guinness should stick with what they have over the past 250 years. Nothing wrong with it if you ask me.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Love how the nitrogenated Guinness looks, so can't expect the carbonated version to compare.
S: Nutty and some smoke. Good for a standard dry stout.
T: Less watery than the other types of Guinness I've had stateside. The stuff in the UK is overall better in terms of preserving this flavor but retaining the creaminess of the standard nitrogenated version.
M: Fairly thick, again better than most of the US counterparts.
D: Probably wouldn't go past one.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a decent sized head, was served on regular tap instead of nitro so it didn't have that extremely creamy looking layered head like usual.

Smell is mostly roasted malt, faintest hints of coffee.

Taste is roasted malt, dark and slight bitter, easy to drink but not as creamy smooth as usual without the nitro, although it does have a certain sharpness that is usually lacking in the regular nitro-infused Guinness.

Other than the lack of creaminess, it seems pretty much the same Guinness otherwise.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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 saintwarrick
3.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Wohoo, Guinness without nitro. This brew pours a deep brown with amber highlights. A thick tannish head that coats the beer stays forever. Aroma is quite good, nutty with some cocoa thrown in, some roasted malt character in there with a nice thick body and some decent bite set this apart from it Draught brother. This is the superior brew in my opinion. Finishes light and creamy.

I'd put Extra Stout just over this in overall taste, but this is the better original Guinness flavor than either Extra or Draught.

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Photo of truknon
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orderd this beer with my Angus Burger at the BBC (British Beer Company) in Framingham, MA. As a fan of Guiness, I thought it would be a great compliment to my meal. But I was wrong!!

The pour and appearance were fine and looks like a normal Stout (Dark Black with a nice Beige color head), however the drinkablity was something I didn't expect. For some reason it did not go down as well as a normal Guiness. The first few sips were only ok, tasting a bit thin and not much flavor to speak of.

Overall, I was disappointed and it could have been the overwhelming flavor of the Burger that didn't help it out.

For thier 250th anniversary it definitely is not Brilliant!!

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a thin ruby black with a dark head. Very nice looking beer aside from how thin it is.

Aroma is mild. Notes of raw grains, grass, caramel, and the faintest hint of coffee or bitter chocolate.

Taste is very dry with lots of grain, hops add to bitterness but don't have much of a flavor presence or aroma. Other notes of dark bread and smoke were there but were very faint.

Mouthfeel is a rougher co2 based carbonation that wakes the palette up and is an improvement over nitro in my opinion. (On tap is a different story)

Drinkability is very high. This is a session dry stout that's worthy of party beer status.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
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 superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In celebration of six months with my girlfriend and my 300th review, I figured an equally celebratory beer would fit the bill nicely. Hence Guinness' stout brewed in honor of the 250th anniversary of the signing of the famous 900-year lease, an appropriate choice considering the Irish background of my girlfriend. (She's a Bailey, no less. Sadly, I had no Bailey's to create an Irish Car Bomb with the Anniversary Stout.)

Pours a deep, dark brown that toys with black, showing hints of garnet when held to the light and showing off a tall, creamy light beige head that settles down to a quarter-inch of creamy foam. Stickage is rather sparse.

A nice lightly toasted, mildly chocolaty aroma is quite pleasant and mildly restrained, with notes of roasted barley playing in quite prominently. Some faintly floral hop notes hide in the background.

Smooth and mostly creamy in body and mouthfeel, with a more prickly carbonation compared with the brewery's traditional draft offering. Malt flavors are somewhat rich and sweet, with some dark chocolate coming through amongst a bit of sour acidity and mild hop and roasted grainy astringency. Finish is mostly dry and a bit herbal and biscuity.

Nicely drinkable and a good, slightly more robust brother to traditional Guinness, but as a celebration for such a momentous occasion, it seems more a marketing gimmick aimed at the typical Guinness imbiber (and the American one at that, considering its export-only status) that is meant to be a slight departure yet an inoffensive partner to ordinary American-market Guinness Draught.

Either way, cheers go out to Guinness and its continued existence, hopefully living-out its remaining 650 years at St. James Gate.

And cheers to my girlfriend as well. May our relationship live for just as long.

And finally, a cheers to BeerAdvocate.com and all the reviewers out there. Keep doing what you do. I plan on it. 300 reviews down, and a lifetime's worth more to go!

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

simlar but a different feel with the higher carbonation. tastes the same though

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth.

smell: good hops, and slight chocolate aromas

taste: Nearly identical. rich and slight chocolate roasted flavors but had a smooth rich taste, Very Dry, not sweet at all.

mouthfeel: more carbonation than the original

drinkability: Solid, just liek the original, nothing awesome but a good choice

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can't tell a difference to the draft, other than carbonation. Both are so light in flavors.

This 250th pours medium to full dark brown with off-tan head. Nose is light with roasty components and some whoppers nougat candy. Palate is light bodied with roasty flavors up front, some sweet caramel/chocolate in the middle, and a semi-sweet caramel finish. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fairly dark brown body with a good sized tan head. Pretty good retention and good sheets of lacing are left behind also.

The aroma is slightly bitter and roasted with some sweetness behind it.

This tastes a good bit like the original Guinness, but it is definitely its own beer. The highly bitter, dry, roasted character from normal Guiness is toned down in the 250 version. There is noticeable fruitiness with some caramel and earthy flavors. I wonder if Guinness Draught would taste more like this beer if it were not served on nitro-tap.

Mouthfeel is slightly light, pretty highly carbonated. A nice finish that is long and dry.

Not a bad beer. Irish dry stouts are nice for some stout flavor without the heaviness and high alcohol that most stouts come with, and this one is a decent version.

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Photo of smanders
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Chocolate brown with a thin off-white head.

Smell - Malt up front with hints of chocolate and coffee. Not overpowering.

Taste - High effervescence! Like someone poured a Sprite in my Guinness. Sweet, but with lingering Stout qualities.

Mouthfeel - Thin. This beer will NOT taint the rest of the beers you taste afterward.

Drinkability - 250 years? Yes, I know most Americans cut their teeth for Stouts on Guinness, but as far as celebrations go, this is a let-down.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.92/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Black color, small head on pour but fell to a ring. Some lace left on glass.

smell - Roasted malt.

taste - I like Guiness Draught but this just makes it taste like what I want. More of a stout like beer to me. Has the same roasted malt taste, just seems to be a better quality beer to me.

mouthfeel - Medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer, a must have if you like Guiness or stouts.

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Photo of beer2day
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light, frothy 2-finger light cream head. Decent retention and lacing.

Light roast nose, slight caramel twinge. Not as bold as I would have liked.

A bit sharp up front, slightly tart. Finishes with a nice roast balance against a faint hop profile.

A tad thinner than I would like, but it works for the time of year. It's freaking 90 degrees on the last day of May here.

Pretty good session drinker. I'll try this against draft-can and the extra version tomorrow night and try to figure out the distinctions.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think maybe the best way to review this beer is to compare it to the well known "Extra" bottle and Nitro tap/Widget bottle. This pours clear deep brown, not quite black, and forms a tall frothy light tan head with excellent retention and very nice lace. Medium to mild carbonation. The aroma is not much different than typical guinness...light, with a hint of sour milk over roasted barley, a hint of black patent, vanilla, distant black walnut, estery ale yeast, and black cherries. The mouthfeel is light and clean with a medium-light body. The taste is a nice mix between the extra and the nitro tap...there is a nice touch of the roasted barley and sour bite of the extra with the body of the nitro tap, less bitter than the export, in line with the tap, ending with a nice caramel note. Image taking the nitro tap, carbonate it, then pour in about 25% extra and this is what you would end up with. Much more drinkable than the extra, IMO. I recently had this on tap and it was just a hint smoother, but still quite good. While not quite what one may expect for an "Anniversary Stout", this doesn't stray far from the source.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, nicely browned, tan colored head. The beer is a dark, chocolate brown color that shows a clear, deep ruby hue when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of leading fruit notes followed by some dark, roast notes. The roast character is fairly light for a Stout and is almost more nutty than roast in character. The up front fruit is pretty big and reminds me of a mix of watered down raisins and perhaps a touch of sweet plum.

Fizzy and fairly light bodied, the beer does have some sweetness to it as well as a light bitterness to it in the finish. Some of the bitterness comes from some light, almost flinty, bitter roast barley. The sweetness accentuates a touch of non-specific dried fruit notes. This is quite quaffable, and I do believe that it has a touch more character than the draft Guinness. There is a touch of toasted nuttiness and perhaps some dark, unsweetened chocolate notes round out the flavor.

Not bad, it is even better than the ubiquitous bland version, but it would have been really fantastic if they had released one of there big Foreign Export Stouts for this anniversary.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout pours an opaque black with a tan head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle. The aroma is a bit roasty, but not necessarily as much as I might expect. The flavor is roasty up front but that quickly fades to a caramel flavor. Definitely different than the standard Guinness Stout, I enjoyed it, worth a try.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears a black oil color with about an inch of beige head, retention is decent, and leaves some spotty, broken lacing. Cant see through it much, just a slight red glow when held up to light. Smells of lightly roasted coffee beans, slight molasses, some dark chocolate, and lots of tart fruity notes, grape, apple & pair. That's about it.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of nicely toasted malts, some dark chocolate notes, semi sweet caramel & molasses, and a good amount of tart fruits, grape, plum, apple & pair. Some nice coffee flavors, and there's some dark chocolate like bitterness on the finish. Nothing strong or inviting though. Mouthfeel is creamy, slightly silky, and medium-full bodied. Has some active carbonation on the tongue as well.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - Almost exactly like the Guinness Extra Stout, only the body is thicker & creamy, and the flavors where only slightly more robust. All in all though I was pretty disappointed in this beer, it was just to similar to the Extra Stout, and there was nothing unique or outstanding about it. I shelled out 10.99 for a 6pack of this stuff, when I should have just bought the Extra Stout for less! It's good, but not great, and certainly not worth the money.

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Photo of olmatty
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a low beige head with big bubbles. beer is black and somewhat thin for stout.

Smell- Light aroma of roasty malts and a hint of coffee.

Taste- Black roasty malts, slight hint of chocolate, dry with a touch of coffee in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Thin bodied and fizzy.

Drinkability- Not much happening here, very disappointing. Could I drink a bunch, sure. Would I want to, no chance. The release for the 250th anniversary has not been well received; Arthur Guinness must be rolling over in his grave. Every other Guinness offering beats this swill.

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Photo of webbcreative
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured black with red hues, and white 3 finger head.
Smells biscuity. Taste a bit biscuity also, also has slight hints of coffee flavor, something sorta chocolaty in there too. Not a bad drink actually. Mouthfeel is excellent, very smooth and creamy, makes this one a very fast drinker.

Overall, this is pretty good, not something I would regularly pick up. But glad I got the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of BierFan
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Nice sized tan/gray head that sticks around for awhile. The body of the beer is black but not completely opaque. Tastes like a 50/50 combination of cold coffee and water. The taste of this beer really isn't cutting it for me. Little bit of roastiness, little bit of bitterness, nothing too impressive.

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Photo of JayNH
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown/black with a monster foamy head. Good retention and some lacing.

S- Notes of biscuity malt, sweet and pleasant.

D- Bland as to be expected from this style. Biscuity malt, on the sweet side for an IDS. Finishes with a hint of grassy hops.

M- Light bodied with a pleasant creaminess on the palate.

D- A very good session stout....

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Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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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