Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness 250th Anniversary StoutGuinness 250th Anniversary Stout
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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 treehugger02010
3.39/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at The New Deck Tavern in Philadelphia, PA. It came in a signature Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout Glass.
Appearance: The body is a deep black color. The head is a velvety light tan color, small bubbles, two or three inches tall, excellent retention as well and lacing.
Smell: The aromas are nutty, coffee and a bit of mocha (not to much).
Taste: The flavors are dominated by roasted nuts, but there are notes of chocolate and coffee.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very smooth.
Drinkability: This isn't that much different than Guinness, but unlike the other reviews, I felt the flavors were more intense.
Don't drink and review.

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

Comes to a dark brown color with a nice, tight head of foam, maybe two inches or so. This retains nicely and a little bit makes it to the bottom of the glass. The nose is of black patent and roasted malt, mostly dry with a bit of fruity sweetness.

The flavor is mellow, an average dry stout. Sweetness comes from a chocolate malt character, with some caramel, and fruit notes that I don't associate with Guinness. Bitterness includes a mild hop prick, some roasted malt, and a little coffee character.

The body is medium and fairly creamy, but overcarbonated. Finishes dry with a dusty roast edge. Not much to get me too excited, but I did get a free pint glass out of the deal.

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Photo of PoolhouseRebel
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got 8 cases of this at work today, sold out completely by 4pm.

Nice looking bottle, pours a deep brown, however not completely opaque like the other Guinnesses and without the effervescence of the draught. Decent 2 finger head with good retention, not much lacing however.

Smells light and chocolaty. Not impressed so far as I remember the sixer was $10.25.

Taste makes up for the smell. First thing that comes to mind is "Stone Smoked Porter Lite." Getting the typical flaky dark Guinness barley and a subtle smokiness. Not that hammy, bacon grease smokiness but the charcoal bbq smokiness of Stone's porter.

Carbonation is just above the Extra Stout, nowhere near as creamy as the draught. Dry finish.

Not too sure about the drinkability on this one as the weather is getting warmer. But a month ago this would've been a great session beer.

My first beer was a Guinness and I will be forever thankful and loyal but predispositions aside, this is a worthy brew.

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Photo of Brad007
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a pitch black color with a white one-finger head into my glass.

Aroma has a bit of bitter coffee roastiness to it in the nose. Seems pretty bland at first.

Taste is light and full of light roasted tones. A bit creamy but not by much. Pretty average.

Mouthfeel is average here but it does go down ok. Doesn't seem thick enough for the style. Doesn't really inspire anything.

What's the difference between this and regular Guinness? Only try it if you enjoy Guinness. Otherwise, not even in the top.

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Photo of Lerxst
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Very nice pitch black. Looks promising. Decent 2 finger head that lingered. Nice lacing.

S-As others have said, theres not much here. Faint coffee aroma is all I'm noticing.

T-Bland, bland, bland. I want to describe it, but how can you describe something that isn't there?

M-Appearance is deceiving. Thin and light with too much carbonation.

D-Its hard to say a beer is drinkable when there is no taste.

OK. Now I can officially swear off Guinness brews. I thought I'd give them a shot with this "special" beer. This beer is nothing special. I won't buy this again. Life is too short to waste on poorly made beer.

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Photo of opwog
3.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Now listening to: Kiss - Shout It Out Loud

A- Body = black, head = light tan. Head was close to two strong inches in a 20oz glass. Head stayed relatively long through the drink and there was a decent amount of lacing.
S- Not much happening in the nose. Some mild roastiness.
T- More roasty character than I expected for such a mass produced beer, but nothing as I might like to have seen from an anniversary.
M- A little thin. Definitely not as rich as the Extra Stout, which I am use to. I don't drink the draft style enough to know, but this may just be that beer without the nitro.
D- I would have said that this had a higher drinkability if I was writing this half way through the beer. But by the time that I finished my glass, I was surprisingly bloated.

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Photo of Kendo
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got it on tap at BEFF's in Delmar.

A: Body is black with a 1-finger foamy off-white head. Leaves a ring of lace up top, but nothing beyond that.

S: Faint. Some roasted grains, but that's about it.

T: First impression: a tad bit more chocolatey than regular Guinness, then I get a hint of coffee as well. But really, it's only a hint. Roasted grains are knocked down by that sour bitterness -- it's a somewhat dry, minerally, metallic bitterness that lingers.

M: Thin in heft, bordering on watery.

D: Not bad for a light stout, but it's nothing all that interesting.

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Photo of kballer
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty good. I'm not a fan of Guinness in the first place but this is a bit different. It's still pretty light and flavorless but the flavors that do come out are tasty. It pours with a great head with nice retention and it's a nice dark black/ruby. smell isn't remarkable and nothing really sticks out. Goo mouthfeel and a pleasant aftertaste. There's better stouts but this isn't bad. The price would prevent me from buying this again though

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Photo of bfields4
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

still a pint of the black, but the head is way too sodaish.

little metallic sweet malt coffee smell

coffee tones and then a light graininess.

the mouthfeel is just way too light for an irish stout. too much carbonation way too light.

wanted to like it, but really just tastes like an american micro w/ an irish kick too it.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black, with the signature tan Guinness head. The head thins out to a light dusting after a few sips. No lacing.
The aroma is dry and light, like Guinness, with some additional ale fruitiness and lactic sourness.
The flavor opens with the traditional Guinness roastiness, immediately sweetened with some additional pear flavors. Kinda like a black and tan without the tan. Much fruitier than your average pint of Guinness. Well carbonated, making the already light body airier and somewhat vapid. Maybe a little too carbonated for my taste. Finishes with the standard Guinness dryness, but with a little boost of extra lactic sourness. Tastes a touch stronger that normal. I'd guess 5.5-6%
Nice, maybe better than your standard pint of Irish dry stout. Certainly more flavorful than average.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank goodness it's not a nitro-bottle! This pours a classic guinness color, with a huge, densely creamy head. The nose is a bit disappointing. A faint lightly-roasted caramel. Not as much roasted flavor as in the typical drink, but it's still pleasant, plus it has a lightly sour edge to it, similar to the extra stout, that makes it unusually refreshing for a stout. The body seems a tad thin, but it's quite a drinkable beer. It'd be nice to have something a bit more special for a 250 anniversary, though. I'd like to thank them for a plain carbonated beer, at least.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
2.11/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. I admit to be a General in the Hate-Guinness Army, but I'll be as objective as I can.

3.5 A: Dark as night color. Foamy head with pretty good retention and a reasonable amount of lacing.

2.5 S: Not much of anything with a slightly odd huskiness.

1.5 T: Once again Guinness forgot to add taste to their beer. I can't describe any flavors because there aren't any

3.0 M: Light body. Good carbonation. Relatively smooth with a goofy husk aftertaste.

2.0 D: This fucking sucks. I don't know how Guinness manages to make beer with no taste.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into a Foothills pint glass.

A semi-aggressive pour builds a massive, 2" of foamy brown head that retains well and drapes thick webs of lacing along the inside of the glass...sound familiar? Not quite as sexy a look as the original, but the opaque, jet black body is just as enticing. 250th's aroma is just as good, if not slightly better than original Guinness, as it's predominated by dark chocolate roast, a hint of lactose, vanilla, peat, and earthy hops.

The flavor brings much of what the original Guinness does, with a lactose-like sourness balancing a roasted chocolate barley and biscuity malt body. The mouthfeel is a downgrade. It's not bad, and in fact the lighter, bubblier body of 250th is much more quaffable than the stockier, creamier Guinness. However, the body feels thinner and over-carbonated, leaving me slightly uninspired. Still, I understand what the brewers were going for with this beer--it's a "Guinness Light" that is sure to please the masses.

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Photo of slayer3604
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- very black and void of light, just like a good beer should be. frothy lacing that settles to a fine film, with buildup around the glass.

s- nice bit of caramel, fig and a tinge of bitter chocolate.

t- enjoyable bit of dry candi-ish flavor that doesnt go as roasty as a normal guinness would...i dont mind it though.

M- very light, bubbly, finishes semi dry with some cloying malt. again, no roast.

D- I dont like the price tag but that aside, this is a mediocre beer for all the hype.

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Photo of Buebie
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 330ml brown bottle into pint glass. The beer forms a 2 inch off white head that quickly receeds leaving very thin and spotty lace trails. A thin colar of retention. The beer itself is black in color with no light penetration.

Aroma is a bit odd, its got a slight smokey husky cereal grain aroma and it also smells like shampoo to me. With a chemical like sweetness and bits of corn.

It tastes similar to what it smells. Although there is some good cereal grain roasty taste in here without that chemical aroma into the taste. Very mild chocolate taste. The grains and chocolate provide a nice flavor pairing. There really is nothing fancy or complex about this though and it is extremely boring in every aspect. The mouthfeel is way overcarbonated and also boring.

The taste is fine, but this is the most godawful boring beer on the planet. For your 250th anniversay this is all you could come up with???!!!
It took Guiness 250 years to make a crappy beer, when some companies can do it in a matter of months.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

250th Anniversary Stout pours the same color as the brown bottle it came in. Rich stained wood color that is opaque but not cloudy. The sand colored head starts out as a fluffy mix of large and small bubbles that have kind of a soapy/ oily look to them. It dissipates to a thin film but still has enough retention to lace the glass. The carbonation is firm in this beer so a light swirl refreshes the head very nicely.

The nose has a dark roasted scent to it that fluctuates between sugary malts and bitter scorched barley. The smell is gritty and processed but not unsatisfactory.

Taste is silky sweet but doesn't have a lot of complexity to it. Some light roasted barley flavor that yields a subtle caramel and a dose of bitterness. There is also some hops in there that add to the overall profile but their flavors are erased by an over carbonation for the style.

Initially this beer reminds me of a cheap extract brew however there is a saving grace. The aftertaste redeems 250 by giving me all the flavors I've been missing in the liquid. Touches of creamy dark chocolate, caramelized sugars and a nice dry roasty flavor.

Ok, this is not the best Guinness I've ever had. It is way to over carbonated and I've found that warming it to room temps and swirling the crap out of it to release the bubbles makes it much better. Fancy packaging and brand loyalty to the Guinness name sold me this beer. Cheers to Guinness and the 250 years but this beer isn't even as close to the fantastic-ness Guinness draught served in Dublin.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a very dark brown with a 2 finger head of foam. Very good head retention with decent lacing.

The smell is a little bit roasty, a little bit sweet, a little bit bitter. Not much going on but what's there isn't bad.

The taste has some caramel sweetness, light roasted malt, and light hop bitterness. Pretty smooth but may be a bit overcarbonated for my liking.

High end of medium mouthfeel and very lively in the carbonation department, it finishes with a light bitter touch.

Drinkability? It would probably be easy to put a few bottles away at one sitting but I doubt if I'll try to find out. ;^) Just an OK beer in my book.

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Photo of CherylM
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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 TippySelenoid
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
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 naterock
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured into a pint glass, Deep black with a foamy head. No lacing to speak of and a dish water tinge to the beer when it is held to light.

Smell is incredibly bland but some sweet malt comes out and a faint yeast.

Taste is really quite the same, Bland. no real suprises here, it is as if they took guinness draught and re-bottled it with a different carbonation. this is definitely "fizzier" like the bottle said. mouth feel is in cridibly overcarbonated and dry. I feel that this is more of a Marketing ploy than a "celebration" because seriously who are they trying to impress with this?

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