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Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout by Guinness Ltd.
Irish Dry Stout
5.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/23/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 2 8 14 4 7 2010
Old Review
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.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 06-07-2009 21:05:09

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 05/31/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 9 13 4 7 2009
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.

Served In: Tulip

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