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Review: Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout

My wife had a nice surprise for me this week:   Two six packs of the new Guinness 250th Anniversary Stout (she's a keeper).  I've been itching to try this since they announced it early this year.


This is the first new stout Guinness has introduced to the US market since they started importing Guinness Draught in 1967.  This beer is quite a departure from the Draught and Foreign Extra Stout we have become so familiar with.  They seem to be targeting a new market with this beer.  Most notably, this beer is heavily carbonated rather than nitrogenated.  As a result, the head is big and foamy, more like a root beer float rather than a smooth and creamy stout.  It also has a much thinner mouthfeel than what you expect.  Overall, I would categorize this more as a heavily carbonated porter.  Ironically it is quite similar to my own disappointing attempts at brewing an Irish stout.


The aroma is very nice and roasty, and the roasty flavor also carries through to the finish with just a touch of bitterness in the end.  The head is just not what you would expect from Arthur Guinness' brewery, but it is still impressive in a carbonated way.  Overall it is a nice beer in classy packaging, but for me it just makes me appreciate true Guinness Stout more than ever!


•     Aroma:  A     •     Appearance:    B+    •     Taste:    B+     •


•     Overall:    B+


Reader Comments (1)

Good review - I've been looking for this beer locally since its been creating such a buzz but haven't had any luck so far.

Sounds decent, but maybe it doesn't live up to the hype?

May 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterScott-TheBrewClub

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