corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2011
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours pitch black with mahogany edges and a two finger frothy light beige head that slowly settles into a thin ring. Spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet malty aroma with bittersweet dark chocolate, earthy hops, caramel, nut and toffee.
Thin and fizzy mouthfeel. Disturbingly watered down with high carbonation. Slight toasted malt flavor with subtle caramel and hazelnut. Tastes more like dirty soil with some sweet malt thrown in. Pretty gross.
radagast83 (7907) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wait, what? where’d my rating go - oh must not have ever put it in. Oh well! Anyway, frantically searching my notes for this particular beer, I noted the black color pour with a thick, creamy dark tan head. Aroma was medium-roasted malts, with a slightly sweet and dry characteristics to it but a bit subdued like most Guinness beers are aroma-wise. Flavor was suprub. This one reminds me a bit of the "Foreign Extra Stout" and the "Extra Stout (North American)."
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours dark brown with a tan head. It has a chocolaty, roasty aroma and a sweet, mild chocolaty flavor with a dry finish. Great brew.
boto (2185) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 16, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, fairly dark brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers a little bit and leaves some lacing. The aroma is milder. A touch of sweet chocolate and some roasted malts are predominate. The taste is good. Chocolate malts, but not much sweetness at all. A bit of dryness in the finish. Medium to lighter bodied. Smooth and easy drinking.
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by murphym45 - dark and roasty, smooth. a bit light body and sickly dry. Decent for what it is thouhg. Happy 250th.
oobawa (1208) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 20, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
To paraphrase Michael Scott, "Happy Birthday, Guinness. Hope you like crap." Pours medium-brown, slowly growing black with pale edges. Fizzy head dies away fast. Mostly nonexistent aroma. The taste starts bready and super-English, much closer to Newcastle than any stout should ever be. The roasted malts that surface near the middle are bland and dry, and do little to evolve the flavor as it meanders towards a spikey, overcarbonated finish. Hopefully it will be another 250 years before Guinness brews another batch of this swill. (4/30/09)
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep cola, not all that dark, al least to the degree I thought it would be, moderate light beige head, spotty lacing.   Moderate roasted malt nose, slight chocolate and cocoa, perhaps moreso than the standard.   Smooth roasted malt sweetness on the tongue, smidgen of cocoa.   Smells a little more inviting than it tastes.   Clean on the backside, but also light.   This one reminds me of a PNW Porter with light hopping.   Not a heavy stout at all.   Not bad, but average.
johnnnniee (4197) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a large creamy off white head that sticks for a while. Smells of light roasted malts, slight metallic, very little hop presence. Taste is light bitter roast slight acrid, a little caramel. Mouthfeel is creamy, carbonation is crisp, body is medium. Better tasting than the draft in a bottle gimmick. Light almost flavorful brew. This one reminded me more of a brown ale than a stout. Drinkable, but nothing special.
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
on draft. pitch black with the classic guinness head. a lot like yhe original just a hair more full bodied. very drinkable.
crossovert (12513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I am not a fan of regular Guinness but I figured this one would be worth a try. It’s for the 250th anniversary of the original lease of the brewery. So I personally would think that this one would have a little more character than your average Guinness product.
Pours a pitch black with a cramy white head that has a hint of toffee brown in it. I would probably just call it an off white.
Scent is of roasted cofee and malt, it is pretty thin. There is a hint of cocoa. Nothing out of oridinary for a Guinness product. I was expecting more.
Tastes of wood and bitter roasted coffee. It has light carbonation with a watery mouthfeel. A little bit of malty sweetness is in the palate, that intensifies when the carbonation bubbles seem to activate it. Maybe if they got some more co2 in here the real character hiding in this beer would have been able to show itself.
The watery mouthfeel and the not too offensive bitterness actually give would this brew a pretty high drinkablity if it weren’t for the dry and awkward finish. But overall it is a pretty bland failure of a stout.
This beer is nothing spectacular and yet a small step up for the original Guinness. I wouldn’t buy it again but it does leave me with at least a little bit of satisfaction, but then again not much.