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guinness 250

xman887 Apr 30, 2009 07:45 PM

has anyone tried the new 250 year anniversary stout from guiness that was released last friday? i went to three stores on saturday - two did not have any and one was allocated 2 cases, which went fast.

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  1. Insidious Rex RE: xman887 May 1, 2009 10:21 AM

    I had some on tap at a Celtic festival last weekend. Didnt seem as smooth as the regular guinness. A little more tinny. Otherwise ok.

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      DapperDave RE: xman887 May 4, 2009 10:52 AM

      I got a case this weekend. I think it is good. I find it with a touch more flavor than original

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        JessKidden RE: DapperDave May 4, 2009 11:37 AM

        Which Guinness Stout do you consider the "original"? "Guinness Draught", in the US at least, is the "newest" Guinness (mid-1960's IIRC), Guinness Extra Stout and Guinness Foreign Extra Stout were around longer in the US market.

        I stopped into one of those small "poor selection" liquor stores this weekend, where anything of interest is out-of-date, so I bought a six of the Guinness 250 (since I knew it had to be fresher than some of the other beers). I was sort of shocked at both the price (close to $10) and then at the taste- I found it pretty lame, worse than some of the US macro brewed stouts of decades ago (my first thought was of the short-lived Boarhead Stout from Ortlieb).

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          Diego Sanchez RE: DapperDave Jun 5, 2009 01:13 PM

          Do they sell it in cans(with widget)? I only found it in bottles.

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            JessKidden RE: Diego Sanchez Jun 5, 2009 01:44 PM

            Bottles (and draught) only, since it's meant to carbonated, and not "nitrogenated" (see link in my post below).

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          pie22 RE: xman887 Jun 5, 2009 07:43 AM

          unsure where you can buy it but i had it on draft a couple weeks back and it was delicious - so much smoother and tastier than the guiness draft...i guess it's obviously meant to be.

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            JessKidden RE: pie22 Jun 5, 2009 08:16 AM

            "...so much smoother ... than the guiness draft..."

            Actually, the 250 is meant to be "less smooth" than the nitro "Guinness Draught". "Smooth" being typical brewery marketing-speak for the nitrogenated beers and, in this case (see Guinness quotes in article below) Guinness is using the term "zing" (oh, well...) for this beer to note that it's "carbonated" with CO2 (yeah, redundant, I suppose).


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              pie22 RE: JessKidden Jun 8, 2009 07:05 AM

              hmmm thanks for the info - i coulda sworn it tasted smoother but maybe i simply liked the "zing" better - regardless i liked the beer.

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                JessKidden RE: pie22 Jun 8, 2009 07:31 AM

                Yeah, well, I don't really care for the "smooth" term- for some it's a merely a "mouthfeel" descriptor (especially for the "nitro" beers). In the UK, apparently, there is now a "style" of nitro-pushed beer called "Smooth" (just like "Light" "Ice" etc.- links below,) For others, the term implies a lack of bitterness - either hop bitterness or, more commonly, the astringency found in some stouts and other beers (which is how I took your usage).

                Just thought I'd mention it 'cause I found the Diageo "zing" terminology amusing. (IIRC, there used to a US near beer called "Zing").


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                  adamjorg22 RE: JessKidden Aug 8, 2009 07:14 PM

                  Not a fan of this brew. The "zing" you discuss comes across as a vinegar flavor to me. I'm not going to miss it when it's gone. As a Guiness fan, I was very disappointed with the 250.

          2. rob133 RE: xman887 Jun 5, 2009 01:22 PM

            I only picked up two bottles as I am not a huge fan of guiness these days but I was impressed. Much more enjoyable than the last few Guiness I've had out of either a bottle or a can. Might even be pursuaded to pick up a 6 pack before it disappears off the shelves.

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              BluPlateSpec RE: rob133 Jun 26, 2009 05:16 PM

              I got a "250" and saw that it was brewed in Ireland unlike the regularly bottled Guiness in the US which is brewed in Canada. Canada-maple syrup, hockey, curling - YES, Guiness Stout, I don't think so.

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                Jim Dorsch RE: BluPlateSpec Jun 26, 2009 06:24 PM

                Extra Stout is brewed in Canada. Draught is brewed in Ireland.

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              Td61 RE: xman887 Oct 3, 2009 12:48 PM

              Finally tried one.
              NOT IMPRESSED.
              A little tinny and not much else.
              I'll take a good ol' extra stout any day!

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