Friends, we live in an exciting time. 250 years ago, Art Guinness signed the lease on St. James’ Gate in Dublin, Ireland. He took his first steps toward creating the beer that would define the Irish Stout for generations to come. And now, Guinness is bringing us a new yet old idea in their 250 Anniversary Stout.
This limited-edition brew isn’t Mr. Guinness’ original recipe but a new twist on the an old classic.
From the glass, it pours a shade darker than Coke. It builds a rich, mixed-foam light tan head that dissipates in a reasonable interval, leaving little lacing save a ring of tan around the edge.
The aroma is the same as Guinness Irish Stout. It has that tinge of metal, blood, or raw meat that’s characteristic of Guinness Irish Stout.
The first taste is of strong coffee. The mid-flavor is of spiced apples or perhaps apple wood smoke. The rear-flavor is a fruity yet very bitter taste of perhaps raspberry dark chocolate. The aftertaste is what really sets this apart from Guinness’ other offerings: It finishes like a pale ale or maybe a Pilsner. It has a wonderfully robust yet subtle oaky/cereal aftertaste without tasting a bit like cream of wheat which would indicate the presence of adjuncts.
The carbonation is much greater than Guinness Irish Stout – it’s closer to what Guinness used to market as Extra Stout. This is their creamiest, most flavorful yet also their most mellow stout ever. I highly recommend it for all beer drinkers and also for those who like strong coffee with a little bit of cream.