Sunday, May 17, 2009

Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout

How many 37 year olds does it take to change the tube in a kid's bicycle tire? Just one, but damn, let me tell you how long it takes. And it's not like I haven't done it before, but every time it's like re-inventing the wheel (or here I guess tire). First wasting time trying to patch the old tube finally realizing it's been punctured half a dozen times by that thumb tack in the tire. Then getting all greasy getting the chain off. And finally, after struggling to get the new tube in the tire and that tire in the rim and all put together and inflated, realizing that the inflated tire will not fit back on the bike past the brakes. Shit! Deflate, put it on, take it off because i forgot to put the chain back, put it back on. Finally done. Wow. Now I at least have some reference material and a basic how-to here to refer to next time I need to do this task. If I had to do it tomorrow, I'm sure I've gained the expertise to work for Schwinn, but since it's an annual event, I guess I will proceed as usual. It's Miller time (only because "It's Guinness 250 time" doesn't come off the tongue too easily).

I've been hearing Guinness push their Guinness 250 Anniversary Stout on the radio over the past week or so. Apparently they are celebrating the anniversary of the lease signing of St. James's Gate Dublin. As much as I love Guinness Stout, I had to give this a shot, but I think these guys may be setting themselves up for defeat. First, the original is great and second, this will always be compared to that. Let's see.

My 11.2 oz. bottle gives me a nice roasted and nutty malt aroma, similar to the regular Guinness Stout. There are burnt nutty flavors right away combined with some coffee and creamy malt tastes as the beer progresses. Much lighter than the original, which certainly makes it more drinkable and smoother, but I think this is lacking some full-bodied flavor too. The low carbonation makes it seem slightly flat too. I was expecting more, I must admit. This Anniversary 250 is a good beer, and I'd have it again for sure, but it's definitely Guinness Stout Jr. or Lite.

Schwinn Roadster 12-Inch Trike (Red)

Bike Tire Tube Patch Repair & Inflate Kit with 2 CO2

Timex Men's Expedition Rugged Field SHOCK Analog Watch #T49281


Groucho-wan said...

Hi, Beer Drinker.
First, I want to say I like these daily reviews and the slice of life that comes with them. After the daily installment of "Pearls Before Swine" I look for your review.
I am huge Guinness fan, so had to try the new Anniversary offering. I'm fortunate to have a mate who manages a local pub. He gave me a sample and that was about enough. The new product wasn't bad, but it was just OK. I already had a pint of Guinness so I could compare it to the Anniversary beer. Nice but not impressive. Perhaps my expectations were too high.
Anyway, keep up the good work. I've got quite a list of brews to try thanks to you!

Beer Drinker said...

Thanks for the comment, Groucho-wan. Exactly! The 250 was good, but expectations were just too high when you know there will always be that comparison. Talk to you soon.