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Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Irish Ale
Dublin, Ireland
Serve in English pint

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Inspired by Arthurís philanthropic legacy and devotion to generous, full-flavored beers, Guinness Generous Ale is special edition holiday beer that was developed in a traditional winter ale style, but with more body and the distinct roast for which Guinness Draught is known. With a rich amber appearance, the vanilla notes accent Guinness Generous Aleís silky, yet vibrant taste.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3506) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a very pretty reddish brown. The head is thin and small but itís well retained and leaves a nice little lacing on the glass.

The aroma is just sort of generically malty with some huskiness. Some of that roasty on stinky stuff I get from mass produced English style beers sometimes.

The flavor is not bad, a touch bitter... certinally malty but not overly sweet. Lots of husky grain with some mild fruity notes.

I would have been head over heels for this back in 03í

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Tiger_08 (137) - Sarnia, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
Dec 16, 2012. 330ml bottle from Guinness winter pack. Pours dark clear mahogany with thick bone coloured head which fades to cap. Soapy lacing endures to finish. Aroma is roasted biscuit malts and some spices with hints of herb or grass. Flavour is light toasted malt with hints of old Guinness stout with added grassy finish. Palate is smooth somewhat watery but surprisingly becomes heavier and more complex towards finish. Deeper, stronger flavours build over duration with more fruit and spice and less roasted malt moving away from traditional Guinness flavours.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dacrza (582) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Situation: Celebrating a three-day week... Glassware: Kisatsky pint... Appearance: three-finger head completely fills the pint...dark cloudy lacing; strong dark brown body... Aroma: malty, lactic base that is signature Guinness stout; a small hop trail, but malty as a Brit should be... Palate: medium-bodied, mildly effervescent; a bit buttery.... Taste: malt tickles the teeth and tongue; mellow and smooth; an enjoyable session ale; do not really see the winter aspect of this beer.... Overall: a red in the vein of Newcastleís Werewolf, but a bit more substantial and more agreeable

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (2660) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 11, 2013
Bottle from Walmart. Nose is bready and somewhat sweet. Toasted malt dominate. Some breadiness, with some underlying sweetness. Lightly hopped finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
beaz1591 (238) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 8, 2013
English pint. Dark chocolate with some head. Hint of coffee and chocolate in the nose, has a sweet smell. A hearty beer, roasted coffee taste but the after taste is a bit watered down.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemattie (4328) - Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
330ml Guinness bottle, red label. Only available from a Guinness Winter Selection mixed 12pk. Pours reddish brown color. Thin, tan, rocky foam, decent lace. Sweet toasted barley grain aroma. Flavor is of light sweet malt, some vanilla, wooded bitterness. A nice winter Brown Ale. (3575)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aurelius (4561) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Clear mahogany brew, bone colored head, good embossed bottle, styling label. Malty aroma. Pleasant UK brown ale flavors. Tannic, lightly sweet, some light fruit, bitterness sneaks up and builds over the session. Medium body, mildly sweet finish. Thanks to PorterPounder for the trade.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomTron (417) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Pours a clear, deep amber with pretty much no head. Aromas of wood and some yeast. Flavor is a bit more on the malty side, but also leaves a bit of funk on the tongue. Some caramel malts come through as it warms in the scent but the flavors arenít changing too much. Is the secret ingredient chalk? Not a big fan of this one.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Tried this on a whim. The bottle may be the best thing about this beer. 330ml bottle poured a nice reddish hue, off white fizzy head. Aroma of cardboard? Sweet, malt, caramel, bitterness lingers at the end.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (901) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JAN 1, 2013
330 ml bottle from variety pack. Pours a dark brown with a two inch tan head. Taste is of malt, caramel, hops, pine, some citrus and the normal Guinness flavors are there. Similar clean aroma. Has a mostly full body and a slightly bitter and dry finish. Easy to drink, satisfying and quite enjoyable. Well worth having again.


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