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


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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.96   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Blairgus (2927) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3 feb 2013, bottle. Light ruby, clear. Nose is toasted granola, Christmas spices, fresh grain. Thin/med body and moderately fizzy. Some Xmas spice, roasted malt, slightly acidic. Meh. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
fakebeersnob (206) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2015
Was expecting more from a Guiness sampler pack. Appearance was a little tough as in a dark location. Slight vanilla scent. First drink reminded me a bit of pumpkin (though not a pumpkin ale), but might be due to slight spice in it. I do like the smooth mouthfeel. Decent, but also forgettable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
brenn79 (1638) - Idaho, USA - MAR 13, 2015
14.9 oz can, thought all the beers in this pack were going to be draught widget cans, but it looks like the regular old Guinness is the only one - Pours clear cola brown with a thin off white head that slowly reduces.Aroma is generic ale, toast, caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, ale, it tastes like a boring generic amber lager. Boring!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (3197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
This stuff is not unexpectedly bland in boring. If thatís what you were expecting, congratulations, you win nothing. It is nice looking at least with a clear red color and creamy, foamy head. Unfortunately, it smell faintly of overripe and doesnít taste like much of anything. There is a touch of toasty malt and a hint of earthy bitterness but thatís about it. This is a medium bodied beer and almost flat w/ very little carbonation. It is only a little sweet thankfully so it is still fairly drinkable but honestly I just canít see myself wanting to have another one of them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rjplumer (564) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Has malt bready spice aroma. Dark almost black and ruby colored body. Has a thick two fingered foamy head that lingers for a while. Much like the Guinness Draught in taste but has a maltier presence and thinner feel. Mild spiciness. Leaves a smooth creamy feeling.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
triplehopped (46) - - FEB 11, 2015
Pours (can) a clear, deep amber with a medium off-white/tan head, moderate lacing. Malty, caramel aroma. Taste is mildly sweet, with a light/medium bitterness. Light bodied, slightly oily. Finishes with a mild bitterness. Overall, nothing flashy, satisfies but does not deliver quite as expected.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Vinylholic (16) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015
Yeasty aroma, light brown in color. Light body with a moderately sour taste, moderate carbonation, Nothing special, remarkably generic.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
60minuteman (965) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2015
A brownish color brew that had tannish head. Aroma of caramel malt, pine, and spice. Flavor is the same. A sticky ale, heavy on the malts.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
dlihcsnatas (396) - Texas, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Light brown brew with decent head that fades off pretty soon to nothing. Smells of cream, metal, spice. At first there is the toasted malts but soon after that is dominated by a funky hop. Sorta herbal with a bit of pepper. Thin and watery and for the price not something I would purchase again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
morrdt (715) - Dirty Moí, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Poured from a 14.9 oz can, part of a Guinness Sampler 8 pack bought at the local Harris Teeter. Pours a clear brown color with a thin tan head. Aromas of sweet malt, a little grass, a bit of roasted malt. Taste is sweet malt at the start, rich, transitions to a finish of roasted malt. Very enjoyable, glad I got to try this one this winter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (463) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 26, 2014
Part of a Guinness limited edition variety pack. Poured from a can. Great appearance, high frothy head, nice dark red appearance. Vanilla notes but otherwise a fairly standard ale.

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