milewide (1490) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the better Guinness brews, Dark amber brown, clear, color. Good balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Like a ESB IMO.
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish hue with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel. Taste is roasted malt, slightly sweet, dry finish.
Nephilium (1344) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mild sweet caramel aroma, pours a reddish amber with a thin off-white head. Mild caramel taste, with a hint of spices, very thin mouthfeel. Not much going on here, itís a drinkable beer, but Iím not going to pass up the myriad of better Christmas ales that are out now.
ronaldtheriot (1219) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JUL 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Guinness Generous Ale has a medium, off-white head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, lots of bubble streams, and just a few bits of lacing left behind in splotches. The aroma is of straight-up brown bread crust, with just the faintest spice. Taste is the same, with wonderful sweetness and a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Guinness Generous Ale finishes clean, refreshing, and ultra drinkable. This is a superb offering from Diageo. RJT
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The brew starts out with a lovely dark red pour and light tan head. A bit more and longer lasting head would improve the appearance, but itís nice nevertheless. Nose is very typically amber ale, with some sweet maltiness dominating the aroma. Flavor is similar to the nose, with the addition of some mild hop notes that peak in the middle and fade toward a malty finish.
rangerred (913) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle into a pint glass. Picked up as part of the holiday variety pack including regular Guinness, Black Lager, and Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours a clear dark brownish-dred with a one finger tan head. Head retention and lacing are both quite weak.
Smell has lots of toast and caramel very typical of a dark mild. A little bit of dark fruit in there as well presumably from the yeast. Not bad.
The flavors in this beer really donít seem to mesh. Lots of dark caramel up front mixed with a little bit of burnt toast. Dark fruit flavors come rushing in next along with a slightly harsh bitterness. A little bit of metal underneath. The bitterness really lingers for a long time on the back of the throat. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and rather sticky.
Iím not really impressed by this one. While it has the flavor characteristics of a dark mild the abv is too high for the style. It is almost like a highly hopped amber lager with a handful of roasted barley thrown in. Really not something I would drink again.
Thisis12ptfont (831) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Odd aroma of funk. Deep brownish amber in color with no foam. Hoppy flavor upfront with a milky/vanilla taste on the finish. Overall, this is very basic. Just hops and vanilla flavor.
scooterbub (823) - Lander, Wyoming, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
radio_nowhere (792) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Guinness holiday variety pack. Poured into pint glass, clear ruby-ish brown color with minimal off-white head. Aroma of toasty caramel malt. Taste is the aroma balanced with some decent grass hops. Light body, average carbonation, smooth, balanced, some lingering grass afterwards. Decent.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed 1/6/2013. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a dark chestnut color with good clarity in spite of its dark shade. The head is a one finger light cream color. Not much retention here, but a nice bit of lacing is left behind.
S: Chocolate, toffee, caramel, and some brown sugar. I detect a hint of roasted barley, as well. Not much stronger than a lot of Guinness offerings, but it works okay.
T: Thereís some roasted barley on the initial flavor which seems to give it a bit of a twist over a typical brown/dark mild ale (but this is NOT a mild ale at 5.6%). I notice a lot of malt bitterness in this one - nothing to suggest it has a healthy hop bill, although a touch of piny bittering hops *do* make themselves known. Also a bit buttery tasting. The way this comes across, it almost seems like it lacks sweetness. I get used to the savory components, however. What I never really get used to is the finish trailing off with a whimper.
M: I like a clean, dry beer - but these sensations hit too fast and too hard, robbing about 1/3rd of the flavor profile nearly completely. What usually works for Guinness draught doesnít work here.
O: Not a fan. It doesnít flat out suck per se, but Iíd much rather use the remaining bottle from the pack in a recipe than drink it. I can see this being fantastic in a beef stew or chili, at least.