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


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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
radio_nowhere (1257) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
60minuteman (1106) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnGalt1 (1074) - , Idaho, USA - APR 7, 2015
Pounder can from the winter 8-pack.. Pours clear deep amber with a short lived off white head.. Dark bread with an appropriate amount of English yeasty fruitiness showing.. Nutty/lesser earthy malts work well with the restrained grassy hops.. Obviously English.. Very well done.. Maybe a little tinny given the time in the can, but I would buy this if I could get it outside the Guinness 8-pack. Fine and surprisingly drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WabashMan (1021) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2012
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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thisis12ptfont (1018) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 24, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2012
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerdedDave (980) - - NOV 18, 2014
can; deep amber to light brown color; toasted malt aroma with light fruit and spice notes; fruity, bready, toasted malt flavor with spice notes - maybe nutmeg or cinnamon

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scooterbub (930) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Deu (912) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 5, 2013
330ml Bottle. Nose is bready and somewhat sweet. Toasted malt dominate. Some breadiness, with some underlying sweetness. Lightly hopped finish. I recommend

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
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.

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