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Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Irish Ale
Dublin, Ireland
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RATINGS: 66   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   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.


2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CanIHave4Beers (3270) - 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

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - MAR 18, 2013
Toffee and caramel aromas. Deep amber red to light brown. Balanced towards the bitter side. Smooth medium body with a snap finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lukaduke (2189) - Portland, Maine, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Pours a deep caramel color with a couple fingers of eggshell foam. Aromas are pure maltiness with an ever so slight cardboard stale hop presence. On the palate its alot of the same, nothing overly off putting just a stale malty beer without any great flavors. Touch of bitterness on the finish cleans up the caramel sweetness.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mwbrady12 (469) - Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2012
Bold aroma and deep brown pour with a strong roasted barley taste and lingering mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
blackflag321 (482) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Sample from bottle. Carmel malt, vanilla, slight roastiness. Didnít care for it.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mora2000 (5705) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2013
Dark red-amber pour with a tan head. The aroma has some strong toffee notes and not much else. The flavor is a mix of toffee, grass and some odd, hard to nail down spice notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jesterdeal (1887) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2014
Bottle at a friendís. Aroma is mostly malts with some subtle molasses and vanilla notes. Pours deep amber to brown with a light fluffy white head. Taste is malty malts with malt. Slight red velvet cake but mostly malt. I liked it.

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.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomTron (376) - 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.


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