hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Bottle and rated on 11-17-2012. This beer poured a small, smooth ivory head that mostly diminished, fair amount of lacing, transparent body, slow-rising carbonation, and an amber hue. The Aroma is malty, caramel, notes of toffee, nutty, and vanilla. The Flavor is malty, caramel, notes of vanilla, and has a light hoppy finish. The Mouthfeel is lightly tingly and this is a medium bodied beer. Overall, this is a quaffable Amber Ale and a beer that I would consider drinking again. chinchill (4993) - South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
330ml bottle, code but not date stamped, poured into a snifter. From a variety pack including regular Guinness, Black Lager, and Foreign Extra Stout.
Pours a clear dark reddish-brown with a moderate tan head. Has weak retention but leaves rather nice lacing.
Aroma: lots of baked bread and caramel malt. very typical of a dark mild. A little bit of dark fruit too.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, perhaps a tad thin; well-chosen carbonation level. and rather sticky.
The taste largely follows the aroma, but is less sweet and more hoppy than expected.
O: pleasantly surprised by the quality of this macro-brewery offering. Blairgus (4613) - 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.
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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) Frank (4193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2015
This stuff is not unexpectedly bland in boring. If that’s 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 doesn’t taste like much of anything. There is a touch of toasty malt and a hint of earthy bitterness but that’s 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 can’t see myself wanting to have another one of them.
CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours a very pretty reddish brown. The head is thin and small but it’s well retained and leaves a nice little lacing on the glass. Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2012
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 03’
12oz bottle 11/14/12 (Dominicks) Winter Sampler-49° in English Pint-Pours a dark ruby red with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, toffee, and slight vanilla. Taste of the same with more malt and more vanilla. This medium bodied brew is not too shabby. shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2015
Guinness Generous Ale (Arthur’s Holiday Ale)... Dusty, toffee malt aroma with sine caramel and toasted bread. Reddish-brown color; thin tan-colored crown. Flavor is light caramel, moderately dry earthy malt, nice herbal hop presence. Medium-light body; smooth. This is a really nice beer that I’d drink more if it were available on a regular basis. puboflyons (3432) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 12, 2012
From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05:40-L2245G00002. It pours mahogany brown with an off-white head that lingers for the entire session. The aroma has the infamous Guinness dark malt scent but toned down a little and a nutty note. The body is creamy and just below medium. The taste has a slight sweetness at first and then an explosive acidic bitterness on the tail end. A lot like the Foreign Stout with a slight punch. Nothing extraordinary about it but relatively easy to drink. jb (3251) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Irish session stuff through and through. Though really more of a Brit bitter actually. Reddish brown, malts dominate nose and taste, a bit of caramel malt helps. Okay.