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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 257
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 25.22%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep garnet color with good clarity and a nice craggy off white head. red grapes, nuttiness, lots of red wine like notes on the nose, dark fruits, plums.

thinner body than expected. A little messy and not as clean as expected. A little tiny. Too many dark fruit flavors, not enough toasty and biscuit notes. Sweet yet balanced. Kind of like an underbaked biscuit with fig jam on it and maybe a touch of butter. Really thins out on the finish. Semi-dry but would benefit from being dried. Definitely needs more body.

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Photo of adamette
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review from notes taken 12 23 12. Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle that was given to me by my brother Pete. Thanks for the opportunity! Poured into a clean, clear pint glass.

A Light copper translucent body under a light brown brief head. Average look really. 3.0

S Distant barley malt, reminded me of a basic Amber. 3.0

T Distant barley malt continued right into the taste. No surprises here. This tastes like a very forgettable american Amber really. 2.0

M Thin, disappointing feel. 2.0

D Drinkability was fine but I don't see drinking another one of these. Overall this is probably a below average example of the style. 2.0

Notes: I was drawn in by the label and hopeful for something better from this brewer. Unfortunately for me, at least, this will fade into the distance as a forgotten beer.

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Photo of Seekerpilgrim
2.47/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I could find very little information on this beer, not even being mentioned on Guinness's own site, so my hopes were not that high. It pours a beautiful deep red, tinging towards purple, and with the slight spicy notes of cardamom and cinnamon drifting off the pink foam I'm beginning to think I'm in for a pleasant surprise. Turns out, I'm indeed surprised, but not at all pleasantly, as this beer tastes EXACTLY like the dry Draught Guinness I just don't care for. Smokey and ashen on the tongue, with a rapidly vanishing flavor that leaves a slight aftertaste which makes me want to reach for another beer...ANY beer.

Perhaps by taste buds are rough and lacking in subtlety, but I taste NO different between this and the Draught, so if you like very dry beers that leave more of an impression of flavor than flavor itself, this is right up your alley. Since this tastes just like the Draught, however, I'm not sure of the point of this brew. Cheers!

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Photo of auxiliary
2.49/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poorer nice but then head went flat and bubbles that were plentiful are gone. Wonder if this is bad, as in didn't hold up since the holidays. Mouth feel was watery,some hops hit the back of the mouth as it goes down?. Was not impressed on this one, but will give the holiday pack a try near Christmas this time. This pack had some kind of winter ale in it. After reading the style of this beer, seems this is the style that I'm drinking mmmm.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Similar to New Glarus Fat Squirrel, an English brown. This is also quite red with rustic carbonation and nice foam and lacing.

Smell: Very metallic smell with a faint hint of caramel hops. Very generic, and the minerals overwhelm.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Once again, this is very metallic and heavily carbonated. Almost tastes like tonic water, only more sour. The sourness is also what hurts the mouthfeel, making this harsh going down, a bit like vinegar.

Overall Drinkability: Easily my least favorite Guinness.

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Photo of delta490
2.59/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 12 oz. Sam Adams glass. Clear, deep copper with a very short-lived creamy white head. No lacing. Aroma is limited, with a malt sweetness that didn't have any identifiable notes. Taste is about the same. There's a nondescript malt sweetness, but nothing distinctive about it. Almost no carbonation. It's a beer that has the form of an English Mild but not the depth you would expect.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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: There's 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 doesn't work here.

O: Not a fan. It doesn't flat out suck per se, but I'd 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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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served August 2013 from bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Amber, with thin head that did not last long.

Smell: Very mild aromas. I get some sweet-malt aromas, but overall not much.

Taste: Middle of the road body (not full but not too light). Not a lot of hops nor malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, and smooth.

Overall: Ok ale. Will probably not buy a case, but will drink it when it is included in a Guinness mixed assorted case.

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Photo of keywestgourmet
2.71/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sold as a component of a Guinness sampler pack. It seemed to be a filler for the very good Guinness Foreign Extra Stout. Bland taste, aroma and no body. The color was a very muted brown; it looked like it was trying to be a dark beer but just couldn't make it.

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Photo of robhbest
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with big white head, decent retention

S: Smells of grass, hay. Cant get much else.

T: A little malt here, maybe a slight bit of roasted malts, mostly skunked flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Maybe I got a bad bottle but not being too huge in this style it seems my bottle was more skunky than it should be. It came from a friend who got it in this years Guinness variety pack. Overall I'll probably pass on this one next time.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

You know you're a ticker when you'll buy a Guinness 12-pack simply because it has a new offering in it. Guilty. This stuff pours a clear smoky topaz topped by over a finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises dark greens, light old maple syrup, sweet barley, and biscuit. Things are even more bland than English milds' reputations occasionally demand. The taste is a mess of soapy, grassy, lightly-caramel-y biscuit. Harumph. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a limp offering, one that certainly doesn't deserve a 12-pack feature debut (though imagining this stuff in its own sixer is even more offensive, so, yeah...). Guinness can do better.

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Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours out a mahogany colour with a chunky head reducing quickly to some fine lace. non-descript aroma...whiffs of choco and toffee with nougat and caramel undertones. a small bit of ripe red fruit. taste profile has a metallic overtone to it first and foremost. although this is an ale....the lagerish, crisp and spritzy mouthfeel adds to the penny sucking aspect of watered down roasted barley with a throw away bitter hop addition on the back end. a touch of alcohol adds to the festiveness. i was so totally expecting a bit more, but i was unimpressed with the black lager and this seems to be the same beer but with a different malt profile. it states that this is full bodied on the label, but it's not. it does go down rather easily, but the drinkabilty overall is rather mundane.

overall...i was hoping for something more along the lines of a rich and tasty british mild but what i'm tasting is an uninspired english style amber/red ale. this just might be approachable to the newbie crowd, but to me it just seems ho-hum. not to mention that this is supposed to be a winter ale with holiday characteristics.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 330 ml bottle into a nonic pint glass, orange brown with a light tan head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: lightly toasted malt, pretty plain, maybe some salted caramel

T: not much flavor, some toasted malt, little by way of hops, slight bitter finish

M: thinner, OK carbonation

O: a boring beer, little flavor, easy to drink but not really satisfying

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The was ale poured from a bottle and had a brownish amber colour to it. Relatively clear with no cloudiness. There was a moderate head left over that settled into a low, creamy layer floating on top. Not much of a smell or taste to it; there was a slightly bitter, malty nose and a bitter flavour, with lingering nutty bitterness. Not particularly flavourful in terms of hop, malt,
or grain.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably not.

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Photo of Brad007
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mild brown color with a two-finger head into my glass. It fits the style, a dark mild ale. Not that dark though.

Generously sweet, maybe a bit too much with with a definite edge of roasted barley. Kind of robust. Definitely a Guinness product.

Ditto on the flavor. Drinks like a lighter version of Guinness with chewy, sweet barley. "Fruity". Cuts a bit too close to the edge.

Lingering chewy, sweet barley notes make up the mouthfeel. Doesn't stand out enough to my taste buds.

Reviews don't seem too enthusiastic. To be fair, it's still quite drinkable. Just don't come into it expecting something radically different from the Guinness mantra.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of the Guinness winter variety pack at Total Wine Redondo Beach for $6.99. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy red label and branded red pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which I love and respect. I don't see an ABV listed. No style identified on the label.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark clear amber of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing as the head recedes. Looks typical of the style, I guess. It's certainly appealing in a general sense.

Sm: Light caramel, maybe some munich malt, toasted malt, and restrained sweetness. Cream. Light light floral hops. Quite timid. Appealing, if light.

T: Light caramel, light floral hops, a fair amount of munich or amber malt, caramel, and a touch of toasty character. Simple but balanced and enjoyable. Pleasant. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tasty and sessionable. I could use more complexity and subtlety, but for the style it's well executed methinks. I do like it.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. Body is near ideal. Light on the palate. Lightly refreshing. Carbonation is good. Complements the flavour profile generally well, though it doesn't feel custom tailored to it per se. Good palate presence.

Dr: Very sessionable, drinkable stuff. I expected the worst after Guinness Black Lager, but this new offering isn't half-bad. Definitely worth a go for fans of the style. I'd like to try it on-draught. Very well priced, especially as an import. Another pretty decent offering from Guinness. It feels right for a winter ale. Though it's on the higher end of expected ABVs for the style, the alcohol is very well hidden. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to friends, but I think it's a likable beer.


Pairs well with chocolate.

Drinks fine out of a pint glass.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a dark orange-brown with a finger-width of tan colored head. Lots of carbonation and a bit of lacing.

Smell was a bit like caramel, but very faint.

Taste was again mostly caramel from the malt, but with a bit of a metallic finish that I was not a fan of.

Mouthfeel was a medium body, with fairly heavy carbonation for the style.

Overall, a solid but not especially memorable seasonal ale.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer comes in the new Guinness winter seasonal mixed 12 pack. I found this today at Pop & Kork in Ludlow, MA.

Pours a dark, clear, amber color. Fast, active visible carbonation. Decent sized off white head that fades quickly to a thin film over the top of the beer.

The smell is very faint. Slight toasted caramel, slight maltyness, thats about it. Not a bad scent, just very hard to detect.

Taste is of sweet caramel malts, touch of vanilla, hint of hops and a slight bitterness comes in at the end.

Medium body. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Carbonation feels much lower than I thought it was going to be.

Overall this isnt a bad beer but I wouldnt recommend buying the whole 12 pack just to try it. Its good, Im glad I got to try it (to satisfy my curiosity if nothing more) but next time I'll probably just buy the classic guinness draught.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I love when the late-night knock on the door is local trader tone77 and not the cops or thugs or other uninvited denizens of the evening hours. He brings me large boxes filled with beers and leaves with bunches of CANs. Ours is a symbiotic relationship as I would probably gloss over bottles in search of CANs and he derives amusement from my CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "Be Generous Give Guinness"; "Celebrating the Holiday Spirit Arthur's Holiday Ale"; "Guinness Generous Ale celebrates Arthur's legacy as a brewer of styles with generous flavor and his commitment to the welfare of his employees & the community. Guinness Generous Ale is a full-bodied winter ale, balancing a subtle hop flavor with roasted barley character. Celebrate the spirit if the holidays with this special ale. [undersigned] Arthur Guinness]".

I liked that my pour created a dense, thick two-plus fingers of tan head that sat defiantly atop the beer, refusing to subside and allow me access. Color was a deep mahogany with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light spiciness to accompany a malty, bready sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like anise biscotti, if that makes sense. Finish was semi-dry. It was tasty, but one was enough. It just seemed to lack oomph.

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3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown/red ruddy - 1" beige , bubbly head with decent retention. Some wispy lace left behind.

Sweet malts, some caramel and faint hops. Maybe a little run of the mill.

Bland intro. A little toasty, grainy,A little bite at the end and luckily doesn't finish as sweet as I would have suspected from the nose.

High carbonation and a medium weight. Hangs around a little while in the finish.

Overall - OK. Didn't expect too much so not overly disappointed. Could do 2 or 3 of these.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle into standard pint.

A: A head of rather large bubbles that was quarter inch thick fell pretty fast to a thin ring and no cap. Very clear and a nice mahogany color. Reddish hue to the brown actually looks pretty appealing.

S: a little toasty malt, like a brown malt in there. A little hops but not much more than for balance. Not super complex, actually less complex than normal Guiness Extra Stout.

T: here it goes, the big reveal. Not what I expected, more bitter than anticipated. Has that burnt bitter flavor one would expect from black malt. not too much else there, it follows the nose pretty well. Considering the style this makes sense though a mild with a little dark malt in it.

M: feels like a mild, light and surprisingly crisp. Pretty refreshing.

O: picked up the winter 12 pack to give this a shot, not bad but not worth the cost. However the pack also containes 3 bottle of Forein Extra which is really really good.

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Photo of Craigory
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle from the Guinness winter pack, poured into a SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours two fingers of fluffy, off-white head, which leaves just a bit of lacing as the beer drinks down. Colour is a deep auburn. This is really pretty in the glass.

S: Not a lot going on here; there's a bit of biscuity malt, a hint of roastiness, and the scent I always get off English/Irish water.

T: There's some sweet biscuit flavor up front, a slight spice profile, and just a little hops bitterness at the end. Again, there is not much going on here, but what comes through is pleasant.

M: Light bodied, maybe approaching medium, with light carbonation. Nothing sticks around in the mouth for very long.

O: Not a great beer, but neither is it bad. I wouldn't buy a mix pack just for this, but if you end up with some, it is a pleasant session ale.

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Photo of Redrover
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

14.9 oz can poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass. The beer is bronze/red with good clarity. It has a massive tan head.

Not a ton in the nose. There is some grains and a slight fruity smell.

The taste is mild. There is a bit of sweetness and grains with a hint of red apple. A touch of caramel after the first few sips.

The mouth is decent with low carbonation.

There is not a ton of stuff going on here. The good looks and mouth can't really offset the blah aroma and not overly interesting flavors.

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Photo of illpass78
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

14.9 oz. can poured into a nonic.

Appearance: Pours an amber brown with a one and a half finger cream head that recedes quicker than expected. Carbonation fairly high, a little lacing.

Aroma: Not much in the nose. Maybe a little sweet malt.

Taste: Some sweet malt, not a whole lot else. Maybe a tiny bit of toast or roasted character.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, rather light of body.

Overall: Generous what? This beer isn't generous anything. The can is a little bigger than average, I guess. Inoffensive, pretty boring beer. I'm almost positive the Smithwick's Winter beer that came in the same Christmas pack is going to be identical. I'll give it a legit shot, though. As for this ale, it'd be generous of me to describe it as average.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seasonal mix-pack from Guinness with a new beer to my eyes, so I had to give it a shot. The beer was poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint. It pours a bright, vibrant, amber-copper coloring with a thin, clingy, filmy white ring around the surface. Aromas of old world fruit, both subtle and darkly sweet, with a touch of spicing. Flavors are roasted initially, with a significant drop off of body and flavors after the forward profiles. Touches of toffee and caramel blend in the backbone, with a touch of tang throughout. The roasty qualities survive throughout, and well into the aftertaste, which intertwines with a tangy sweetness for a decent balance that is missing on the main part of the palate. The beer is light and smooth, made for a day of quaffing. Sweet linger on the finish, with a slight cloying feel as the last of the flavor leaves your tastebuds. Interesting brew, and not a bad addition to the stateside lineup for Guinness.

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Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
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