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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
76
okay

181 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 14.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012)
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-11-2012 07:43:42 | More by Hardcore
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MaddDogg84

Texas

4/5  rDev +20.8%

12-11-2012 04:25:03 | More by MaddDogg84
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generallee

New York

4/5  rDev +20.8%

12-10-2012 22:43:07 | More by generallee
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured into a standard pint glass.
Deep amber in color, with a short but sturdy oatmal-like cap of foam.
Aroma-Faint toasted barley
Taste-Toasted malt and barley, faint hop note throughout. Easy drinkability with a little higher ABV than traditional stout. A mild ale to be sure, but with "Generous" in the name I was expecting a little bit more in the flavor department. Worth a try.

12-10-2012 22:31:48 | More by hosehead83
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +11.8%

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a pretty brunette with a very nice amber colored head. The beer had good lacing. The head was big bubbles which is okay, I like fine. The taste was goodness as expected from a Guinness. Not as heavy as regular Guinness but more taste than the new black lager. I will buy again.

12-10-2012 17:00:53 | More by Minkybut
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JoshuaB

California

4.53/5  rDev +36.9%

A gorgeous amber with a large head that dissipates over a few minutes. Color is not nearly as dark as most Guinness beers, but the rest makes up for that. Smell is on the sweet side, definitely a bit of honey on the nose.

Flavor is a well balanced holiday ale for easy drinking, sweet on the tongue with a mildly hoppy aftertaste to cleanse the palate that fades quickly, leaving the taste of barley on the tongue. Alcohol level is higher than it tastes, the roasted barley covering most of it up. It's not as complex as many Christmas ales, but it's currently my favorite of the entire Guinness lineup.

I only wish it wasn't so easy drinking, because I have so few of them!

12-10-2012 13:23:27 | More by JoshuaB
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-10-2012 04:05:58 | More by RoryOMoore
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-09-2012 19:41:22 | More by cliff1066
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bzach

Indiana

3/5  rDev -9.4%

12-08-2012 23:28:47 | More by bzach
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mikepcarney

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-08-2012 19:44:45 | More by mikepcarney
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Garrett092112

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-07-2012 00:22:06 | More by Garrett092112
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

Clean ruby-brown upon pouring, with a decent head of off-white foam. Lace is nice but erratic.

Nose is roasty barley, with a sweet malty tone -- definitely grains, but with almost a hint of fruit somehow. Not bad.

Taste is similar -- roasty and flavorful, yet light in body. There's a definite tinge of bittering hops within the mix, but the roasty malts are most prevalent. This is a rich and easy-drinking ale, not great but certainly a nice change from the usual Guinness.

12-06-2012 22:13:58 | More by secondtooth
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Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

12 ounce bottle w/o freshness of bottling date info.

Pours medium brown under a moderate khaki head that leaves a thin collar and minor bits of lacing.

I get just a faint whiff of bread on the nostrils.

Nondescript malty brew. British all the way in style and character. Bready malts, with very subtle hopping to provide balance and drinkability. Not bad, but nothing special. Just a decent drinking, malt brew with decent drinkability.

Fine to be part of a bath/marinade for some chicken or pork

12-06-2012 01:00:41 | More by Billolick
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Wally1912

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

12-04-2012 02:07:34 | More by Wally1912
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keywestgourmet

Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

12-02-2012 03:59:13 | More by keywestgourmet
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

12-01-2012 01:07:14 | More by ridgeline23
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beersvh23

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

11-30-2012 03:05:17 | More by beersvh23
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rangerred

Tennessee

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

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 don't 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.

I'm 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.

11-30-2012 02:08:13 | More by rangerred
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MrTana

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -9.4%

11-29-2012 05:21:17 | More by MrTana
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +14.2%

Real good beer, More of a traditional ale... not a "hop bomb". Think bass ale with a shot of guinness poured in. This was a very drinkable, smooth beer with a very mild flavor and the aftertaste of guinness. I only wish they sold it separately if only to be able to enjoy a few of these rather than only getting three per twelve pack. I look to see it next year in its own package.

11-28-2012 01:28:35 | More by Uniobrew31
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irishstoutlvr

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +23.9%

I was very impressed with this beer. It has a nice hop flavor, not too strong. Also, a good roast flavor. Guinness did a good job on this beer.

I wish they would offer this in a four pack, or a 6 pack. I don't mind getting the variety pack, but often want to get other beers, too.

11-28-2012 00:03:19 | More by irishstoutlvr
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scratch69

Missouri

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear dark brown color with a half a fingers worth of head. Light amount of very runny lace.

Smell- Toasted bread, malt, and a little caramel.

Taste- Hop bitterness with notes of roasted malt and caramel. The malt and caramel flavors fade after the swallow and leave a bitter and slightly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- On the light end of medium bodied. Smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- As a fan of Guinness, I'm a little disappointed with this one. It's not a bad beer but I don't think I will be having it again.

11-26-2012 01:28:43 | More by scratch69
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours mahogany with a foamy tan head. Ample lacing sticks.

The smell is of faint toast, a touch of caramel and some earthy hops.

The taste is of toast, light caramel sweetness and a bitterness that has a slightly metallic touch that lingers in the finish.

The feel is spritzy for Guinness. Not quite creamy. More medium-bodied than the claimed full-bodied. Still it holds up well enough and drinks easily enough. I was on the fence with the score for the feel, but decided to go to the "generous" side.

The roast and hop bitterness leaves a metallic touch that does eventually fade. It stops just short of clashing with the malty sweetness. I don't quite understand the "holiday" aspect, other than by suggestion - and perhaps the slightly high abv for the brewery? Anyway, it's decent enough. It comes in the winter variety pack, which is worth buying for the foreign extra stout and to try this one out.

11-25-2012 16:52:08 | More by jwc215
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Trent

Michigan

3/5  rDev -9.4%

11-24-2012 18:15:38 | More by Trent
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

11-24-2012 00:44:29 | More by GaryMarkle84
Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
76 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.