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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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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 257
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 plaid75
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a dark copper hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light earthy caramel malts and a subtle grassy hop.

The taste consisted of grainy roasted malts and a full sharp earthiness. Utilitarian grassy hop tightened up the flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean with a very dry finish.

Overall a tasty Irish Red Ae.

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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 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 schoolboy
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is another thoroughly enjoyable Guinness. As a beer snob, we sometimes shun the big brewers, but this is a very nice, unique drink.

It opens black and fragrant. Not nearly opaque, but really dark with a light to moderate head. The malty aroma is nice. The taste is slightly sweet and malty with good balance.

The aftertaste is nice and overall its a good experience. Like most Guinness products, it is an underrated session beer.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: A deep dark amber still comes off clear with a nice thick off-white head. Head rose to about 1/2" at minimum granted I had a pretty vigorous pour.

Smell: From the beginning the scent that this brew pushes is more like light barley, light hops and not bad

Taste: Rich hop taste comes off creamy little like a marzen. Has almost a sweet feel of brown sugar but still bitter...no complaints just something a little different.

Mouth: Medium carbonation that feels heavy at times. But overall crisp, slight toasty.

Overall: Good beer picked up from a variety pack I saw at the store. Easily money well spent considering the other gems that came along with this one. If you see it definitely worth your attention drink and enjoy.

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Photo of chinchill
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. There is a good amount of dark malt flavor with a lasting roasted malt flavor in the aftertaste.

O: pleasantly surprised by the quality of this macro-brewery offering.

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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 Jadjunk
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

"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 of the holidays with this special ale." Generous Ale is brewed in the style of an English Dark Mild Ale. Available exclusively as part of the Guinness Winter Variety Mix Pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 51º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thin creamy dirty white head that recedes briskly. Body color is a deep amber brown with very deep red tones. Carbonation is mild. Light frothy surface cover and very light lacing. Appearance is decent but certainly capable of much more. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma is chock full of sweet caramel candied malts, notes of light buttery toffee and a low alpha earthy hop blend for a mild bitterness. Very faint graininess in the aroma, mostly clean aroma. Balance is slightly sweet but hop presence is certainly evident. Potency is medium. Smells pleasing with a substantial body. 3.75

(Taste) Flavors are much like the aroma, with a faintly husky medium roasted caramel and english pale malt blend, some notes of sweet toffee. Hop presence is earthy and mildly bitter, a touch spicy but full in flavor. Mild warming finish with a very faint touch of alcohol. Flavors are pleasant despite being a style I am not too familiar with, I found the flavor to be enjoyable. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Very low carbonation, quite slick and slightly chewy with a touch of body. Alcohol presence is low but discernible. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Carbonation is appropriate for the style- very faint but still contributing to the characters of the beer. 4.25

(Overall) It's an interesting experience drinking something labeled Guinness that isn't a stout (or a black lager, for that matter) but this beer is a very decent take on a hard to find style in the states, following the style rules while not making any shortcuts on body, flavor and balance. The flavor is simple and to the point, but not shallow on the malt or hop character. Simple and without curveballs are always an enjoyable way to go for a traditionalist's sake. Overall it's a drinkable English Dark Mild and certainly worthy of a wide release. 3.75

Guinness Ltd.'s
Guinness Generous Ale

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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 DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mixed and matched this at the House of 1,000 beers

A - Deliverers on look with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head and the beer itself is a clear dark ruby brown with a ton of carbonation bubbles.

S - Mild skunk with a touch of nutty and a bit of caramel like malt. Skunky hops perhaps?

T - It's definitely dry with an herbal tea character, skunky yeast flavors, some nuttiness with a bit of tea in the finish. Not terrible it grows on you as you drink.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, not very mild.

Overall nothing to run out and get seconds but not a bad winter ale.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Generous Ale
11.2 oz. bottle; no real freshness code

First the review, then the rant...
Appearance: Excellent appearance. Clear deep russet/mahogany body. Frothy then foamy khaki head. Holds quite well. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Aroma is floral/wet grass with a bit of yeasty mineral character. A hint of roast malt appears when it's swirled, along and a touch of light fruit.

Mouthfeel: In the mouth it's medium-light in body and smooth across the palate with just a gentle bristle.

Taste: The flavor suggests a standard amber ale with a soft fruitiness (apples, pear, a touch of dark fruit) and some chalkiness, but there's also something different here - rather than just caramelish malt, it lends a bit of dark malt acidity. Across the palate it becomes nutty and gently toasty, but then even more so in the finish. Dry. Bitter, spicy, and quite lingering as such in the finish with little left to balance it except for a bit of apple and pear-like fruitiness amidst light toast and delicate, swirling notes of floral, leafy, and grassy hops. The mineral character (crushed granite) remains, helping to dry it even more. Long finish. Bitter at the back of the throat.

Now the rant: Generous ale? To whom? To flavor and the drinker, OK, I can live with that (even if it is a stretch) BUT the label reads "...Generous Ale celebrates Arthur's legacy... and his commitment to the welfare of his employees & the community". Perhaps that was true during Arthur's tenure, but it was certainly not true of his children's rule!

Is it not well known that the Guinness family (of English origin) fought against the repeal of the Act of Union, and thus against Irish independence from England? That Arthur's eldest son was a member of the orange order! That they were not exactly kind to the Irish Catholics that made up the majority of their work force? In fact, during the 1930's Guinness employed over 12,000 men at St. James Gate (close to 10 percent of the entire male population of Dublin), and it wasn't until the 1960's that a Catholic worker was allowed to enter management. Things may have changed, but to note Arthur's "commitment to the welfare of his employees & the community" certainly raises some questions in my mind. On the other hand, being an open-minded person who looks at all aspects of a situation I do have to acknowledge that at least until the 1960's, political and religious hierarchies existed throughout Ireland, England, and the rest of Europe (lest we not forget Nazi Germany).

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Photo of tito42
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to an imperial pint. Purchased from the winter sampler. 11.2 oz :(

A: Between chestnut and ruby, clear, with active carbonation and a foamy tannish head.

S: Roasted malt and barley, popcorn butter, plums, grassy hops.

T: Toasted grains and adjuncts, buttery diacetyl, plum, grassy hops.

M: Medium bodied with a zesty, dry finish.

O: Much better than the black lager, this is a decent seasonal English Ale.

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear medium brown with a one inch cream head that dissipates with moderate speed, leaving thick lacing.

Toasted walnuts, nutty, lightly roasted malt, a fruity character, and floral hops form the aroma.

Cherries and a sour note form the initial flavor profile, with nutty, bready, slightly roasted malt hitting mid-palate, carrying into a heavily roasty, bitter finish.

Body is fairly light, with moderate carbonation and a charred finish, with an astringent bite.

Wish the malt character were less roasted/charred. Finish is pretty harsh. Sourness is also a bit odd.

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Photo of babayaga
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into a stemmed porter glass.

Appearance- 2-finger off-white creamy head. Body is clear reddish brown.

Aroma- Sweet malt, caramel/ molasses, and a nutty and roasty note.

Flavor- Toffee, nutty, slight astringency. Mineral?

Mouthfeel- Light and creamy, soft carbonation.

A pleasant afternoon ale. Low/no hop character. The mineral/astringency is interesting.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Situation: Celebrating a three-day week...
Glassware: Kisatsky pint...
Appearance: three-finger head completely fills the pint...dark cloudy lacing; strong dark brown body...
Aroma: malty, lactic base that is signature Guinness stout; a small hop trail, but malty as a Brit should be...
Palate: medium-bodied, mildly effervescent; a bit buttery....
Taste: malt tickles the teeth and tongue; mellow and smooth; an enjoyable session ale; do not really see the winter aspect of this beer....
Overall: a red in the vein of Newcastle's Werewolf, but a bit more substantial and more agreeable

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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 punky796
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown but clear, about a finger of head, medium lacing.

S - Brown sugar, barley malt, earthiness.

T - Molasses, barley malt, a touch of the coffee & chocolate that characterize regular Guinness. A little hop and other grains.

M - As seems to be my usual perception with anything lately, a bit too carbonated and heavy on alcohol taste, but finishes smoother than it swirls. Kinda bitter.

O - I was excited to try something different from Guinness, but this is a bit disappointing. That being said, I'll still take it before lots of things and don't regret at least trying it.

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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 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 DavidST
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pint glass, coded bottle date. This pours a clear amber color with a large tan head which has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are of bread malts, nutty smells, and a little hops. The feel is medium. The taste is good enough, a little bitterness some nice bread malts and a little toffee.

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Photo of dhannes
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a Guinness pint glass.

A=A rather unappealing brown, with almost a gray tint. Eggshell head was present for about a minute.

S=Molasses smell hindered by my stuffy nose.

T=Mix of syrup and hops and a bit less robust than anticipated, but with more hop presence than other Guinness offerings. Malted flavoring as well...reminds me of what an IPA mixed with a Red Lager and a light beer would taste like.

M=Very drinkable, but somewhat watery.

O=While the flavor that is there is appealing, the light body tapers the flavor. I'd try again, but likely won't buy this if better beers are available.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, it's a dark brown color with light tan foam on the surface. When held to the light, it has a transparent reddish glow, with good clarity. Lasting skim after a couple sips, a collar of lacework forms in the glass. A good swirl rekindles the head quickly.

Dull grainy aroma, minerally, eh... Not much there, mediocre.

Smooth with a hint of nutty, earthy malts, light raisin bread aftertaste. Vague fruity esters. Very light and easy drinking with lower carbonation, true to style. Overall it's not a bad dark mild, as long as you know what you're drinking.

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Photo of tone77
3.66/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am kind of surprised to see this listed as a mild ale at 5.6%. Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a deep hazelnut color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, bready. Taste is malty, toasty, light hops, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a highly drinkable and enjoyable beer.

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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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Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
78 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.