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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 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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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 Treyliff
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a dark copper brown with a thick and creamy white head with long retention and solid lacing.

S-grainy with toasted malt, metallic, some sweet caramel

T- malty profile up front, toasted bread crust with some grains, finishes bone dry with just enough hop profile to be noticed.

M- true to the style, very low carbonation with a medium body. Just a bit of bubbles give way to a super creamy mouthfeel and finish.

O- this one wasn't complex by any means, but it is very drinkable and would make a solid session choice. It's like a lighter tasting ale version of Guinness draught.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guinness Generous Ale (Arthur's Holiday Ale)

Brewed in honor of the brewer and figure head but makes no claims this is an old recipe

LOOK: Deep copper or light brown, white long standing foam forms and leaves a good amount of webbed lacing.

SMELL: Bready and chocolatey , with a presence of highly toasted malts. And that signature yeast strain smell so you know it's a Guinness product. Barley malt all day.

TASTE/FEEL: Light bodied ale punching through the stinging carbonation come some noble hops, caramel and toast. Herbal flavors and palate coating yeast. Touch of tangy English ale yeast flavor which sticks out more here than in the very roasty Guinness Draught. A touch of brown sugar and hint of molasses. Leafy hops, a bit oily and slick. Still, an easy, refreshing, quaffable drinker. All the flavors are fairly mild, so this at least lives up to the name of the general style.

OVERALL: A simple but respectable beer, with a little signature Guinness type flavor. Generous Ale actually was a bit like Smithwicks but lighter bodied, more roasted and hoppier. This makes a solid choice for a session beer. Would pair well with smoked or grilled cheddarwurst.

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Photo of JMad
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish brown color with an off white filmy head. Smell has a lot of roasted malt with chocolate and coffee and a sweet candy like background. The taste is a little metallic and has dark bitter coffee flavor with an earthy hop flavor. It's light with moderate carbonation and a nice dry finish. This is a nice beer from Guinness I kind of expected something gimicky like their black lager but this is way better.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.36/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice ruby reddish brown topped with a frothy ivory head that holds good retention & leaves some sticky lacing on its way down. Aromas are yeast, grain, metallic, earthy, woodsy. Tastes are spicy, earthy, some roast, more bitter than expected, metallic, burnt caramel, some mild earthy pine on the finish. Thinner body with a dry finish from the roasted barley. Overall, somewhat different & not what i expected, but actually quite pleasant.

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Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Clear red-brown with two-finger off white head, with decent retention. Some patchy lacing.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malt and ale yeasts. A hint of spicy hop. Smells decent enough.

T - Caramel malts forward, with an herbal/spicy twang in the mid-palate. Sweet and toasty, but thankfully without becoming dextrin-y. Ale yeasts add a tiny hint of ripe apple fruitiness. Has a bit of a eucalyptus leaf finish. (not a bad thing by any means) Well balanced, but also as the name suggests, very mild. Dont detect many winter spices though.

M - Light bodied, medium carbonation. "Wet" finish. Very drinkable.

O - My first exposure to this style, and I enjoyed it enough to have no problem finishing the bottle. Not a "holiday" brew, but interesting in it's own right. Would make a nice session brew. Dont know that I'd rush to buy it again, but glad I had it.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Guinness seasonal variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a rich, tawny brown color. Has a large, frothy, tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Smells nutty and toasty with a bit of caramel. Smells very much like your typical mild English beer.

Taste: Moderately hoppy at the start. It finishes toasty and a bit spicy. Surprisingly smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied with a nice carbonation.

Overall: I actually like this beer very much. It is definitely a winter-style beer, but isn't overwhelmingly dark, heavy, or spicy. It seems to be easily sessionable with just enough hoppiness and spiciness to give it a little kick. Definitely wouldn't mind having it again.

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Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

A- dark brown color with a finger of head. Light amount of lace.

S- Toasted malts and a little caramel.

T- A little hoppy note with also notes of roasted malt and caramel.

M- medium bodied. Smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Thought it had real possibility of being a good Guinness beer. But...it was alright was hoping for better.

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Photo of ChrisPratz
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours to a very nice deep dark brown, with a good inch and a half of head that dissipates slowly to a nice pillow of foam.

S: Nice roasted malt flavorings with some sweet malt aroma coming thru.

T: Light toasted malt flavorings coming thru with just the slightest hop flavor at the end. Very nice.

M: Light carbonation, no dry feeling. No creamy feeling either like other Guinness brews.

O: Very nice brew here. Lighter in body then Guinness Draught but without the creamyness makes for a light and flavorful brew that i def enjoyed.

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