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Guinness Generous Ale - Guinness Ltd.

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73 Reviews
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Reviews: 73
Hads: 254
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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Ireland

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 254
Photo of TempeBeerMan
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of mckenziac
3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of ChrisPratz
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of NilocRellim
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.35/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a Guinness Winter Selection sampler case.

Pours a dark but translucent brown with short beige head.Aroma is sweet and bready. Taste is a bit fruity and a touch of bitters.Not what I was expecting for a "Holiday" brew. It is nevertheless very enjoyable and reminiscent of their Smithwicks labeled ale. (306 characters)

Photo of budgood1
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (1,116 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle stamped 05:40-L2245G00002. Sampled on 12/12/12.

The pour is a mahogany brown with reasonable clarity and an off-white head that sticks around until I finish the glass.

The aroma reminds me of all the Guinness brews I have had with a sweet dark maltiness. The twist is that I also pick up a slight nutty character.

The body is about medium but it is creamy and smooth.

The taste starts a little sweet but it immediately finishes with an acidic bitterness that lingers for a slight moment at the end. For a holiday brew there really isn't anything that jumps out as unique but it is entirely drinkable. (634 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (384 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (340 characters)

Photo of JoshuaB
4.46/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (676 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (477 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (501 characters)

Photo of keywestgourmet
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Uniobrew31
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (381 characters)

Photo of irishstoutlvr
4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (283 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (592 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (909 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (947 characters)

Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (948 characters)

Photo of AOber7
3.31/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany in color. It has a nice head but it dissipates fairly quickly.

It has a slight malty smell to it but not much else.

The taste is sweet while slightly hoppy.

Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body.

Overall it's a fairly plain but easy drinking beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again for myself but it's a good pick to bring to something like a family party. (367 characters)

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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. (853 characters)

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