Guinness Generous Ale | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Generous AleGuinness Generous Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
263
Reviews:
75
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
13.69%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
34
For Trade:
0
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Photo of secondtooth
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BGCoon
3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
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 cmbeddoe7997
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hopazoid
3.39/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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

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Photo of barczar
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
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 Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WholeLottaTricks
3.36/5  rDev 0%

Photo of barnzy78
3.36/5  rDev 0%
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 Winger42
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rangerred
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of scratch69
3.34/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

11.2oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Reddish brown with ample head. Mild caramel in the nose with bready undertones and a faintness hop hop ... very clean. Some smoothness, mildy crisp with a moderate sized body. Toasted grain, hint of roastiness, grape skin, slightly metallic, slightly sharp bitterness, kiss of caramel, wet body, bone dry finish. Not sure what to think here, not much of a winter ale ... of body nor strength. I guess I expected a bit more, just seems a bit overly processed.

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Photo of jwc215
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Photo of dhannes
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
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 babayaga
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
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 AOber7
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of nofunyons
3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I really like this beer. I will buy it again if I get the chance.

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Photo of Viperman1316
3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of illpass78
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of kpowledge
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Guinness Generous Ale from Guinness Ltd.
3.36 out of 5 based on 263 ratings.
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