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Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland | website

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RyanLigeia on 11-14-2012

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The Generous Ale is an easy drink beer.....medium in body with subtle carbonation. Beer poured a clear brownish amber with offwhite head that is leaving only a spotty lace. The scent is bland and the taste carries a tinge of spice. Overall its ok.

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Photo of JimKal
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Picked this up as a mixed pack from Guinness - Guinness Draft, Guinness Generous, Killkeney Creme ale, and Smithwick. All are in cans (I do love the cans). This is the Guinness Holiday ale. It is quite mild in taste, dark amber in appearance. For a Holiday (winter?) ale it doesn't have much spiciness. I think Brother Jason got it just right with his review.
Update: I'm having my second one and I'm enjoying it much more that=n the first - the flavor seems to be more present this time. BTW this is from a can, a plus in my opinion, and non-nitro (I think nitro would have made this even more enjoyable).

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Photo of east_tn_gk
4.75/5  rDev +40.9%

I am a huge Guinness fan, so I must disclose that fact. The Generous Ale is like a Red Ale version of the original. It is delicious. It has a sweet, but not too sweet start and a malty smooth finish. It has a nice amber to caramel color, with a surprising amount of clarity. The only issue I have with this beer is that it isn't more readily available.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served August 2013 from bottle into pint glass

Appearance: Amber, with thin head that did not last long.

Smell: Very mild aromas. I get some sweet-malt aromas, but overall not much.

Taste: Middle of the road body (not full but not too light). Not a lot of hops nor malt taste.

Mouthfeel: Thin, and smooth.

Overall: Ok ale. Will probably not buy a case, but will drink it when it is included in a Guinness mixed assorted case.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Guinness Generous Ale has a medium, off-white head, a clear, reddish-brown appearance, lots of bubble streams, and just a few bits of lacing left behind in splotches. The aroma is of straight-up brown bread crust, with just the faintest spice. Taste is the same, with wonderful sweetness and a pleasant hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Guinness Generous Ale finishes clean, refreshing, and ultra drinkable. This is a superb offering from Diageo. I just love it!

RJT

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep garnet color with good clarity and a nice craggy off white head. red grapes, nuttiness, lots of red wine like notes on the nose, dark fruits, plums.

thinner body than expected. A little messy and not as clean as expected. A little tiny. Too many dark fruit flavors, not enough toasty and biscuit notes. Sweet yet balanced. Kind of like an underbaked biscuit with fig jam on it and maybe a touch of butter. Really thins out on the finish. Semi-dry but would benefit from being dried. Definitely needs more body.

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Photo of robhbest
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep ruby color with big white head, decent retention

S: Smells of grass, hay. Cant get much else.

T: A little malt here, maybe a slight bit of roasted malts, mostly skunked flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Maybe I got a bad bottle but not being too huge in this style it seems my bottle was more skunky than it should be. It came from a friend who got it in this years Guinness variety pack. Overall I'll probably pass on this one next time.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of the Guinness winter variety pack at Total Wine Redondo Beach for $6.99. 11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with classy red label and branded red pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery - which I love and respect. I don't see an ABV listed. No style identified on the label.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger white-khaki colour head of nice cream and thickness, and good (4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a dark clear amber of average vibrance. Translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing as the head recedes. Looks typical of the style, I guess. It's certainly appealing in a general sense.

Sm: Light caramel, maybe some munich malt, toasted malt, and restrained sweetness. Cream. Light light floral hops. Quite timid. Appealing, if light.

T: Light caramel, light floral hops, a fair amount of munich or amber malt, caramel, and a touch of toasty character. Simple but balanced and enjoyable. Pleasant. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Tasty and sessionable. I could use more complexity and subtlety, but for the style it's well executed methinks. I do like it.

Mf: Nicely creamy. Smooth and wet. Body is near ideal. Light on the palate. Lightly refreshing. Carbonation is good. Complements the flavour profile generally well, though it doesn't feel custom tailored to it per se. Good palate presence.

Dr: Very sessionable, drinkable stuff. I expected the worst after Guinness Black Lager, but this new offering isn't half-bad. Definitely worth a go for fans of the style. I'd like to try it on-draught. Very well priced, especially as an import. Another pretty decent offering from Guinness. It feels right for a winter ale. Though it's on the higher end of expected ABVs for the style, the alcohol is very well hidden. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to friends, but I think it's a likable beer.

C+

Pairs well with chocolate.

Drinks fine out of a pint glass.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The CANQuest (tm) is always on the lookout for new & different CANs to be added to the ongoing madness. One of my local bottle shops was selling this as part of a "Limited Edition Amazing Ales Variety Pack" and I kept one of each for myself while gifting (CANtrabanding) the others to my colleagues. As it turns out, I have reviewed this beer previously, but from a bottle. Today is Sa, 16 Jan 2106.

From the CAN: "Celebrating the Holiday Spirit"; "Arthur's Holiday Ale".

I performed the Crack! listening raptly as it ocCANurred, but I had to go with a more gentle Glug than I would have liked, due to it being housed in a 16-fl. oz. CAN. C'est la guerre! It began with two fingers of dense, light-tan head that slowly reduced to the point that I could drink it without incurring a beer moustache. Color was Copper-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was quite sweet, evincing a berry-like quality, like red raspberries. Interesting! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste actually mirrored the nose in this case. It really had a red raspberry flavor and I was reminded of my late-paternal grandmother's garden with its raspberry bush. Preserves were her big thing with the occasional pie, which was a real treat. A pleasant trip down memory lane, courtesy of this beer. Finish was semi-sweet and anyone that knows raspberries will understand. They are not a terribly sweet fruit which is perhaps their attraction to me.

Harking back to my earlier review of Smithwick's Winter Spirit, I wrote, "It was a decent beer, but unless the Guinness Generous Ale is worthy, I am not going to recommend buying the variety pack." Would I now recommend it? Perhaps. The price point on mine was approximately $3.00/CAN & I got three (3) new CANQuest (tm) CANs out of it. I really liked this one, plus I gifted half of it to grateful colleagues. Let's give it my blessing.

My original, bottle review, dtd 10 March 2013 follows.

I love when the late-night knock on the door is local trader tone77 and not the cops or thugs or other uninvited denizens of the evening hours. He brings me large boxes filled with beers and leaves with bunches of CANs. Ours is a symbiotic relationship as I would probably gloss over bottles in search of CANs and he derives amusement from my CANQuest (TM).

From the bottle: "Be Generous Give Guinness"; "Celebrating the Holiday Spirit Arthur's Holiday Ale"; "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 if the holidays with this special ale. [undersigned] Arthur Guinness]".

I liked that my pour created a dense, thick two-plus fingers of tan head that sat defiantly atop the beer, refusing to subside and allow me access. Color was a deep mahogany with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light spiciness to accompany a malty, bready sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was like anise biscotti, if that makes sense. Finish was semi-dry. It was tasty, but one was enough. It just seemed to lack oomph.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a 330 ml bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was a dark orange-brown with a finger-width of tan colored head. Lots of carbonation and a bit of lacing.

Smell was a bit like caramel, but very faint.

Taste was again mostly caramel from the malt, but with a bit of a metallic finish that I was not a fan of.

Mouthfeel was a medium body, with fairly heavy carbonation for the style.

Overall, a solid but not especially memorable seasonal ale.
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Photo of Jason
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
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 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 51ยบ 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
3.64/5.00

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
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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