|Guinness Generous Ale in the wilds of my kitchen counter|
And yes, the big macrobreweries are getting into the act, some of their holiday beers are a lot better than this jaded beer geek expected. One I really enjoyed was a new release from Guinness, their Generous Holiday Ale.
A press release describes this beer as:
"Inspired by Arthur’s philanthropic legacy and devotion to generous, full-flavored beers, Guinness Generous Ale is special edition holiday beer that was developed in a traditional winter ale style, but with more body and the distinct roast for which Guinness Draught is known."
I found it to have a lot of light roasty malt flavors, with a little vanilla, and a fruity character (plums?). Each sip ends with a noticeable piney hop presence. Not something I would have expected from the beer, and it works. It's "wintery" all right, but has it's own unique character. Definitely worth checking out.
(Yes, Guinness did provide a sample for the purposes of this review. I'm glad they did.)