I've done this twice. Once as written and once with changes. Both times, I used Guinness and no turnips. As written, I think this recipe is probably a 3-star at best. I had difficulty getting the "gravy" to thicken, the potatoes and carrots weren't all cooked through even after over an hour in the oven and it ended up much more like a broth. It was also kind of bland. Here are the changes I made, I cooked the vegetables and onions in about a cup and a half of beef broth until they were soft and then scooped them out with a slotted spoon. I used the reserved liquid in place of the water for the ale mixture and added both a gravy packet and a packet of my go-to garlic and herb dry soup mix. I made sure the gravy was thick before spooning it over the beef and veggies. Done this way, this recipe was EXCELLENT, 5-star definitely and one my picky-eater husband has requested again. So it averages out to a 4-star...not exceptional as written but pretty easy to adjust to your own taste/family.
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I've done this twice. Once as written and once with changes. Both times, I used Guinness and...