Is there a method to get the fields and loop through to check the fields types?

I've attempted:

Schema.DescribeSObjectResult result = generic_s_object.sObjectType.getDescribe();

But that just gives me the "Field expression not allowed for generic SObject". Is there any other way?

NOTE: I'm using this to do "white label" emails, implementing a VF Component to scan the related object (whatever that object may be, Case, Opp, Custom Object, etc,etc) for the Account to then determine the type of branding to use.

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Using mauForceDev's answer I've written out a far more fleshed out version.

Please note, my actual implementation is not the version I'm posting here (it's far more complex), so this version is untested. But it should work fine.....

First, define a results class and a method to automate going from an unknown object ID into a set of results that gives us the related field we are looking for and the original ID's object. Everything we need to start processing data! :)

    public class fieldHunterResults{
        public String fieldName = '';
        public String objectType = '';
        public Boolean isFound = false;

    public fieldHunterResults fieldHunt(Id related_object_id,String field_type){

        fieldHunterResults results = new fieldHunterResults();

        //Just make sure null isn't sent
            Schema.SObjectType token = related_object_id.getSObjectType();
            Schema.DescribeSObjectResult dr = token.getDescribe();

            //Foreach field
            for(Schema.Sobjectfield field : dr.fields.getMap().values()){
                //Check to see if there is any related fields
                List<Schema.SObjectType> related_fields = field.getDescribe().getReferenceTo();
                    SObjectType related_field = related_fields[0];
                    //Check to see if the related fields matchs the one we are looking for
                        //Eureka! Found the related field! Fill up the results with what we found and return
                        results.fieldName = field.getDescribe().getName();//These lines can be optimised
                        results.objectType = token.getDescribe().getName();//These lines can be optimised
                        results.isFound = true;
                        return results;

        //Nothing was found :( 
        return results;


An example of how to use:

fieldHunterResults check_fields = fieldHunt(some_object_id,'Account');

    //Perform a dynamic SOQL based on the info we grabbed. We have grabbed the relevant information for this, field and object name
        List<sObject> L = Database.query('SELECT '+check_fields.fieldName+' FROM ' + check_fields.objectType +' WHERE Id =:some_object_id');
        Account account = new Account(Id=L[0].get('Id'));//Don't do this in production, this is shorthand and prone to errors. But fine for an example
        account.Some_Value__c = 'Something';
        update account;

You have to do this:

Schema.SObjectType objObjectType = generic_s_object.getSObjectType();


DescribeSObjectResult objDescribeResult = objObjectType.getDescribe();

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