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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,812 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,812
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 158 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2010)
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Photo of GuinnessRegular92
2.45/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Guinness and Lager do not mix. I love Guinness Regular (in the pub) and Guinness Extra Stout and my favorite is Foreign Extra but this Guinness is terrible. It tasted slightly like Guinness but it just didn't hit the spot of the way other Guinness tastes. Lager is lager and Guinness is Guinness. Just keep it that way.

GuinnessRegular92, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of ChadwickHines
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Light, good quality As always.

ChadwickHines, Saturday at 01:05 PM
Photo of a77cj7
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

a77cj7, Saturday at 06:27 AM
Photo of Rarrar
4.36/5  rDev +39.3%

Rarrar, Friday at 12:18 AM
Photo of BPMeyer27
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

BPMeyer27, Thursday at 06:57 PM
Photo of dannymo24
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

dannymo24, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of corywalston
3.64/5  rDev +16.3%

corywalston, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of AgendaBuster
5/5  rDev +59.7%

I know several who loved the smooth Guinness Black Lager, I am very disappointed the Black Lager has been discontinued in Colorado, we feel it wasn't on the market long enough to gain traction. At our house we will not be buying the dainty Guinness Blonde brew.

As I stated earlier we very much miss the Guinness Black Lager, with the holidays near, we are looking for a different brand to replace the Guinness Black Lager. Here in Fort Collins, Colorado I've put the word out to many of our Craft Breweries are looking for a smooth Black Euro-Lager.

AgendaBuster, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of Vogey77
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Vogey77, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of kevdude
1.68/5  rDev -46.3%

kevdude, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of newbeeraday
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

newbeeraday, Nov 16, 2014
Photo of Fitzy01
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Fitzy01, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of CMundt4994
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

CMundt4994, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of Darwood77
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Darwood77, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of JosephOrmerod
4.08/5  rDev +30.4%

JosephOrmerod, Nov 14, 2014
Photo of beerfisher1
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

beerfisher1, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of jmartinger
3.52/5  rDev +12.5%

jmartinger, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of AppalachianGyration
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

AppalachianGyration, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of thomasbj7
3/5  rDev -4.2%

thomasbj7, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of mchegash
4.35/5  rDev +39%

Date: 8/17/14
Other notes: Beer said to "enjoy ice-cold straight from the bottle", so that's what I did--partially. I made sure the beer was super cold, however I poured into a glass so I could see the color and get the smell better, and do a proper review.

Appearance - 3.5/5
The foamy head appears while pouring, but immediately dissipates after the beer has sat still for a few seconds. Pours a dark dark brown (some would say black). No light goes through this beer. Since the beer is so dark, you cannot see any of the carbonation rising through the beer, unless you look at the top of the beer.

Smell - 4.4/5
Malty, maybe toffee-like smell. A little bit of sweet fruity smell (raisins?). Actually the smell is quite hard to define. Being no beer expert, I have no words to put to it other than it smells similar to the Guinness Extra Stout (which I like a lot).

Taste - 4/5
Tastes similar to the Guinness Extra Stout, but is more crisp, and not as creamy as the Extra Stout. I can taste the standard lager taste if I focus on it, and I can taste the Guinness taste (i.e. the same smell as the Extra Stout) if I focus on that. In that respect, the beer really does what it claims to do on the label which is "to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of guinness". I don't normally like lagers, but I do like the Guinness flavor and this is a lager I definitely like.

Mouthfeel - 4.5/5
As described above, the beer is quite crisp. The carbonation is present throughout the whole sip, which is nice. The beer has a fairly light body, perhaps a little watery. I love the crispness of the beer, which the Extra Stout does not have. this might be my new replacement for the Extra Stout, or at least an alternative. This is a nice crisp beer I could drink on a summer night.

Overall - 4.5/5
This beers pulls off what it claims to do quite well, which is to combine a lager with a Guinness. In terms of Guinness, this tastes much closer to the Extra Stout than the standard Draught. I was very surprised by this beer. Part of me feels like I shouldn't be rating it so high, because it's "not really a craft brew". But each beer should be judged on its own merits, regardless of what company brews it. This is a quality brew from Guinness.

Weighting: Appearance 15%, Smell 15%, Taste 35%, Mouthfeel 15%, Overall 20%

mchegash, Nov 10, 2014
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2.84/5  rDev -9.3%

Khaack, Nov 09, 2014
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3.44/5  rDev +9.9%

WholeLottaTricks, Nov 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Jlabs, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2/5  rDev -36.1%

This beer is not a bad beer, just very bland. The appearance is dark black with an off white head. The smell is very subtle with some sweetness coming through. The taste was a bit flat. There was a bit of bitterness in the beginning but the rest was rather neutral. Also not a fan of the mouthfeel which was too thin and not enough carbonation.

WhiteHillsStore, Nov 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

aklude, Nov 04, 2014
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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 1,812 ratings.