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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,885
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 27
Gots: 239 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2010

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Ratings: 1,885 | Reviews: 433
Reviews by Jadjunk:
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3.04/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Guinness Black Lager is cold-brewed with roasted barley to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of Guinness. Enjoy ice cold straight from the bottle." Thanks, but I'll pour this into a glass. Brewed in the style of a Euro Dark Lager, available in 6 packs or as part of the Guinness Holiday variety pack.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 50º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a mocha cream brown head of a crisp frothy consistency, retention is average at best and the head settles down within a short few minutes. Body color is a very dark brown with some mahogany brown tones, but more dense than not. Lacing is thin and streaked but doesn't last long. I don't expect that one of the selling points for this beer is how good it looks in a glass, but the lack of head quality makes for a less-than-stellar start. 3

(Smell) Roasted barley is likely used in small amounts in this beer- the aroma is very shallow on potency and, like most macro lagers, doesn't smell terribly different from the big name competition, despite a mild air of dry, cold roast. A clean but shallow aroma- I expected a lot more in terms of potency and diversity but the aroma doesn't define much in this beer at all. What little is there isn't off-putting, and I suppose that is about the best I can say for it. 2.75

(Taste) The flavor lets up just a notch of what the aroma must have been holding back on. Clean roasted malt airs on the watery side with a mild acidity for a pairing bitterness and little else to tell. In terms of flavor, it isn't much special, just slightly more pronounced malt character and a touch more sweetness, but ultimately comes out very lightly flavored. I think that the "cold brewed with roasted barley" is an hype-up for this beer, as there is much less roast flavor and more flavorless color than expected. Undoubtedly, it's likely geared for multiple drinks in a row. Presented with a line up of macro lager choices, this one may be a more likely pick than some others but I am still let down by how shallow these lagers are made to be. Guinness seemed to miss the potential for this beer by really creating something underwhelming. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Peppy carbonation for the mouthfeel, quite spritely, expected for a lager. Mildly dry, slightly chalky finish. Body is just below medium for the style, light amongst all beers. I found the carbonation a bit harsh for this beer. Something that could have set it apart from the macro lager competition was a smoother and creamier texture, which I'm sure is possible even for a lager brew. 3

(Overall) Of all my Guinness choices to date, this has to be one of the more mundane ones out there. Seems like an answer to Bud-Miller-Coors phobias in regards to Guinness Draught. Very clean like a lager should be, but the flavor was dramatically lighter and the carbonation even sharper than I expected. I was really hoping that Guinness could prove what a dark lager was capable of but they missed the mark this time around. Unless the price points are dramatically in favor of this beer, I'd sooner choose their draught or export stout over this. 3

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More User Reviews:
Photo of GuinnessRegular92
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a nice, very dark brown in color, OK almost black, with a big, fluffy, tight, dark white head.

Smell – I like the roasted aroma but there’s just not enough of it. This bouquet is very faint and consists of dark roasty notes along with a light raw sugar sweetness.

Taste – It’s equally light in the ass at the taste. Again, all the flavors are here it’s just a little empty and lacking in depth. I’d say it’s almost watery.

Mouthfeel – There’s no bitterness to this ale which is better than light-bodied but far from medium. The carbs are a bit too perky for the style as well.

Drinkability – This is an easy-going beer that won’t impress anyone but will stay out of the sink.

Photo of cam477
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of weatherdog
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mike for giving me this bottle at a recent tasting. It was in his 'Free Beer...Please Take Home' box

It pours a transparent deep deep chestnut brown with crimson highlights. A fluffy generous khaki colored head tops the beer with medium retention and minimal lacing.

The nose is very mild. It has a minimal amount of roasted barley as well as a slight plum esters and finishes just a bit sweet.

The roasted barley is once again nearly non-existent. There is not even a hint of coffee or chocolate commonly found in beers with a decent amount of roasted barley. There is just a slight dark grain taste. Once again a lot of plum esters are coming through. There is almost a medium amount of bitterness which balance some of the malt sweetness in the finish. The plum is just too prominent.

The body is very thin and watery and the carbonation level is medium low which does not compliment this beer at all. Drinkability is just above average, it's not hard to down the beer because it's so thin and watery but at the same time it's very boring, so not enjoyable. It's like they mixed 1 part Guinness with about 5 parts black lager. It ends up with a mash-up that does nothing to accentuate the roastiness of a good dry stout and the crispness of a good lager. I'd only choose this again if BMC is the only thing available. I'd much rather just have the original.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.1/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass this beer was a very dark brown, almost black color. It had a medium-sized tan head that disappeared quickly.

Roasted malt aroma, sweet cocoa. Kind of faint.

The taste was even fainter. Weak coffee, a tiny bit of chocolate.

Very thin and watery. On the positive side, you could drink a number of these in one sitting.

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2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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2.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle w/ no freshness date.

LOOK: Off black color w/ reddish hue. Good lacing.

SMELL: Sweet, cocoa, mild charcoal, lightly bready, clean.

TASTE: Smooth, slick, lighter body, wet, mild roasted grain, dried grass, muted hops, bitterness, residual dextrins.

I was not sure what to expect but after several goes at it I am still trying to wrap my head around its inception. Regular draught Guinness does a great job ... consistent, drinkable, the story behind it. Sort of a lesser Guinness that has a typical carbonation of a Euro Lager. I guess I just don't see the market for it. I can understand why FES was brought to the states, 10-15 years late to the party but this concoction just does seem to hit it with me. Not saying it is bad at all, it hits the right elements ... drinkable, easy going flavor. Is it for 38-56 year old males who make more than $75,000 a year that are not into beer that much but are sick other Euro Dark Lagers? If someone was looking for a dark lager why wouldn't they just look for a solid Munich Dunkel or a dark Czech lager? Go figure, best of luck guys ... still trying to figure this one out. Regardless, it is worth a tick.

Photo of Billolick
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle

Pours dark cola , minor tan head, thin collar and minor lace.

Just a very faint whiff of dark bread on the nose.

Notes of some dark bread, not much else.

Pretty lame and boring brew. Unfortunate that Guinness doesnt seem to care to put out more of an interesting product. Oh well, glad I only poached one of these from a friends assortment box

Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black in color with a 1/4 inch head, opaque, moderate carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and caramel

Taste: toasted malt, caramel, smoke--like a less dense Guinness Draught

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet and smoky

Overall: Not a bad beer and certainly above average for the style. I could see myself getting a glass or two again. Probably my least favorite from the brewery. Try to grade against others I have had in the style. If I was not, this beer would be closer to a C.

Photo of Jstewart6
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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