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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,536 Ratings
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Ratings: 1536
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%


Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2010)
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schnauzeborne

Florida

2.99/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I would put this on the same level as Sam Adam's Boston Lager; significantly better than most of the "adjunct" lagers (Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc.), but still below most ales (including Guinness's stout) on the market, especially on the craft beer circuit. It's basically what you would expect from the same wort used in making Guinness "extra stout", but with a lager yeast: chocolatey and slightly bitter (like vinegar bitter, as opposed to hops bitter), but with the bubbly, slightly acidic crispness characteristic of a lager. It definitely has that characteristic lager aftertaste that anyone used to drinking a lot of Budweiser or Miller would be familiar with, and I respect anyone looking for that particular note. However, for me, this beer is just okay. In fact, it is so okay, it will be the beer I mark as baseline when rating other beers in the future. I would not have bought it if it had not been on sale ($3.99 US for a 6-pack), and will likely be taking cost into consideration in my purchase in the future.

Tl;dr: it went . . . okay.

Serving type: can

07-09-2013 02:27:31 | More by schnauzeborne
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Guinness Black Lager $8.99(OH)

11.2 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date.

pours a shade lighter than Guinness draught. holding it up i can see my ceiling light through the glass. a two finger tan head that doesn't last long and gives way to minimal lacing.

i can smell some roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and maybe some caramel flavors.

taste follows the nose. A decent roasted malt followed by a weak touch of coffee. A slight toffee caramel taste at the end.

the mouth feel is poor. very watery and hardly any taste clings to your palate. It is smooth, but there's not a whole lot there to smooth out to begin with.

Overall this is what i expected. A supplement for Guinness draught. Not my Cup of tea if you know what i mean. I mean Guinness was just OK, it's little brother is gonna be weaker.

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Picked one up on sale from the local liquor chain store. I'm under presumption that this is a new product.

Look: straight from the bottle. Very dark, and the bottle is pleasing to look at.

Smell: smelling straight from the bottle yields not much of anything.

taste: This is where it lacks. First sip tasted like water with a weird skunky taste. For a second I thought I had gotten bad beer but remembered this is a completely different style of the beer I had 30 minutes ago. Taste like bad water in my opinion with a very weak beer linger. Some weak "coffee-like" taste pokes through at the end.

mouthfeel: reminiscent of bad thick water.

overall: weak beer. I would DEFINITELY not try this again. I've tried other Guinness before and this is a WAY different beer. It does have that slightly "guinness" taste, that is coffe/roated toffee, but very subtle and under all that carbonated water. If that little Guinness signature taste was not there, I would swear I was drinking mineral water. I could not finish the beer and poured it out with about 1/3 left. It gave me a sore stomach.

The only plus is the great looking bottle. and maybe less calories. A strong Guinness character SHOULD NOT try to cover/dumb down their signature taste, Guinness and lager do not mix.

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,536 ratings.