Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.
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3.21/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
330 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; bottled Oct. 29 2013. I've kinda-sorta wanted to try this one for a while, but not quite enough to pay $13.50 for a sixer. This particular pack was marked down a few bucks (getting a little close to expiry, maybe), and I figured now is as good a time as any to tick the stuff. Served well-chilled.
This one - aptly enough - pours an opaque black colour, topped with one finger of fizzy, frothy, light beige-coloured head. It fizzles away fairly quickly over the next minute or so, resulting in a wispy film on the surface, a narrow collar and an attractive doily pattern of lacing on the glass. The aroma is very subdued, to the point that this beer barely even smells like anything. There's a faint wisp of roasted malt and maybe a touch of coffee... come to think of it, this basically smells the same as their regular nitro stout.
Very plain, but highly drinkable and quite clean-tasting for a black lager. Roasted barley is really the only dominant flavour in play, with smaller hints of caramel and raisin. Some weak coffee vibes toward the finish, which is rather grainy and crisp like a lager should be. Not much of an aftertaste; a bit of light roast and metallicity. Light-bodied and fairly watery, with the fizzy, high carbonation levels that are typical of a macro lager. As boring as this is, it's very light and sessionable, and completely inoffensive as well.
Final Grade: 3.21, a C+. Guinness Black Lager is no schwarzbier - it's dull and forgettable compared to the German examples I've tried, although technically this is a 'Euro Dark Lager' so I suppose that comparison is of questionable fairness. That being said, there's nothing really wrong with this beer - I'd drink it again and maybe pay for a pint at the bar if I were in the mood, though I doubt I'd buy it in-store at its standard price point. A decent rendition of an inherently mediocre beer style.
Serving type: bottle
02-22-2014 23:12:54 | More by thehyperduck
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