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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,671 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 20
Gots: 101 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

01-03-2012 19:50:53 | More by Bubbalito
Photo of hustlesworth


2.8/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

glad to know that this one was cold brewed with roasted barley...

A- deep dark body with crimson highlights. the tan head is a superstar. it starts off loose and airy but collapses down to a thick disk and never goes away. the glass i'm drinking from has etchings so that undoubtedly helps. there's also tons and tons of sticky lace chillin everywhere.

S- minerally metallic malty tartness. i was initially treating this one as a schwarzbier but the nose is pretty weak. only the smallest hints of chocolate, coffee and roasted grains.

T- not so amazing on the palate either. there's some fresh cereal grain flavor that mostly outshines anything roasted. there's a handful of nice earthiness wood and soil tones but still lacking in anything that screams 'black beer'. mild dark fruits and barely any leafy hops. old school 'beery' taste in the finish. not too appealing.

MF- medium-light, crisp, and slightly chalky, leaves a roasted feel behind but doesn't deliver it in other areas. carbonation is about medium and seems to fit.

D- this is a case of where classification can get you a bad rep.. taste is more like a EDL, but they decided on naming their baby black instead of dark. it's somewhere in between with a little bit of weak stout DNA mixed in. a failed attempt in my opinion, but i know several people who really like it. still not bad and entirely drinkable, i just wouldn't buy another sixer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 00:43:12 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of tempest


2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a single for $2. Poured a near-black brown with a tan head. Huh, this is essentially a blander version of Guinness Draught. There's no sour tang, and also almost no aroma - just a faint bready, not roasty, malt note. It's similarly bitter through the finish and the body is light. It's drinkable and there's a vague cocoa taste - I'd even say there's more citrus hop flavor than malt - but there's not a lot going on here. It's a boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 23:36:46 | More by tempest
Photo of mchorvath


4/5  rDev +28.2%

01-02-2012 14:41:29 | More by mchorvath
Photo of sloescher


3.23/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark with some light showing through with little head.

S: Sweet, slight roasted malt.

T: Very thin. I wold say it's similar to a Guinness Draught without the creaminess and thinner.

M: Average, nothing of importance to note.

O: A certain step down from any other Guinness offerings. Good drinkable beer, and probably a good session beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 05:29:34 | More by sloescher
Photo of hawkmage


2/5  rDev -35.9%

12-31-2011 04:47:00 | More by hawkmage
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4.5/5  rDev +44.2%

12-31-2011 04:29:08 | More by allisino
Photo of meeekyh


3.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I saw this beer on a shelf some months back whilst I was trying black IPAs. I am drinking it now and must say it is milder than I had hoped. I like the smoothness of lagers generally and this delivers there but it is lackluster in a few ways. The taste is flat with a bitter bit in the first and last moments. The sweetness is thin as is the mouthfeel and there is little to be excited about. There is a smell of tobacco, but also a burntness that makes it less than appealing.

I suppose I could go on but suffice it to say this is not a great beer. It is black, as advertised. It has a nice head and good lacing. It smells a bit like an ashtray and is thin and metallic in its feel.

I will not be having too many more of these. At least one to see if this bottle isn't a fluke but if it proves that this is actually a good representation of this beer I will be spending my precious few resources elsewhere.

Slainte and Happy New Year.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 01:09:43 | More by meeekyh
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.08/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours black with some amber-cola color coming through near light. Large brownish head dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick lace spots.

Smell: Sweet malt and grains with a hint of toasted malt and just a little bit of chocolate. Weak smell overall.

Taste: Begins sweet, rounding out to bitter toasted malt and some thin macro beer flavor backing it up.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a wartery finish.

Overall: A pretty good beer- it has a lot of promise, but it sticks a little too much to macro-brew principles to truly realize its potential.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 22:49:38 | More by Mosstrooper
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-30-2011 17:48:51 | More by cdwil
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

12-30-2011 16:55:20 | More by mdmoore
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

12-30-2011 04:44:54 | More by montauk7
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2/5  rDev -35.9%

12-30-2011 03:27:21 | More by twobeernuts
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3.3/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From an 11.2 oz bottle with cryptic lot stamp into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Vigorous pour yields a meager half-finger of whitish tan foam that quickly fades to a thin cap and collar that stick around until the bottom of the glass. Color is very dark brown; vigorous carbonation streams are faintly evident, explaining the lasting thin lacing. Nose of relatively faint toasted barley and sweet malt, mild butter and nuts, no hops. In the mouth, more toasted barley and a hint of bitter hops at the end. No complexity to speak of. Mouth is nicely crisp and satisfying, wet and quenching. Not a bad drinker… or “session brew.”

Overall: A sessionable “dark beer” that I wouldn’t turn down if offered. Nothing to bring me back for more, just another tick on the list as far as I’m concerned.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 01:36:45 | More by jettjon
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5/5  rDev +60.3%

12-30-2011 01:16:12 | More by TexasTwister
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2/5  rDev -35.9%

12-29-2011 18:36:57 | More by BrewtalAlement
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-28-2011 03:17:16 | More by Musineer
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2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

12-27-2011 19:43:39 | More by MouldyCrow
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-27-2011 14:06:21 | More by casualfan
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2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some grains and grass. The taste is slightly sweet, kinda malty, but with some grains/grass, and caramel. Medium Body. Not too bad, but still would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 23:32:19 | More by Wasatch
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.18/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours quite black. Head is an attractive tan. Retains well and leaves lacing in bits-and-pieces.

S-Definitely smells like a lager. The lager yeast is blatantly noticeable. Light roast and chocolate. Smells sessionable.

T-Black lager it is! Has both components of a porter and a lager. Mostly made up of coffee and chocolate. Yeast from the lager lets you know it is not an ale. Flavor is crisp, and different; and I will credit the beer for trying something new.

M-Light despite the fact that most darker beers tend to be a tad heavier than their paler counterparts. Carbonation is mellow but adds a refreshing element.

O/D-Hey, I really didn't mind this one. I gotta respect the innovation. Trying to sell a dark brew to a populous of beer-water drinkers. Hell, it could have went way worse.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 03:36:12 | More by VelvetExtract
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

12-25-2011 03:31:29 | More by syntheticwings
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North Carolina

2.42/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby-brown hue with an inch of fluffy tan foam that settles to a thin covering. Sweet, lightly smokey, mild roasty aroma with some creamy chocolate notes. The flavor is surprisingly weak...dark grain and caramel. Maybe a hint of cocoa. Thin, somewhat bitter mouthfeel. Not too good. Pretty boring overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 00:36:15 | More by wedge
Photo of Finatic


2.5/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, jet black color with very little head. Litt.e to no lacing and minimal retention.

S: Smells of roasted barley and little else.

T: Tastes like a dark lager. Very bitter aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and very carbonated.

O: Not overly impressed with this offering from Guinness they should stick to the original.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 18:53:52 | More by Finatic
Photo of Fermenticusrex


2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

12-24-2011 18:36:25 | More by Fermenticusrex
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.