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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 19
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
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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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3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-06-2011 00:42:32 | More by leinie13
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-05-2011 21:44:30 | More by dowen44
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-05-2011 13:54:53 | More by bluesplit63
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3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

12-05-2011 02:02:01 | More by JohneHoodlum
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3.23/5  rDev +3.5%

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of sulfur. Fits the style of an Euro Dark Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight sulfur. Overall, great appearance, good blend, but only average mouth feel, and the aroma and body are lacking.

12-05-2011 01:40:09 | More by Tone
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-04-2011 22:03:53 | More by Celtics76
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-04-2011 06:32:51 | More by cantfindme
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2.68/5  rDev -14.1%

A: Dark with some light showing through. Little head, sort of pours like a soda.

S: Sweet, slight roasted malt, euro lager bitterness.

T: A Guinness Draught sort of hint minus the creaminess and then the bittering finish of a Harp Lager. I'm pretty sure this is just a black and tan of those two beers, at least it tastes like it.

M: Average, nothing of importance to note.

O: A certain step down from any other Guinness offerings. I'd maybe take one of these in place of a Harp, but that's about it. I wouldn't get it again.

12-04-2011 01:17:10 | More by bundy462
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-04-2011 00:20:27 | More by mrunseen
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3.4/5  rDev +9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black, similar looking to cola, with a half inch tanish white head. Minimal lacing left as I drink.

Smell: Light malts, slightly metallic, nothing spectacular going on here.

Taste: This would be much better if the flavors weren't so mild. Very mild barley, slight hint of toastyness, very mild mats, extremely mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is really carbonated! It truly feels like you're drinking a soda. Light, crisp body as well.

Overall: It's alright; if the flavors were stronger and it lost a bit of the carbonation it would be much better. Refreshing, but not very tasty.

12-03-2011 20:41:14 | More by CowsCanBark
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South Carolina

3/5  rDev -3.8%

12-03-2011 19:38:32 | More by MyKroberts237
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New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +60.3%

12-03-2011 16:55:18 | More by Callibear04
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New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -24.7%

Picked up in a mix a six - glad I only got just one.

Pours jet black with very little foam. Light ring of it. Light roasted smell, very faint. Blah.

Watered down stout taste with added carbonation that is oddly unsettling. Its like someone poured club soda in my Guinness Stout.

Just did not work for me - cannot see buying this again.

12-03-2011 11:48:47 | More by KTCamm
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1/5  rDev -67.9%

12-03-2011 04:36:49 | More by damnitsjeff
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

A: Dark brown with a tan head leaving mild lacing. Poured into a punt glass.
S: Roasted malt with a hint of nuts and chocolate.
T: Malty with a nutty flavor.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Not your Father's Guinness. Frankly, the classic versions are much better. No need for me to have another of Black Lager when the original still exists.

12-03-2011 01:21:40 | More by Paincane
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2.93/5  rDev -6.1%

11.2 oz. Brown bottle. No freshness date.

A: Pours an almost pitch black color with a cocoa tinted head. Not much lacing, but what is seen is OK.

S: A mixture of sweet cocoa and light barley grains.

T/M: A mild taste of charcoal comes in at first. This leads to some roasted barley and hop bitterness. Goes down smooth with a light bitter aftertaste. Not much going on really.

O: I was surprised to see Guinness release a new beer. They don't really have much of a beer library, which I think helps them. So I was really expecting this one to be somewhat enjoyable. But in the end this dark euro lager is forgettable. Worth a try at most.


12-02-2011 01:45:49 | More by mnrider
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

12-01-2011 23:50:42 | More by SATBMan
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

12-01-2011 04:17:24 | More by KornWallace
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-30-2011 19:53:53 | More by wshifter2
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4/5  rDev +28.2%

11-30-2011 01:45:55 | More by weaselchew
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3.03/5  rDev -2.9%

330oz bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark dark ruby brown with a huge, dense, dark khaki head that took forever to fade into a thin collar that left a few patches of soapy lace down the glass.
S: The smell is that of dried grains, pale malts and lager yeast. There is a honey, almost mead-like sweetness to the brew.
T: Pretty basic and follows the nose for the most part. Flavors of sweet grains and yeast dominate but there is a bit of ambiguous fruit, a honey-syrupy sweetness, and just a touch of chocolate. The aftertaste is sweet, quick, and easy.
M: Medium-light body, spritzy carbonation and a tingly thinnish mouthfeel. Light and easy but not super smooth.
O: Alright I guess. I could see drinking this now and again but it’s not my favorite.

11-29-2011 04:35:17 | More by scottfrie
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2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Why didn't Guinness use the Harp name to market this dark lager? Maybe cuz more people associate Guinness with dark beer. Let's hope this is not Guinness fermented with lager yeast. On to the beer:

It looks as the name implies, black. Ok, there's a ruby red hue in there too. Head retention is solid. The nose reeks many characters of its famous stout, but without the nitro, so the nose is more intense. Molasses and a lot of bitter roastiness, the latter being annoying.

It's a yo-yo of turn-ons and turn-offs. The turns-ons include the robust flavor intensity at just 4.5% ABV, molasses, bitter chocolate, and charred malts. The turn-offs include the excesive burnt malts and bitternesss and the husky malt that gets in the way. The viscosity is pleasantly on the meaty side, though it is over-carbonated.

Rough all around despite the ups, and it's only a matter of time till my palate can't take anymore. I'm craving an Eisenbahn Dunkel to revive my mind....

11-29-2011 04:13:51 | More by DoubleJ
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-29-2011 03:28:48 | More by Cubsfan1087
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3/5  rDev -3.8%

11-29-2011 02:37:21 | More by animal69
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New York

3.48/5  rDev +11.5%

From 11/24/11 notes. Uncle picked up a 6er of this and this actually becomes my first Euro Dark Lager as I inch closer to trying all of the 104 different styles. Style #99 reviewed, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, smokey malts, bread, and toasted malts. Roasted malts dominate, but otherwise a bit bland and not much here. Not bad at all, but pretty average

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, toasted malts, light wood/smokey notes, and some bready malts. A step up from the nose with the fruit, and the roasted malts dominate again. Pretty nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer; looks like I like this one more than most. If you're looking for a beer like Guinness' Irish Dry Stouts, this isn't it, as it is more of an easy drinking lager, but I liked it. Lots of roasted malts and some nice fruit in the taste as well, I'd have it again.

11-28-2011 17:04:26 | More by mdfb79
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