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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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BA SCORE
72
okay

1,883 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 27
Gots: 236 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2010

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look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Utah system and poured into my beer goblet while quite cold. The back of the bottle says to drink it straight from the bottle, hogwash!

Appearance: A perfectly clear dark brown with a thin tan head that only stuck around a little while and left a corresponding little lacing.

Smell: The smell is really thin, I get no roasty malts at all. I do get a little lager yeast smell.

Taste: A dry almost mildly bitter beer. A little bit of roast comes through in the taste. I also get a sense of mild earth bittering hops, not any sort of aromatic hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the medium to thin side, while the carbonation is fine.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not my style either. I guess I really prefer ales. This one has a decent roast that may appeal to newbies, but is easy to move on to bigger and better beers.

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3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, light fruittiness and a hint of carmel. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of roasated malt, light carmel asnd a hint of fruittiness with a crisp lingering roasty finish.

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2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark black, allowing only a tiny bit of light through. Thin white head, just under a finger thick.

S: Not much on the nose here, a subtle hint of roasted malts maybe. Nothing jumps out at me.

T: The taste is about as bland as the smell. I agree with most others, this is extremely wet, doesn't leave much on the palate taste wise. Some roasted malts, some very mild hops at the end.

M: Smooth, light carbonation.

O: Not being a huge lager enthusiast, this really did nothing for me. I was okay, but not spectacular. If offered one by a friend I would gladly accept and drink without complaint, However as far as buying goes, I would not.

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A very dark brown pour with a frothy, just barely light brown head atop it. Retention is pretty decent and so is the lacing.

S: Hint of roasted malt, perhaps a little bit of creamy lactose. Very subtle and hard to pick up anything, even using a snifter.

T: Subtle roasted malt up front with an odd sort of burnt milk flavor after that. Bleh.

M: Very thin and watery.

O: Meh at best, the strange flavors made this one undrinkable and I drain poured it. A normal guinness stout is a thousand times better. This is just a failed experiment of some kind.

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Wow this was a surprise. I expected a bit more from Guinness.

The best part of this beer in my opinion is the look. And that's not all that great considering it's large quickly settling carbonation.

The color really is it's attribute but it lies when you taste it. Weak, almost no hoppiness, no maltiness. Bland is what I might say. I expected more roastiness with the color.
The smell has nothing to offer and the mouthfeel is light bodied to watery for the style.

Maybe I'm being a bit harsh here but I sure expected more.

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.