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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,869 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 223 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2010

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Photo of LJWalker
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of MightyMonk
2.01/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Photo of troyvar
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Samp01
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

black pour with a lasting beige head with good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel,barley with some chocolate notes. Taste same as aroma with some light bitterness. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation. Finish is roasted dark malts, barley, some yeasty notes with some light hops on the end. Seems a bit lacking in flavor and aroma for this style but drinkable. Overall nothing really remarkable, an average brew

Photo of mooer92
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of chasmandocharles
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of 6demonbag
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of lemonlime311
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of rsant
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Satchboogie
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of BFro
4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

Photo of nolanstout
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of smakawhat
2.61/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. HEy?! Where did my .8 oz go in this bottle? Cold brewed, that means, uh what?! Anyway let's check this out.

A very large off tan foamy and styrofoamy looking head, that has some very large bubbles in it. Really falls and looks like swiss cheese but manages to keep a good colar while drinking. Cola like sticking bubbles on the edges of the glass and a good dark black walnut body color.

Nose is wet. Not much going on here perhaps some light grains but that's it, it's really faint. There's next to nothing for a nose on this beer.

Palate taste is kind of surprising. At first it feels like a standard Euro lager, with hardly any sense of dark malts at all. There is some faint roast character on the finish, with a little lingering hop bitter but not much. Mouthfeel is a bit watery and sort of tries to hint at coffee roast, but is just far too wet to pull it off with some tight fizzy carbonation.

Overall, this is really unexciting and just not cutting it for me. Really boring with nothing much to offer, I don't get the angle on this brew as to what Guinness was trying to do here, I don't see the appeal. I'd rather have a good Schwarzbier.

Photo of south33
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of dmbguy182
4.5/5  rDev +43.8%

Photo of tdmccarthy
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of cosmo4u
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Goldfishman
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of lamphier
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: 3 finger khaki to mocha head. Very tight small bubbles creating a luscious pillowy head. Lacing nicely around edge of glass. Carbonation bubbles collect on bottom of the glass. Black in color although light shines through barely emanating a deep amber color. Brown along bottom edge of glass when illuminated.

S: roast, coffee, bread, toast, smells like my irish dry stout homebrew and burnt.

T: tastes roasty but not drying, creaminess at the end, bread, english ale yeast. No coffee or chocolate.

M: thick and chewy. Nicely carbed. Sweet.

O: Not as good as Guinness Draught. It looses coffee and chocolate flavors for burnt and roastiness. Not a bad beer just not one I'd buy over the regular draught offering. Would drink if offered one though.

Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of sponger
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of DrJay
2.86/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with reddish highlights and a fluffy tan cap. Decent head retention and lots of clingy lacing. Mild aroma with just a hint of roast, green grapes and dry maltiness. Mostly the same in the flavour, with low bitterness faint chocolate. I'm just not a fan of how the roast and malt character clashes with the grapey fruitiness. Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. This is pretty middle of the road for me. I won't look for it again though due to the odd combination of flavours.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Malty aroma has a smoky undertone and a firm yeasty note. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, frothy, light tan head. Malty, smoky flavor has hints of molasses, licorice and coffee. Texture, unfortunately, seems to be on the thin side, though it has a good fizz. OK, but their classic stout is still the best. On tap.

Photo of TheAdventurella
4.56/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you know what a black lager is, and what characteristics it is supposed to have, this is pretty much a perfect representation.

A black lager is supposed to be lighter in mouthfeel (high drinkability and refreshing), with a stout-like sweet, roasted-malt taste. This is what Guinness's black lager is. It is a little light in color for a black lager, but that is the only deficiency. It has a very not heavy mouthfeel (very different than Guinness stouts, as it should be). It has a very strong roasted malt taste with nodes of sweetness from the converted starches.

If you like black lager, drink this.

Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,869 ratings.