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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
73
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1,815 Ratings
THE BROS
72
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Ratings: 1,815
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 162 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2010)
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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - eschewing the label instructions to enjoy straight from the bottle (ice cold no less), this 11.2 ouncer has no trouble fitting in a shaker pint. A finger of light mocha head is nice, covering a dark beer with a burgundy hue. Some good resilience and lacing as well.

Aroma - grainy with a decent note of roastiness. Light but nice enough.

Taste - roasted grain, like a thinned down standard Guinness. Some balancing hops have this on par with the flagship beer. The flavor hits a note of metal at times on the swallow, maybe due in part to crisp carbonation. The ending allows a light roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - it's unusual to taste the Guinness flavor in thinner form. Too accustomed to the nitro format I suppose. Crisp, dare I say refreshing for a roasty brew.

Drinkability - good flavor in a lighter form. A workable alternative when options are limited.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of C2H5
3/5  rDev -4.2%

C2H5, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Mississipping
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, dark brown allowing some light through when held to ling.  A small tan head forms on top and dissipates slowly.  Minimal lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Very light roasted malt, corn, and sweet bread.  Not at all what I was expecting, and in this case, that isn't a good thing.  Smells like they ran out of ingredients and decided to bottle it anyway. 

T: Typical lager taste with just a touch of chocolate and roasted barley are there, but they are very subdued.  The corn comes out in the flavor as well.  Sweeter than I expected and a little watered down.  

M: Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.  Bubbly, tingly, and prickly on the tongue.  Just a tad drying on the finish. 

D/O: This isn't what I expected, but I don't know why I had higher expectations.  Pretty boring, not very well balanced, and mouthfeel is unpleasant.  I swiped one of these from my dad, and probably should have left it in the fridge for him.

Mississipping, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Lager pours a black color, with a nice size light tan head. The smell is a bit cheap, has a bit of a roasted malty aroma, but not sweet. The taste is a little smokey, pretty malty, some bitter and hops come through, but its small, and its a very wet flavor. A bit too carbonated, and not sure if I would go have a few of these. Overall its not a horrible beer, its pretty decent, has a cheap but trying taste, it just isn't there, I hope Guinness can redo this one and bump it up, it really needs less carbonation, and a drier taste, almost there but not quite.

vette2006c5r, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Guinness imperial pint glass because I had one. Beer is black with a big tan head, medium and large bubbles, some lacing but not much, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is a schwartz beer aroma, mildly sweet, some lager character, a faint roast.

Beer is medium in body and tastes like nothing really. I take that back it is rather thin on the palate, finish is fine, unoffensive but not bold or interesting in any way at all. A lot like Guinness.

drabmuh, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

kjkinsey, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour, tan head over 1" in height/depth depending on your viewpoint, some redness on the edges to the liquid, good lacing. Looks like guiness stout except for the clarity thing going on in a dark beer. Aroma was even roastier than I'd say Guinness stout is with some mild charcoal notes.

Taste, roast notes are gone, replaced with a light sweetness. Not really much flavor beyond that, but there isn't any offputting bitterness or yeast flavors. Its an easy drinking beer with some color. Dunno why it costs so much, there's really not much to it. I don't taste chocolate, I think that's just some psychosomatic thing people do when they review a black beer.

Probably a good beer to convert people who think all dark beer is thick and nasty. There are no off flavors, and what is there is plenty mild.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Corpsehoagie
3.93/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought it was the best out of the draught extra stout and foreign extra. I like strong beers but I think the bite of the foreign extra ruined the taste. Id say the extra stouts better than the draught and I just really like the taste of the black lager. They go down so good and smooth, its a really enjoyable beer.

Corpsehoagie, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Merkur
2.35/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Beer pours a nice black color with a bit of a tan head.

The beer smells slightly sweet, but no detectable aromas.

The beer tasts very bland. Not enough richness or maltyness like most dark beers and certainly no crispness like most lagers.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but not unpleasant.

Overall, not very enjoyable.

Merkur, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of khargro2
1.5/5  rDev -52.1%

khargro2, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of Stratocat0
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Stratocat0, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Naamandroid
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Naamandroid, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of fvoegtlin
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

fvoegtlin, Jan 07, 2012
Photo of Treyliff
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours black with light tan head that lasts long after the pour with good lacing.

S- sweet cereal grain, a bit of bready malt, clean. Not what I was expecting.

T- a bit roasted malts with a light body, nearly no hops presence, finishes with a slight metallic bitterness and a bit of grains, similar to cereal.

M- good carbonation, but very light, finishes a bit watery.

I don't really know what to think about this one. It's almost like a watered down version of original Guinness. It's very drinkable but if I'm drinking a dark beer, I prefer a bit more kick.

Treyliff, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Daniel9913
2/5  rDev -36.1%

Daniel9913, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Three Philosophers mini snifter.

Appearance - Opaque black body with a small tan head. Decent retention and somewhat patchy but otherwise good stick.

Smell - Musky corn. Cardboard. Bready.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Clean finish.

Overall Drinkability - No off characters. Drinkable and smooth. Good 'craft' gateway for BMC diehards.

ZenAgnostic, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -4.2%

richkrull, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of p51pilot
3/5  rDev -4.2%

p51pilot, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jtmcgraw
3/5  rDev -4.2%

jtmcgraw, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Stoffel, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Bubbalito
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Bubbalito, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of hustlesworth
2.8/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

hustlesworth, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of tempest
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

tempest, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of mchorvath
4/5  rDev +27.8%

mchorvath, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of sloescher
3.23/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

sloescher, Jan 02, 2012
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
73 out of 100 based on 1,815 ratings.