Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,848 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,848
Reviews: 424
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 179 | 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 sponger
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of DrJay
2.83/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev +19.2%
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
4.6/5  rDev +47%
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.

Photo of r0gueleader
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of Peyton5410
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of trexnoize
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of rufusb
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - slightly dark, somewhat transparent, no much of a foamy head

S - very slight, not what I expected from Guiness

T - Ok, but it seems as if this beer is trying to figure out if it wants to be a light lager, or medium ale. Sort of in between and not really either. Wasn't very impressive

M - light

O - not Guinness' best effort. It's not a terrible beer, but I wouldn't purchase again

Photo of dandmc24
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of BrewCityJeff
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of andrewj17
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of callmeSteezy
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of LordBleull
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of goblue65
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Milkysunshine
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of coachdonovan
2.13/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dumb Euro bottle that jips me out of .8 ounces. I did a bit of online research to figure out the bottling code, but no luck. Poured into a pint glass.

Fairly hard pour gives a towering mocha head, but I look over after writing that first paragraph and it's gone. A tiny bit of light shows through as red, but otherwise the beer is all black. Aroma is roasted malt, but there's almost a skunkiness too.

Wow, this is one of the thinnest beers I can remember- both in flavor and mouthfeel. Only the carbonation keeps it from feeling like water, and it just doesn't taste like much. Bone dry with some tiny roasty hints, but the taste is so absent I wonder if artificial coloring was added.

This is a big miss for me.

Photo of jhillwastaken
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Sudbuster
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of lccrunchy
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of JRHope
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of mbabble
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle to a 14 oz "pint" glass. The name does not lie, it pours black color with little head that disappears quickly. Smalls of dark malt but it is not very strong at all. Tastes of malt with a hint of hops. Has a good amount of carbonation, but has a little bit of an aftertaste. Overall, an ok beer.

Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,848 ratings.