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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,703
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 19
Gots: 117 | 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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North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +0.6%

Poured into a weisse vase, the beer pours jet black, with a large, foamy cascade that is like watching a Guinness Stout cascade on fastforward. You end up with a huge, chunky, airy, foamy, light brown head that starts around two inches, but settles into an uneven covering. Sparse lacing along the glass as the head settles. Aromas are clean, with a dark roasted scent riding alongside a grainy nose. Flavors are rich, with a roasted, almost charred flavor throughout the backbone, and a bitter, light hopping at the end. Also, the beer has hints of coffee throughout. The aftertaste is short and sweet, with a round, sweet, somewhat nutty flavor to it. Very clean, smooth finish. Interesting brew from the Guinness company.

11-04-2011 23:32:23 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of sweett3k


3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

Poured into my Guinness Pint glass with a frothty tan head with thick foamy lacing. Dark Brown not as black as the stout. Very earthy aroma with hints of raisins. Flavors of coffee, dirt, and smoke. Nice light flavor and easy to drink. A little bitter at the end. I'd rather drink the stout and I do not agree with the comercial of this beer making people enjoy a dark beer.

11-04-2011 21:08:08 | More by sweett3k
Photo of diamondc


3/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Pretty good head, lacing. Head does stick for a while.

S: Just barely roasted malts and that's it. Weak.

T: The roast does meld into a milk chocolate-y taste with a bit of dry, earthy hoppy note at the end. One dimensional.

M: Light bodied, fizzy. Seems like thats the body that they were aiming for so high marks for that.

O: Just barely average, won't buy again unless confronted by competing macro lager swill.

11-03-2011 08:13:11 | More by diamondc
Photo of rebel1771


2.98/5  rDev -4.8%

A: Pours a nice black color with with a slightly off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Not much in the aroma department. Roasted malt smell with a metallic twinge.

T: Subdued roasted malt flavor without much else. Slightly watery with little to no aftertaste.

O: This brew is on par with their trademark stout, good but not great just kinda middle of the road.

11-02-2011 22:51:19 | More by rebel1771
Photo of y2jrock60


3.55/5  rDev +13.4%

A- Dark brown with a off-white head that laces nicely.

S- Very mild aroma reminiscence of a macro produced beer. There is a slight roasted malt aroma with virtually no hop presence.

T- Upfront light roasted malt flavor followed by faint hop dry aftertaste.

M- Barley any carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Light-medium to medium body that increases with every sip.

D- Highly drinkable.

I was a little disappointed by Guinness's take on Black Lager, but it's not bad.

11-02-2011 13:24:33 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of tweeder263


3.3/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours out black, held up to a light some red hues shine through. Smell is really pale, some roasted hints . Taste is also really pale, nothing offensive here at all, just really watery, some roasted taste hidden in the back. mouthfeel is like water. Overall not horrible, but i would much rather enjoy a typical guinness.

11-01-2011 00:04:15 | More by tweeder263
Photo of flexabull


2.95/5  rDev -5.8%

Pours a very dark brown color with a very faint off white head.

Aromas are grainy, with some caramel, and cola, maybe a touch of mineral hops but they are hard to find,

Taste is grainy, with some toasted bread, light soy, and some nuttiness. Finish is crisp, with very faint mineral hop bitterness. Tastes kind of like watered down extra stout.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, lacks body.

Overall, this is passable, and I drank the whole bottle, I can't say it was all that enjoyable though. I wouldn't search this one out.

10-31-2011 04:02:18 | More by flexabull
Photo of redleaves


3.6/5  rDev +15%

Sam Adams glass even though it says to drink out of the bottle, I'm a rebel.

Head disappeared to a lace. Nose is roasted malt, much like regular Guinness. Flavor us of roasted malt, and enough hop to dry off the tongue. Harder carbonation then regular guinness lighter mouthfeel than Guinness. Refreshing, marketed to a light beer drinker that wants to look like a good beer drinker. Looks like light Guinness, smells like light Guinness, tastes like light Guinness, you do the math. Not bad, better I think then the other reviews state, I could drink this all night, but then again I could drink Guinness all night, so there isn't too much point to buying more of these, I'll just buy the regular black stuff. Side note, went really well with horseradish cheddar.

10-31-2011 00:41:20 | More by redleaves
Photo of vfgccp

New York

3.53/5  rDev +12.8%

A - Black with deep cranberry highlights, nice head on the initial pour but it dies out, low lacing.

S - Roasted malt aroma. Pretty subtle overall.

T - Roasty and malty with a touch of bitterness on the front end. The finish is a light dry roast.

M- Pretty standard for a black lager, slightly thin but nice bubbly feel.

O- Average drinkability, it is a nice malty and smooth dark beer.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

10-31-2011 00:29:57 | More by vfgccp
Photo of budgood1


2.85/5  rDev -8.9%

pours out of the 330cl bottle an opaque black colour with a healthy, bubbly tan head. reduces to a fine film with some lace to boot. euro lager aroma with bits of charred malts around the edges. the taste is more euro lager flavours, a bit of flowery hops and some slight dark roasted maltiness hinting at bitter char. there must be some pale malts too, as the dark roasted malts just lack any dominance. crisp lager mouthfeel; lightish body. very drinkable, with a refreshing outlook.

overall a disappointment as far as black lagers go. there are much better domestic versions of the dark lager variety, so there isn't much impetus to ever revisit this again.

10-31-2011 00:23:45 | More by budgood1
Photo of fsvan


2.63/5  rDev -16%

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Very dark brown. Basically black through the middle, with a coffee like tinge on the edges. A finger of slightly sticky tan head.

S- Dark malt, some dark chocolate, and a srtange slightly metallic note. Not a huge nose by any means.

T- Malt notes take a back seat to that odd metallic quality, which leaves an odd aftertaste on the middle of the tongue. Color me unimpressed.

M- Light and fairly watery. This is a Guinness beer, right?

O- I'm not a big fan of this, and don't think I'll revisit it.

10-30-2011 22:23:25 | More by fsvan
Photo of bubseymour


2.98/5  rDev -4.8%

Appearance - Not very impressive. Looks like a coca cola with large soap sudsy bubbled looking head that disappears quickly.

Smell - nicy malty and chocolatey smell.

Taste - what taste? Nearly no flavor but a bitter/crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - super watery

Overall - The only thing this beer has going for it is the aroma which is misleading. This is a big mistake and is a pointless beer IMO. Scrap the losses in marketing and go back to making stouts Guinness.

10-30-2011 18:17:33 | More by bubseymour
Photo of brewskifan55


3.35/5  rDev +7%

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Expresso black with amber highlights. Half finger head that spirits away quickly. Good lacing.

Smell: dark chocolate and barley

Taste: barley and malts come through. Also got coffee and cola. This doesn't taste like a lagered down stout.

Mouthfeel: medium; good carbonation.

Overall: I was expecting to be disappointed from reading other reviews, but I thought this was a decent drinker. Smooth. Goes good with Swiss cheese. Sam Adams Black Lager is a bit better, but I have no complaints with this Guinness version. It won't win any stout drinkers away from the Guinness mother ship.

10-30-2011 15:44:31 | More by brewskifan55
Photo of delmarnate


2.35/5  rDev -24.9%

Has a very strong chemical odor to it. Hits the tongue with a nice crisp kick then descends into chemical bitterness. The aftertaste is hard to describe but easy to explain: awful. Really surprising from Guinness. The initial taste and aroma are very romising, but soon after the initial taste everything falls apart.

10-30-2011 05:23:56 | More by delmarnate
Photo of mjpolzin


3/5  rDev -4.2%

I used to rank Guinness Stout as one of my favorite beers. Once I started getting into beer a little more though, I realized that although Guinness was still pretty good, it wasn't even in my top 10 or probably even 20 favorite beers. Someone bought me some of the new Black Lager so I gave it a shot. I guessed it would be 1.)Okay but not great and 2.) exactly like Guinness. I think I was pretty close.

If I had to give a difference between this and Guinness Stout, the black lager is a little more watered down but not in a bad way. It is almost more crisp and refreshing but with still some of the roasty, malted characteristic of the Stout. That said though, it is pretty average across the board. It would be an easy one to pound back a lot of (I say that about a lot of average but not bad beers) if you were in the mood for some dark beer but nothing I will buy again.

10-29-2011 01:21:17 | More by mjpolzin
Photo of Pintofbrown


3.33/5  rDev +6.4%

App- The body looks much like regular Guinness. It is a dark, almost opaque body with some ruby highlights. There are two fingers of khaki head that is on the soapy side. There is okay head retention, pretty decent lace.

Smell- There is just a little bit of crystal / caramel malt on the nose. Maybe some roasted malt in there too? Meh.

Taste- It tastes kind of watered down. There is roasted malt and a little bit of char in the finish. There is a bit of caramel malt mid drink that is a nice touch. It is not well developed.

Mouth feel- The body is more light than medium bodied. There is a bit of fizziness which I don't think is really a good fit. It could be much smoother, and you know, maybe even a bit dry.

Overall- The black lager is different enough from the stout, but not really distinguishing enough to ever make it as popular as what Guinness is known for. Too average to convert anyone I think, and I doubt it will come as a surprise that it can be easily avoided.

10-28-2011 20:19:45 | More by Pintofbrown
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2.55/5  rDev -18.5%

A: Pours a jet black with a thick, puffy tan head. Great head retention here.

S: Faint aromas of roasted barley and grassy hops are present on the nose. This is one of the least aromatic European lagers I've run across.

T: Opens crisp and grainy with notes of ash, roasted barley, minerals, chalk, and lemony, grassy hops. The finish is so short as to be practically nonexistent with a blend of grain and hop flavors.

M: Light-bodied, firm, and dry with active carbonation. Very crisp. It's definitely refreshing, but that's about all I can say about it.

O: Nothing out of the ordinary here. Very average. I imagine this beer is aimed at the lager-obsessed U.S. mainstream market, but considering the popularity of Guinness Draught, this beer is more than a bit redundant.

10-28-2011 19:20:35 | More by mrfrancis
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2.78/5  rDev -11.2%

11.2 ounce bottle - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near black body with very dark mahogany-hued hints at the edge and topped with a small-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Ultra faint hint of roast. And...well... There's just not much at all to it.

Taste: Pale malted barley, maybe even a trifling inclusion of pils malt. Very, very low roastiness, more like they added caramel coloring to achieve the color. Faintly herbal hint of hops with a minute bitterness. More of the same (which isn't much) until the crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably crisp.

Overall: As bland, boring, and deficient as their flagship beer but without the treasured history of the standard Guinness Stout.

10-28-2011 00:34:23 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Rifugium


3.13/5  rDev 0%

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass a brownish-black color with a rocky tan head of decent size that leaves just a bit of patchy lacing on the glass. Not too much in the aroma department, just basic scents of dark malts and light cocoa. Dark malts in the taste, grainy, lightly toasted, pretty basic. Decent but not overly flavorful. Medium mouthfeel at best, first sip actually seemed a little sandy? But maybe that was just me. Nothing spectacular, especially when things like Kostrizer Schwarzbier exist. Or Guinness Extra Stout, for that matter. Fairly drinkable, and worth a try, but that's about it.

10-28-2011 00:00:19 | More by Rifugium
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2.98/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a deep dark black. Not see through. A loose tan head with loud exploding bubbles. Dissipates quickly, leaving tons of lace. Smells of corn syrup and dust balls. A bit of alcohol too. Taste starts out mellow with a bit of caramel, then has a bitter roasted flavor that is very subtle. Finishes husky and sweet with a butterscotch flavor and feel. A bit of bitter hops at the very end balance nicely. Mouthfeel is overall ok, a bit watery and wet at the end. Crisp Up front, sloppy wet in back.
A pretty tasty beer that smells awful and is just kind of weird. Won't repeat buy, but Im glad I tried it.

As this beer warms up it starts to taste more like that gross smell.

10-26-2011 20:18:57 | More by Thads324
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3.03/5  rDev -3.2%

A - Quite dark with only a little chestnut highlight.

S - Roasty caramel malt.

T - Based on the smell I was a little surprised by the crispness and lack of linger. Would have liked just a little sweetness to carry the light roast that is trying to get through.

M - Pretty thirst quenching because of the light body. But too dry.

O - Certainly not the best Euro Dark on the market. If given a choice between your average adjunct and this, the Guiness Black Lager might win, but not by a lot.

10-26-2011 06:23:27 | More by Justin23060
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New York

2.78/5  rDev -11.2%

This is was not an easy find, I don't see this in New York. Found it in a Total Wine in NJ, never saw it before so I had to pick up a bottle. Poured this into a Guinness pint glass.

A- Pours black with a thick tan head.

S- Hoppy, roasted malts, some chocolate. So far so good.

T- This is where is goes wrong. This was very bland. Faint watery malt flavor, although the aftertaste was stronger, roasted malts and chocolate.

M- Thin and flat.

O- Glad I got to try this, but this was a very bland beer. An easy pounder for sure but that's about it.

10-26-2011 01:42:50 | More by Derranged
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3.05/5  rDev -2.6%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a 1-finger than head that lasts for a little while before settling into a wispy lace.

S: Chocolaty Roasted malt aroma.

T: Bitter malt flavor with hints of chocolate.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This beer really disappointed me. It was a decent black lager - but with a name like Guinness I was expecting more.

10-25-2011 01:19:57 | More by ckollias
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New York

2.78/5  rDev -11.2%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Ebony black which has ruby highlights when backlit and a tan mocha . Spots of lacing.

Aroma of roasted caramelly malt with some herbal hoppiness.

Full mouthfeel

Dryish, light bittersweet caramel roast with a distinct hop bitterness.

Notes: ??? Guinness as a lager? The carbonation gets in the way and it works against the sour flavor profile.

10-23-2011 21:37:16 | More by fx20736
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev +0.6%

The Guinness Black Lager pours a deep black with a foamy off-white head. The aroma is grainy with a faint background of malt.

The taste is light, far lighter than I would expect from a dark lager. There is a noticable malty sweetness but it gives way quickly to a familiar lager graininess. The finish is very faintly bitter.

The mouthfeel is not heavy, a drinkable beer but not an excellent one.

10-23-2011 02:17:37 | More by kindestcut
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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