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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,736 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,736
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 21
Gots: 128 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 stakem
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with one of these. Poured into a matching Guinness pint glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with less than a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thin lacing atop. Some rising bubbles of carbonation hardly help to maintain a cap. A light swirl revives more bubbles out of solution and forms some thin finger-like patterns of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, some mahogany clarity is seen.

The smell of this brew is lightly roasty with a faint scent of chocolate grains, coffee and some notes of licorice. As it warms up, it picks up an increasingly more sweet note of chocolate. A light swirl emits a touch of sulfur character. Overall the nose doesn't display much depth, it is straight forward and modest in character.

The taste is lightly fruity somewhat like raisins, maybe a touch of molasses but I am stretching here. Fighting to try and find more character in this brew's taste, I faintly pick up on chocolate/coffee but overall the flavor is a bit watered down, even for a Guinness product. It finishes fairly crisp with a minor amount of hop bitterness. Once the brew gets beyond ideal temperature, it has a bit of lingering aftertaste of fresh grains.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Perhaps it's best attributes are the aroma and crispness to it's finish. The taste really left me expecting/wanting more character. It is easy drinking and overall quite a forgettable experience.

stakem, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Its defianlty dark, but it's not black. Highlights of dark red can be seen as the glass sits on the dark wooden table. The head is a light tan, and stays in a thin layer on top of the liquid and leaves decent but spotty lacing.

S: The smell throws me off a lot on this one. It smells like cola. Very strange and off-putting for a beer.

T: I find it hard to judge this because the smell makes me think I'm drinking cola, but thats not what I get. Mild roast notes and a slight twang of herb-like hops on the finish.

M: Light bodied, and has this carbonation bite that I just dislike.

D: Highly drinkable as it is low ABV and drinks very very easily.

tlazaroff, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of mnixon86
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

mnixon86, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep amber in color before a light, the body appears to be black with a large, coarse, off-white head, which retains moderately well. Thin, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Toasted malt, with a grainy, breakfast cereal note as well, a bit like Grape-Nuts.

Taste: Opens with roasted malts, beneath this there is the breakfast cereal note that was also present in the aroma. As the taste progresses, a charcoal note appears. AS the taste progresses, there is an understated earthy hop flavor. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: A bit thin and watery.

Drinkability/notes: When preparing to review, I was surprised to see the low scores recorded for this beer, being that Guinness Extra Stout is an excellent beer. Nonetheless, I must yield to the wisdom of Beer Advocate, this beer is simply not what it should be.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 335 ml brown glass bottle, sealed with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Pegasus, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of Rumpole
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick take: Guinness brews Beck's Dark. Perfectly fine Dunkel, I was worried it might somehow be some sort of off light stout, but no, it really does taste like a German dark lager. To those asking why, well, why not, except the usual Guinness premium price tag? I picked up a six-pack of this for $7 in NH which was why I tried it. Not worth any extra outlay if the Beck's is there and cheaper, but if you can find it cheap, try it.

Rumpole, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of BeerTaster727
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

BeerTaster727, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Lagunitas pint/mason jar and was totally impressed with the 2 finger tan fluffy head and nice lacing on this Pepsi Cola clear dark brown brew. Nice roasty malt aroma and then the taste ... unfortunately that is where things turned from good to not so good. The flavor is very watery, slightly malty, and very watery. This is drinkable, but when I can buy water for $1 a gallon why would I foolishly buy this at $9 a six pack.

Lesson learned, don't judge a brew by how it looks in the pint glass. A C brew especially on a morning that is 27 degrees.

RedneckBeerz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of realega
4/5  rDev +27.8%

realega, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of hncowden50
3/5  rDev -4.2%

hncowden50, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of sm0key
3/5  rDev -4.2%

sm0key, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of horrorspecialty
4/5  rDev +27.8%

horrorspecialty, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of dansmcd
3.35/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a thin, fizzy, light tan head. It actually looks just like coke after about 30 seconds.

S - Nice subtle roasted malt aroma, yeast, chocolate, licorice.

T - Subdued roasted malt. It has a pils character in its salty cracker flavour. Faint chocolate and licorice.

M - Highly carbonated and watery thin.

O - Very sessionable lager. Better than I expected.

dansmcd, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Mosley1212
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Mosley1212, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -4.2%

projhex, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of swelleriffic
3/5  rDev -4.2%

swelleriffic, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ColSanders123
3/5  rDev -4.2%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Lawnboy33, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of GennyCreamAle
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jerryjeff
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark roasted almost burnt malt smell, maybe a bit acrid scent or bit of sourness.

Pretty thin, kind of watery truthfully without much presence on the palette.

Poured to small amount of off white head which has quickly dissipated in a tulip glass, some slight lacing. Almost completely dark with only faint light coming through on the edges of the glass.

Sour, astringent flavor on the palette. It seems to be getting worse as it warms. It finally hit me what this reminds me of, plain non-flavored seltzer water so maybe a hint of quinine.

Not very, thin on the palette with a poor mouthfeel. I'm glad I only bought a single.

This is a very poor outing and likely my one and only time trying this beer. Thin and watery, a sour astringent taste and poor acidic aftertaste. I love Guinness Stout, but this is not a winner.

jerryjeff, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black liquid with a thin, off-white head. Aromas of roasted grain and yeast, with a hint of chocolate. Toasted chocolate flavor with crisp grains and seltzer. Light hints of caramel and cola. Has a light, easy-drinking body despite looking like something that should be much thicker. I'll definitely be drinking this again.

keeganfrank, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DerekP
3/5  rDev -4.2%

DerekP, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is mild, some malts, a touch of bitterness at the finish, not very flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent but unspectacular beer.

tone77, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
3.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Black Lager is an inoffensive black lager. Not that much flavour, but not bad either.

A: Black color and a 10 mm head that lats pretty well. 4

S: Grainy with some charcoal aromas. 3.5

T: Malty with with sour and grainy corn flavours. The roasty flavours are not especially strong. Not terrible. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

vandemonian, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
1.5/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours dark brown with creamy tan head, minimal light passage, some lacing

S: nose features stale roasted malts, buttery notes, watered down chocolate, lager yeast. Not anything good going on here.

T: taste is bland and watery with muted roasted malts, finish is acrid, this is not good

Mf: feather light body, medium carbonation

O: not good, nuff said

homebrew311, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of BucBasil
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: The beer is cola black with a dark tan head of 2.5 fingers that stays for a while. Pretty nice looking beer.

S: Light caramel and roasted character without too much underneath. Enough to give a slight wisp of aroma.

T: Again a slight roasty character. Finishes with a slight burnt twang and a touch of malt.

Overall very drinakable and not bad at all, though I think I would rather just have a Guinness. Like many have said, I'm not sure what the point of this beer is, as regular Guinness is much better, and not heavy. Perhaps the idea that Guinness is too "heavy" prompted the creation of this one... Just ok, but there are much better options out there in just about every category.

BucBasil, Nov 12, 2011
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,736 ratings.