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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,885 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,885
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 27
Gots: 238 | 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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Ratings: 1,885 | Reviews: 433
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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Corpsehoagie
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

Photo of Merkur
2.39/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of khargro2
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

Photo of Stratocat0
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Naamandroid
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of fvoegtlin
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Treyliff
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of Daniel9913
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Photo of richkrull
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of p51pilot
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jtmcgraw
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Bubbalito
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of hustlesworth
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of tempest
2.84/5  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.

Photo of mchorvath
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of sloescher
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of hawkmage
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of allisino
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of meeekyh
3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I saw this beer on a shelf some months back whilst I was trying black IPAs. I am drinking it now and must say it is milder than I had hoped. I like the smoothness of lagers generally and this delivers there but it is lackluster in a few ways. The taste is flat with a bitter bit in the first and last moments. The sweetness is thin as is the mouthfeel and there is little to be excited about. There is a smell of tobacco, but also a burntness that makes it less than appealing.

I suppose I could go on but suffice it to say this is not a great beer. It is black, as advertised. It has a nice head and good lacing. It smells a bit like an ashtray and is thin and metallic in its feel.

I will not be having too many more of these. At least one to see if this bottle isn't a fluke but if it proves that this is actually a good representation of this beer I will be spending my precious few resources elsewhere.

Slainte and Happy New Year.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Noble Pils branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours black with some amber-cola color coming through near light. Large brownish head dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick lace spots.

Smell: Sweet malt and grains with a hint of toasted malt and just a little bit of chocolate. Weak smell overall.

Taste: Begins sweet, rounding out to bitter toasted malt and some thin macro beer flavor backing it up.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a wartery finish.

Overall: A pretty good beer- it has a lot of promise, but it sticks a little too much to macro-brew principles to truly realize its potential.

Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -4.5%

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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