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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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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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Photo of jettjon
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From an 11.2 oz bottle with cryptic lot stamp into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!). Vigorous pour yields a meager half-finger of whitish tan foam that quickly fades to a thin cap and collar that stick around until the bottom of the glass. Color is very dark brown; vigorous carbonation streams are faintly evident, explaining the lasting thin lacing. Nose of relatively faint toasted barley and sweet malt, mild butter and nuts, no hops. In the mouth, more toasted barley and a hint of bitter hops at the end. No complexity to speak of. Mouth is nicely crisp and satisfying, wet and quenching. Not a bad drinker… or “session brew.”

Overall: A sessionable “dark beer” that I wouldn’t turn down if offered. Nothing to bring me back for more, just another tick on the list as far as I’m concerned.

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2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some grains and grass. The taste is slightly sweet, kinda malty, but with some grains/grass, and caramel. Medium Body. Not too bad, but still would not buy again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours quite black. Head is an attractive tan. Retains well and leaves lacing in bits-and-pieces.

S-Definitely smells like a lager. The lager yeast is blatantly noticeable. Light roast and chocolate. Smells sessionable.

T-Black lager it is! Has both components of a porter and a lager. Mostly made up of coffee and chocolate. Yeast from the lager lets you know it is not an ale. Flavor is crisp, and different; and I will credit the beer for trying something new.

M-Light despite the fact that most darker beers tend to be a tad heavier than their paler counterparts. Carbonation is mellow but adds a refreshing element.

O/D-Hey, I really didn't mind this one. I gotta respect the innovation. Trying to sell a dark brew to a populous of beer-water drinkers. Hell, it could have went way worse.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby-brown hue with an inch of fluffy tan foam that settles to a thin covering. Sweet, lightly smokey, mild roasty aroma with some creamy chocolate notes. The flavor is surprisingly weak...dark grain and caramel. Maybe a hint of cocoa. Thin, somewhat bitter mouthfeel. Not too good. Pretty boring overall.

Photo of Finatic
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, jet black color with very little head. Litt.e to no lacing and minimal retention.

S: Smells of roasted barley and little else.

T: Tastes like a dark lager. Very bitter aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and very carbonated.

O: Not overly impressed with this offering from Guinness they should stick to the original.

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

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4.28/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A practically black look with a long lasting, tan colored head, very lacy leftovers.

A sweet and roastie malt aroma, light coffee, vanilla, toffee with chocolate coupled with a tasty sour-lager yeast that is just right.

A perfect balance of flavor's, it's one part quality euro lager and one part mild stout. It's guiness all the way. malty, dark wheat, sour yeast, dry earth and stout style dark malt flavor's all in wonderful balance.

The feel is is just right, snappy and dry lager body, light to medium with a smooth, creamy finish with plenty of jazz and kick left to make it VERY easy to quoff. amazingly easy Quoff.

Photo of phenomenologian
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured this out of the bottle into a good beer glass. The head is a one to two finger head that is purely white. It laces and does not retain much. The body is dark blackish brown. Its opaque.

It smells of grain, roasted tones, and caramel malt. The smell is kind of subtle and not exactly as pleasing as I would like. The roasted tones come out and play when I smell it. Others have said the roasted tones are subtle, but I disagree here, or maybe its just my bottle.

The taste is of caramel, dark roasted tones, maybe hops, and grain. It tastes pretty good and is refreshing like the commercial says.

Its not too carbonated and the mouthfeel is nice and goes along well with the beer.

This beer reminds me of the Guinness Draught but it is a bit more flavorful. The stout is my favorite, so this does not stack up to what I want. It is a pretty good lager and I would take this over any light adjunct. I enjoyed it and might buy it again. Pretty good but for the most part, I will stick with the stout.

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

Aroma: Some faint hints of restrained roast and chocolate. Treacle. No coffee or burnt, as the Guinness name has come to imply. Not as sweet, spicy or nutty as some German schwartzbiers I’m familiar with (Kostritzer foremost). The most prominent aroma in this sample is an Earthy, tobacco, English hop aroma that when combined with subtle malt and clean yeast/fermentation character is vaguely reminiscent of lambic funk (some day I’ll actually smell a horse blanket and say, “That smells like a Cantillon Grand Cru!).
Appearance:Very dark brown to black with ruby hilites. A creamy tan head that builds copiously and diminishes equally quickly to a thin layer of cream, lacing the glass and just covering the surface. Neither turbid nor opaque, but clear where visible.
Flavor: Bitter up front comingled with dry roast. The subtlest hints of bitter chocolate. No esters, no fruitiness or sweetness of any sort. Lager character is whistle clean, leaving only malt and hop character to stimulate the taste and palate. The finish is dry. The overall taste experience is similar to that of the dry stout Guinness minus the creamy mouthfeel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry overall. Perhaps a hint of tartness and a roast malt crispness that echoes the Guinness signature dry stout. Dryness without astringency and modest carbonation describe mouthfeel best, like holding unsweetened chocolate in your mouth.
Overall: Personally, dry stouts always leave me wanting, as if someone skimmed the top off an Imperial or foreign extra stout and served it to me. This beer is along those lines: less nutty than a brown porter; less roast character than a robust porter or any other proper stout; restrained roastiness more in line with a dry schwartzbier. If you like Guinness draft you’ll like this.

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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