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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,713
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 19
Gots: 119 | 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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Photo of Pintofbrown


3.33/5  rDev +6.7%

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
Photo of mrfrancis


2.55/5  rDev -18.3%

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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.78/5  rDev -10.9%

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 +0.3%

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
Photo of Thads324


2.98/5  rDev -4.5%

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
Photo of Justin23060


3.03/5  rDev -2.9%

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
Photo of Derranged

New York

2.78/5  rDev -10.9%

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
Photo of ckollias


3.05/5  rDev -2.2%

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
Photo of fx20736

New York

2.78/5  rDev -10.9%

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 +1%

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
Photo of yankiac


2.4/5  rDev -23.1%

A - Dark black with a modest white head.

S - There really isn't a lot of aroma to this beer. A hint of roasted barley, but not very impressive

T - There isn't a ton of taste either. Its slightly bitter and there is a slight presence of roasted barely.

M - Very light and drinkable. Very smooth and kind of watery

O - Wasn't impressed by this offering. I think Guinness should have gone a bit bolder with this one.

10-22-2011 19:54:14 | More by yankiac
Photo of JayS2629


3.9/5  rDev +25%

Pours dark black with a creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

Clean, faint roasted malt and touch of cocoa.

Very clean with roasted malt and cocoa notes. Earthy with a bitter finish.

Medium/thin, clean and crisp

Easy to drink, ok but boring beer.

10-21-2011 19:03:18 | More by JayS2629
Photo of mralphabet


2.58/5  rDev -17.3%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a black with a hint of red, about 2 fingers worth of than tan head that settles to a ring.. very nice lacing from start to finish. I will say it does not pour like Guinness.. not as pretty.

S: Kind of plain.. little roasted malt, little hops and a small touch of caramel sweetness.

T: Wow not much here... hit of mild bitterness to start with hints of roasted malt, not much else.. Finish is a little to bitter for me.

M: Lighter than I was hoping for from Guinness... little watered down but smooth on the finish and a little dry.

O: Strange offering from Guinness. Maybe I just don't get it... Just not very Euro Dark Lager.. more Schwarzbier and not a very good one.

10-21-2011 02:24:49 | More by mralphabet
Photo of kgh


2.25/5  rDev -27.9%

The difference in creating what is essentially a stout at heart, using a lager yeast and brewing technique rather than those suitable for an ale, is quite noticeable; this is one of the more insipid beers I ever recall having tasted. A beer like this needs an appropriate ale yeast.

Appearance and mouthfeel are OK for a "lagered stout," but the smell is barely perceptible to me and the taste rather flat and uninspiring--a bit of hop bitternes and what I perceive to be black malt and not much more.

This could be a fair session beer, but there are other brews out there that I would rather drink, including those with a lower ABV and more flavor and aroma.

10-21-2011 01:03:05 | More by kgh
Photo of drcarver


2.63/5  rDev -15.7%

A - Black clear body with a small light brown head. Head fade and leaves little lacing.

S - clean, sweet and meaty

T - worchestershire/soy sauce, unsweetened cocoa through the nose, stale brewery floor

O - While I highly enjoy the stout and I am glad I tried it, I won't come back to it. There are more flavorful, well rounded black lagers on the market.

10-21-2011 00:52:18 | More by drcarver
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

3.15/5  rDev +1%

Enjoyed in a Guinness pint glass

A: Pours a deep black that is fully murky with two fingers of foamy head that is mocha colored and dissipates pretty quickly, leaves a bit of lacing on the glass
S: not much to the nose of this brew, maybe chocolate malts but thats really about it
T: a bit of sweetness like chocolate malts but overall not much in the way of taste here just blandness
M: medium to strong carbonation in the beginning then moves to silkiness that lingers on the palate afterwards
O: eh, its smooth and drinkable but there is just no taste or scent, just not much going on, its light which is good i guess

*EDIT: I have had this beer many more times since my review and it has improved a bit in my opinion, i think the initial issue was that i was drinking it too cold which masked the taste notes, now i find it to be malty, slightly smokey and also a very slight hint of caramel, i have bumped up the smell and taste notes by a full point each and the same for the overall score

10-21-2011 00:03:48 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of twiggamortis420


1.85/5  rDev -40.7%

12 oz bottle pours black and does not let much light in. Moderate retention and lacing from a light tan head.

Nose is surprisingly metallic and mineraly. Charred malt is about all else I get...really not a whole lot going on. Disappointing.

Taste is some black patent malt and tangy minerals. Not really very pleasant, to be honest. Not sure why, but I was expecting a little more from this new brew. Its watery, metallic and lacks any sort of character. I would like to see at least a little sweetness and would a hint of hop character be too much to ask? Im not even going to comment on the 'Cold Brewed' nonsense on the label. This beer is a total farce, avoid at all costs. Guinness should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for creating this monstrosity.

10-20-2011 00:26:39 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.1/5  rDev -0.6%

Almost opaque brown with a fair head that leaves behind some decent lacing.

Smells very much like a Euro lager. Not much in the nose.

I've heard people saying "It tastes like a lager with some Guinness in it." Well yeah, what were you expecting? That's exactly what it tastes like. Why would you think different? It's in the name!

Fairly bland overall but not bad. Very drinkable with a light feel, but stronger carbonation than any other Guinness I've had.

It's ok, but absolutely no reason to buy this over Sam Adams Black Lager.

10-18-2011 20:46:38 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of plfahey


2.33/5  rDev -25.3%

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black with ruby highlights. Very dark but seems moderately clear. Fairly large light tannish head with some nice lacing.

Aroma-Slightly grainy/bready malt profile with light toast and light roast. Very low earthy hop aroma. Aroma is pretty low, weak, and lacking depth. Smells like a light American lager with the lightest touch of roast character.

Flavor-Similar to the aroma, it tastes a little bit like a light American lager, with a touch of hops and roast character. Grainy, light malt character, with a bit of toast/roasted barley. A touch of earthy hop bitterness and hop flavor kicks in in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel with medium low body and moderate carbonation.

Just not very good at all. Truly, I would expect more from a beer coming out of Guinness. Not horribly offensive, but really nothing to recommend it. Not good.

10-18-2011 05:17:04 | More by plfahey
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3.48/5  rDev +11.5%

A - Pours an opaque black body with 1.5 fingers of tan head that sinks into a cap of micro bubbles.

S - Earthy yeast, wet cardboard, copper, sweet toasted grain.

T - Dark malts, grassy hops, light molasses, spicy bite, hints of fruit, raisins, old coffee, finishes dry some spice.

M - Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

Better than I expected. Easily sessionable. Alot of people will probably hate on this because its from Guinness but it's actually not too bad for style.

10-18-2011 02:20:11 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of Swim424


3.4/5  rDev +9%

poured from a 12oz bottle

A-appears black. up to light its very dark amber. nice lightly borwn creamy head that holds a thin layer on the top.

S-maybe a little oatmeal/ or coffee. smell pretty crisp. not really any hops. getting some of the "roasted barley". not a very powerful smell though

T- not a whole lot of flavor here. up front some coffee briefly then mostly a little roasted malt finish and thats about it. some carbonation, not alot. hard to describe but no overpowering flavors.

MF-pretty smooth. sort of creamy. again not a whole lot. decent aftertaste.

O-this is decent. definitely enjoyable. not alot of alcohol. not as thick as it appears. I dont mind this at all. nothing exceptional but overall pretty good.

10-16-2011 21:02:39 | More by Swim424
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.88/5  rDev +24.4%

Guinness Black Lager is a black beer with a waxy, turbanado colored foam that has pretty nice lacing and retention. The aroma is very muted and of wet cardboard. There's a touch of roast and maybe spice in the nose. It's medium-light bodied; fluffy and crisp. It's lightly flavored from a dark malt twang at the first taste to a lightly bitter finish of coffee and medicine. This stuff just goes down like water. It's a very simple, refreshing black lager.

10-16-2011 20:05:56 | More by yesyouam
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2.15/5  rDev -31.1%

Poured into a Pint Glass..

Appearance-Black, very thin body, light shines all the way through. Head was an off white that dissipated very quickly and left minimal lacing.

Smell-Grainy, Earthy, very light sweetness. Very bland and not very inviting.

Taste-Ya, just like the smell it really tastes like nothing. I get some subtle earthy tones and light skunkiness towards the end. Just not good.

Mouthfeel-It's Clean. But not so much refreshing and satisfying. Very thin and light in body.

Overall-Not exactly why this beer is being produced. People go to Guinnes to drink Guinness, not this.

10-16-2011 14:59:27 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of ZAP


2.53/5  rDev -18.9%

I was encouraged by the aroma of this.. coffee...hints of caramel and vanilla...

But the mouthfeel is so bad it really wrecks the whole beer. Fizzy, and watery...

The taste is ok...not munich dunkel good but ok....someroasty notes...a bit of cocoa....

Slightly astringent on the finish...dry....


10-15-2011 21:27:29 | More by ZAP
Photo of DirtyPenny


2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Grabbed the last single I found at the grocery store the other day. Poured it into a Coke glass and I'm sure I could have fooled an unwitting victim into thinking it was one and the same.

A: Black and fizzy. Head disappears about as fast as you'd expect the head on a, you guessed it, cup of Coke to vanish.

S: A faint whiff of cereal grains, but man, not much of one.

T: A black hole of flavor. That is, there's none to speak of. I seriously could not taste much of anything. There may have been the distant, strangled cry of a chocolate malt or two, stranded in some far flung corner of the universe, but it could have just been my imagination.

M: Light-medium and fizzy.

O: Not actively bad, just so bland and inoffensive I can't see why anyone would want one. Sam Adams Black actually has flavor, as does Session Black. Try those instead.

10-15-2011 20:36:26 | More by DirtyPenny
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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