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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,856
Reviews: 426
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 25
Gots: 200 | 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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Photo of iBeer16
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours impenetrable black. Dark brown/blackish foam leaves some lacing. Similar Guinness color without ridiculous head.

S: extreme scent of malts and nutty. Sweet malts are the most noticeable scent with a roasted nutty scent as well.

T: very thick and plentiful. Body is dense and very taste resembles smell, very malty and nutty. Starts out with a slight bitter taste but finishes with strong malty flavor that is similar yet different to regular guinness. Strong roasted taste.

M: Very thick and refreshing feel. Coats mouth and leaves slightly watery. Great beer to enjoy one of at a slow pace.

Was pretty hesitant about this at first after a recent trip to Ireland. But turns out this is the only Guinness I will drink since returning to the states. Although it does resemble the taste of regular Guinness it offers a more malty, nutty flavor that is enjoyable. Best Guinness in a bottle by far!!

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of cbartos1021
2.13/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm surprised I haven't had Guinness Black Lager earlier. I was a little skeptical to try it. I much prefer the creaminess of a nitro-tapped Guinness Stout.

Anyway, here's a quick beer review.


Guinness Black Lager pours a very dark brown beer with very minimal whitish head. Head retention is minimal.


Very clean aroma. Not a very pungent smell whatsoever. It's slightly sweet with minimal toffee or caramel notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel

Very lager-y taste. Definitely what you expect of any kind of lager. Much less roasted malt flavor that I might expect of a darker beer (no coffee, espresso flavor). More black malt. (Black malt is roasted at very high temperatures that tend to drive off most of the malty flavor, therefore there is very little flavor. It's really used more for it's color than anything else.) That's exactly what it tastes like. It tastes like any lager you might enjoy -- almost like a Bass Ale with black malt to give it a black color. Not much there...


I'm slightly disappointed in this beer. It is not reminiscent of the Guinness flavor I am fond of. I would much rather taste coffee, espresso flavored roasted malt. If I close my eyes, I feel like I'm drinking a lighter lager like a Bass Ale, Harp, or something similar. I would much rather stick to Guinness Stout.

Photo of Gmann
2.55/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cola like brown color with a fairly tight toasted khaki colored head that left some spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet from cereal grains. Just grainy in general. Very very subtle hint of roast, barely detected. If blindfolded not sure if I could distinguish this from Harp.

The taste is grainy as well, not as sweet, more of a metallic bitterness. Some roasted barley flavor but not much. The metallic bitterness is odd and a touch harsh, reminds me of touching your tongue to a 9 volt battery.

The feel is light and it is well carbonated. Starts off sweet on the palate but finishes with a dry astringent bitterness. Meh.

Not very good. Oddly bitter and dry.

Photo of Misfit138
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Nice dark chocolate color with a soapy tan head.

S- Grains are the main scent with hints of vanilla sweetness

T- Grain is probably the biggest part of the taste, with hints of sweetness and a somewhat bitter finish

M- Lighter than expected with low carbonation

O- Overall, good but I was expecting better. For the price there are better black lagers so I may not try this again.

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of bobhits
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well carbonated and black in color...so far we have Guinness without the nitro effect.

Dark roast and lighter grains make up the nose.

The taste is rather surprising. There's a lot more flavor than I expected given how lack luster their flagship is. Roasted malts, hints coffee backed by caramel and maybe even toffee malts and a strange hop offering. Far more flavorful than expected, but please don't expect a lot here. It isn't powerful and frankly I'm not sure these flavors were made to go together.

A decent light lager but I'm not sure when or why someone would go for this particular one.

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Guinness has tried several times over the years to produce a brand that could create additional sales beyond their stouts (i.e. Guinness Gold), but nothing has really stuck. Black Lager may turn out the same way for a variety of reasons that I won't go into as this is really just about reviewing the beer itself. That said...

It's basically a German Schwarzbier, although I find it a bit on the roasty side. Sure there's a bit of caramel to the malt, and it even has some nice chocolatey tones to it, but the roastiness remains. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the drinker.

The appearance is good, and it leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is interesting with a little bit of roastiness, a hint of smokiness, and some underlying oily coffee beans.

The flavor offers a bit of dark caramel upfront, followed by some burnt sugar and subtle impressions of coffee, nuttiness, and bittersweet chocolate. The roastiness hits at mid palate, and remains straight through into the long-lingering finish. It's solid, but not particularly bitter, and fairly well-balanced. Some hops can be found as the aftertaste continues on, and they tend to give a subtle suggestion of underlying mint.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and fairly brisk with carbonation.

Overall it's a very decent, enjoyable beer.

Photo of Johnny5tone
3.85/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I first tried Guinness Black Lager with an open mind, and knowing its not supposed to be like the original Guinness. Hence the name Black Lager! I Liked it allot, and i am not a big lager fan. It has now become what I call my everyday drinking beer. It is a nice dark lager with a slight roasted taste.

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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,856 ratings.