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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,869 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,869
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 223 | 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 thatruth
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a 1/4" light mocha head with barely frothy lacing, neither of which stick around long. pours a deep root beer color into a black cauldron body, no light penetrates this fucker.

roasty malt, mostly. lightly boozy and floral.

tastes flat. and hella barley.

nonesuch. bitter on-bringing with a club soda like aftertaste and linger.

oh, guinness. stick to irish stout.

Photo of plasma
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of jadpsu
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a red hue. Has a generous brown head that fades leaving decent side glass lace.
Aroma: Some light cocoa and bready malts. Taste is pretty much the same.
Smooth but on the thin side. Nothing offensive but also nothing stands out to make it at all memorable.

Photo of OzmanBey
5/5  rDev +59.7%

Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.69/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

In a pint glass:

A: black body with some light showing through, no head, no lacing

S: sweet, slightly roasted maltiness with some coffee hints

T: lacks kinda a lot of everything, there's really not much here, none of the previously mentioned smells are detected in the taste, just bland, not bitter, not sweet, just nothing

M: light to medium, sessionable, no aftertaste, sticky coffee finish

O: I doubt if I would come back to this

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

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Head gone in a flash and no noticeable lacing. Aroma has that "prepared to be dissapointed Euro-lager vegetable smell" although if I dig a little deeper there's kind of a pleasant honey note. Taste is pretty bland with mild roasted malts and light hop prescence. Thin mouthfeel, kind of flat, a little dry on the finish. I realize that this beer was not aimed at someone who loves West Coast IPAs and Imperial Stouts but unlike this one, I've found most of the Guiness lineup acceptable. I'll probably see this in the future at a wedding reception as an offering to those who like better beer (it does have a cool looking bottle), but I'd probably have a Peroni or St Pauli Girl ahead of this one.

Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of dowen44
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of bluesplit63
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Tone
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight roasted malt, sweet malt, slight pale malt, and a hint of sulfur. Fits the style of an Euro Dark Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight roasted malt, hint of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of hop, and slight sulfur. Overall, great appearance, good blend, but only average mouth feel, and the aroma and body are lacking.

Photo of Celtics76
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of cantfindme
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of mrunseen
3/5  rDev -4.2%

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a solid black, similar looking to cola, with a half inch tanish white head. Minimal lacing left as I drink.

Smell: Light malts, slightly metallic, nothing spectacular going on here.

Taste: This would be much better if the flavors weren't so mild. Very mild barley, slight hint of toastyness, very mild mats, extremely mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is really carbonated! It truly feels like you're drinking a soda. Light, crisp body as well.

Overall: It's alright; if the flavors were stronger and it lost a bit of the carbonation it would be much better. Refreshing, but not very tasty.

Photo of MyKroberts237
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Callibear04
5/5  rDev +59.7%

Photo of KTCamm
2.4/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up in a mix a six - glad I only got just one.

Pours jet black with very little foam. Light ring of it. Light roasted smell, very faint. Blah.

Watered down stout taste with added carbonation that is oddly unsettling. Its like someone poured club soda in my Guinness Stout.

Just did not work for me - cannot see buying this again.

Photo of damnitsjeff
1/5  rDev -68.1%

Photo of Paincane
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark brown with a tan head leaving mild lacing. Poured into a punt glass.
S: Roasted malt with a hint of nuts and chocolate.
T: Malty with a nutty flavor.
M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
O: Not your Father's Guinness. Frankly, the classic versions are much better. No need for me to have another of Black Lager when the original still exists.

Photo of mnrider
2.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz. Brown bottle. No freshness date.

A: Pours an almost pitch black color with a cocoa tinted head. Not much lacing, but what is seen is OK.

S: A mixture of sweet cocoa and light barley grains.

T/M: A mild taste of charcoal comes in at first. This leads to some roasted barley and hop bitterness. Goes down smooth with a light bitter aftertaste. Not much going on really.

O: I was surprised to see Guinness release a new beer. They don't really have much of a beer library, which I think helps them. So I was really expecting this one to be somewhat enjoyable. But in the end this dark euro lager is forgettable. Worth a try at most.


Photo of SATBMan
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of KornWallace
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of wshifter2
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,869 ratings.