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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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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +22%
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
3.83/5  rDev +22%
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 +27.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of KickInTheChalice
2.58/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a dark brown color that is a bit transparent, as bits of ruby sneak through the center and tint the edges. A fizzy white head rests on top and fades casually.

Smell: Mostly I just get a faint hint of roasted grains. Sort of charred and bitter.

Taste: The flavor starts out with some dark roasted grains, a bit of coffee-like bitterness, and a bit of caramel sweetness. The second half of the sip is dominated by an earthy spiced yeast and skunky hops that remind me of ammonia. Not very good at all.

Mouthfeel: This is heavily carbonated and the fizzy nature of the beer gets in the way of the flavor.

Overall: There were very few beer options at the event I was at, so it seemed like a good idea at the time. In retrospect, I probably should have seen this coming. This is something I will not be having again. At least since they are going for that 'import' vibe I only had to have 11.2 oz. of this failed experiment.

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of greenmonstah
2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint glass

A - Dark brown, clear with a half finger of light tan head.

S - Some faint roasted malt with grainyness. Clear lager aromas.

T - Slightly sour milk chocolate with roast and a clean grain lager flavor.

M - Light body with active carbonation.

O - Just an average beer. Sessions Black is a similar beer that I prefer a lot compared to this.

Thank Jebus its COLD BREWED

Photo of saburky
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of dtivp
2.56/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight ruby hue, one finger off white head that fades quickly into a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of light malt and dark chocolate.

Taste followed the nose with very light bready malt, light cocoa with a very slight bitter hop ending.

Mouth Feel was light body, moderate carbonation and thin.

Overall very disappointing for a beer brewed by Guinness. There are so many good dark lagers, Guinness should have stuck to the beer they are good a brewing and it wasn't this one.

Photo of mtmst15
3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black in color, just like the name says and like a typical Guinness. White head poured from a bottle. Very surprised with the taste! It wasn't very thick and tasted like a very smooth lager. Smells of roasted malt and dark chocolate. This roasted taste is throughout the entire beer and makes it different.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black and pretty clear, head was a finger and a half, lasted quite a bit, leaving a cap and ok lace.

Smells a bit malty, touch of roast, a touch of bitterness but otherwise doesn't have a lot of smell.

Taste is lightly roasted malts and a little bit of bitterness from the hops. It tastes quite a bit like a guinness pub draught, but lighter.

Body is pretty light, well carbonated, but unremarkable.

Overall I'm not especially impressed with this one.

Photo of thatruth
2.53/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jadpsu
3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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5/5  rDev +59.2%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.69/5  rDev -14.3%
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 -19.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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