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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,883 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 26
Gots: 235 | 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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3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Thomas Hooker pint glass.

A: Very dark brown body that shows some ruby and garnet highlights in the light beneath a one and a half finger head of ivory foam that leaves little lacing.

S: Roasted barley, cooked grains, some cocoa, coffee and weak tobacco mustiness.

T: Light-bodied mix of toasted black malts that give off some weak coffee and dark chocolate flavors to go with the slightly metallic and weak hop front employed by the lager. Finishes a little watery and sticky sweet with low residual bitterness. Not a schwartzbier by any stretch.

M: Thin-medium mouthfeel with a little sticky grain taste in the finish.

O: Light Euro lager for dark beer "enthusiasts?" Not sure what Guinness Ltd. was thinking here, but this beer is very unimpressive. Do NOT expect schwartzbier flavors, but rather something on par with Beck's dark, perhaps. I'd pass again and wil continue to wonder about why this beer exists.

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3.06/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – This is a nice, very dark brown in color, OK almost black, with a big, fluffy, tight, dark white head.

Smell – I like the roasted aroma but there’s just not enough of it. This bouquet is very faint and consists of dark roasty notes along with a light raw sugar sweetness.

Taste – It’s equally light in the ass at the taste. Again, all the flavors are here it’s just a little empty and lacking in depth. I’d say it’s almost watery.

Mouthfeel – There’s no bitterness to this ale which is better than light-bodied but far from medium. The carbs are a bit too perky for the style as well.

Drinkability – This is an easy-going beer that won’t impress anyone but will stay out of the sink.

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2.83/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black in color with a tan head with minium retention and lacing in the glass the smell is pretty lack luster no major aromas of anything. The taste of this beet was pretty plain no great strong flavors that I was hoping for in this beer. The mouthfeel was also very light and watery. This would be refreshing to have maybe one or two but not to sit down and really enjoy a beer. Overall this beer was ok but it was pretty much a major let down from what i was expecting

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights; the ruby is accentuated with a back light.

Smell is mundane; maybe some sweet notes, nothing really takes my breath away. Taste is much of the same, tastes like a euro lager with added roasted barley... sour, astringent, no hop presence and the mouth feel is thin and watery. No body what so ever.

This is essentially Harp Lager with chocolate malt added for color and it adds a bit of a roasty flavor. I suppose if you really, really, really, like Harp you should pick this up, otherwise, pass...

Uninspired and uninteresting. There are better beers out there that *deserve* your money.

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3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Wine Source, enjoyed from a willybecker chilled.

The color is as described-black with cocoa brown highlights at the base w/ a thin tan cap that is comprised of tight beads, the lace sticks well. Ther is a mild earthy note at first in the smell which becomes more roasty with dark toast and subtle hints of coffee as it warms, very mild dark brown sugar accents these odors. The feel is light bodied with a subtle dry mineral element, very mild with the roasted notes just enough to indicate there is roasted barley used. The feel is slightly sweet in the background with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is good, but not really impressive...I mean it is clean and slightly mineral in character with light lager yeast flavor and subtle toasted malt verging on roast notes with a light hop bitterness to accent the malt, the finish is dry and has only the slightest amount of sweetness. This is a pretty decent lager, but doesn't really do anything to differentiate itself from the rest other than to be well brewed without many flaws that are noticeable. I would drink this again since it is a good value for the price and I am a fan of the style.

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3.48/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wonder if this beer gets hit because it's made by Guinness. This is a solid black lager; it tastes like I would expect your basic black lager would taste like. Someone burnt, a bit carbonated, refreshing, with a mild sourness. It's only a slight bit watered down. Is this excellent? No, but it's a decent offering.

Color is black with an almost brown, bubbly head that leaves a good deal of lacing.

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2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Dark red color with 1 finger of tan head that fades to a thin cap with some chunky lacing.

Aroma: Roasted/black patent malt aroma with some sharpness from the carbonation.

Taste: Pretty thin up front with a decent amount of carbonation that is quite prickly, then a burnt malt taste starts to build towards the back end. Finish is fairly fast with just a hint of burnt malt.

The Rest: Not very good - more black water than black lager. Wouldn't waste my time with this one again.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer is totally black, or maybe so dark brown that I can't tell the difference. It has nice carbonation, but the weak and quickly dissapearing head is dissapointing. Maybe it's my bottle, but there is an overpowering metal smell, mixed with a very faint, but nice, roastiness. The taste also had a faint, mild roastiness,with possibly a hint of molasses, kind of reminding me of a mild brown beer (because it's a bit bland). The beer is so easy to drink and I love the carbonation on my tongue. It's mild to medium body with the really great mouthfeel makes me want to swish the beer around my mouth before swallowing. This beer is ideal for a thirst quencher on a hot day, but a lot of times I'll prefer something much bolder.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with one of these. Poured into a matching Guinness pint glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with less than a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thin lacing atop. Some rising bubbles of carbonation hardly help to maintain a cap. A light swirl revives more bubbles out of solution and forms some thin finger-like patterns of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, some mahogany clarity is seen.

The smell of this brew is lightly roasty with a faint scent of chocolate grains, coffee and some notes of licorice. As it warms up, it picks up an increasingly more sweet note of chocolate. A light swirl emits a touch of sulfur character. Overall the nose doesn't display much depth, it is straight forward and modest in character.

The taste is lightly fruity somewhat like raisins, maybe a touch of molasses but I am stretching here. Fighting to try and find more character in this brew's taste, I faintly pick up on chocolate/coffee but overall the flavor is a bit watered down, even for a Guinness product. It finishes fairly crisp with a minor amount of hop bitterness. Once the brew gets beyond ideal temperature, it has a bit of lingering aftertaste of fresh grains.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Perhaps it's best attributes are the aroma and crispness to it's finish. The taste really left me expecting/wanting more character. It is easy drinking and overall quite a forgettable experience.

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,883 ratings.