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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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1,870 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,870
Reviews: 430
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 19.49%
Wants: 26
Gots: 224 | 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 Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of RepMichigan
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Gurrett
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of phatrey
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Naves
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of kingstonma
4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of curasowa
2.76/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of vicsju1991
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of donmonkey1
3.8/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of tlazaroff
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Its defianlty dark, but it's not black. Highlights of dark red can be seen as the glass sits on the dark wooden table. The head is a light tan, and stays in a thin layer on top of the liquid and leaves decent but spotty lacing.

S: The smell throws me off a lot on this one. It smells like cola. Very strange and off-putting for a beer.

T: I find it hard to judge this because the smell makes me think I'm drinking cola, but thats not what I get. Mild roast notes and a slight twang of herb-like hops on the finish.

M: Light bodied, and has this carbonation bite that I just dislike.

D: Highly drinkable as it is low ABV and drinks very very easily.

Photo of mnixon86
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep amber in color before a light, the body appears to be black with a large, coarse, off-white head, which retains moderately well. Thin, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Toasted malt, with a grainy, breakfast cereal note as well, a bit like Grape-Nuts.

Taste: Opens with roasted malts, beneath this there is the breakfast cereal note that was also present in the aroma. As the taste progresses, a charcoal note appears. AS the taste progresses, there is an understated earthy hop flavor. The finish is rather dry.

Mouth feel: A bit thin and watery.

Drinkability/notes: When preparing to review, I was surprised to see the low scores recorded for this beer, being that Guinness Extra Stout is an excellent beer. Nonetheless, I must yield to the wisdom of Beer Advocate, this beer is simply not what it should be.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom 335 ml brown glass bottle, sealed with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Photo of Rumpole
4/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quick take: Guinness brews Beck's Dark. Perfectly fine Dunkel, I was worried it might somehow be some sort of off light stout, but no, it really does taste like a German dark lager. To those asking why, well, why not, except the usual Guinness premium price tag? I picked up a six-pack of this for $7 in NH which was why I tried it. Not worth any extra outlay if the Beck's is there and cheaper, but if you can find it cheap, try it.

Photo of BeerTaster727
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.66/5  rDev -15%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a Lagunitas pint/mason jar and was totally impressed with the 2 finger tan fluffy head and nice lacing on this Pepsi Cola clear dark brown brew. Nice roasty malt aroma and then the taste ... unfortunately that is where things turned from good to not so good. The flavor is very watery, slightly malty, and very watery. This is drinkable, but when I can buy water for $1 a gallon why would I foolishly buy this at $9 a six pack.

Lesson learned, don't judge a brew by how it looks in the pint glass. A C brew especially on a morning that is 27 degrees.

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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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4/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of dansmcd
3.34/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a thin, fizzy, light tan head. It actually looks just like coke after about 30 seconds.

S - Nice subtle roasted malt aroma, yeast, chocolate, licorice.

T - Subdued roasted malt. It has a pils character in its salty cracker flavour. Faint chocolate and licorice.

M - Highly carbonated and watery thin.

O - Very sessionable lager. Better than I expected.

Photo of Mosley1212
3/5  rDev -4.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.2%

Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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