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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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1,883 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,883
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 19.43%
Wants: 27
Gots: 237 | 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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Ratings: 1,883 | Reviews: 433
Photo of tlazaroff
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
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 +11.5%

Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
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 +27.4%
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 +11.5%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
2.66/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of realega
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of hncowden50
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of sm0key
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of horrorspecialty
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of dansmcd
3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -4.5%

Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of swelleriffic
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of ColSanders123
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jerryjeff
2.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Dark roasted almost burnt malt smell, maybe a bit acrid scent or bit of sourness.

Pretty thin, kind of watery truthfully without much presence on the palette.

Poured to small amount of off white head which has quickly dissipated in a tulip glass, some slight lacing. Almost completely dark with only faint light coming through on the edges of the glass.

Sour, astringent flavor on the palette. It seems to be getting worse as it warms. It finally hit me what this reminds me of, plain non-flavored seltzer water so maybe a hint of quinine.

Not very, thin on the palette with a poor mouthfeel. I'm glad I only bought a single.

This is a very poor outing and likely my one and only time trying this beer. Thin and watery, a sour astringent taste and poor acidic aftertaste. I love Guinness Stout, but this is not a winner.

Photo of keeganfrank
3.55/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black liquid with a thin, off-white head. Aromas of roasted grain and yeast, with a hint of chocolate. Toasted chocolate flavor with crisp grains and seltzer. Light hints of caramel and cola. Has a light, easy-drinking body despite looking like something that should be much thicker. I'll definitely be drinking this again.

Photo of DerekP
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts. Taste is mild, some malts, a touch of bitterness at the finish, not very flavorful. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent but unspectacular beer.

Photo of vandemonian
3.68/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guinness Black Lager is an inoffensive black lager. Not that much flavour, but not bad either.

A: Black color and a 10 mm head that lats pretty well. 4

S: Grainy with some charcoal aromas. 3.5

T: Malty with with sour and grainy corn flavours. The roasty flavours are not especially strong. Not terrible. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: 4

Photo of homebrew311
1.54/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: pours dark brown with creamy tan head, minimal light passage, some lacing

S: nose features stale roasted malts, buttery notes, watered down chocolate, lager yeast. Not anything good going on here.

T: taste is bland and watery with muted roasted malts, finish is acrid, this is not good

Mf: feather light body, medium carbonation

O: not good, nuff said

Photo of BucBasil
3.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: The beer is cola black with a dark tan head of 2.5 fingers that stays for a while. Pretty nice looking beer.

S: Light caramel and roasted character without too much underneath. Enough to give a slight wisp of aroma.

T: Again a slight roasty character. Finishes with a slight burnt twang and a touch of malt.

Overall very drinakable and not bad at all, though I think I would rather just have a Guinness. Like many have said, I'm not sure what the point of this beer is, as regular Guinness is much better, and not heavy. Perhaps the idea that Guinness is too "heavy" prompted the creation of this one... Just ok, but there are much better options out there in just about every category.

Photo of jsprain1
2.3/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a dark cola color. Head is thick and billowy. A great deal of lacing.
S- Aroma is virtually nonexistant. There is a slightly charred aroma, but beyond that, not much.
T- Pretty non-descript. A little bit of smokyness and a touch of sweetness.
M- Light, clean.
O- There's not much substance to it. It's easy to kick some back, but there's nothing worth remembering here.

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