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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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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 ColSanders123
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of jerryjeff
2.3/5  rDev -26.5%
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 +13.4%
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 -4.2%

Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +17.6%
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 -50.8%
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 -3.8%
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 -26.5%
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.

Photo of KevinBrewer
3.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Black with some reddish brown hues around the edges. Tan head that dissipates to a thin film, which has some lasting power. Not much lacing to speak of.

N- Malt dominates the aroma (munich malt?) with some mineral content in there. Slight nuttiness, but no roastiness despite the black color. Zero hops.

T- Smooth, light nutty maltiness with a nice mineral character to it. Very mild with the hops, just enough to taste. There is a very faint roast way in the back. Short finish, the taste dies off pretty quickly with some nutty malt and light roast in the aftertaste.

M- Light mouthfeel, bordering on watery, moderate carbonation, with a semidry finish.

D- Overall, a very light beer that has a nice, if watery, maltiness to it. Not something to marvel at, but it's an easy drinking beer when you're feeling thirsty.

Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with 1/2" of off white, foamy head that has decent retention. The nose is faint roasted malts and a heavy euro lager yeast. The taste is roasted malt with a faint chocolate finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, rich, and smooth.

Overall, this beer drinks easy and tastes alright, but it's simple so if you're expecting a lot you won't find it here.

Photo of blazepowell
1.54/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well this is just bad it is not that it has poor taste it just has no taste. It has a dark look with a decent pour to it but that is where it ends. It is a water tasting lackluster attempt by guinness very disappointing. I would say to pass on this if your in a guinness mood and get the stout.

Photo of OpenMic
1.43/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Plain and simple, a watered down version of a Euro Dark Lager.
Guinness should stick with their money maker. I'm glad I only
had one bottle,
A: tan foamy head, hangs in there.
S: mild, weak, very disappointed
T: a lite lager at best
M: lacks a robust flavor, just eh, maybe nitrogen would do this beer some good.
O: For someone just starting out on the beer find, a starter
and nothing more.

Photo of atr2605
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours black with a tan head about 2 fingerwidths, with mediocre retention and leaves a slight lacing around the glass.
S-sweet malt combined with a slight roasted/smokey aroma and low hop aroma.
T-Starts as if its going to have some sweetness but is quickly cut short, has some smokiness briefly, and then the hops provide a bitterness that leaves a very clean feeling on the palate.
M-light-medium to medium
O-it feels like every part of the flavor restrained in this beer. I don't dislike this beer, but im not sure I would seek it out again.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.18/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a weisse vase, the beer pours jet black, with a large, foamy cascade that is like watching a Guinness Stout cascade on fastforward. You end up with a huge, chunky, airy, foamy, light brown head that starts around two inches, but settles into an uneven covering. Sparse lacing along the glass as the head settles. Aromas are clean, with a dark roasted scent riding alongside a grainy nose. Flavors are rich, with a roasted, almost charred flavor throughout the backbone, and a bitter, light hopping at the end. Also, the beer has hints of coffee throughout. The aftertaste is short and sweet, with a round, sweet, somewhat nutty flavor to it. Very clean, smooth finish. Interesting brew from the Guinness company.

Photo of sweett3k
3.71/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Guinness Pint glass with a frothty tan head with thick foamy lacing. Dark Brown not as black as the stout. Very earthy aroma with hints of raisins. Flavors of coffee, dirt, and smoke. Nice light flavor and easy to drink. A little bitter at the end. I'd rather drink the stout and I do not agree with the comercial of this beer making people enjoy a dark beer.

Photo of diamondc
2.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty good head, lacing. Head does stick for a while.

S: Just barely roasted malts and that's it. Weak.

T: The roast does meld into a milk chocolate-y taste with a bit of dry, earthy hoppy note at the end. One dimensional.

M: Light bodied, fizzy. Seems like thats the body that they were aiming for so high marks for that.

O: Just barely average, won't buy again unless confronted by competing macro lager swill.

Photo of rebel1771
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice black color with with a slightly off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Not much in the aroma department. Roasted malt smell with a metallic twinge.

T: Subdued roasted malt flavor without much else. Slightly watery with little to no aftertaste.

O: This brew is on par with their trademark stout, good but not great just kinda middle of the road.

Photo of y2jrock60
3.54/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark brown with a off-white head that laces nicely.

S- Very mild aroma reminiscence of a macro produced beer. There is a slight roasted malt aroma with virtually no hop presence.

T- Upfront light roasted malt flavor followed by faint hop dry aftertaste.

M- Barley any carbonation with a flat mouthfeel. Light-medium to medium body that increases with every sip.

D- Highly drinkable.

I was a little disappointed by Guinness's take on Black Lager, but it's not bad.

Photo of tweeder263
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out black, held up to a light some red hues shine through. Smell is really pale, some roasted hints . Taste is also really pale, nothing offensive here at all, just really watery, some roasted taste hidden in the back. mouthfeel is like water. Overall not horrible, but i would much rather enjoy a typical guinness.

Photo of flexabull
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark brown color with a very faint off white head.

Aromas are grainy, with some caramel, and cola, maybe a touch of mineral hops but they are hard to find,

Taste is grainy, with some toasted bread, light soy, and some nuttiness. Finish is crisp, with very faint mineral hop bitterness. Tastes kind of like watered down extra stout.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, lacks body.

Overall, this is passable, and I drank the whole bottle, I can't say it was all that enjoyable though. I wouldn't search this one out.

Photo of redleaves
3.59/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sam Adams glass even though it says to drink out of the bottle, I'm a rebel.

Head disappeared to a lace. Nose is roasted malt, much like regular Guinness. Flavor us of roasted malt, and enough hop to dry off the tongue. Harder carbonation then regular guinness lighter mouthfeel than Guinness. Refreshing, marketed to a light beer drinker that wants to look like a good beer drinker. Looks like light Guinness, smells like light Guinness, tastes like light Guinness, you do the math. Not bad, better I think then the other reviews state, I could drink this all night, but then again I could drink Guinness all night, so there isn't too much point to buying more of these, I'll just buy the regular black stuff. Side note, went really well with horseradish cheddar.

Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with deep cranberry highlights, nice head on the initial pour but it dies out, low lacing.

S - Roasted malt aroma. Pretty subtle overall.

T - Roasty and malty with a touch of bitterness on the front end. The finish is a light dry roast.

M- Pretty standard for a black lager, slightly thin but nice bubbly feel.

O- Average drinkability, it is a nice malty and smooth dark beer.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

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