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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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BA SCORE
72
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1,631 Ratings
THE BROS
71
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Ratings: 1,631
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 19
Gots: 82 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd. visit their website
Ireland

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mdagnew on 04-03-2010)
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-29-2013 02:58:03 | More by SocalKicks
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oldsailor

Nevada

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-28-2013 23:03:05 | More by oldsailor
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Huffs

New York

3.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass, nice head developed, semi-dense and tan in color, good lacing and retention. Aroma was a milt malt and coffee with the appearance being, as expected, black. Had a dry taste with some coffee notes. Mouthfeel was lighter than expected, almost watery. Dry aftertaste. Seemed like Guinness Stout light to me.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 21:35:39 | More by Huffs
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michaelfcasey

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-28-2013 19:04:29 | More by michaelfcasey
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Pmicdee

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-27-2013 17:42:15 | More by Pmicdee
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MidloRapid

Virginia

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-27-2013 00:32:59 | More by MidloRapid
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MrBallz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +28.2%

09-27-2013 00:15:42 | More by MrBallz
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

09-26-2013 01:37:48 | More by cam477
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

09-24-2013 23:15:13 | More by ROGUE16
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erjbeer

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-21-2013 01:39:22 | More by erjbeer
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kb2250

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-20-2013 23:48:46 | More by kb2250
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TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A single finger of head that did not lace or retain doesn't bode well. It's odd because thee is carbonation that you can see in the murky, black body.

Smell: It's not overly strong and warming doesn't really help it's case, but notes of toffee malt, coffee and a slight grape note.

Taste: Starts with a somewhat fruity note of plum and grapes that give way to a toffee malt that builds into dark chocolate that ends with a hint of coffee. The fruit was certainly an interesting surprise.

Mouthfeel: The transistioning of the beer is exceptional, but the carbonation falls flat quick. It's odd to, it's like is courser lager carbonation when you thing something a bit creamier might be appropriate. The sweet malt and chocolate aftertaste that doesn't overstay it's welcome though is good.

Drinkability: It's not quite as heavy as I'd expect it to be, but it's medium bodied without a doubt. It's low carbonation does in favours, as does the mild aftertaste, but it seems to come across as stout light or a excessively heavy lager.

Final Thoughts: All in all a good experience, but world shattering it isn't. It's certainly something different from the brewery well known for it's stout, and I suppose this is a decent enough test of them to bring stout aspects to a Lager. Worth a go.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 23:15:28 | More by TheHammer
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spencerg293

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-20-2013 19:38:41 | More by spencerg293
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doowhat

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-19-2013 15:26:32 | More by doowhat
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jeiiVP

California

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-18-2013 18:17:13 | More by jeiiVP
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BlissJunkie

Michigan

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-17-2013 23:32:06 | More by BlissJunkie
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BeerZack

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

09-16-2013 21:33:29 | More by BeerZack
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sunnyuno

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

09-16-2013 17:09:33 | More by sunnyuno
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tdean12

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

09-16-2013 09:59:41 | More by tdean12
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SHAKZULA

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +28.2%

09-16-2013 02:34:59 | More by SHAKZULA
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

09-15-2013 23:11:58 | More by FadetoBock
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zbooks

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

09-13-2013 18:40:12 | More by zbooks
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

3.1/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guinness Ltd. - Guinness Black Lager, poured into an Otter Creek pint glass.

Look - Pours a brown that settles black like the Draught but this one has a much more impressive head that retained a bit and tons of chunky lacing.

Smell - Roasted barley and some other faint chocolate.

Taste - Slightly sweet roasted finish, real subtle and flat in terms of character. Some bitterness but not really notable.

Mouthfeel - Rests basically nothing, fades so fast. Zero booziness and almost zero desire to drink this one down. I guess that makes it somewhat drinkable.

Overall - Meh, this is about as "average" a brew can get. It's not horrible but not good either. Would particularly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 16:30:17 | More by JMScowcroft
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VikingIrishman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

09-13-2013 07:40:15 | More by VikingIrishman
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NeverSettle

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

09-13-2013 01:04:23 | More by NeverSettle
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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