Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.
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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
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
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
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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