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Guinness Black Lager - Guinness Ltd.

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72
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1,653 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,653
Reviews: 412
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 19
Gots: 90 | 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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crob3888

California

3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

10-07-2013 00:09:11 | More by crob3888
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WolfAlynn

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-05-2013 16:46:06 | More by WolfAlynn
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Guinness Black Lager is about as dark as Guinness' ubiquitous Stout, tough it lacks the brand's trademark chunky, foamy head; it doesn't even have a single bubble or thread of lace. The fact that it's no more black than the stout - both have a deep ruddy tinting - says more about the stout than this - Dark Lagers are expected to have a little colour.

The aroma has very mild notes of roast, smoke, and dark purple fruits (plum, raisin) as well as a trace of hazelnut and restrained sweetness. It's an encouraging sign: this is exactly what I'd expect from the style. Fortunately the smell of the adjuncts is just as mild as those of the grain.

The flavour kicks off with the same notes as the aroma (roast, subtle coffee, dried fruits) but quickly turns sweet and starts to taste more like corn syrup than I care for. I was anticipating a mild tasting beer based in the nose and the brand's reputation, but this is thin and textureless even for a lager. You wouldn't know dark malts were used if not for the colour.

Guinness Stout is a true Stout only as much as Kraft Singles Slices can be considered real cheese - it may be true on a technicality but mass- and industrial-production as well as intentional watering down (figuratively speaking) strip the product of virtually all of its character...

Guinness Black Lager, however, is a half-decent example of a Dark Lager. Its dulled, forgettable features, mind you, are unmistakably those of a very hackneyed, commercialized offering. As such, it's best suited as an introduction to those accustomed to mainstream lagers; drinkers already familiar with German Schwarzbiers and quality craft renditions need not bother with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 21:17:49 | More by biegaman
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mayerale

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

10-03-2013 11:36:00 | More by mayerale
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xk6m6m5x

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

10-01-2013 15:21:01 | More by xk6m6m5x
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colbster92

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -3.8%

09-29-2013 19:41:42 | More by colbster92
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Tertullian007

Missouri

2/5  rDev -35.9%

09-29-2013 16:56:34 | More by Tertullian007
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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
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
72 out of 100 based on 1,653 ratings.