Guinness Black Lager
Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager
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Guinness Ltd.
European Dark Lager
Ranked #60
Ranked #29,750
3.14 | pDev: 19.43%
Apr 04, 2022
Apr 03, 2010
Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager
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Rated: 4.5 by tonystanhope from Florida

Apr 04, 2022
Rated: 4 by edthehead from New York

May 10, 2021
Rated: 2 by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2020
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Rated by JWChamberland from Maine

4.27/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Nov 02, 2020
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

1.79/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
The worst beer Guinness ever brewed.
We could not give this stuff away at our Pub.
It smells horrible, tastes horrible and is horrible.
There is nothing good about it.
Any other dark lager is better than this swill.
It tastes like steel wool.
If you pick up some, put it back down.
Oct 22, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by imnodoctorbut from Texas

Dec 18, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by MJSFS from Florida

Dec 07, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

3.22/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From notes 1/24/13: Pours a deep brown appearing to be ebony black with garnet hints when held to the light. The pour produces 1.5 fingers of frothy, somewhat lasting, light tan head that leaves a nice collar with tiny motes and streaks of lace. Aroma is thin being subdued dark roasted/burnt malts, a little chocolate and toffee, a hint of sourness and a faint hint of smoke. Taste is also thin and similar to the nose but more robust. Lightly bitter, very dry and peppery from mid-sip into the finish, declining to a lightly bitter, roast aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied and smooth with abundant, spicy amounts of carbonation.
Oct 31, 2019
Rated: 3.1 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 3.32 by jbclib7285 from Georgia

Sep 18, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by PuffySAJ from South Carolina

Jun 09, 2018
Rated: 3.25 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

May 22, 2018
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Reviewed by singletary from Mississippi

3.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
It pours a deep black color with a tan head they fade very quickly. The Smell is very faint and I really can not pick up on anything. The taste is of a roasted flavor and watery. Overall it was fair, just a little disappointing.
Apr 22, 2018
Rated: 2.92 by Hroth from New Mexico

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 3 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Nov 16, 2017
Rated: 3.46 by jbehlar from Mississippi

Aug 30, 2017
Rated: 3.78 by adam36 from Illinois

Aug 02, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by SaisonRichBiere from Michigan

Apr 11, 2017
Rated: 3.49 by Mr_Rocca from Canada (QC)

Apr 07, 2017
Rated: 3.53 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Mar 22, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Nolster from Minnesota

Mar 22, 2017
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Reviewed by StArnoldFan from Texas

2.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Something about this beer is off putting to me. It kinda tastes like licorice which I hate. The smell is bad as well. Guinness seems to be trying to keep up with the craft wave and making new styles but they've all been whiffs to me. Stick to what got you here.
Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 3.05 by nater919 from New York

Mar 13, 2017
Rated: 3 by Jarudy from North Dakota

Mar 10, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by CobraDC23 from Florida

Mar 06, 2017
Rated: 2.75 by alexsergio from New York

Feb 23, 2017
Rated: 3 by Walnut from Missouri

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Satorn from Florida

Jan 28, 2017
Rated: 3 by Narthax from Texas

Jan 25, 2017
Rated: 2.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jan 22, 2017
Rated: 3.23 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Jan 14, 2017
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
A- Pours a super dark brown cola like color. While it has the color I was hoping for, I am not really impressed with the lack of a head, which storms in upon the pour, but quickly fizzles out....doesn't even leave a ring around the glass. Carbonation is hard to see and the lacing is poor.....not a good start!

S- I am getting burnt malt, 90%+ dark chocolate, rich, deep toffee and I detect some dark dried fruit aromas, like raisins or even fig....its quite nice actually. Overall it reminds me of a less inspiring version of the draught.....

T- The flavors are kind of all over the board, with burnt malt/heavy roasted malt, dark chocolate, black coffee characters and some fruity notes. I find it good....can't say anything bad about it flavor wise, however, it is weak but not unlike other black lagers I've tasted. Good presence on the palate.

M/O- Creamy mouthfeel and light/medium bodied, this is a refreshing black lager that does in fact have the unique character of Guinness. It is highly drinkable and is it the best beer out there? by a long shot. But I fail to understand the lack of love for this one.....unquestionably because of the large scale name associated with it. I tried it with an old cheddar...quite nice and I recommend giving it a try for sure!
Dec 08, 2016
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
sounds like this is getting some pretty negative write ups. not all the way sure why, as for a european dark lager on a budget, its pretty good, practical, drinkable, and generally fine. a lighter color with a lesser body, like a darker root beer in the glass, but the head is nice. how dark and thick did you expect it to be? i think it fits the style fine, and even has a nice deeper darker roast on it in both nose and taste that makes it somewhat distinct, somewhat obviously a guinness product, and somewhat worthwhile, despite the poor reviews. its a nice beer for cooking, but its also a nice one for drinking, even with a little age on it (forgotten bottle in a basement box), but its pleasant still, smooth, oddly rich for how dry it is, and really well carbonated. a lighter side of dark ale, even with the grain depth. licorice, scorched barley, euro lager yeast with a little oxidation. its about what i expected, but i think its well better than its ratings here. it was never going to change the world, but its a more than passable dark lager. in the right context, this is great beer...
Oct 24, 2016
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Reviewed by EMH73 from New York

2.51/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Very disappointed in this beer, I expect far more from Guinness. I found it to be quite lacking in flavor,the smell to be very weak, and the mouth feel to be thin and watery. I would not buy again.
Oct 09, 2016
Rated: 3.35 by Fishwhisperer from Michigan

Oct 06, 2016
Rated: 3.03 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela

Oct 02, 2016
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Rated by adamhdg from Tennessee

2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Bottom line, I've had iced tea with more flavor than this. Very light flavors of roasted grains and molasses. Almost no smell or head. Sad.
Sep 12, 2016
Rated: 3 by Cuervo_PCB from Florida

Aug 27, 2016
Rated: 3 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jul 21, 2016
Rated: 3.08 by HeartofMiami from Florida

Jun 23, 2016
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 1987 ratings