Guinness Black Lager
Guinness Ltd.

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Style:
Lager - European Dark
Ranked #136
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
72
Ranked #49,954
Avg:
3.14 | pDev: 19.43%
Reviews:
448
Ratings:
1,986
From:
Guinness Ltd.
 
Ireland
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  38
Gots
  336
SCORE
72
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Reviews by plaid75:
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plaid75 from New York

3.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep brown hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light roasted malts and a soft sweetness.

The flavor was likewise round and moderately roasty with a grassy hop at the finish.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty easy drinking beer.

May 17, 2013
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GuinnessRegular92 from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Guinness and Lager do not mix. I love Guinness Regular (in the pub) and Guinness Extra Stout and my favorite is Foreign Extra but this Guinness is terrible. It tasted slightly like Guinness but it just didn't hit the spot of the way other Guinness tastes. Lager is lager and Guinness is Guinness. Just keep it that way.

Jun 25, 2014
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adams82 from Michigan

2.45/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights; the ruby is accentuated with a back light.

Smell is mundane; maybe some sweet notes, nothing really takes my breath away. Taste is much of the same, tastes like a euro lager with added roasted barley... sour, astringent, no hop presence and the mouth feel is thin and watery. No body what so ever.

This is essentially Harp Lager with chocolate malt added for color and it adds a bit of a roasty flavor. I suppose if you really, really, really, like Harp you should pick this up, otherwise, pass...

Uninspired and uninteresting. There are better beers out there that *deserve* your money.

Nov 24, 2011
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OldIronLungs from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured blackness into a pint (despite the "drink straight from bottle" suggestion - wtf Guinness?). Several fingers of light tan fluffy, fizzy head - decent lacing.

Sweet malt nose, some roastiness and light diacetyl.

A sip is well-carbonated and thin - watery sweet roasted malts and pretty plain bitterness on the back end. Nothing special, but easy to drink.

It seems that everyone is trying to compare this to their flagship beer and that's totally inappropriate. It's a Euro Lager - it's pretty sessionable and it's basically just not bad. Could they have done better? I'm sure, but it's something new - reminds me of a thin Smithwick's.

Sep 23, 2011
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JayS2629 from Alabama

3.88/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black with a creamy white head that fades fast but leaves nice lacing.

Clean, faint roasted malt and touch of cocoa.

Very clean with roasted malt and cocoa notes. Earthy with a bitter finish.

Medium/thin, clean and crisp

Easy to drink, ok but boring beer.

Oct 21, 2011
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LordVodka from California

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Apr 24, 2012
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vinnie from Texas

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Feb 22, 2013
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rgille2 from Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Dec 19, 2012
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a0lbudman from Alabama

3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Jet black with a small tan head with a good lace
S-light roasted caramel malt with some yeast smell present also
T-roasted caramel malt was low and no hop taste
M-smooth, light body and high carbonation
O-This beer had a very smooth taste that had no real flavor

Dec 16, 2013
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Yeldarb92 from Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Apr 09, 2015
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CHickman from New York

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with brown around the edges when held up to light, and a 1 finger creamy tan head that leaves decent lacing and a creamy layer on top.

Smells of roasted malt, grains, caramel, toffee, herbs and light floral hops; the nose is mostly malt and overall gives off roasted notes.

Tastes like it smells with roasted malt, grains, caramel, toffee, light coffee beans, wheat bread or biscuit, herbs like tea leaf and light floral hops; malty, roasted and grainy with a slight hoppy zest that adds some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, with a light body, light fizzy carbonation and a funky malt after taste which is on the dry side.

Overall a decent malty lager which is a nice addition to the Guinness line of products, but just an above average beer unlike the classic Guinness Stout.

Apr 30, 2012
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swgwilt from Tennessee

3/5  rDev -4.5%

Jan 11, 2014
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Musineer from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Dec 28, 2011
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TurboBrew from Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Sep 12, 2012
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rymurphy617 from New York

3/5  rDev -4.5%

Dec 19, 2012
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seckl777 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +27.4%

Sep 11, 2013
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dynosaurus

3/5  rDev -4.5%

Sep 20, 2014
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scottbrew4u from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Dec 16, 2013
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Lager looked like watered down molasses during the pour, but settles to a rich almost black color in the pint glass. Pretty thin in the head department with just a quarter of an inch that's falling fast. No lace of promise.

Smells of wet dark grains. Earthy and musty with a mild aroma of hops. Mostly a healthy cereal kind of aroma to the malt with a bit of sugars noticeable. Some grassy notes.

Attenuated and almost wort-y, without the sweetness. Malty grains like a stale cereal. Pretty much follows the nose, but perhaps a little drier. More of that Euro mustiness that comes from the leftover hops. Wet earth. A little bit of black tea. Some finishing bitterness. Pretty unremarkable.

Easy to drink. Medium-light body with meager carbonation. Not a great feel, but ok.

I'm not too well-versed in the Euro Dark Lager style because I don't seek them out, but Guinness didn't make a bad beer here. Not satisfying to pick up a sixer of, but I'm glad my girlfriend brought some back to the house. Don't mind turning to it when I want a beer.

Mar 06, 2012
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airforbes1 from California

2.87/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Guinness Draught was the beer that taught me there's more to beer than fizzy, yellow lagers, so I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Guinness Ltd. I almost feel obligated to tick this beer. Is it a worthy offering, or just a gimmick import? Let's find out.

This beer is nearly completely black with a head that retains well. The nose is very plain, with the generic grainy, beer-y smell.

The taste follows the nose; this a painfully ordinary-at-best brew. Maybe there's some cocoa in there, but it's mostly a grainy taste. It's clean, but also very watery.

When it comes to products that sport the Guinness name, I'lll stick with the stouts. Still, I wouldn't decline this if offered.

Sep 13, 2011
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beerme626 from Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Apr 01, 2012
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sbanacho from California

3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Aug 30, 2012
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Lewdd from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Dec 21, 2012
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VikingIrishman from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +35.4%

Sep 13, 2013
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Cybr from Canada (QC)

4.95/5  rDev +57.6%

Excellent beer - Full bodied and sessionable. Everything you could ask for in a beer. -0.05/5 because some other Schwarzbiers are better, in my opinion, though this is a go-to beer for me.

Sep 05, 2014
Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 1986 ratings