Guinness Black Lager | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager
BA SCORE
16.6%
Liked This Beer
3.14 w/ 1,975 ratings
Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Guinness Ltd.
Ireland
guinness.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by mdagnew on 04-03-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,198
Reviews:
445
Ratings:
1,975
Liked:
327
Avg:
3.14/5
pDev:
19.43%
Alströms:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
36
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330
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Photo of jlindros
3.43/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fizzy 1 finger darker head that fades at a med pace with hints of lacing, over dark black-ish beer with slight light coming through.

Nose has cheap lager aromas, kinda macro but not skunked, hints of darker malts like roast and caramel.

Taste is lighter as well, macro produced lager flavors but not too bad or bitter, hint of metallic, some darker creamy malts, hint of roast and caramel, some bitter hop flavors. the metallic flavor comes out a bit more on the finish with more bitter hops, sticky finish, and touch of dark creamy malts.

Mouth is med bodied but creamy, with decent carb.

Overall kinda meh, drinkable but some off flavors, tastes like it was macro produced but not skunked or terrible, with a bit of hops and creamy malts.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark amber in color with some garnet red highlights and light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger sudsy light tan head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very light aromas of roasted malts.

T: Light flavors of roasted malts with a hint of nuts and a very light amount of sweetness. Some very light bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: The beer is easy to drink but really lacks complexity and depth to the flavors and aromas to make it a more desirable beer in my opinion - also, I thick it could benefit from a little fuller body.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, lager yeast, some chocolate and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a light roasted malt and lager yeast breadiness followed by mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, honey and caramel. The hops presence is mild but bring a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's beer garden, Media, PA

Poured into a pint glass a brownish-black color with a rocky tan head of decent size that leaves just a bit of patchy lacing on the glass. Not too much in the aroma department, just basic scents of dark malts and light cocoa. Dark malts in the taste, grainy, lightly toasted, pretty basic. Decent but not overly flavorful. Medium mouthfeel at best, first sip actually seemed a little sandy? But maybe that was just me. Nothing spectacular, especially when things like Kostrizer Schwarzbier exist. Or Guinness Extra Stout, for that matter. Fairly drinkable, and worth a try, but that's about it.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with deep cranberry highlights, nice head on the initial pour but it dies out, low lacing.

S - Roasted malt aroma. Pretty subtle overall.

T - Roasty and malty with a touch of bitterness on the front end. The finish is a light dry roast.

M- Pretty standard for a black lager, slightly thin but nice bubbly feel.

O- Average drinkability, it is a nice malty and smooth dark beer.

---Rated via Beer's Advocate for iPhone

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of smcolw
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown but light easily passes along the edges. Decent head and nice lattice like lace on the glass.

Mild aroma. If blindfolded, I think I would suspect amber ale because I get semisweet caramel malt base and nearly no hop. I also get some corn in the background.

Some burnt notes but the body is light and the flavor is not strong enough to give it a high rating. The hop is stronger in the taste than the smell, but still rather light. One positive is the balance. High carbonation level.

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Photo of atrocity
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.76/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

11.2 ounce bottle - Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a near black body with very dark mahogany-hued hints at the edge and topped with a small-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Ultra faint hint of roast. And...well... There's just not much at all to it.

Taste: Pale malted barley, maybe even a trifling inclusion of pils malt. Very, very low roastiness, more like they added caramel coloring to achieve the color. Faintly herbal hint of hops with a minute bitterness. More of the same (which isn't much) until the crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Reasonably crisp.

Overall: As bland, boring, and deficient as their flagship beer but without the treasured history of the standard Guinness Stout.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of woodychandler
4.03/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another CAN courtesy of my local, in-person trader, tone77, who knows how to keep me happy when it comes to The CANQuest (TM)!

From the CAN: "Cold brewed with roasted barley"; "Guinness Black Lager is cold-brewed with roasted barley to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of Guinness."

The Crack was loud and enticing and I went with an inverted Glug to get things started right. I got an initial two fingers of deep-brown head that actually lightened in color as the pseudo-cascade took place, finally becoming a finger of light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep mahogany with ruby highlights (SRM = 44). Nose was very roasty, like my morning coffee. Mouthfeel was silky and the taste was coffee, dark chocolate, smoke, all adding up to a roasty beer with a lager smoothness. Man, did I drink through this quickly! Finish was semi-dry and had just the right amount of roasted malt flavor to keep it from being over the top.

Original, bottle review dtd 03-09-2013 follows:

My local, in-person trader, tone77, brought this for me to try. It has been an interesting day of beer.

From the bottle: "Cold brewed with roasted barley"; "Guinness Black Lager is cold-brewed with roasted barley to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of Guinness. Enjoy ice cold straight from the bottle. [undersigned] Arthur Guinness".

First of all, as a founding subscriber to this website's magazine, I try to read and pay attention to it each time it shows up in my mailbox. The Bros were on about glassware this month and while I may not lay my opinions on others, when I am anywhere that I can decant my beer from its medium of storage into a glass, you can bet your sweet bippy that I will do so. Directions be damned, such as the ones on this bottle or on a CAN of Heady Topper. What, if they told you to drink while jumping from a bridge, would you do that, also? Fine, if you want to be mindless sheep, herded along without hue or cry. I will do my own thing, thank you very much!

This Euro Dark Lager must be a relatively new designation as there are no guidelines listed as yet, but I am already a fan. My pour created two dense fingers of light-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with garnet highlights and good clarity despite its low light penetration. Nose had the characteristic lager honey-like sweetness, but in this case, married with a light roastiness. Chocolate malt, perhaps? I wonder about what, exactly, constitutes "roasted barley" for them. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, even for a lager, but the taste was a pleasant mix of chocolate and smokiness along with a mild sweetness. I do not like Cascadian/Dark/Black IPAs because I feel as though such flavors get in the way of my beloved hops, but in this case, they meld nicely. Finish was semi-dry and the mild smokiness seemed to linger well past the swallow. As usual, I would not want a steady diet of this as a self-avowed hophead, but it beats a lot of other lagers. Not bad.

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Photo of ZEB89
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml brown bottle w/ no freshness date.

LOOK: Off black color w/ reddish hue. Good lacing.

SMELL: Sweet, cocoa, mild charcoal, lightly bready, clean.

TASTE: Smooth, slick, lighter body, wet, mild roasted grain, dried grass, muted hops, bitterness, residual dextrins.

I was not sure what to expect but after several goes at it I am still trying to wrap my head around its inception. Regular draught Guinness does a great job ... consistent, drinkable, the story behind it. Sort of a lesser Guinness that has a typical carbonation of a Euro Lager. I guess I just don't see the market for it. I can understand why FES was brought to the states, 10-15 years late to the party but this concoction just does seem to hit it with me. Not saying it is bad at all, it hits the right elements ... drinkable, easy going flavor. Is it for 38-56 year old males who make more than $75,000 a year that are not into beer that much but are sick other Euro Dark Lagers? If someone was looking for a dark lager why wouldn't they just look for a solid Munich Dunkel or a dark Czech lager? Go figure, best of luck guys ... still trying to figure this one out. Regardless, it is worth a tick.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the Wine Source, enjoyed from a willybecker chilled.

The color is as described-black with cocoa brown highlights at the base w/ a thin tan cap that is comprised of tight beads, the lace sticks well. Ther is a mild earthy note at first in the smell which becomes more roasty with dark toast and subtle hints of coffee as it warms, very mild dark brown sugar accents these odors. The feel is light bodied with a subtle dry mineral element, very mild with the roasted notes just enough to indicate there is roasted barley used. The feel is slightly sweet in the background with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is good, but not really impressive...I mean it is clean and slightly mineral in character with light lager yeast flavor and subtle toasted malt verging on roast notes with a light hop bitterness to accent the malt, the finish is dry and has only the slightest amount of sweetness. This is a pretty decent lager, but doesn't really do anything to differentiate itself from the rest other than to be well brewed without many flaws that are noticeable. I would drink this again since it is a good value for the price and I am a fan of the style.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 11/24/11 notes. Uncle picked up a 6er of this and this actually becomes my first Euro Dark Lager as I inch closer to trying all of the 104 different styles. Style #99 reviewed, poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, smokey malts, bread, and toasted malts. Roasted malts dominate, but otherwise a bit bland and not much here. Not bad at all, but pretty average

t - Tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, toasted malts, light wood/smokey notes, and some bready malts. A step up from the nose with the fruit, and the roasted malts dominate again. Pretty nice.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a pretty decent beer; looks like I like this one more than most. If you're looking for a beer like Guinness' Irish Dry Stouts, this isn't it, as it is more of an easy drinking lager, but I liked it. Lots of roasted malts and some nice fruit in the taste as well, I'd have it again.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.74/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is cola in color with a thick off-white head. Nose is bland, but a bit roasty. A little bit sour, maybe? Really watery...it’s hard to really smell anything. The flavor is just as bad. It’s almost like drinking black water. Just a hint of roasted malt, a tinge of sourness, perhaps a light earthiness, but I’m really stretching for that one. Not sure what the appeal is here.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a mug.

Thanks to VDubb86 for biting the bullet and nabbing a sixer o' this!

Though I wanted to try some FES, this sounded interesting once failure was assured. It pours a shiny black-brown, edged with garnet, topped by a finger of light ecru foam. The nose comprises light roasted malts, light milk chocolate, wheat, and rice. I'm not sure how the smell tapers at the end like that, and it kinda bothers me. The taste holds notes of wheat and very light bits o' roasted and toasted malts. Thinks look dark and rich, but end up pretty weak. The body is a heavy light, with a moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a fairly tame and, for lack of a better word, average brew, but it's not offensive and it goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.86/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Curious little bottle attracted my attention when I wasn't really looking to buy beer. I've had a lot of Guinness over the years and while I don't drink it much anymore it's still got a special place...
So anyhow this pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. No widgets in here to release nitrogen and keep this head stable for an hour. Smells, yup it smells, just like a macro lager. Pilsner malt, grainy, grassy, corny. There's a faint and I mean faint aroma of roasted grains, but I would imagine most of the color from this thing came from sinamar. Taste follows the smell really well and ends with quite a dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, thin watery mouthfeel. Maybe this would make a good gateway beer for someone, but for me this one was a let down. Nothing exciting here at all.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Eric for gifting me with one of these. Poured into a matching Guinness pint glass, this brew appears a dark brown color with less than a finger of tan head that quickly fades to a thin lacing atop. Some rising bubbles of carbonation hardly help to maintain a cap. A light swirl revives more bubbles out of solution and forms some thin finger-like patterns of lacing on the glass. When held to the light, some mahogany clarity is seen.

The smell of this brew is lightly roasty with a faint scent of chocolate grains, coffee and some notes of licorice. As it warms up, it picks up an increasingly more sweet note of chocolate. A light swirl emits a touch of sulfur character. Overall the nose doesn't display much depth, it is straight forward and modest in character.

The taste is lightly fruity somewhat like raisins, maybe a touch of molasses but I am stretching here. Fighting to try and find more character in this brew's taste, I faintly pick up on chocolate/coffee but overall the flavor is a bit watered down, even for a Guinness product. It finishes fairly crisp with a minor amount of hop bitterness. Once the brew gets beyond ideal temperature, it has a bit of lingering aftertaste of fresh grains.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Perhaps it's best attributes are the aroma and crispness to it's finish. The taste really left me expecting/wanting more character. It is easy drinking and overall quite a forgettable experience.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Dark roasted barley malt provides a dark mahogany tined cola brown body with a light tan khaki head forms thick with highly carbonated bubbles. Aroma has a touch of coffee and nut roasted malt quality about it. Somewhat of an airy herbal quality tucked away as well, calling it a Euro dark lager or a schwarzbier light. Flavor is roasty with malts up to a point then it tries to be a stale dark brewed watered down old coffee acrid bitterness that doesn't really blend too well. They went for Guinness with a Bud Light mouthfeel, using Coors Light cold brewed ad campaigns. Pretty sad comparing this to Guinness pulled from a nitro tap, flavor was downright disappointing and I'm sure beer people and mainstream drinkers think this is pretty piss poor as a whole. The harsh overcarbonation really makes the whole flavor of the beer unpleasant somewhere between light and medium bodied but it just doesn't do anything for me.

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 16.6% out of 100 with 1,975 ratings
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