Guinness Black Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

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Guinness Ltd.

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.02/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, char, and a sour, metallic aroma. Taste is much the same with a dark bread and metallic flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that tastes slightly better than it smells, but that isn't saying much.

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 11.2-oz. bottle
Glass: Stone pint glass
From: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, Calif., on Jan. 5, 2012
Price: $1.79
Misc.: N/A

Poured a black color with 1-2 fingers of khaki tan head. Minimal lacing. Poor retention.

Smelled corn, cereal, caramel, toffee, chocolate, black cherry and slight dark chocolate.

Tasted chocolate, light coffee, black cherry, caramel and still that slightly skunky corn note. Nothing really stood out here.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, bitter finish. Easily drinkable though.

My first time rating a Guinness. I have to say this was a bit better than I thought it would be heading into it. Nothing really stands out there, but it gets the job done. Not sure if I’d have it with so many better beers out there though.

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown, porter like with a 1" beige head...head falls to a cap, then ring quickly...leaves a little lacing.
Very muted nose...a little roasty malt and not much more.
Had to let it warm way up - too cold at first and not much flavor. As it warmed the roasted malts were noticable....tastes decent and simple.
Comes across the mouth thinner than it looks like it will - medium carbonation and a plus one because it never gets cloyingly sweet.
Overall I thought it was an OK beer - there are definitely other Black Lagers I would choose first but this is easy to drink and not un-enjoyable.

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3.35/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Situation: Day nine of Christmas vacation...
Glassware: Sam Adams lager...
Appearance: dark velvet black body with an off-white head that laces in cirrus whisps--sleek, but Guinness!
Aroma: roasted malts give the beer a distinct shwarzbier aroma; in some way, the lager retains the lactic scent of the draught...
Palate: substantial body; slightly effervescent mouthfeeel with a soda fizz ending...
Taste: a malty payoff, but not much smoke or roast; serviceable in its substance, but limited in its profile...
Overall: Tought to gauge this beer's heart--is it a genuine attempt to expand a good brand, or propaganda riding the word black at the expense of Arthur's good name? At least the brewery made a modest move by staying dark with its first lager... this beer's strenght will be in its weight; however, its lack of roast will be its limitation....

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev +29.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -26.9%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.08 out of 5 based on 1,973 ratings.
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