Guinness Black Lager | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager
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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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Added by mdagnew on 04-03-2010

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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Guinness Black Lager pours a very dark copper color with a tan head from a brown 330 ml bottle. The head is leaving a thick lace as it fades. The aroma is kind of bready. When it's cold there is only a slight bit of roastiness and that's it and it's not much better or different when it warms. Not terrible, but the question remains, why bother?

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, from a Waikiki grocery store, the one that isn't an ABC outlet. Can't get this particular Guinness offering back home, and the price is surely right.

This beer pours a clear, very dark caramel cola colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a limestone cross section of lace around the glass as it quickly (for Guinness) settles.

It smells of roasted, softly meaty pale grain, some bittersweet tropical fruitiness, a wee bit of lactic sourness, and leafy, earthy hops. The taste is more lightly roasted bready caramel malt, some ineffectual coffee and dry chocolate notes, a hint of wet ash, and mild leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is quite laid back in its low-key frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, with but a minor pithiness growing as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the plain roasted barley sweetness getting a tad biscuity, and the coffee notes fading into the ether, with a very subtle (read: weak) noble hop offset.

An OK enough black lager, I suppose, just lacking a bit of sass, in either the crispness of the grain, or the roast, or maybe the hops - whatever. Nothing wrong, really, but nothing all that right, either - so in that manner, it does well to follow in the footsteps of its (much) more ubiquitous draught stout sibling.

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Poured from 330mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nearly black in color with a clear body; dark ruby highlights are let through when held up to the light. Head is a thick finger of pillowy tan foam. Quite nice.

Smell: aroma is rather grainy with something of an adjunct-laden quality. Not great, but par for the Euro lager course.

Taste: lightly grainy with a nice malt component. There is some caramel flavor as well as a mild,dark fruitiness. Not too bed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate carbonation. There's a tingly effervescence which borders on creaminess.

Overall: this beer isn't half bad. Granted, I'm partial to the Euro dark lager style, but I'd definitely have this again.

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