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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Photo of CMUbrew
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle (come on Europe) poured into a glass

A: Poured with a one finger light brown head that didn't last too long. Black color just like the name suggests. Only the slightest hint of deep ruby at the very edges of the glass. This is darker than the stout. No lacing.

S: Muted roasted barley smell. I didn't expect a lot in the nose.

T: The roast taste is actually very pleasant and just right.

M: Tingling carbonation with a light and only slightly watery body. Slightly crisp, easy drinking, and nice. The finish is semi-dry and seems appropriate for this being a lager.

O: I thought this was pretty good. Dare I say this impressed me more than the stout? On another note, do not compare this to a schwarzbier. This beer is not trying to be like Sam Adams black lager. It is a lager version of Guinness stout made with the intent to get customers who are too intimidated by the stout.

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Photo of StoicBeast
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Kooz
2.71/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured nice and dark with a little dark tan head. Looks good...

Very little nose on this one, not much going on there.

Tastes okay. A little bitter with a slightly malty aftertaste.

Beverly little body; pretty disappointing mouthfeel.

Overall, I expected more, but maybe I shouldn't have. There's no reason to think the makers of one of the best stouts would be any good at making a dark lager.

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Photo of CSFerrier
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jra4177
2/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of BraveGator
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of Garrett82
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DSlim71
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jrohrbacher
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jamesrange62
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

Photo of laymansbeerfan
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of DavidGross
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of canders0927
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of cantstandya65
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of TheDudeAbides
3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of tpauer
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of aranheaney
3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a Three Heads Brewing pint glass:

A-Jet Black, little to no head

S-Some roast and malt, but not much

T-bland, disappointing, a bit of roast and not much else

M-lots of carbonation, almost soda-like

O-pretty ordinary, if its trying to be a schwarzbier, it misses the mark, wouldn't recommend

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Photo of Mumps
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of murf1087
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of beergoot
3.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark reddish brown body, rather opaque, with a half-finger tan head.

Roasted malts with cocoa notes in the aroma.

Taste is okay. Roasted grains with some husk astringency (not bad, but noticeable). A slight bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Clean with a slight sweetness.

An okay black lager, well-balanced with what flavors are there. Certainly drinkable, but I would rather go with a Full Sail Session Black or McSorely Irish Black Lager if given the option for a black lager. If I want a dark Guinness product, one of the stouts would be more to my liking.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: black with a thin tan head.

S: Some faint roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some coffee.

T: It does taste a whole lot like a lager. Very light and smooth taste with some light flavors of roasted malt and a dry finish with a hint of coffee. Not particularly offensive but nothing I'd go out of my way for.

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Photo of Parker
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of 160Shillings
3.26/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Lager yeast with slight sulfur. Very faint hints of roasted grains.
Appearance: Very dark brown, a rocky head that collapses quickly, but the small amount of foam is very clingy. Garnet highlights.
Flavor: clean roasted malt with very faint coffee flavor. The flavor is quite dry and finishes quickly with low bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation, thin body
Overall Impression: Not quite a schwarzbier, more like thin stout fermented with lager yeast.
Comments: Dry and very drinkable this beer is a good introduction to the dark side for regular lager drinkers when they want to try the deep end of the pool.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.84/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark black with a small cap of light beige head that settles leaving some sticky lace.

The aroma has a mostly sweet malts with a little bit of floral hops in the background. True to form with Guiness this seems a bit weak and underwhelming. The pallet delivers some dark rich malt flavors with a little bit of a floral and bitter hop finish. Not bad at all.

The body is medium with good carbonation. Overall this one is not bad but I will always choose something else.

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
3.08 out of 5 based on 1,974 ratings.
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