Guinness Black Lager | Guinness Ltd.

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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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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Koufax21
2.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. Bottle into a pint glass. Light black in color ruby highlights. About a finger of off white head sits on top. Not much lacing to speak of. Mild roast up front with some bread like aroma. Taste is super light. Exactly what I expected. Decent carbonation. Not my style.

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Photo of YoungStout
5/5  rDev +59.2%

Photo of jpd026
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of Antonius08
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of smoothaftertaste
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of piakiev
2.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a tumbler pint glass

A: Nearly black in color, has a tan, had a tan almost brown head about 4 fingers high.

S: Faint aroma, can just barely smell roasted barley, but nothing else.

T: Taste is very light, starts out with a roasted flavor and finished with a slight yeasty taste.

M: Smooth mouthfeel, but then became very astringent, and with a dry feeling at the back of my tongue and my cheeks.

D: Overall a light beer, little smell, little taste, good mouth feel till it dries your mouth out.

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Photo of mrkinnex
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of thain709
3.03/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a dark brown body that shows some chestnut hues...the head was two fingers tall but disappeared rather quickly...spotty lacing was left behind

S - The nose is rather thin...some roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of creaminess

T - All the flavors tend to come across as light, too...there is more of a roasted malt flavor than the nose suggested...those malts give off some chocolate flavors and subtle, day old coffee notes...there is a sweetness from some caramel and the cream from the nose...everything is very quick

M - Light bodied...needed a little more...some roast and chocolate

O - I'm not trying to give Guinness a bad rap, but there are better black lagers out there...this one was just way too thin in every aspect

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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 stoutcarolina
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.8/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had never heard of this until the other night and wanted to give it a try.

Compared to regular Guiness this is a lighter beer. Now I don't mean it's a light beer, but it's easier to drink and not as heavy as regular Guiness. Besides that it has a slightly darker taste. A very refreshing dark beer for the summer.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Opaque black w/ faint mahogany edges with a quarter finger head.

S- Clean and roasty with no hop aromas to speak of. The same roasty aroma associated with stouts is here, but much, much milder almost faint.

T- Very clean and mellow. The astringent roasted barley flavor is totally absent. There's some light bready and caramel sweetness but it's still pretty faint maybe as a result of a stalemate with the roast character? Finishes clean with little aftertaste.

M- Pretty smooth dispite the high carbonation levels.

O- Not something I'd buy again but certainly not bad either. A good choice for those who are victims of the dark is heavy sterotype. A guiness for the warm summer months.

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Photo of boonerjohn1
4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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

A: Black with ruby edges and a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Sweet honey malts with roasted malt.

T: The roasted flavor in the beer is rather good. The beer is sweet and has a slight hop flavor in the finish. It is a bit like cold, stale coffee however. There is a metallic tang in the finish.

M: Thin body with decent carbonation. Again a bit like stale coffee.

O: Not bad. An average dark lager.

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Photo of BTFU
3/5  rDev -4.5%

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of PugsandBeer
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of kagent777
3.29/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from the Utah system and poured into my beer goblet while quite cold. The back of the bottle says to drink it straight from the bottle, hogwash!

Appearance: A perfectly clear dark brown with a thin tan head that only stuck around a little while and left a corresponding little lacing.

Smell: The smell is really thin, I get no roasty malts at all. I do get a little lager yeast smell.

Taste: A dry almost mildly bitter beer. A little bit of roast comes through in the taste. I also get a sense of mild earth bittering hops, not any sort of aromatic hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the medium to thin side, while the carbonation is fine.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but not my style either. I guess I really prefer ales. This one has a decent roast that may appeal to newbies, but is easy to move on to bigger and better beers.

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Total Beverage Westminster poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, light fruittiness and a hint of carmel. Mouthfeel was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of roasated malt, light carmel asnd a hint of fruittiness with a crisp lingering roasty finish.

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Photo of JNewbs
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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