Guinness Black Lager | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager
1,975 Ratings
Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 1,975 |  Reviews: 445
Photo of mbabble
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.25/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 11.2 oz bottle to a 14 oz "pint" glass. The name does not lie, it pours black color with little head that disappears quickly. Smalls of dark malt but it is not very strong at all. Tastes of malt with a hint of hops. Has a good amount of carbonation, but has a little bit of an aftertaste. Overall, an ok beer.

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Photo of Sparger
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Lang44
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of sh00ky
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of CincyTK
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of jesus808
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of plusorminus
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of JacStance
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.46/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - eschewing the label instructions to enjoy straight from the bottle (ice cold no less), this 11.2 ouncer has no trouble fitting in a shaker pint. A finger of light mocha head is nice, covering a dark beer with a burgundy hue. Some good resilience and lacing as well.

Aroma - grainy with a decent note of roastiness. Light but nice enough.

Taste - roasted grain, like a thinned down standard Guinness. Some balancing hops have this on par with the flagship beer. The flavor hits a note of metal at times on the swallow, maybe due in part to crisp carbonation. The ending allows a light roasty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - it's unusual to taste the Guinness flavor in thinner form. Too accustomed to the nitro format I suppose. Crisp, dare I say refreshing for a roasty brew.

Drinkability - good flavor in a lighter form. A workable alternative when options are limited.

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Photo of C2H5
3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Mississipping
2.98/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark, dark brown allowing some light through when held to ling.  A small tan head forms on top and dissipates slowly.  Minimal lacing left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: Very light roasted malt, corn, and sweet bread.  Not at all what I was expecting, and in this case, that isn't a good thing.  Smells like they ran out of ingredients and decided to bottle it anyway. 

T: Typical lager taste with just a touch of chocolate and roasted barley are there, but they are very subdued.  The corn comes out in the flavor as well.  Sweeter than I expected and a little watered down.  

M: Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.  Bubbly, tingly, and prickly on the tongue.  Just a tad drying on the finish. 

D/O: This isn't what I expected, but I don't know why I had higher expectations.  Pretty boring, not very well balanced, and mouthfeel is unpleasant.  I swiped one of these from my dad, and probably should have left it in the fridge for him.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Black Lager pours a black color, with a nice size light tan head. The smell is a bit cheap, has a bit of a roasted malty aroma, but not sweet. The taste is a little smokey, pretty malty, some bitter and hops come through, but its small, and its a very wet flavor. A bit too carbonated, and not sure if I would go have a few of these. Overall its not a horrible beer, its pretty decent, has a cheap but trying taste, it just isn't there, I hope Guinness can redo this one and bump it up, it really needs less carbonation, and a drier taste, almost there but not quite.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Guinness imperial pint glass because I had one. Beer is black with a big tan head, medium and large bubbles, some lacing but not much, low retention, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is a schwartz beer aroma, mildly sweet, some lager character, a faint roast.

Beer is medium in body and tastes like nothing really. I take that back it is rather thin on the palate, finish is fine, unoffensive but not bold or interesting in any way at all. A lot like Guinness.

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Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black pour, tan head over 1" in height/depth depending on your viewpoint, some redness on the edges to the liquid, good lacing. Looks like guiness stout except for the clarity thing going on in a dark beer. Aroma was even roastier than I'd say Guinness stout is with some mild charcoal notes.

Taste, roast notes are gone, replaced with a light sweetness. Not really much flavor beyond that, but there isn't any offputting bitterness or yeast flavors. Its an easy drinking beer with some color. Dunno why it costs so much, there's really not much to it. I don't taste chocolate, I think that's just some psychosomatic thing people do when they review a black beer.

Probably a good beer to convert people who think all dark beer is thick and nasty. There are no off flavors, and what is there is plenty mild.

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Photo of Corpsehoagie
3.93/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I thought it was the best out of the draught extra stout and foreign extra. I like strong beers but I think the bite of the foreign extra ruined the taste. Id say the extra stouts better than the draught and I just really like the taste of the black lager. They go down so good and smooth, its a really enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Merkur
2.39/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Beer pours a nice black color with a bit of a tan head.

The beer smells slightly sweet, but no detectable aromas.

The beer tasts very bland. Not enough richness or maltyness like most dark beers and certainly no crispness like most lagers.

Mouthfeel is very thin, but not unpleasant.

Overall, not very enjoyable.

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Photo of khargro2
1.5/5  rDev -52.2%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Naamandroid
4/5  rDev +27.4%

Photo of fvoegtlin
3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Treyliff
2.77/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- pours black with light tan head that lasts long after the pour with good lacing.

S- sweet cereal grain, a bit of bready malt, clean. Not what I was expecting.

T- a bit roasted malts with a light body, nearly no hops presence, finishes with a slight metallic bitterness and a bit of grains, similar to cereal.

M- good carbonation, but very light, finishes a bit watery.

I don't really know what to think about this one. It's almost like a watered down version of original Guinness. It's very drinkable but if I'm drinking a dark beer, I prefer a bit more kick.

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Photo of Daniel9913
2/5  rDev -36.3%

Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
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