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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Added by mdagnew on 04-03-2010

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Ratings: 1,977 |  Reviews: 447
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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some grains and grass. The taste is slightly sweet, kinda malty, but with some grains/grass, and caramel. Medium Body. Not too bad, but still would not buy again.

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

A-Pours quite black. Head is an attractive tan. Retains well and leaves lacing in bits-and-pieces.

S-Definitely smells like a lager. The lager yeast is blatantly noticeable. Light roast and chocolate. Smells sessionable.

T-Black lager it is! Has both components of a porter and a lager. Mostly made up of coffee and chocolate. Yeast from the lager lets you know it is not an ale. Flavor is crisp, and different; and I will credit the beer for trying something new.

M-Light despite the fact that most darker beers tend to be a tad heavier than their paler counterparts. Carbonation is mellow but adds a refreshing element.

O/D-Hey, I really didn't mind this one. I gotta respect the innovation. Trying to sell a dark brew to a populous of beer-water drinkers. Hell, it could have went way worse.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of wedge
2.48/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark ruby-brown hue with an inch of fluffy tan foam that settles to a thin covering. Sweet, lightly smokey, mild roasty aroma with some creamy chocolate notes. The flavor is surprisingly weak...dark grain and caramel. Maybe a hint of cocoa. Thin, somewhat bitter mouthfeel. Not too good. Pretty boring overall.

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Photo of Finatic
2.5/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, jet black color with very little head. Litt.e to no lacing and minimal retention.

S: Smells of roasted barley and little else.

T: Tastes like a dark lager. Very bitter aftertaste.

M: Light bodied and very carbonated.

O: Not overly impressed with this offering from Guinness they should stick to the original.

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.28/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A practically black look with a long lasting, tan colored head, very lacy leftovers.

A sweet and roastie malt aroma, light coffee, vanilla, toffee with chocolate coupled with a tasty sour-lager yeast that is just right.

A perfect balance of flavor's, it's one part quality euro lager and one part mild stout. It's guiness all the way. malty, dark wheat, sour yeast, dry earth and stout style dark malt flavor's all in wonderful balance.

The feel is is just right, snappy and dry lager body, light to medium with a smooth, creamy finish with plenty of jazz and kick left to make it VERY easy to quoff. amazingly easy Quoff.

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Photo of phenomenologian
3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured this out of the bottle into a good beer glass. The head is a one to two finger head that is purely white. It laces and does not retain much. The body is dark blackish brown. Its opaque.

It smells of grain, roasted tones, and caramel malt. The smell is kind of subtle and not exactly as pleasing as I would like. The roasted tones come out and play when I smell it. Others have said the roasted tones are subtle, but I disagree here, or maybe its just my bottle.

The taste is of caramel, dark roasted tones, maybe hops, and grain. It tastes pretty good and is refreshing like the commercial says.

Its not too carbonated and the mouthfeel is nice and goes along well with the beer.

This beer reminds me of the Guinness Draught but it is a bit more flavorful. The stout is my favorite, so this does not stack up to what I want. It is a pretty good lager and I would take this over any light adjunct. I enjoyed it and might buy it again. Pretty good but for the most part, I will stick with the stout.

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -20.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of BrauKilR
3.09/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Some faint hints of restrained roast and chocolate. Treacle. No coffee or burnt, as the Guinness name has come to imply. Not as sweet, spicy or nutty as some German schwartzbiers I’m familiar with (Kostritzer foremost). The most prominent aroma in this sample is an Earthy, tobacco, English hop aroma that when combined with subtle malt and clean yeast/fermentation character is vaguely reminiscent of lambic funk (some day I’ll actually smell a horse blanket and say, “That smells like a Cantillon Grand Cru!).
Appearance:Very dark brown to black with ruby hilites. A creamy tan head that builds copiously and diminishes equally quickly to a thin layer of cream, lacing the glass and just covering the surface. Neither turbid nor opaque, but clear where visible.
Flavor: Bitter up front comingled with dry roast. The subtlest hints of bitter chocolate. No esters, no fruitiness or sweetness of any sort. Lager character is whistle clean, leaving only malt and hop character to stimulate the taste and palate. The finish is dry. The overall taste experience is similar to that of the dry stout Guinness minus the creamy mouthfeel.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and dry overall. Perhaps a hint of tartness and a roast malt crispness that echoes the Guinness signature dry stout. Dryness without astringency and modest carbonation describe mouthfeel best, like holding unsweetened chocolate in your mouth.
Overall: Personally, dry stouts always leave me wanting, as if someone skimmed the top off an Imperial or foreign extra stout and served it to me. This beer is along those lines: less nutty than a brown porter; less roast character than a robust porter or any other proper stout; restrained roastiness more in line with a dry schwartzbier. If you like Guinness draft you’ll like this.

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5/5  rDev +59.2%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +3.5%

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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2/5  rDev -36.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +43.3%

Photo of iBeer16
3.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours impenetrable black. Dark brown/blackish foam leaves some lacing. Similar Guinness color without ridiculous head.

S: extreme scent of malts and nutty. Sweet malts are the most noticeable scent with a roasted nutty scent as well.

T: very thick and plentiful. Body is dense and very taste resembles smell, very malty and nutty. Starts out with a slight bitter taste but finishes with strong malty flavor that is similar yet different to regular guinness. Strong roasted taste.

M: Very thick and refreshing feel. Coats mouth and leaves slightly watery. Great beer to enjoy one of at a slow pace.

Was pretty hesitant about this at first after a recent trip to Ireland. But turns out this is the only Guinness I will drink since returning to the states. Although it does resemble the taste of regular Guinness it offers a more malty, nutty flavor that is enjoyable. Best Guinness in a bottle by far!!

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4/5  rDev +27.4%

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3/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of cbartos1021
2.15/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm surprised I haven't had Guinness Black Lager earlier. I was a little skeptical to try it. I much prefer the creaminess of a nitro-tapped Guinness Stout.

Anyway, here's a quick beer review.


Guinness Black Lager pours a very dark brown beer with very minimal whitish head. Head retention is minimal.


Very clean aroma. Not a very pungent smell whatsoever. It's slightly sweet with minimal toffee or caramel notes.

Taste & Mouthfeel

Very lager-y taste. Definitely what you expect of any kind of lager. Much less roasted malt flavor that I might expect of a darker beer (no coffee, espresso flavor). More black malt. (Black malt is roasted at very high temperatures that tend to drive off most of the malty flavor, therefore there is very little flavor. It's really used more for it's color than anything else.) That's exactly what it tastes like. It tastes like any lager you might enjoy -- almost like a Bass Ale with black malt to give it a black color. Not much there...


I'm slightly disappointed in this beer. It is not reminiscent of the Guinness flavor I am fond of. I would much rather taste coffee, espresso flavored roasted malt. If I close my eyes, I feel like I'm drinking a lighter lager like a Bass Ale, Harp, or something similar. I would much rather stick to Guinness Stout.

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