Guinness Black Lager | Guinness Ltd.

Guinness Black LagerGuinness Black Lager
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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Well carbonated and black in far we have Guinness without the nitro effect.

Dark roast and lighter grains make up the nose.

The taste is rather surprising. There's a lot more flavor than I expected given how lack luster their flagship is. Roasted malts, hints coffee backed by caramel and maybe even toffee malts and a strange hop offering. Far more flavorful than expected, but please don't expect a lot here. It isn't powerful and frankly I'm not sure these flavors were made to go together.

A decent light lager but I'm not sure when or why someone would go for this particular one.

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

Guinness has tried several times over the years to produce a brand that could create additional sales beyond their stouts (i.e. Guinness Gold), but nothing has really stuck. Black Lager may turn out the same way for a variety of reasons that I won't go into as this is really just about reviewing the beer itself. That said...

It's basically a German Schwarzbier, although I find it a bit on the roasty side. Sure there's a bit of caramel to the malt, and it even has some nice chocolatey tones to it, but the roastiness remains. That can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on the drinker.

The appearance is good, and it leaves some nice lacing about the glass.

The aroma is interesting with a little bit of roastiness, a hint of smokiness, and some underlying oily coffee beans.

The flavor offers a bit of dark caramel upfront, followed by some burnt sugar and subtle impressions of coffee, nuttiness, and bittersweet chocolate. The roastiness hits at mid palate, and remains straight through into the long-lingering finish. It's solid, but not particularly bitter, and fairly well-balanced. Some hops can be found as the aftertaste continues on, and they tend to give a subtle suggestion of underlying mint.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body, and fairly brisk with carbonation.

Overall it's a very decent, enjoyable beer.

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

I first tried Guinness Black Lager with an open mind, and knowing its not supposed to be like the original Guinness. Hence the name Black Lager! I Liked it allot, and i am not a big lager fan. It has now become what I call my everyday drinking beer. It is a nice dark lager with a slight roasted taste.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a dark brown color that is a bit transparent, as bits of ruby sneak through the center and tint the edges. A fizzy white head rests on top and fades casually.

Smell: Mostly I just get a faint hint of roasted grains. Sort of charred and bitter.

Taste: The flavor starts out with some dark roasted grains, a bit of coffee-like bitterness, and a bit of caramel sweetness. The second half of the sip is dominated by an earthy spiced yeast and skunky hops that remind me of ammonia. Not very good at all.

Mouthfeel: This is heavily carbonated and the fizzy nature of the beer gets in the way of the flavor.

Overall: There were very few beer options at the event I was at, so it seemed like a good idea at the time. In retrospect, I probably should have seen this coming. This is something I will not be having again. At least since they are going for that 'import' vibe I only had to have 11.2 oz. of this failed experiment.

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Guinness Black Lager from Guinness Ltd.
Beer rating: 16.6% out of 100 with 1,975 ratings
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