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 TempeBeerMan
2.44/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled mug.

A - Black with brown around the edges, with a pretty massive four-finger off-white craggy looking foam. (I must say Guinness beers do seem to always have a solid head) Head bubbles away pretty quickly. Clumps of patchy lacing.

S - Very faint grainy aroma. Some malt sweetness.

T - Roasted grains forward. Dextrin sweetness in the mid-palate. (Adjuncts?) Some nice musty euro hops carry the finish. Finishes better than it starts. That said, almost zero depth or richness to the flavors, and zero complexity.

M - Watery and thin; medium-high carbonation. Clean finish.

O - Honestly, this tastes like a BMC style dark lager. Only the hops in the finish save this from being complete crap. The malt taste is way to dextrin-like, and the flavors in general are extremely bland. I know Guinness can do better than this. Bleh.

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Photo of stevoj
2.44/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Not enough roast grain aroma or taste to carry this one. Overall mouthfeel is watery and no lasting palate. Black and more of a lager than a schwarzbier, and hardly worthy of the Guinness name.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep amber to black color with a light tan head.. In the aroma, caramel, note of chocolate, and still lager like. In the taste, light chocolate, note of caramel, both very mellow. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small roast to a clean aftertaste. Lack of flavor, but a lager form of Guinness for sure.

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Photo of BeerManDanNYC
2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am in a bodega in Brooklyn a week ago and, what is this? Black lager from Guinness? I had to try it. Not a very good one from a solid brewery. A bit too strong initially, but not overpowering. The flavors linger too long on the palate and not in a pleasant way. Don't go out of your way for this one.

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Photo of adams82
2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark brown with ruby highlights; the ruby is accentuated with a back light.

Smell is mundane; maybe some sweet notes, nothing really takes my breath away. Taste is much of the same, tastes like a euro lager with added roasted barley... sour, astringent, no hop presence and the mouth feel is thin and watery. No body what so ever.

This is essentially Harp Lager with chocolate malt added for color and it adds a bit of a roasty flavor. I suppose if you really, really, really, like Harp you should pick this up, otherwise, pass...

Uninspired and uninteresting. There are better beers out there that *deserve* your money.

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Photo of blakelive784
2.46/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle poured a into a standard pint glass :

A - pours a dark brown/black color. 2 finger head with poor retention and fair creaminess.

T - faint roasted barley notes and some cream. Smells like muted Guinness.

T - quite watery. Real faint roasted barley and chocolate notes. Mild and unimpressive.

M - medium bodied and relatively highly carbonated.

D - this beer seems like an intro to Guinness. Mild aroma and mild taste, and as much as I love Guinness, I'd leave this one be.

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Photo of bmo56
2.46/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was given a bottle by a business associate of to take home and try, knowing that i am a Guinness fan. I poured the beer into my favorite laser etched pint. The head is a little more bubbly than the stout, but other than that it looked like a pint of the draught. overall the combined taste and smell did nothing for me, it did taste like a traditional lager, but i was hoping for a little more of something from it.

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Photo of Squire123
2.47/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sure, why not.

Very dark but that's color, not flavor. I found it thin and rather flavorless. Oh, the stuff is in there all right, just not enough to get excited about, or even mention.

Something else for the die hard Guiness drinkers but I don't think it will convert anybody.

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Photo of wedge
2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
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 DirtyPenny
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed the last single I found at the grocery store the other day. Poured it into a Coke glass and I'm sure I could have fooled an unwitting victim into thinking it was one and the same.

A: Black and fizzy. Head disappears about as fast as you'd expect the head on a, you guessed it, cup of Coke to vanish.

S: A faint whiff of cereal grains, but man, not much of one.

T: A black hole of flavor. That is, there's none to speak of. I seriously could not taste much of anything. There may have been the distant, strangled cry of a chocolate malt or two, stranded in some far flung corner of the universe, but it could have just been my imagination.

M: Light-medium and fizzy.

O: Not actively bad, just so bland and inoffensive I can't see why anyone would want one. Sam Adams Black actually has flavor, as does Session Black. Try those instead.

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Photo of GuinnessRegular92
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Guinness and Lager do not mix. I love Guinness Regular (in the pub) and Guinness Extra Stout and my favorite is Foreign Extra but this Guinness is terrible. It tasted slightly like Guinness but it just didn't hit the spot of the way other Guinness tastes. Lager is lager and Guinness is Guinness. Just keep it that way.

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Photo of Finatic
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
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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Photo of tlazaroff
2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Its defianlty dark, but it's not black. Highlights of dark red can be seen as the glass sits on the dark wooden table. The head is a light tan, and stays in a thin layer on top of the liquid and leaves decent but spotty lacing.

S: The smell throws me off a lot on this one. It smells like cola. Very strange and off-putting for a beer.

T: I find it hard to judge this because the smell makes me think I'm drinking cola, but thats not what I get. Mild roast notes and a slight twang of herb-like hops on the finish.

M: Light bodied, and has this carbonation bite that I just dislike.

D: Highly drinkable as it is low ABV and drinks very very easily.

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Photo of everythingafter
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I tried this beer on a recommendation from a friend, so I went and got a 6-pack. I must say that coming from Guinness I was expecting more. As far as taste, this one fell flat for me. Although it does have a pretty smooth texture, it just has a bland, forgettable flavor.

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Photo of EMH73
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Very disappointed in this beer, I expect far more from Guinness. I found it to be quite lacking in flavor,the smell to be very weak, and the mouth feel to be thin and watery. I would not buy again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Why didn't Guinness use the Harp name to market this dark lager? Maybe cuz more people associate Guinness with dark beer. Let's hope this is not Guinness fermented with lager yeast. On to the beer:

It looks as the name implies, black. Ok, there's a ruby red hue in there too. Head retention is solid. The nose reeks many characters of its famous stout, but without the nitro, so the nose is more intense. Molasses and a lot of bitter roastiness, the latter being annoying.

It's a yo-yo of turn-ons and turn-offs. The turns-ons include the robust flavor intensity at just 4.5% ABV, molasses, bitter chocolate, and charred malts. The turn-offs include the excesive burnt malts and bitternesss and the husky malt that gets in the way. The viscosity is pleasantly on the meaty side, though it is over-carbonated.

Rough all around despite the ups, and it's only a matter of time till my palate can't take anymore. I'm craving an Eisenbahn Dunkel to revive my mind....

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Photo of rangerred
2.51/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark, nearly opaque, reddish brown with a brown one finger head that fades pretty quickly leaving thin wisps of lace.

Aroma is very metallic with some lightly toasted notes along with grass and some yeast. Everything is very faint with nothing standing out except the metal. Not good.

The metal carries over into the flavor although on a lighter note. There is some caramel and toast along with a little yeast. A tart mouthfeel that is a little out of place among the other flavors. Very light and watery with light bitterness.

Overall, a pretty terrible beer. Tastes nothing like traditional Guinness and is kind of a watered down mess. If you want to drink Guinness just get the regular stuff.

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Photo of thatruth
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a 1/4" light mocha head with barely frothy lacing, neither of which stick around long. pours a deep root beer color into a black cauldron body, no light penetrates this fucker.

roasty malt, mostly. lightly boozy and floral.

tastes flat. and hella barley.

nonesuch. bitter on-bringing with a club soda like aftertaste and linger.

oh, guinness. stick to irish stout.

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Photo of coldriver
2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams glass. Head gone in a flash and no noticeable lacing. Aroma has that "prepared to be dissapointed Euro-lager vegetable smell" although if I dig a little deeper there's kind of a pleasant honey note. Taste is pretty bland with mild roasted malts and light hop prescence. Thin mouthfeel, kind of flat, a little dry on the finish. I realize that this beer was not aimed at someone who loves West Coast IPAs and Imperial Stouts but unlike this one, I've found most of the Guiness lineup acceptable. I'll probably see this in the future at a wedding reception as an offering to those who like better beer (it does have a cool looking bottle), but I'd probably have a Peroni or St Pauli Girl ahead of this one.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.54/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very dark near black color with a huge off white head that leaves decent lacing.

S- I can smell the roasted malt but it is faint and there really isn't much else going on in the nose.

T- Very grainy flavor with some charred malt and smoke.

M- Incredibly thin body with higher than expected carbonation. Very dry.

O- Eh, not impressed. Drinkable but not something I will buy again.

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Photo of Gmann
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cola like brown color with a fairly tight toasted khaki colored head that left some spotty lacing.

The aroma is sweet from cereal grains. Just grainy in general. Very very subtle hint of roast, barely detected. If blindfolded not sure if I could distinguish this from Harp.

The taste is grainy as well, not as sweet, more of a metallic bitterness. Some roasted barley flavor but not much. The metallic bitterness is odd and a touch harsh, reminds me of touching your tongue to a 9 volt battery.

The feel is light and it is well carbonated. Starts off sweet on the palate but finishes with a dry astringent bitterness. Meh.

Not very good. Oddly bitter and dry.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Out of a bottle at my joint: The Olde Ship in Santa Ana, California.

I hope Guinness isn't trying to assimilate to the average beer drinker, because if they continue with trash like this, we are all doomed.

Raul luv himself some goody goody Guinness, but this right here is junk. Like puttin rims on a 94' Corolla - yeah, nice try wiener boy.

Guinness, stick to what you know: bomb ass and bangin' stouts.

This almost make Raul cry.

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Photo of kashmoney
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A --Deep black color with a light, 3 fingerwidth tan head.

S -- Mild malt character.

T -- Sweet, malty flavor initially with bitter roasted finish. Generic taste.

M -- Thin mouthfeel. Looks thicker than it goes down.

D -- Essentially a guiness looking miller lite...easy drinking but without much flavor

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of mrfrancis
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a jet black with a thick, puffy tan head. Great head retention here.

S: Faint aromas of roasted barley and grassy hops are present on the nose. This is one of the least aromatic European lagers I've run across.

T: Opens crisp and grainy with notes of ash, roasted barley, minerals, chalk, and lemony, grassy hops. The finish is so short as to be practically nonexistent with a blend of grain and hop flavors.

M: Light-bodied, firm, and dry with active carbonation. Very crisp. It's definitely refreshing, but that's about all I can say about it.

O: Nothing out of the ordinary here. Very average. I imagine this beer is aimed at the lager-obsessed U.S. mainstream market, but considering the popularity of Guinness Draught, this beer is more than a bit redundant.

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Photo of dtivp
2.56/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight ruby hue, one finger off white head that fades quickly into a thin ring with light lacing.

Aroma of light malt and dark chocolate.

Taste followed the nose with very light bready malt, light cocoa with a very slight bitter hop ending.

Mouth Feel was light body, moderate carbonation and thin.

Overall very disappointing for a beer brewed by Guinness. There are so many good dark lagers, Guinness should have stuck to the beer they are good a brewing and it wasn't this one.

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