Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Schwarzbier
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 680   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Guinness Black Lager is cold-brewed with roasted barley to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of Guinness. Enjoy ice cold straight from the bottle.

Known as Premium Beer in Malaysia, where it is 5%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spelt (232) - East Kingston, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2011
Close your eyes and the aroma would convince you that perhaps you were sniffing over a German pilsner. Nice noble bouquet. Perhaps a little sulfur. Very, very dark mahogany with a thick tan head that falls rather quickly (unlike the ale). Remarkably smooth mouth feel with a nice light level of carbonation. Flavors are not as bitter as I would have anticipated although the sweetness is subdued as well. Definitely some dark fruits and carmel notes. Light finish. Actually quite refreshing.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gsmitty80 (2072) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Nice light swartzbeer. Watery with a decent roast malt and a highly carbonated pour and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours brown to black, with a medium sized beige to tan head. Roast, thin malt on the nose, grainy toast. Thin and roasty. Basic shwarzbier. Grain and roast. Meh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
Caramel malt aroma on this dark brown brew. Roasted flavor with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
retinadoc (166) - - DEC 22, 2011
Not much going on with this beer. The jet black appearance and the relatively strong carbonation are the strongest features of this beer. Aroma is very thin. Appearance is black, obviously, with slightly reddish overtones. Taste is thin: very slight resin hops, slightly sweet caramel initial flavor, improving in amplitude within the mouth, with a slightly bitter finish. Not a bad beer, but definitely not a good one. Other schwarzbiers offer a lot more flavor than this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DocLock (8667) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours thick jet black with tan head. Nose is like a hoppier regular Guinness. Tastes malty, with resiny hops, less malt character than regular Guinness, and a lackluster body. A disappointment that just might change the joke where Arthur Guinness, Pete Coors, and Augie Busch sit around discussing beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pailhead (5801) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of really light chocolate, nuts, and a hint of grass. It pours a dark brown with some red highlights when held to the light. It has a two finger beige head that leaves behind some spotty webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with light chocolate and caramel. The finish has some light nuttiness, roast, and a hint of fruit. Itís light bodied with lively carbonation that borders on being prickly. Overall, itís sort of a Schwarzbeir-light. While thereís nothing offensive, there isnít exactly a lot to like about it either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
shrubber85 (9261) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle. Woody chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with giant tan head.. Lightly sweet chocolate malt flavor. Very light body. No bad flavors but extremely light.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Black color. Tan head. Weak nose of malt and coffee. Flavor of toasty malts and coffee, but very weak and watery. Not the best black lager. Not as good as I expect from Guinness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ughsmash (7407) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottled. Poured dark brown with a tight cap of beige head. The aroma was really sweet with toasted black malts and vanilla. The flavor found artificially-sweetened toasty black malts, vanilla, and a pinch of cocoa.. aspartamey on the quick finish.. OK, but not by any means exciting. Lighter-bodied with prickly carbonation on the palate.. clean and calculated.. too sweet.

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