Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Schwarzbier
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6842) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Sampled from an 11.2 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large creamy beige head that faded fairly quickly and left a bit of lacing. The aroma was a bit skunky, sour, tangy and industrial. The flavor was bitter, tangy and industrial with a sour, corny and almost medicinal undertone. Medium finish, smooth body. Blah.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2011
bottle... dark brown with a medium tan head, decent one finger head lingers but it looks watery, no lace... the aroma is aroma, generic molasses syrup and wet dog, a bit of char tree bark, yum...the taste is equally bad, wet dog, very generic, just garbage

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12oz. bottle. Did not drink this "ice cold" or straight from the bottle. What’s the matter, Diageo? Afraid I might actually taste it or something? Anyway, on with the rating: Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of sourness, perhaps some lighter notes of chocolate and sulfur. Black in color with dark brown around the edges and a foamy, lasting, light tan head. Flavor profile is dry, roasty, lightly charred malts, with tinges of herbal hop flavor and a moderate amount of bitterness late, along with very faint touches of dark chocolate, smoke and again, that trademark Guinness sourness. Active, effervescent, dry and sharp on palate, no nitro widgets to be found here. Body is light-medium. Easy to quaff, for sure. Ultimately, about what I was expecting, which is why I only picked up the one bottle.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
steelhead3686 (258) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Pours a dark brown to black with a medium chocolate head. The first hint of aroma I got was a sour smell but I also got some hints of chocolate malt and hops. The taste is lacking any real distinction but it is not unpleasant. Thin and light body. Not something I will be drinking unless I’m not buying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
btwhite7 (37) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Combine classic Guinness with an everyday lager and this is what you get. PLeasant aroma and classic Guinness appearance but the taste falls short of what I would label a Guinness. It is what it is. An attempt, albeit a good one, at pushing Guinness to the ultra mainstream.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (2068) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2011
11.2oz bottle. Pours black with a slight off-white head. Nice looking dark brew but it is basically just an average tasting macro lager. I would expect more from the name on the label but nothing special here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ernest (7356) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, husks), with light notes of paper and paint. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, unclean/papery. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. About as industrial as it gets. Drain pour.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
demitriustown (1184) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2011
12 oz Bottle: Aroma is roasted malts, light caramel, a very slight grass hop texture, and little bit of cardboard. Appearance is black but light can be seen through it with a thick sightly tan, but more white head. Taste is malty, very light chocolate notes, then into a grassy hop, and finishes a little bit fry. Palate is very carbonated in the mouth, leaving you with a dry slightly tingling feeling on your tongue. Overall, Nothing really bad about this beer. Maybe the cardboard notes in the scent, but decent. Cheers!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iceman15658 (137) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Bottle To Pint Glass. Pours black with a decent tan head.There is a slight roasted malt flavor with an odd finish after. Gotta admit, was hoping for more

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Nose is light bread and roasted notes. Poured a dark brown with minimal light brown head/big bubbles. Tasted like sweet, light roast on the initial sip, then all bread and hay on the end with some bitters. Not bad but not the best by any means.

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