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


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RATINGS: 641   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TaxiDriver (1472) - Stadland, GERMANY - DEC 1, 2013
A light malty aroma, some hints of roasted malt, a little bit sweet. The small fizzy head disappears fast, the body is black. It tasted a little bit malty, quite bitter. The body is light to medium strong and lively.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
OntBeerDrinker (427) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Black w/little brown @ bottom. 2-3 finger head fades. Leaves little laceing. Smells like Guinness & a BAD lager. Taste:Barley flakes,roastedness, sour(ish), chocolate, & lager taste. It was good but be even better if it had a stout taste over the lager taste but the bottle I had, had a date that passed when I had it but didn’t say if it was best b4 or not. The lager part I found the worst part.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
MrWomey (31) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Black lager definitely pours about as dark as any beer could. It mimics a Dunkel or Doppelbock in color thanks to roasted barley that’s been added. While this beer pours with a very large head and fine lacing, there is very weak aroma to it (exhibits small amounts of malt scents). Perhaps not as strong as similar beers in Europe, it does have a fair amount of carbonation, though its taste seemed nondescript. The "Black" has a body that falls just short of being medium but drinks easy. It’s unlikely I’d buy this one again if other choices are available but was glad to try this beer that might not be marketed in the US forever. It’s short on taste, but if you don’t like beer it might be the right one for you.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Davydeman (10) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2013
Wat kan ik zeggen er is maar 1 guinness, zeer donker bier niet al te veel smaak ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rperez (130) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2013
Refreshing but bland otherwise. Color is s mice coca cola black . Not a bad choice overall ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wxman (1398) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Pours an opaque black with a thin unimpressive off white head. Aroma is coffee and cocoa. Taste is sweet roasted malt, with a little coffee and chocolate. Some bitterness after the swallow. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TaktikMTL (5658) - Montréal-Nord, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 19, 2013
Bouteille de 330 ml achetée chez ANBL (Tracadie, N-B). Arôme: Légère odeur de céréale grillée. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréale grillée avec une pointe de chocolat et de miel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une etxture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de céréale grillée en arrière goût. (Rating #5318)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radarsock (885) - Vermont, USA - NOV 14, 2013
This was lighter than water, and even tasted like water with the tiniest tinge of charcoal and London yeast. Nothing special.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
merc7186 (1993) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2013
A: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Very Mild Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing S: Corn, Burnt Wheat T: Corn, Mild Dark Malts M: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Mildly Sticky Overall, it tastes like your typical cheap lager with corn but a mild dark malt flavor, not the worst beer I have ever had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
lesifflebiere (1210) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2013
Noire en apparence, brune à la lumière, elle semble mince et relativement pétillante ; arômes de chocolat, de café, mais surtout de sucre d’orge en nez. Douce et un peu aqueuse en bouche, elle dévoile des saveurs de grains torréfiés, et peu d’autres choses. Plutôt linéaire, elle est cependant plutôt agréable, elle manque seulement d’un peu d’audace et de personnalité. Encore une fois, on n’était pas loin chez Guinness de faire une excellente bière noire, mais c’est toujours le manque de saveur qui cause sa perte.

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