Brewed by St. Jamesís 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
peteysmu (63) - USA - NOV 11, 2011
decent lager, skunky taste, weird aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2011
aroma of ordinary beer with a bit of extra malt and earth. spicy tingle and dishwater hop to this complex yet not substantial brew that is watery. earth, a bit of anise and a slight slickness with a bit of sharp bubble leave me with the impression that this is a crafty brew made by a crafty brewer. some roast and dark style sweetness.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle, a gift from a customer who brought this into the store for me. Thank you, person I can no longer remember. A touching gift, ruined by the fact that Iím a terrible, ungrateful person. Now, on the beer! Bottle, served at home, out off my Maudite glass; pours clear black; 1-finger pale tan head, average lacing. Nose is garbage-water (no really, Iím trying not to be a dick, but this smells rather like old dishwater), flint, bacon, hot dumpster (serious overripe vegetables here) , and some vague roast. Flavours are rather soapy, with light roast pervasive right through, more boiled vegetables. Terrible. Just terrible.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours a dark black color with a thin, lacing head. Light, roasted malt aroma. Watered down taste with some malt and oats lingering around. Not the best beer, but my expectations were minimal to begin with.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, dense brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, charred grains, cold coffee and faint chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, toasted grains, dark bread, ash, and cold coffee. Body is medium with a soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more roasted malt, light ashy notes, toasted grains, dark bread, coffee and light chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2011
I recently took a trip to Ireland, where I knew that the Black Lager was out there, but never made it to the glass. Guinness Stout is so prevelant over there it was like drinking iced tea here in Dixie. The Black lager has a nice aroma and good flavor. It has a slightly-less-than medium body and is not nearly as filling as the stout. Itís a good lager, as far as that goes, but when is comes to Guinness, the stout is king.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
theisti (3882) - Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
11.2 fl oz bottle at Llywelyns Pub in Overland Park, Kansas. Pour is black brown and some ruby, with a loose 2 inch tan head that is rocky, and falls pretty quick. OK lacing. Aroma is really faint, though it was cold. Some sweet malt, whisper of roast malt, thatís about it. Taste is mildly sweet malt, then a mineral light ashy roast finish. Simple, but clean. Palate is light to bodied, dry, crisp finish. Mild sweet finish, a bit of char lingers past that. Overall, easy drinking with enough flavor to be interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Part of a mixed six pack. I didnít drink it ice cold out of the bottle, rather I poured it into a Guinness glass at a good 10į above ice cold. Light roast in the nose. Dark brown color with red tinting and a one fingered tan head. Some roast, some malty sweetness, a bit of an off-putting vegetal flavor (DMS?). Very light bodied and pretty smooth with some lingering roast in the finish. Not a bad example of the style, but certainly a less malty version that some and the off flavor detracts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Poured a darker brownish, black color with a tan head. Aroma was faint roasted malts, caramel and hops. Flavor was roasty, woody, caramel and hops. Very thin and watery. Not much body to this beer. Just below avarage.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2011
THOUGHTS: Seed like Guinness and a crap light lager had a baby. Turns pretty bad as it warms up. I wish this was sold in four packs instead of six. One of the worst schwarzbiers Iíve tried. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with red highlights and a large, grayish brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light to moderate grain and roasted malt; slight caramel; and light to moderate grassy hops; The initial flavor was slightly sweet, lightly sour and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sour and light to moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was slightly caramel, roasted malt, grassy and metallic hops and a little sour malt. The light to medium body was a bit oil and then slightly dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.

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