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


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RATINGS: 687   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 10/20
freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2011
bottle poured into tulip. Thick short lived tan head, fair lacing, dark coffee/red. smell, black pepper, ashes without smokey-ness, almost invisible caramel malt smell very late, a touch of oregano? Taste ashes and soap. Small bubble carbonation, hops arrive after a brief resting period then stick to middle tongue. Overall, this is a weird, incomplete beer. It is a rougher yet thinner version of Koestritezerís Schwartzbier. Suggestion, I blended this beer with a homebrew barley wine (11.71abv) and an OíDouls Amber (near beer/non-alcohol)...and it was delicious.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2011
Pours black smells like coffee grounds and compost. Tastes like burnt toast. Sucks!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2711) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Funny, its like a lagered version of the stout. Thin, roasty and insipid, with a plain finish. Light, nearly watery palate. Bleh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yespr (39114) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2011
33 cL bottle at Sunset Grill. Pours dark brown to black with a creamy, tan and semi lasting head. Aroma is roasted malty and light breadish, mild cornish too. Cornish, toasted malty and dark breadish. Light metallic and bitter flavoured. Dark roasted and dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Deep brown approaching black. Frothy, off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Light aroma of similar to a pale lager but with a hint of roast, but only a hint. Toasted grain, earthiness. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. "Guinness" taste in the finish. But light on the roast for a schwarzbier. Easy drinking, but thin. No wonder Guinness suggests drinking it very cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
strongpieman (1644) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Mild malt aroma, medium body, ligh all around, mild carbonation, finish is caramel malt. No problems with this one, is refreshing but with some taste. Fits a purpose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13622) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Pours black with a slight creamy tan head. Odor is light citrus followed by very dark malt. Med minus body. Flavor is thin dark malt. It is bitter. However, this is not a substantial beer. But it is rather flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Smells like a lager brewed cold with some roasted barley notes. Head dissipated quickly. Color is pitch black. Mouthfeel is slightly more than light. Taste is of roasted barley, corn/rice notes of your typical lager. Carbonation taste kills this one pretty quickly. Had slightly higher hopes on this one since the labeling is so crafty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3424) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Very light coffee roasty aroma with some light earthy notes. The flavor has lightly roasted malts, light bittersweet chocolate, toasted grains, and light palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
JDBaker11058 (1782) - Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Appearance: medium-dark brown, lightish highlights, a one-finger light tan head that was surprisingly long-lived. Aroma: a little chocolate, a whisper of roast coffee, and a bit of grassy hops. Taste: weak--toasty, with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of black pepper. Finish: smooth, short, a wee bit toasty. Notes: Itís essentially a black and tan, but instead of porter and lager, itís half a guinness with a bud ice. All this did was make me want a Guinness Extra Stout. In its defense, the palate was almost perfect.

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