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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
JDBaker11058 (1963) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (12192) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, leather yeast, earthy notes, and dark fruits. Flavor is medium malt, light hops, leather yeast, and a clean lager character. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (13314) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Cola-black body topped by beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, light burnt. Taste is medium sweet, roast, light burnt. Light-medium body, lightly watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Dark brown with brown lowlights and a creamy beige topper. Aroma is pretty bland with roasted malt and weak chocolate. Taste is non descript with mild roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and not much else. Seven years ago I might have liked this but today itís just another gateway beer click on here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2270) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Not a very impressive offering from the good folks at Guinness. The beer pours a very dark color, just about black. The head is tan with no lacing at all. The aroma features some roasted barley with a very light hint of vanilla and cream. The body is rather light and slightly bland, with the roasted barley coming on the strongest. The carbonation is fairly high, almost cola-like, and the finish is a bit on the sweet side.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
Poured ann opauque black with a closer to white head. Nose of burnt malt and flavours of said malt, but lacking any depth.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Daytonbeer (726) - Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2011
Pours black with brown around edges. Armoa is light malts. Taste of malts and hard chocolate candy. Maybe some root beer flavor. The backend is alittle unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 18, 2011
(Bottle from Candia Road Convenience) Pours very dark brown, almost black but with some brown highlights. Aroma is weakly dry chocolate and roast with something a bit off. Mouthfeel medium-full, a bit dryish and prickly. Flavor of weak chocolate or cocoa with perhaps nut. Kind of an off/sour undertone. Mass-produced, weak feel. Can pass on this one.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours black with virtually no head. Nose is light and generic weak lager with a pinch of roastiness and skunk. Flavor has a bit of old hops, weak coffee, and herb but is generally limp. Cereal-like finish, but also very weak here as well. This is a boring, cheap black lager. Stick to Irish Drys, Guinness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2011
I was hoping that this beer was going to be the 250 anniversary stout just rebottled and with a different label. I really enjoyed that beer and it got some really good ratings. So i had my hopes up. Sadly, this beer is not that. That being said, itís still a pretty tasty brew and a nice change of pace from a regular Guinness. Worth a try, lighter than a guinness and with more carbonation. It is definitely not a stout but a lager for sure. Not bad, Iíd drink it again.

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