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


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RATINGS: 654   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.72   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (3789) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
When i first heard this on npr, I actually thought this would actually be worse than it is. Black pour with decent light tan head looks like regular Guinness. Actually tastes similar but with a weird vegetalness, but good roasty finish. Iíd still drink the regular draft over this, but Iíd take this over bmc still any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1370) - Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
No widget in the bottle, so Iím not sure why they say you should drink it out of the bottle. Very mild roasted aroma, with a touch of something I canít quite place. Pours an opaque black (no ruby highlights, so it is even darker then Guinness), with a thin light tan head. Not a very complex flavor, a bit of tartness, and a touch of roast. Mild finish of roast, with a very thin mouthfeel. I donít think this will be bringing too many people over to the fact that dark isnít a flavor. Itís not bad, and could be an interesting change of pace if it sticks around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoeTheYounger (1144) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Pretty boring with mild roast bitterness. Somewhat skunky and watery as well. Gave it a shot but regular Guinness is far better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb (2226) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Dark, reddish, thin head. Nice roasted notes in the nose, with minor weak coffee. Roasted palate, a bit nutty. Decent, not complex, but standard swarz. Part of make your own 6 at wegs.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nate (3740) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2011
From bottle. Roasted, toasted, light acrid grain notes. Bit of caramel and light hops. Dark black clear with thin tan head. Medium light body with high carbonation. Starts roasted and toasted with carbonic acidity. Medium bitter finish with light tang. Roasted sweetness in the after with mild hop bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Poured black with nice head tasted sweet slight burnt taste very boring and plain I am glad I split this with someone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours the darkest of browns with a tan head. Aroma is sweet malt, roast. Flavor is sweet, grainy, lightly earthy, with some roasty notes. Mostly resembles a Euro macro lager which I guess is what it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boliv (1149) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark, dark brown with a medium light tan head that leaves a ring of lacing. Aromas of mild chocolate, some caramel, cereal, and those little marshmallows from Lucky Charms. Very mild flavor, basically like subdued Guinness; light cocoa, some lactose, and roasty malt. Average. [796]

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
leadtogold11 (4) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2011 does not count
What is "cold brewed", anyway? I have to hand it go Guinness, they managed to brew a beautiful black beer that tastes like Budweiser. Honestly, why? Could have had a lot more character. I wouldnít call this a Schwarzbeer. I would call it a "Black American Lager", if that was a category. If I drank this blindfolded, I would have no clue that it was black. Really just tastes like Budweiser. What more is there to say?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
NachlamSie (2783) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle at Fox and Parrot. This is kind of disappointing, really. I was just expecting just a Guinness clone. But this is like Guinness light with some vegetal lager flavors. It lacks the roast of a good schwarzbier or Guinness stout. Meh.

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