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

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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 647   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%.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - AUG 21, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2011 12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with nice tan head. Aroma has light notes of dark roast, cocoa, with that classic Guinness aroma. Flavor is much the same and dry with a mild hop finish. Light body with high carbonation. Overall, taste like a Heineken with dark roasted flavor and color added.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mar (4842) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Dark brown almost black with a cream head. Nose is roasted malts, ash, caramel, more roast. easy on the palate, roast, malts, faintly water.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshmcg000 (317) - Iowa, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Comes off as carbonated Guinness to me at first. If Guinness was a lager this is what it would taste like. Its got carbonation now, its a little less roasty, but its still got the milky creamy easy to drink goodness of guinness. I like it and I could drink it heavily all night without a problem I think. But it is pretty overpriced for what it is..Kinda like Guinness.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle: Pours a dark ruby with a thin off-white head, light grains in the aroma with a hint of chocolate, starts and ends very lightly bitter, thin bodied, subtle carbonation. It’s a bit sad that Guinness thinks it needs to make a lighter version of their stout which is lighter than most beers.

2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
degbert (1116) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2011
TPSA. Pours medium brown with a cream ring. Nose is nutty and roasty; it smells promising. Then -- then the wheels come off. It tastes like stale corn tortilla chips dusted with bad freeze-dried coffee. No, no, no, no, and no. Finish is tight and unpleasant.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 25, 2011
Pours a dark clear brown with a tall frothy beige head that has great retention. Aroma is toast, cereal grain, grassy, spicy and floral hops, a little honey and some light nutty notes. No real roasty character despite the appearance. Flavor is lightly sweet cereal grain, thick crust white bread, light grassy and floral hops. Palate is light bodied and fairly neutral up until the off dry finish. Think of it as a Schwarzbier Light, or Black Helles (actually that one sounds kinda cool, on paper), as it doesn’t really have any of the roasted malt traits present in any Schwarzbier and has a really low abv for the style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wmubronco1992 (614) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours black. Light tan head with good retention. Some lacing. Very mild roasted malt aroma. Just the slightest amount of bitterness. Overall very smooth and clean. Almost no mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable. Decent drinking beer, but nothing that wows you.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Sample from a 12 oz bottle at the Jacksonville Craft Beer Festival, 5-20-2011. Not distributed in Florida yet, but should be by September according to the company rep. Its an ok schwarzbier, but nothing exciting. Very sessionable, almost a light beer at only 4.5% Sort of a dark malt pilsener with very little of what makes Guinness notable. Disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maneliquor (3104) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 8, 2011
Definitely black but doesn’t resemble many ’dark beer’ flavours. Easy drinking lager that is actually pretty good

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2011
This is indeed black, or almost, with a funky brown head that soon leaves blotches and some lacing. The nose is molasses and that is also noted in the flavor. Citrus fruit and light cocoa, too. Feel is light but with some fizz. A nice beer and an interesting one.


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