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


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RATINGS: 661   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (4486) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle. Clear brownish pour, fizzy off-white head. Light roasted malt, bad lager malt, slightly skunky, and a bit of sweetness. Overall this was very boring, about what I expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Headbanger (3360) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
12oz bottle 1/4/11 (Binny’s Plainfield)-48° in Lager Glass-Pours black with a small loose tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and smoke. Taste of the same up front and in the middle but finishes like a pale lager. This light to medium bodied brew is not bad and would fill the void in a pinch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
andyhwcinc (1492) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Purchased at the "green" Jewel in Chicago, IL as part of a mix & match sampler, enjoyed on Boxing Day (12/26) while watching Bears football. Aroma not really existent, malt if anything, also a bit of lactose but that’s stretching it. Appearance is like Coca Cola, pure black with a carbonated white head. Taste also a bit faint, hints of chocolate malt, noticeably carbonated, not bad at all, especially with the mass produced tag of "Guinness". Would probably drink if I was at a bar with limited options.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Opaque black with a medium tan head. Roast nose. Slighly sweet with roast and chocolate flavour. Thin, watery finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ALLOVATE (2459) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2010
In the glass the body is blackest brown, cola in the shallows and shimmering when held up to the light. What goes up sadly came down the head rose on the pour to die back quickly to an island of tight tannish bubbles. Dry nose reminiscent of seaweed, black patent malt and damp, rusty nails, quite tannic. Smoky and very husky black patent malt at first dominates before hints of raw sugar and molasses add a sweetness to the otherwise dry palate. Finish is dry, malty and smoky with a malt bitterness that is pleasing. Body is light, the carbonation quite prickly and throughout adding crispness to the swallow. Easily knock a few of these back in quick succession, as long as they are chilled as the sweetness builds when it warms to become clammy. Not bad as far as a Guinness goes!! (33cL, BB 16/05/11, Thirsty Camel, Butler)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bpreo (1730) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Really good Dark Lager. Taste is very unique, just like traditional Guinness. Will be a new personal preference in times of trouble.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1841) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2010
12oz bottle. Jet black body under a small, frothy tan head. Smoke, caramel malt, roasted nuts, chocolate aroma. Medium body, watery. Flavor was slightly sweet but otherwise unremarkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Black pour with brown head. Aroma of roasted malt. Roasted malt taste, little light though. Light roasted malt aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
drpimento (2282) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
When I first saw it at the store, I thought Huh! Could be; why not? Although Guinness is in trouble and desperation can lead to weird things. Then I saw the ratings here and was kind of deflated. Then, I poured a huge, tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy head that lasts a while and lots of lace. The color is an opaque black brown. Aroma was very nice with toasty, malt, and toffee. Flavor it falls down: like the nose but much lighter. Body is very light and the force carbonation doesn’t help. Finish is like flavor and short. Schwartzbier with all the calories and a touch of the flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2010
12oz bottle. Okay, this isn’t really bad in any way. It’s actually really refreshing and easy drinking. Pours a smooth very dark red near black, thinner with soda bubbles and a fizzy off-white head. Light aroma of dark roast, just a smidgen of butter, light kiss of English hops, nicely balanced. Flavor follows, agree with Oakes: schwarzbier-lite, but it totally works, flavor follows aroma exactly, little bit of a metallic twang either from the water roast or hops, or all three, the hops seem nice and fresh surprisingly, clean too, light bitterness. This is like a diet-schwarzbier but it totally drinkable, lively crisp carbonation, very clean.

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