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


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RATINGS: 629   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%.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/5/2013. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a very dark cola color with a good amount of opacity for the style. The head is a one finger heavy cream color that leaves behind a good amount of lacing. Poor retention, as expected from a lager. S: A bit of roasted barley, chocolate...and corn adjuncts. Completely bland, rather than subpar. T: Hey, a bit of roasted barley to open the flavor profile! That’s cool. The corn adjuncts seem to be muted, or at least more muted than I cynically feared. Finish is bit of fruity sweetness, lager crispness, and the faintest ’ping’ of chocolate. Better than I expected - but still, don’t let it warm up or the adjuncts will come out in full force. M: Light and crisp, but not quite as dry as the bog-standard Guinness draught. The carbonation is fizzy and even intense as expected. O: Not horrible. Wouldn’t seek it out or probably even buy again, but I’d gladly drink one if offered to me freely. This has its place being the weak link in the Guinness winter selection pack.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GL2814 (356) - New York, New York, USA - APR 6, 2014
Pours dark with a mild beige head, the barley comes through in the taste, giving it a similar flavor to that of burnt caramel.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
rumproasts (2549) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2014
bottle. Hazy blackish with small head. Ashy charred malt. Bland and watery. I don’t like the style much, but this is underwhelming to say the least.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
cafgen (67) - California, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Definitely Tastes like a Guinness. Roasted aroma with same taste and a little bitterness at the end. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pterodiacetyl (31) - California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Drinking this a day late and it's the wrong damn one. Got it free. I feel like I actually got less out of the deal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
freekyp (1462) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2014
Has the requisite roasty malt nose, and drinks smoothly with a nip of hops, but lacks some of the crispness common to this ’black pils’ style. An easy session beer that would be at home next to virtually any pub grub, Guinness Black Lager is an interesting foray into this often duplicated but rarely perfected style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kerenmk (2001) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown with white wave. Sweet, a little caramel aroma, sweetish taste and very slightly roasty. Light body, a little more fizzy than the Guinness stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
odannyob (59) - Colorado, USA - MAR 15, 2014
from a cold tall metal can of it into 1 english pint glass; charred coal and drawn long through the gullets o’. I’d had this prior and din.dt like it. do now.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
sdmmb (489) - USA - MAR 11, 2014
Drunk from 33cl bottle in kilcullen, Ireland. Pleasant enough but no defining features. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
lukedarock (103) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2014
I dont really understand what they thought they accomplished with this very below average beer only plus is it goes down good

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DSG (5022) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks beerandbeyond. Dark brown with a bit of beige foam. Aroma of malt, caramel, light roastiness, a bit of oxidation and vegetal notes. Sweetish flavor, slightly roasty, with a bit of caramel, toasted bread and a drier and slightly bitter finish. Rather light-bodied.

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