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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 662   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%.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maxbier (388) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2014
16oz can. Dark ruby black with tan head. Aroma of roast/toast and wet sneakers. Light body, not to bad at first- roasted barley, toasted nuts. As it warms up and you trudge through it ounce by ounce it becomes less and less drinkable. It's not horrendous, but most schwartzbiers I've had have been better. Finish is light roast.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cakes (379) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pour is ebony black . It look like old Pepsi laying in the glass. Aroma is musty and roasty. Flavor is of a roasted malt note, with a quick dry finish. Mouthfeel is rather light and fizzy.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papillon (379) - Sudbury, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2013
330 mL Bottle. Dark brown-black body with a frothy beige head that quickly settles to a foamy film. Aroma of sweet and toasted malts, grains, hints of chocolate and treacle, and grassy hops with a sharp floral and corn husk note. Somewhat light on the body but with a bold yet not overwhelming flavor of sweet and toasted malts, black coffee, a sweet malt aftertaste with soupçons of chocolate and treacle, and a peppery hoppy finish such as would be found in a good lager-type beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
badwhale (376) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Bottle to pint glass. Pours an opaque black with sparse head. A bit watery, and malty flavors. Not too much bitter bite, and there is surprisingly little aftertaste. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JRHBrew (366) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 16, 2013
The big drawbacks are the strange aroma - kinda like marshmallows when they first hit the fire. The second shortcoming is the finish. It is in stark contrast with the roasty taste and is slightly unpleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VincentDamon (361) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
De couleur noir très foncé et opaque, cette Guinness est dotée d’une mousse blanche standard. Nez peu houblonné, sucré, avec des notes subtiles de café et de malt grillé. En bouche, le goût amène une réminiscence de Guinness crémeuse, mais c’est plus subtil et moins goûteux. Les flaveurs de tourbe sont absentes. Le goût est léger, comme une lager déguisée en foncée. Goût de rousse, je dirais. Notes caramélisées toutefois très subtiles. Pas mauvais, mais pas extra non plus...

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GL2814 (361) - 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.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
944play (359) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 23, 2011
11.2oz in Drake’s pint glass. Near black with small fizzy ecru head. Very appetizing cornflakes and distant coffee aroma. Clean and tasty flavors of molasses, Munich malt, and sweet corn. Pleasant lager finish, generous carbonation. Excellent sessionable, interesting beer.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ESBob (358) - Indiana, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, nearly black with slightly off white head. Aroma is a slightly fruity roast caramel. The flavor is very light roast caramel. Not bad for a brew that is trying to appeal to the "masses", but not very good, regular guiness stout much better!!

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
wildbeercat (353) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2013
440ml/15floz can from Irish Discovery pack into a Guinness glass; served cold. Aroma: Pretty neutral. There’s some mild malt, but nothing that really stands out. Appearance: Barely translucent ruby and brown body with a quickly dissipating, but foamy at first, light brown head. Taste: Pretty malty, yeah. Decent, but once again, no notable flavors to call out. No chocolate or anything like that. Just roasty barley, and that’s ok. Palate: Medium body. Carbonation is kind of prickly, but not excessively. Short finish. Overall: A pretty decent one. I wish there were something in the taste or aroma that would remind me of Guinness draught or stout, because I don’t know if I could have picked this out as a Guinness brew in a blind taste. Decent enough though! Simple and good.


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