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


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RATINGS: 688   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2011
I did not care one bit for this brew. Something sort of "off"/bitter in the aftertaste that was just a downer. Aromas were weak as well as the flavors. Very thin and watery in texture. Only upside was the excellent lacing on the glass (but who wants to pay for that?!).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
exeter (511) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2014
Poured a good head that quickly died off. Dark brown in colour. Tastes of toasted malt and caramel. Very sweet. Mouth feel is thin. Like most Guinness beers, it’s become a pale imitation of a real dark Lager. Kind of boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
delnoche (505) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAR 8, 2012
11.2 fl oz bottle poured into a dimpled mug. Deep brown amber with a tiny tan head. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is odd. It has the distinctive Guinness roastiness with the typical wateriness of a pale lager. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a generous amount of carbonation. Finish is bitter roast at first and fades to a biscuity lager yeast. It is pretty much exactly what one would expect of a lager from Guinness. This isn’t bad but I don’t think I’ll buy it again. If I want a Guinness, I’ll buy a Guinness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
fishonmyplane (505) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 20, 2012
A bit watery, and not enough roasted malts for my tastes . A "Schwarzbier-lite" if you ask me. But I should have expected that after seeing the words "COLD BREWED" in huge letters on the label. An ok session beer, but nothing to write home about.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brandon1989 (502) - Euless, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2014
pours a dark black with a small head. the aroma roasted malt, brown sugar. the taste is very similar. not a terrible beer by any means but not the best.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
mrjaxson (497) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Momma says always stress the positive, so I’ll say that Black Lager looks good. After that, well, (sorry mom) the roasted grain aroma is sharp and unpleasant, the beer is thin, and the finish leaves an unpleasant bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Bottle. Pours a thin black. The flavor is of roasted malt, kind of like a stout yet has a lager like quality to it. Not overly carbonated. Decent overall.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
swiseman (482) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 27, 2013
I MUST have a bad bottle. This stuff can’t be that bad. Strong aroma of septic. Taste of boiled leaves and fermented grass. borderline drain-pour. Why would Guinness make something this bad?

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brewbie (478) - New York, USA - JAN 14, 2012
12oz bottle. dark black, thin lasting tan head. light aroma of roast. taste is a bit thin, not a lot going on, a little roast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
VincentDamon (476) - 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...

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