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Brewed by St. Jamesís Gate (Diageo)
Style: Schwarzbier
Dublin, Ireland

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RATINGS: 670   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%.


MattShizzle's rating

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
MattShizzle (545) - Bernville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Bottle - free sample at distributor. Dark, but pretty clear. Roasty aroma. Flavor is pretty bland. A bit like a US mass market lager with a bit of roastiness added.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
exeter (426) - 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, itís become a pale imitation of a real dark Lager. Kind of boring.

2.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oldschool_Mike (126) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a black colour with a very little off white head. Aroma is light roast and a touch of sulfur. Taste is roasted malts and a sulfury sweetness. I am assuming from the yeast. Decent black lager.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Carlisle (128) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle. Dark color with tan head and some lacing. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RMcDaniel (6) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2015 does not count
This black lager is a heavy consistency but not appealing with food. It is, however, a beer is be okay drinking without any food. I'd still rank it only a bit above average overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
tectactoe (2645) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle: Dark brown body with a light-khaki cap that fades quickly. Metallic aroma with toasted grains, roasted barley, a hint of dark malt, maybe some coffee? Kind of vague & light. Flavor is crisp, notes of roasted malt, mild ash, grains, & again some of that metallic twinge towards the back-end. Over carbonated. Pass.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardbeerman (197) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
330ml bottle served in a Guinness pint just out of the fridge: This one pours an aqueous opaque black robe letting loose a frothy maple head with a rough structure showing moderate retention. You can see some rough lacing here and there but it quickly dissipates. The nose is somewhat sweet but you mostly get the roasted barley expressing notes of grounded coffee beans. The roasted aspect of the nose is well executed. On the tongue, you get a diluted version of the original stout. The barley is less present and the brew has less body so thatís kind of a downer. It has however a moderate bitterness that stays a while on the back of the palate. Overall this brew is an ok version of what a black lager should be with the barley of a stout trying to make its way to your palate. Good but not great.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FestDecBeet (321) - - DEC 1, 2014
Look: pours dark. With a light brown head. Smell: slight bitter taste. Roasted malt. Taste: roasted malt. Bready. Feel: thin mouth feel. Medium carbonation. Overall: ok beer. Nice flavor. First drank: hime 12/1/14

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dal9000 (224) - Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours blank with a chocolate foam. Molasses aroma. Sweet molasses malty flavor immediately on the tongue. The sweetness grows with each taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Maxbier (496) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2015 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. Itís not horrendous, but most schwartzbiers Iíve had have been better. Finish is light roast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ordybill (303) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Dark roasted malt Appearance- Has a dark coffee color with a tan colored head. Taste- Strong flavor of roasted malt with a bitter flavor, nice Palate- A medium bodied brew with moderate carbonation, has a creamy to slight oily texture that goes well with the flavor. Overall- A nice Euro Dark Lager, I would order this if I saw it on a bar list.


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