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

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RATINGS: 654   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%.


2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pellegjr (395) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Bottle, pours opaque black w/ foamy off-white head, aroma is even mix of roasted malt, adjunct, and dishwater, thin and watery w/ only the lightest roast accent on finish, unimpressive

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnnniee (2340) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Curious little bottle attracted my attention when I wasnít really looking to buy beer. Iíve had a lot of Guinness over the years and while I donít drink it much anymore itís still got a special place... So anyhow this pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a creamy off white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. No widgets in here to release nitrogen and keep this head stable for an hour. Smells, yup it smells, just like a macro lager. Pilsner malt, grainy, grassy, corny. Thereís a faint and I mean faint aroma of roasted grains, but I would imagine most of the color from this thing came from sinamar. Taste follows the smell really well and ends with quite a dry finish. Light body, medium carbonation, thin watery mouthfeel. Maybe this would make a good gateway beer for someone, but for me this one was a let down. Nothing exciting here at all.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
SSSteve (3786) - - SEP 10, 2011
bottle. pours black with a medium tan head. nose is light roasted barley. flavor is mostly lager-like with some ashy, charred notes. very dry and un-sweet finish. light body.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tnkw01 (1153) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle. Not as good as I thought it would be. Tastes more like a average lager than a schwarzbier. Started off good. Nice dark color, nice head. Aroma, smells kind of like metal. Taste, just not that great.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BadAprilia1000 (276) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Hardly any aroma, tastes like burnt chocolate carbonation.... Very flat beer not too great......

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - OCT 14, 2011
bottled pours black with large tan head. aromas of basement, hay and tin. flavors are of malt. the beer is medium sour with a little bitterness from the roasting. medium to light body, with a thin bitter/astringent tongue feel. this lasts for a while on the palate, which is really not pleasing. they should have stayed with what they do best.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
freezy (55) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 27, 2011
bottle poured into tulip. Thick short lived tan head, fair lacing, dark coffee/red. smell, black pepper, ashes without smokey-ness, almost invisible caramel malt smell very late, a touch of oregano? Taste ashes and soap. Small bubble carbonation, hops arrive after a brief resting period then stick to middle tongue. Overall, this is a weird, incomplete beer. It is a rougher yet thinner version of Koestritezerís Schwartzbier. Suggestion, I blended this beer with a homebrew barley wine (11.71abv) and an OíDouls Amber (near beer/non-alcohol)...and it was delicious.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 3, 2011
THOUGHTS: Seed like Guinness and a crap light lager had a baby. Turns pretty bad as it warms up. I wish this was sold in four packs instead of six. One of the worst schwarzbiers Iíve tried. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown with red highlights and a large, grayish brown head that mostly diminished and left good lacing. The aroma had light to moderate grain and roasted malt; slight caramel; and light to moderate grassy hops; The initial flavor was slightly sweet, lightly sour and lightly bitter; while the finish was lightly sour and light to moderately bitter with an average to long duration. There was slightly caramel, roasted malt, grassy and metallic hops and a little sour malt. The light to medium body was a bit oil and then slightly dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
vikingguy (813) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Black with tall foamy tan head. Grassy, corn aroma. Taste - roasted malt and grassy hops. Notes of coffee and toast. Medium body. Easy drinking, but overall rather boring. Just ok for me.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
steve1966 (107) - Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2012
Velvety smooth a bit of the Guinness Stout taste to it. Not rough or bitter nothing offensive about this. Says roasted malts but anything flavorful has been roasted out of here. Easy drinking though I did have a strange feeling in my belly after one of these I donít get with other beers. Not sure where this fits in teh beer market. A far cry from the good Schwarzbiers that are out there. Had to try it thats about it.


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