Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle: The aroma consists of really light chocolate, nuts, and a hint of grass. It pours a dark brown with some red highlights when held to the light. It has a two finger beige head that leaves behind some spotty webbing for lacing. The flavor starts with light chocolate and caramel. The finish has some light nuttiness, roast, and a hint of fruit. It’s light bodied with lively carbonation that borders on being prickly. Overall, it’s sort of a Schwarzbeir-light. While there’s nothing offensive, there isn’t exactly a lot to like about it either. shrubber85 (11618) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle. Woody chocolate malt aroma. Dark brown color with giant tan head.. Lightly sweet chocolate malt flavor. Very light body. No bad flavors but extremely light. beerscout (298) - New Windsor, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Bottle. Black color. Tan head. Weak nose of malt and coffee. Flavor of toasty malts and coffee, but very weak and watery. Not the best black lager. Not as good as I expect from Guinness. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bottled. Poured dark brown with a tight cap of beige head. The aroma was really sweet with toasted black malts and vanilla. The flavor found artificially-sweetened toasty black malts, vanilla, and a pinch of cocoa.. aspartamey on the quick finish.. OK, but not by any means exciting. Lighter-bodied with prickly carbonation on the palate.. clean and calculated.. too sweet. KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 17, 2011
savnac (2656) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Pours a beautiful black with a nose of coppery chocolate and a light caramel. Flavor is an upfront chocolate chip with a quick backwash of copper. Watery mouthfeel. Bleh.
Bottle. Clear, dark brown with a small beige head. Light aroma of doughy malt and some cocoa. Flavor is mild and malty with some faint bitterness. Medium to light body with mild carbonation and a thin, watery mouth feel. Not too impressed with this, no major faults, just bland and watered down. Maverick34 (3303) - New York, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Bottle. Wow cold brewed! thanks for telling me bottle. I apreciate Diageo’s attempts to diversify to non traditional styles but the marketing on this was embarrasssing. It’s ok though. JFGrind (2071) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Before I popped the top I read the label and these words food out, "Enjoy ice cold straight the bottle". I assume these words are for macro drinkers. Rather bland Schwarzbier more like a dark pale lager with a hint of roasted malts. What’s next from Guinness, Black Ultra Lager?
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. matthewjk (1127) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2011
Pours dark reddish brown from 12 oz bottle. Not terrible. Smooth. Roasted barley is nice, but thin as hell and no aroma I can detect. Sessionable? Sure.