AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - NOV 4, 2011
I recently took a trip to Ireland, where I knew that the Black Lager was out there, but never made it to the glass. Guinness Stout is so prevelant over there it was like drinking iced tea here in Dixie. The Black lager has a nice aroma and good flavor. It has a slightly-less-than medium body and is not nearly as filling as the stout. It’s a good lager, as far as that goes, but when is comes to Guinness, the stout is king. theisti (4126) - Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
11.2 fl oz bottle at Llywelyns Pub in Overland Park, Kansas. Pour is black brown and some ruby, with a loose 2 inch tan head that is rocky, and falls pretty quick. OK lacing. Aroma is really faint, though it was cold. Some sweet malt, whisper of roast malt, that’s about it. Taste is mildly sweet malt, then a mineral light ashy roast finish. Simple, but clean. Palate is light to bodied, dry, crisp finish. Mild sweet finish, a bit of char lingers past that. Overall, easy drinking with enough flavor to be interesting. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Part of a mixed six pack. I didn’t drink it ice cold out of the bottle, rather I poured it into a Guinness glass at a good 10° above ice cold. Light roast in the nose. Dark brown color with red tinting and a one fingered tan head. Some roast, some malty sweetness, a bit of an off-putting vegetal flavor (DMS?). Very light bodied and pretty smooth with some lingering roast in the finish. Not a bad example of the style, but certainly a less malty version that some and the off flavor detracts. dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Poured a darker brownish, black color with a tan head. Aroma was faint roasted malts, caramel and hops. Flavor was roasty, woody, caramel and hops. Very thin and watery. Not much body to this beer. Just below avarage. 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 I’ve 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.
AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Ruby brown color/ tan sheen. Roasty, dry black malt, stale cigarette smoke, vegetal aromas. Light bodied with avg co2. Nice dry black malt, burnt pecan, chocolate malt ball, roasty nutty flavors--almost good. jtclockwork (16561) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose and taste of roasted black and chocolate malts, light pine and some barley and cereal grains. Medium body. robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
12oz bottle. Aromas of barley malts some roasty notes and a bit of chocolate. Flavor is bitter with the usual Guinness taste only watery and malty. Body is dissapointing and finish is quick. Feels like a Guinness knock off
Parrothead (294) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a very dark mahogany black with a thin tan head. Bread and hay in then ose, but in all honesty there isn’t much of an aroma. OK mouthfeel, flavor of raost malt, some hops. I think it’s a mindset thing - I expect to taste a stout. Go figure. Overall, a little bit disappointing. marcus (10221) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pours pitch black with a decent tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a modest roasted malt flavor with a rather nasty chalky finish. Guinness needs to fix this one.