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


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RATINGS: 693   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%.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2691) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Deep brown approaching black. Frothy, off-white head, rapidly diminishing. Light aroma of similar to a pale lager but with a hint of roast, but only a hint. Toasted grain, earthiness. The flavor is lightly to moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. "Guinness" taste in the finish. But light on the roast for a schwarzbier. Easy drinking, but thin. No wonder Guinness suggests drinking it very cold.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Bottle. Mild malt aroma, medium body, ligh all around, mild carbonation, finish is caramel malt. No problems with this one, is refreshing but with some taste. Fits a purpose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14964) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Pours black with a slight creamy tan head. Odor is light citrus followed by very dark malt. Med minus body. Flavor is thin dark malt. It is bitter. However, this is not a substantial beer. But it is rather flavorful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Smells like a lager brewed cold with some roasted barley notes. Head dissipated quickly. Color is pitch black. Mouthfeel is slightly more than light. Taste is of roasted barley, corn/rice notes of your typical lager. Carbonation taste kills this one pretty quickly. Had slightly higher hopes on this one since the labeling is so crafty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ron (3886) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Very light coffee roasty aroma with some light earthy notes. The flavor has lightly roasted malts, light bittersweet chocolate, toasted grains, and light palate.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
JDBaker11058 (2090) - Maryland, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Appearance: medium-dark brown, lightish highlights, a one-finger light tan head that was surprisingly long-lived. Aroma: a little chocolate, a whisper of roast coffee, and a bit of grassy hops. Taste: weak--toasty, with notes of chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of black pepper. Finish: smooth, short, a wee bit toasty. Notes: Itís essentially a black and tan, but instead of porter and lager, itís half a guinness with a bud ice. All this did was make me want a Guinness Extra Stout. In its defense, the palate was almost perfect.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerandBlues2 (13056) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle. Pours clear black with a small, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, leather yeast, earthy notes, and dark fruits. Flavor is medium malt, light hops, leather yeast, and a clean lager character. Light body, low warmth, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
argo0 (14106) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2011
12oz bottle, thanks BeerandBlues2. Cola-black body topped by beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, light burnt. Taste is medium sweet, roast, light burnt. Light-medium body, lightly watery.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Dark brown with brown lowlights and a creamy beige topper. Aroma is pretty bland with roasted malt and weak chocolate. Taste is non descript with mild roasted malts, a hint of chocolate and not much else. Seven years ago I might have liked this but today itís just another gateway beer click on here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2311) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Not a very impressive offering from the good folks at Guinness. The beer pours a very dark color, just about black. The head is tan with no lacing at all. The aroma features some roasted barley with a very light hint of vanilla and cream. The body is rather light and slightly bland, with the roasted barley coming on the strongest. The carbonation is fairly high, almost cola-like, and the finish is a bit on the sweet side.

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