Brewed by St. James’s 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
WolfsBlood84 (172) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Fresh 11.2 oz. unbottled into a Duvel logo tulip at 2:53:24, Oct. 2, 2011 - approximately 40* Fahrenheit - 4.45* Celsius. Did not "enjoy ice cold straight from the bottle" as per instructions from Artie Guinness himself; because that’s stupid. Pours a dark brown/black with creamy tannish head that dissipates quickly. Looks pretty great. Give it a whiff - very subtle notes of light bready, toasty/roastiness and some slight malt sweetness - super impressed with rather lame smell. Taste buds say: Light roasty, chocolate malt flavor, slightly bitter malt on the very end. Mouthfeels: Quite full-bodied for ABV, very light carbonation, smooth - but not slick or oily, crisp, and fairly dry on the very end. It’s amazing how Artie can make such a full-bodied and gorgeous-looking beer with such little actual nose and flavor. It reminds me of another couple of similar beers... Hmmm... Oooh, rite... Guinness Draft and Guinness Extra Stout. In a word - BoringTimesBeer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
heemer77 (5351) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Deep black body with a rich tan colored head. A nose of peanuts and bread crust up front. There is also some hint of wood smoke. The body is light and lifeless. This tastes a little smoky with hints of coffee and raw soybeans. The finish continues the soybeans with bits of grass. This is a weak effort.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Very bland is the best I can say about this beer. It looks good, dark brown with a tan head. Slightly malty aroma, very mild. The taste is again, bland. Just not a lot going on. The finish is watery. Nothing to recommend.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blipp (8978) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Very light coffee-ish roasty aroma with some light earthy notes. The flavor has lightly roasted malts, light bittersweet chocolate, toasted grains, and light earthy notes. Pleasant enough.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2011
11.2 fl oz bottle. Nearly pitch black color (some clear brown around the edges of the glass), minimal off-white head. Toasty malty aroma, more wheaty. light bitter coffee taste. Hint of hops. light bitter taste. Carbonation a bit too pronounced. A decent dark lager.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
seymour (1958) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 30, 2011
Poured from bottle into standard pint glass. Not sure what "cold-brewed" means, nor why they tell us to drink from the bottle, but this was definitely worth the try. I love Guinness Stout, and I must admit this retains many of my favorite characteristics in a cleaned-up lager version: black color with creamy beige head, malty sweetness, lots of roasted barley dryness, hints of coffee and chocolate in the bitter aftertaste. I wondered if this would taste like a watered-down Guinness Stout, a complex Baltic Porter, or a really neutral black lager. Answer: none of the above. This really is something new and unique. Check it out.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (13989) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothy beige head leaving spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a bready malt and licorice. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet malt and chocolate with a light bitter finish. A good schwarzbier from Guinness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (3365) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Bottle marked: 15:13-L1208GF001. Dark brown pour with an abundance of soft, fluffy cream head and a lot of lacing. Mellow aroma of roasted malts and barley. Medium to full bodied on the tongue. The taste has a notable maltiness but a lower, subtle bitterness to cap it off. A quick drink.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
loafgoat (53) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2011
Pours with a decent almost purplish head. Resonable hop aroma. Very smooth flavor with a full body.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeremytoni (3044) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2011
From a bottle poured a black color with a fair amount of head. Toasted malty flavor with a lingering finish.

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