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


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RATINGS: 691   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SudsMcDuff (8235) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 20, 2011
Bought at Sidneyís in Nawlins.. . Pours a deep brown/black .. medium headring, light lacing .. . slick light mouthfeel .. . not getting an awful lot out of the nose or palate- light roast and just a touch of sweet tar.. . no lay-ups .. . wow, a very very simple schwarz- i mean for guinness to make this, quite surprising on how one dimensional it is, that being said- i really liked and enjoyed it and can see maybe why they went with such a thin beer, like a guinness but not on nitro... . . Oh, donít worry about it. All the teachers lose their car on their first day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Drake (13175) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear deep dark red with a medium sized creamy head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. The taste is roasted malts, raisin, chocolate. Thin-medium bodied. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
drowland (7917) - Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
9/19/11. 12oz bottle into a glass (sorry, Guinness). Black pour, dark brown under the light, with a decent khaki head that sticks and laces a teensy bit. Very plain aroma with tannic graininess, a hint of cream, and a dash of sour. Very light flavor as well with tannic graininess, a bit of dark chocolate, and not much else. Very light body... itís yet another "dark" beer for Guinness to push on the common man so they think theyíre drinking the good stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
r464 (2348) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Skunky aroma. Taste is light and crisp with a light maltiness. Finish is weak, but not unpleasant. Slightly toasty, a bit more roasted in the malt than a standard lager. Better than a macro.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Suttree (6235) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 18, 2011
black with red tints, spongy beige head. Smells toasty and grain, maybe a little fruity, I guess. Pretty thin bodied, which works here. Flavor is pretty much what the aroma promises - grainy, tossty, and mild fruit flavors. Not bad. What the hell does "cold brewed" mean, anyway?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (12365) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
This brew pours black with some chestnut color around the edges. Medium thin tan head that diminishes steadily to a film. Somewhat roasty aroma with notes of malt and chocolate. Light to medium body with a roasted malt character and flavors of mild hops and chocolate. The finish is short roasty malt. Seems like this beer is being marketed as a "less heavy Guinness" which is amusing. Simply average overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Yay, new beer! 330mL bottle. Pours dark black, thin head. Aroma of cold coffee, burnt grains. Thin texture. Flavor is of bitter burnt character. Some lagering character, grain, and earth. Very mild. I donít see to many people getting into this beer. Not the fans of Guinness or even the masses of Schwarzbier fans. Hmmm?
Purchased at Publix 26, Cumming GA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
When i first heard this on npr, I actually thought this would actually be worse than it is. Black pour with decent light tan head looks like regular Guinness. Actually tastes similar but with a weird vegetalness, but good roasty finish. Iíd still drink the regular draft over this, but Iíd take this over bmc still any day.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1761) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2011
No widget in the bottle, so Iím not sure why they say you should drink it out of the bottle. Very mild roasted aroma, with a touch of something I canít quite place. Pours an opaque black (no ruby highlights, so it is even darker then Guinness), with a thin light tan head. Not a very complex flavor, a bit of tartness, and a touch of roast. Mild finish of roast, with a very thin mouthfeel. I donít think this will be bringing too many people over to the fact that dark isnít a flavor. Itís not bad, and could be an interesting change of pace if it sticks around.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Pretty boring with mild roast bitterness. Somewhat skunky and watery as well. Gave it a shot but regular Guinness is far better.

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