Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Schwarzbier
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 668   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Reviewed 1/5/2013. 11.2 oz bottle into a nonic pint glass. A: Pours a very dark cola color with a good amount of opacity for the style. The head is a one finger heavy cream color that leaves behind a good amount of lacing. Poor retention, as expected from a lager. S: A bit of roasted barley, chocolate...and corn adjuncts. Completely bland, rather than subpar. T: Hey, a bit of roasted barley to open the flavor profile! That’s cool. The corn adjuncts seem to be muted, or at least more muted than I cynically feared. Finish is bit of fruity sweetness, lager crispness, and the faintest ’ping’ of chocolate. Better than I expected - but still, don’t let it warm up or the adjuncts will come out in full force. M: Light and crisp, but not quite as dry as the bog-standard Guinness draught. The carbonation is fizzy and even intense as expected. O: Not horrible. Wouldn’t seek it out or probably even buy again, but I’d gladly drink one if offered to me freely. This has its place being the weak link in the Guinness winter selection pack.

slyde (11) - Florida, USA - AUG 23, 2017
I have friends who LOVE this beer, and I have tried several times to drink it but just don’t see what all the fuss is about. I have yet to be able to finish a full glass. By the time I get near the bottom the taste is just horrible,

Aggiebob (1296) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle. It poured black with an off-white head that quickly dissipated. Roasted malt aroma with notes of lightly scorched coffee. The mouthfeel is watery/thin. Ok lager, but wish it had more flavor.

AleRider78 (1456) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2017
Pours an average size frothy head and has a very dark brown colour. Aromas of light roasted malts, earthy and herbal type hops. Flavours are all fairly mild composed of coffee, light roasted malts, mild spices. Slightly watery, but not too much. Some spices are apparent in the finish. No bitterness at all. Medium bodied, average retention. Has a pretty smooth mouthfeel. A Guinness beer made for warmer times. Goes down real well. Still prefer the stout but would drink this again.

PugUglyBrewer (791) - - MAR 17, 2017
A black lager is a summertime delight for a big stout fan like myself. This is light and smooth with that signature Guinness yeast. Thin, smashable body with a light roast flavor. Ireland beer baby!

tot110 (3) - - JAN 29, 2017 does not count
Great beer for any occasion. I always start my night off with one of these.

ghostbeer (248) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2016
I was surprised how well I enjoyed this. It was toasty and very dark but refreshing on an autumn day. There are certainly better examples to be had of the style, but for the price this is not bad. It is something a little bit different.

JPDIPSO (6286) - Wauwatosa, USA - NOV 30, 2016
Chestnut brown color with a head of light tan bubbles that diminishes to a thin lid. Caramel scent, akin to kitchen bouquet. Really not much of a sniff. Flavors of ashes and a hint of dark malts. Light acidity in the linger. Really not much as far a flavor. A quenching dark lager? 7/11

alexmate (285) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2016
A weird one this. It doesn’t taste like a lager, it tastes like a watered down Guinness. Malt, cocoa and light coffee on the palate, maybe a bit of a black tea notes as well. Much thinner consistency as well. Not sure who it was aimed, young drinkers, session drinkers who find Guinness too heavy? It’s an experiment which didn’t pay off for Guinness, but I would try it again. Tried in Northern Ireland when it was first launched.

BeerAndPonies (175) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
330 ml bottle from Liquor Depot, served in yet another thrift shop find, a Stella Artois chalice. (It replaces one that I unfortunately broke before it had a chance to hold more than just two or three beers. A shame, as it had no wear showing on the gold rim and logo.) Pours an opaque near-black shade with a cocoa-hued head that leaves fine lace webbing. Doughy, roasted grains and malts, earthy and herbal noble hops, plus grass, and hints of straw, cocoa, and coffee on the nose. Overall flavor is very whole-wheat bready - similar to a brown ale, but without ale yeast’s spiciness, it lacks a little in dimension, but it’s appealingly smooth-drinking all the same. Creamy and chewy as well. Definitely a well-done dark lager, with plenty of body and a very welcome, sessionable ABV of 4.5%.

YigSvartka (449) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 18, 2016
Opaque black hue with a beige head that settles rapidly. Lager driven aroma with notes of malt and honey, but with the addition of roast. Extremely thin bodied. Malt, hay, honey and roast flavour. Lacks robustness as expected, but quite refreshing.

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