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


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RATINGS: 694   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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daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Very dark brown. Cream colored head. Aroma is pure (over)roasted malt. Flavor is extremely roasty and has maybe a hint of burned coffee. Meh.

DocLock (10689) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours thick jet black with tan head. Nose is like a hoppier regular Guinness. Tastes malty, with resiny hops, less malt character than regular Guinness, and a lackluster body. A disappointment that just might change the joke where Arthur Guinness, Pete Coors, and Augie Busch sit around discussing beers.

cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a light brown head. Roasty dark malty, grassy, hay aroma. Deeply roasty malty, light espresso, hay, straw flavor. Light bodied. Pretty gross. Fuck I made some bad choices on my mixer sixer tonight.

BVery (10510) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2012
Bottle. Very dark brown to black pour with a light tan head. Aroma of roasted grains and a hint of sour fruit. Palate is thinnish. Taste is mildly roasty, somewhat metallic, and a grain theme throughout. Just okay.

DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 9, 2012
Bottle. Very handsome pour: deep, clear mahogany with a chunky light brown head that shows nice retention and lacing. Aroma is so weak as to be almost nonexistent, even after lots of breathing time. Vaguely sweet and papery. Much can be said about the flavour too. In a blind tasting I’m not sure if I would actually be able to say that there is roasted malt in here. Amazing considering the appearance and pedigree of this beer. If they’re looking to capture the bland lager-drinker market, they’ve made a good thrust in the right direction. Watery and lifeless, with hard carbonation. A shadow of a schwarzbier.

alexsdad06 (10430) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is almost non existent; the little bit that shows up is light roast and perhaps a splash of herbal notes and thin watery coffee. The flavor has light roasted notes, light herbal notes, but is fairly bland overall as well. There is a hint of bitterness at the back. I would not revisit this again.

jercraigs (10374) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2012
2012-11-16. Very dark brown-black body, small tan head. 3+ Mild dusty aroma, muted roast notes. 6+ Flavour is very mild, very light roast character lingers in the finish. Average to light bodied palate. Inoffensive, it is mostly just bland and not very exciting. I could drink more of it but would never buy it. Bottle shared by Radek

gnoff (10367) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 23, 2012
11.2 fl oz bottle at Burger & Beer Joint, Miami Beach, FL. Sampled on January 22, 2012.
Dark reddish brown to black color, huge lasting tan head. Sweet, cream, a bit roasted scent. Roasted, malty, cream taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.
I’d drink it again given the chance.

marcus (10227) - 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.

onceblind (9679) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Clear black with no lasting head. Nice nutty, earthy, peaty aroma, albeit kinda faint. Light to medium bodied with a dark malty earthy smokiness, and a light sweetness. Nice biscuity finish.

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