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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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.5
mjg74 (3106) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle from Valley Farm. Lightly roasty nose. Some grains in there as well. Pretty weak aroma. Light roasted flavors. Fairly watery. Bland finish. Not much going on here.

2.5
drpimento (3630) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
When I first saw it at the store, I thought Huh! Could be; why not? Although Guinness is in trouble and desperation can lead to weird things. Then I saw the ratings here and was kind of deflated. Then, I poured a huge, tan, foamy, frothy, sudsy head that lasts a while and lots of lace. The color is an opaque black brown. Aroma was very nice with toasty, malt, and toffee. Flavor it falls down: like the nose but much lighter. Body is very light and the force carbonation doesn’t help. Finish is like flavor and short. Schwartzbier with all the calories and a touch of the flavor.

2.5
LinusStick (3458) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Blah. The only good thing about this beer is the aroma. The aroma was a thick dense roasted coffee. Pour was a nice enough dark brown with some rising bubbles and a one finger tan head. Taste was very thin and watery. There’s literally no flavor upon first sip. The strong carbonation numbs the cheeks and gums. After the swallow the mouth is left with some coffee and dark roasted malt flavors. Very bland and boring

2.5
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.

2.5
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.

2.5
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 it’s just another gateway beer click on here.

2.5
Tabednar (139) - - OCT 29, 2011
10.30.2011 - Houston, TX Bottle A light Guinness with less flavor. I would chose something different if I wanted lighter, but if your looking for Guinness just go for the real deal...

2.5
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12oz. bottle. Did not drink this "ice cold" or straight from the bottle. What’s the matter, Diageo? Afraid I might actually taste it or something? Anyway, on with the rating: Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of sourness, perhaps some lighter notes of chocolate and sulfur. Black in color with dark brown around the edges and a foamy, lasting, light tan head. Flavor profile is dry, roasty, lightly charred malts, with tinges of herbal hop flavor and a moderate amount of bitterness late, along with very faint touches of dark chocolate, smoke and again, that trademark Guinness sourness. Active, effervescent, dry and sharp on palate, no nitro widgets to be found here. Body is light-medium. Easy to quaff, for sure. Ultimately, about what I was expecting, which is why I only picked up the one bottle.

2.5
DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Pours a pitch black. Aroma is slightly malty. Not much to it. Flavor is just as light. Very meh.

2.5
Danny1217 (81) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Looks like a stout, but the taste is all lager. Nothing special about this at all. Very disappointing.


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