Guinness Black Lager

Guinness Black Lager

Rated 3.140 by BeerPals

Brewed by Guinness Brewing

Dublin, Ireland

Style:  Schwarzbier

4.5% Alcohol by Volume

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ID: 40796 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 13 years ago

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Overall Rank29339
Overall Percentile45.2
Style Rank193 of 337
Style Percentile42.7
Lowest Score2.0
Highest Score4.1
Average Score3.156
Weighted Score3.140
Standard Deviation0.453

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  • MARTINSANDERS 361 reviews
    rated 2.8 6 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Bottle. Colour - solid dark brown, black edges, foamy tan head. Aroma - weak roast, weak coffee, weak anise. Mouthfeel - very thin, although being a lager (schwarzbier) instead of an ale (stout) may explain that. Flavour - watered down coffee. Lagers are clearly not the Guinness forte.

  • PAULCARDOM 549 reviews
    rated 2.4 8 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Got myself a 6-pack from the local liquor store (although my wife would rather I get my 6-packs at the gym). First thing I notice is that this is not as 'black' as the world reknowned stout. The aroma is dark roasted malt, and coffee. Flavour is watered down coffee. Everything about this beer was disappointing.

  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.0 9 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Everything is just average about this beer which is quite disappointing as I am a big fan of Guinness.The most dominant thing about the beer is the odd aftertaste. Pleased I only bought one.

  • CHOPZ 7305 reviews
    rated 2.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    Recently added to the Ontario-Quebec market (maybe rest of Canada too). Pours a dark brown colour with a bubbly beige head, decent retention and lots of soapy lacing. Roasted malt aromas with some rusty hops that make it on top with time. This is the same for the taste where the rusty hops become stronger with time. Watery toasted malts with slight burnt bread. Notes of chocolate appears in the nose eventually. Made thin for those who do not like the thicker Guinness stout. An average macro schwarzbier.

  • CYRENAICA 2418 reviews
    rated 3.0 10 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    330ml bottle
    4.5% ABV
    Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
    September 27, 2013
    The beer poured a solid black colour with a minimal brown head. Aroma was roasted malt and molasses. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with average carbonation. Flavour was roasted malt, and a sour metallic note. Better than a macro golden lager, but not something I'll try again after the six pack is gone.

  • POOTZ 1565 reviews
    rated 3.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Bottle - puts a dark brown/black beer with ruby highlights in your glass - a hard pour makes this look like a guinness - half black foam but there is no long term retention to the cap...demure aroma some light sweetness and roastiness....flavour starts with roasty malts but the hops show up just before the finish which is not really dry but roasty and lightly bitter. This will not displace Kostritzer as a commercial schwarzbier but it decent .

  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    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.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.3 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Black pour with a smallish off-white head. It may be dark in color but it isn't dark in taste. Some roasted malts and caramel, thin mouthfeel and just a touch of earthy hop bitterness to even things out. Easy to drink but nothing really stands out about it.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.6 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Malty aroma has a smoky undertone and a firm yeasty note. It pours an opaque dark-chocolate brown with a thick, frothy, light tan head. Malty, smoky flavor has hints of molasses, licorice and coffee. Texture, unfortunately, seems to be on the thin side, though it has a good fizz. OK, but their classic stout is still the best. On tap.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    What is so wrong with regular guiness that they had to make this? Not a bad black ale, just very boring and not something I wanted from guiness. Good body and mouthfeel but very unimaginative as far as flavor and aroma.

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