Brewsday Tuesday: Guiness Black Lager
Happy Three Days After St. Patrick’s Day! In the spirit of the Emerald Isle I picked up a sixer of Guiness Black Lager. Slainte!
Name: Guinness Black Lager
Brewed by: Guiness, Ltd.
Style/ABV: Euro Dark Lager / 4.5%
Appearance: Pours a very deep dark brown almost with a one finger light cream colored head that dissipates quickly.
Smell: On first sniff this smell like Coors light and the macro-lager astringency is off-putting. Another pass reveals some light toated malts and a slight hint of coffee. Disappointed to not pick up any chocolate notes.
Taste: Very bland first impression that mirrors a macro lager. The middle has some hop bitterness. Finishes with a good coffee flavor. This beer improves the more it lingers.
Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body. The finish is crisp.
Overall: This beer is a gateway to dark lagers. It is not an impressive beer, but also not horrible. It’s overall mediocricy earns a hearty meh. I do not think I would buy this again, and instead would opt for Session Black Lager by Full Sail Brewery.
Final Grade: C-