Guinness Black Lager

It’s finally the weekend! It was definitely a long week and one that I’m happy to see end. And, tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day. I really can’t say no to a holiday that encourages Irish food and drinking. We’re finally down to the final two Irish themed beers, and we’re getting into the ones that are actually from Ireland. Guinness Black Lager is a relatively new brew that has gotten a lot of press. I like to try anything Guinness, so I knew it wouldn’t be long before I got my hands on this one.

ABV: 4.5%

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Trivia: According to, “The purpose of the new product is to create new income. It is aimed at young men who prefer chilled, bottled lagers to pints of beer, and is being sold in 330 millilitre bottles for six to nine months in Northern Ireland, as a test market for Europe, and in Malaysia to see whether there are opportunities for the product elsewhere. In Malaysia, the beer will be known as Guinness Premium Beer. It will be offered at a comparable price to other premium lagers. The move follows previous attempts by Diageo to boost sales by introducing variations of Guinness stout.”

Random: I’m digging the silver and blue label of this one. It has the classic marks of Guinness while adding a new twist to it.

This poured with a thick, two finger tan head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown, almost black color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose was more subtle than I expected. It had some roasted malt and coffee, not much else to it. The taste was not at all what I was expecting. It was pretty bland to start, with very light roasted malt flavoring. There was also light bitterness to the brew. I can’t believe how boring this beer was, especially given how flavorful I find Guinness to be. The finish was quick with nothing to it. I wouldn’t have this beer again…a real disappointment.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0

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