Friday, April 5, 2013

Feature Beer Friday! - Guinness Black Lager

And we're back to where we started... sort of.  The first ever Feature Beer Friday! was Guinness Draught and now we are featuring another Guinness brew, their Black Lager.  This one has been out and available for a while, but I never really wanted to mess with my mental picture of Guinness.  Fortunately, that's what friends are for and James brought us a Guinness Black Lager to talk about on the air and review for the readers. 

The Black Lager is described as "cold brewed" on the bottle, and I can't say I really know what means.  You can't mash cold or sugars won't be extracted, and you certainly can't boil cold... so I guess they mean that it's fermented cold.  Well, news flash, you already said it was a lager so we already know it's fermented cold!  I guess I'm being nitpicky, but I don't like it when the labels "lie" because labels (and the internet) are never supposed to lie!  Enough of that though, on to the beer.

Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Dustin Davis, Jeremy Spikes and James Lawson  (

Serving: 12 oz. brown bottle.

Appearance: Dark brown, thin tan head, decent dark beer.

Aroma: Roasted, slightly caramel and a little bitter.  Dustin wasn't all the impressed, but James liked the roastiness.

Taste: Weaker than the aroma I thought.  Dustin said, "definite lager yeast profile w/ slight burnt taste & dark roast."

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Overall: I thought it was a decent dark lager, Dustin said it wasn't his favorite, and Jeremy described it as a "pretty good Guinness light."

Overall Rating: 69.5
My Rating: 73

(Guinness Draught scored a 76 overall and a 71 by me, so I guess I was favoring the lager on this day.)

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