REVIEW: Guinness Black Lager

Photo: J.T. Wampler

This week’s beer: Guinness Black Lager from Guinness & Co.

This beer pours black with ruby highlights on a lit edge and a towering head that settles into a thin, sticky covering.

Its aroma is bland with a touch of hops and a faint bready smell. With a thin and watery taste, it starts out light like other European lagers, but has a hint of roasted malt character. The finish is watery and dry without any aftertaste.

Overall, this is a weak black lager with nothing to make it rise above average. There are much better options out there to choose from. Guinness should stick to what they do well, making dry stout.

At only 4.5% ABV it might be a good beer for a hot summer evening when you want something a little more than a lager, but not quite a stout.

You could serve this beer to people who think all black beer is heavy and thick to ease them towards the dark side.

Pair with chicken or pork.

Rating: 3

J.T Wampler
J.T. is a contributor for the Fayetteville Flyer. He is also the owner and brewer at the Tanglewood Branch Beer Co., located at 1431 S. School Ave. in Fayetteville.
For more beer reviews from J.T., see his author page.