Guinness Black Lager: Out of Tune

This European dark lager from Guinness & Company (Diageo) in Dublin, Ireland is a dark brown colour reminiscent of cola or root beer and has a small tan head that almost completely burns off within minutes, leaving a very thin film and thick layers of lace. Guinness Black Lager has aromas of roasted grains, fishy lake water and chocolate syrup accented by sweet light malts, mild florals and a strange cardboard-like tone.

Guinness Black Lager
You’re Better Off Blending Your Own Black & Tan

Guinness Black Lager tastes like a poorly blended black and tan, with a dry roasted grain flavour that is at odds with a syrupy lager character that is so sweet it verges on cloying. This lager is surprisingly thin-bodied given its lineage, with mild carbonation and notes of grain and syrup on the tongue. The finish is rather dry with the aftertaste leaving a bitter and dirty flavour in the mouth.

Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager: What’s in a Name?

Not to be confused with the imported variety commonly found in six-packs of “stubby” bottles, Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager is made at Moosehead Breweries in Saint John, New Brunswick under license from creators Desnoes and Geddes. The Canadian-brewed version of this popular Caribbean lager provides an aroma of fresh grain  and sweet corn, accented with subtle acidic fruit tones.

Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager
Big Name, Little in the Way of Quality

Red Stripe Jamaican Style Lager is a golden wheat beer with rather light carbonation and a frothy white head that dissipates quickly. The lager produces a sweet–but not syrupy–corn-like taste that is balanced somewhat by a crisp and dry hoppy finish with little aftertaste.