Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

978 Ratings
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86
very good

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Ratings: 978
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 36
Gots: 159 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-09-2011

Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color.

32 IBU
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Ratings: 978 | Reviews: 198
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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Nearly full on black, impressive lacing

SMELL: Soft charcoal, milk chocolate, faint oil hop, herbal, toasted bread, dried hay

TASTE: Mild roastiness, smooth, medium bodied, clean, balanced hopping, herbal, faintly salty, brown malt, toasted grapenuts, mildly roasty drying finish

A very sessionable brew, perfect for the winter and is a great substitute if you love Porters. Organic and all if you are into that, and all around great beer.

Photo of WineGuy3000
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super quick review. Uinta really killed it with this lager: full & rich without being filling, complex & deep without being overbearing. Top-notch.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready from lager yeast and a hearty roasted malt character. Then some flavors of black coffee and black chocolate come in along with some smokiness in the background. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of Get_Lowell
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

L: pitch black with inch of tan foam, very enticing.
S: mild chocolate aroma, some caramel.
T: Modestly bitter, mild chocolate, everything hits the palate and passes a short time later.
F: thin, modestly bubbly
O: this beer is certainly smooth. Its appearance might scare away the weak of heart but don't judge it by its cover, this is true to its lager name. As a stout lover I always have a preference for bolder beers but this is well executed for the style.

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mellow in G-boro.Poured a deep dark chocolate color with a tinge of ruby,a thinner off white head atop.Earth and bitter chocolate in the nose,not much sweetness other than slight molasses sweetness.Earthy with a light bitter chocolate notes on the palate,a little brown sugar/molasses sweetness in the finish.Not complex but tasty,light and easier to drink.

Photo of Wanderer4beer
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle (best by 06/13/14) into a tulip glass

A- pours black with one finger off white brown head, leave good lacing and a lasting cap.

S- roasted/ charred malt, semisweet chocolate that you can easily smell before you put your nose in the glass!

T/M- very light sweetness with a strong bittersweet chocolate and sharp hit of carbonation in the beginning that ends full and smooth. Yum!

O- a great sessions beer that tastes great from the first one to the last, no matter how many you have =]

Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can marked with a BB date of May 2015.

Huge, foamy tan head over a nearly opaque, dark brown body.
Rich, malty and complex. This drinks like an ale. Creamy smooth mouthfeel mimics a nitro tap origin. Lasting aftertaste of dark malts and earthy/herbal hops.

O: closer to a stout than any black lager I've had, this also may be the best.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a footed strange)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a boiling big bubbly light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The dark pine hops with clean black malt hints are lagered smooth and finish with a flinty note that grows a bit as it warms.

T- The light clean dark roasted malt is clean with a slight chalky note and a clean slightly dry finish. The green hop hint lingers with a faint roast note comes through.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz.

O The crisp clean lagered beer has full fresh dark malt and a nice support of hops. Very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of camshew
4/5  rDev +6.4%

12 oz bottle. Hints of chocolate and french roast coffee in the smell. Not much head, moderate carbonation, nice lacing on the glass. The taste was chocolate, coffee, bready, and pleasantly balanced with light hops. Much lighter and crisper than I was expecting frpm the pitch black appearance. Very drinkable lager.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a porter/stout glass. Looks good in this style of glass, even if it might not be proper.

Sudsy oatmeal-colored head with a smattering of brown within that darkens it a bit. Lace is everywhere. Incredible persistence on the head. Pitch-black body.

Cocoa is all over this nose. I wasn't expecting that. I find most schwarzbiers to be subtler with the dark malts, but this is not at all. Very up front and almost milk chocolatey. Smells like dessert. Light floral notes are detectable but struggle to pierce the chocolate. I'm not mad at this. It smells tasty.

Roast malts take the front seat for the palate ride, as this could easily be mistaken for a stout as a porter based on the robustness of these malts. Only the grassy, earthy flavors that arrive mid-palate suggest to me this isn't a stout or porter and I'm questioning myself as I drink this, wondering if without knowing what it was, would I identify it as a schwarzbier? The cocoa flavors on the finish don't make it any easier to disabuse me of my thoughts of a darker ale.

It's quite a feat for Uinta to have squeezed so much aroma and flavor out of a beer that drinks so lightly. Carbonation tickles the tongue throughout and hops linger lightly and lend a touch of juicy sweetness before the dry cocoa finish. It's very enjoyable to drink.

This is a session beer if ever there were one. Low in ABV but big on flavor. I love it.

Photo of tdm168
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, brownish black with a reddish hue around the edges. There's is a quickly fading lacing of brown head. The nose is mellow, roasty, and faintly chocolaty with a distinct grassy, lagery aroma. The flavor is light, slightly roasty, very faint chocolate, faint citrus, and lager yeast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a bit of a crispness on the tongue.

This isn't a bad beer. The others in this style that I've tried have been imports and had that traditional euro yeasty mildew funk to them. This didn't. It was mellow, drinkable, and refreshing. I didn't mind it, but there isn't really anything here that will keep me coming back.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.89/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So dark you could hide a black sheep in it. A mound of foam tapers over the top of my glass. Roasted chocolate malts, and sweet taro root build a tasty nose. The flavor is that of an incredibly basic stout. Maltiness is dark and delicious, hint of coffee, cocoa and caramel as well. Light body, medium fizz to it.

Overall it seems like the marketing males this beer more than the beer itself. Cute labeling, special bottle, and USDA Organic slapped on it make it stick out yet it yields something akin to Canadian made Guinness.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Baba Black Lager from Uinta is another solid offering. The beer pours a nearly opaque dark with slightly off-white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is malty and I get a touch of hazelnut. The taste is more of a roasty maize with a touch of peat. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good winter session brew.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/31/12. Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. At first I though this was an import based on the label—cool design.

It's a worthy competitor to Session Dark, though it does lean a little more Euro. It's a slightly sweet lager, with an earthy caramel and mildly roasted barley character. It's quite nice. The body is light, but not thin. This all makes for a pleasant, drinkable session beer. Worth a try.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Two fingers of head on a black body.
The aroma has a light scent of roasted malt.
The taste has some burnt wood, roasted malt and a lemon bitter (mild) finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A decent black lager, though the taste was heavy on the burnt wood.

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

The pour initially looks black but is actually a deep clear ruby in the glass, topped with 2 fingers of rich mocha colored head. This retains with a sturdy ½ finger of creamy froth, which leaves back a sticky latticework of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells leafy and citric up front, with a push up from underneath of cocoa, toffee, and roast. The hops here have an earthy ripeness to them that nicely compliments the sweetness of the malts.

The taste has a green citric bite the whole way through, which is softened by chalky chocolate character, some sweeter caramel flavor, and roast across the back. This finishes dry and bitter with a touch of lingering char. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue, with more of a crisp creaminess across the back. Some underlying oiliness really keeps this slick and smooth.

I really enjoyed this Schwarzbier, as it was nicely flavored, balanced, and mostly importantly, drinkable! I ripped through this glass a lot faster than I expected. This was another solid beer from these guys.

Photo of jmerloni
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown coloration with smallish, off-white head that laces decently but doesn't retain very well.

S - Woah. Huge, robust aromas of espresso, hops. Huge espresso here. Huge.

T - Robust flavors. Espresso, roasted almond, some subtle dark fruits, and a bit of milky chocolate malt.

M - Good mouthfeel. Balanced sip. Flavors are very prominent in the forefront with a good, carbonated subtle malt finish, although it's a little watery on the back end.

D - A good beer. Very drinkable. I would get this again.

Photo of JDoogle
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Excellent black lager

Photo of bum732
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Whole coffee beans, some figs, some raisin bread

L: Black, light tan head that dissipates, little lacing.

T: Roasty edge up front with slight bready sweetness, quite bold. Medium bitterness leading to a very clean dryness. Finishes with a roasty edge, but quite clean.

M: Clean, medium light body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, a decent clean black lager.

Photo of dexterk1
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from short bottle to pint glass. Head is thick and rich. Color is black as night.
Odor is of many things at once. Caramel, coffee, malt and maybe even some floral.
Taste starts very well, but seems to get a little bitter/dry at the end. Malt and caramel are present. Also very bready. End takes a little away for me. Would be great without.
Mouth feel is lighter than I had hoped. Doesn't seem to hang around and not as full as I had thought it would be.
Overall not a bad beer(good in fact). Just a little downside.

Photo of Vinegarroon
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black lager done right. The flavor is full and enveloping. One of the best black lagers I've ever had.

Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like the deep rich black color of this lager but the head had little retention. When it did build it was a mass of fine bubbles that coalesced to a tight foam.

The nose is a dry chocolate, roasted coffee, smoke and a marshmallow like lactose-sweetness.

The flavors are tempered but rich with a dry chocolate, Graham cracker, smoky ember, caramel malt and a lactose-sweetness. There is a slight coffee roast taste but it's hidden amongst the stronger flavors.

The feel is lagerish with its ease and smoothness but when you invoke the more stout like qualities I tend to enjoy more thickness.

This is easily sessionable but has varietal and diverse flavors to make it a special beer.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle, this black lager pours a deep dark brown with a nice thick off
white to tan head that dissipates this a thin layer with very nice lacing. Nose of chocolate,
light coffee, lightly sweet malts and hops...all very subtle. Flavors are crisp and very
carbonated with chocolate malts to the back with coffee and hops, mild sweet malts to the
front and sides. Lightly bitter aftertaste from hops and deeply roasted malts. Very nicely
done session lager. Good for the stout or porter drinkers who want something lighter for
an afternoon after mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or shoveling snow.

Cheers

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some notes of coffee. Taste is coffee, smokey, roasted malts, smooth, flavorful, and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of BergBeer
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can poured into a pint glass

A: Black with a cream head. Nice head retention with no apparent lacing.

S: Roasted malt, semi sweet chocolate, slightly smokey, and bit of hop.

T: Roasted malt, slightly smokey, lager yeast, and a slight piney hop finish. Very well balanced. Tasty!

M: Crisp and clean but still packs a lot of flavor. Roasted notes stay on the tongue more then any flavor I've had from a lager.

O: Great if not one of my favorite lagers! Really impressive just how much flavor they packed into this neat little package. Great for a time you want that porter/stout taste but not the "i just ate a meal" feeling! Really enjoyed it and would get it again.

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 978 ratings.