Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

189 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 189
Hads: 1,017
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 40
Gots: 191 | FT: 0
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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Photo of samie85
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a clear, dark cola color with two and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Smells of a light roasted note with with an earthy note.

T-Really dry and aspirin-like bitterness and roasted upfront and a slight roast finish.

M-Very thin and dry with moderate carbonation.

D-This one is really not my thing and I'm about to drain-pour it; did not enjoy this one after I got past the nose. (395 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.57/5  rDev -32%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are not high.

A- Half a finger white head. Almost zero retention. No real lacing to talk about. Very dark brown, almost black color. Not impressive.

S- Weird smell.I definitely pick up some toasted malts, but there is a very strange almost hotdog like smell.

T- Best part of this beer so far. Very light bodied in flavor, but some roast malts kick in. Average.

M- Light bodied, but smooth. Fizzy carbonation.

O- Probably wouldn't pick up again. The negatives are too strong over the positives. (572 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this weak brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black as specified and poured a very chocolaty head. The beer also had good lacing. I thought this beer was going to be a hit, but like with other organic brews it was not. The beer was pretty tasteless and watery. It had a weak smokey character but without any ass end it just could not make the cut. I will not buy again. (391 characters)

Photo of myspoonistoobig
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Haven't seen this before and have been big on the light-in-body, dark-in-color beers of late, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Appearance: beautiful dark cola color, abundant creamy tan head, wonderful lacing.

Smell: smells like a wet dog. I literally cannot smell anything else. Suddenly not excited to drink this beer.

Taste: not a lot of flavor, but notes of caramel malt come through. when drinking it, I still smell the wet dog, so that's a downside.

Mouthfeel: really very nice; full and creamy, excellent carbonation.

Overall: a wonderfully crafted beer that smells awful and doesn't taste like much. In no rush to try this again. (640 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Lovely big foam on a black-brown beer. Starts out with some dark malt but quickly turns sourish, like it's well dosed with Black Patent malt. The slightest hint of sweetness, and not much malt in the body. The touch of dirty hops takes over, though it's not very bitter. More of a dishwater aftertaste.

Austere without being very hoppy, dry with a hint of cardboard. It's not actually bad, but seems to be a cleanly-made example of a "why bother" style. Label claims "organic," and I am still looking for a drinkable "organic" beer. Thanks to Harmon's supermarket for selling singles. (585 characters)

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
2.89/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Pours out a cola color with 2 fingers of tan head. A few lines of lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Mild smell of coffee and roasted malt.

T: Similar to the smell. Not really robust. Kind of a milky acidic flavor left on the finish.

M: Medium body that is creamy with a fairly light carbonation.

O: A pretty good session beer, but when you are paying top dollar from microbreweries, it is hard to justify buying a beer that is lacking a fuller flavor profile. (463 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can into a pilsner glass

A-Poured black with a huge fluffy off-white head that left dense spotty lace.

S- Really nothing, just a strong mineral note

T- Subtle smokiness, some buttery and cereal malt notes. Maybe some very light coffee notes. Big mineral water taste. Not much flavor at all in this beer

M- Light bodied, fairly smooth, soft carbonation, and semi-dry

O- Really nothing going on with this beer, no unpleasant flavors but also pretty much no flavor to this beer at all. (503 characters)

Photo of ZoomanCru
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Baba – Black Lager (4%) - Uinta Brewing (Utah)
☆☆☆

App: Pours as black as black can be, with a nice one and a half finger tan head that sticks around very well and leaves nice, light lacing in the glass. Almost totally opaque.

Smell: Light chocolatey and roasted malt nose. Maybe I'm crazy, but I always smell roast turkey in these darker, more roasted lagers. Maybe its just roasted proteins? Overall, nose is light and pleasant. Some hints of dark, caramelized sugars like butterscotch with just a hint of molasses. Meaty.

Taste: Dry and clean in the foretaste. Heavy malt body balanced by subtle lager yeast. Almost no hops characteristics to note, other than a light and pleasant bitterness on the back of the throat. Hints of roasted pecan and coco. Every so slightly metallic on the finish.Very sessionable. Well crafted but unremarkable.

Mouth: Pretty light bodied for the malt profile. Carb is subtle, a little softer than I expect in a lager.

Home tasting, 12oz can into Snifter. 1/11/14. (1,015 characters)

Photo of Jsteez
3.11/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this while visiting Utah. The date said bottled on 6/5/12. Poured it into a pint glass.

A-Pure black, even when held to the light. One finger tan head, lacy sides. Frothy and bubbly. Looks good. Medium-bodied.

S-Coffee,licorice, molasses, smoked barley malts, slight dark chocolate.

T-Smoked barley, molassess, a little sense of smoked barley hops. The aftertaste was a little flat, yet dry. Also, the aftertaste was slightly metallic, but not enough to ruin the beer.

M-Watery and flat. Not too exciting.

Overall, I would buy this brew again. It could go well with heavier foods. It is a little watery, but the overall flavors were ok. I was surprised because Utah has its strange 4% ABV laws, so I was not expecting this beer to be as good as it was. Buy this brew and eat a reubon. (816 characters)

Photo of MEsoJD
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Poured into a straight Sam Adams glass]

I: A friend and I were in Whole Foods searching for a new beer to try, and spotted the last six pack of Baba. Sadly we only paid attention to the presentation, and not the style. I admit that I not very fond of lagers, but hey, I'm open to unique takes on the style.

B: [4.00% ABV. 12 Fl. OZ. 04/11/12] I really appreciate the amount of information on this bottle, sadly no back story. Bottle date, recommendation, ingredients (water, organic barley malt, hops, and yeast), organic label, and etc... The bottles glass is also working on this compass theme which is very interesting.

A: Black body with no transparency, with a foamy/frothy head (fast dissipation), and scattered lacing.

S: Smells like a lager. Grassy, some pine, light chocolate, molasses, and bread malt.

T: Chocolate, grassy, bread malt, and molasses. Safe to say that it follows the nose pretty well.

M: Slightly dry/slick/crisp finish, light/watery body, moderate carbonation, and little alcohol presence.

O: One of the best lagers I've ever had, but that's not saying much. The style is just isn't that great to my palate. This was like Steinlager Pure with cocoa added. The high point of the brew would be the presentation. It's better than domestic beer, but doesn't stand out among the craft. I don't recommend and wouldn't buy. (1,356 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/6/11.

First thing I have to say is that this is an awesome bottle. I love the paper labels and the raised compass pattern on the glass itself.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy beige head that settles to a film. Blotchy patterns of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty much solely dark roasted malt and maybe some slight campfire/smoke aromas. Taste pretty much follows suit with roasted dark malt as really the only flavor. There is a slight metallic flavor on the aftertaste too. This beer has a pretty thin body with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager that is one dimensional in both smell and flavor. (697 characters)

Photo of Gerberr
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drinking this 3 days before the "drink by" date, but since it's still within I'll review.
A: pours a very very dark brown, almost black. Thin 2 finger head quickly dissipates to nothing. Looks a lot like a glass of coke or Pepsi.
S: not much going on here, possibly because the older can. Faint sweet smell, also a slight toasty aroma.
T: I'm tasting a lot of roasty, smokey notes. Coffee and dark bitter chocolate a faint but present. Slightly sweet. After-taste that remains reminds me a lot of stout/porter finish. Cleans from the mouth quickly.
M: Thin taste, also cleans from the mouth quickly.
Overall: Average to above average black lager, good alternative to a stout or porter if your looking to pick up those flavors. (727 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -14%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown colored liquid, with a slightly read hue. Moderate tan head. The aroma is malty, with a notable smoke, roast, and earthy quality. The smoke note continues through the taste, which has a touch of astringency. It's a thinner-than-necessary beer, with some sweetness and a background of under-ripe fruit. The smoky aroma is the most intriguing thing about this brew. All in all, this one is just okay. (424 characters)

Photo of iSip
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Uinta Brewery BABA Black Lager: The brew comes in a fine looking bottle and pours looking like a perfect stout in the glass: black in color with a brown and ample head on top. The aroma is subtle roasted grain. But that is where the stout comparison ends. The flavor is muted, and ends with at mildly bitter finish. I guess you expect a bold flavor from a beer that looks like the BABA Black Lager, but it is very easy going. By the end of the glass, I had a better appreciation for the fact that this brew is a nice lager and not a big bad ale. (545 characters)

Photo of MaximalC
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours nearly black with a moderate head of khaki froth that settles into a veil of frogspawn. Aroma smells of roasted malt and earthy, grassy hops, along with some peat, salted caramel, and char.

The taste is mostly roasty and burnt, with a mild, earthy and noble hop presence. Some warming adds a spicier edge to the hops. Light body and mild carbonation make for an exceedingly thin mouthfeel that barely gains its footing in the finish.

Overall, this is a thin and unremarkable black lager. (498 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.31/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice tan heas, mild lacing lasted a bit. Black in color with a burnt malt and coffee aroma. Taste had stong coffee noted with hints of spice and vanilla. Medium body mouth feel with a dry aftertaste. All in all a nice beer, may be my first organic version, (287 characters)

Photo of im4beer
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A= pitch black with very little head or lacing. Though a nice lacing was left on the Becker when done.

S= not a lot of aroma, some light malt smells

T= easy drinking, not a real strong taste with a little bitter hop finish

M= medium body, not heavy like a porter. Very drinkable.

O= I really like dark beers, but there are times when a heavy dark beer is not appropriate like after a hard skiing. I want a dark beer, but not one that's heavy. This fits the bill perfectly. (478 characters)

Photo of Get_Lowell
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of Tele
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: 4 Looks a bit thin on the pour. The color is dark brown with a one-inch light tan head.

S: 3 Mostly a lot of metallic, lager yeast. There’s a little bit of roasted malt in the background giving off a chocolaty, earthy aroma.

T: 3.5 The roasted malt is more up front than on the nose bringing similar chocolate flavors. Hops are pretty mild with subtle bitterness. The hops and malt are actually quite nice and balanced, but there is an off-putting metallic taste that follows them. Fortunately, it’s not quire as strong as on the nose, but it’s still pretty noticeable.

M: 3.25 Quite thin with no dryness, but it’s rather refreshing for a dark beer. A bit more body would be nice.

O: 3.25 This beer is pretty meh. Even if the yeast had backed off a bit the underlying characteristics are uninteresting. At least it’s fairly easy drinking and somewhat refreshing. (879 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has tones of licorice and charred wood. It pours a deep sable a whisker above black with a decent tan head. Flavor is woody and smoky, with hints of licorice and coffee. Texture is smooth and fizzy but body is average. Overall it's so-so, but worth sampling. (278 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- deep dark but clear chestnut brown with a thin and unassuming beige head. Foam fizzles down quickly. thin wisps of lace.

S- mildly roasty and pretty authentic smelling. And when I say authentic smelling, I mean it's pretty reminiscent of kostritzer which is a good thing. Coffee and mocha notes. Earthy hops.

T- leafy and vinous with no sweetness, only weak coffee and grain husks. Finishes grainy and one dimensional.

MF- right on point for the style with ample carbonation.

D- this one isn't balanced enough for me. Too grainy with not enough chocolatey sweetness but it's very drinkable and not offensive in any way. (630 characters)

Photo of Wakey
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent example of the style, with the expected slightly smoky aroma and taste. But no more than that; everything about it is kind of run-of-the-mill. (I rated a few qualities higher than average just because I like the style.) I probably wouldn't buy it again. (260 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with reddish edges and an off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, maple, slight roast and cola. Mild flavors of cola, light roast, cocoa, bready, some hop character lies in the middle. Light in body with medium carbonation. Flavors are balanced and laid back. Better than expected actually. (297 characters)

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 189 ratings.