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Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

661 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 661
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%
Wants: 19
Gots: 45 | 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:
Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-09-2011)
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

06-27-2013 17:41:56 | More by hellhammermario
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Hophead420

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

04-11-2013 05:40:05 | More by Hophead420
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SamBzkr

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-10-2013 23:04:44 | More by SamBzkr
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brandon911

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-18-2014 02:21:06 | More by brandon911
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kiki3drt292

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

05-08-2012 22:20:03 | More by kiki3drt292
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cwblack1212

Utah

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-26-2013 17:48:44 | More by cwblack1212
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hopley

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-05-2013 00:41:47 | More by hopley
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DRBiser

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

03-17-2014 08:44:49 | More by DRBiser
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

12-29-2011 19:12:04 | More by savagepm
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DrStiffington

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

07-06-2014 22:44:32 | More by DrStiffington
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egrace84

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

02-07-2014 03:09:47 | More by egrace84
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kree

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

08-15-2012 22:00:32 | More by kree
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

01-02-2012 18:39:17 | More by barnzy78
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lager are known for their bright pale straw appearance and mild pilsner taste, so when one goes dark, it certainly gets labeled as the black sheep. Enter Baba- a German black lager with a taste and texture that just might more closely resemble Irish dry stout than that of Bavarian lager.

Baba's black color is certainly an interlude into the toasty, coffee, and chocolaty aromas and taste that ensue. Backed with the malted sweetness of malted milk ball candies, the lager's introduction is sweet and creamy.

Yet as the creamy flavors unfold, flavors of burnt toast, dark-roast coffee, bitter chocolate, walnut and campfire saturate the middle palate with luxurious savory roastiness. A side shoot of faint licorice, red grape, cola and chicory continue waves of complexity as the sweetness begins to fade and a high roast flavor takes command.

And as the flavors conclude with coffee-type roast and a broad woodish bitterness, mildly burnt embers add to the hops for a consensus bitter finish with spice and pep. Medium-bodied, its refined lager-like influence complements its rugged roastiness nearly ideally.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2014 03:25:01 | More by BEERchitect
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bum732

Lesotho

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:08:19 | More by bum732
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony color with a tight, off-white head that leaves good medium sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of light roasted notes. Chocolate seems to dominate.

Tastes of the light roasted notes with a little bitterness. Notes of coffee and chocolate come through with some toasted bread. A touch of roasted bitterness combines some leafy hops to round out the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, but could definitely use some refinement.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 01:41:59 | More by ocelot2500
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 13, 2014.

The pour is dark brown with ruby red hues but looks black away from the light. There is a long lasting off-white head on top.

The aroma really put me off. I don't know if it was an infected bottle or what but I got melted butter galore which superseded all the other dark malt characters I had hoped for. They were there but buried. Some earthy hops.

The body is medium.

The taste recovered things a bit with a more forward dark sweet malt and licorice character. The butter was not as obvious in the flavor. It ended mildly bitter and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 23:58:38 | More by puboflyons
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Lazy Dog
Pours a deep dark brown with a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of burnt caramel toffee and butter with a hint of chocolate with a touch of ash and sulfur. Flavor is rich caramel and chocolate with hints of butter. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick sweet mouthfeel. Decent brew, but the buttery aspect of it turned me off a bit.

Serving type: can

01-05-2014 22:53:43 | More by johnnnniee
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oberon

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2011 21:27:18 | More by oberon
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dirtyskunk

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice designer packaging, I bought this almost totally for the bottle. And to try a new style. Poured into a pint it looks like a porter. Dark black with some amber highlights at the corners. One finger of tan head that makes itself at home and settles in for a while. Rings of lacing all down the glass

Very little in the nose at first. As it warms there's some chocolate and roasted grains, but it's pretty scant still.

At first I get a fleeting touch of some general fruitiness that is not lagery at all, more like an ale. Dry and smoothly astringent like a proper stout... Clean lager tasting finish with some chocolate, roasty grains, and a hint of coffee. Not bad at all.

Quite nice mouthfeel. Very light and thin lager feel compared to the porter that it resembles otherwise. It's got some solid creamy heft to it though.

Overall I approve. A good sessionable alternative to many dark beers which I can't handle too many of in a night. Fits a lot into such a small beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 19:57:52 | More by dirtyskunk
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. BAAAaaa!!!

A nice creamy and foamy off tan colored head, sits on a very dark body, has some very good clumpy retention. Body color appears to be truly nearly black, but with some red accents. Pretty solid looking brew here

Bouquet is a nice small creamy chocolate malt, some faint coffee roast. However, it's a little muted.

Taste on the palate brings a nice creamy milk stout sense. Some milky cream in the palate, but also some sort of crisp effervesence sense in the feel. Kind of playful carbonation here which matches kind of interestingly with the taste.

Overall, nothing wrong with this beer, but it doesn't really excite me, and probably not a style I have that often. But it's a pretty solid brew just not for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 00:22:27 | More by smakawhat
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany coloring that is almost black, with ruby highlights under light. A light, sparse, filmy, light tan surface coating of head. Aromas of toasted grains with a hint of sweet molasses and some dark, old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are sharp initially, with a date and fig sweetness quickly overridden by a bitter and roasty coffee character. The bitter and sweet work into a balance, with a touch of sharpness at the end of the palate. The sharp feel is amplified by the light body. A roasty, darkly sweet aftertaste, with a clean, very crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 00:28:09 | More by GarthDanielson
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a heavy duty beer for a lager. pours midnight black and dense as anything, with a one inch light brown head. the nose is roasty dark malts and bready yeast. It so far is much more of a porter than a black lager i think. the flavor is very robust. burnt malt dominates the mouth, while some bitterness rises u in the finish, more from the darkness of the malt then from the hops. mouthfeel is pretty heavy again for a lager, lots of body in this one, and good carbonation. a nice bitter roasted flavor is left in the mouth for awhile, which is nice this time of year. overall a good fall session beer. super low abv makes it an all day beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 17:41:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of fairly thick moderately dense light brown colored foam... Modest at best retention gives way to a full web of lacing and a fairly thick foam collar... It may be deemed a black lager, but this one is really a deep rich chocolatey brown color that allows a slight bit of light to leak in around the edges of the glass... Some quick paced carbonation streaks can be seen rising towards the top of the glass under close examination...

S - Fairly subdued and rather muted, but still quite enjoyable... Lightly roasted malts... A hint of coffee... A hint of chocolate... Perhaps some dark bread notes... Not much else... A little more umph in the category would have gone a long way...

T - Just about what I expected... Lightly roasted malts... Some faint hints of coffee and chocolate... Perhaps a bit nutty as well... The finish has a slightly burnt or charred character to it...

M - Light bodied... Light carbonation... Goes down smooth... Starts sleek and turn a slight bit chalky at the finish...

D - Quaffable and rather enjoyable... It depends how you're viewing this beer... If you look at it compared to all of beerdom, it's a fairly pedestrian average at best offering... If you look at it solely as a session brew, it's a very nice offering from Uinta... Lots of flavor and pretty decent character for a 4% ABV offering, especially for one of such dark coloring... I'm quite happy with and would seriously consider pick-up a sixer when I'm looking for an enjoyable session beer...

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 01:50:37 | More by philbe311
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, but modest, head. Leaves a solid ring of lace. Deep ruby-brown color where only a minimum of light passes.

Good hop smell upfront (more floral than earthy). Second smell brings out some burnt (black patent?) malt aromas. I detect some hazelnut.

Very similar to a thin porter. Good bittering hop presence and the malt is also bitter. Surprisingly short aftertaste. Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:34:13 | More by smcolw
Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
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