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Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager

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BA SCORE
84
good

585 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 585
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%


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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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 22:04:31 | More by KYGunner
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Dr_Q

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry, black lagar with a great color. Head weak, decent lacing, nice aroma. Mouthfeel a little dry and and watery.

A: Nice black lager - very pretty, tan head, but somewhat weak. Good hop to malt balance.

T: Refreshing, mild hops well balanced with the malt. Little aftertaste. Could drink several.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:43:00 | More by Dr_Q
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TheBullsHorn

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A wonderful showing for this style with allot of flavor hat finishes out clean and dry. In the nose you get allot of roasted malt, charred vegetal ash, and somewhat sweeter Munich malt undertones. The roast carries through to the palate with hints of the ash working together with the maltier notes and finishing with a pleasing dryness.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:35:57 | More by TheBullsHorn
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topofthehops

New York

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First, a brief (I promise) personal history. After a typically self-indulgent November-December during which my daily diet invariably included copious amounts of massively hopped, highly intoxicating, high-caloric beers, I took my now customary (and necessary) period of abstinence. A key goal once I resumed drinking was to try and discover beers I'd enjoy that were in a far more sessionable style. Which brings us to this evening's much-anticipated tasting of Uinta's Baba Black Lager.

Well, I quickly discovered the positive reviews were well deserved. This is a very tasty beer that belies its skimpy 4% ABV. Yes, I'd still prefer a Hop Stoopid. But I'll definitely be buying more of this. And the jet-black color is very cool.

Bottom line: If you, like me, have a wee bit of trouble with the concept of "moderation" and are looking to downgrade your ABVs without sacrificing taste, this is certainly worthy of your consideration.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 02:05:52 | More by topofthehops
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Wanderer4beer

Utah

4.49/5  rDev +20.1%
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 =]

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 07:28:58 | More by Wanderer4beer
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keithmurray

New York

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Dark mahogany beer with mocha head

Smell - dark chocolate, roasted barley

taste - roasted barley, slight coffee bean, dark chocolate

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, beer goes down pretty smooth, nice roastiness towards the back end

Overall - nice version of a style that isn't readily available, easy drinking beer, good flavor for its low ABV level, worth a shot

Price Point - $1.59/12 oz single

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:44:23 | More by keithmurray
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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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Duff27

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Aggressive pour yields a 2inch light brown head on a cola brown body. Head is long lasting, leaving behind clumpy lacing.

S- Aromas of roasty/burnt chocolate, coffee.

T- A quick hit of malt roastiness, hints of cocoa. Low hop profile. The clean finish is supreme. Drinks it's 4%abv.

M- Smooth, tiny-bubbled carbonation. Full mouthfeel.

D/O- The definition of sessionable, Uinta's Baba Black Lager packs as much flavor into it's (relatively) tiny low ABV frame as possible. A solid schwarz. I (really) could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 00:09:55 | More by Duff27
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plaid75

New York

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black hue with a one finger isn't white head. There was good retention a d lacing.

The smell featured roasted malts and a light sweetness.

The taste was likewise roasty with charcoal and a cleansing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a very well done black beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 23:15:46 | More by plaid75
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I get a weak light tan head. Body is dark brown into black. The lace attempt slides right down into the glass.

Smells of dark roasted malt and coffee.

Malty good start. A little coffee and a hint of toffee. Slight smoke hints with a little nuttiness.

Medium bodied. Leaves a slight residue on the back of the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 19:58:32 | More by CFHMagnet
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 11/3/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Almost black clear dark ruby. Finger thick tan head dissipated to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Smoky porterlike. Seems well balanced, dark chocolaty/coffeeish malt and a rather light hop footprint. Dry finish. OK it's a "Black Lager," but it tastes an awful lot like a Porter to me.

m: Light to moderate, lighter than many if not most porters.

o: Sure to surprise anyone expecting a mild dark-colored lager, because it's so much like an easy drinking light porter. At 4% highly sessionable as well, and would be very good as such in cool weather, or as an accompaniment with a good steak dinner. Wasn't so bad with a German hot dog and some au gratin potatoes either. Have yet to have anything I did not like from Uinta.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 23:26:41 | More by scotorum
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MVotter

New York

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as coffee, nice thick, tan head on the pour.

S - Grains, grassy, malts, bread, yeast.

T - Grassy, grain notes up front, accompanied by coffee malts...LOVE the coffee taste! Wow, the more bitter coffee malts, the better. Finishes with a nice hop note...extremely balanced profile. Very nice.

M - Plenty of effervescence, medium texture, wow...some sticky hops toward the finish? Yum.

O - This is one of the best lagers I have ever had. The balance and VARIETY in the flavor profile are simply outstanding. Outstanding session brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 04:07:41 | More by MVotter
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Act25

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Why this makes a 4.0 for me? It's packed with flavor at 4% alcohol. It's good for you (like Guinness only organic). It's hand-crafted through and through. Stunning black lager. I love the style, great alternative to porter, and this is one of the best I've tried. Must try.

A: The beer is a near-black, dark brown color with tinges of ruby at the edges, sports a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a tons of lace dots as it goes down.

S: So much going on in the subtle aroma: coffee, roasted malts, mocha, yeast, hay, and plenty of hops.

T: Starts bready, yeasty with a deep roasted malt. Then subtle flavors of black coffee joined by smokiness in the back. The hops sting is mild and provides balance. Continues to prune and pitted fruit flavors, and finishes smoky and roasty. A lot going on and it all works.

M: Crisp and smooth, nice mouth tingle, light to medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean but fruity, almost sticky.

O: Tasty, session lager. One of 3 great black lagers I've tried this year. (Rogue, Port are also a must try). Like this low alcohol version.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 02:07:45 | More by Act25
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good schwarbier indeed.
A nice color contrast with a nearly opaque deep ruby amber body and tall mocha head.
Plenty of lacing too.
The aroma has a rich with roasted malts and some sutle smoke kiln.
The taste is the same. Luscious smokey malts, roasted malts almost tastes like a raunchbier.
Smooth drinking and I like the sutle hints of smokiness that gives it some character. All in all this is a good easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 11:15:52 | More by micromaniac129
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GernBlanstonInLove

California

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm usually not a fan of black lagers, but then again I was not a fan of imperial black IPAs. This brewery has won me over on both. The head was a nice malt color. The pour left a small amount of head, but definitely left lacing on my 16 oz non chilled pint glass. The taste does not overpower which is a big plus in my book. Black anything tends to have a very powerful taste which removes any chance for enjoyment. This tastes very smooth. Goes down like a nice chocolate malt. The mouth feel is sooth, and yet has nice texture. Reminds me of the mouth feel of a good British ale. It ha the same light carbonation too. The flavors are subtle but present. Rich coffee, malt, maybe a hint of hazelnut. All and all a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:09:53 | More by GernBlanstonInLove
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:52:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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usechopstix4soup

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up on a grocery run and as a fan of black lagers, I was looking forward to trying this beer.

It poured straight black into an English pub glass. There was very little head, which was a shame because I was expecting something like a Guiness picture but that is ok. There is some lacing but not very much, which again was another surprise.

Think of the blackest liquid you can picture in your head and this is pretty much what it looks like in a glass. Although it doesn't necessarily look appetizing, the taste definitely makes up for much of it. Strong hints of perfectly roasted malts and coffee, hardly any barley or hops. It reminds me of sipping on a cold, black coffee.

The smell isn't anything too special, smell like any other decently strong black lager would.

It goes down as easily as water and if I didn't know any better, I'd think I was drinking ice coffee. I prefer my beers to have a bit more body to it but I cannot deny how natural it slides down.

Overall, not my favorite black lager or even close to it, but not a bad choice. If you are in the mood to try something new or into organic beers, this might be the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:59:07 | More by usechopstix4soup
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FLima

Brazil

3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma of milky chocolate, raw grains and roasted malts.
Flavor is less straightforward and therefore more interesting than aroma. Hops successfully emerge from its roasted, nutty and smoked malts. Notes of citrus, dark chocolate, iced coffee, charcoal and earth. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering smoked and roasted characteristic.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Perfect sweetness level.
Excellent brew among its style. More flavorful than regular Schwarzbier, but still refreshing and with good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 19:02:12 | More by FLima
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Real nice looking head, almost resembles a cappucino.

S- tons of char and roasted malts. Like, I can smell it sitting up in my chair with the beer on my table. WOW!

T- nice sweetness, slight smokiness, very passing bitterness in the back-end. Interesting, complex beer

M- body is very light, which is a shocker given the color but a welcome one given the ABV. Very drinkable beer

O- this is really good, and very affordable. Uinta keeps rolling out good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 23:32:05 | More by bigfnjoe
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown with less than a finger of fluffy beige head. The head leaves some really nice lacing behind. There are mild roasted notes in the nose. Roasted malt flavor is upfront, but it is definitely lighter than one might expect for this style. The roasted goodness definitely increases on the finish.

I would not quite call this offering hearty, but it is certainly tasty and its designation as an organic ale is a definite bonus.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 20:15:31 | More by 57md
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KFBR392

Illinois

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a medium to heavy bodied thickness. Creamy head which was present throughout. Heavy lacing on the sides of the glass with each drink. Looks pitch black in the glass but held to light some dark brown color appears.

Smell: Chocolate malt jumps out right away. Peanut butter and caramel tones add to the dark complexity of this brew. Barley and some roasted oak character can also be found. The aroma comes off very heavy, deep and complex.

Taste: Medium bodied roasted malt jumps out. The dark tones lighten up in the middle of the brew and come off with a toffee feeling. The finish is sweet with some chalky texture.

Mouthfeel: Much lighter then I expected after the aroma.

Overall: A nice mix of regular lager tones and dark malt. Reminds me of an easy going porter. A much more solid brew then I expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 17:57:50 | More by KFBR392
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz from Giant mix a six into a pils glass chilled.

The color is very dark like black coffee with translucent clarity and thin beige cap with very fine bead. The smell is very roasty and has some cocoa and woody scents with slight toffee odor.
The feel is very roasty and dry with subtle creamy sweet middle and moderate carbonation with low alcohol in the feel with light body in general

The taste is a nice blend of dark malt flavors with some sweetend black coffee and roasted nutty woody essence with subtle sweet note with gentle spice in the finish and mild fruity toffee tinge with perhaps a hint of raisin. The overall impression is this a great session lager and I welcome the opportunity to have it anytime.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2013 16:36:09 | More by Slatetank
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EkimGram

New York

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz can poured into a pint. Colour is a cola-like black with a half-ginger toffee-coloured head, completely opaque with the head leaving a thin, wispy lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted and burnt malts, a little sweet and bready. Nutty.

Taste: Primary flavour is roasted malt followed by a nice, semi-sweet nutty flavour. The depth of flavour in this is impressive, given the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a healthy carbonation that really lightens the whole thing up.

Overall: This is my first time enjoying this style and I love it. It is refreshing, light, and interesting with a powerful flavour.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 02:25:28 | More by EkimGram
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet clear very dark cola brown to black in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some dark amber + garnet red highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light tan head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a small to medium sized slightly thicker cap near the center and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted/burnt malts with some earthy and bittersweet chocolate notes.

T: Moderate flavors of roasted/burnt malts upfront that dominate but there are some light notes of bittersweet chocolate and earthiness that builds as the beer warms up. Light amounts of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: I thought this beer was pretty easy to drink and the 4% ABV makes this one quite sessionable. Really nice flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:58:18 | More by dbrauneis
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I know that most people enjoy this in the Winter but this was light and easy enough to drink that it wasn't a bad choice for a warmer night such as this. Because it's not as roasted as a Porter or strong as a Stout, it's light enough to go down easily while being full-bodied and deep enough to be enjoyed on it's own. No dessert pairing or roaring fire needed!

Naturally, the pour to this was dark. It almost reminded me of soda but with a thicker head and a bit less carbonation. Aside from a ring or two at the top of my pint glass, there was hardly any lacing to be seen as well. Not a terribly strong aroma either as some roasted malt and booze could be faintly detected. The alcohol wasn't repeated in the taste but the roasted notes were certainly there, along with cola, smoke, licorice, and a faint earthy hoppiness in the back. There was a bit of caramel here too but nowhere near as much as you'd find in a Brown Ale, and this wasn't nearly as sticky as a Scotch Ale either.

Because the alcohol was light but the body was fully, this had the feel of a light Ale. Like a Vienna Lager, this makes me mistake for styles that I think are similar but really aren't. On its own, this was a very good example of the style that would also double as a session beer It's not anything that would wow anyone but there's something to like here for everyone, even during the Summer months when dark beers aren't in the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 08:04:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 585 ratings.