Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

190 Reviews
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Reviews: 190
Hads: 1,022
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 40
Gots: 193 | 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 Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (723 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz. can, with best before 12/18/2013 'earth, mind, & beer' printed on the bottom of the can. My first review of a beer by Uinta Brewing Co., and my first review of a "black lager" or schwarzbier as it is listed on BeerAdvocate. Not sure what to expect; keeping an open mind.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy tan / khaki colored froth on top of a dark brown-red-cola colored body. Ruby hues when held to the light. Some bubbly lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is of deep dark roasted barley and malts, black coffee, and some earthiness / nuttiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: big roasty toasty malt and barley presence, iced black coffee, earth, twigs, tree nuts. Slight metallic and mineral taste in the finish. Reminds me of what a nice porter tastes like. Decent carbonation.

M - Creamy and smooth, with some roasted notes leftover on the palate, and sticky in the finish. A thin, watery feel, but it was to be expected.

Overall, an impressive, smooth, and flavorful beer for being of such a low abv. Nicely made with organic ingredients, awesome can art, and a medium-fullish body; probably not a beer I could drink very many of, despite it's low 4.00% abv. Still, a fun beer that I would drink again, and I look forward to more from Uinta Brewing Co.

Uinta Baba Black Lager ---4/5. (1,339 characters)

Photo of EkimGram
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (629 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark-brown hue with ruby highlights. Body is haze free with a strong effervescence and a finger of fizzy tan foam atop. The head isn't sticking around long, but otherwise it's a great looking beer.

Smell: nutty and caramelly malt aroma, with a little bit of roastiness around the edges. A little sweet, with virtually no detectable hop aroma. Not bad for the style.

Taste: lightly caramelly and roasty; a little bit more well-rounded than the aroma. The light sweetness and roasty character remind me a little bit of a sweet stout. I actually like this beer quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: light body but a huge carbonation and massively satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a tasty beer that is eminently quaffable. I could enjoy this brew all day. (811 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black and thin with a half inch of beige foam that fell quickly to some suds and bubbles. Did not leave fantastic lace. Filmy on top and a thin ring. This beer had a cola colored hue that I would say was reddish. Nose was soft and mellow. Toasted and roasted grain. Breaddy malt with a hint of brown sugar. A touch of bitter chocolate, cola and some grass. Slight whiff of burnt toast. Taste follows the nose all the way. Body of the beer is very smooth and mellow. The chocolate and the roasted grain are smooth, and with that small touch of brown sugar keeps the palate interested. The mid palate finds a small bitter and earthy grass. Finishes dry but without a lot of aftertaste. The cola and the carbonation are both soft and even though there are a few bites from bubbles they do not offend.

This was a very neutral tasting beer. Clean an had plenty of character. It dries out slowly in the finish with a nice lingering bitter after all and was subtle and roasty on the palate. It's all about the grain and was not harsh but smooth and balanced. (1,059 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (984 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, best by date of 10/17/13 stamped on bottom of can.

almost black, but brown in the edge of the glass. khaki colored head, good retention with decent lacing. smell is a bit toasty and roasty. mild bitter cocoa. taste is dry, slightly smokey and charcoal. a little sweet cola flavor in the finish. good balance. medium body, moderate smooth carbonation. good for style.

overall - a nice easy drinking everyday beer that is still very flavorful. (456 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,495 characters)

Photo of Angelo420
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me just start by saying its the best Black Lager I have ever drank. Super smooth and super tasty. Low in alcohol but High in taste. Have bought multiple six packs of CANS and its one of my favorites. I used to be a bottle only guy until I tried this beer. You can't beat a good beer in a can. Definitely would recommend this to anyone who likes dark beers, whether you like stouts or porters this one is one to try. (419 characters)

Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend sent me a message about this beer so I grabbed two. It is a dark beer for sure but it isn't super heavy. I learned that it is a session beer which means you can drink a bunch of them. I could drink a few of these and not feel like I drank a loaf of rye bread.

Definitely a tasty beer and one I would like to have again. (331 characters)

Photo of Dcunicelli
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in Uinta mix pack. I figured this was the throw away in the case. Turns out to be my favorite.

The color is awesomely dark. Black as night. The head was thick and impressive staying put the entire time just floating on the jet black liquid Picture perfect.

The taste was much like a porter but the texture was lighter. Really a sessionable beer which is perhaps the biggest surprise of this beer.

Really nice beer. (429 characters)

Photo of AnalogReigns
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a beautiful frothy head--as classic continental lagers should. The head itself is tan...with the beer being a solid black--you cannot see light through it.

Very little aroma other than some roast malt.

Taste is smooth, with a basic dark (but not at all bitter) malt flavor (Caraffa III?) --not sweet like a brown ale or some stouts. Hops are only enough to balance the malt, giving a crisp refreshing after taste.

Light mouthfeel, appropriate for a lager.

Overall, a VERY nice schwarzbier, not quite as good as as Heavy Seas/Devil's Backbone "Land Ho!" schwarz, or Köstritzer, but its getting there...

Certainly much better than Guinness' attempt at this style--and it warms my heart that Guinness, Sam Adams, Saranac, Full Sail, Heavy Seas, Duck Rabbit, Gordon Beirsch, Weeping Raddish--and a number of other craft-brewers are doing this classic German/Czech style.

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Just trying this now from a can. I do think, as brewers now will tell you, a can is the ideal packaging for beer. Aluminum is easily recycled--it keeps the beer totally safe from being light-struck....and the coatings now used protect the beer from metalic tastes...plus it cools faster, and cannot break, it's lighter weight and smaller size--ALL ways, except perhaps appearance, cans are better. Anyway, still a delightful beer, which I swear MUST have some rauch malt in it (SMOKEY!). I'm going to the Uinta website to check....

NATURALLY, it doesn't say, which is smart marketing, as mysterious sells.... (1,501 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: June 4, 2013
Consumed: June 5, 2013
Misc.: Best before Oct. 17, 2013

Poured a very dark reddish brown, practically black color with two fingers of tan head. Very good thick and foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled chocolate, bitter coffee beans, caramel, toffee, roasty nuts and chocolate milk with a touch of skunkiness.

Tasted not quite as good as the smell, but good nonetheless. Tasted smoky woodfire, bitter coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee and roasty nuts. Was hoping for a bit more here, but was left disappointed.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy slick texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. Feels a bit stronger than 4.00 percent.

Another good beer from Uinta. I’m pretty sure everything they make is above average. I’d try this again. (955 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Frothy 2 finger high dark peanut shell tinted head sits atop a flat black colored body Tiny golden-brass micro-beads of carbonation creep up along the glass walls. Thick spongy band lacing encircles the glass, lengthy time rate for retention with a covering that was mostly lasting.

S: Black tea, fresh roastiness, burnt flowery bitterness. Green melon flesh fruitiness lurks beneath.

T: Roasty fresh flavor with a freshly burnt bitterness of flowers and burnt caramel sweetness to balance things out .Earthy tea, dark and sweet fruit mingle about.

M: The mouthful was dry and roasty, creamy and frothy feel upon the build up and hold with a soft factor of carbonation and roasty leave off the tongue.

O: Overall dark and roasty fresh, but softly delicate in delivery. A schwarz with some roasty depth, texture and character. (836 characters)

Photo of mpedara429
2.89/5  rDev -23.7%
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 tone77
3.79/5  rDev 0%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Sam21
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass. Best before Sept 2013.

A- Pours with a nice deep and dark brown. Only shows its brown color when held up to the window. Nice sticky brown head that leaves beautiful lacing.

S- The aroma is moderately intense. Light charcoal smoke, roasty malt, and baked dark bread. Full and inviting.

T- Again, moderately intense flavor profile. Roasty malt tones that carry a great balance of dark brown bread and roasty edges. Bits of smoke around the edges. It finishes clean with plenty of dark bready flavors. Lightly bitter. Again, simple yet well done.

MF- Light and smooth. Somehwhat smooth carbonation adds decent balance.

O- Balanced, full flavored, and very drinkable. This is a strong and low alcohol black lager. (752 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle purchased from Whole Foods SoMa in San Francisco.

Pours a lightish, browning black, with a fine, slightly filmy, slightly bubbly head of off-white. Lacing is minimal, but forms in oblique streaks. Body looks light and fluid, with fine carbonation. Decent look, but not exceptional.

Nose is pleasantly light, with some dedicated roast characters giving a faint suggestion of acidity. Some black olive character comes through as well with this roast. It's pretty light on, but pretty pleasant, and stylistically very appropriate.

Taste is similar. Pleasant roasted character, but a nice dryness and lightness in the body to keep it clean and drinkable. The roast flattens out towards the back, leaving a pleasant toasted grain flavour, and mellowing into a dry, almost crisp finish. Where the acidity was on the nose, this dips to become smoother and more savoury, leaving it crisp but interesting.

Feel is light and dry, but matches with the beer nicely.

Overall, this is a great dark lager. It has the lightness and freshness of a lager, with some genuinely well-delivered roasted characters from the malt. It's a delicate balancing act, and it's performed very well here. (1,189 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.02/5  rDev -20.3%
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 Omnium
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours dark brown, one finger of a tan head, thin lacing.
S - Smells of some really nice roasted malts, some coffee beans, and a hint of lager yeast, i also get a faint hint of some tart smelling hops, but not a lot.
T - Smooth roasted grains and malts combined with a good lager taste, some caramels.
M - Full feeling, coats your palate with those rich creamy textures.
O - Solid beer, love the good roasted flavors in this. (452 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellar temp bottle poured into a mug.

The beer pours a deep mahogany with some ruby highlights. Creamy beige head foams up several cm with a gentle pour. The head fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer and leaves tight lattice on each sip.
Aroma is rich and malty with some roasted malt notes and toffee. Not quite roasty enough to call it burnt, but definitely roast malt. No hop presence on the nose. Fairly enjoyable nose.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. The texture is silky smooth and the beer is very easy to drink.
Flavor is roasted malt and some molasses and brown sugar. Again no real hop notes to speak of and the beer finishes a little sweet. No booze and a very drinkable, easily sessionable beer.

Well made and interesting. This is a good beer. (792 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown with a light cream head. The skim of foam reduces to a ring, but you still get some lace.

Dark cocoa and mild coffee aromas. A little nutty note.

Nice surprise here. Coffee, cocoa, some nuts, mild bitterness. Long finish with all of these elements present. Nice domestic version of the style. Nice and malty.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Very nice. Drinkable, tasty, no harsh edges or horrible flaws. (426 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My local, in-person trader, tone77 recently laid a whole bunch of beers on me, including the now-CANned Uinta beers!

From the CAN: The compass markings are now clearly delineated; "Brewed with ORGANIC barley & hops".

The Crack revealed another brimful craft CAN and as such, an inverted Glug was in order to celebrate. The pseudo-cascading action that resulted produced two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with ruby highlights at the edges. Nose smelled of smoke, charcoal and dark chocolate. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was soft, almost creamy, with a very smoky flavor on the tongue. Finish was both smoky and chocolaty and just as with a previous beer, I would easily have this on the beach with a fish fry. I am really liking the way so many CANned beers seem to lend themselves to fresh fish.

This was from my original Bottle review of 04-24-2013, scores of 4.25; 4.0; 4.0; 4.25 and 4.0.

A mini-trade with my colleague, Sam Knocken, netted me this and several other Uinta beers. That works!

From the bottle: "Earth, Wind and Beer Herded by Uinta Brewing Co. Salt Lake City Utah"; "For best flavor enjoy in a glass"; "Brewed with renewable power"; "Black Lager".

Yeah, I get that it is an allusion to the nursery rhyme, but how would any self-respecting rocker not default to The Who's Baba O'reily? Dunno. I did. I also utilized an aggro pour which resulted in a cascade-like action, finishing with a massive two-plus fingers of thick, dense, deep-tan head with great retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown with garnet highlights. Nose had a pleasant smokiness accompanying a dark chocolate semi-sweetness. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but approaching. The flavor was smoky, slightly bitter with an underlying chocolatiness. Finish was semi-dry and the flavor of chocolate lingered well pat the swallow. The lacing that remained in the glass was remarkable. Good stuff! I would drink this again. (1,977 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Whole Foods Las Vegas NV for $2

Appearance - Brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. It's too dark to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, caramel, chocolate

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and malts. There is also a light smokiness and some chocolate and some roasted/toasted nuts. It ends with a lightly smoked slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – A really enjoyable beer. Light enough to session, but flavourful enough to stay interesting. Also well balanced and a nice appearance. I have yet to have a bad beer from this brewer. (720 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (618 characters)

Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.