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Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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198 Reviews
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Reviews: 198
Hads: 1,061
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 44
Gots: 215 | 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 UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only the faintest hints of brownish red hues are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some notes of cola and hints of burnt and roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of dark malts along with notes of cola. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer that is relatively light in body, this is a very complex and flavorful brew. I definitely wouldn't mind having more than one of these in a sitting.

Serving type: can

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body with a clinging off-white head. Gentle aroma of toasted bread, burnt grain, subtle notes of tar and red grape. Clean. Pretty tasty stuff here - clean and crisp palate, toasty and chocolatey malt character without any heaviness. It's brought down slightly by a faint ashy character. Slight dark malt sourness in the finish along with a hint of dark fruit. Not a bad little beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 03/13/12. Cute-lookin' bottle, but I'm not here for bottles, and I'm not particularly concerned about it being organic, either. I do, however, appreciate the low ABV.

Appearance: Pours out a black body capped by a mocha-toned head depositing a few stray bits of lace here and there on the descent.

Smell: Roasty, mainly, but also some burnt dark bread crammed in the background. Also notes of chocolate shavings, lemon zest, and licorice with a vague whiff of peppery spice.

Taste: Roasted malts with a gulp of coffee and a mild inclusion of sweetish chocolate and black licorice. One drop of homemade lemonade. Leafy, faintly citrusy hops with sufficient balancing bitterness. Low hint of something spicy. Dry with a bit of a carbonic acid bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, fairly crisp.

Overall: It is what it is and what it is works for me.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy and fizzy 1.5 finger head fades fairly slowly with lacing, dark cola brown color with ruby light sneaking through.

Nose is mostly brown malts, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, even a little bready malt, then light hops, mostly earthy with a touch grassy, and hint of cocoa.

Taste starts malty as well, plenty of brown malts, caramel, bit of chocolate, and hint of vanilla. Soft bready malts, light cinnamon like flavors, etc. hops are there but barely, a light bitterness with light earthy and hint grassy hops. Its quite drinkable and fairly crisp, with a dry finish, and a but sticky. Brown malts, light spicy hops, and hint of bitterness, lager like crispness but for the most part the lager is completely drowned out by the malts.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, fluffy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, very drinkable, soft brown malts, light cocoa and vanilla even, caramel, light bitterness and hops, juicy lager, very much like a brown ale but lagered.

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer #18 in my great Utah Brew Hunt.

Not a lot of schwarzbiers out there.

Again, I find myself appreciating this beer more as it warms. Nice malty roasted tone to it, but not so heavy or thorough that it's out of the style range. Fairly easy to drink. Oddly, more easy to drink than the lager I had just a bit earlier than this.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Toastyness & a little roastyness, a little nuttiness as well

T: Follows the nose, a little brown bread as well, dryness as well, some pear notes up front. Dryness & toastyness as this warms, a little roastyness as well, some woody hops. Finishes dry, roasty with a little bit of jammyness

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Pretty solid, easy to drink could use a little more fruittyness & hops are needed to nail the style

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 5/7/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, char, caramel, roasted malt, and light earthiness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, herbal, and earthiness. Lingering notes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, herbal, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors. Fairly dry on the finish with no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming as expected of 4%. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier. Very nice balanced and robust flavors for a 4% beer; very smooth to drink. Very enjoyable stuff. If I could get this around here, this would definitely be a nice session beer choice.

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Photo of chinchill
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Brass Tap, Greenfield, WI:

Pours black with a thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of dark bread with restrained roast.

The taste is of dark malt with muted roast. Slightly mineral-like aftertaste.

It has a light to medium body.

It hits the style well enough. An easy drinker.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black sheep often refers to a odd member of a group, so let's hope the reference has a positive spin. Coming from a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The beer is black with a hue of cola brown at the bottom of the glass. Sitting on top of the liquid is a half-inch of toasted colored head, which retains itself well after the pour and splashes sticky webbed lace around. The aroma is smokey like a porter, slight smoked meat note, molasses, unsweetened cocoa, and coffee roast. Not only is it complex, but the intensity is there there, unexpected for a beer at 4% ABV.

The complex does doesn't quite translate in taste, but it does deliver a good, more simple flavor. Smokey charcoal and bitter roasted coffee hit first. The bitterness dies and up comes a slight sweetness to keep the smokiness attractive. Smokey and roasty in the aftertsaste. It is a "lean" medium bodied beer, with well placed carbonation which doesn't kill the flavor, and without a doubt very easy to drink.

Uinta delivers a great package in this black lager, coming in at just 4% ABV. This would put me in a good mood while barbecuing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a light off-white head, no lace, fair head retention.

S: Some light fruit, prune with charcoal and roasted malt.

T: Nice dark malt flavours, some dark chocolate, good heft, tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp. Soft carbonation.

O: For 4% it's got a considerable flavour, very drinkable, a well made beer. Uinta keeps coming out with good stuff.

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
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