Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company
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3.13/5 rDev -16.3%
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.
11-19-2011 07:15:34 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.51/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
06-13-2014 03:25:01 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
04-19-2012 05:13:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
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.
10-25-2011 21:27:18 | More by oberon
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
09-11-2012 02:50:10 | More by RblWthACoz
3.76/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-04-2013 02:52:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
01-08-2013 02:30:41 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
08-10-2012 19:34:06 | More by Kegatron
3.84/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
07-28-2013 16:36:09 | More by Slatetank
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
01-15-2012 22:58:06 | More by jlindros
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
09-30-2012 17:41:11 | More by StonedTrippin
2.83/5 rDev -24.3%
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.
12-26-2011 03:44:45 | More by mactrail
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
01-15-2012 22:34:13 | More by smcolw
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
03-14-2012 05:07:01 | More by Halcyondays
Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
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