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Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

193 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 193
Hads: 1,043
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 41
Gots: 207 | 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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Reviews: 193 | Hads: 1,043
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 mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is dark brown to near black, amber hues on the edge; head is light tan, presenting dense, about 1/2" thick.

Smell is light roast, clean malt, light grass.

Taste is great, very pleasant, solid roast flavor, hint of mild malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very full, nicely carbonated and great lingering flavor; flavors bounce and fill the mouth.

Overall, very easy drinking, great tasting brew, great flavor and mouthfeel from such a low strength brew. (487 characters)

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

pours a deep brown to black with a nicely sized light mocha head that quickly recedes, leaving behind tons of lacing.

nutty aroma with some toasted, not exactly roasted or charred malts, and thats about all. not bad, but pretty mellow.

again, nutty, but with some slight chocolate hints and some caramel/light molasses. a slight bit of herbal/earthy hops maybe and some leftover coffee from a few days prior. pretty easy-drinking, but flavorful.

light bodied with crisp, mellow carbonation that adds to the easy drinking qualities of this beer. a touch of sweetness lingers, but not a lot.

I was expecting more of a roasty schwarzbier type flavor profile, but this leans more towards a nut brown. It actually drinks pretty well and I could see myself downing a few of these in a social setting. It's tasty, but you don't have to think about it. (848 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. Dark brown/black beer with 1 finger tan head when poured into a pint glass. Some lacing on the glass.

s. This beer smells like a guinnus - malt on malt.

t. This beer tastes like a guinnus with less body. It is a lager, so I cannot fault it for being watery - debated between a 4 and a 3.75 for a long time.

m. Very nice, but too much carbonation on the mouth.

o. Outstanding lager that has complexities of a stout. (423 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with some slight ruby highlights and a dense tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass as it goes down.

S: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, and a slight nutty aroma.

T: Milky chocolate sweetness up front with a nice roasted malt flavor. The roasted malt carries over into the finish with a burnt coffee flavor and a slight mineral tang.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. Smooth.

O: The flavors up front are very nice. The flavors that linger aren't as nice, but they don't ruin the beer. Just a slight bitter tang that seems out of place. (565 characters)

Photo of hustlesworth
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- deep dark but clear chestnut brown with a thin and unassuming beige head. Foam fizzles down quickly. thin wisps of lace.

S- mildly roasty and pretty authentic smelling. And when I say authentic smelling, I mean it's pretty reminiscent of kostritzer which is a good thing. Coffee and mocha notes. Earthy hops.

T- leafy and vinous with no sweetness, only weak coffee and grain husks. Finishes grainy and one dimensional.

MF- right on point for the style with ample carbonation.

D- this one isn't balanced enough for me. Too grainy with not enough chocolatey sweetness but it's very drinkable and not offensive in any way. (630 characters)

Photo of samie85
2.51/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a clear, dark cola color with two and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Smells of a light roasted note with with an earthy note.

T-Really dry and aspirin-like bitterness and roasted upfront and a slight roast finish.

M-Very thin and dry with moderate carbonation.

D-This one is really not my thing and I'm about to drain-pour it; did not enjoy this one after I got past the nose. (395 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
2.57/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. Expectations are not high.

A- Half a finger white head. Almost zero retention. No real lacing to talk about. Very dark brown, almost black color. Not impressive.

S- Weird smell.I definitely pick up some toasted malts, but there is a very strange almost hotdog like smell.

T- Best part of this beer so far. Very light bodied in flavor, but some roast malts kick in. Average.

M- Light bodied, but smooth. Fizzy carbonation.

O- Probably wouldn't pick up again. The negatives are too strong over the positives. (572 characters)

Photo of Lucular
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was an enjoyable schwarzbier. My one complaint is that along with the roastiness in the flavor was a touch of honey which I found to be out of place. (154 characters)

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

Black on color with a reddish-brown hue when held up to a bright light. Poured with a huge bubbly beige foam that drapes the glass with sticky lacings. Earthy dark roasted and burnt malt aromas with hints of coffee and dark chocolate in the background. Medium bodied and smooth through the middle despite the lively, aggressive carbonation up front. Bitter burnt malt flavor up front that that tapers through the middle to dark roasted malt and coffee flavors to the end. Finishes with a slightly bitter dark roasted malt aftertaste. (533 characters)

Photo of JRed
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with reddish edges and an off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, maple, slight roast and cola. Mild flavors of cola, light roast, cocoa, bready, some hop character lies in the middle. Light in body with medium carbonation. Flavors are balanced and laid back. Better than expected actually. (297 characters)

Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,096 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.7/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this weak brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was black as specified and poured a very chocolaty head. The beer also had good lacing. I thought this beer was going to be a hit, but like with other organic brews it was not. The beer was pretty tasteless and watery. It had a weak smokey character but without any ass end it just could not make the cut. I will not buy again. (391 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC for this brew.

A- thick black like mdinight without the moon. A nice frothy head that is 2 fingers and leaves a brown lacing on my mug.

S-licorice, cocoa and a smokey charred wood aroma. Simple yet nice.

F-Robust charred and smokey malt with hints of cocoa powder.

M- Medium bodied which is on par for a lager. Wood and char remnants in mouth which i like.

O- Not a bad brew from Uinta and this is from first and i have heard all good things and this confirms it. An abover average beer. (526 characters)

Photo of Zraly
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque black -- tinges of dark brown and amber decorate the sides of my stein. Upfront notes of roasted malts. Decent two-finger, mocha head.

Roasted notes predominate more than typical for style; bitterness comes less from the hops and more from the roasted grain flavors. Coffee and chocolate notes in the middle, with a slight, but crisp, bite in the end. Medium-light in body and very easy to drink. A hint of cream and citrus linger in the mouth after all is said and done.

Great session beer and would seem to go great with a meat pizza or a nicely charred black n' blue burger. As for a schwarzbier, it strikes me as a bit non-traditional but seems to capture enough of the categorical essence. And it is Baba (Black Sheep) -- so I guess that name fits! (778 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 12 oz bottle, this black lager pours a deep dark brown with a nice thick off
white to tan head that dissipates this a thin layer with very nice lacing. Nose of chocolate,
light coffee, lightly sweet malts and hops...all very subtle. Flavors are crisp and very
carbonated with chocolate malts to the back with coffee and hops, mild sweet malts to the
front and sides. Lightly bitter aftertaste from hops and deeply roasted malts. Very nicely
done session lager. Good for the stout or porter drinkers who want something lighter for
an afternoon after mowing the lawn, raking leaves, or shoveling snow.

Cheers (627 characters)

Photo of mjurney
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep brown color with ruby red highlight. I could see some carbonation rising. Thick rocky head.

Aroma:
Malty, lightly roasted, a little chocolate, very crisp.

Taste/Finish/Body:
Very malty up front, some roasted malts, caramel, bitter chocolate, hint of black licorice. Very mild hop bitterness towards the end. Finish is very crisp, a little dry. Body is medium, very smooth, silky, refreshing.

Overall:
It's an outstanding beer. (447 characters)

Photo of diablo14
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty tasty Schwarzbier that has everything in the right place aroma and flavour wise. Lots of malt and roasted coffee, and is surprisingly easy to drink for a darker beer.

Just a little on the thin side, even for a black lager, but on the whole a readily available session dark it a more than reasonable price. (313 characters)

Photo of jpro
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz “compass bottle” from Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte. Into a shaker pint -

A: Pours black with a half finger of coca cola head (in both color and fizziness); not much lace.

S: Not much aroma; buttery, toasty malts.

T: Better than what I thought it would be based on smell; light roasted malt and chocolate; not much hop presence or bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel; high carbonation; tingly on the palate.

O: A pretty good black lager; crisp and roast; easy drinking; good, but not overly flavorful. (520 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby poured into a tulip pint. Bottling date 1.3.12.

Look- Pours a clear deep brown with a couple fingers of dense puffy-looking toasted marshmallow head. Not quite what I'd call craggy, but close. Pretty good retention. Left thick rings of foam around the glass that devolved into lacing after a few more minutes.

Smell- Light brown sugar is dominant, sweet but not overly so. There's also plenty of medium-toasted malt, and bit of gingerbread. There's the faintest touch of flowery esters. Smells a lot lighter than it looks.

Taste- Rich black bread to start, with just a hint of sweetness and maybe a bit of vanilla and nutmeg. Finishes quickly with a light coffee flavor. Minimal aftertaste. Pleasant and well balanced. Very well done, and fairly complex for a lager.

Mouthfeel- On the thin side but still full for a lager, peppery carbonation, comes off as fairly smooth. Easy drinking, to be sure.

Overall- My first black lager/schwarzbier so I don't have much to compare it to, but it seems true to the style. I liked it quite a bit, and I'm not big on lagers. I'll keep an eye out for similar beers to try, and I'll definitely pick up a six pack of this one if I find it again. (1,201 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one is a very dark amber very much near brown. On top is an off white only about a finger thick.

Aroma: Dark fruits, notes of smokiness, roasted hop, bits of rye, slight wisps of figs. Malts are very much dark roasted and bready.

Taste: Full bodied and crisp. Rasins, dark fruits, bready malts, faint plum notes in the towards the back. Dark roasted hops are well on the floral side with a nice dryness. In the end is a smokey finish to top it off.

Notes: The smokiness and the dryness makes this one a solid beer and a little bit hearty. Cheers. (566 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a beer of the month mix six pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. The name does not lie, pours a nice black with a nice one finger brownish white head. Smells of roasted malt, definitely a little hint of coffee. Tastes of a heavily roasted malt, with little hop presence, but enough to balance it. The malt has a bit of a coffee taste. This beer is light to medium bodied (in between) and carbonation seems correct. Overall, a very good beer and a very good black lager. (549 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.77/5  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 (429 characters)

Photo of Huffs
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a sam adams glass, nice tan heas, mild lacing lasted a bit. Black in color with a burnt malt and coffee aroma. Taste had stong coffee noted with hints of spice and vanilla. Medium body mouth feel with a dry aftertaste. All in all a nice beer, may be my first organic version, (287 characters)

Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.