Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev +8%
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.
04-24-2013 00:59:51 | More by woodychandler
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
05-16-2013 23:59:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottled on 1/31/12. Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. At first I though this was an import based on the label—cool design.
It's a worthy competitor to Session Dark, though it does lean a little more Euro. It's a slightly sweet lager, with an earthy caramel and mildly roasted barley character. It's quite nice. The body is light, but not thin. This all makes for a pleasant, drinkable session beer. Worth a try.
03-13-2012 01:34:29 | More by tempest
3.74/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-04-2013 22:58:18 | More by dbrauneis
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
(Served in a footed strange)
A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a boiling big bubbly light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.
S- The dark pine hops with clean black malt hints are lagered smooth and finish with a flinty note that grows a bit as it warms.
T- The light clean dark roasted malt is clean with a slight chalky note and a clean slightly dry finish. The green hop hint lingers with a faint roast note comes through.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz.
O The crisp clean lagered beer has full fresh dark malt and a nice support of hops. Very drinkable and tasty.
02-20-2012 20:54:11 | More by rhoadsrage
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
Clear extremely dark brown colored beer with a small tan head that doesn't last long.
Smells of roasted grain but more of patent malt with just a whiff of smoke. Not much else in the aroma.
Starts out with a strong patent malt flavor and more than a little smoky taste. Tastes of chocolate and coffee but REALLY this tastes of just heavy dark roasted malt. Tastes something like over roasted Starbucks coffee. Tasty but not complex, but it has a heavy roasted flavor.
Mouthfeel is full for the style.
Overall this is like a three chord rock song. Not complex at all, but it is likeable for what it is. Just a straight meat and potatoes dark lager.
11-06-2011 22:54:03 | More by Zorro
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
03-19-2013 05:08:47 | More by DoubleJ
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with some nice little chocolate notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. Medium body, with a nice crisp feel. This is a pretty nice brew, one of the best Uinta makes at 4% ABV.
10-09-2011 21:37:08 | More by Wasatch
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-03-2012 03:28:16 | More by superspak
4.23/5 rDev +13.1%
Uinta Brewing Company
Baba Black Lager
ABV: 4.00 %
LOOK: Stubby bottle, USDA certified Organic. Pours a dark brown, just about black. Clear, with a soapy off white froth. Leaves plenty of lace on the glass.
SMELL: Chocolate like malty aroma, bringing back memories of malt chocolate Ovaltine.
TASTE: Roasted, dark malt flavor with some smoke and bakers chocolate. Mild tea like hop with a complimentary bitterness.
FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, full of flavor.
OVERALL: A nice dark lager, really easy drinking. One of the better session ales Ive had. I could recommend this to anyone.
01-06-2013 22:17:51 | More by Stinkypuss
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
02-01-2012 00:22:27 | More by smakawhat
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
11-01-2013 23:15:46 | More by plaid75
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-30-2013 23:54:44 | More by beerthulhu
3.7/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
04-03-2012 00:30:51 | More by tdm168
Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
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