Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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85
very good

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THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 40
Gots: 175 | 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 JayQue
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprising amount of flavor from a 4% abv beer. This one is the essence of a good "session beer" within the limits usually prescribed on this site.

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown color, opaque with light coming through all over when held to a light. Medium size tan head with decent retention Thick bands of lacing.

Smell is fairly good as well, roasted malts, coffee, a little floral aspect.

Good strong taste for a low abv beer. Roasted malt, breadiness, coffee, a touch of hops bitterness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel just right for a lager. Light and crisp.

Overall a nice flavorful lager, just right for mass consumption or a tasty lawnmower beer.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of JRed
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of dexterk1
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from short bottle to pint glass. Head is thick and rich. Color is black as night.
Odor is of many things at once. Caramel, coffee, malt and maybe even some floral.
Taste starts very well, but seems to get a little bitter/dry at the end. Malt and caramel are present. Also very bready. End takes a little away for me. Would be great without.
Mouth feel is lighter than I had hoped. Doesn't seem to hang around and not as full as I had thought it would be.
Overall not a bad beer(good in fact). Just a little downside.

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of samie85
2.51/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of silentjay
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Murrhey
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of myspoonistoobig
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Haven't seen this before and have been big on the light-in-body, dark-in-color beers of late, so I figured I'd give it a go.

Appearance: beautiful dark cola color, abundant creamy tan head, wonderful lacing.

Smell: smells like a wet dog. I literally cannot smell anything else. Suddenly not excited to drink this beer.

Taste: not a lot of flavor, but notes of caramel malt come through. when drinking it, I still smell the wet dog, so that's a downside.

Mouthfeel: really very nice; full and creamy, excellent carbonation.

Overall: a wonderfully crafted beer that smells awful and doesn't taste like much. In no rush to try this again.

Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a mug with a creamy light tan head. About two fingers in size and good retention. Tons of lace up top as the head dies and it continues all the way down the glass.

S- A mix of dark brown sugars, roast malt, cereal grain, bread and some hops, mostly earthy and floral types.

T- Pretty much follows the nose with some dark fruits in the mix. Brown sugar, molasses, cereal, bread, earthy and floral hops, some lager yeast presence as well.

MF- Highly carbonated and slightly thin body, but it is a low alcohol lager. Fair bitters from the hops.

Solid black lager that drinks smoothly and has a pretty nice mix of flavors.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Kromes
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice designer packaging, I bought this almost totally for the bottle. And to try a new style. Poured into a pint it looks like a porter. Dark black with some amber highlights at the corners. One finger of tan head that makes itself at home and settles in for a while. Rings of lacing all down the glass

Very little in the nose at first. As it warms there's some chocolate and roasted grains, but it's pretty scant still.

At first I get a fleeting touch of some general fruitiness that is not lagery at all, more like an ale. Dry and smoothly astringent like a proper stout... Clean lager tasting finish with some chocolate, roasty grains, and a hint of coffee. Not bad at all.

Quite nice mouthfeel. Very light and thin lager feel compared to the porter that it resembles otherwise. It's got some solid creamy heft to it though.

Overall I approve. A good sessionable alternative to many dark beers which I can't handle too many of in a night. Fits a lot into such a small beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The six-pack says Black Ale, then the bottle says Black Lager...Wacky.

A-Pours the color of cherry cola. Very dark but actually has ruby highlights when held up to the light. Head looks emaciated. Thins and tan. Laces well however.

S-Well this certainly smells more like a lager than an ale, so now that the label disagreement is settled... Nose is subtle. Roasted malt. Light, light chocolate, and a pang of hop bitterness.

T-Hops are more evident in the flavor here. Finishes very grassy and herbal due to the hops. In between, there is roast and even a bit of smoke. Chocolate is light and smooth. I was surprised by the hop intensity (not intense but more than detectable). Overall, the flavor is placid but enjoyable.

M-Body is very light and thin. Watery. Could use a bit more body. I enjoy the massaging carbonation. Lightly bitter. Still, could use a bit more body.

O/D-Interesting. I love the label art. $10.50 a six pack is too pricey for a %4 ABV beer that can be imbibed incredibly quick. I had a beer by Notch Brewing of the same style and enjoyed that a bit more. Also, Full Sail's Session Black lager is this beer equivalent but comes in a twelve pack, which I think makes more sense. Enjoyable, but I desire a bit more muscle to my $10-11 dollar six pack.

Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown colored liquid, with a slightly read hue. Moderate tan head. The aroma is malty, with a notable smoke, roast, and earthy quality. The smoke note continues through the taste, which has a touch of astringency. It's a thinner-than-necessary beer, with some sweetness and a background of under-ripe fruit. The smoky aroma is the most intriguing thing about this brew. All in all, this one is just okay.

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of ficknish
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice black opaque. Slight tints of red. Great tan head.

S - Roasted barley. Chocolate. Biscuits. Bread. Hints of cola.

T - Milk chocolate. Roasted barley. Sweet malt. Slightly tart.

M - Easy to drink. Clean. Creamy. Soft. Small bubbles.

O - Delicious. Smooth and dark. Not deep enough in flavor. But very drinkable. Might drink again.

Photo of iSip
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Uinta Brewery BABA Black Lager: The brew comes in a fine looking bottle and pours looking like a perfect stout in the glass: black in color with a brown and ample head on top. The aroma is subtle roasted grain. But that is where the stout comparison ends. The flavor is muted, and ends with at mildly bitter finish. I guess you expect a bold flavor from a beer that looks like the BABA Black Lager, but it is very easy going. By the end of the glass, I had a better appreciation for the fact that this brew is a nice lager and not a big bad ale.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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

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.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nearly black in color with bright ruby highlights. Creamy, almost tan head on top with pretty good retention. The smell is creamy, with dark roasted malts at the forefront. Milk and chocolate malts round out the nose.

Smooth with higher carbonation like a lager, but with a a taste that is reminiscent of the stout that it looks like. Refreshingly light in body, but it still manages to support a nice combination of dark malts and some crisp and clean hops, bringing about an even-keeled balance. A small nuttiness is present in the aftertaste and linger. Some nice complexities come through this very light ABV beer, and all aspects work very well together. Maybe its because this is the first euro dark lager I've had, but I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. No off flavors at all and an excellent refreshing mouthfeel that might just be the best part of this beer. After trying three of their beers, I like Uinta so far!

Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.