Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

190 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 190
Hads: 1,024
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 40
Gots: 196 | 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 fscottkey
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: [3.75] Looks black in the glass but is a deep transparent red when held up to the light. Forms just over a finger of pillowy head. There is really nice lacing on the glass. The bottle lists the best by date of 03/03/15 (4+ months away). It does not list the IBU or ABV.

S: [4.00] It presents like a stout. I am getting chocolate and malts.

T: [4.00] Again I get a stout feeling. Roasted malts and chocolate.

M: [4.25] The mouth feel is really smooth and nice.

O: [4.00] I am really pleasantly surprised. This is a really delicious and complex beer for being only 4% ABV. The label says "Black Lager" but if I was blind folded I would call it a stout. This is really sessionable. (700 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark black, nearly opaque with some brown/ruby highlights around the edges. At first a two finger tan head rises. That recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, baked bread, bitter bakers chocolate. Herbal, with a bit of buttery malt (maybe some diacetyl).
T: Roasted malts up front with baked bread and bitter dry chocolate. I get that buttery, almost diacetyl flavor again, but not bad. A lagerish and earthy, mineral kind of flavor in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body. Well carbonated and crisp. Finishes dry, and smooth. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. For sure a session lager.

I really enjoy this. Maybe a bit to much buttery malt to make this exceptional for me, though it is not over barring. Still very good, and one I will be getting more off. (850 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, and slight pine. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, and slight pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. (434 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich chocolaty-brown. Nice two-finger mocha head.

S: Sweet caramel, low in assertiveness. Coffee and chocolate.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation. A hint of creaminess.

T: Good malt sweetness and cocoa nibs. Low Munich malt notes. Graham cracker sweetness. Slight char on the back. Good and soft undergirding bitterness. (335 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 camshew
4/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle. Hints of chocolate and french roast coffee in the smell. Not much head, moderate carbonation, nice lacing on the glass. The taste was chocolate, coffee, bready, and pleasantly balanced with light hops. Much lighter and crisper than I was expecting frpm the pitch black appearance. Very drinkable lager. (316 characters)

Photo of CraftyViki
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

This black lager is delicious and smooth. It has great flavor and texture - it is not velvety like some other black lagers. Baba is a great session beer and my favorite black lager. (184 characters)

Photo of Redneckwine
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%

12oz cold can into tulip

Appearance - Jet black all the way through, 2 finger head was pretty dense with good retention and leaves a bit of wispy lacing

Smell - Light notes of bittersweet cocoa, hints of charcoal, smoke, and a feint vinous/raisin character

Feel/Taste - Light body with effervescent yet gentle carb comes off as smooth but watery. Taste up front is crisp but subtle bittersweet cocoa, roasted coffee, and a robust charcoal, smokey, grainy earthiness. As taste fades there is that feint raisin-fruity note, then moderate, drying bitterness from what I believe is solely roasted grain... Hops seem imperceptible, but may just be that well integrated. Finish is bone dry.

Overall - Wow, did Uinta ever fit a ton of roasty flavor into this very light beer! Unfortunately, it's body comes off as quite watery, which is probably to be expected at just 4% ABV. Also, I found the roasty charcoal aspect to be a bit much, which negatively affects the drinkability/ sessionability for me. Still, I respect what Uinta has done with this: it seems like a no-brainer session beer for a porter/stout lover. (1,113 characters)

Photo of weaf
5/5  rDev +31.9%

My favorite Black Lager, Amazing...! So happy to see Uinta with all their great quality brews make it to Jacksonville, FL finally...Excellent Quality! (150 characters)

Photo of ENogueira
4/5  rDev +5.5%

12 oz bottle, expiry 12/24/14 in a chalice glass. Pitch black color, true to its name. Complex malty flavor with coffee notes. Hard to believe 4% ABV. Very drinkable. (171 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 Fieldzy27
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap at the brass tap in Tallahassee into a pint glass. Pours jet black with extremely low clarity, when held up to the light you get slight reddish brown flecks on the side but still holds an extremely dark complexion. The thick tightly woven desert sand colored microbubble head sits firmly on top of the beer holding very firmly for a number of minutes. It was about half an inch at the pour and has deflated down to a quarter and still holding strong. As the beer goes down it leaves large sheets of webby lace. This is an amazing looking beer. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee , sweet fresh bread , milk chocolate and roasted malt. Lots going on here and all of it very pleasing. The aroma isn't overpowering but complex and enjoyable, I find myself smelling it over and over looking for new subtleties. Taste is sweet on pallet entry with a touch of citrus that quickly fades directly into roasted notes, next comes dark chocolate which leads to a finish of sweet milk chocolate and finally a touch of dry roasted flavors and a touch of hop bitterness. All and all a good flavor profile. Some may find this a bit too bitter or astringent but this would be a delight for black coffee drinkers and anyone who drinks IPA's would most likely never notice its bitterness level. I wish there was a little more oomph from the malt here but that's nitpicking as I feel the drink ability is higher this way, especially if consumed by the liter. The mouthfeel is good its almost perfectly full but it does have a little fizz to it. I feel this keeps the beer interesting where the flavors fall flat a bit but I would prefer a beer that has both full flavor and a full mouthfeel. All and all a great beer. Drinkability is high and flavor is complex and tame at the same time. I cant decide if I want more out of it or less really but I will say its one of the best looking schwarzbiers I have ever seen. Looking forward to trying more options from these guys, lots of good stuff coming from Utah it seems. (2,030 characters)

Photo of Tele
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: 4 Looks a bit thin on the pour. The color is dark brown with a one-inch light tan head.

S: 3 Mostly a lot of metallic, lager yeast. There’s a little bit of roasted malt in the background giving off a chocolaty, earthy aroma.

T: 3.5 The roasted malt is more up front than on the nose bringing similar chocolate flavors. Hops are pretty mild with subtle bitterness. The hops and malt are actually quite nice and balanced, but there is an off-putting metallic taste that follows them. Fortunately, it’s not quire as strong as on the nose, but it’s still pretty noticeable.

M: 3.25 Quite thin with no dryness, but it’s rather refreshing for a dark beer. A bit more body would be nice.

O: 3.25 This beer is pretty meh. Even if the yeast had backed off a bit the underlying characteristics are uninteresting. At least it’s fairly easy drinking and somewhat refreshing. (879 characters)

Photo of Gerberr
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Drinking this 3 days before the "drink by" date, but since it's still within I'll review.
A: pours a very very dark brown, almost black. Thin 2 finger head quickly dissipates to nothing. Looks a lot like a glass of coke or Pepsi.
S: not much going on here, possibly because the older can. Faint sweet smell, also a slight toasty aroma.
T: I'm tasting a lot of roasty, smokey notes. Coffee and dark bitter chocolate a faint but present. Slightly sweet. After-taste that remains reminds me a lot of stout/porter finish. Cleans from the mouth quickly.
M: Thin taste, also cleans from the mouth quickly.
Overall: Average to above average black lager, good alternative to a stout or porter if your looking to pick up those flavors. (727 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,115 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 rawfish
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour out of the can results in a large beige two finger head. It leaves quite a bit of ringed lacing on the glass following some pretty good retention.

Tons of roasted and even aromas, chocolate, lighter coffee and charred malt. More like a stout than a lager.

Opens with that nice roasted malt flavor, chocolate, caramel sweetness that dips into some oily licorice and herbs from the hops. Runs into a metallic finish, rather bitter edge as well.

Hefty body with average or maybe slightly below average carbonation. No alcohol burn and the twinge of metal in the finish is hard to fight through.

Black lager but really more like a stout in aroma and body, the lager yeast must really not play nice with the roasted malt since there are some off flavors coming through the veil of chocolate and dark flavors. I think I could pass this off to my stout lovers buddies when they need to session something. (917 characters)

Photo of hopmandu
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very good beer. all the stout flavors I love without the heavy body which makes it perfect for a hot spring night like tonight. dark chocolate and a little coffee but not as much as a typical stout, which is balanced with a bit more creamy doughiness. (251 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like the deep rich black color of this lager but the head had little retention. When it did build it was a mass of fine bubbles that coalesced to a tight foam.

The nose is a dry chocolate, roasted coffee, smoke and a marshmallow like lactose-sweetness.

The flavors are tempered but rich with a dry chocolate, Graham cracker, smoky ember, caramel malt and a lactose-sweetness. There is a slight coffee roast taste but it's hidden amongst the stronger flavors.

The feel is lagerish with its ease and smoothness but when you invoke the more stout like qualities I tend to enjoy more thickness.

This is easily sessionable but has varietal and diverse flavors to make it a special beer. (694 characters)

Photo of AndrewScottPentland
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer is dark brown and has an off-white head that didn't stick around.

It smells predominately of cocoa and bittersweet chocolate, hints of coffee and roast come through. Some clean lager smells are coming through as well.

The taste follows the smell - bitter chocolate, cookielike grain, lagering yeast (paper or cardboard)

The mouthfeel is light-medium to medium. I think it is too creamy for the style. Not enough lightness in body or effervescence to balance the malt and come across as quenching.

Overall a nice beer in an underappreciated style. Not what I would typically expect from a black lager, but very enjoyable. (636 characters)

Photo of Dr_Q
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry, black lagar with a great color. Head weak, decent lacing, nice aroma. Mouthfeel a little dry and and watery.

A: Nice black lager - very pretty, tan head, but somewhat weak. Good hop to malt balance.

T: Refreshing, mild hops well balanced with the malt. Little aftertaste. Could drink several. (300 characters)

Photo of TheBullsHorn
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A wonderful showing for this style with allot of flavor hat finishes out clean and dry. In the nose you get allot of roasted malt, charred vegetal ash, and somewhat sweeter Munich malt undertones. The roast carries through to the palate with hints of the ash working together with the maltier notes and finishing with a pleasing dryness. (337 characters)

Photo of jwchestnut
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i was surprised at how much i enjoyed this one. black as night, with a off white creamy head. the nose was full of chocolates, roasted malts, a little coffee, cocoa, and some smoke. the taste followed the nose well but heavy on the roasted malts and smoke while minor on the chocolate and coffee - not much by way of the hops. went down quite easily, like a aqueous porter. all in all i was really happy with this beer and would definitely have again. (451 characters)

Photo of topofthehops
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First, a brief (I promise) personal history. After a typically self-indulgent November-December during which my daily diet invariably included copious amounts of massively hopped, highly intoxicating, high-caloric beers, I took my now customary (and necessary) period of abstinence. A key goal once I resumed drinking was to try and discover beers I'd enjoy that were in a far more sessionable style. Which brings us to this evening's much-anticipated tasting of Uinta's Baba Black Lager.

Well, I quickly discovered the positive reviews were well deserved. This is a very tasty beer that belies its skimpy 4% ABV. Yes, I'd still prefer a Hop Stoopid. But I'll definitely be buying more of this. And the jet-black color is very cool.

Bottom line: If you, like me, have a wee bit of trouble with the concept of "moderation" and are looking to downgrade your ABVs without sacrificing taste, this is certainly worthy of your consideration. (937 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a mostly full sheer sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient spackles of lacing.

S- Big aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, light smoke and burnt sugar. Quite sweet smelling. Also a bit nutty.

T- Flavor isn't as powerful. Dark roast and a mild bitterness without much else. Mild anise in the aftertaste.

M- Thin and watery with medium carbonation and a surprisingly lightish body

O- The aroma of this beer is a big teaser. You get all sorts of good roast notes and then the rest of the beer is a letdown. Such a shame. (677 characters)

Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.