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Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager

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BA SCORE
84
good

582 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.96%


Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company visit their website
Utah, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color.

32 IBU

(Beer added by: Wasatch on 10-09-2011)
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:30:51 | More by tdm168
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of the richest black-brown, letting up only flecks of light around the edges. It holds a two finger head of milky, medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. Spotty, patterned lacing is left dripping down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives coffee, chocolate, and brown malts which mix and give chalky dryness and light vanilla sweetness. Metallics, medicinal phenols, dark shoe polish, and black pepper spice fill the remainder of the space in the nostrils. Our first impression is that the flavoring has nice components throughout, but is relatively mild. The flavoring opens with metallics, brown malts, sweaty saltiness, toffee sweetness, and strong coffee acidity. The malts enhance to the peak, where soy sauce saltiness, light grassy hops, cooked brown and raw chocolate malts, roast, and white sugars blend. The finish comes with lactic sourness, chalky chocolate and raw metallic coffee malts, must, roasty acidity, baker’s yeast, watered vinegar, and bittered chocolate sugars. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, roast, mineral water, metallics, the faintest vanillas, coffee and chocolate malts, and soured medicinals. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is dried through the sip, with chalky astringency to the back of the hard palate. There is decent slurp and sip, with nice cream and froth. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma with its rich malty base, and nice blend with the phenolic, boozy, and spicy notes throughout. The flavor translates this interplay nicely, giving equal strength to the malt base and the complementary sweetness of the other included sugars. To this point no flavoring is explicitly overwhelmed, but the ultimate taste is a bit basic. This is a nice, standard beer, but, again, deviates little from the stylistic guidelines, leaving you with little to think about.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:32:34 | More by TheBrewo
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I know that most people enjoy this in the Winter but this was light and easy enough to drink that it wasn't a bad choice for a warmer night such as this. Because it's not as roasted as a Porter or strong as a Stout, it's light enough to go down easily while being full-bodied and deep enough to be enjoyed on it's own. No dessert pairing or roaring fire needed!

Naturally, the pour to this was dark. It almost reminded me of soda but with a thicker head and a bit less carbonation. Aside from a ring or two at the top of my pint glass, there was hardly any lacing to be seen as well. Not a terribly strong aroma either as some roasted malt and booze could be faintly detected. The alcohol wasn't repeated in the taste but the roasted notes were certainly there, along with cola, smoke, licorice, and a faint earthy hoppiness in the back. There was a bit of caramel here too but nowhere near as much as you'd find in a Brown Ale, and this wasn't nearly as sticky as a Scotch Ale either.

Because the alcohol was light but the body was fully, this had the feel of a light Ale. Like a Vienna Lager, this makes me mistake for styles that I think are similar but really aren't. On its own, this was a very good example of the style that would also double as a session beer It's not anything that would wow anyone but there's something to like here for everyone, even during the Summer months when dark beers aren't in the forefront.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 08:04:16 | More by JerzDevl2000
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usechopstix4soup

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up on a grocery run and as a fan of black lagers, I was looking forward to trying this beer.

It poured straight black into an English pub glass. There was very little head, which was a shame because I was expecting something like a Guiness picture but that is ok. There is some lacing but not very much, which again was another surprise.

Think of the blackest liquid you can picture in your head and this is pretty much what it looks like in a glass. Although it doesn't necessarily look appetizing, the taste definitely makes up for much of it. Strong hints of perfectly roasted malts and coffee, hardly any barley or hops. It reminds me of sipping on a cold, black coffee.

The smell isn't anything too special, smell like any other decently strong black lager would.

It goes down as easily as water and if I didn't know any better, I'd think I was drinking ice coffee. I prefer my beers to have a bit more body to it but I cannot deny how natural it slides down.

Overall, not my favorite black lager or even close to it, but not a bad choice. If you are in the mood to try something new or into organic beers, this might be the one for you.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 01:59:07 | More by usechopstix4soup
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed Yuengling glass on 1/27/13

Best before: 06/21/13

In the glass this medium-dark brown beer is nearly black aside from tobacco highlights at the stem. A one finger head thins slowly. Retention is thin at the center but bunches up more around the inside of the glass. Solid swaths of lace.

Smooth aromas of roasted chocolate and dark malt with just a hint on tangy roast. Mild pine hop overtones. Solid in its simplicity. The flavor is dry roast throughout with a swell of roasty chocolate in the middle. Subtle hop profile adds a touch of earthiness. The only thing I don't care for is a papery taste that picks up in the finish after the roast flavors have subsided. Light, fairly crisp body with average carbonation. Nothing too fancy there.

Overall, I like Baba Black Lager and wouldn't mind having it again. It's the sort of beer that lends itself to drinking and not so much reviewing.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:55:15 | More by Ryan011235
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vkv822

Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle; tulip snifter.
bottled on 03/15/12

Pours black with a thin, very light tan head.

Roasty char notes in the nose.

Pleasant roasty malt, light hints of cocoa.

Medium-full body with average carbonation.

An enjoyable dark lager. Easy drinking, but without becoming boring.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 08:59:47 | More by vkv822
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear and dark amber-brown with a velvety brown head, light lacing clings to the glass

S- Cocoa and caramel tones, maybe a hint of roast

T- Nice roasted malt dominating, a little bit of brightness from the yeast, moderate bitterness rises in the middle then fades, finish has hints of cocoa

M- Low carbonation, moderate body, very smooth mouthfeel

O- Solid overall, pretty enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:13:46 | More by stampfler07
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Uncle_Jimmy

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours inky black with about 5 fingers of light tan coarse bubbled foam . Lacing and the head lingers.

Aroma- green apple roasty dusty cardboardy a little bit of plastic-y smell.

Taste- crisp carbonation bite some slight roasty and coffee like notes. A hint of plastic on the end with some cider like qualities as well. hops balance out.

Mouthfeel- way fizzy. but light on the palette refreshing

Overall- well this one needs to settle down a bit, the black lager is a popular one now and i think the reason you do a black lager is to have the drinkability of the lager with the subtle roastedness of a dark grain. this has it, if you a patient enough. Pair with Charcuterie, and a early spring morning.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 15:43:37 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 19:42:56 | More by Immortale25
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a pilsner glass - best by date: May 2013)

A: medium-dark reddish brown....somewhat creamy, rounded head....tons of spotty, messy lace....lasting cap....looks nice

S: some hops and roasted grains right up front....a bit of chocolate bar soon follows, taking on more of a malted milk ball in time....a cool, mint-like (hop?) aroma later...the chocolate element pops out more as it warms, but the overall smell stays quite mellow

T: very much schwarzbier....hoppy and roasty first....husky and grainy with a residual, soft-chocolaty finish...moderate-to-bold hop bitterness, nearly harsh, long lasting on the palate....a nice flavor altogether, just tipped too much toward hops/roast, lacks adequate malt depth and/or presence

M: soft, scrubby and dry....just a little viscosity or roundness would be wonderful...soften the hop shock

O: another one of these domestic dark German lagers that goes a bit overboard with the hops...let this one "expire" and then give it a shot

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 05:08:29 | More by Bouleboubier
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spoony

Colorado

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 355 ml bottle (best by July 21, 2013) into a tulip.

A-This is a decent looking brew. A normal pour produces about one finger of mocha colored foam head. The head hangs around for a bit imparting a nice creamy feel. The beer is nearly black.

S-The smell is full of roasted malty flavors. Chocolate, coffee, and a milky sweetness dominate. The smell is a little one-dimensional, however, and I could have used a bit of hop bite or levity.

T-The taste has a little more balance with an earthy hop flavor coming in to balance the sweet, milky chocolate flavors from the malts. The brew packs a decent flavor punch for 4% ABV.

M-The feel is medium creamy up front with a mild, but noticeable wave of carbonation. Medium to full body for the style.

O-This is my first Uinta review and I'll say again that this beer punches above its alcohol weight. I think it is sort of rare to find a good winter session-type beer like this. That being said, the flavor is a touch earthy and dull when compared against the best examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 03:30:41 | More by spoony
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 22:58:18 | More by dbrauneis
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown with less than a finger of fluffy beige head. The head leaves some really nice lacing behind. There are mild roasted notes in the nose. Roasted malt flavor is upfront, but it is definitely lighter than one might expect for this style. The roasted goodness definitely increases on the finish.

I would not quite call this offering hearty, but it is certainly tasty and its designation as an organic ale is a definite bonus.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 20:15:31 | More by 57md
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Baba Black Lager from Uinta is another solid offering. The beer pours a nearly opaque dark with slightly off-white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is malty and I get a touch of hazelnut. The taste is more of a roasty maize with a touch of peat. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good winter session brew.

Serving type: can

08-16-2013 00:08:12 | More by WoodBrew
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Dr_Q

Kentucky

3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 21:43:00 | More by Dr_Q
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy milky chocolate and a hint of dark roasted grains. Smells pretty awesome. 

T-comes in with a good taste of dark roasted grains, though it's slightly watery. It's definitely lageresque though could be confused with a brown ale. Matching after-taste.

M-low creamy carbonation with a semi dry finish. 

O-it's definitely an okay beer. It's easy drinking and tastes fine, though I wish it tasted more how it smelled. The flavors were a bit of a letdown. It'll be easy to finish though I don't see a need to get it again ever. It's forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 00:11:43 | More by AdamBear
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Zraly

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 22:14:04 | More by Zraly
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2013 23:54:44 | More by beerthulhu
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 02:52:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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keithmurray

New York

3.76/5  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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:44:23 | More by keithmurray
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.78/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 22:58:06 | More by jlindros
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2012 00:51:49 | More by cbutova
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TheBullsHorn

Florida

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:35:57 | More by TheBullsHorn
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, some notes of coffee. Taste is coffee, smokey, roasted malts, smooth, flavorful, and easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: can

05-23-2013 03:44:29 | More by tone77
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 02:50:10 | More by RblWthACoz
Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.