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Baba Black Lager - Uinta Brewing Company

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199 Reviews
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Reviews: 199
Hads: 1,075
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 24.93%
Wants: 45
Gots: 230 | 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: 199 | Hads: 1,075
Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a porter/stout glass. Looks good in this style of glass, even if it might not be proper.

Sudsy oatmeal-colored head with a smattering of brown within that darkens it a bit. Lace is everywhere. Incredible persistence on the head. Pitch-black body.

Cocoa is all over this nose. I wasn't expecting that. I find most schwarzbiers to be subtler with the dark malts, but this is not at all. Very up front and almost milk chocolatey. Smells like dessert. Light floral notes are detectable but struggle to pierce the chocolate. I'm not mad at this. It smells tasty.

Roast malts take the front seat for the palate ride, as this could easily be mistaken for a stout as a porter based on the robustness of these malts. Only the grassy, earthy flavors that arrive mid-palate suggest to me this isn't a stout or porter and I'm questioning myself as I drink this, wondering if without knowing what it was, would I identify it as a schwarzbier? The cocoa flavors on the finish don't make it any easier to disabuse me of my thoughts of a darker ale.

It's quite a feat for Uinta to have squeezed so much aroma and flavor out of a beer that drinks so lightly. Carbonation tickles the tongue throughout and hops linger lightly and lend a touch of juicy sweetness before the dry cocoa finish. It's very enjoyable to drink.

This is a session beer if ever there were one. Low in ABV but big on flavor. I love it.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Real nice looking head, almost resembles a cappucino.

S- tons of char and roasted malts. Like, I can smell it sitting up in my chair with the beer on my table. WOW!

T- nice sweetness, slight smokiness, very passing bitterness in the back-end. Interesting, complex beer

M- body is very light, which is a shocker given the color but a welcome one given the ABV. Very drinkable beer

O- this is really good, and very affordable. Uinta keeps rolling out good stuff!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've seen this on the shelves here for quite awhile now, and finally picked some up last week. 12oz bottle poured into a stemmed lager glass.

Pours a deep black, like a stout. Small beige head on top that dissipates very quickly. Aroma of hot chocolate, dry husky grains, graham crackers. Easy subtle feel. Though this beer looks heavy, it is very light on the palate. Almost too easy to drink this one.

Heavy-hitting roasted chocolate flavors present. Sweet mellow flavors meld with a dry cracker finish. Cereal grains on the back end. This little beer packs on the flavor. This is organic too? Nice. A nice little beer here. This is a style that is underrated in my mind, and one I need to revisit more and more. Cool label art to boot.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Smart-looking label.
dark brown/black in color,with a nice, thick cap of fluffy tanfoam.
Aroma-faint whiff of roast coffee
Taste-Black patent malts, dark toasted malt,chocolate and black licorice note. Subtle hop kiss in a soft dry finish. More substance than a lager. Almost porter-like in mouthfeel. Very tasty and quite sessionable at only 4.0ABV. A great match for burgers or brats. My first beer from this brewery and I am impressed by this offering. More please!

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: June 4, 2013
Consumed: June 5, 2013
Misc.: Best before Oct. 17, 2013

Poured a very dark reddish brown, practically black color with two fingers of tan head. Very good thick and foamy lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled chocolate, bitter coffee beans, caramel, toffee, roasty nuts and chocolate milk with a touch of skunkiness.

Tasted not quite as good as the smell, but good nonetheless. Tasted smoky woodfire, bitter coffee, chocolate, caramel, toffee and roasty nuts. Was hoping for a bit more here, but was left disappointed.

Medium-to-full body. Creamy slick texture. Average carbonation. Bitter abrupt finish. Feels a bit stronger than 4.00 percent.

Another good beer from Uinta. I’m pretty sure everything they make is above average. I’d try this again.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baba is a solid black lager. It looks great in the glass with a great head and lacing.

The aroma is weak but pleasant. The taste is also weak. It is somewhat roasty and somewhat hoppy, but not enough so.

The aftertaste is weak as well but nice and creamy. This is the third beer I have tried from this brewery and none of them were very impressive.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of bum732
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Whole coffee beans, some figs, some raisin bread

L: Black, light tan head that dissipates, little lacing.

T: Roasty edge up front with slight bready sweetness, quite bold. Medium bitterness leading to a very clean dryness. Finishes with a roasty edge, but quite clean.

M: Clean, medium light body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, a decent clean black lager.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/15/12 bottle date.

Color is dark but not quite black, red highlights noticeable, definite clarity there. Beige head retains well as a full cap leaving good lace along the way.

Nice scent, kind of a dusty chocolate/cocoa feel, bready lager malts, light hops. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout, surprising strength.

Taste unfortunately doesn't live up to the smell. Very light roasted and caramel malts, some lactose/milk stout type flavors. Some bready malts. A small dark fruit presence grows with warmth, light hoppage there as well.

It does feel a bit thin and watery, but it is 4% after all. Medium carbonation, wish the flavor was stronger.

Overall pretty decent considering the beer, the scent is great but the taste seems much weaker. Definitely dig the light+sessionable dark lagers but there are others I'd prefer.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, packaged on 5/7/12. Mostly black appearance, with some light about the edges. Thin, light khaki foam, dissipating quickly. The beer has a fairly robust aroma of roasted malt and a splash of toffee.

The initial sip yields an intense, unexpectedly tangy sweet maltiness. It's a bit much on the tangy side at first, but it mellows after a few more sips, and considering the ABV you have to say it has a lot of flavor. There is moderate dryness with some light roasty grain character, coffee notes, and decent bitterness at the back. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, clean without being watery, with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

I cannot be sure if I like this beer or not, I certainly wasn't expecting a tartness to the roasted malts, but that sure makes it unique. Since it wasn't a boring, tasteless lager, I have to say it's worth a try.

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Photo of Omnium
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours dark brown, one finger of a tan head, thin lacing.
S - Smells of some really nice roasted malts, some coffee beans, and a hint of lager yeast, i also get a faint hint of some tart smelling hops, but not a lot.
T - Smooth roasted grains and malts combined with a good lager taste, some caramels.
M - Full feeling, coats your palate with those rich creamy textures.
O - Solid beer, love the good roasted flavors in this.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is cola black with brown on the fringes. A light cream colored head dissipates, leaving a fine wisp with nice world map lacing.

Aroma: Toasted bread, charred grains, faint chocolate.

Taste: Very bright on the tongue with a tart, hoppy finish, but before that (!) there is a lot of roasted malts, charred grains, toasted bread and fain chocolate. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Excellent taste profile, easy drinking. I'll be revisiting this one I believe.

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Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Close to two fingers of dark tan foam, presents a few islands of larger bubbles which dissipate back into an even surface, the retention is very good and the lacing shows above average stickiness. While pure black in color, not fully opaque, the liquid has great clarity despite the hue, a metallic orange cast shows up at the glass bottom. The nose gives up lots of roast, chocolate powder, café au lait as well as a nice spine of herbal matter, no real fruitiness, same for broad hop based scents, there is some country style bread, barley and oats, leans heavily on malts for effect. Medium-bodied, acts like it is trying to develop some bitterness, light grassiness and pine then yields to all that roast and toast, coffee beans, dark chocolate, malted milk balls and sweet bread dough. Comes up with some dried orange peel and licorice notes, adds welcome variety. The carbonation is unobtrusive yet present. Maybe some dark fruits at the end. It’s competent and consistent, pleases you for how it maintains a high energy level from first to last sip.

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Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of stampfler07
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of denver10
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma is crisp, showing itself as a lager, with a clean roastiness that gives off some coffee and dark chocolate components, and a little bready. Flavor lacks the punch of the aroma a bit but definitely grew on me the more I drank it; sharp roastiness that is more coffee grind than chocolatey, a touch of some bread, and a nice charred and slightly bitter finish. Both the aroma and flavor comes out big time as it warms up. A crisp, light active mouthfeel. Overall, a very nice sessionable beer here. Uinta with a winner.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black and thin with a half inch of beige foam that fell quickly to some suds and bubbles. Did not leave fantastic lace. Filmy on top and a thin ring. This beer had a cola colored hue that I would say was reddish. Nose was soft and mellow. Toasted and roasted grain. Breaddy malt with a hint of brown sugar. A touch of bitter chocolate, cola and some grass. Slight whiff of burnt toast. Taste follows the nose all the way. Body of the beer is very smooth and mellow. The chocolate and the roasted grain are smooth, and with that small touch of brown sugar keeps the palate interested. The mid palate finds a small bitter and earthy grass. Finishes dry but without a lot of aftertaste. The cola and the carbonation are both soft and even though there are a few bites from bubbles they do not offend.

This was a very neutral tasting beer. Clean an had plenty of character. It dries out slowly in the finish with a nice lingering bitter after all and was subtle and roasty on the palate. It's all about the grain and was not harsh but smooth and balanced.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony color with a tight, off-white head that leaves good medium sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of light roasted notes. Chocolate seems to dominate.

Tastes of the light roasted notes with a little bitterness. Notes of coffee and chocolate come through with some toasted bread. A touch of roasted bitterness combines some leafy hops to round out the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, but could definitely use some refinement.

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.