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Carling Black Label - Molson Coors Canada

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Carling Black LabelCarling Black Label

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BA SCORE
60
poor

142 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 2.42
pDev: 31.82%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A contemporary lager beer with a light, crisp, refreshing aroma and taste.

(Beer added by: Shiloh on 02-17-2003)
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mdtnelson

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -58.7%

01-24-2012 13:40:36 | More by mdtnelson
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jtnelson40

Texas

1/5  rDev -58.7%

02-05-2012 02:05:13 | More by jtnelson40
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erialbill

New Jersey

1/5  rDev -58.7%

05-15-2013 13:10:45 | More by erialbill
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Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

1/5  rDev -58.7%

04-17-2013 14:53:45 | More by Whatup14
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -58.7%

05-03-2014 04:10:35 | More by Durandal_777
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -58.7%

11-24-2011 19:57:18 | More by deapokid
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

1.05/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mabel, Black Label! *whistle!* Or so the old commercial from the 60's used to go, way before my time. Along with Molson Pilsner and now Big Rock's AGD, Black Label is a standard among the blue collar low paid working class. And I salute them, it's a rough ride to bust your ass every day just to barely scrape by, as I was one of them when I first graduated from art college.

Still, it's not very good beer, all that said and done. Poured from its unmistakable black can and recognizable label, it's clear and pale yellow, quite a bit of carbonation, and it produced a fairly impressive white head ay first. That quickly receded to a wafer thin ring. The aroma is pretty much summed up with the word acrid, plus sickly sweet and pungent come to mind as well. Do not put your nose near this beer. The flavour is a lot mellower, watered down sweet corn and grain, a very caustic texture on the aftertaste, not smooth by any means. The more this warms up, the more flavour it loses, and more additive-riddled sandpaper texture it picks up. If you're going to drink this, it has to be ice cold and out of the can in order to screen out the off-flavours and to prevent any aroma from escaping. May cause trauma.

Serving type: can

08-01-2004 00:04:20 | More by IronDjinn
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.1/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poor fizzy yellow lager with no taste or aroma except for the usual macro corn syrup. Cannot believe that this is the best selling beer in the UK since 1971! You could have thought that they could have done better with the wide array of choice of decent beer (Bass, Bodingtons...)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 13:57:59 | More by Phyl21ca
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ski271

Pennsylvania

1.18/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ha! I was slumming it last night. Neighbor offered me a cold one, and I was shocked to see that it was the old Black Label. I hadn’t seen this stuff since my college days, and one sip reminded me why. When I can say “I’d rather have Bud”, that’s low.
Appearance: Pale, pale, yellow with a medium-sized, white, fizzy head that didn’t hang around much longer than a soda. Just the slightest bit of lacing early.

Smell: Uh... that typical adjunct stench and not much else.

Taste: Hardly any taste, but what is there is bad. Fizzy water with a tablespoon of beer and a teaspoon of raw sewage would probably taste similar to this. OK the raw sewage is a little harsh to use as a description, but there’s something in there that’s just…. just nasty. Otherwise, the light taste is made up of weak malts, the faintest hints of hops, and a tiny touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Typical. Fizzy water.

Drinkability: It was a struggle to put down the last bit of this after it warmed up a bit while talking with the neighbor. Next time I’m offered one of these, I think I’ll pass.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 13:29:47 | More by ski271
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avisong

Virginia

1.25/5  rDev -48.3%

04-06-2012 04:46:40 | More by avisong
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OldTime

Georgia

1.25/5  rDev -48.3%

03-10-2012 06:46:55 | More by OldTime
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steinlifter

Massachusetts

1.3/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours lighter than piss! smell is like a band-aid!, taste is actually not as bad as the smell, cheap shit, all the way! mouthfeel:average carbonated macro, drinkability: for me, only in the most desperate times!(like today).... oh all righty! ...have to have enough characters in this! God forbid! how much can you actually say about this stuff!

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2004 23:35:41 | More by steinlifter
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EMV

Pennsylvania

1.45/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is truly one of the worst beers I've ever had. Cheap macro junk that I really had a hard time finishing.

The appearance was probably the best feature of this one, and that's not saying a lot. Poured a dark yellow color with heavy carbonation. Thin head that fell fast, and a definitely chemical aroma that was fairly unpleasant.

The taste is macro-corn, with again, that unpleasant chemical sensation that really made this one rough on the palate. Worse by FAR when it gets a little warm, this is one I'd definitely avoid.

If you're poor or already drunk, maybe worth a shot... otherwise, buyer beware, and if you're that hard up grab a Molson Export, a Labatt or even a Budweiser to avoid this stuff. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 02:39:12 | More by EMV
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LooseMoose1978

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -38%

02-04-2013 01:13:31 | More by LooseMoose1978
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.5/5  rDev -38%

01-15-2012 08:23:53 | More by ygtbsm94
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granger10

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -38%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One of the clearest non-light beers I have seen. Head doesn't really maintain itself. Smells like stale bread, maybe cardboard, a little astringent. Taste has a fake creamed corn adjunctyness to it. A bit medicinal and cardboard in the finish. Body is lacking. I am always willing to try cheap beers in hopes of finding another PBR or MHL but this certainly wasn't it. Worse than tasteless, this was bad.

Serving type: can

02-28-2006 19:42:09 | More by granger10
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -38%

06-17-2014 02:49:29 | More by TheBigBoy
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bigred89

Maryland

1.5/5  rDev -38%

12-04-2011 02:45:11 | More by bigred89
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rcjennings

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -38%

01-26-2013 23:03:40 | More by rcjennings
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mpenning13

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -38%

07-08-2013 23:36:26 | More by mpenning13
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

1.53/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So, the other day I caught some punk kids who had smuggled cans of this into my bar, and confiscated the contraband before giving them the bumrush. Why would they need to hide this under their coats, is it because my offerings aren't good enough for them? Is this the holy grail of brews, that has somehow escaped my purview? Let us see...
Appearance: clear and extraordinarily pale, just a shade above invisible, with bubbly bone-white foam above, short in duration.
Aroma: best compared to ripe cardboard, dried lemon peel, dirty socks, and yesterday's urinal cakes.
Taste: None. No, sorry, there's an over-abundance of nothingness, and me, I'm stuck with no way to describe it. I'll try harder...lemonade without the sugar and the lemons..iced tea without the ice and the tea...a moist ghost faintly traveling through the palate, leaving the mind with only a fuzzy, bad memory, and the bladder with another load to bear.
This is the Official Beer for Nihilists, Everywhere. If you believe in Nothing, this is your God.

Serving type: can

01-10-2004 10:41:02 | More by feloniousmonk
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rfgetz

New Jersey

1.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Went away for the weekend with a bunch of friends and each of us was responsible for a case of beer each. I brought a Great Divide mixed case and we had atleast 6 people bring your standard BMC products. The final guest arrived with a case of this brew. Never saw this exact product, but British friends always talk about drinking massive quantities of Carling products.

One of the lightest beers i have ever seen, im not even sure how to classify it - very pale straw color and overly carbonated to boot. Smell is almost non existant... no beer smell but hints of cooked vegtables. Tastes so light, it could be a small beer made from the runnings of a small beers small beer runnings. Blows your mind, huh? Very slight metallic taste. Almost like carbonated pond water flavored with a few strands of dried grass. Light, thin, overly carbonated. One of the few beers that made me wish i had a BMC light product.

Serving type: can

11-08-2009 22:58:22 | More by rfgetz
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MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

1.58/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Acquired sample from a cheap beer party.

Appearance: Pours a golden pale colour with a foamy bone white head. Retention is less than stellar. Actually does not look too bad.

Aroma: Corn and skunk. Sample is cold, therefore there isn't much to smell. I'd hate to smell a warm sample.

Taste: Very sweet and corny. Keith described this as tasting like Corn Pops, and he is correct. The sugary sweet coating of the beer reveals a strong corn flavour. Not pleasing.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, carbonated, typical.

Final Statement: If you purchase this, leave it in the can, punch a hole in the bottom, place lips on said hole, pop the tab, then consume. This way, you only need to taste this corny rotten swill once. How did this ever become of the best selling brand in the U.K.? To the sink it goes.

Serving type: can

05-02-2007 17:28:45 | More by MMansfield
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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

1.6/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A neighbor gave me one of these last night. He bought a case trying to save some bucks from buying his traditional Bud case. What can I say: this beer is pretty bad. It looks fine. Nice and clear with great carbonation, but it tastes so husky and grain like that it almost makes me cringe after each swallow. This one is for the end of the night after you've blacked out or maybe if you want to shotgun a beer with some friends. Not good.

Serving type: can

08-28-2010 14:49:01 | More by jwhancher
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

1.6/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had a really tough time getting past the smell of this beer. It is just unpleasantly cereal-y and reminds me of everything I don't like about bad beer. Combine that with a rather unimpressive appearance and a light yet unpleasant cereal flavor, and you have yourself a real winner here...I'd rather have a Miller Lite any day.

Serving type: can

08-26-2007 03:06:54 | More by BeerBelcher
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Carling Black Label from Molson Coors Canada
60 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.