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McSorley's Irish Black Lager - Pabst Brewing Company

McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager

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BA SCORE
80
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311 Ratings
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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%


Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: marlinsfan4 on 01-29-2009)
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godlessape

Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a fine Paulaner beer mug. This is a dark brew. Foreboding to some, and inviting to others. I'm in the "other" camp. The wee tan head stays on like it should, and leaves a fair amount of lacing.
What I'm taking in the nose is rich earthy roasted malt, lots of molasses, faint hints of burnt sugar, and even fainter whiffs floral hop notes.
With this the taste follows the nose to a degree. I find the sweet roasted malt far more gentle, and neutral then the aroma and appearance may suggest. The minimal hop bitterness at the end compliments the brew in a great way.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and refreshing. Something that you could drink all night long.
Overall this a decent mild and mellow brew, that I'd love to try out on tap--preferably at McSorley's Old Ale House.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 00:46:14 | More by godlessape
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cola color, letting enough light through to highlight maroon flecks about the edges and bottom. The quickly disappearing head is tan, and stands about one finger high. Carbonation looks to be medium, and there is no sediment observed. The aroma is dominated by dark, toasty malts. There are also suggestions of toffee, buttery diacetyls, dark chocolate, and a bit of booze. As we sip, roasted malts meet the tongue up front. These continue, softening out through the middle, where they are met with flavors of bittersweet milk chocolate and those buttery diacetyls from the nose. The sip concludes with more bitterness from chocolate, with a twang of metallic character and coffee beans. The latter effectively controls the aftertaste, which is also malty, with a bit of sweetness. Both the body and carbonation are medium. The diacetyls give the beer slickness, helping to increase the ease of drinking. There is also slight astringency, drying the mouth a bit by the end of the session. The abv is fine and, again, the drinkability is reasonable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its deep and dark aroma. It was certainly unexpected to have such roasty malts, but it was considerably more surprising to find robust chocolate and nice buttery character. The taste followed through for the most part, lacking only in the same assertiveness found in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 04:19:20 | More by TheBrewo
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WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, pale, crystal, and chocolate malt scent along with some slightly fruity yeast esters. The taste is decent. It has a smooth black and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some light earthiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carobnation. This is a pretty good black lager. I like a little more crystal malt flavor, but this is a fine representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 01:32:47 | More by WesWes
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red. About 2 fingers worth tan head that settled to a nice layer and ring... Lacing all the way down the glass. Sweet looking brew.

S: Sweet malt, coffee, little chocolate, and light milk. A little like a light Milk Stout. Not bad.

T: First thing I'm getting is a sweet roasted malt, followed by a light milk chocolate and hint of coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Med to heavy bodied, with a creaminess as it warms up. Carbonation is there and active but not overwhelming.

D: Good ABV and a nice mixed of flavors. Very drinkable little brew.

I'd have to say a was surprised at how good this little beer was.... I might come back again for this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 04:12:04 | More by mralphabet
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up on a whim. Pouring at cellar temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with creamy and fizzy beige head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is generally caramel malt and a bit of grain, overall pretty mild nose.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp texture. Spacious and gentle carbonation make this beer even easier to drink.
Flavor is sweet malt with a bit of molasses note and caramel mixed in. I do get a bit of earthy hops on the finish but they dont linger and the molasses, sweet malt returns at the end of the swallow.
This beer is enjoyable and I could consume quite a few and not get bored, but also wouldnt feel overly stimulated but insane flavor and aroma mixtures.
A nice every day drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:08:57 | More by sulldaddy
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cpolking

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours pitch black. It has a slightly spicy aroma. I don't believe it is brewed with rye but it has an aroma of a bit of rye and a hint of smoke. It tastes of dark roasted malt, a hint of coffee, a hint of smoke and a hint of sweetness on the back end. It is flavorful yet not heavy.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:21:16 | More by cpolking
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Naugros

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hi. My name is Dave and I'm a beer geek that likes Pabst's Blue Ribbon. Yes, I turn my nose up at Bud, Miller, Coors and their ilk, but finding PBR on draft makes me happy. I know that admission is the first step to recovery but I feel it best that I am weaned off rather than go cold turkey. So let's try a Pabst beer that poses as a craft brew. That should help.

This is beer right? I poured it into the nonic and could have sworn I had poured a Pepsi. It's so highly carbonated that the bubbles continue to sizzle and pop on top for a few seconds. And it's got that dark brown color of colas.

Then I smell it and I swear that someone's messing with me and has slipped a Mounds bar under my nose. Coconut esters are richly surrounded by chocolate and caramel. Caramel? Okay, it's not a Mounds bar, but imagine a Mounds bar with caramel. That would be yummy. Back to the "beer"...I get a little peat with some brown sugar. No hops presence whatsoever.

And to take a bite...er, a sip. I don't get nearly as much coconut in the nose, but the chocolate and caramel still remain, but in this case it's well within the framework of a beer. The peat is still there and it's easy to tell that the caramel is coming from the malts. The high carbonation has settled down a little, but it's still fizzy. Despite this it remains pretty smooth for a dark lager...hell, any kind of lager. This is very drinkable and I find that I actually like this.

Yeah, my sponsor's not going to like that. This was supposed to be a "step down" beer, but it further proves to me that Pabst brews beers I like. Shh.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 18:59:17 | More by Naugros
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beergoot

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours outz a rich, nearly black body and produces a thick, creamy off-white head. Excellent lacing down the glass.

Fair aroma - black patent malt and other roasted malts. Light burnt toast. Faint bitter chocolate.

Light chocolate, caramel, mocha flavors. Hop bitterness is well-hidden in the malt characteristics.

Smooth and velvety in the mouth. Wet and highlighting malt sweetness throughout.

A rather good black lager. Relatively light in body feel but with a nearly full, luscious dark malt roundness. Flavorful and smooth. Goes to show that decent malt-y dark beers can be made with lager yeasts, too.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 23:01:42 | More by beergoot
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a dark brown with lighter brown coloration around the edges. When held to the light it shows some ruby clarity. A tan froth sit atop and quickly fades to thin film.

The smell is strong of licorice and faint dark grain quality with some roast elements mixes with some dark fruity sweetness like raisins and later like molasses.

The taste is fairly crisp with fruity raisin flavors and a hint of citrus hops. Some dark roasty grain has a bit of chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is lightly musty and filled with a mild earth element.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite crisp and easy drinking. Overall it was a pleasant take on the style but not something I would seek out regularly.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 14:09:02 | More by stakem
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erosier

Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep brown color that is still transparent with a medium sized and light bodied off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, lightly toasted ones, some honey and hops.
T: Similar to the aroma, it has a lighter body than I expected with a lot of light toasted malts, deeper roasted ones, and some honey and caramel flavors right before a slight hop taste.
M: Very crisp, light bodied, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I liked it, good lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 10:58:16 | More by erosier
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Redrover

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on at the Abilene, which is a very cool little beer and music bar in Rochester, NY,

Poured into a pint, the beer is dark brown/black with a thinish brown head.

The nose is of brown sugar and roasted malt.

The taste is sweet and leads with more brown sugar, mildly roasted malts and caramel. The taste works nicely as a cross over or introduction to darker styles type of beer.

The mouth was slightly thick with low levels of carbonation. Could be a session beer for some.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 20:24:59 | More by Redrover
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Well. . . it's black as you could probably guess. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger, bubbly, grayish-white head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface of the brew. Nice spiderweb lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, nutty, and peaty. A bit 'soapy', too.

T: Dark roasted coffee malt. Not really much else. Pretty basic.

M: Light but hearty. Has a feel of lingering carbonation. A bit of a nutty, slightly pungent aftertaste.

D: Nice balance of flavor and feel.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Nice appearance and pleasant, although simple, nose. Flavor is much the same. Not complex, but tasty. Solid feel, good drinkability. Solid quaff.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 20:47:35 | More by bmwats
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the draft taps I had not tried before, recommended by our waiter at "The Saloon".
This arrived deep, dark brown (almost black) color with a half inch of slightly tan head. Foam quickly melted to a thin cap, thin lace lines left behind. Smell had some roasted malt, a bit nutty and bready. A solid Euro dark taste, some coffee notes with nice malt character. Touch of bitterness to finish. Body was a bit thin, but appropriate. Refreshing and drinkable, but at the same time nothing too memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2010 21:37:18 | More by BigBry
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LacquerHead

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wasn't too bad. It had a roasted coffee like aroma, slightly robust. The taste was similar but it was a little thin. Again, it had a roasted nature. It was like mixing a light stout with a well carbonated lager. Overall, I thought it tasted a tad generic. It wasn't bad and for the most part I was happy with my 6pck purchase. I bought it on sale on Sat 12 when every store was having an Irish beer special. So it was worth the price on that day, but I wouldn't go flocking back unless it was on sale.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 01:39:06 | More by LacquerHead
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soju6

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a black color with a nice tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of malt with a trace of caramel. There is also a bit of coffee and nut in the background. Taste of malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. There is a nice bitterness throughout and a dry finish. Medium body, crisp and smooth. Nice balance. Easy drinker, nice beer for the style. I think having this on tap at an Irish pub enhances the character of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2012 17:06:31 | More by soju6
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deeper brown colored beer with a two finger tan head. The head faded rather fast to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of roasted malt as well as some aromas of molasses as well as a light herbal hop smell.

Taste – The taste starts out heaviest of roasted malt. A light caramel/brown sugar sweetness is upfront, but as the taste advances further it fades more and more. More toward the end some hop flavors as well as a licorice flavor come to the tongue giving a lightly sweet and rather pleasant aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is average. The thinner body could use a boost, but other than that it’s OK.

Overall – Quite nice and easy to drink with some decent roast and malt flavors. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 02:00:43 | More by Darkmagus82
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown (almost black) color with a small, tan bubbly head. There was minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

T - It tasted roasty with some sweet chocolate. There was a slight bitterness from the hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. When I saw the style my expectations dropped, but it was pretty good with some intricate flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:08:49 | More by zeff80
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Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a small tight tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of very light roasted malt, mineral/metal scent, burnt grains and some chocolate/peat. All are quite subtle. The taste is of light roasted malt, grainy and the beginnings of a chocolate or coffee flavor. Not too bad, a bit grainy. I would like to see a touch more of the roasted flavor. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, very burpy. Fairly sweet all around like a macro. A very easy drinking beer, one that could change some "dark" beer haters. Could use some more flavor but it is servicable.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 00:12:00 | More by Gmann
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A not quite black, topped by a slightly tanned one finger head. Some lacing, though not extensive.
S- Smells sweet. Tends toward a caramel aroma.
T- Definite flavors of caramel, which are quite pleasant, backed up by a bit of a milk chocolate flavor. Low hop bitterness. Quite sweet.
M- Body is light, though not terribly. Carbonation is a bit too biting for me. Carbonation did not help the flavors much here.
D- A decent drinking beer, but nothing that will blow your socks off. Simple and light.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 05:45:47 | More by jsprain1
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black pour with a light white head.

S: My allergies might be hindering this a bit, but smells like roasted
malts and dry coffee.

T: Taste pretty much follows the smell. Light up front with roasted malts following.

MF: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Good drinking beer. Won't blow you away.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2011 01:06:33 | More by russwbeck
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with an off-white foam head. Little retention. No lace.

Good nose. Some dark roasted malt, some cocoa powder, some roasted nuts. A little boiled grain here that reminds me of Guinness, but not enough to detract from the overall picture.

Good medium/middle of the road brew. Leans toward a Munich Dunkel, but not quite there. Dark roasted malt, with some coffee elements. A little creamy sweetness, but this is immediately cut and dried out with light bitterness. Finishes with a light bitter and slightly nutty edge. Surprise here.

A little more watery than I'd like, but not a big deal. Spot-on carbonation. This one just feels a little thin.

Overall, I liked this. Easy to drink, not overdone or over-carbonated. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:04:19 | More by OtherShoe2
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A cauldron of dark topped with as many fingers as you could furiously pour...Light chestnuts and weak unsweetened cocoa in the nose. Some dark malts there as well.

A tad sweet, some cocoa flavor, hmmm delicious molasses and raisins

Incredibly smooth bodied, just velvety, I with the Irish pubs around here had this on tap.

Over all, a surprisingly good beer and one I'm glad a snagged in a make your own sixer

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:48:02 | More by JoeAmerican77
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass to have a lighter beer at the end of the night.

It is a pretty dark shade with minimal foam. I smell coffee and light caramel.

It feels like a very light porter. I find this to be very drinkable. There is light coffee and a little bit of sweetness.

This is a very easy to drink beer. I enjoyed relaxing with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:38:03 | More by ummswimmin
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psulovesbeer

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass with good head, nice lacing and a deep black color.
Smells bland and maybe a touch of roasted malt
Taste is clean upfront with a nice roasted grain finish
Mouthfeel is true lager upfront with a nice roasted linger to make you wan another sip this is highly drinkable and a refreshing example of the style... Not standout but good and worthy of a try

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 22:38:25 | More by psulovesbeer
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lumberjerk

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Pours very dark, but you can see points of light around the edges. When held up to direct light (think desk lamp; who doesn't drink where they work?), it's a deep and clear reddish-brown. Head was thin and coffee-colored, but constant.

Smell is nothing to right home about. I can smell the dark malts, but nothing outstanding.

Tastes of coffee and caramel roasts, right down to the bitterness of a dark cup of joe.

A very creamy head. Some sharpness from the carbonation. Smooth and light.

Very drinkable. At the price and at 5.5% I won't be slamming these down, but I'd be happy to have this with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 02:19:44 | More by lumberjerk
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
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