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McSorley's Irish Black Lager - Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager

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BA SCORE
80
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330 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 330
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009)
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1.25/5  rDev -64.3%

harrylee773, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of saztheorybook
2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks exactly like cola, an almost-black brown with no "fizz" after the initial burst. Even my vigorous pour only encouraged about a half a finger's worth of head, suspect because of the plethora of bubbles covering my glass and a head that dissipates in seconds with zero lacing.

S-Caramel and aluminum notes. Obviously the head this the source of most volatiles but there is little to no smell after the head vanishes so quickly.

T- Decent malt profile with a nice roasted flavor that outlasts the negative flavors into the finish. At times there are notes of dirt/grass. Maybe a little DMS, too. This is pretty astringent and a little bit chemical.

M-I could chug this if it weren't for the astringency, but as it stands, it could only be truly quaffable with a sausage in the other hand.

D-I'd get this at a festival and drink it from the bottle. Honestly, I think this might taste better that way. It was cheap, and it's okay, but I don't think I would buy another one at a beer store or restaurant, even though it was relatively cheap.

saztheorybook, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of vazy
2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- a rich black with a burnt brown head. Decent head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell- a fair amount of hoppiness with very subtle chocolate undertones. Picking up some dark espresso hints.

Taste- Very rich and heavy. Rich coffee like flavors with mild bursts of nutmeg and cinnamon. Gives a warm and toasty feel to the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy, I get the texture of coffee grinds as an aftertaste. Definitely dense and bold.

Drinkability- I was expecting something different from this beer, not that thats a good thing or a bad thing. Its flavors are rich and overall its decent but its wouldn't be the first dark lager I'd pick up.

vazy, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of njthebestofme
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- was a dark brown.. light head to lacing.. didnt now seem to be over caribanted

S- malty,, no hopw to nose a little coco or a roast smell

T- reminded me if you if an ash tray with Guinness and drank it.. did not enjoy it at all

M- let an after tast a ash

D- not recmoned for a six pack.. try one and see how ya like it.. different tastes for different poeple.. but not for me... cheers

njthebestofme, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of kojevergas
2.17/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream and thickness, and average retention. Solid black colour.

Sm: Caramel, light chocolate, and maybe nuts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Simple light roast with some poorly handled caramelized malt and hints of artificial chocolate. Poorly balanced - especially in terms of structure - wherein all the flavour is contained about the midpoint. Some nutty hints trickle in thereabouts, but never redeem it. It's imbalanced overall and badly constructed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours generally.

Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable. I'd never have this again. Awful for the style.

D

kojevergas, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Trent
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Trent, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

avisong, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of Etan
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Etan, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Buebie
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Producing just under an inch of off white head, settling quickly and leaving a thin cap with thicker collar of retention.
Black in color with violet hues lighting up when held to light.

Aroma is toffee, darker grains and a semi sweet malt backing. Aroma is ok, but subdued and really not coming forward much. Its lacking really any strong oder in a nothing to see here...look away fashion.

Taste is more toffee, sweet malt and a touch of floral leaf hops. Some mild biter roasty grains with a distant flavor of peppermint. Tastes almost like somone breifly dipped a candy cane into the beer.

Mothfeel is thin and watery with mild carbonation.

Not much in the way of drinkability. Skip this and you will not have missed a thing.

Buebie, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, Aug 11, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

sneaks2210, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This seems to be a new McSorley's brand from Wilkes-Barre, PA, my usual beer store just got in 6 packs of it this week so it must be new?

Anywho, their is no website where this product is listed at all and googling "Irish Black Lager" turns up nothing on google... so the style of it is kind of a mystery. Could be a swarzbier, but played it safe with the "Euro Dark Lager." Pours a very dark brown with a small tannish colored head. Doesn't seem to offer too much smell wise, taste is a little underwhelming as well. A little bit of a smokey taste, light bodied, slight hop sweetness on the swallow. Not much going on here.. tried something new and can't say I enjoyed it too much, here's to trying the Irish Pale Ale next.

oriolesfan4, Jan 29, 2009
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2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark color that turns a reddish-brown color when held to the light. There is a thick brown head that dissipates fairly quick, but laces nicely on the way down.
Smell isn't back for a Euro Dark Lager. There is a bit of a roasted malt smell, but like most European beers, there is a strong hop smell to it as well.
Taste has a bit of a roasted malt taste, but is then taken over by a hop taste. Neither is a very good taste and instead of balancing, the two tastes kind of clash.
Mouthfeel is ok. There is average thickness, but there is a bit of a chewiness to the beer.
Drinkability is rough on this beer. It isn't all that bad, but there is a bit of a dry and scratchy aftertaste that ruins the sip. It makes it hard to drink.

BDIMike, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
2.63/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark brown with a tan/yellow head.

Nose is simple light coffee and roasted grain with a light cooked fruit undertone. Not bad-just nothing about which to make note.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit watery.

Flavor profile is very simple and not really appealing. Thin, watery, lack of character and body and with a simple light roasted grain flavor and character profile. Again, not bad-just not noteworthy.

Light thin coffee finish.

GRG1313, Jan 06, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Notice a high score for appearance and nothing else...they got the color of the style right but that's about it. No yeast funk like there should be...the malts lake depth...the hops are forgettable, even though this isn't supposed to be a hoppy style anyway...tastes like an adjunct version of a schwarzbier, which I suppose is what it is...was cheap anyway...avoid

chicagoabbot, Mar 14, 2011
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2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brownish hue black with 1 finger off white head

smell: roasted malts, coffee,

taste: coffee, some cocoa notes, roasted malts, lager yeast

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin mouthfeel

drinkability: overall it was just an average lager.

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 04, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

davidwhatshisnam, May 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

skyisland, Sep 08, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

icehawk, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

SonOfKyuss, May 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

bmjivi221, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of jlindros
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was watching the Boondock Saints on a hot spring day so I figured this was appropriate.

A: Tall fluffy 2 finger head fades so slowly it is as if it was an implanted memory that it even existed. The beer is very dark brown, almost black but slightly clear where light can get through where it thins.

N: Hmmm, a lot like lager extract and mass produced lager. Some cheap lager aromas, lots of syrupy aromas like corn syrup, touch of darker malt.

T: A little better than aroma. SOme sweet syrups, some molasses, corn syrup, chewy malts. A slight cheap lager taste, but not so bad at first. Then a slight bitterness comes on but not from hops, more like some unpleasant additive or something from the yeast that was no happy with the beer as it fermented. Then some metallic tastes and off flavors no so pleasant.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: The unpleasantries come out more late on the taste and carry into the finish. More metallic bad lager flavors, some sticky sweetness, slight unpleasant bitterness. There is also a touch of dark malts, perhaps a heavy crystal or even a touch of roast. The weird bitterness lingers for a bit too.

Granted I did drink this a little warmer than I should have, but being ice cold just covers up all the flaws, so now they are all brought out.

jlindros, May 02, 2010
Photo of association330
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours dark brown with a fleeting, light-tan head. Barely any lace.

S - Stale roasted malt, light milk chocolate and a lactic note. A bit like flat cola (oddly also what it happens to look like).

T - Roasted malt, milk chocolate and a swallow of bananas. Odd roasted malt/cola aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium bodied, with slightly harsh carbonation.

D - A lot like mixture of Killians and Guinness Draught - darker and perhaps a bit more flavor than either. Not something I'd buy again, but I've certainly had worse.

association330, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of david18
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this for a friend's party. He grew up in Manhattan and I knew it would have sentimental value. I don't drink a lot of Euro Dark Lagers so I have nothing to compare it to. It was ok but no great shakes. Impressive dark color, good tan head. Aroma is almost non existent. Mouthfeel and drinkability are ok and this beer would be good for almost any season.

david18, Sep 21, 2009
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McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 330 ratings.