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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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80
good

326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of dacrza1
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Situation: A Good Friday three-meal ender... Glassware: 22 oz. pilsner... Appearance: thin white head sits atop a black body that befits the label and approximates a black and tan appearance... Aroma: sweet burnt aroma that suggests a porter; malts are roasted and hops are subdued... Palate: smooth, slick body--a moderate to full-bodied lager; slight effervescence; a bit creamy too... Taste: a bit toasted in its maltiness; bread notes remind the drinker that this IS a lager... Overall: rather flat and nondescript overall appeal; a bit of a warmer for February and March, but with a bit of sweetness, this can be a nice after-dinner glass

dacrza1, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mralphabet
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

mralphabet, May 21, 2010
Photo of alex_hart
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

alex_hart, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of ShepardCommander
4/5  rDev +14.3%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of davidwhatshisnam
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

davidwhatshisnam, May 13, 2014
Photo of Naugros
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Naugros, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of matty
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pitch black beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is basically nothing.Taste is sweet with a hint of chocolate.Very watery and weak flavor.This is not by no means bad but it is not something I see myself buying again.I would probably recommend to try at least once but don't expect to get your socks knocked off.

matty, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/28/2010:

12 oz bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a nearly opaque black color with a half-finger of slightly off-white head that dissapates quickly.

S: This shows some roastiness up front with some dark fruitiness and a bit of wet bread as well.

T: It is mostly of roasted coffee and dark chocolate early with a toasty/bready finish.

M: This has a rather thin body, but the carbonation sticks around and makes it quite drinkable.

D: This is drinkable but could be much better.

bucklemyshoe, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of theboozecruise
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark brown in color, not hazy at all, with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

The smell is dominated by dark malts... a little bitterness to it. Not bad at all but could use some secondary flavors.

The taste is mostly the same dark bitter malt flavor, but appears watered down. There is a bitter aftertaste left over from the malts.

Mouthfeel is kinda weak due the watery nature of the beer, but I'd definitely have another. Which is good, because I bought a 6-pack.

theboozecruise, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Punisher, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

YamagamiTravis, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of Ricochet
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this was marked "Latrobe PA" for where it was brewed. High hopes here. It's the water. Poured dark like a porter or stout with no head and just a touch of lace. Smelled slightly of burnt malt, but nothing special.Mouth was mild creamy with a distinct wine and chocolate aftertaste.

So, taste notes. Chocolate, burnt malt, slight wine sour touch of alcohol. The malt flavor was intense but was tapered by the chocolate and made a decent drinker. I did notice a taste like better Bock beers too.

So, this is what they are drinking at a small joint in NY. Maybe someday I'll see it, but until then, this is a good sturdy bottle of beer I wouldn't mind having again.

Ricochet, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of giblet
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured almost flat. had to coax a 1/8" head that quickley settled. decent lacing down the glass very fine and sparse carbonation. black in color. smells of roasted malt. tastes decent. a little sweet roasted malt. but actually fairly light and thin overall. that is ok if you want 3-9 of them.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

giblet, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Hoagie1973, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very dark clear brown and produced a one funnier high beige bubbly head. Dissipates fast and leaves not much lacing.
The smell is of coffee , brown sugar, but has a smokey feel to it.
The taste is light caramel and dark fruit up front, and gets a little smokey in the middle. The end is dominated by malt.
Nice simple beer, very drinkable!

Hopfenpeter, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of ColdWaffles
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

ColdWaffles, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of SonOfKyuss
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

SonOfKyuss, May 12, 2013
Photo of harrylee773
1.25/5  rDev -64.3%

harrylee773, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of TheMrFarnham
4/5  rDev +14.3%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of tugdriver7
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while watching the Australian GP last Sunday. Black/brown in the glass, decent (short lived) head. Smoky "stout-like" scent in the nose and in the initial taste, with a fairly rich dark malt flavor, though somewhat smoother (obviously, a lager) than a stout. Not quite as much of the rich, roasted flavor of a Schwarzbier, but very much like a quality Dunkel. A bit of astringent alcohol flavor emerges as the beer warms, reducing the "drinkability" rating a bit. Great offering, however. And thanks to "N" for bringing it by.

tugdriver7, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Satan70, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of BDIMike
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 h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

h4ger, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

raythealeman, Jun 09, 2012
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.