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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
good

317 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 317
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | 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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duceswild

Maryland

3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-17-2014 05:56:40 | More by duceswild
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-24-2013 00:40:08 | More by ejimhof
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McSorley's may sound tough, but it looks like a weak cup of decaf. While the better part of the beer is black, a good deal of it is still light brown. Those spots not only showcase clarity but a good deal of sparkle against the light. As for head, it has none. As for lace, it leaves none. Hence, again, the weak cup of decaf look.

I was expecting stout, but the nose is unmistakably schwarzbier. The difference may be negligible to casual drinkers, but I assure you it's night and day to those who've acquired the taste for the coffee and roasted barley aromas of stouts. A lot less chocolate (though with hints of cocoa), this has a much more moderate maltiness.

On the palate it is medium-light bodied and smooth with no harshness whatsoever, despite the prominent taste of dark and lightly roasted malts. It is a very neutral (some may say 'clean') character that deposits a pleasant nougat-like sweetness in the aftertaste, but nothing at all coffee or chocolate-like. I want to say 'dark fruits' but maybe not.

The beer's extreme dryness contributes to its neutral feel on the palate. Even the sweetness parts quickly. It drinks very much the same as a golden lager, albeit with the additional dark maltiness, and has about the same bitterness (which is to say little). As such, dark colour notwithstanding, it should really appeal to mainstream drinkers.

McSorley's may have an Irish name, but it's a German-style beer brewed by an American company. Too weak for stout lovers, this black(ish) beer may be a good introduction for those too timid yet for the dark roastiness of authentic Irish stouts. And when viewed in this regard, it's not too bad an offering at all. I'd happily have another.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 19:32:44 | More by biegaman
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plaid75

New York

3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black hue with amber edges below a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet adjunct grain coupled with roasted barley.

The taste consisted of a slight sweetness tempered by a moderate roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was typical foe style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 23:52:43 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle appeared reddish chocolate, while in the glass was a flat black with frumpy and frothy medium sandstone colored head that quickly dissipated.

S: The nose yielded soft accents of freshly roasted barley with light hints of wet charred wood. The overall strength was light, clean and smooth and well suited per style.

T: The flavor was full with light roasted offering of coffee beans. Fresh ripe and juicy plums along with a light earthy bitterness are also well noted. Sweet raisins deliver a touch of sweetness while wet coffee grounds appear on the finish. Pretty good substance wise, and smooth.

M: Creamy and slick texture, with a medium body and playful and edgy feel from the carbonation. Nice fullness per style.

D: Enjoyable for a few, fairly smooth going down with a fullness that can be appreciated without weighing you down.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2009 22:26:46 | More by beerthulhu
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-26-2014 22:48:19 | More by Latarnik
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

06-23-2014 05:43:13 | More by Kelp
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glid02

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rira in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of black and roasted malts with hints of dark fruits - dates and raisins mostly.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the dark fruit flavors are a bit larger than the smell would intimate. Black malt flavors up front with a bit of complexity added by roasted malts. Mild fruit flavors enter into things midway through the sip and fade out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I actually got two for the price of one but one was enough for me.

Overall this beer didn't seem terribly clean, and while not terrible it's not worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2009 02:15:10 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev 0%

08-19-2012 23:25:27 | More by PEIhop
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Brad007

Vermont

3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks average.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of molasses/roasted coffee in the nose. Pretty basic with nothing that really stands out.

Taste is somewhat near a stout and schwarzbier with a sweet, bland roasted feel to it and what feels like chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel is definitely bland as well. Again, another identity crisis here.

You can drink it but I'm not sure you can enjoy it. Middle of the road and there are better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 05:51:37 | More by Brad007
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THECPJ

Delaware

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

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 03:59:27 | More by THECPJ
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

01-13-2013 03:46:15 | More by dmorgan310
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

02-26-2014 20:16:55 | More by harpus
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black to cola brown and ruby in color. Light beige head that leaves a slow island of filmy foam throughout the twelve ounces of brew.

The aroma is roasted and effervescent. Dark roasted malts and a little grassy hops. Thats it, pretty simple and satisfying overall.

Miedium roasted malt flavor with the astringent hops from America, and a an effervescant yeast gives a little dry palate. The finish is a little musty, but still very drinkable. This is a perfect local pub session Irish lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 01:29:35 | More by scruffwhor
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

07-03-2014 21:52:55 | More by rolltide8425
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

05-30-2012 05:28:25 | More by Zaphog
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
051711 (followed by more numbers) Utica, NY on the neck.

A - Clear dark rich mahogany in color with a still light khaki head. Good retention but very little lace left behind.

S - Bitter roasted malts tickle the senses with burnt hints, mocha, and a small smoky aspect. While somewhat complex, it remains a bit grainy and acrid.

T - Grainy roasted malts and dry mocha with bitter bottom-of-the-pot, day-old coffee, the flavor isn't much of a departure from the aroma, it's just "cheaper" feeling.

M - Lighter-bodied, the dark color would surprise most. Acrid bitter and crisp with a higher carbonation level and dry, dusty finish.

O - The overwhelming dry, dirt-like component to this beer definitely doesn't do it any favors. McSorley's Irish Black Lager is not something I'd be interested in having again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:16:17 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -14.3%

11-05-2013 05:25:12 | More by tobelerone
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -14.3%

01-20-2012 21:11:10 | More by Rhettroactive
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky with a yeasty overtone, not strong but OK. It pours a semi-transparent Coke brown with a fluffy and thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Flavor is a bit weak, but malty and smoky with hints of spice and molasses. Texture is smooth and fizzy, just a bit watery. If they can "thicken" this beer it will be a winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 01:47:53 | More by Cyberkedi
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev 0%

11-28-2011 04:41:34 | More by barnzy78
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown; ruby on the edges when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger brown head that dissipated to a thin skim. Laced in random spots.

S: Faint toasted malts and maybe some fruit. Also hay and grass.

T: Muted toasted malt flavors; maybe some burnt toast, chocolate. Very smooth to a mild bitter and dry finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and fair balance. Dry finish.

D: Easy to drink for sure. Lacks character to be a regular beer though.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 16:49:55 | More by Haybeerman
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DmanGTR

New York

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

02-10-2013 16:58:28 | More by DmanGTR
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 051809-1613022. Sampled on March 16, 2009.

Before I get into details I must say that this was one of best tasting beers I've had lately.

The pour is deep black with a short-lived tan head. The aroma is a luscious smelling licorice, smokey, pipe tobacco, chocolate malt mixture. I really couldn't define it. All I could think of was a smoke-filled pub (and I don't smoke).

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy and somewhat creamy. The taste was very much like its aroma of licorice and smoke with a vibrant but subtle hoppy sensation. Wow, I wish I picked up a 6-pack of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 22:22:05 | More by puboflyons
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wrightst

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

06-23-2013 02:05:57 | More by wrightst
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.