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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: marlinsfan4 on 01-29-2009)
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Poured a dark brown, near black, ruby tinged amber color with a thin head of fizzy off white foam which left little to no lacing.

S: Smells of slightly roasted caramel malt, carob and light herbal hops.

T: Flavor is a bit bland, but the slightly roasted malt character of the brew is decent enough. A slight weak coffee flavor melds with bittersweet cocoa and that light roasted malt mixture. A faint grassy hop flavor rounds our a slightly buttery finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy drinking enough.

D: A dark or dunkel lager fan might session this as the ABV seems modest and flavors are alright. If you can have it for a good price and there's really not much available, I'd condone picking it up. Although if there were something available in the way of a true schwartzbier I'd easily leave this one behind.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 20:52:33 | More by Gambrinus1184
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap it was dark brown/black color with a tan head,,smell is sweet malts and toffee with some hops..taste is good with hops and toasted malts a touch of nutmeg some light coffee..mouth feel is on the light side with all the flavors not bursting out at you..easy to drink and pretty tasty though try this one

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 01:13:27 | More by gatornation
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barczar

Kentucky

3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a half inch medium tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving light lace.

Caramel malt, cola, and roast aromas dominate, with a hint of diacetyl surfacing. Little floral hop is present.

Chocolate and roast malt form the flavor backbone, with an acrid coffee taste rounding out the finish, leaving a bitter note. Hops are underlying, slightly herbal. Esters of dark fruits surface as it warms.

Body is medium light, with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly astringent.

Not a bad brew, but nothing spectacular in flavor or aroma. Glad it's something different in style with such wide availability.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2012 06:49:13 | More by barczar
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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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CHickman

New York

3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost black looking dark brown color with a little chestnut brown showing where the light hits the beer and a huge foamy 2 finger tan head that faded pretty quickly, leaving minimal lacing as it went down.

Smells of cocoa powder, roasted grains, coffee grinds, dry grass or hay, chocolate, caramel, dry and faint floral hops and some burnt wood; very basic and roasted grain nose, that’s just sort of devoid of any major accents.

Tastes like it smells, with cocoa powder, roasted grains, coffee grinds, chocolate Quick powder, dry grass, hay, light caramel, faint floral hops, tea leaf and astringent charcoal notes; basically this tastes of roasted grains and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and light, with mild carbonation, a medium and almost chewy body and slightly bitter finish that leaves a sweet charcoal taste.

Average overall, this might fit the style profile, but unless I was at McSorley's in NYC throwing back a few, then I doubt that I’d seek this out again. Extra points for being easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 03:29:10 | More by CHickman
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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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david18

New York

2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 18:44:22 | More by david18
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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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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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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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Amalak

New York

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had a bottle and it was dark, but some light got through. It had a decent head that dissipated without much lace. It had a nice wood scent to it.

It taste was grainy and even somewhat sour. It actually tasted like sourdough pretzels. It's sort of smooth, but just a bit too sour. I think I had this before at McSorley's bar in NYC and liked it better. But can't remember.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 00:31:03 | More by Amalak
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle at the Lansdowne Pub near Fenway. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brown almost black color, with a thin white head that faded fast. Smelled a bit like cola syrup. Tasted was interesting. Reminded me of a combination of pumpernickel bread and black licorice. Very thin mouthfeel, with a weird fizz and an acrid aftertaste, like burnt coffee. I can see how some might enjoy a big mug of this, but I don't think it was good enough to encourage me to order another.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 21:01:31 | More by morebeergood
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a hefty mocha head that has pretty good staying power.

S - Dry roasted barley, toasted brown bread, mild caramel and cocoa.

T - Roasted malts, brown bread crust, mostly dry but some sweetness is mixed in as well. Faint cocoa comes through and the finish is dry with a bready aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation, coarse at times, light bodied, dry finish.

Texture was a bit off but overall pretty solid for the style. Nothing fancy but a solid session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 23:30:51 | More by StaveHooks
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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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marlinsfan4

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 22:16:54 | More by marlinsfan4
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THECPJ

Delaware

2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
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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GRG1313

California

2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 03:05:51 | More by GRG1313
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BMoney575

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-11-10

Pours very dark, almost black, with a filmy off white head and decent lacing. Just a bit of red around the edges.

Smell is sweet malt, slightly beery, with a Guinness-like smoky quality. Not bad, if nothing special.

Taste is very mild, a little malty and smoky, and really not bad. The flavors are light and unoffensive, and the aftertaste is clean a nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but right, white tart carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, definitely a session beer.

Overall, I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 22:38:32 | More by BMoney575
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dasenebler

Maine

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, but not very viscous. Soda-like pour, head dissipates quickly. Aroma of peaty malts and roast.

Flavor is nice. Not fantastic or full-bodied, but enough character with the roastiness, peaty malt and potent tanginess to keep me interested for the drink. Not too bitter, but definitely dry rather than sweet and malty. Tart hops. Carbonation was a little high for me, and the mouthfeel wasn't too persuasive. Overall, pretty good and very drinkable for the flavors it packs. Though, I could do without the hoaky McSorley's Ale House history and other gimmickry suggested by the label. Come on, it's a contract brew. But a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 04:22:46 | More by dasenebler
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botham

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a chestnut brown color with amber highlights and two fingers of light tan head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and a bit of dark grain with some dark fruit in the background. a distant tinge of something metallic hurts the aroma a bit.

taste follows the nose without the metallic tinge. not bad for a medium brown ale, with a nice freshness and smooth finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a hearty finish of residual caramel and grain.

drinkability is decent. for a brown, this is a decent brew, but it is a bit weak in the end. could be better.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2009 22:09:50 | More by botham
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bump8628

Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as the name suggests with a light tan head.

Subtle roast throughout like weak coffee. Not much else in terms of malt or hop character other than an offsetting hop bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp as a lager should be.

I would say this falls closer to a Schwarzbier with the more pronounced roasted note. Whatever you want to call it it's another underwhelming lager in the vast world of lager beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 23:15:04 | More by bump8628
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 01:34:21 | More by Buebie
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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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generallee

New York

4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark brownish color with a slight reddish hue. There is some visible carbonation that flows up to the tall tan head. The head had very good retention and lacing.

Smell: There is a lightly roasted character and sweet malted barley with just a hint of hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has some slight roasted coffee notes with sweet bready and roasted malt notes. Hop flavor is light and brings some mineral/leafy notes to the finish. The finish is rather clean with roasted flavors and hop bitterness fading quickly. The palate is a smooth medium body with just the right amount of carbonation to help clean the palate.

Notes: Overall this is a very enjoyable and very drinkable black lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 18:15:37 | More by generallee
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therica

Maryland

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let it warm some (ie don't overchill like it's a ridiculous ColdCoorsLite) and you'll appreciate it more.

A= dark chestnut-brown, some big-bubble carbonated head, modest lacing.

S= roasty, nice malts, light caramel, nutty dryness and some traditional floral hops and dark fruits. Slight burnt molasses and smoke notes.

T= smooth, some nice toasted malts and hints of nut, hints of dark fruits, balanced English-style hops, balanced bitterness, finishes slightly dry and yet slightly sweet as well.

M= nutty, some toasted malts, light hops florals.

D= very drinkable and a contender in this class.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 00:32:42 | More by therica
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.