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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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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14%
Wants: 13
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:
Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of Billakowski
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of cjac
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of musicman7070
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of godlessape
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of ejh06752
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mttdls
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this one trade. A black lager, dark like cold coffee in a glass, without ice. Black hole like. Nose is ripe fruits and raison and caramel and floral...OK. Taste is light malt and prune and then some bitter...overall quick and somewhat watery, not chewy or overly rustic. Seems much like the other black lager I've tried. I guess overall, however, I'm lukeW on the style.

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best American dark lager available. It has incredible roasted malt flavor and drinks smooth like a dark lager should. Sure, I would prefer Kostritzer on tap but in the US this is not a real possibility. I actually prefer this beer to the original Kostritzer in the can or bottle and I can afford it as a retired beer lover. At a price point lower than most American adjunct lagers, this flavorful brew is affordable and readily available. Kudos to Pabst for making it available and affordable.

Photo of skyisland
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of Marty91
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Kevin55
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DioS
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of h4ger
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of broller
4.75/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of PalmettoPyrat
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ridgeline23
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Trent
2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of Flowyn82
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of 57md
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark brown with ruby edges and over a finger of beige head. The head dissipated very quickly and left very little lacing behind. The nose was bready with a trace of roast. There is also a hint of roasted malt in the flavor profile, but the taste and body of this beer are pretty thin. There are both light sweet and bitter notes on the finish.

Photo of runwild99
4/5  rDev +14.3%

McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.