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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

163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 344
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009

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Reviews: 163 | Hads: 344
Photo of psulovesbeer
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass with good head, nice lacing and a deep black color.
Smells bland and maybe a touch of roasted malt
Taste is clean upfront with a nice roasted grain finish
Mouthfeel is true lager upfront with a nice roasted linger to make you wan another sip this is highly drinkable and a refreshing example of the style... Not standout but good and worthy of a try (372 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, pale, crystal, and chocolate malt scent along with some slightly fruity yeast esters. The taste is decent. It has a smooth black and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some light earthiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carobnation. This is a pretty good black lager. I like a little more crystal malt flavor, but this is a fine representation of the style. (547 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is listed on BA as being brewed by Lion Brewery, but on my bottle it says McSorley's Brewery. Anyway it was hard as hell to find on BA. I poured the beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was really black. No head much and no lacing. Smell was slighly nutty as was the taste. A bit of chocolate made the beer tasty. I will buy again. (349 characters)

Photo of akokandy
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JoeyBeerBelly for the bottle!

A- 12oz brown bottle poured into a tulip pint. The beer pours black with a small head which quickly fades to nothing and leaves no lacing. Some light shows through.

S- Not a very strong aroma. Some caramel malts.

T- Caramel and roasted malts dominate the flavor. A little twang to the finish. The taste, I would say, is somewhere between Smithwick's and Newcastle, and basically on par with both. Not too bad at all and paired well with leftover corned beef. I've had some good schwarzbiers and dark lagers, but nothing that delivered this much flavor.

M- Thin, and light bodied. Could have used maybe a little more carbonation.

D- I might've had another if I had one on hand. I feel like this is a beer you need to be in the right mood for. Not my favorite style, and I never would have ordered it in a bar, but I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I'd have it again if offered. (927 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
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. (735 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

McSorley's- Irish Black Lager

A- Deep dark brown almost black with a good thick head. Big solid lacing down the glass.
S- Light coffee/ cocoa roasted malts.
T- Sweet lightly roasted chocolate and coffee malt with a decent butteriness.
M- Sweet creamy malt body throughout with a light earthy dry hop finish. Buttery and creamy feeling.

Overall- Not bad at all. The best that McSorley has to offer.? (401 characters)

Photo of wac9
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i found this beer in wiiliamsport pa . pouring into a glass , it pours a nice black color , and if you like black this is for you , smell well it smell like beer, taste like nice dark larger that you want to drink again. good mouthfeel starst off nice and only get better drinkability is wonderful i think i found my beer to drink for a while until i get bored if you like dark euro largers or beers black in your glass i think there nothing better seeing black in your glass then try it you may like it (503 characters)

Photo of matty
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black in color with a short-lived khaki head that remained as a light coating and left decent lacing.

S - light roasted barley malt and butter in the aroma.

T - the taste brings out more of the roasted malt than the smell with mild bittering on the finish.

F - medium bodied with low carbonation and a somewhat thin feel.

D - fairly easy to drink. (401 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.49/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (727 characters)

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McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
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