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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
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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 12
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009)
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Photo of KTCamm
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark black with some brown tinges. Very little foam remains. Light chocolate nose. Smooth, even keeled dark chocolate malt taste. Light, almost watery underneath. Mild bitter long into the finish. Pretty good beer. Enjoyable.

KTCamm, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

biegaman, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Ralphs66, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of fdig23
3/5  rDev -14.5%

fdig23, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

DavidGross, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served cool.

Black with 2 finger khaki head.

Aroma; Deeply toasted malt, a touch of roastiness and a faint hoppiness.

Mouthfeel; nice, mousselike

taste: malty, with a dry finish, and a slight aftertaste of licorice and smoke.

notes: this is good. This is very good beer,

fx20736, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of beergoot
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.

beergoot, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of OldTime
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

OldTime, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a black color with a nice tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of malt with a trace of caramel. There is also a bit of coffee and nut in the background. Taste of malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. There is a nice bitterness throughout and a dry finish. Medium body, crisp and smooth. Nice balance. Easy drinker, nice beer for the style. I think having this on tap at an Irish pub enhances the character of this beer.

soju6, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of bckayaalp
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

bckayaalp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -14.5%

sgttibbs, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Archimedes
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Archimedes, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

SFC21, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of oldseacaptain
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

oldseacaptain, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mquinn919
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

mquinn919, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of kinolust
3/5  rDev -14.5%

kinolust, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of danoeltico
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

danoeltico, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -14.5%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Pours black with faint amber/brown highlights. A strong pour yields three finger of thick brown head that looks creamy but dies fairly quickly leaving a thin layer on the surface.

Smells of dry roasted malts and some slight hop bitterness but not hop aroma. A swirl brings up further depth of malt flavor and some light chocolate and caramel notes. Smells rather like a more complex version of modern day Guinness Draught.

From the get-go the flavor is moderately dry and shows fairly good depth. The roasted malts lend a drying character and some very nice caramel, light chocolate, and light burnt notes to the flavor but do not make it feel thick, heavy, or coffee/bitter like a porter or even more so a stout. There is moderate hop bitterness but no flavor as I would expect.

The mouthfeel may be slightly over-carbonated but I can fix that with swirling. This is a light bodied beer, which really enhances its drinkability and refreshing quality.

Conclusion: This is the second beer I have had from this brewery and it is by far the best. There is good balance and complexity in the feel and flavor and this beer hits the style head on. I think if it was smoother and less carbonated (cask anybody?) it would reach new heights.

allforbetterbeer, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of barczar
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.

barczar, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of giblet
2.95/5  rDev -16%
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
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.