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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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Ratings: 323
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 6 | 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 OldTime
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

OldTime, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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%

bckayaalp, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -14.3%

sgttibbs, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev 0%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of Archimedes
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Archimedes, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3.5/5  rDev 0%

SFC21, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of oldseacaptain
3.5/5  rDev 0%

oldseacaptain, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Edgewater
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Edgewater, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mquinn919
3.5/5  rDev 0%

mquinn919, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of kinolust
3/5  rDev -14.3%

kinolust, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of danoeltico
3.5/5  rDev 0%

danoeltico, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -14.3%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -11.4%
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 -15.7%
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, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of afoltz2
4/5  rDev +14.3%

afoltz2, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Rhettroactive, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of edwardkersh
3/5  rDev -14.3%

edwardkersh, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of sweemzander
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours just about pitch black in color. Produced a decent cap of tan froth. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A nice bready roasted component with lots of raisin and licorice.

(T)- Heavy on the raisin and licorice. Subtle bits of that same bread-like roasted part.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A decent balance, but really thins out on the finish texture-wise.

(D)- A good little lager, though extremely straightforward and thin; even for the style itself.

sweemzander, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a very dark clear brown and produced a one funnier high beige bubbly head. Dissipates fast and leaves not much lacing.
The smell is of coffee , brown sugar, but has a smokey feel to it.
The taste is light caramel and dark fruit up front, and gets a little smokey in the middle. The end is dominated by malt.
Nice simple beer, very drinkable!

Hopfenpeter, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of whendeathsleeps
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark brown, ruby tones revealed when held up to light, tan one finger head with decent retention, nice lacing throughout.

S- Smokey, coffee, dark fruits.

T- Just as it smells pretty much, though more coffee is revealed, and toasty malts.

M- Nice carbonation, smooth, as someone else mentioned, like a light porter.

Overall, a simple beer, that goes down quite well! Would make a great session beer.

whendeathsleeps, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of MyKroberts237
3.5/5  rDev 0%

MyKroberts237, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev 0%

fuzzcherry, Jan 02, 2012
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.