McSorley's Irish Black Lager - Pabst Brewing Company
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3.83/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
02-06-2012 22:48:15 | More by allforbetterbeer
3.1/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
02-02-2012 06:49:13 | More by barczar
2.95/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
01-27-2012 21:14:12 | More by giblet
3.28/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
01-15-2012 16:45:12 | More by sweemzander
3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
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!
01-14-2012 04:24:06 | More by Hopfenpeter
3.55/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-06-2012 23:01:56 | More by whendeathsleeps
3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:
A - Pours a dark, non-transparent brown color with a tan 2 finger head of nice creaminess. Retention isn't very good.
S - Smells of cream, roasted barley and coffee. The aroma is inviting, and invocative of something that's not a lager.
T - Afair amount of roasted malt coupled with cream and a nice alcohol sweetness. Smoky/toasty notes. it's a bit simplistic, but I'm having it.
M - Light to medium bodied and coarse. Suits the flavors well.
D - Good flavors and a nice balance. I'd have it again.
01-02-2012 03:53:11 | More by blakelive784
2.17/5 rDev -38%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Brown Palace mini-hefeweissbier glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live.
A: Pours a two finger head of fair cream and thickness, and average retention. Solid black colour.
Sm: Caramel, light chocolate, and maybe nuts. A mild strength aroma.
T: Simple light roast with some poorly handled caramelized malt and hints of artificial chocolate. Poorly balanced - especially in terms of structure - wherein all the flavour is contained about the midpoint. Some nutty hints trickle in thereabouts, but never redeem it. It's imbalanced overall and badly constructed.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavours generally.
Dr: Drinkable but largely forgettable. I'd never have this again. Awful for the style.
01-02-2012 03:53:02 | More by kojevergas
3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
A - Deep dark ruby color with a tan head. Head is large and rocky. Laces the glass aggressively.
S - Chalky. Buttery. Very British. Dark fruit, plums and raisins.
T - Very ale-like. That is the first thing I notice. Somewhat fruity and quite frankly reminds me more of a light porter than a black lager.
O - It is an enjoyable brew. My sample was laser stamped on the neck with 071311. I assume that is a date but I'm not sure if it is a born-on date or a drink-by date. Either way it was pretty good.
12-29-2011 00:20:58 | More by GregBlatz
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 319 ratings.