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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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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 Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Poured a dark brown, near black, ruby tinged amber color with a thin head of fizzy off white foam which left little to no lacing.

S: Smells of slightly roasted caramel malt, carob and light herbal hops.

T: Flavor is a bit bland, but the slightly roasted malt character of the brew is decent enough. A slight weak coffee flavor melds with bittersweet cocoa and that light roasted malt mixture. A faint grassy hop flavor rounds our a slightly buttery finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy drinking enough.

D: A dark or dunkel lager fan might session this as the ABV seems modest and flavors are alright. If you can have it for a good price and there's really not much available, I'd condone picking it up. Although if there were something available in the way of a true schwartzbier I'd easily leave this one behind. (895 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown/black with a very thin, tan head.
S: Nothing leaping out. Faint maltiness along with a bit of smoke and some chocolate.
T: Again, nothing pronounced. You get the chocolate, roasted malt flavor, but its not overpowering. Mild flavor, really.
M: Medium carbonation, but creamy on the pallet. Makes it more interesting than you standard lager.
D: A decent beer you could stand to have few of. If you have nothing better, you could session with it. (472 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

McSorley's Black Lager is pretty average for dark lagers- a caramel, malty base is met with heavy toast and even roasted grains. No fruitiness and the beer shies away from coffee or char. Still dark brown, much darker than it tastes; a little softer on the palate but still not a Schwarzbier either. Heavy carbonation and minerally flavors make the beer taste and feel a bit abbrasive. The beer needs a maltier base and more creamy texture before fading into dryness and lightness. It's an ok beer that has a hard time competing with German Dunkels but has too much roast to even compare. (588 characters)

Photo of david131
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- A very dark brown, bordering on black. The head is a thin ring at the edge of the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate mocha. Sweet and Irish smelling, whatever that means.

T- Same as the aroma with a Coca Cola aspect to it at the end.

M- Sort of sweet then a dry finish. Kind of bitter, but not in a hoppy sense.

D- A generic dark lager. Drinks like one. Drink it and forget it. (375 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 BeerFMAndy
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic.
051711 (followed by more numbers) Utica, NY on the neck.

A - Clear dark rich mahogany in color with a still light khaki head. Good retention but very little lace left behind.

S - Bitter roasted malts tickle the senses with burnt hints, mocha, and a small smoky aspect. While somewhat complex, it remains a bit grainy and acrid.

T - Grainy roasted malts and dry mocha with bitter bottom-of-the-pot, day-old coffee, the flavor isn't much of a departure from the aroma, it's just "cheaper" feeling.

M - Lighter-bodied, the dark color would surprise most. Acrid bitter and crisp with a higher carbonation level and dry, dusty finish.

O - The overwhelming dry, dirt-like component to this beer definitely doesn't do it any favors. McSorley's Irish Black Lager is not something I'd be interested in having again. (854 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 57md
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown; ruby on the edges when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger brown head that dissipated to a thin skim. Laced in random spots.

S: Faint toasted malts and maybe some fruit. Also hay and grass.

T: Muted toasted malt flavors; maybe some burnt toast, chocolate. Very smooth to a mild bitter and dry finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and fair balance. Dry finish.

D: Easy to drink for sure. Lacks character to be a regular beer though. (473 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a medium lasting beige head. Aroma and Taste is mild dark roasted caramel malt, yeast notes, grains mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body. moderate carbonation. Finshes with dark caramel malt, mild roasted malt and grains and mild hops. Overall an ok drinking brew. (310 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of FoamyMustache
3.27/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown with hints of deep cherry red from a bottle into a becker glass. Two finger cream head quickly dissipated leaving no lacing.

S - Initially lacked any noticeable smell aside from a faint roasted malt, but as the beer warmed I noticed hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

T - Definitely leaves something to be desired. Restrained roasted malt with very mute chocolate flavors if I strain for flavors. Tastes like a heavily diluted simple stout.

M - Moderately carbonated, appealing initial feel, but finishes dry.

D - They definitely go down easy...mostly because the beer lacks any form of impressive flavor you wish to enjoy.

This was my first experience with a McSorley's brew. Didn't expect much as they're part of Pabst, but overall not a terrible beer. For about a buck a bottle, it's a good value. (829 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A 5 finger head leaves copious lacing.

Aroma of sweet dark bread with a bit of floral hops.

Lightly sweet with toasted malt, but primarilly tart like a wheat beer, which is appropriate as I'm drinking it out of a weizen glass.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, but it leaves a light sticky coating on the tongue and some heartburn in the throat.

This beer is decent, but not great. I probably won't try it again. (449 characters)

Photo of chefelf
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a toasty, caramel flavor. I will try to be objective since it's from one of my least favorite places in the world: McSorley's Irish Pub. It's not actually brewed there but rather it has a label slapped on it in Latrobe, PA where all the finest beers in America are brewed. Latrobe, PA is 324 miles away from McSorley's. Too close for comfort in my opinion but enough of a buffer that the beer is able to escape the intense pull from the black hole of despair that is McSorley's Irish pub.

Okay, objectivity didn't work out so well. (546 characters)

Photo of botham
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a chestnut brown color with amber highlights and two fingers of light tan head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and a bit of dark grain with some dark fruit in the background. a distant tinge of something metallic hurts the aroma a bit.

taste follows the nose without the metallic tinge. not bad for a medium brown ale, with a nice freshness and smooth finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a hearty finish of residual caramel and grain.

drinkability is decent. for a brown, this is a decent brew, but it is a bit weak in the end. could be better. (648 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
3.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Big Puff-ball beige head. Like a root-beer float. Leaves a reasonable amount of stringy lichen lacing. A good bitter-sweet chocolate color body. Dark, brown, and opaque.

S - Nothing too fancy. Some mild chocolate notes, maybe a bit of roasted barley. All pleasant if only a bit too simple. No hops to speak of.

T - Sweet. Simple. Maybe too simple but it's just a generic euro lager so no biggie.

M - Creamy but slightly loose. Not unpleasant but needs a bit more maltyness

D - Another cheapish alternative to the popular and easy to find Guinness. Pleasant and quite drinkable but not so remarkable. (609 characters)

Photo of theboozecruise
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark brown in color, not hazy at all, with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

The smell is dominated by dark malts... a little bitterness to it. Not bad at all but could use some secondary flavors.

The taste is mostly the same dark bitter malt flavor, but appears watered down. There is a bitter aftertaste left over from the malts.

Mouthfeel is kinda weak due the watery nature of the beer, but I'd definitely have another. Which is good, because I bought a 6-pack. (549 characters)

Photo of jondeelee
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

True in scent to what could be expected of a black lager, this brew bears notes of molasses, chocolate malts, coffee and licorice. Wet barley also makes an appearance here, as does a yeasty aroma.

These flavors translate well onto the tongue, though in far greater strength that would be imagined, given the rather light nature of the aromas. Indeed, the first taste of the lager brings a shock of chocolate malts and molasses, layered with coffee and dark fruit esters. These flavors fade fairly quickly, though still maintain a presence throughout the remainder of the mouthful, being especially focused on chocolate malts and black coffee. Some nice dark sugars bounce around in the background, playing gently with roasted grains. Mouthfeel is fairly light, being only slightly more viscous than water.

Overall, this is a good black lager, but I wanted more bite and wildness to it; I found it slightly too watery, and thought the flavors could have been better emphasized and drawn out. (994 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black hue with amber edges below a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet adjunct grain coupled with roasted barley.

The taste consisted of a slight sweetness tempered by a moderate roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was typical foe style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty ale. (352 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a deep brown with amber hues. Two finger tan head dies fast...very fast. Light spotty lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like light roasted coffee and sugary molasses. Nothing really else in the nose. Kind of muted except for these two scents.

T- Light roasted malts clash with some bittersweet chocolate in the front of this beer. The middle of this has some light coffee notes going toward the ending of the beer. I picked up some faint smoke flavor in the tail end that combos up with the coffee flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for my liking with this beer. Creamy mouthfeel almost like a nitro feel to this. Roasted malts on the palate and light coffee in the aftertaste.

D- This is a good average drinking beer. Nothing over the top but gives enough flavor that makes you want to come back for more. Plus the story BA Lukafer has about the actual bar is amazing. Don't trust me? BM him and ask! (991 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a hefty mocha head that has pretty good staying power.

S - Dry roasted barley, toasted brown bread, mild caramel and cocoa.

T - Roasted malts, brown bread crust, mostly dry but some sweetness is mixed in as well. Faint cocoa comes through and the finish is dry with a bready aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation, coarse at times, light bodied, dry finish.

Texture was a bit off but overall pretty solid for the style. Nothing fancy but a solid session beer. (530 characters)

Photo of magine
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a near black. Has a very small of white head, that settles to a thin layer. Some patchy lace left behind. Average looks.

Brew smells of very faint maltiness, roasted notes. Not much of a nose of this one. Average.

Brew is smooth and creamy, light roasted malts; coffee, nut and some hints of chocolate. Brew is very mild and drinkable. A little thin in the flavor department. Finishes slightly dry. A very sessionable brew. Pretty good tastes.

Brew is very drinkable for sure. Not a ton of flavors, but enough to enjoy a few. Pretty good stuff. (583 characters)

Photo of Zebus0
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow this stuff is good. Never heard of it till a local pub picked it up on draft.

A- Very pleasing. Nice black shade, nice frothy head on it that dissipates in a fair amount of time.

S- Burnt aroma, nuts and smoke, plenty of hops. Pretty good. Not a very strong aroma.

T- Seems like it's just a freak. (no negative) it's not quite thick enough for a stout, but a wee heavy to be a black ale. I would compare this to a marriage of 1554 Black Ale and Guinness. Very good taste. More of the burnt/hops taste. A little sweeter than a stout, very close to most black ales really, with some more carbonation added.

M- Fair. I never grade on mouthfeel too heavy. Medium body. Pleasing, quite smooth really.

D- Very good. I love this stuff for happy hour in the afternoon. That "in-betweeness" makes it very attractive for a stout drinker like me. Not TOO heavy if the weather isn't right or you're just not in the mood, but not water thin either. Rightly nice in the middle. Very, very pleasing find. (998 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (277 characters)

McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.