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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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319 Ratings
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Ratings: 319
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 10
Gots: 5 | 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 Kooz

New York

2.93/5  rDev -16.3%

Love McSorley's. Love it, love it, love it. McSorley's in a bottle? I'm skeptical, but we'll see.

Looks good. Dark brown, almost black. Not much head; it disappears quickly and leaves nothing behind.

Smells ok; sorta nutty.

Tastes ok. It might be better if I wasn't anticipating a McSorley's dark. On it's own (the bottled kind), it isn't anything special. Not a great aftertaste either.

Maybe a little too acidic--mouthfeel is average at best.

I wouldn't dink much of this. I drink it until I can't drink anymore when I'm at McSorley's, but with the bottled variety, I am good after one or two.

09-08-2010 23:40:20 | More by Kooz
Photo of PhillyStyle


2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

Found this on-tap, at Kevin Barry's in Savannah, GA of all places (8/15):

A: The beer appeared to be cola black, without much of a head that dissipated very quickly. What there was of a head, it was light, and light tan in color. I guess that I expected a thicker, longer lasting head, but this could have been partly to the pour by the wait staff.

S: The aroma is average, nutty with sweet roasted malted barley.

T: Again, the taste was average, lighter than expected, but a sweet malt flavor with maybe a hint of coffee or chocolate.

M/D: The beer was lighter than expected and seemed a bit over carbonated. As for drinkability, I did not finish the pint, but I am not sure that was an indication. The beer was smooth enough and left a decent sweet finish that did not last.

Overall, an average beer, nothing more, nothing less.

09-09-2010 18:01:32 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of giblet


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
Photo of mcann2pu


2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

Appearance: Pours an dark brownish/black color with a slight tan head,

Smell: smells of dark malt and sugar, not too much as far as smell for this one,

Taste: mostly a malt taste with some sweet brown sugar coming through,

Mouthfeel: appropriate amount of carbonation but truly nothing special,

Drinkability: fairly high drinkability, but again nothing too special,

12-07-2009 01:57:39 | More by mcann2pu
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2.95/5  rDev -15.7%

Ordered a bottle at the Lansdowne Pub near Fenway. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brown almost black color, with a thin white head that faded fast. Smelled a bit like cola syrup. Tasted was interesting. Reminded me of a combination of pumpernickel bread and black licorice. Very thin mouthfeel, with a weird fizz and an acrid aftertaste, like burnt coffee. I can see how some might enjoy a big mug of this, but I don't think it was good enough to encourage me to order another.

02-08-2010 21:01:31 | More by morebeergood
Photo of GarrettB


2.98/5  rDev -14.9%

Guinness is my de facto standard beer for Irish drinking, but it casts its shadows on other up and coming Irish brews - similar in their dark and malty flavor delivered on a light palate, these beers sacrifice tradition and history for flavor and innovation. McSorley’s Irish Black Lager is the newest beer in this category. Like any other dark lager, it promises some of that dark maltiness in a refreshing beer - perfect for easy drinking with strong ale-like flavors. The smell resembles coke, with touches of raisins. The biggest difference between this and any kind of dark ale is the notable absence of fig aromas. That textured sweet smell is gone, leaving a dark yet simpler aroma, clear and clean through the nostrils, and inspiring clear headedness. This straightforward cleanliness paired with flavor is duplicated in the taste, where a nice, dark, roasted malty sweetness hovers along the palate, off-set by a kind of alkaline baseness. Complexity is shunted to the side in this easy drinking beer, itself a fine rival for my attention against Guinness. Guinness, however, continues to be my favorite beer for recipes that call for something dark and sudsy to enrich a dish.

08-24-2011 20:41:09 | More by GarrettB
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

08-17-2013 04:27:39 | More by dankjohn
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-27-2012 16:16:25 | More by sgttibbs
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

10-21-2013 13:19:52 | More by Bouder32
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-08-2012 16:19:21 | More by LJWalker
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

07-14-2012 22:38:09 | More by otto251068
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -14.3%

09-06-2013 04:04:43 | More by michaelfcasey
Photo of Brad007


3/5  rDev -14.3%

Pours a dark red/brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks average.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of molasses/roasted coffee in the nose. Pretty basic with nothing that really stands out.

Taste is somewhat near a stout and schwarzbier with a sweet, bland roasted feel to it and what feels like chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel is definitely bland as well. Again, another identity crisis here.

You can drink it but I'm not sure you can enjoy it. Middle of the road and there are better examples out there.

04-04-2010 05:51:37 | More by Brad007
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

02-17-2014 05:56:40 | More by duceswild
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

12-07-2013 04:08:32 | More by p-wagz
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
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