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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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323 Ratings
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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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

edwardkersh, Jan 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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

beernads, Sep 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

mttdls, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of AlexLMS
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black with ruby highlights when looked against the light and almost opaque due to its colour. The head is beige, well formed and moderately low. Fades rather quickly leaving a little bit of lace.
Aroma: lightly dark toasted sweet malts and hints of dark chocolate.
Taste: quite simple taste that confirms the aroma.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good to high carbonation, low alcoholic strength and very light, almost watery body.
Finish: not very long sweet finish.

Overall: nice but not a really interesting beer. Easy to drink and easy to forget.

AlexLMS, Aug 09, 2010
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

djrn2, Nov 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

fdig23, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Satan70, Sep 03, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

pajeff, Apr 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

bdeast1, Dec 06, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

kinolust, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

blakelive784, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good, but little lacing is left.

3.0 S: Dry, dusty roastiness. Very faint neutral maltiness. Clean. Otherwise, not much going on.

3.0 T: Light dry roastiness. Slightest touch of chocolate. Very faint malt sweetness. Again, not much going on.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

3.0 D: Fairly tame schwarzbier, but not bad. Goes down quite easy.

DavoleBomb, Apr 08, 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
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3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Situation: A Good Friday three-meal ender... Glassware: 22 oz. pilsner... Appearance: thin white head sits atop a black body that befits the label and approximates a black and tan appearance... Aroma: sweet burnt aroma that suggests a porter; malts are roasted and hops are subdued... Palate: smooth, slick body--a moderate to full-bodied lager; slight effervescence; a bit creamy too... Taste: a bit toasted in its maltiness; bread notes remind the drinker that this IS a lager... Overall: rather flat and nondescript overall appeal; a bit of a warmer for February and March, but with a bit of sweetness, this can be a nice after-dinner glass

dacrza1, Jun 30, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Amalak, Feb 14, 2009
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3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 01, 2010
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3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

david131, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Gambrinus1184, Jan 03, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Infamous7100, Apr 15, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

57md, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of matty
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

matty, Mar 08, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Haybeerman, Apr 12, 2011
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.