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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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318 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 9
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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Naugros

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hi. My name is Dave and I'm a beer geek that likes Pabst's Blue Ribbon. Yes, I turn my nose up at Bud, Miller, Coors and their ilk, but finding PBR on draft makes me happy. I know that admission is the first step to recovery but I feel it best that I am weaned off rather than go cold turkey. So let's try a Pabst beer that poses as a craft brew. That should help.

This is beer right? I poured it into the nonic and could have sworn I had poured a Pepsi. It's so highly carbonated that the bubbles continue to sizzle and pop on top for a few seconds. And it's got that dark brown color of colas.

Then I smell it and I swear that someone's messing with me and has slipped a Mounds bar under my nose. Coconut esters are richly surrounded by chocolate and caramel. Caramel? Okay, it's not a Mounds bar, but imagine a Mounds bar with caramel. That would be yummy. Back to the "beer"...I get a little peat with some brown sugar. No hops presence whatsoever.

And to take a bite...er, a sip. I don't get nearly as much coconut in the nose, but the chocolate and caramel still remain, but in this case it's well within the framework of a beer. The peat is still there and it's easy to tell that the caramel is coming from the malts. The high carbonation has settled down a little, but it's still fizzy. Despite this it remains pretty smooth for a dark lager...hell, any kind of lager. This is very drinkable and I find that I actually like this.

Yeah, my sponsor's not going to like that. This was supposed to be a "step down" beer, but it further proves to me that Pabst brews beers I like. Shh.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 18:59:17 | More by Naugros
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matty

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 05:25:44 | More by matty
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/28/2010:

12 oz bottle at 42* into a pint glass.

A: This pours a nearly opaque black color with a half-finger of slightly off-white head that dissapates quickly.

S: This shows some roastiness up front with some dark fruitiness and a bit of wet bread as well.

T: It is mostly of roasted coffee and dark chocolate early with a toasty/bready finish.

M: This has a rather thin body, but the carbonation sticks around and makes it quite drinkable.

D: This is drinkable but could be much better.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 05:30:06 | More by bucklemyshoe
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

3.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:30:44 | More by theboozecruise
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Ricochet

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this was marked "Latrobe PA" for where it was brewed. High hopes here. It's the water. Poured dark like a porter or stout with no head and just a touch of lace. Smelled slightly of burnt malt, but nothing special.Mouth was mild creamy with a distinct wine and chocolate aftertaste.

So, taste notes. Chocolate, burnt malt, slight wine sour touch of alcohol. The malt flavor was intense but was tapered by the chocolate and made a decent drinker. I did notice a taste like better Bock beers too.

So, this is what they are drinking at a small joint in NY. Maybe someday I'll see it, but until then, this is a good sturdy bottle of beer I wouldn't mind having again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:43:38 | More by Ricochet
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giblet

Ohio

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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:14:12 | More by giblet
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alex_hart

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-20-2013 16:37:21 | More by alex_hart
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Hoagie1973

New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

06-06-2012 17:35:22 | More by Hoagie1973
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Hopfenpeter

Maryland

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 04:24:06 | More by Hopfenpeter
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harrylee773

Illinois

1.25/5  rDev -64.3%

03-22-2013 03:19:38 | More by harrylee773
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YamagamiTravis

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

12-02-2012 13:42:13 | More by YamagamiTravis
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-01-2014 16:31:26 | More by ShepardCommander
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TheMrFarnham

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +14.3%

07-11-2013 20:18:32 | More by TheMrFarnham
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed while watching the Australian GP last Sunday. Black/brown in the glass, decent (short lived) head. Smoky "stout-like" scent in the nose and in the initial taste, with a fairly rich dark malt flavor, though somewhat smoother (obviously, a lager) than a stout. Not quite as much of the rich, roasted flavor of a Schwarzbier, but very much like a quality Dunkel. A bit of astringent alcohol flavor emerges as the beer warms, reducing the "drinkability" rating a bit. Great offering, however. And thanks to "N" for bringing it by.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 00:31:55 | More by tugdriver7
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BDIMike

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark color that turns a reddish-brown color when held to the light. There is a thick brown head that dissipates fairly quick, but laces nicely on the way down.
Smell isn't back for a Euro Dark Lager. There is a bit of a roasted malt smell, but like most European beers, there is a strong hop smell to it as well.
Taste has a bit of a roasted malt taste, but is then taken over by a hop taste. Neither is a very good taste and instead of balancing, the two tastes kind of clash.
Mouthfeel is ok. There is average thickness, but there is a bit of a chewiness to the beer.
Drinkability is rough on this beer. It isn't all that bad, but there is a bit of a dry and scratchy aftertaste that ruins the sip. It makes it hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 01:49:16 | More by BDIMike
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SonOfKyuss

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

05-12-2013 11:39:11 | More by SonOfKyuss
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raythealeman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

06-09-2012 00:52:19 | More by raythealeman
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Punisher

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-23-2013 22:43:17 | More by Punisher
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icehawk

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

08-10-2013 12:33:45 | More by icehawk
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donteatpoop

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark chocolate color with a finger of tan foam at the top.

Smells of peatmoss and dark carmel malts.

The taste iss uperb, smoked peatmoss flavors with notes of molasses and roasted malts.

Smooth full mouthfeel, goes down smoothly. Not a bad beer at all, I was surprised to see this coming from the Pabst company. Goes to show you shouldn't judge a beer before you taste it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 02:09:42 | More by donteatpoop
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Satan70

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -14.3%

09-03-2012 20:30:47 | More by Satan70
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Seaba

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

02-28-2013 14:58:52 | More by Seaba
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cjac

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

10-10-2012 02:52:08 | More by cjac
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev 0%

04-18-2014 22:18:14 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 22:48:15 | More by allforbetterbeer
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.