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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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317 Ratings
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Ratings: 317
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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Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

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

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 20:07:46 | More by dacrza1
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

08-11-2013 20:41:13 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
Photo of bucklemyshoe


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
Photo of theboozecruise


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
Photo of Ricochet


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
Photo of giblet


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.


Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 21:14:12 | More by giblet
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

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


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
Photo of alex_hart


3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

04-20-2013 16:37:21 | More by alex_hart
Photo of harrylee773


1.25/5  rDev -64.3%

03-22-2013 03:19:38 | More by harrylee773
Photo of TheMrFarnham


4/5  rDev +14.3%

07-11-2013 20:18:32 | More by TheMrFarnham
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

12-02-2012 13:42:13 | More by YamagamiTravis
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4/5  rDev +14.3%

02-01-2014 16:31:26 | More by ShepardCommander
Photo of tugdriver7


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
Photo of BDIMike


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
Photo of SonOfKyuss


2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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

2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

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


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
Photo of Seaba


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

10-10-2012 02:52:08 | More by cjac
Photo of Satan70


3/5  rDev -14.3%

09-03-2012 20:30:47 | More by Satan70
Photo of allforbetterbeer


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
Photo of ujsplace


3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pub glass

A: Fluffy beige head, that has nice lacing. Dark, nearly black with some dark amber...

S: Roasted malts, burnt caramel

T: Malty and somewhat nutty with faint chocolate finish

M: Light/medium creamy, minimal carbonation.

D: A good beer. I have not had many of these black lagers, but I could see myself getting a case of this

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 02:05:13 | More by ujsplace
Photo of Punisher


3.5/5  rDev 0%

02-23-2013 22:43:17 | More by Punisher
McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 317 ratings.