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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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 163
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 11 | 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:
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(Beer added by: oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009)
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Photo of stakem
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a dark brown with lighter brown coloration around the edges. When held to the light it shows some ruby clarity. A tan froth sit atop and quickly fades to thin film.

The smell is strong of licorice and faint dark grain quality with some roast elements mixes with some dark fruity sweetness like raisins and later like molasses.

The taste is fairly crisp with fruity raisin flavors and a hint of citrus hops. Some dark roasty grain has a bit of chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is lightly musty and filled with a mild earth element.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite crisp and easy drinking. Overall it was a pleasant take on the style but not something I would seek out regularly.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Just about black with no highlights. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Light roasted coffee nose. Flavor has some sweetness - a malty coffee. Best by May 18 2009, bought in May 09 and forgotten - still good. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Photo of biegaman
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McSorley's may sound tough, but it looks like a weak cup of decaf. While the better part of the beer is black, a good deal of it is still light brown. Those spots not only showcase clarity but a good deal of sparkle against the light. As for head, it has none. As for lace, it leaves none. Hence, again, the weak cup of decaf look.

I was expecting stout, but the nose is unmistakably schwarzbier. The difference may be negligible to casual drinkers, but I assure you it's night and day to those who've acquired the taste for the coffee and roasted barley aromas of stouts. A lot less chocolate (though with hints of cocoa), this has a much more moderate maltiness.

On the palate it is medium-light bodied and smooth with no harshness whatsoever, despite the prominent taste of dark and lightly roasted malts. It is a very neutral (some may say 'clean') character that deposits a pleasant nougat-like sweetness in the aftertaste, but nothing at all coffee or chocolate-like. I want to say 'dark fruits' but maybe not.

The beer's extreme dryness contributes to its neutral feel on the palate. Even the sweetness parts quickly. It drinks very much the same as a golden lager, albeit with the additional dark maltiness, and has about the same bitterness (which is to say little). As such, dark colour notwithstanding, it should really appeal to mainstream drinkers.

McSorley's may have an Irish name, but it's a German-style beer brewed by an American company. Too weak for stout lovers, this black(ish) beer may be a good introduction for those too timid yet for the dark roastiness of authentic Irish stouts. And when viewed in this regard, it's not too bad an offering at all. I'd happily have another.

Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Photo of plaid75
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Zaphog
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle appeared reddish chocolate, while in the glass was a flat black with frumpy and frothy medium sandstone colored head that quickly dissipated.

S: The nose yielded soft accents of freshly roasted barley with light hints of wet charred wood. The overall strength was light, clean and smooth and well suited per style.

T: The flavor was full with light roasted offering of coffee beans. Fresh ripe and juicy plums along with a light earthy bitterness are also well noted. Sweet raisins deliver a touch of sweetness while wet coffee grounds appear on the finish. Pretty good substance wise, and smooth.

M: Creamy and slick texture, with a medium body and playful and edgy feel from the carbonation. Nice fullness per style.

D: Enjoyable for a few, fairly smooth going down with a fullness that can be appreciated without weighing you down.

Photo of PEIhop
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rira in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of black and roasted malts with hints of dark fruits - dates and raisins mostly.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the dark fruit flavors are a bit larger than the smell would intimate. Black malt flavors up front with a bit of complexity added by roasted malts. Mild fruit flavors enter into things midway through the sip and fade out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I actually got two for the price of one but one was enough for me.

Overall this beer didn't seem terribly clean, and while not terrible it's not worth seeking out.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of THECPJ
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brownish hue black with 1 finger off white head

smell: roasted malts, coffee,

taste: coffee, some cocoa notes, roasted malts, lager yeast

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, thin mouthfeel

drinkability: overall it was just an average lager.

Cheers,

The CPJ

Photo of scruffwhor
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black to cola brown and ruby in color. Light beige head that leaves a slow island of filmy foam throughout the twelve ounces of brew.

The aroma is roasted and effervescent. Dark roasted malts and a little grassy hops. Thats it, pretty simple and satisfying overall.

Miedium roasted malt flavor with the astringent hops from America, and a an effervescant yeast gives a little dry palate. The finish is a little musty, but still very drinkable. This is a perfect local pub session Irish lager.

Photo of Griffith
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is smoky with a yeasty overtone, not strong but OK. It pours a semi-transparent Coke brown with a fluffy and thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Flavor is a bit weak, but malty and smoky with hints of spice and molasses. Texture is smooth and fizzy, just a bit watery. If they can "thicken" this beer it will be a winner.

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 051809-1613022. Sampled on March 16, 2009.

Before I get into details I must say that this was one of best tasting beers I've had lately.

The pour is deep black with a short-lived tan head. The aroma is a luscious smelling licorice, smokey, pipe tobacco, chocolate malt mixture. I really couldn't define it. All I could think of was a smoke-filled pub (and I don't smoke).

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy and somewhat creamy. The taste was very much like its aroma of licorice and smoke with a vibrant but subtle hoppy sensation. Wow, I wish I picked up a 6-pack of this one.

McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.