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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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163 Reviews
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Reviews: 163
Hads: 344
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this into a pint glass to have a lighter beer at the end of the night.

It is a pretty dark shade with minimal foam. I smell coffee and light caramel.

It feels like a very light porter. I find this to be very drinkable. There is light coffee and a little bit of sweetness.

This is a very easy to drink beer. I enjoyed relaxing with it. (348 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with an off-white foam head. Little retention. No lace.

Good nose. Some dark roasted malt, some cocoa powder, some roasted nuts. A little boiled grain here that reminds me of Guinness, but not enough to detract from the overall picture.

Good medium/middle of the road brew. Leans toward a Munich Dunkel, but not quite there. Dark roasted malt, with some coffee elements. A little creamy sweetness, but this is immediately cut and dried out with light bitterness. Finishes with a light bitter and slightly nutty edge. Surprise here.

A little more watery than I'd like, but not a big deal. Spot-on carbonation. This one just feels a little thin.

Overall, I liked this. Easy to drink, not overdone or over-carbonated. I'd have this again. (757 characters)

Photo of Amalak
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A not quite black, topped by a slightly tanned one finger head. Some lacing, though not extensive.
S- Smells sweet. Tends toward a caramel aroma.
T- Definite flavors of caramel, which are quite pleasant, backed up by a bit of a milk chocolate flavor. Low hop bitterness. Quite sweet.
M- Body is light, though not terribly. Carbonation is a bit too biting for me. Carbonation did not help the flavors much here.
D- A decent drinking beer, but nothing that will blow your socks off. Simple and light. (501 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap it was dark brown/black color with a tan head,,smell is sweet malts and toffee with some hops..taste is good with hops and toasted malts a touch of nutmeg some light coffee..mouth feel is on the light side with all the flavors not bursting out at you..easy to drink and pretty tasty though try this one (309 characters)

Photo of david131
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (486 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cola color, letting enough light through to highlight maroon flecks about the edges and bottom. The quickly disappearing head is tan, and stands about one finger high. Carbonation looks to be medium, and there is no sediment observed. The aroma is dominated by dark, toasty malts. There are also suggestions of toffee, buttery diacetyls, dark chocolate, and a bit of booze. As we sip, roasted malts meet the tongue up front. These continue, softening out through the middle, where they are met with flavors of bittersweet milk chocolate and those buttery diacetyls from the nose. The sip concludes with more bitterness from chocolate, with a twang of metallic character and coffee beans. The latter effectively controls the aftertaste, which is also malty, with a bit of sweetness. Both the body and carbonation are medium. The diacetyls give the beer slickness, helping to increase the ease of drinking. There is also slight astringency, drying the mouth a bit by the end of the session. The abv is fine and, again, the drinkability is reasonable.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its deep and dark aroma. It was certainly unexpected to have such roasty malts, but it was considerably more surprising to find robust chocolate and nice buttery character. The taste followed through for the most part, lacking only in the same assertiveness found in the nose. (1,394 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (895 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a deep brown with amber hues. Two finger tan head dies fast...very fast. Light spotty lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like light roasted coffee and sugary molasses. Nothing really else in the nose. Kind of muted except for these two scents.

T- Light roasted malts clash with some bittersweet chocolate in the front of this beer. The middle of this has some light coffee notes going toward the ending of the beer. I picked up some faint smoke flavor in the tail end that combos up with the coffee flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for my liking with this beer. Creamy mouthfeel almost like a nitro feel to this. Roasted malts on the palate and light coffee in the aftertaste.

D- This is a good average drinking beer. Nothing over the top but gives enough flavor that makes you want to come back for more. Plus the story BA Lukafer has about the actual bar is amazing. Don't trust me? BM him and ask! (991 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

A: Well. . . it's black as you could probably guess. Medium carbonation pours into a 1 finger, bubbly, grayish-white head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface of the brew. Nice spiderweb lacing remains.

S: Roasted malt, nutty, and peaty. A bit 'soapy', too.

T: Dark roasted coffee malt. Not really much else. Pretty basic.

M: Light but hearty. Has a feel of lingering carbonation. A bit of a nutty, slightly pungent aftertaste.

D: Nice balance of flavor and feel.

Pretty solid atmosphere. Nice appearance and pleasant, although simple, nose. Flavor is much the same. Not complex, but tasty. Solid feel, good drinkability. Solid quaff. (704 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served a black color with a nice tan head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of malt with a trace of caramel. There is also a bit of coffee and nut in the background. Taste of malt, coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. There is a nice bitterness throughout and a dry finish. Medium body, crisp and smooth. Nice balance. Easy drinker, nice beer for the style. I think having this on tap at an Irish pub enhances the character of this beer. (438 characters)

Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as the name suggests with a light tan head.

Subtle roast throughout like weak coffee. Not much else in terms of malt or hop character other than an offsetting hop bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp as a lager should be.

I would say this falls closer to a Schwarzbier with the more pronounced roasted note. Whatever you want to call it it's another underwhelming lager in the vast world of lager beer. (411 characters)

Photo of generallee
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a dark brownish color with a slight reddish hue. There is some visible carbonation that flows up to the tall tan head. The head had very good retention and lacing.

Smell: There is a lightly roasted character and sweet malted barley with just a hint of hops.

Taste/Mouth: The flavor has some slight roasted coffee notes with sweet bready and roasted malt notes. Hop flavor is light and brings some mineral/leafy notes to the finish. The finish is rather clean with roasted flavors and hop bitterness fading quickly. The palate is a smooth medium body with just the right amount of carbonation to help clean the palate.

Notes: Overall this is a very enjoyable and very drinkable black lager. (790 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a hefty mocha head that has pretty good staying power.

S - Dry roasted barley, toasted brown bread, mild caramel and cocoa.

T - Roasted malts, brown bread crust, mostly dry but some sweetness is mixed in as well. Faint cocoa comes through and the finish is dry with a bready aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation, coarse at times, light bodied, dry finish.

Texture was a bit off but overall pretty solid for the style. Nothing fancy but a solid session beer. (530 characters)

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

Not sure exactly what makes this Irish... It's pretty dark though - I see bare hints of red through my weizen glass. Head is moderate and drops quickly to a thin covering sheet. Nose isn't strong - coffee and some tobacco. Flavour is fairly smooth, somewhat acidic, a little bit fruity with a decent hop. Takes a while but burnt and coffee flavours appear as well. Dry with a moderate mouthfeel and a medium carbonation. Pretty smooth and NOT toasty for such a dark beer. FWIW though, easy drinking with some good balanced flavours and pretty accessible for beginners. (568 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is dark brown and looks alot like rootbeer. A substantial, thick mocha colored head with slow dissipation and leaves a small amount of left-over lacy.

Roastie and nutty with caramel in the malt with dry and green herbs. The caramel-like sweetness is pretty up-front in the malt.

The flavor of the malt is more roastie than the aroma with a nice herbal hop flavor to round it out. good balance, with the malt making the most of it and a smooth feel with a dry finish. subtle notes of mild chocolate and tyme ride in at the end. The yeast plays a big role with earthy and sour notes like a decent lager.

Not bad stuff. (632 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

McSorley's Irish Black Lager is a very dim brown beer with a thin, sald colored head that fades to a film and leaves decent lacing. It has a sweet, malty aroma with a lot of roasted coffee and a touch of greenness. It's medium-light bodied, a little watery, pretty smooth and the finish is chalky. It's pretty lightly flavored. It's roasty and tastes a lot like dark malt extract. There's no bitterness, really. It's not sweet or dry. Roast lingers in the aftertaste. It's nothing stand-out. It's a pretty bland session beer with no glaring faults. (548 characters)

Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a deep brown color that is still transparent with a medium sized and light bodied off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of deep roasted malts, lightly toasted ones, some honey and hops.
T: Similar to the aroma, it has a lighter body than I expected with a lot of light toasted malts, deeper roasted ones, and some honey and caramel flavors right before a slight hop taste.
M: Very crisp, light bodied, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I liked it, good lager. (536 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black pour with a light white head.

S: My allergies might be hindering this a bit, but smells like roasted
malts and dry coffee.

T: Taste pretty much follows the smell. Light up front with roasted malts following.

MF: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Good drinking beer. Won't blow you away. (317 characters)

Photo of PhillyStyle
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (836 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-11-10

Pours very dark, almost black, with a filmy off white head and decent lacing. Just a bit of red around the edges.

Smell is sweet malt, slightly beery, with a Guinness-like smoky quality. Not bad, if nothing special.

Taste is very mild, a little malty and smoky, and really not bad. The flavors are light and unoffensive, and the aftertaste is clean a nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but right, white tart carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, definitely a session beer.

Overall, I was impressed. (533 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, but not very viscous. Soda-like pour, head dissipates quickly. Aroma of peaty malts and roast.

Flavor is nice. Not fantastic or full-bodied, but enough character with the roastiness, peaty malt and potent tanginess to keep me interested for the drink. Not too bitter, but definitely dry rather than sweet and malty. Tart hops. Carbonation was a little high for me, and the mouthfeel wasn't too persuasive. Overall, pretty good and very drinkable for the flavors it packs. Though, I could do without the hoaky McSorley's Ale House history and other gimmickry suggested by the label. Come on, it's a contract brew. But a good beer nonetheless. (653 characters)

Photo of botham
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a chestnut brown color with amber highlights and two fingers of light tan head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and a bit of dark grain with some dark fruit in the background. a distant tinge of something metallic hurts the aroma a bit.

taste follows the nose without the metallic tinge. not bad for a medium brown ale, with a nice freshness and smooth finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a hearty finish of residual caramel and grain.

drinkability is decent. for a brown, this is a decent brew, but it is a bit weak in the end. could be better. (648 characters)

McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.