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Angler Black Lager - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Angler Black LagerAngler Black Lager

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BA SCORE
76
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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 03-12-2006)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.38/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a ruby brown darkness with a large tan head that leaves thin strips of lacing down my pint glass. Aroma has chocolate herbal layers in there along with a touch of coffee notes. Taste has a grainy chocolate with a weird yeasty herbal profile not much coffee more grainy offness than anything else. Mouthfeel is thin even for a schwarzbier wow this is different. Drinkability not anytime soon please give me a Sam Adam's Black Lager over this one it's just a bad example of the style.

WVbeergeek, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of JMS1512
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

JMS1512, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Metalmonk
2.63/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin light-tan head that doesn't retain very well. The color is nice, a seriously dark brown (light black?) that just barely lets any light through. I was confounded by the floaters that danced in my glass, many more of them sitting at the bottom. I can only guess this is yeast. Usually not problematic for me, I like that normally, but considering the disappointment I've experienced with Barley Creek stuff (all their beers being tangy to one degree or another), I can only imagine this is more poor brewing in practice.

A dark fruit essence dominates the aroma, with a lighter maltiness following. Pretty laid back overall.

Malt hits the tongue right away, with a roasted element, sweet and smooth and quite good, but the hops are lacking, there's no depth, the mouthfeel is too thin for the style, and the finish is a spreading sourness that seems to typify all Barley Creek beers.

Without the tartness, this would've still been an average beer, but this is totally off for the style, and totally off if you're simply looking for great beer. Next...

Metalmonk, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of psujesus
4.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the brewpub on 11/18/09

first black lager ive had, very delicious, a beautiful black color poured from the tap, more bitter than sweet, flavors of roasted malts, caramel and yummy molasses, i couldn't really get a lock on the smell for some reason, a nice medium body to it

i'd say this is a very drinkable beer, i would have ordered another one but opted for their IPA instead

psujesus, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of beerluvr
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with an average cream-colored head over medium to dark brown liquid with ruby highlights. Nose is roasted grains with some overtly coffeeish notes. Taste revealed a mouthfeel on the thin side of things, with noted grain dryness, some restrained fruitiness, slight hop bitterness and more coffee taste than there should be for this style of lager. A good and well-made brew...but not very true to style, it had more in common with a light-bodied porter than a German Dunkle.

beerluvr, Dec 09, 2002
Photo of Ralphs66
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely nothing memorable about this beer. I had the barleywine earlier in my sitting and it wasn't bad....probably should have had this much thinner beer first. Minimal head, little nose, taste very watery. Coloration was nice, and I probably could have drank a few gallons of it. But water is cheaper...

Ralphs66, May 03, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany red with only a slight sudsy dirty white head that quickly vanished.

S: a really sweet malt flavor with some complex caramel lacing, dark chocolate and sour malt.

T: For flavor there was soft roasted grains, bitter chocolate, and a light smokiness. There was also a decent nuttiness to the flavor with some dried fruit detected (raisins). A big caramel flavor that came off tasting more like a brown ale then a black lager.

M: The mouthful was thin, with little/no carbonation with a slight dark roasted malt coating on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was average as well the overall enjoyment of this beer.

beerthulhu, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of Goldndomer
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel aroma with a hint of burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a husky grain, with a drying utilitarian hop.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty brew, however not all that authentic stylewise.

plaid75, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -7.4%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of kernalklink
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of the schwarzbier style, this particular one being a watered down version of the normal european offering. It poured somewhat lighter than others I've had, but its body and carbonation were spot on. What was missing was the flavor- very evident malt and balanced hops, with a hint of dried fruits, but all of these were very delicate and subdued, more than i normally look for in this style. Good drinkability, but i'll stick to their IPA.

kernalklink, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of crowsnest
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

crowsnest, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Phatz
3.7/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Below you will see I had this on-tap and wrote a full review. I also brought home a bottle and I must say, it was better at the brewery. Unfortunately, I found this Schwarzbier to be very simple and straightforward. That is not a bad thing, but it is a bit unimpressive. The version I had on-tap at the brewery seemed to have more molasses and sweet caramel in the nose and mouth. This beer seems to be a bit burnt, like leftover ashes and carbon. The smell has a hint of dry stout black roasted malts but the taste is a bit thin, IMO, for the style; as is the mouthfeel. It is light in the stomach though and is certainly a drinkable beer!

Hope this helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of Pav5069
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Pav5069, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came A dark brown that thins near the edges of my stupid plastic white fest cup.

Smells of light, pasty flour, a slight smoke and a faint, dark fruit with some sour strawberries.

Smells of light, pasty bread dough with a very slight sour, under ripe fruit that fades to some heavier dark fruits. Very subtle.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and smooth with a light, sparse carbonation.

Not bad. The delicacy of the flavor was appreciated.

DarkerTheBetter, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of jwc215
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured brown with ruby highlights. A small fizzy head quickly disappeared to nothing. It was highly carbonated.
Burnt coffee and caramel were present - but, after the first sip, the watery thinness became more apparent.
A bit bitter and a bit too "burnt", but fairly smooth - not very well-balanced, though. The dull thinness lingers.
Overall, it's not bad, but it could be a bit richer - It's like a watery lager with touches of coffee and caramel thrown in - a bit too thin for the style. I've had several of this type for the same price or even less.

jwc215, May 26, 2006
Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

IPAchris, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of hopdog
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toasted nuts, light chocolate, and I was getting some caramel. Tastes of toasted nuts and even lighter chocolate. Just a trace of coffee too.

Notes from 1/10/07

hopdog, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep dark brown with heavy ruby highlights. A fizzy tan head foams up about .5 cm and fades to a spotty surface layer quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, caramel, some faint chocolate and a bit of smoke. Pretty nice nose and spot on for a schwarzbeer.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body with almost creamy texture, very soft on the palate. The carbonation is soft and gentle as well, so far this is a great beer, very easy drinkin.
Flavor starts with a bit of caramel and chocolate, rolls to roasted malt with a bit of molasses and then finishes with a bit of a drying roast malt finish. Almost an espresso roast flavor there. After the beer I had in the pub my expectations were not very high for this beer, but it turned out to be quite a winner IMO. I would definitely buy again!

sulldaddy, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown with some burgandy highlights. Short 1/2" head falls quickly. A spot or two of lace develops during the session.

Smell: very soft roasted malts and a touch of smokiness.

Taste: roasted malts, hint of licorice, soft smokiness and a mild bitterness. Overall the flavor profile is a bit mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Light-medium in body. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: not bad a beer but not one I am craving to drink a few of them. Worth it to give it a shot.

Gavage, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of hockenbeer
3/5  rDev -7.4%

hockenbeer, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of HappyHourHero
2.6/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fine, light cream colored head sits atop the dark cola brown colored beer. The aroma is interesting, a bit of caramel malt and a bit of fresh cut grass. The taste is very dissapointing, a mix of stale malt and bitter chocolate with a light sweet hop aftertaste. This a pretty light bodied beer with a fairly clean finish. Normally I would cut a brewery some slack if it tastes like there beer has gone bad, but I bought it directly from them so it wasn't improperly handled by the distributor/Store and looking at other reviews it's not a one time deal. This is the 7th or 8th beer I've had from this brewery and the first bad one. I bought two Black Widows so hopefully the other will be better (miracles do happen right?)

HappyHourHero, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of thedoubler55
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark Brown in color almost black, with a nice tan head at the top and left some lacing around the glass, just a tiny.

S: The nose was probably the best part of the beer, some good chocolate notes, some dark roasted malts and some brown sugar as well.

T: The nose is present in the taste, but the taste is rather subtle and quite boring, some chocolate on the front and some slight roastyness on the tail end.

M: Light bodied, slight carbonation a little sticky on the end.

O:This beer was well balanced but nothing to really go crazy over, this beer was not so complex but didn't taste bad.

thedoubler55, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six-pack of this beer from the brewery. Pours a very dark brown (bordering on black), with a thin tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee…it’s got a very powerful roasted graininess, with a bread and nut character as well. Only slightly sweet in the front, and the beer dries out by the finish. It’s got a very light, almost too-thin body, but is very drinkable. The roasted, coffee-like sensations follow from the aroma all the way to the finish. The beer is slightly bitter, but hops definitely take a backseat to grain and malt. All in all, it’s a solidly good, well-made brew.

Suds, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very malty scent that is sweet with caramel malts and slightly dry from lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a grainy caramel malt flavor that is dry and a bit weak compared to the aroma. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has great aroma, and decent flavor; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Feb 13, 2005
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Angler Black Lager from Barley Creek Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.