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Angler Black Lager - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Angler Black LagerAngler Black Lager

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.68%
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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2006 02:33:45 | More by WVbeergeek
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ncworster

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

03-04-2012 19:43:59 | More by ncworster
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

2.6/5  rDev -20.5%
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?)

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2004 15:46:14 | More by HappyHourHero
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 22:07:30 | More by Metalmonk
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jhollick

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 12 oz. bottle, served chilled. Poured a cloudy, almost opaque brown with deep burgandy tones throughout. There was a minimal, but very creamy head that formed, although it dissipated quickly. Minimal carbonation. Decent looking beer.

Smell - Sweet caramel and malts, also a nutty character and a hint of something from the woods...blackberries maybe?

Mouthfeel - This one feels pretty smooth in the mouth, and has an almost nitrogen-injected feel in the mouth. The brew is also buttery, which helps it glide around the palette quite easily. This was the highlight of this beer for me.

Taste - Heavy nut flavor initially along with some sweetness from the caramel, butter, and various malts. This is followed by a sharp roasted malt bitterness that goes away quickly and leaves a dry finish. There is hardly any hop presence. There is also an earthy tone to the entire beer.

Drinkability - For me, this was too sweet and tangy to drink more than one.

Overall - I think Barley Creek might be a bit confused as to what they want this beer to be, or at least the label of "Dark Bavarian Style Lager" throws me off. It almost reminded me of a nutty iced tea. Not a favorite of mine. It just isn't that well balanced, and the flavor and aftertaste wore on me during the second half of the beer. I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 23:11:22 | More by jhollick
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the Rescue IPA glass blackish brown with an off-white almost tan head which lasted but an instant then wisped away to try at lacing the glass.

The aroma was coffee most notable but with a tart character. The nose was lightly fruity, but mostly tart, souring, coffee.

The flavor was lightly tart with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Some caramel was present, but was overshadowed by the tart and souring nature.

The finish was dry with lasing light tart coffee into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and very watery with a very low carbonation. Gotta say skip this one, or find it fresh.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 22:01:31 | More by GCBrewingCo
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steamingheap

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown "cola" color. Thin, short lasting head.

Aroma - There was a roasted chocolate smell that was mixed with a surprising tart aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Continuing the surprise was the tart aspect jumping in to dominate the initial portion of the flavor profile. And the middle portion... A roasted flavor crept in at the end before blending back into a tart-roasted aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The tart flavor takes away from the roasted flavors that are trying to come out. Even without the tart flavor, it seems as if this beer was thin and light on flavor. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one but I wouldn't be opposed to another bottle if I were presented with one.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 03:07:31 | More by steamingheap
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is the beers strong point, though it looks like pepsi If light passes thru.. Smell is mildly roasted malt, not much else. Very light and barely noticable. Flavor is, similarly, not very impressive. It's got a crispness to it but the bitterness in it isn't very pleasing. Sort of burnt tasting and feeling but not in the good way some beers are. Mouth is thin and the aftertaste is unpleasant. Overall I wouldn't ever get it again, but it's not the worst thing in the world.

Serving type: on-tap

02-15-2009 18:19:49 | More by BirdFlu
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Ralphs66

New York

2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2011 15:56:58 | More by Ralphs66
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.8/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 07/03/2009. On tap at the brewpub. This beer pours brown with a ring of white head. The aroma is of generic sweet roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with lots of malt and an almost sour finish (infected?). I found this to be drinkable but quite dull.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2009 17:35:17 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.3%

02-10-2014 02:20:32 | More by Goldndomer
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.3%

12-07-2011 00:02:11 | More by JohneHoodlum
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hockenbeer

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.3%

03-29-2012 01:47:50 | More by hockenbeer
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matty

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prune juice colored lager with almost non-existent aroma and taste.I think if I try really hard I can taste a smidge of chocolate.Very watery in both taste and mouthfeel.Not very impressive.I would drink it again if it was offered free but I would not pay another dime for this!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2007 05:43:23 | More by matty
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -8.3%

04-29-2014 11:42:34 | More by djrn2
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown body with ruby highlights. Head is a beige table top. Aroma has bread,chocolate, and coffee notes. Taste is fairly bland, some roasted malt, a slight hop tingle at the end, but overall this is a little too clean. Needs something in the malt department to stand up and be noticed. Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess, and drinkability is certainly easy. OK, but certainly not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 22:58:15 | More by RonfromJersey
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-30-2014 21:14:18 | More by thedoubler55
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mostly opaque, deep brown, almost black color. It is topped by a frothy light brown to tan colored head that . The aroma has notes of sweet caramel as I pour this beer. Once I go in for a proper sniff, I get notes of diluted coffee, a strong burnt grain-husk note, and a solid toasty character. The aroma is ok except for that strong burnt husk note.

The beer is pretty light up front, and has a noticeable note of acidity throughout. I am not too sure if this is from the roast grain used or from some other source. The acidity is quite clean tasting. The beer finishes with a roasted note that is reminiscent of black coffee. There is not too much to this beer other than the light twang of sourness and the finish of roasted malt finish. Certainly easy drinking, and clean, but I could certainly wish for a lot more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 02:15:38 | More by Gueuzedude
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2006 17:52:22 | More by jwc215
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 00:37:32 | More by hopdog
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

07-23-2014 17:17:02 | More by JMS1512
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

01-20-2014 02:28:02 | More by IPAchris
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petermethot

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

06-25-2013 22:00:29 | More by petermethot
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 18:18:59 | More by beerthulhu
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kernalklink

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2006 17:19:39 | More by kernalklink
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Angler Black Lager from Barley Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.