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Angler Black Lager - Barley Creek Brewing Company

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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.98%
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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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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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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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2006 20:11:35 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 06:51:48 | More by Phatz
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +37.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2006 02:08:27 | More by sulldaddy
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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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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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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, white/blue/gray on black label

Appearance: very dark (almost black) with ruby tingles against light, medium tan colored head, medium sticky lacing

Smell: burnt caramel

Taste: medium body, smooth mouthfeel, sweet dark roasted malt, molasses, minor hops in background

Notes: very drinkable abd pleasant

From the Barley Creek website: Angler Black Lager - German Swarzbier, Dark and delightful, this is an easy-drinking brew. Once a seasonal favorite now we brew it all the time as part of our variety case. Brewed with five different malts and three different hops, then pitched with Bavarian lager yeast. O.G. - 1052

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 04:17:39 | More by BeerBeing
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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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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark cola brown... appears almost black in low lighting, but light does pass through... with a slight head. Aromas of roasted coffee, nuts, butter and pretzels come through... Yes, I know pretzels sounds strange, but it's the doughy/buttery aroma that just reminds me of them.

Now for the taste... initially sweet, followed very quickly by a bitter, root-like, licorish and woody taste... like nut shells and chickory. Has an oily, buttery mouthfeel, with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Slight buttery taste in there as well. Notes of dark roasted coffee come through as well the more I drink.

Not bad, but I'm reviewing this from the bottle, and it makes me wish I took notes when I had it on-tap. I remember it being less buttery and less bitter, and superior overall. In other words, have it on-tap if you have the chance... both bottle selections I've had so far from Barley Creek have been inferior to the tap versions. (I'm basing my score on the bottles I took home... otherwise the taste would rate higher). Pairs very nicely with sausages... try it with the sausage platter at their brewpub... the beer brings out the caraway and other spices quite nicely in the sausage.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 21:53:47 | More by apintofknowledge
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep and rich brown/amber Bier, this one left very little, if any head for me to gaze into... The aroms were solid, complete with dark and rich maltiness, and perhaps some residual sweetness. The flavor was a touch lacking. Some hints of caramel in there, but not terribly smooth. It goes down very easily with something of a dry or even abrasive finish. Still, a fine offering, and something that I would not mind sitting down for a session with...

Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2005 22:03:52 | More by goindownsouth
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WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2005 21:10:26 | More by WesWes
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2004 17:02:21 | More by Suds
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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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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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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2002 10:26:42 | More by beerluvr
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Angler Black Lager from Barley Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.