Ugly Pug Black Lager - Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -1.7%
Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Mahogany without much head.
Nose is toasty burnt malt, which isn't bad for the style.
Taste is bitter chocolate malt and roasty with a hint of caramel sweetness.
It could use a bit more heft in the body, but overall a tasty brew.
09-18-2009 15:16:25 | More by brownbeer
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
The beer pours a dark brown to black color with red highlights and a white head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate. The flavor is more of the same. Other than the roasted malt and chocolate malt, I don't get much else other than a little bit of cream. The beer has a light to medium mouthfeel with the beer being a little bit watery. Medium carbonation. The beer is fairly drinkable and one of the better beers from Rahr's.
09-20-2010 04:28:45 | More by Mora2000
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
Pours dark brown, almost black with garnett highlights when held up to light. Tan head quickly recedes to a ring. Aroma is roasted malts. Taste is chocolate & coffee, finish is roastiness and bitterness. Medium to light bodied, lots of carbonation. This is a good one, a good session beer and not as sweet as some Schwarzbiers. This is a regular in my fridge.
09-20-2006 00:35:49 | More by Dizzy
2.4/5 rDev -33.5%
For a Black Lager, this is pretty watered down. It's drinkable, especially for someone who doesn't like a strong taste. But for someone looking for a complex taste, this is pretty spare.
There is a smokey taste, with a hint of licorice. The flavor goes away fast, there's not much of an after taste to it. There's really nothing to it, which IMO is the wrong way to make a black lager.
02-20-2008 14:02:54 | More by whoneeds8
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
This beer pours a very dark brown color, with a fluffy light brown head. the head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.
This beer has a malty sweet aroma. It smells nutty also. It has a slight grainy aroma also. A very subtle coffee aroma is present.
This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Coffee and sweet malt. Nutty. Some grain mixes in aw well. Maybe a very slight chocolate flavor.
This beer is slightly thin, but crisp. It leaves a nutty aftertaste.
This beer would probably make a good session beer. It seems low in alcohol, and the flavor is not aggressive.
Overall: Nice beer. A little boring, but not bad at all.
10-30-2008 00:25:35 | More by OStrungT
3.33/5 rDev -7.8%
Recieved from ottovon!
Pours to a dark fairly clear brownish. There was a small white at first, but disappear quickly.
Smells like chocolate and roasted malts.
Can taste the smokey roasted malts, but no chocolate in taste. Kind of a earth grass flavor kind of different.
Nice light body very little carbonation.
A very average Schwarzbier, but not bad.
01-11-2009 20:49:37 | More by LordofTime25
4.2/5 rDev +16.3%
A nice brown cocoa color fills the glass. Nice two finger head, creamy and slightly tanned, fades to a lasting cap. Some nice burgandy tones around the edges. Very clear, you can almost see through it.
Cocoa powder, coffee beans and dark chocolate make up the first whiff. Slightly vinous character. Seems to have a bit of that German sulphuric and/or medicinal quality, a Rahr trademark you could say. A bit of a bright fruity hoppy note breaks through here and there. Much more than I expected here.
Light and slightly fruity. Definitely sweet. Not a lot of destinctive flavors here, but what you do get is tasty. Some darker flavors, but nothing burnt. Dark berries with a mild milk chocolate coating, as if they were just dipped really. The mild carbonation prick is welcome, keeps it from feeling too light. Just ever so slightly bitter on the finish, astringent like coffee. Damn tasty brew.
The best of Rahr that I've had yet. Easy drinking. Definitely a keeper.
04-29-2007 22:24:40 | More by skillerified
3.53/5 rDev -2.2%
Not real impressed on the pour--I went through the better part of a six of this and had a hellish time getting any kind of head to rise. What head there was was pretty thin and soapy-looking, and didn't last. The color's good--dark brown, much like coffee (especially with the nonexistent head).
The smell isn't potent, but it's definitely nice; roasted grain and coffee hints dominate. The Pug is slick in the mouth, a bit thin (although maybe I'm displaying some stout bias). Not a lot of complexity to the flavor, mostly those roasty notes and earthy grains with minimal hop; there's a bit of a mineral, salty bitterness in the background, giving a mineral-water impression despite the lack of noticeable carbonation. As it warms, the coffee notes become more distinct and appreciable, especially in the aftertaste.
The drinkability of this brew is definitely its saving grace; I could happily take down three or four without a thought, and its flavor is pleasant enough to enjoy like a coffee, without necessarily pairing it with a meal. It's unpretentious enough to be a great gateway beer, I would guess.
Note about head problems: I have had this from a keg and experienced none of the above troubles with the head. From everything I hear, my particular six looks to be the anomaly.
09-29-2005 00:00:34 | More by Melchizedek
4.22/5 rDev +16.9%
Thanks to assurbanipaul for this bit of Texas.
Pours a clear deep, dark amber with a small off white head that melts to a ring of lace.
Aroma is burnt caramel and coffee.
Taste is toasted amber malt and burnt caramel with a touch of coffee in the end. It finishes with a nice hop bitterness that dries the mouth as you swallow. Nothing in the taste dominates or struggles for control..everything tastes and feels just wonderfully balanced.
Maybe my favorite swartzbier
11-22-2006 02:49:02 | More by IntriqKen
3.2/5 rDev -11.4%
When an ugly pug is on a beer, you must try it.
Appearance - A beautiful dark brown to silky black that has a nice milk chocolate head
Smell - Great hints of coffee, hazelnut, chocolate and some caramel
Taste - The flavor is not nearly as good as the smell unfortunately. The taste is of light coffee and licorice. It seems watered down
Mouthfeel - Where the taste lacks, the mouth feel and smell perk it back up.
Overall - A nice drinker but really lacking the taste I was expecting
09-29-2012 00:01:22 | More by TownDunkel
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
It has been awhile since I've reviewed a beer and what better beer to review than one brewed locally in Fort Worth, TX from Rahr & Sons Brewing? I've had their Ugly Pug many times before and I think it's a pretty damn good black lager or schwarzbier.
Ugly Pug is not an ugly beer to look at. The head is very bubbly and off-white that leaves a fair amount of lacing while drinking. The beer looks black normally but if put up to the light it is a dark bronze with a little bit of particulates floating around. Take note that there is some sediment on the bottom of the bottle so make sure you get it in your glass!
Ugly Pug has a lack of a dog smell. Instead, it smells significantly of roasted malts, chocolate, and is bready. There is a little bit of hops in there as well.
While the flavors might not be complex in Ugly Pug, I think they are tasty and blend well. The two dominant flavors are chocolate and roasted malts. It makes this beer have a smoothness, it'd be better described as being creamy, to it that's not found in most lagers. Roasted coffee notes mix with the chocolate well and lager yeasts make their way in later on.
The mouthfeel is light, but a bit heavier than a regular lager, with medium carbonation.
While the Ugly Pug has flavors (chocolate, roasted malts, and chocolate) that are most commonly associated with heavier beers like porters or stouts, Ugly Pug remains a very drinkable beer.
The reason I like Ugly Pug is because of its "heavier" flavors while remaining a very drinkable beer. I don't find it to be a watery beer either. I definitely recommend drinking it after it has warmed a bit.
03-22-2011 03:03:09 | More by BeardedRiker
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Got this in a PIF from GregSVT. Thanks brother!
Appearance - Nice clear brown appearance with minimal head around the edges.
Smell - Smells bready and malty. Some smoke
Taste - Bitter sweet cocoa flavor that fades into bread and a little peat smoke.
Mouthfeel - Light, clean, flavorful and refreshing
Drinkablity - Easy to drink with a very pleasant aroma and flavor character. Great session beer, I would recommend this one for you malt heads.
09-28-2009 03:08:14 | More by MASPuros
Ugly Pug Black Lager from Rahr & Sons Brewing Company
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