Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

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85
very good
221 Reviews
Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Robust and smooth, this full-flavored lager is exceptionally drinkable and pitch black in color.

32 IBU

Added by Wasatch on 10-09-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
221
Ratings:
1,169
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
24.6%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
276
For Trade:
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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from 7/11/12: pours pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving great spotty foamy lacing and foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of rich roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, coffee, lemon zest, citrus hops, herbs, charcoal, piney hops and hints of flowers; roasted malts and hoppy notes work very well together, adding a fine bitterness that trails off on the sweet side.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, coffee, lemon zest, herbs, charcoal, piney hops, caramel, molasses, toasted grains and hints of flowers; complex and very tasty, getting better as it warms and letting the roasted malts synch up with the hops for a sweet and bitter finish that trails off like burnt coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a chewy feel that runs off bitter. Overall a very tasty black lager that I'd definitely recommend.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Baba boasts a pretty stunning gravitational-singularity-depth of blackness, only hinting at some browns where the mocha-cream head meets the beer's event horizon. There's likewise a really nice nose: somehow both thickly burnt and cavalierly buoyant. The textures, too, are a study in opposition: a hint of ruddy heft at the back of the palate, yet otherwise a light (but not thin), crisp, clean character predominates, allowing hearty dark flavors to parade about, unmitigated and unburdened, within the drinker's maw. Those flavors burst with smoky-malt traits, dry—almost ashy—burnt wood and burnt brioche qualities whose sugars taste almost entirely eaten out by the yeast (though this schwarz is nonetheless a booze-limited beast, sitting at a very sessionable fraction of four-percent). There is a hint of that yeast, in point of fact, amongst some funky undertones that bring a shot of brightness, and fruity-cum-lagery character, to the primarily chthonic, charred composition of Baba's belly.

A black lager—but hardly a black sheep amongst Uinta's output—they've heaped the pyre with goods on this effort. A bell-sheep in the fosse, indeed.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good schwarbier indeed.
A nice color contrast with a nearly opaque deep ruby amber body and tall mocha head.
Plenty of lacing too.
The aroma has a rich with roasted malts and some sutle smoke kiln.
The taste is the same. Luscious smokey malts, roasted malts almost tastes like a raunchbier.
Smooth drinking and I like the sutle hints of smokiness that gives it some character. All in all this is a good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black in color with a nice sized coffee colored head on top. Very nice roasted and grainy aroma. Trace of malty sweetness. Mellow roasted and dark grain flavors. Touch of burnt caramel going on. Quick hop bite at the end. Nice mouthfeel-higher level of CO2 gives it a slight zing on the tongue. A lot of flavor for such a low abv. Very sessionable and enjoyable.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one is a very dark amber very much near brown. On top is an off white only about a finger thick.

Aroma: Dark fruits, notes of smokiness, roasted hop, bits of rye, slight wisps of figs. Malts are very much dark roasted and bready.

Taste: Full bodied and crisp. Rasins, dark fruits, bready malts, faint plum notes in the towards the back. Dark roasted hops are well on the floral side with a nice dryness. In the end is a smokey finish to top it off.

Notes: The smokiness and the dryness makes this one a solid beer and a little bit hearty. Cheers.

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Photo of ENogueira
4/5  rDev +5.8%

12 oz bottle, expiry 12/24/14 in a chalice glass. Pitch black color, true to its name. Complex malty flavor with coffee notes. Hard to believe 4% ABV. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Crumb_Destiny
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Baba the Logger

In days of yore, when asked of your
Parents many chores, to have done for
The makings of a taking
For egg-bakings and tasteful shakings
Upon the maiden's floor.

And who did taste but he, while lost
Turnt amidst a blurring moss
When once did he walk, a man of log
Who longed as he strode a waking bog.
With a great big grin, strolling a muck-strewn aisle.

Baba the Logger, who once did offer
His right wife proper
With iron and leather, a hunk of his leg
While whispers echoed face to face.
The mirthful intent did wander.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've seen this on the shelves here for quite awhile now, and finally picked some up last week. 12oz bottle poured into a stemmed lager glass.

Pours a deep black, like a stout. Small beige head on top that dissipates very quickly. Aroma of hot chocolate, dry husky grains, graham crackers. Easy subtle feel. Though this beer looks heavy, it is very light on the palate. Almost too easy to drink this one.

Heavy-hitting roasted chocolate flavors present. Sweet mellow flavors meld with a dry cracker finish. Cereal grains on the back end. This little beer packs on the flavor. This is organic too? Nice. A nice little beer here. This is a style that is underrated in my mind, and one I need to revisit more and more. Cool label art to boot.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of a Uinta 12er with 4 different brews, lets give this one a whirl. Popping the top I get a a nice chocolate graham creacker smell. Pours into my newly aquired Poker Showart Beah Glass to a deep brown with a tan fine bubble head. On the taste this brew is nicely roasted malts, good body and solid mouthfeel. Nicely charred throughout with a bitter finish that twangs sweet right at the aftertaste. A refreshing brew and I must say a sessioner candidate at only 4% ABV. I will seek out again. Spot on for style.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into pilsener glass

A - 4-finger medium tan head over a body of deep brown with red/orange highlights

S - black coffee, caramel sweetness, smoke, lactic

T - roasted and burnt notes, coffee, nuts, hint of chocolate milk, touch of herbal hops

M - slick medium body, low/medium carbonation

O - Baba is a decent schwarz.

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really nice and simple black lager. It looks like a root beer: dark brown, clear, and with a nice tan head that hangs around and laces the glass. The smell is super subtle and balanced, with no distinct notes overwhelming the nose. The taste is also subtle, with sweet malt notes and just the slightest hop bite at the end. For Stacey, this beer does NOT taste like an American lager; she'll like it

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing nearly opaque black in the glass with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, coffee, a hint of dark fruit. Flavor is dry, dark toasted malt with a hint of char, mild dark chocolate and coffee; finishes with a light grass hops bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A quite nicely done schwarzbier, hitting all the right notes with perhaps a bit more charry toastiness than most, which is nice. Full flavored for a 4% beer, impressive. I wouldn't mind tasting an imperial version of this one, but this delivers what it promises for a smaller version of the style. Well done.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich chocolaty-brown. Nice two-finger mocha head.

S: Sweet caramel, low in assertiveness. Coffee and chocolate.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation. A hint of creaminess.

T: Good malt sweetness and cocoa nibs. Low Munich malt notes. Graham cracker sweetness. Slight char on the back. Good and soft undergirding bitterness.

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Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a black color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, and slight pine. Fits the style of a Schwarzbier. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of wheat, and slight pine. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Sam21
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass. Best before Sept 2013.

A- Pours with a nice deep and dark brown. Only shows its brown color when held up to the window. Nice sticky brown head that leaves beautiful lacing.

S- The aroma is moderately intense. Light charcoal smoke, roasty malt, and baked dark bread. Full and inviting.

T- Again, moderately intense flavor profile. Roasty malt tones that carry a great balance of dark brown bread and roasty edges. Bits of smoke around the edges. It finishes clean with plenty of dark bready flavors. Lightly bitter. Again, simple yet well done.

MF- Light and smooth. Somehwhat smooth carbonation adds decent balance.

O- Balanced, full flavored, and very drinkable. This is a strong and low alcohol black lager.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass.

Appearance: very dark-brown hue with ruby highlights. Body is haze free with a strong effervescence and a finger of fizzy tan foam atop. The head isn't sticking around long, but otherwise it's a great looking beer.

Smell: nutty and caramelly malt aroma, with a little bit of roastiness around the edges. A little sweet, with virtually no detectable hop aroma. Not bad for the style.

Taste: lightly caramelly and roasty; a little bit more well-rounded than the aroma. The light sweetness and roasty character remind me a little bit of a sweet stout. I actually like this beer quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: light body but a huge carbonation and massively satisfying creaminess. Bam!

Overall: this is a tasty beer that is eminently quaffable. I could enjoy this brew all day.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. Dark brown/black beer with 1 finger tan head when poured into a pint glass. Some lacing on the glass.

s. This beer smells like a guinnus - malt on malt.

t. This beer tastes like a guinnus with less body. It is a lager, so I cannot fault it for being watery - debated between a 4 and a 3.75 for a long time.

m. Very nice, but too much carbonation on the mouth.

o. Outstanding lager that has complexities of a stout.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers of tan head that fades down to a cap. Leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee stand out the most. A light fruitiness is present as well. Slightly acrid

T: Follows the nose. Roasty and chocolatey to start, with the coffee following closely behind. Finishes lightly bitter with more roast and a little char

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice sessionable brew from Uinta. Very easy to drink. Good price. Try some

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3/19/15 (Can) - Dark black pour, roasted malt and coffee scents were very strong and desirable. Taste was even better, excellent roasted malt and chocolate. Very smooth to drink, minimal carbonation, light in both texture and ABV. Nice paring with desert. Overall very good offering!

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend sent me a message about this beer so I grabbed two. It is a dark beer for sure but it isn't super heavy. I learned that it is a session beer which means you can drink a bunch of them. I could drink a few of these and not feel like I drank a loaf of rye bread.

Definitely a tasty beer and one I would like to have again.

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Photo of EkimGram
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 12oz can poured into a pint. Colour is a cola-like black with a half-ginger toffee-coloured head, completely opaque with the head leaving a thin, wispy lacing.

Smell: Strong roasted and burnt malts, a little sweet and bready. Nutty.

Taste: Primary flavour is roasted malt followed by a nice, semi-sweet nutty flavour. The depth of flavour in this is impressive, given the alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a healthy carbonation that really lightens the whole thing up.

Overall: This is my first time enjoying this style and I love it. It is refreshing, light, and interesting with a powerful flavour.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This schwartzbier pours a light black color with a slight ruby tint and a medium foamy white head. The smell is quite malty and sweet with roasted grains and burnt sugar dominating. Much like the smell the initial flavor is malt dominant with roasted grains, toffee, and molasses coming to the forefront, the finish surprisingly has a significant, but not overpowering hop kick though that lends a very mild pine undertone. The body is on the high end of medium and the finish is pretty creamy, almost like a stout lite with hops. I would say that this is a little overly sweet for my tastes, but it is well balanced and there is a nice flavor profile. All around a good schwartzbier and one of the most interesting examples of this style that I’ve had.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is cola black with brown on the fringes. A light cream colored head dissipates, leaving a fine wisp with nice world map lacing.

Aroma: Toasted bread, charred grains, faint chocolate.

Taste: Very bright on the tongue with a tart, hoppy finish, but before that (!) there is a lot of roasted malts, charred grains, toasted bread and fain chocolate. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Excellent taste profile, easy drinking. I'll be revisiting this one I believe.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: 09/08/11

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, with a nice fizzy tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slight hop note, with some nice little chocolate notes. The taste is sweet, malty, very slight hop note, and caramel. Medium body, with a nice crisp feel. This is a pretty nice brew, one of the best Uinta makes at 4% ABV.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Why this makes a 4.0 for me? It's packed with flavor at 4% alcohol. It's good for you (like Guinness only organic). It's hand-crafted through and through. Stunning black lager. I love the style, great alternative to porter, and this is one of the best I've tried. Must try.

A: The beer is a near-black, dark brown color with tinges of ruby at the edges, sports a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a tons of lace dots as it goes down.

S: So much going on in the subtle aroma: coffee, roasted malts, mocha, yeast, hay, and plenty of hops.

T: Starts bready, yeasty with a deep roasted malt. Then subtle flavors of black coffee joined by smokiness in the back. The hops sting is mild and provides balance. Continues to prune and pitted fruit flavors, and finishes smoky and roasty. A lot going on and it all works.

M: Crisp and smooth, nice mouth tingle, light to medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean but fruity, almost sticky.

O: Tasty, session lager. One of 3 great black lagers I've tried this year. (Rogue, Port are also a must try). Like this low alcohol version.

Came back, and it drinks like a much stronger brew. If it came in cans, it might be my every day beer.

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 221 ratings.
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