Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
1,224 Ratings
Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States
uintabrewing.com

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
Ratings:
1,224
Reviews:
234
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
301
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,224 |  Reviews: 234
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a stemless wine glass

A- pours black with a one finger tan head. Real nice looking head, almost resembles a cappucino.

S- tons of char and roasted malts. Like, I can smell it sitting up in my chair with the beer on my table. WOW!

T- nice sweetness, slight smokiness, very passing bitterness in the back-end. Interesting, complex beer

M- body is very light, which is a shocker given the color but a welcome one given the ABV. Very drinkable beer

O- this is really good, and very affordable. Uinta keeps rolling out good stuff!

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Photo of gordonj
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fat_ninja
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of firkingroovin
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mmmbeer89
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is blacker than dikembe mutombo. it's a little watery but tasty, smooth dark lager. this one and full sails ''session black'' are amongst the top as far as black lagers go for me.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really nice take on the style. Crisp and clean, refreshing, with a nice roastiness and complexity. A fine sipper for a winter evening fireside. Cheers!

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Photo of Drew88
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mikemcgrath4
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of entenduintransit
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty, malty, and would make an awesome session beer.

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Photo of loubar
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods. Nose of faint toast and yeast. Flavors of roasted coffee, smoke and bittersweet cocoa. Slight malt influence. Mildly bitter, yet mouth feel remains light and slightly watery with good carbonation. Dry, not sweet. Outstanding flavor for a light beer. Well done.

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Photo of MUTINY
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Super quick review. Uinta really killed it with this lager: full & rich without being filling, complex & deep without being overbearing. Top-notch.

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Photo of ordybill
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the Taco Mac in Atlanta, GA. The appearance is a pitch black color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee. The taste matches the nose. An excellent beer.

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Photo of jaredschnabel
4.29/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cheesyd64
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of alyssa1224
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: bright dark brown under a 2" light tan foam collar with fair to good retention.

S: smooth clean dark malt and light roast smell with nothing harsh or burnt, no hop aroma and no fermentation aromas.

T: It pours bright dark brown under a 2" light tan foam collar with fair to good retention. The flavors start with light chocolate and toasted grains. It has a clean fermentation character. The malt flavors are medium, hop bitterness is medium to medium low and yeast flavors are low to none.

F: The beer is very creamy and smooth with a medium body and carbonation.

O: The beer is full of flavor yet easy to drink.

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Photo of ltdantheman
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of jamesDaExMoBeerGuy
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unita Brewing Co. "Baba Black Lager"
12 fl. oz, brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 03/25/16" but not sampled until 08/15/16
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ (thanks again for the old beer friends!)

Unfortunately there is a slight bit of oxidation to this sample. Papery... probably enhanced caramel notes... I can work around that though, and given that I really like it and will score it well I see no reason not to simply proceed with this review whereas I would normally just drink the beer and make a note to find a fresher sample for later. With that said...

It offers the typical appearance of a German Schwarzbier with very good head retention and even more impressive lacing. Rings of lacing are left behind, building with each sip into an ever growing mountain range.

The aroma is roasty with a clean, mildly sweetish malt that hints at chocolate and caramel. Leafy, floral, and perhaps slightly grassy hops linger in the background.

The flavor is fuller: toasty, caramelish, grainy, roasty, subtly smoky, bittersweet chocolate. It's delicately bitter, allowing the roasted malts to balance in their own way. If I have to vary from the style to describe the maltiness I'll say it's more like a porter than a stout; and the bittersweet chocolate and not-burnt/softly coffee-like roastiness lingers in the finish along with what bitterness is there. The leafy, floral, and somewhat grassy hops found in the aroma are slightly fuller, accentuating the malt but never distracting from it. They've really hit the mark with the balance on this one, perfectly delivering smooth roasted malt notes that are drizzled in medium caramel against a moderate bitterness, and without any real dark malt acidity.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium on body and smooth with a restrained carbonation level that lends a gentle caress to the tongue before becoming more velvety.

Overall: An impressive schwarz. It's not easy to get the balance right on this style, and they've done it exceptionally well. Had I been given this blind, I'd have had no doubt that it came out of Germany. Superb! And most likely the best beer that I've had from Uinta (at least for their regular beers).

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Photo of M1ke
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Schwegler
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of TheWillMitch
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of foxyaardvark27
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of brewtus
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of zoso1967
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,224 ratings.
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