Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

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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:
1,170
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
24.6%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
277
For Trade:
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Photo of Czequershuus
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a reddish tinged black with a small but lasting head. The aroma start with vague wood smoke, rubber, coal, and cooked bulgar. The flavor leads with that slight wood smoke, followed by tart cherry, dark chocolate, and toasted seeds. The mouthfeel is thin but fluffy. Overall this is a nice little beer for when the mood for dark strike, but you want something lighter bodied as well.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, mahogany coloring that is almost black, with ruby highlights under light. A light, sparse, filmy, light tan surface coating of head. Aromas of toasted grains with a hint of sweet molasses and some dark, old world fruit sweetness. Flavors are sharp initially, with a date and fig sweetness quickly overridden by a bitter and roasty coffee character. The bitter and sweet work into a balance, with a touch of sharpness at the end of the palate. The sharp feel is amplified by the light body. A roasty, darkly sweet aftertaste, with a clean, very crisp finish.

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Photo of philbe311
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A finger's worth of fairly thick moderately dense light brown colored foam... Modest at best retention gives way to a full web of lacing and a fairly thick foam collar... It may be deemed a black lager, but this one is really a deep rich chocolatey brown color that allows a slight bit of light to leak in around the edges of the glass... Some quick paced carbonation streaks can be seen rising towards the top of the glass under close examination...

S - Fairly subdued and rather muted, but still quite enjoyable... Lightly roasted malts... A hint of coffee... A hint of chocolate... Perhaps some dark bread notes... Not much else... A little more umph in the category would have gone a long way...

T - Just about what I expected... Lightly roasted malts... Some faint hints of coffee and chocolate... Perhaps a bit nutty as well... The finish has a slightly burnt or charred character to it...

M - Light bodied... Light carbonation... Goes down smooth... Starts sleek and turn a slight bit chalky at the finish...

D - Quaffable and rather enjoyable... It depends how you're viewing this beer... If you look at it compared to all of beerdom, it's a fairly pedestrian average at best offering... If you look at it solely as a session brew, it's a very nice offering from Uinta... Lots of flavor and pretty decent character for a 4% ABV offering, especially for one of such dark coloring... I'm quite happy with and would seriously consider pick-up a sixer when I'm looking for an enjoyable session beer...

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear extremely dark brown colored beer with a small tan head that doesn't last long.

Smells of roasted grain but more of patent malt with just a whiff of smoke. Not much else in the aroma.

Starts out with a strong patent malt flavor and more than a little smoky taste. Tastes of chocolate and coffee but REALLY this tastes of just heavy dark roasted malt. Tastes something like over roasted Starbucks coffee. Tasty but not complex, but it has a heavy roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel is full for the style.

Overall this is like a three chord rock song. Not complex at all, but it is likeable for what it is. Just a straight meat and potatoes dark lager.

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Photo of jpro
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz “compass bottle” from Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte. Into a shaker pint -

A: Pours black with a half finger of coca cola head (in both color and fizziness); not much lace.

S: Not much aroma; buttery, toasty malts.

T: Better than what I thought it would be based on smell; light roasted malt and chocolate; not much hop presence or bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel; high carbonation; tingly on the palate.

O: A pretty good black lager; crisp and roast; easy drinking; good, but not overly flavorful.

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Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, but modest, head. Leaves a solid ring of lace. Deep ruby-brown color where only a minimum of light passes.

Good hop smell upfront (more floral than earthy). Second smell brings out some burnt (black patent?) malt aromas. I detect some hazelnut.

Very similar to a thin porter. Good bittering hop presence and the malt is also bitter. Surprisingly short aftertaste. Thin bodied with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/15/12 bottle date.

Color is dark but not quite black, red highlights noticeable, definite clarity there. Beige head retains well as a full cap leaving good lace along the way.

Nice scent, kind of a dusty chocolate/cocoa feel, bready lager malts, light hops. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout, surprising strength.

Taste unfortunately doesn't live up to the smell. Very light roasted and caramel malts, some lactose/milk stout type flavors. Some bready malts. A small dark fruit presence grows with warmth, light hoppage there as well.

It does feel a bit thin and watery, but it is 4% after all. Medium carbonation, wish the flavor was stronger.

Overall pretty decent considering the beer, the scent is great but the taste seems much weaker. Definitely dig the light+sessionable dark lagers but there are others I'd prefer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color with a rocky medium tan head

Brown bread and a bit of husky roastiness on the nose.

Mildly astringent roasted malt dominates the flavor with a herbal bitter finish. A touch of lemon at the end with a lingering pepper flavor.

Medium body with a lively fine carbonation.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pretty things pint glass bottle date 11/7/11

A - dark brown almost black body with a light brown thin head that has some endurance.

S - big notes of chocolate roasted coffee toast cream vanilla.

T - toasted notes more pronounced some cream chocolate coffee.

M - creamy feel medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. some coarseness.

O - a damn fine brew.

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Photo of beergoot
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Robust brown body capped with a very thick, long lasting, creamy head. Roasted malt nose; slightly chocolate scent deeply buried within. The taste comes across with a mellow sweetness (like a subdued Milk Dud), with a comparable subtle bitterness. Light bodied, clean and dry finish.

A good tasting, light-bodied dark lager. The body is almost featherweight, but I suppose that goes with the lager style. If a porter or stout seems like too much at the time, but you want a dark beer flavor, this one is a good choice.

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Photo of TheStepChild
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with tan head. Has a dark chocolate, coffee and roast nose with a light peat note in the aroma. The roast or peat comes through in the flavor with a almost coffee like bitterness. The coffee and roasted flavors remain in the aftertaste. Finishes dry almost tart. Some light astringency That's not unpleasant maybe from tartness? Reminds more of a robust porter with roast character.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The six-pack says Black Ale, then the bottle says Black Lager...Wacky.

A-Pours the color of cherry cola. Very dark but actually has ruby highlights when held up to the light. Head looks emaciated. Thins and tan. Laces well however.

S-Well this certainly smells more like a lager than an ale, so now that the label disagreement is settled... Nose is subtle. Roasted malt. Light, light chocolate, and a pang of hop bitterness.

T-Hops are more evident in the flavor here. Finishes very grassy and herbal due to the hops. In between, there is roast and even a bit of smoke. Chocolate is light and smooth. I was surprised by the hop intensity (not intense but more than detectable). Overall, the flavor is placid but enjoyable.

M-Body is very light and thin. Watery. Could use a bit more body. I enjoy the massaging carbonation. Lightly bitter. Still, could use a bit more body.

O/D-Interesting. I love the label art. $10.50 a six pack is too pricey for a %4 ABV beer that can be imbibed incredibly quick. I had a beer by Notch Brewing of the same style and enjoyed that a bit more. Also, Full Sail's Session Black lager is this beer equivalent but comes in a twelve pack, which I think makes more sense. Enjoyable, but I desire a bit more muscle to my $10-11 dollar six pack.

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Photo of neilp55
3.66/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A very mild, relaxing black lager. Easy on the bite and alcohol content, BABA goes down smooth. One minor drawback is a lack of confirmed character- nothing stands out. Black as coal, refreshing, non-bitter, and surprisingly light on the palette. Nice.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black in color with minimal penetration to light. There's a solid inch of dense beige foam sitting on top. Light lacing. The aroma is packed with dark malt and chocolate. I taste smooth dark malt and dark chocolate. The mouth is very smooth and creamy.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this beer up on a grocery run and as a fan of black lagers, I was looking forward to trying this beer.

It poured straight black into an English pub glass. There was very little head, which was a shame because I was expecting something like a Guiness picture but that is ok. There is some lacing but not very much, which again was another surprise.

Think of the blackest liquid you can picture in your head and this is pretty much what it looks like in a glass. Although it doesn't necessarily look appetizing, the taste definitely makes up for much of it. Strong hints of perfectly roasted malts and coffee, hardly any barley or hops. It reminds me of sipping on a cold, black coffee.

The smell isn't anything too special, smell like any other decently strong black lager would.

It goes down as easily as water and if I didn't know any better, I'd think I was drinking ice coffee. I prefer my beers to have a bit more body to it but I cannot deny how natural it slides down.

Overall, not my favorite black lager or even close to it, but not a bad choice. If you are in the mood to try something new or into organic beers, this might be the one for you.

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Photo of jwc215
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at the Brass Tap, Greenfield, WI:

Pours black with a thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of dark bread with restrained roast.

The taste is of dark malt with muted roast. Slightly mineral-like aftertaste.

It has a light to medium body.

It hits the style well enough. An easy drinker.

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Photo of Uncle_Jimmy
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours inky black with about 5 fingers of light tan coarse bubbled foam . Lacing and the head lingers.

Aroma- green apple roasty dusty cardboardy a little bit of plastic-y smell.

Taste- crisp carbonation bite some slight roasty and coffee like notes. A hint of plastic on the end with some cider like qualities as well. hops balance out.

Mouthfeel- way fizzy. but light on the palette refreshing

Overall- well this one needs to settle down a bit, the black lager is a popular one now and i think the reason you do a black lager is to have the drinkability of the lager with the subtle roastedness of a dark grain. this has it, if you a patient enough. Pair with Charcuterie, and a early spring morning.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, packaged on 5/7/12. Mostly black appearance, with some light about the edges. Thin, light khaki foam, dissipating quickly. The beer has a fairly robust aroma of roasted malt and a splash of toffee.

The initial sip yields an intense, unexpectedly tangy sweet maltiness. It's a bit much on the tangy side at first, but it mellows after a few more sips, and considering the ABV you have to say it has a lot of flavor. There is moderate dryness with some light roasty grain character, coffee notes, and decent bitterness at the back. The mouthfeel is pretty nice, clean without being watery, with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

I cannot be sure if I like this beer or not, I certainly wasn't expecting a tartness to the roasted malts, but that sure makes it unique. Since it wasn't a boring, tasteless lager, I have to say it's worth a try.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/31/12. Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. At first I though this was an import based on the label—cool design.

It's a worthy competitor to Session Dark, though it does lean a little more Euro. It's a slightly sweet lager, with an earthy caramel and mildly roasted barley character. It's quite nice. The body is light, but not thin. This all makes for a pleasant, drinkable session beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of hopmandu
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

very good beer. all the stout flavors I love without the heavy body which makes it perfect for a hot spring night like tonight. dark chocolate and a little coffee but not as much as a typical stout, which is balanced with a bit more creamy doughiness.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 03/13/12. Cute-lookin' bottle, but I'm not here for bottles, and I'm not particularly concerned about it being organic, either. I do, however, appreciate the low ABV.

Appearance: Pours out a black body capped by a mocha-toned head depositing a few stray bits of lace here and there on the descent.

Smell: Roasty, mainly, but also some burnt dark bread crammed in the background. Also notes of chocolate shavings, lemon zest, and licorice with a vague whiff of peppery spice.

Taste: Roasted malts with a gulp of coffee and a mild inclusion of sweetish chocolate and black licorice. One drop of homemade lemonade. Leafy, faintly citrusy hops with sufficient balancing bitterness. Low hint of something spicy. Dry with a bit of a carbonic acid bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, fairly crisp.

Overall: It is what it is and what it is works for me.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I know that most people enjoy this in the Winter but this was light and easy enough to drink that it wasn't a bad choice for a warmer night such as this. Because it's not as roasted as a Porter or strong as a Stout, it's light enough to go down easily while being full-bodied and deep enough to be enjoyed on it's own. No dessert pairing or roaring fire needed!

Naturally, the pour to this was dark. It almost reminded me of soda but with a thicker head and a bit less carbonation. Aside from a ring or two at the top of my pint glass, there was hardly any lacing to be seen as well. Not a terribly strong aroma either as some roasted malt and booze could be faintly detected. The alcohol wasn't repeated in the taste but the roasted notes were certainly there, along with cola, smoke, licorice, and a faint earthy hoppiness in the back. There was a bit of caramel here too but nowhere near as much as you'd find in a Brown Ale, and this wasn't nearly as sticky as a Scotch Ale either.

Because the alcohol was light but the body was fully, this had the feel of a light Ale. Like a Vienna Lager, this makes me mistake for styles that I think are similar but really aren't. On its own, this was a very good example of the style that would also double as a session beer It's not anything that would wow anyone but there's something to like here for everyone, even during the Summer months when dark beers aren't in the forefront.

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Photo of Lucular
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was an enjoyable schwarzbier. My one complaint is that along with the roastiness in the flavor was a touch of honey which I found to be out of place.

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Photo of Kromes
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black with some slight ruby highlights and a dense tan colored head that laces the sides of the glass as it goes down.

S: Sweet roasted malt, coffee, and a slight nutty aroma.

T: Milky chocolate sweetness up front with a nice roasted malt flavor. The roasted malt carries over into the finish with a burnt coffee flavor and a slight mineral tang.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation. Smooth.

O: The flavors up front are very nice. The flavors that linger aren't as nice, but they don't ruin the beer. Just a slight bitter tang that seems out of place.

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Photo of vkv822
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle; tulip snifter.
bottled on 03/15/12

Pours black with a thin, very light tan head.

Roasty char notes in the nose.

Pleasant roasty malt, light hints of cocoa.

Medium-full body with average carbonation.

An enjoyable dark lager. Easy drinking, but without becoming boring.

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