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Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

very good
217 Reviews
Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager

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

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Reviews: 217 | Ratings: 1,163
Photo of Franziskaner
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Bierliebhaber3
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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 mooseisloose
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
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 detgfrsh
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a bottle marked best by 6/24/16. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Smell is smoky with some notes of coffee and malt. Light and smooth mouthfeel. Taste is subtle with smoky malt flavors and a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty good. This is not like other black lagers that I've had. Reminds me of a Rauchbier actually (smoky taste and it uses barley).

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Photo of johnnyd10vt
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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 GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice aromas of vanilla, caramel and candied smoke . . . Yes, I made that up. Pours dark brown . . . Almost black like a porter but typical schwarzbier look. Easy pour produces a nice fluffy head. Flavors are roasty with a pleasant candied sweetness. Feel is smooth and creamy. Overall, this is a unique and well executed take on the style.

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Photo of WonderNerd15
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: very dark brown almost black in color.
S: woody almost coffee like smell
T: woody with hints of chocolate but very bread like
F: excellent crisp feel that doesn't linger. Perfect!
O: a good beer when choices of this type are scarce but still one I would have again.

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Photo of acelin
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Very dark brown, almost black, with a small off white head and lots of residual lacing

S: Dark roasted malt, some coffee

T: First you get a dose of roasted malt bitterness, some coffee, and it finishes with toasted bread sweetness and a faint kiss of hop bitterness. Very well balanced, almost like a light porter or session stout.

F: Nice full body, surprising body from a 4% lager.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black in color. Soft, khaki-colored head.

Smell: Roasted barley malt. Salt.

Taste: A malty, roasted flavor in the front gives way to a smoked malt middle, finished with a hop bitterness that doesn't have the same assertiveness in every sip.

Feel: Nice body, mouthfeel, and carbonation for a beer of this style.

Very good quality, sessionable, flavorful black lager that reminds me more of a porter or stout.

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Photo of Samlover55
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bb feb 25 2016
12oz bttle poured into BL glass
L- dark brown with thin dark tan head, nice retention
S- caramel popcorn, sweet malty notes as well
T- light toasted malts some caramel, does seem to have off-flavor of butter as well
F- medium-bodied, crisp
O- not sure what organic ing. do to my beer, not sure if off-flavor is intentional

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Photo of Beginner2
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a surprisingly good beer that I had with brussels sprouts in winter.
And if that is too precise a pairing, you probably will enjoy it by itself as I did also.
This almost is a classic rendition as I remember the style.
The only improvement I can suggest is I found the hops and roasted malt to dry the mouth a bit too much.

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Photo of NizzleEGizzle
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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 AC-Mivsek
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours black with hints of deep crimson red when shown to light. Large, fluffy, light khaki head.
S- Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate
T- Subdued version of the nose although still robust and a bit smokey. Tastes like a porter, drinks like a lager.
M- Smooth, full-flavored body, yet highly drinkable, crisp and doesn't stick around in the mouth long.
O- I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, it has a smokey, roasted, and robust flavor yet it remains crisp, refreshing, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of vw72
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Another Utah beer in my series of Utah beers with my friends. This beer fits the style of a schwarzbier, although still a little light, due, in my opinion, to the Utah beer laws. There is an initial yeasty smell, almost cheesy.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can.

Pours deep brown with ruby highlights. A small light tan head sits on top and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Roasted malt, coffee, and light herbal hops in the aroma. The coffee lingers in the taste and makes for a bitter finish. Medium light body and clean. The bitterness from the roasted malt and hops is just a little too much.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
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 beardfullofbeer
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great packaging. Wicked look. This beer is excellent with food. But most importantly it's cheap.
Great black lager for people that do not like black lagers and excellent introduction to these type of brews.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rootbeer colored body, 70% opaque. Head is the creamiest I've probably ever seen. Reminds me of a thick ice-cream melted root beer float. 2 fingers and it stays there. Lace is thick and heavy.

Aromas of smoke, cured meats, salami, pastrami...and faint licorice.

Flavor is somewhat lacking; some cola flavors, brown bread crusts, cactus pear, scorched malts.

Feel is underwhelming, adjunct lager-like, very thin, very unsubstantial. Semi dry finish.

Overall impressions : started off like a pretty solid beer but once it hit my lips, everything went downhill. I bought two, I may pawn the second one off.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taste: toasted toffee, dark malt, hint of dark fruit, molasses notes.
Black/Brown color.
roasted barley malt nose.
Medium full body.
Tall tan head with some lace.
32 IBUs

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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 Crumb_Destiny
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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 The_Snow_Bird
3.06/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thick dark white head. Has a nice dark look. Has a roasted smell. Can taste roasted malts along with hops. Tastes a bit watered down. Would like for it to have more flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent chestnut with 2 fingers of tan head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: Toastyness & a little roastyness, a little nuttiness as well

T: Follows the nose, a little brown bread as well, dryness as well, some pear notes up front. Dryness & toastyness as this warms, a little roastyness as well, some woody hops. Finishes dry, roasty with a little bit of jammyness

MF: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Pretty solid, easy to drink could use a little more fruittyness & hops are needed to nail the style

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Photo of dacrza1
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE TASTED: September 5, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... OCCASION: putting Penn State's first loss to bed with Pitch Perfect and Shan... APPEARANCE: midnight black, 100% opaque body with an off-white head that fizzles to a strong, glass-clinging lacing... AROMA: an interesting mixture of soft, smoky, light cracker and some off-putting vegetable scents... PALATE: lively at the start; dry and smooth, with a full finish; silky good ... TASTE: immediate peat and scotch overtones--winning!--but little hop to speak of; a flattened, easy-drinking schwarzbier commensurate with coca-cola or A-Treat...OVERALL: drinkable, yes--but not robust as the label suggests...a reasonable offering...

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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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