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 woodchip
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of B_B
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of redsoxjim
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Baba Black Lager pours an almost black color with a small tan lacing head. Roasted malt aroma. Taste has a nice roasted flavor, with some smoke. Good body and feel. Overall very solid.

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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 Kamahl16
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of h4ger
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Amateurbrewmaster
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this very much.
Pours a pretty damn dark beer. Decent, lasting head
Aroma was a little weak in revealing it's contents. Very light smell of your roasted malts, some chocolate and coffee
Taste of it was absolutely great. Better presence of roasted malts on the tongue, decent chocolate and certainly not too bitter or dry, perfect beer to introduce to one of those who are afraid of dark beers
Feel: A good amount of carbonation. A touch thin, but what do you expect out of a low ABV black lager? It certainly kept me coming back for more
Overall, I definitely will try to have it again, or I'll try to make my own version with more body to it, but definitely would be a go to if I could get it more

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of cambabeer
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Squire123
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of arevalo
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of waddellc2
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Superheatnsubcool
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paullmcm25
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of braican
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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