Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager
BA SCORE
62.5%
Liked This Beer
3.77 w/ 1,232 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
Ranking:
#17,779
Reviews:
235
Ratings:
1,232
Liked:
770
Avg:
3.77/5
pDev:
10.61%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
302
Trade:
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled on 10/6/11.

First thing I have to say is that this is an awesome bottle. I love the paper labels and the raised compass pattern on the glass itself.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch puffy beige head that settles to a film. Blotchy patterns of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is pretty much solely dark roasted malt and maybe some slight campfire/smoke aromas. Taste pretty much follows suit with roasted dark malt as really the only flavor. There is a slight metallic flavor on the aftertaste too. This beer has a pretty thin body with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average lager that is one dimensional in both smell and flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a heavy duty beer for a lager. pours midnight black and dense as anything, with a one inch light brown head. the nose is roasty dark malts and bready yeast. It so far is much more of a porter than a black lager i think. the flavor is very robust. burnt malt dominates the mouth, while some bitterness rises u in the finish, more from the darkness of the malt then from the hops. mouthfeel is pretty heavy again for a lager, lots of body in this one, and good carbonation. a nice bitter roasted flavor is left in the mouth for awhile, which is nice this time of year. overall a good fall session beer. super low abv makes it an all day beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color—only the faintest hints of brownish red hues are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a finger high tan head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some notes of cola and hints of burnt and roasted malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of dark malts along with notes of cola. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: For a beer that is relatively light in body, this is a very complex and flavorful brew. I definitely wouldn't mind having more than one of these in a sitting.

Serving type: can

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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lager are known for their bright pale straw appearance and mild pilsner taste, so when one goes dark, it certainly gets labeled as the black sheep. Enter Baba- a German black lager with a taste and texture that just might more closely resemble Irish dry stout than that of Bavarian lager.

Baba's black color is certainly an interlude into the toasty, coffee, and chocolaty aromas and taste that ensue. Backed with the malted sweetness of malted milk ball candies, the lager's introduction is sweet and creamy.

Yet as the creamy flavors unfold, flavors of burnt toast, dark-roast coffee, bitter chocolate, walnut and campfire saturate the middle palate with luxurious savory roastiness. A side shoot of faint licorice, red grape, cola and chicory continue waves of complexity as the sweetness begins to fade and a high roast flavor takes command.

And as the flavors conclude with coffee-type roast and a broad woodish bitterness, mildly burnt embers add to the hops for a consensus bitter finish with spice and pep. Medium-bodied, its refined lager-like influence complements its rugged roastiness nearly ideally.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black body with a clinging off-white head. Gentle aroma of toasted bread, burnt grain, subtle notes of tar and red grape. Clean. Pretty tasty stuff here - clean and crisp palate, toasty and chocolatey malt character without any heaviness. It's brought down slightly by a faint ashy character. Slight dark malt sourness in the finish along with a hint of dark fruit. Not a bad little beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of superspak
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled on 5/7/2012. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger dense tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, toast, char, caramel, roasted malt, and light earthiness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, herbal, and earthiness. Lingering notes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, herbal, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors. Fairly dry on the finish with no cloying at all. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a lightly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming as expected of 4%. Overall this is a very nice schwarzbier. Very nice balanced and robust flavors for a 4% beer; very smooth to drink. Very enjoyable stuff. If I could get this around here, this would definitely be a nice session beer choice.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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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4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz can marked with a BB date of May 2015.

Huge, foamy tan head over a nearly opaque, dark brown body.
Rich, malty and complex. This drinks like an ale. Creamy smooth mouthfeel mimics a nitro tap origin. Lasting aftertaste of dark malts and earthy/herbal hops.

O: closer to a stout than any black lager I've had, this also may be the best.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a big fluffy and fizzy 1.5 finger head fades fairly slowly with lacing, dark cola brown color with ruby light sneaking through.

Nose is mostly brown malts, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, even a little bready malt, then light hops, mostly earthy with a touch grassy, and hint of cocoa.

Taste starts malty as well, plenty of brown malts, caramel, bit of chocolate, and hint of vanilla. Soft bready malts, light cinnamon like flavors, etc. hops are there but barely, a light bitterness with light earthy and hint grassy hops. Its quite drinkable and fairly crisp, with a dry finish, and a but sticky. Brown malts, light spicy hops, and hint of bitterness, lager like crispness but for the most part the lager is completely drowned out by the malts.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, fluffy, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, very drinkable, soft brown malts, light cocoa and vanilla even, caramel, light bitterness and hops, juicy lager, very much like a brown ale but lagered.

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
Beer rating: 62.5% out of 100 with 1,232 ratings
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