Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
230 Reviews
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
Reviews:
230
Ratings:
1,213
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
57
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298
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Photo of TheBrewo
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of the richest black-brown, letting up only flecks of light around the edges. It holds a two finger head of milky, medium brown bubbles, showing nice retention. Spotty, patterned lacing is left dripping down the glass. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be active. The aroma gives coffee, chocolate, and brown malts which mix and give chalky dryness and light vanilla sweetness. Metallics, medicinal phenols, dark shoe polish, and black pepper spice fill the remainder of the space in the nostrils. Our first impression is that the flavoring has nice components throughout, but is relatively mild. The flavoring opens with metallics, brown malts, sweaty saltiness, toffee sweetness, and strong coffee acidity. The malts enhance to the peak, where soy sauce saltiness, light grassy hops, cooked brown and raw chocolate malts, roast, and white sugars blend. The finish comes with lactic sourness, chalky chocolate and raw metallic coffee malts, must, roasty acidity, baker’s yeast, watered vinegar, and bittered chocolate sugars. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, roast, mineral water, metallics, the faintest vanillas, coffee and chocolate malts, and soured medicinals. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is dried through the sip, with chalky astringency to the back of the hard palate. There is decent slurp and sip, with nice cream and froth. The abv is fine, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the aroma with its rich malty base, and nice blend with the phenolic, boozy, and spicy notes throughout. The flavor translates this interplay nicely, giving equal strength to the malt base and the complementary sweetness of the other included sugars. To this point no flavoring is explicitly overwhelmed, but the ultimate taste is a bit basic. This is a nice, standard beer, but, again, deviates little from the stylistic guidelines, leaving you with little to think about.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: The body is cola black with brown on the fringes. A light cream colored head dissipates, leaving a fine wisp with nice world map lacing.

Aroma: Toasted bread, charred grains, faint chocolate.

Taste: Very bright on the tongue with a tart, hoppy finish, but before that (!) there is a lot of roasted malts, charred grains, toasted bread and fain chocolate. Very malty.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

Overall: Excellent taste profile, easy drinking. I'll be revisiting this one I believe.

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Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Close to two fingers of dark tan foam, presents a few islands of larger bubbles which dissipate back into an even surface, the retention is very good and the lacing shows above average stickiness. While pure black in color, not fully opaque, the liquid has great clarity despite the hue, a metallic orange cast shows up at the glass bottom. The nose gives up lots of roast, chocolate powder, café au lait as well as a nice spine of herbal matter, no real fruitiness, same for broad hop based scents, there is some country style bread, barley and oats, leans heavily on malts for effect. Medium-bodied, acts like it is trying to develop some bitterness, light grassiness and pine then yields to all that roast and toast, coffee beans, dark chocolate, malted milk balls and sweet bread dough. Comes up with some dried orange peel and licorice notes, adds welcome variety. The carbonation is unobtrusive yet present. Maybe some dark fruits at the end. It’s competent and consistent, pleases you for how it maintains a high energy level from first to last sip.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stemmed Yuengling glass on 1/27/13

Best before: 06/21/13

In the glass this medium-dark brown beer is nearly black aside from tobacco highlights at the stem. A one finger head thins slowly. Retention is thin at the center but bunches up more around the inside of the glass. Solid swaths of lace.

Smooth aromas of roasted chocolate and dark malt with just a hint on tangy roast. Mild pine hop overtones. Solid in its simplicity. The flavor is dry roast throughout with a swell of roasty chocolate in the middle. Subtle hop profile adds a touch of earthiness. The only thing I don't care for is a papery taste that picks up in the finish after the roast flavors have subsided. Light, fairly crisp body with average carbonation. Nothing too fancy there.

Overall, I like Baba Black Lager and wouldn't mind having it again. It's the sort of beer that lends itself to drinking and not so much reviewing.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is dark brown to near black, amber hues on the edge; head is light tan, presenting dense, about 1/2" thick.

Smell is light roast, clean malt, light grass.

Taste is great, very pleasant, solid roast flavor, hint of mild malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is very full, nicely carbonated and great lingering flavor; flavors bounce and fill the mouth.

Overall, very easy drinking, great tasting brew, great flavor and mouthfeel from such a low strength brew.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(poured into a pilsner glass - best by date: May 2013)

A: medium-dark reddish brown....somewhat creamy, rounded head....tons of spotty, messy lace....lasting cap....looks nice

S: some hops and roasted grains right up front....a bit of chocolate bar soon follows, taking on more of a malted milk ball in time....a cool, mint-like (hop?) aroma later...the chocolate element pops out more as it warms, but the overall smell stays quite mellow

T: very much schwarzbier....hoppy and roasty first....husky and grainy with a residual, soft-chocolaty finish...moderate-to-bold hop bitterness, nearly harsh, long lasting on the palate....a nice flavor altogether, just tipped too much toward hops/roast, lacks adequate malt depth and/or presence

M: soft, scrubby and dry....just a little viscosity or roundness would be wonderful...soften the hop shock

O: another one of these domestic dark German lagers that goes a bit overboard with the hops...let this one "expire" and then give it a shot

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Photo of bum732
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Whole coffee beans, some figs, some raisin bread

L: Black, light tan head that dissipates, little lacing.

T: Roasty edge up front with slight bready sweetness, quite bold. Medium bitterness leading to a very clean dryness. Finishes with a roasty edge, but quite clean.

M: Clean, medium light body, medium carbonation.

Not bad, a decent clean black lager.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a. Dark brown/black beer with 1 finger tan head when poured into a pint glass. Some lacing on the glass.

s. This beer smells like a guinnus - malt on malt.

t. This beer tastes like a guinnus with less body. It is a lager, so I cannot fault it for being watery - debated between a 4 and a 3.75 for a long time.

m. Very nice, but too much carbonation on the mouth.

o. Outstanding lager that has complexities of a stout.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black and thin with a half inch of beige foam that fell quickly to some suds and bubbles. Did not leave fantastic lace. Filmy on top and a thin ring. This beer had a cola colored hue that I would say was reddish. Nose was soft and mellow. Toasted and roasted grain. Breaddy malt with a hint of brown sugar. A touch of bitter chocolate, cola and some grass. Slight whiff of burnt toast. Taste follows the nose all the way. Body of the beer is very smooth and mellow. The chocolate and the roasted grain are smooth, and with that small touch of brown sugar keeps the palate interested. The mid palate finds a small bitter and earthy grass. Finishes dry but without a lot of aftertaste. The cola and the carbonation are both soft and even though there are a few bites from bubbles they do not offend.

This was a very neutral tasting beer. Clean an had plenty of character. It dries out slowly in the finish with a nice lingering bitter after all and was subtle and roasty on the palate. It's all about the grain and was not harsh but smooth and balanced.

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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 GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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 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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Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Why this makes a 4.0 for me? It's packed with flavor at 4% alcohol. It's good for you (like Guinness only organic). It's hand-crafted through and through. Stunning black lager. I love the style, great alternative to porter, and this is one of the best I've tried. Must try.

A: The beer is a near-black, dark brown color with tinges of ruby at the edges, sports a medium beige head that fades slowly and leaves a tons of lace dots as it goes down.

S: So much going on in the subtle aroma: coffee, roasted malts, mocha, yeast, hay, and plenty of hops.

T: Starts bready, yeasty with a deep roasted malt. Then subtle flavors of black coffee joined by smokiness in the back. The hops sting is mild and provides balance. Continues to prune and pitted fruit flavors, and finishes smoky and roasty. A lot going on and it all works.

F: Crisp and smooth, nice mouth tingle, light to medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean but fruity, almost sticky.

O: Tasty, session lager. One of 3 great black lagers I've tried this year. (Rogue, Port are also a must try). Like this low alcohol version.

Came back, and it drinks like a much stronger brew. If it came in cans, it might be my every day beer. Came back, and it comes in CANS! #1 Black Lager.

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Photo of ocelot2500
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ebony color with a tight, off-white head that leaves good medium sized chunks of lacing.

Smells of light roasted notes. Chocolate seems to dominate.

Tastes of the light roasted notes with a little bitterness. Notes of coffee and chocolate come through with some toasted bread. A touch of roasted bitterness combines some leafy hops to round out the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, but could definitely use some refinement.

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Photo of stampfler07
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear and dark amber-brown with a velvety brown head, light lacing clings to the glass

S- Cocoa and caramel tones, maybe a hint of roast

T- Nice roasted malt dominating, a little bit of brightness from the yeast, moderate bitterness rises in the middle then fades, finish has hints of cocoa

M- Low carbonation, moderate body, very smooth mouthfeel

O- Solid overall, pretty enjoyable

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Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 11/3/13.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Alchemist shaker pint.

a: Almost black clear dark ruby. Finger thick tan head dissipated to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Smoky porterlike. Seems well balanced, dark chocolaty/coffeeish malt and a rather light hop footprint. Dry finish. OK it's a "Black Lager," but it tastes an awful lot like a Porter to me.

m: Light to moderate, lighter than many if not most porters.

o: Sure to surprise anyone expecting a mild dark-colored lager, because it's so much like an easy drinking light porter. At 4% highly sessionable as well, and would be very good as such in cool weather, or as an accompaniment with a good steak dinner. Wasn't so bad with a German hot dog and some au gratin potatoes either. Have yet to have anything I did not like from Uinta.

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Photo of jp32
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
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 q33jeff
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

**
04/04/13
Bottle to Pint Glass.
Aroma is Smokey, peat, barley, slight chocolate, slight banana. Dark Black Color, Creamy lasting headGoes down nicely with a lot of flavor and variety.

A Great Beer.
**

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from the can into a pilsner glass

A-Poured black with a huge fluffy off-white head that left dense spotty lace.

S- Really nothing, just a strong mineral note

T- Subtle smokiness, some buttery and cereal malt notes. Maybe some very light coffee notes. Big mineral water taste. Not much flavor at all in this beer

M- Light bodied, fairly smooth, soft carbonation, and semi-dry

O- Really nothing going on with this beer, no unpleasant flavors but also pretty much no flavor to this beer at all.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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 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 AdamBear
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-very dark brown with a nice tan head

S-creamy milky chocolate and a hint of dark roasted grains. Smells pretty awesome. 

T-comes in with a good taste of dark roasted grains, though it's slightly watery. It's definitely lageresque though could be confused with a brown ale. Matching after-taste.

M-low creamy carbonation with a semi dry finish. 

O-it's definitely an okay beer. It's easy drinking and tastes fine, though I wish it tasted more how it smelled. The flavors were a bit of a letdown. It'll be easy to finish though I don't see a need to get it again ever. It's forgettable.

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Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: dark coffee color. thin tan head, minimial lacing.

s: roasted malts and nothing else, kind of bland.

t: has a nice subtle roastieness to it, a bit of chocolate and coffee hint at being in there.

m: a tad thin, like most lagers are. carbonation is good. some charred wood flavors on the after taste.

o: pleasantly surprised by this one.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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 Gajo74
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost pitch black with a moderate head that dissipates into a thin lace. Aroma is malty and coffee like; almost like a stout. Taste of toasted malts with a nice hops finish. Creamy, smooth and light feel. Overall, I liked this one; it reminded me of a lighter stout or porter. Very drinkable.

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 1,213 ratings.
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