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Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good
223 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:
223
Ratings:
1,189
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
24.6%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
285
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 223 | Ratings: 1,189
Photo of cbutova
3.76/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a mug with a creamy light tan head. About two fingers in size and good retention. Tons of lace up top as the head dies and it continues all the way down the glass.

S- A mix of dark brown sugars, roast malt, cereal grain, bread and some hops, mostly earthy and floral types.

T- Pretty much follows the nose with some dark fruits in the mix. Brown sugar, molasses, cereal, bread, earthy and floral hops, some lager yeast presence as well.

MF- Highly carbonated and slightly thin body, but it is a low alcohol lager. Fair bitters from the hops.

Solid black lager that drinks smoothly and has a pretty nice mix of flavors.

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Photo of drpimento
4.54/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very good. Appearance is a thick light tan, long lasting head with lots of lace and an almost opaque, but clear black brown color. Aroma is roast up front then dark leather, meat, coffee, malt. cocoa. Flavor's like nose, dryish at first, then with the other qualities including tang, there's a bit of sweet in the finish. Body is good, tho perhaps a bit thin. Very quaff-able. I'd like to have another right away.

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Photo of champ103
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a dark black, nearly opaque with some brown/ruby highlights around the edges. At first a two finger tan head rises. That recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Roasted malt, baked bread, bitter bakers chocolate. Herbal, with a bit of buttery malt (maybe some diacetyl).
T: Roasted malts up front with baked bread and bitter dry chocolate. I get that buttery, almost diacetyl flavor again, but not bad. A lagerish and earthy, mineral kind of flavor in the finish.
M/D: A light to medium body. Well carbonated and crisp. Finishes dry, and smooth. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. For sure a session lager.

I really enjoy this. Maybe a bit to much buttery malt to make this exceptional for me, though it is not over barring. Still very good, and one I will be getting more off.

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Photo of Rutager
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Zomg, one of my biggest wants! And just sitting there at Fiama in Bellingham. I should qualify this, my oldest boy's fav stuffed bear is named Baba. Forgive me, I'm becoming verklempt (sp?).

Roasty dark malts, some bitter grassy hops. Looks great, tastes not too shabs.

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Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark brown colored liquid, with a slightly read hue. Moderate tan head. The aroma is malty, with a notable smoke, roast, and earthy quality. The smoke note continues through the taste, which has a touch of astringency. It's a thinner-than-necessary beer, with some sweetness and a background of under-ripe fruit. The smoky aroma is the most intriguing thing about this brew. All in all, this one is just okay.

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

Picked this up recently for $1.50 for a 120z bottle. Dark black with brown accents at the edges. Smells like burnt toast but in a good way as well as a honeyed cereal that I can't quite put my finger on, good smell. Taste is more like a standard black lager, a tiny bit of roasty malt, not nearly as good as the smell.

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Photo of FLima
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Black color with a thick head with medium retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Aroma of milky chocolate, raw grains and roasted malts.
Flavor is less straightforward and therefore more interesting than aroma. Hops successfully emerge from its roasted, nutty and smoked malts. Notes of citrus, dark chocolate, iced coffee, charcoal and earth. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering smoked and roasted characteristic.
Light body with appropriate carbonation. Perfect sweetness level.
Excellent brew among its style. More flavorful than regular Schwarzbier, but still refreshing and with good drinkability.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Strong, smoky aroma has tones of licorice and charred wood. It pours a deep sable a whisker above black with a decent tan head. Flavor is woody and smoky, with hints of licorice and coffee. Texture is smooth and fizzy but body is average. Overall it's so-so, but worth sampling.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great look with a huge fluffy head that clings to the glass and has great retention. Smokey and sweet malt with earthy hops and a light lingering bitterness with some charred wood and bittersweet chocolate lingering. Crisp feel and very smooth With a drying finish. Terrific flavor for such a light beer. Nicely done and cool to see it is organically made as there are not many options in the category.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Two fingers of head on a black body.
The aroma has a light scent of roasted malt.
The taste has some burnt wood, roasted malt and a lemon bitter (mild) finish.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A decent black lager, though the taste was heavy on the burnt wood.

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Photo of rawfish
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour out of the can results in a large beige two finger head. It leaves quite a bit of ringed lacing on the glass following some pretty good retention.

Tons of roasted and even aromas, chocolate, lighter coffee and charred malt. More like a stout than a lager.

Opens with that nice roasted malt flavor, chocolate, caramel sweetness that dips into some oily licorice and herbs from the hops. Runs into a metallic finish, rather bitter edge as well.

Hefty body with average or maybe slightly below average carbonation. No alcohol burn and the twinge of metal in the finish is hard to fight through.

Black lager but really more like a stout in aroma and body, the lager yeast must really not play nice with the roasted malt since there are some off flavors coming through the veil of chocolate and dark flavors. I think I could pass this off to my stout lovers buddies when they need to session something.

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

12 fl oz. can, with best before 12/18/2013 'earth, mind, & beer' printed on the bottom of the can. My first review of a beer by Uinta Brewing Co., and my first review of a "black lager" or schwarzbier as it is listed on BeerAdvocate. Not sure what to expect; keeping an open mind.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of creamy tan / khaki colored froth on top of a dark brown-red-cola colored body. Ruby hues when held to the light. Some bubbly lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is of deep dark roasted barley and malts, black coffee, and some earthiness / nuttiness.

T - Taste follows the nose: big roasty toasty malt and barley presence, iced black coffee, earth, twigs, tree nuts. Slight metallic and mineral taste in the finish. Reminds me of what a nice porter tastes like. Decent carbonation.

M - Creamy and smooth, with some roasted notes leftover on the palate, and sticky in the finish. A thin, watery feel, but it was to be expected.

Overall, an impressive, smooth, and flavorful beer for being of such a low abv. Nicely made with organic ingredients, awesome can art, and a medium-fullish body; probably not a beer I could drink very many of, despite it's low 4.00% abv. Still, a fun beer that I would drink again, and I look forward to more from Uinta Brewing Co.

Uinta Baba Black Lager ---4/5.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really like the deep rich black color of this lager but the head had little retention. When it did build it was a mass of fine bubbles that coalesced to a tight foam.

The nose is a dry chocolate, roasted coffee, smoke and a marshmallow like lactose-sweetness.

The flavors are tempered but rich with a dry chocolate, Graham cracker, smoky ember, caramel malt and a lactose-sweetness. There is a slight coffee roast taste but it's hidden amongst the stronger flavors.

The feel is lagerish with its ease and smoothness but when you invoke the more stout like qualities I tend to enjoy more thickness.

This is easily sessionable but has varietal and diverse flavors to make it a special beer.

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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 alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Bottled on 08/14/12. As usual, great looking Uinta bottle/label.

Dark root beer brown body. Some light gets through the edges, revealing a clear beer. Good inch of dense, pillowy, cappuccino brown head. Nice lacing. Earthy, roasted malt aromas. Tobacco, dark chocolate, and a hint of licorice as well.

Roasted barley and coffee notes up front. Slight cardboard flavor as well. Singed caramel and more roasted malts fill up the palate. Tobacco and earthy, peaty notes into the finish. Roasted coffee bitterness in the end, with lingering semi-sweet chocolate. Moderate body, with medium carbonation. A nice session beer with good flavor and complexity.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with 2 fingers of tan head that fades down to a cap. Leaves some nice lacing

S: Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee stand out the most. A light fruitiness is present as well. Slightly acrid

T: Follows the nose. Roasty and chocolatey to start, with the coffee following closely behind. Finishes lightly bitter with more roast and a little char

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice sessionable brew from Uinta. Very easy to drink. Good price. Try some

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a porter/stout glass. Looks good in this style of glass, even if it might not be proper.

Sudsy oatmeal-colored head with a smattering of brown within that darkens it a bit. Lace is everywhere. Incredible persistence on the head. Pitch-black body.

Cocoa is all over this nose. I wasn't expecting that. I find most schwarzbiers to be subtler with the dark malts, but this is not at all. Very up front and almost milk chocolatey. Smells like dessert. Light floral notes are detectable but struggle to pierce the chocolate. I'm not mad at this. It smells tasty.

Roast malts take the front seat for the palate ride, as this could easily be mistaken for a stout as a porter based on the robustness of these malts. Only the grassy, earthy flavors that arrive mid-palate suggest to me this isn't a stout or porter and I'm questioning myself as I drink this, wondering if without knowing what it was, would I identify it as a schwarzbier? The cocoa flavors on the finish don't make it any easier to disabuse me of my thoughts of a darker ale.

It's quite a feat for Uinta to have squeezed so much aroma and flavor out of a beer that drinks so lightly. Carbonation tickles the tongue throughout and hops linger lightly and lend a touch of juicy sweetness before the dry cocoa finish. It's very enjoyable to drink.

This is a session beer if ever there were one. Low in ABV but big on flavor. I love it.

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

Review from 7/11/12: pours pitch black color with a creamy 2 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly leaving great spotty foamy lacing and foamy rings as it went down.

Smells of rich roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, coffee, lemon zest, citrus hops, herbs, charcoal, piney hops and hints of flowers; roasted malts and hoppy notes work very well together, adding a fine bitterness that trails off on the sweet side.

Tastes like it smells, with roasted malts, chocolate, light vanilla, coffee, lemon zest, herbs, charcoal, piney hops, caramel, molasses, toasted grains and hints of flowers; complex and very tasty, getting better as it warms and letting the roasted malts synch up with the hops for a sweet and bitter finish that trails off like burnt coffee.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a chewy feel that runs off bitter. Overall a very tasty black lager that I'd definitely recommend.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, earthy lager yeast, and a little smoke.

Taste: Roasty and robust, mocha, lager yeast, and a little bitter smoke.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, smooth, low to medium carbonation, crisp, a little creamy, and refreshing.

Overall: Pretty solid black lager/Schwarzbier. Lots of character with that light feeling. Love it.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from short bottle to pint glass. Head is thick and rich. Color is black as night.
Odor is of many things at once. Caramel, coffee, malt and maybe even some floral.
Taste starts very well, but seems to get a little bitter/dry at the end. Malt and caramel are present. Also very bready. End takes a little away for me. Would be great without.
Mouth feel is lighter than I had hoped. Doesn't seem to hang around and not as full as I had thought it would be.
Overall not a bad beer(good in fact). Just a little downside.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellar temp bottle poured into a mug.

The beer pours a deep mahogany with some ruby highlights. Creamy beige head foams up several cm with a gentle pour. The head fades slowly to a sturdy surface layer and leaves tight lattice on each sip.
Aroma is rich and malty with some roasted malt notes and toffee. Not quite roasty enough to call it burnt, but definitely roast malt. No hop presence on the nose. Fairly enjoyable nose.
First sip reveals an average body with fine tingly carbonation. The texture is silky smooth and the beer is very easy to drink.
Flavor is roasted malt and some molasses and brown sugar. Again no real hop notes to speak of and the beer finishes a little sweet. No booze and a very drinkable, easily sessionable beer.

Well made and interesting. This is a good beer.

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Photo of 57md
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, dark brown with less than a finger of fluffy beige head. The head leaves some really nice lacing behind. There are mild roasted notes in the nose. Roasted malt flavor is upfront, but it is definitely lighter than one might expect for this style. The roasted goodness definitely increases on the finish.

I would not quite call this offering hearty, but it is certainly tasty and its designation as an organic ale is a definite bonus.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint glass. Pours dark brown with light brown head. 1 Finger of head present initially, dissipates to a thin layer quickly. Nice lacing is left around glass. There are some ruby highlights at the edge of the glass. The smell features roasty chocolate notes along with noticeable lager yeast character. There are subtle hints of smoke present. The taste has a much heavier presence of smoke, almost a campfire like woodiness. Bitter waves of roast come through. Minimal hop presence noted. This beer feel very light with somewhat high carbonation. There is certainly a lot of flavor packed into this small beer with smoke being the main note. This is a great example of the style.

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

Surprising amount of flavor from a 4% abv beer. This one is the essence of a good "session beer" within the limits usually prescribed on this site.

Poured into a pint glass. Very dark brown color, opaque with light coming through all over when held to a light. Medium size tan head with decent retention Thick bands of lacing.

Smell is fairly good as well, roasted malts, coffee, a little floral aspect.

Good strong taste for a low abv beer. Roasted malt, breadiness, coffee, a touch of hops bitterness. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel just right for a lager. Light and crisp.

Overall a nice flavorful lager, just right for mass consumption or a tasty lawnmower beer.

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Photo of harrymel
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 11JUL13

Black with a nice light tan quilt. Smells malty, some coffee, some soil, some leather - all components come together nicely. I like the nose. Robust flavor with leather, cocoa, dark chocolates, coffee (espresso tradiitional), a slight earthy character. well fucking done. Medium on full bodied with moderate, but prickly carb. This is a sincerely well done beer. Absolute delight for the style. Really recommend this.

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Baba Black Lager from Uinta Brewing Company
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