Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
229 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:
229
Ratings:
1,209
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
Wants:
57
Gots:
293
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Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 1,209
Photo of Sjorge3442
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pickeed up a loose single at the bottle shop. Been a huge fan of Uinta recently. This beer like their others is wonderful. The flavors combine to make a nice black lager.

A- dark. Slight reddish hue, almost non transparent

S - smells like a nice cup of coffee. Hints of vanilla and hazelnut. You can smell the roasted hops.

T - none of the flavors are overwelming,but like before mentioned, blend together perfectly. Its smooth and mellow but very drinkable

M - very light here. A few flavors lingure around, but nothing is over powering. Little to know carbonation

O - an exceptional black larger in my opinion. Well balanced wiith nice roasted malts and very little hop presence. Would certainly putrchase this again.

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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 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 MEsoJD
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Poured into a straight Sam Adams glass]

I: A friend and I were in Whole Foods searching for a new beer to try, and spotted the last six pack of Baba. Sadly we only paid attention to the presentation, and not the style. I admit that I not very fond of lagers, but hey, I'm open to unique takes on the style.

B: [4.00% ABV. 12 Fl. OZ. 04/11/12] I really appreciate the amount of information on this bottle, sadly no back story. Bottle date, recommendation, ingredients (water, organic barley malt, hops, and yeast), organic label, and etc... The bottles glass is also working on this compass theme which is very interesting.

A: Black body with no transparency, with a foamy/frothy head (fast dissipation), and scattered lacing.

S: Smells like a lager. Grassy, some pine, light chocolate, molasses, and bread malt.

T: Chocolate, grassy, bread malt, and molasses. Safe to say that it follows the nose pretty well.

M: Slightly dry/slick/crisp finish, light/watery body, moderate carbonation, and little alcohol presence.

O: One of the best lagers I've ever had, but that's not saying much. The style is just isn't that great to my palate. This was like Steinlager Pure with cocoa added. The high point of the brew would be the presentation. It's better than domestic beer, but doesn't stand out among the craft. I don't recommend and wouldn't buy.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/15/12 bottle date.

Color is dark but not quite black, red highlights noticeable, definite clarity there. Beige head retains well as a full cap leaving good lace along the way.

Nice scent, kind of a dusty chocolate/cocoa feel, bready lager malts, light hops. Reminds me of an oatmeal stout, surprising strength.

Taste unfortunately doesn't live up to the smell. Very light roasted and caramel malts, some lactose/milk stout type flavors. Some bready malts. A small dark fruit presence grows with warmth, light hoppage there as well.

It does feel a bit thin and watery, but it is 4% after all. Medium carbonation, wish the flavor was stronger.

Overall pretty decent considering the beer, the scent is great but the taste seems much weaker. Definitely dig the light+sessionable dark lagers but there are others I'd prefer.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bottle of this while visiting Utah. The date said bottled on 6/5/12. Poured it into a pint glass.

A-Pure black, even when held to the light. One finger tan head, lacy sides. Frothy and bubbly. Looks good. Medium-bodied.

S-Coffee,licorice, molasses, smoked barley malts, slight dark chocolate.

T-Smoked barley, molassess, a little sense of smoked barley hops. The aftertaste was a little flat, yet dry. Also, the aftertaste was slightly metallic, but not enough to ruin the beer.

M-Watery and flat. Not too exciting.

Overall, I would buy this brew again. It could go well with heavier foods. It is a little watery, but the overall flavors were ok. I was surprised because Utah has its strange 4% ABV laws, so I was not expecting this beer to be as good as it was. Buy this brew and eat a reubon.

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Photo of Raiden805
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is lacking, it hat a smooth/buttery smell with a light amount of malt smell to it.

The pour was very bland, I wasn't expecting much of a head since mine was bottled on 1/03/12, so it is a 5 month old beer. It does have some nice lacing though.

It has a slight chocolatey and coffee like taste to it. I predominantly taste the unmalted hops. Still has the taste of a lager, but almost that nutty/coffee taste is what the black part of the lager brings to the table.

I love that this one isn't dry, but it is definitely a heavy beer! Would go great with certain foods I imagine! :)

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Photo of jpro
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12oz “compass bottle” from Total Wine Park Rd in Charlotte. Into a shaker pint -

A: Pours black with a half finger of coca cola head (in both color and fizziness); not much lace.

S: Not much aroma; buttery, toasty malts.

T: Better than what I thought it would be based on smell; light roasted malt and chocolate; not much hop presence or bitterness.

M: Medium mouthfeel; high carbonation; tingly on the palate.

O: A pretty good black lager; crisp and roast; easy drinking; good, but not overly flavorful.

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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 Dodo2step
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC for this brew.

A- thick black like mdinight without the moon. A nice frothy head that is 2 fingers and leaves a brown lacing on my mug.

S-licorice, cocoa and a smokey charred wood aroma. Simple yet nice.

F-Robust charred and smokey malt with hints of cocoa powder.

M- Medium bodied which is on par for a lager. Wood and char remnants in mouth which i like.

O- Not a bad brew from Uinta and this is from first and i have heard all good things and this confirms it. An abover average beer.

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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 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 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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Bottled on: 03/13/12. Cute-lookin' bottle, but I'm not here for bottles, and I'm not particularly concerned about it being organic, either. I do, however, appreciate the low ABV.

Appearance: Pours out a black body capped by a mocha-toned head depositing a few stray bits of lace here and there on the descent.

Smell: Roasty, mainly, but also some burnt dark bread crammed in the background. Also notes of chocolate shavings, lemon zest, and licorice with a vague whiff of peppery spice.

Taste: Roasted malts with a gulp of coffee and a mild inclusion of sweetish chocolate and black licorice. One drop of homemade lemonade. Leafy, faintly citrusy hops with sufficient balancing bitterness. Low hint of something spicy. Dry with a bit of a carbonic acid bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation, fairly crisp.

Overall: It is what it is and what it is works for me.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque black color with a rocky medium tan head

Brown bread and a bit of husky roastiness on the nose.

Mildly astringent roasted malt dominates the flavor with a herbal bitter finish. A touch of lemon at the end with a lingering pepper flavor.

Medium body with a lively fine carbonation.

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Photo of jmerloni
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown coloration with smallish, off-white head that laces decently but doesn't retain very well.

S - Woah. Huge, robust aromas of espresso, hops. Huge espresso here. Huge.

T - Robust flavors. Espresso, roasted almond, some subtle dark fruits, and a bit of milky chocolate malt.

M - Good mouthfeel. Balanced sip. Flavors are very prominent in the forefront with a good, carbonated subtle malt finish, although it's a little watery on the back end.

D - A good beer. Very drinkable. I would get this again.

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

Pours a clear black dark brown with a small tan head that lingers.

Smells of sweet roasted malt with some sulfur from the lager yeast and a hint of earthy/floral hops.

Taste is roasted/toasty up front with high carbonation that goes into a more mellow middle sweetness and ends on a slightly bitter and toasted malt note.

High carbonation and lighter body works well enough.

This a fine black lager, though, I just don't generally find the sulfur aspects of lager yeast to work that well with darker malts.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, received in a beer of the month mix six pack from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Virginia, into a 14 oz "pint" glass. The name does not lie, pours a nice black with a nice one finger brownish white head. Smells of roasted malt, definitely a little hint of coffee. Tastes of a heavily roasted malt, with little hop presence, but enough to balance it. The malt has a bit of a coffee taste. This beer is light to medium bodied (in between) and carbonation seems correct. Overall, a very good beer and a very good black lager.

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Photo of tdm168
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark, brownish black with a reddish hue around the edges. There's is a quickly fading lacing of brown head. The nose is mellow, roasty, and faintly chocolaty with a distinct grassy, lagery aroma. The flavor is light, slightly roasty, very faint chocolate, faint citrus, and lager yeast. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated with a bit of a crispness on the tongue.

This isn't a bad beer. The others in this style that I've tried have been imports and had that traditional euro yeasty mildew funk to them. This didn't. It was mellow, drinkable, and refreshing. I didn't mind it, but there isn't really anything here that will keep me coming back.

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Photo of beerme343
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this beer from a 12 oz. bottle produced on 2/6/12 and poured into a standard pint glass.

The head was small and tan composed of very fine bubbles and it disappeared fairly quickly leaving a nice ring of lacing around the glass. The beer itself is dark brown - almost black with nice clarity.

Not an overwhelming aroma, just some nice smoky, roasted grains and malt.

The initial taste is like a slightly smoky porter with dark toast and a little touch of malt that becomes smooth as it goes down.

The finish is long and there is a nice slick mouthfeel with a touch of cream.

A nice offering from Uinta, very drinkable. Although it's labeled as a black lager it really brings porter to mind. It's low 4.0% ABV makes it a good candidate for a dark session brew.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pretty things pint glass bottle date 11/7/11

A - dark brown almost black body with a light brown thin head that has some endurance.

S - big notes of chocolate roasted coffee toast cream vanilla.

T - toasted notes more pronounced some cream chocolate coffee.

M - creamy feel medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. some coarseness.

O - a damn fine brew.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours black with a light off-white head, no lace, fair head retention.

S: Some light fruit, prune with charcoal and roasted malt.

T: Nice dark malt flavours, some dark chocolate, good heft, tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and crisp. Soft carbonation.

O: For 4% it's got a considerable flavour, very drinkable, a well made beer. Uinta keeps coming out with good stuff.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 1/31/12. Picked up a single at Abe's Cold Beer. At first I though this was an import based on the label—cool design.

It's a worthy competitor to Session Dark, though it does lean a little more Euro. It's a slightly sweet lager, with an earthy caramel and mildly roasted barley character. It's quite nice. The body is light, but not thin. This all makes for a pleasant, drinkable session beer. Worth a try.

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