Baba Black Lager | Uinta Brewing Company

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Baba Black LagerBaba Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Uinta Brewing Company
Utah, United States | website

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:
221
Ratings:
1,169
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
24.6%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
276
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 221 | Ratings: 1,169
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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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 rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a footed strange)

A- This beer pours an opaque black body with a boiling big bubbly light tan head that sticks to the glass in sheets. There is a gentle carbonation of microbubbles.

S- The dark pine hops with clean black malt hints are lagered smooth and finish with a flinty note that grows a bit as it warms.

T- The light clean dark roasted malt is clean with a slight chalky note and a clean slightly dry finish. The green hop hint lingers with a faint roast note comes through.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel with a gentle fizz.

O The crisp clean lagered beer has full fresh dark malt and a nice support of hops. Very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of JRed
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with reddish edges and an off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, maple, slight roast and cola. Mild flavors of cola, light roast, cocoa, bready, some hop character lies in the middle. Light in body with medium carbonation. Flavors are balanced and laid back. Better than expected actually.

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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 Lawl3ss
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby poured into a tulip pint. Bottling date 1.3.12.

Look- Pours a clear deep brown with a couple fingers of dense puffy-looking toasted marshmallow head. Not quite what I'd call craggy, but close. Pretty good retention. Left thick rings of foam around the glass that devolved into lacing after a few more minutes.

Smell- Light brown sugar is dominant, sweet but not overly so. There's also plenty of medium-toasted malt, and bit of gingerbread. There's the faintest touch of flowery esters. Smells a lot lighter than it looks.

Taste- Rich black bread to start, with just a hint of sweetness and maybe a bit of vanilla and nutmeg. Finishes quickly with a light coffee flavor. Minimal aftertaste. Pleasant and well balanced. Very well done, and fairly complex for a lager.

Mouthfeel- On the thin side but still full for a lager, peppery carbonation, comes off as fairly smooth. Easy drinking, to be sure.

Overall- My first black lager/schwarzbier so I don't have much to compare it to, but it seems true to the style. I liked it quite a bit, and I'm not big on lagers. I'll keep an eye out for similar beers to try, and I'll definitely pick up a six pack of this one if I find it again.

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Photo of samie85
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Pours a clear, dark cola color with two and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Smells of a light roasted note with with an earthy note.

T-Really dry and aspirin-like bitterness and roasted upfront and a slight roast finish.

M-Very thin and dry with moderate carbonation.

D-This one is really not my thing and I'm about to drain-pour it; did not enjoy this one after I got past the nose.

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Photo of horshack7
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one is a very dark amber very much near brown. On top is an off white only about a finger thick.

Aroma: Dark fruits, notes of smokiness, roasted hop, bits of rye, slight wisps of figs. Malts are very much dark roasted and bready.

Taste: Full bodied and crisp. Rasins, dark fruits, bready malts, faint plum notes in the towards the back. Dark roasted hops are well on the floral side with a nice dryness. In the end is a smokey finish to top it off.

Notes: The smokiness and the dryness makes this one a solid beer and a little bit hearty. Cheers.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. BAAAaaa!!!

A nice creamy and foamy off tan colored head, sits on a very dark body, has some very good clumpy retention. Body color appears to be truly nearly black, but with some red accents. Pretty solid looking brew here

Bouquet is a nice small creamy chocolate malt, some faint coffee roast. However, it's a little muted.

Taste on the palate brings a nice creamy milk stout sense. Some milky cream in the palate, but also some sort of crisp effervesence sense in the feel. Kind of playful carbonation here which matches kind of interestingly with the taste.

Overall, nothing wrong with this beer, but it doesn't really excite me, and probably not a style I have that often. But it's a pretty solid brew just not for me.

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