Carling Black Label | Molson Coors Canada

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Carling Black LabelCarling Black Label

Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A contemporary lager beer with a light, crisp, refreshing aroma and taste.

Added by Shiloh on 02-17-2003

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

My first beer back in the seventies . It tasted like fresh run over skunk in a can .period.

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

Photo of IronDjinn
1.06/5  rDev -56%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mabel, Black Label! *whistle!* Or so the old commercial from the 60's used to go, way before my time. Along with Molson Pilsner and now Big Rock's AGD, Black Label is a standard among the blue collar low paid working class. And I salute them, it's a rough ride to bust your ass every day just to barely scrape by, as I was one of them when I first graduated from art college.

Still, it's not very good beer, all that said and done. Poured from its unmistakable black can and recognizable label, it's clear and pale yellow, quite a bit of carbonation, and it produced a fairly impressive white head ay first. That quickly receded to a wafer thin ring. The aroma is pretty much summed up with the word acrid, plus sickly sweet and pungent come to mind as well. Do not put your nose near this beer. The flavour is a lot mellower, watered down sweet corn and grain, a very caustic texture on the aftertaste, not smooth by any means. The more this warms up, the more flavour it loses, and more additive-riddled sandpaper texture it picks up. If you're going to drink this, it has to be ice cold and out of the can in order to screen out the off-flavours and to prevent any aroma from escaping. May cause trauma.

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1.1/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poor fizzy yellow lager with no taste or aroma except for the usual macro corn syrup. Cannot believe that this is the best selling beer in the UK since 1971! You could have thought that they could have done better with the wide array of choice of decent beer (Bass, Bodingtons...)

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1.17/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Absolutely awful. Tastes like horse urine.

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1.18/5  rDev -51%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Just awful. A real nose plugger.

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1.2/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ha! I was slumming it last night. Neighbor offered me a cold one, and I was shocked to see that it was the old Black Label. I hadn’t seen this stuff since my college days, and one sip reminded me why. When I can say “I’d rather have Bud”, that’s low.
Appearance: Pale, pale, yellow with a medium-sized, white, fizzy head that didn’t hang around much longer than a soda. Just the slightest bit of lacing early.

Smell: Uh... that typical adjunct stench and not much else.

Taste: Hardly any taste, but what is there is bad. Fizzy water with a tablespoon of beer and a teaspoon of raw sewage would probably taste similar to this. OK the raw sewage is a little harsh to use as a description, but there’s something in there that’s just…. just nasty. Otherwise, the light taste is made up of weak malts, the faintest hints of hops, and a tiny touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Typical. Fizzy water.

Drinkability: It was a struggle to put down the last bit of this after it warmed up a bit while talking with the neighbor. Next time I’m offered one of these, I think I’ll pass.

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1.25/5  rDev -48.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -48.1%

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1.3/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours lighter than piss! smell is like a band-aid!, taste is actually not as bad as the smell, cheap shit, all the way! mouthfeel:average carbonated macro, drinkability: for me, only in the most desperate times!(like today).... oh all righty! ...have to have enough characters in this! God forbid! how much can you actually say about this stuff!

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1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

One of the clearest non-light beers I have seen. Head doesn't really maintain itself. Smells like stale bread, maybe cardboard, a little astringent. Taste has a fake creamed corn adjunctyness to it. A bit medicinal and cardboard in the finish. Body is lacking. I am always willing to try cheap beers in hopes of finding another PBR or MHL but this certainly wasn't it. Worse than tasteless, this was bad.

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1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

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Carling Black Label from Molson Coors Canada
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