McSorley's Dark Lager | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tap version, available at McSorley's in NYC.

Added by rhoadsrage on 05-14-2008

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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2.48/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(Served in two glass mugs)
Brewed exclusively for McSorley's Old Ale House
A- This beer has a dark body that lets lots of light shine through showing that it is crystal clear, with a few big bubbles racing to the surface. There is a thick ring of light foam that fades to nothing soon after they are brought to the table.

S- There is a soft smell of dark roasted nougat with a light bitterness of black grain at the finish but overall the smell is very clean.

T- The taste of black nougat is light with a soft roasted malt note coming through as the beer warms. At the finish a mellow nougat note combines with a light roasted grain bitterness that lingers for a second after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a very watery texture. No alcohol heat at all.

D- This beer was very light and thin with the dark flavors that were present tasting a bit odd. It tasted like a very light beer that had some roasted black grains steeped in it. I am let down if this was the original pre-prohibition recipe.

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Photo of nickd717
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Is this the "dark" at McSorley's in NYC? Hard to tell. Move this review if necessary I guess.

Dark mahogany brown pour with a lasting two finger light tan head.

Earthy and roasty aroma with some hoppiness evident.

Grainy and roasty earth notes with caramel and some anise on the flavor. Decent.

Smooth on the mouthfeel with medium body and soft carbonation.

A pretty average nebulous "dark" beer in my opinion. Drinkable at least.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

black color with a two inch head and a small lace.
The aroma of was light caramel hint,some light hops,malts with fruit hints.

The taste begins with a crisp,caramel and malt bite,but not too sweet or bitter. Caramel is light. Some mild fruit tones.

The feel is rich,smooth with a very good balance. Carbonation is just right.

Notes: A good session beer. Nothing complex or mind blowing,but that is fine.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a glass mug many a-time at McSorley's Tavern in NYC. Black pour with thin tan head. Aroma is licorice, tobacco, soy and roasted malts. Taste mixes the same - just in a really bland form. Nothing unpleasant - but comes off a little muted after a pungent aroma. Very little aftertaste- little ashy. Medium to thin bodied.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +55.8%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of danoeltico
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Meehan's in downtown Atlanta. Served in two 10oz mugs.

Black color with little head on either glass and no lacing. Had a slightly malty and a touch of hops aroma. Kind of reminded me of a scotch ale in aroma. Not too sweet and also got just a touch of molasses on the taste when sipped. Was nice and light in taste, was lighter in taste then what it looks. Enjoyed this and would get again.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

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3.04/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of kwjd
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I believe this is the "dark" at McSorley's Ale House in New York City. Pours a medium brown colour with half of the glass being head. Nice head retention and lacing over much of the glass. Smells of chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet flavour from the malt. Pretty much this is like a light stout. Medium bodied carbonation. I had a few of these, quite easy to drink. I wouldn't seek this out, but I wouldn't pass up on this either.

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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