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McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.5/5
Good
352 Ratings
McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,887
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
352
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of BMoney575
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 5-11-10

Pours very dark, almost black, with a filmy off white head and decent lacing. Just a bit of red around the edges.

Smell is sweet malt, slightly beery, with a Guinness-like smoky quality. Not bad, if nothing special.

Taste is very mild, a little malty and smoky, and really not bad. The flavors are light and unoffensive, and the aftertaste is clean a nicely bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, but right, white tart carbonation.

Drinkability is very good, definitely a session beer.

Overall, I was impressed.

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Photo of ridgeline23
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BYOFB
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Quafftastic
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dasenebler
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark, but not very viscous. Soda-like pour, head dissipates quickly. Aroma of peaty malts and roast.

Flavor is nice. Not fantastic or full-bodied, but enough character with the roastiness, peaty malt and potent tanginess to keep me interested for the drink. Not too bitter, but definitely dry rather than sweet and malty. Tart hops. Carbonation was a little high for me, and the mouthfeel wasn't too persuasive. Overall, pretty good and very drinkable for the flavors it packs. Though, I could do without the hoaky McSorley's Ale House history and other gimmickry suggested by the label. Come on, it's a contract brew. But a good beer nonetheless.

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Photo of fx20736
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, served cool.

Black with 2 finger khaki head.

Aroma; Deeply toasted malt, a touch of roastiness and a faint hoppiness.

Mouthfeel; nice, mousselike

taste: malty, with a dry finish, and a slight aftertaste of licorice and smoke.

notes: this is good. This is very good beer,

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Photo of botham
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pub glass. pours a chestnut brown color with amber highlights and two fingers of light tan head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacings.

aroma is of caramel malts and a bit of dark grain with some dark fruit in the background. a distant tinge of something metallic hurts the aroma a bit.

taste follows the nose without the metallic tinge. not bad for a medium brown ale, with a nice freshness and smooth finish.

mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a hearty finish of residual caramel and grain.

drinkability is decent. for a brown, this is a decent brew, but it is a bit weak in the end. could be better.

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Photo of therica
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Let it warm some (ie don't overchill like it's a ridiculous ColdCoorsLite) and you'll appreciate it more.

A= dark chestnut-brown, some big-bubble carbonated head, modest lacing.

S= roasty, nice malts, light caramel, nutty dryness and some traditional floral hops and dark fruits. Slight burnt molasses and smoke notes.

T= smooth, some nice toasted malts and hints of nut, hints of dark fruits, balanced English-style hops, balanced bitterness, finishes slightly dry and yet slightly sweet as well.

M= nutty, some toasted malts, light hops florals.

D= very drinkable and a contender in this class.

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Photo of Khaack
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Buebie
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Producing just under an inch of off white head, settling quickly and leaving a thin cap with thicker collar of retention.
Black in color with violet hues lighting up when held to light.

Aroma is toffee, darker grains and a semi sweet malt backing. Aroma is ok, but subdued and really not coming forward much. Its lacking really any strong oder in a nothing to see here...look away fashion.

Taste is more toffee, sweet malt and a touch of floral leaf hops. Some mild biter roasty grains with a distant flavor of peppermint. Tastes almost like somone breifly dipped a candy cane into the beer.

Mothfeel is thin and watery with mild carbonation.

Not much in the way of drinkability. Skip this and you will not have missed a thing.

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Photo of cmwilliq
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of YamagamiTravis
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best American dark lager available. It has incredible roasted malt flavor and drinks smooth like a dark lager should. Sure, I would prefer Kostritzer on tap but in the US this is not a real possibility. I actually prefer this beer to the original Kostritzer in the can or bottle and I can afford it as a retired beer lover. At a price point lower than most American adjunct lagers, this flavorful brew is affordable and readily available. Kudos to Pabst for making it available and affordable.

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Photo of Shy5
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NODAK
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma isn't all that strong at all, but features some dark chocolate and roasted notes.

Taste is a pretty simple one. Body has roasted malt and dark chocolate on it, but it is all rather restrained. I would say it reminds me of a thinner, muted stout. Not much to speak of in the hop department.

A good entry beer here, I think. Drinks very easily and has good flavor, even though it won't punch you in the face.

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Photo of dd43
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Punisher
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of whynot44
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark mahogany color with a decent tan head that disappears quickly, leaving just traces of lace.

The aroma is malty, hints of caramel, coffee and dark chocolate and yeast.

The taste is mildly sweet, light coffee, caramel and just a hint of chocolate. The finish is slightly lactic with a lingering coffee andburnt toast note.

Medium bodied, fairly smooth and very drinkable.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is listed on BA as being brewed by Lion Brewery, but on my bottle it says McSorley's Brewery. Anyway it was hard as hell to find on BA. I poured the beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was really black. No head much and no lacing. Smell was slighly nutty as was the taste. A bit of chocolate made the beer tasty. I will buy again.

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Photo of herrburgess
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of jondeelee
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

True in scent to what could be expected of a black lager, this brew bears notes of molasses, chocolate malts, coffee and licorice. Wet barley also makes an appearance here, as does a yeasty aroma.

These flavors translate well onto the tongue, though in far greater strength that would be imagined, given the rather light nature of the aromas. Indeed, the first taste of the lager brings a shock of chocolate malts and molasses, layered with coffee and dark fruit esters. These flavors fade fairly quickly, though still maintain a presence throughout the remainder of the mouthful, being especially focused on chocolate malts and black coffee. Some nice dark sugars bounce around in the background, playing gently with roasted grains. Mouthfeel is fairly light, being only slightly more viscous than water.

Overall, this is a good black lager, but I wanted more bite and wildness to it; I found it slightly too watery, and thought the flavors could have been better emphasized and drawn out.

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Photo of fdig23
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Pog-Mo-Thoin
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of richbrew
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 352 ratings
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