McSorley's Irish Black Lager | Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009

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3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a dark brown with lighter brown coloration around the edges. When held to the light it shows some ruby clarity. A tan froth sit atop and quickly fades to thin film.

The smell is strong of licorice and faint dark grain quality with some roast elements mixes with some dark fruity sweetness like raisins and later like molasses.

The taste is fairly crisp with fruity raisin flavors and a hint of citrus hops. Some dark roasty grain has a bit of chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is lightly musty and filled with a mild earth element.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite crisp and easy drinking. Overall it was a pleasant take on the style but not something I would seek out regularly.

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3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured a dark brown with ruby edges and over a finger of beige head. The head dissipated very quickly and left very little lacing behind. The nose was bready with a trace of roast. There is also a hint of roasted malt in the flavor profile, but the taste and body of this beer are pretty thin. There are both light sweet and bitter notes on the finish.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep dark black coloring pours to a fingers worth of light brown head that dissipates to a thin veil of lace around the top and edges.

S: Nice deep toasted malts with sweet flavors, dark chocolate, toffee and burnt sugar. Picking up some very slight floral hops flavors as well.

T: Nice toasted malts that aren't very robust. That toasted flavor has a hint of tart in it as well. Aftertaste is nice as it isn't over bearing and doesn't linger long.

M: Medium carbonation works well with the flavors. Tones are crisp and blend well together and your left with a nice dry feeling on the tongue.

O: Very nice Schwarzbier, i've enjoyed this on tap at my local watering hole for many years around St Pattys Day.

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4.29/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It almost looks as if I have Coca-Cola in my mug rather than beer, with its similar , almost translucent deep brown color and thin fizzy head. The aroma is like that of a sweet stout - giving my nose the pleasure of milk chocolate, roasty malts, and a hint of grapefruit hops as well. The light bodied beer coats my mouth nicely with its oily mouthfeel, and as the beer traverses my palate, I begin to again notice a nice mix of sweet stout flavorings, and this time in the taste itself there is a definite pronounced hop bitterness, especially in the finish. This is an excellent everyday beer - very straightforward and mild. I am particularly fond of Schwartzbier, although this is no Kostritzer. Ultimately you really need to take a trip to McSorley's Old Ale House in NYC, get a table, and knock back a bunch of these with some rowdy friends!

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McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 350 ratings.
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