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McSorley's Irish Black Lager | Pabst Brewing Company

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McSorley's Irish Black LagerMcSorley's Irish Black Lager
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3.5/5
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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

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Added by oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I picked this bottle up on a whim. Pouring at cellar temp into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep mahogany color with creamy and fizzy beige head of 1 cm foaming up and fading to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is generally caramel malt and a bit of grain, overall pretty mild nose.
First sip reveals an average body with crisp texture. Spacious and gentle carbonation make this beer even easier to drink.
Flavor is sweet malt with a bit of molasses note and caramel mixed in. I do get a bit of earthy hops on the finish but they dont linger and the molasses, sweet malt returns at the end of the swallow.
This beer is enjoyable and I could consume quite a few and not get bored, but also wouldnt feel overly stimulated but insane flavor and aroma mixtures.
A nice every day drinking beer.

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Photo of mjw06
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was an interesting experience being my first time with this style of beer. I didn't know what to expect and even afterwards I still wasn't sure what I got. It wasn't as simple as was described to me, as just being a brew with the taste and smell of lager that just happened to be black. Naw, doesn't work like that, but McSorley's did manage to throw all of my senses together in an array of confusion. The color was indeed black, with little to no head or lace. The smell came up and grabbed my nostrils with a clean and crisp, simple oat-like malt, with a very plain and simple hop note. The taste echoed the smell with very little residual. I was on the fence with how I liked the feel of it, telling myself that maybe the black color of the brew was biasing my opinion of what the feel should be like, but it was that of a medium body, with a few harsh bubbles here and there draining down the sides of the palate, the refreshment hits in the middle-back of the tongue. I'd like to try McSorley's again, I think it has potential. Probably need more time and concentration to really get a feel for it.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Situation: A Good Friday three-meal ender... Glassware: 22 oz. pilsner... Appearance: thin white head sits atop a black body that befits the label and approximates a black and tan appearance... Aroma: sweet burnt aroma that suggests a porter; malts are roasted and hops are subdued... Palate: smooth, slick body--a moderate to full-bodied lager; slight effervescence; a bit creamy too... Taste: a bit toasted in its maltiness; bread notes remind the drinker that this IS a lager... Overall: rather flat and nondescript overall appeal; a bit of a warmer for February and March, but with a bit of sweetness, this can be a nice after-dinner glass

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. The beer is dark brown in color, not hazy at all, with a quickly dissipating off-white head.

The smell is dominated by dark malts... a little bitterness to it. Not bad at all but could use some secondary flavors.

The taste is mostly the same dark bitter malt flavor, but appears watered down. There is a bitter aftertaste left over from the malts.

Mouthfeel is kinda weak due the watery nature of the beer, but I'd definitely have another. Which is good, because I bought a 6-pack.

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

Aroma is smoky with a yeasty overtone, not strong but OK. It pours a semi-transparent Coke brown with a fluffy and thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Flavor is a bit weak, but malty and smoky with hints of spice and molasses. Texture is smooth and fizzy, just a bit watery. If they can "thicken" this beer it will be a winner.

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Photo of madjr80
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Hannafords for 7.99 a six pack. Poured into a pint glass and noticed a thick puffy head a foam. Very dark in color, but light in texture. Similar color to a draft stout, but with the consistency of a lager. Nice roasted malt flavor, and very drinkable. It is listed as 5.5% alcohol, but it doesn't seem like it is that strong. A good beer to mix in every now and then.

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Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut brown color with a small tight tan head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of very light roasted malt, mineral/metal scent, burnt grains and some chocolate/peat. All are quite subtle. The taste is of light roasted malt, grainy and the beginnings of a chocolate or coffee flavor. Not too bad, a bit grainy. I would like to see a touch more of the roasted flavor. The feel is light to moderate with fizzy carbonation, very burpy. Fairly sweet all around like a macro. A very easy drinking beer, one that could change some "dark" beer haters. Could use some more flavor but it is servicable.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown with a hint of red. About 2 fingers worth tan head that settled to a nice layer and ring... Lacing all the way down the glass. Sweet looking brew.

S: Sweet malt, coffee, little chocolate, and light milk. A little like a light Milk Stout. Not bad.

T: First thing I'm getting is a sweet roasted malt, followed by a light milk chocolate and hint of coffee in the aftertaste.

M: Med to heavy bodied, with a creaminess as it warms up. Carbonation is there and active but not overwhelming.

D: Good ABV and a nice mixed of flavors. Very drinkable little brew.

I'd have to say a was surprised at how good this little beer was.... I might come back again for this one.

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

This beer can give the generally well-regarded Sam Adam's black lager a run for its money. Black with caramel highlights and a moderate tan head. Nice roasted malt flavors, with a clean, slightly dry body. For a brewery that produces a variety of labeled products, Lion nailed the style on this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown with an inch on tan head that is gone instantly and light carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, bready malts, and a little bit of hops. Not much going on.

t - Tastes of bready malts, wheat, and a hint of chocolate.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - I've had this on tap an McSorley's in NY and really enjoyed it, but it wasn't as good from the bottle. A little bland in the smell and taste. Would probably only have again at McSorely's.

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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 metter98
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured very dark brown with a large creamy brown head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible and there is a good amount of head retention.
S: The smell isn't that strong, but there are distinct aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the aroma and consists of flavors of dark chocolate malts, however it's a bit bland and doesn't prominently stand out.
M: It feels light-bodied and very creamy and smooth on the palate.
D: This beer goes down very easily; I could drink this stuff all day long so is quite sessionable. It's not a bad choice if you are looking to drink a lot of something that has some flavor.

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Photo of jlindros
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was watching the Boondock Saints on a hot spring day so I figured this was appropriate.

A: Tall fluffy 2 finger head fades so slowly it is as if it was an implanted memory that it even existed. The beer is very dark brown, almost black but slightly clear where light can get through where it thins.

N: Hmmm, a lot like lager extract and mass produced lager. Some cheap lager aromas, lots of syrupy aromas like corn syrup, touch of darker malt.

T: A little better than aroma. SOme sweet syrups, some molasses, corn syrup, chewy malts. A slight cheap lager taste, but not so bad at first. Then a slight bitterness comes on but not from hops, more like some unpleasant additive or something from the yeast that was no happy with the beer as it fermented. Then some metallic tastes and off flavors no so pleasant.

M: Lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: The unpleasantries come out more late on the taste and carry into the finish. More metallic bad lager flavors, some sticky sweetness, slight unpleasant bitterness. There is also a touch of dark malts, perhaps a heavy crystal or even a touch of roast. The weird bitterness lingers for a bit too.

Granted I did drink this a little warmer than I should have, but being ice cold just covers up all the flaws, so now they are all brought out.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Almost jet black with some bright orange and garnet hues, small creamy head, tan

S: Very typical lager smell, just grains, no real malt, surprising for a dark beer

T: More malt flavor than aroma, dark and malty, but not heavy, a decent roast builds to a full roast, hints of coffee, never really sweet

M: Semi-dry, medium body, not heavy

D: Easy to drink, mild flavor

Notes: This isn't anything special, but it isn't really supposed to be a roasty beer. It is just a euro lager that is colored with some malt flavor. However, that doesn't mean it is a bad beer. I like it for a session beer because it is more flavorful while still light.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark, dark brown (almost black) color with a small, tan bubbly head. There was minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of chocolate, toffee and roasted malt.

T - It tasted roasty with some sweet chocolate. There was a slight bitterness from the hop bite.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. When I saw the style my expectations dropped, but it was pretty good with some intricate flavors.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown/black with a very thin, tan head.
S: Nothing leaping out. Faint maltiness along with a bit of smoke and some chocolate.
T: Again, nothing pronounced. You get the chocolate, roasted malt flavor, but its not overpowering. Mild flavor, really.
M: Medium carbonation, but creamy on the pallet. Makes it more interesting than you standard lager.
D: A decent beer you could stand to have few of. If you have nothing better, you could session with it.

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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 alleykatking
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes...

A- Pours a deep brown with amber hues. Two finger tan head dies fast...very fast. Light spotty lacing left on the glass.

S- Smells like light roasted coffee and sugary molasses. Nothing really else in the nose. Kind of muted except for these two scents.

T- Light roasted malts clash with some bittersweet chocolate in the front of this beer. The middle of this has some light coffee notes going toward the ending of the beer. I picked up some faint smoke flavor in the tail end that combos up with the coffee flavor.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little light for my liking with this beer. Creamy mouthfeel almost like a nitro feel to this. Roasted malts on the palate and light coffee in the aftertaste.

D- This is a good average drinking beer. Nothing over the top but gives enough flavor that makes you want to come back for more. Plus the story BA Lukafer has about the actual bar is amazing. Don't trust me? BM him and ask!

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark red/brown color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks average.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of molasses/roasted coffee in the nose. Pretty basic with nothing that really stands out.

Taste is somewhat near a stout and schwarzbier with a sweet, bland roasted feel to it and what feels like chocolate as well.

Mouthfeel is definitely bland as well. Again, another identity crisis here.

You can drink it but I'm not sure you can enjoy it. Middle of the road and there are better examples out there.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brownish black color with a one and a half finger tan head that dissipates pretty quickly to a thin ring. Head is not very sticky and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smells of a bit of caramel malt, some toasted grains. Not much in the way of hops here. Aroma isnt really off putting, it's just really boring.

Taste is slightly better than the aroma. Still has the base of caramel malts and toasted grains, but it is off set by a faint hop bitterness. Nothing crazy at all, but teh slight bitterness makes it enjoyable enough and makes you enjoy the subtlety of the malts more than I could in the aroma. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, and it maintains a nice level of carbonation throughout. Not a great lager, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of bump8628
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black as the name suggests with a light tan head.

Subtle roast throughout like weak coffee. Not much else in terms of malt or hop character other than an offsetting hop bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp as a lager should be.

I would say this falls closer to a Schwarzbier with the more pronounced roasted note. Whatever you want to call it it's another underwhelming lager in the vast world of lager beer.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprised to see this labeled as a Euro Dark. I don't feel that's necessarily an appropriate label, because if it was I'd be giving it some 5's.

Pours a deep brown color with an inappropriately light colored head. The head doesn't stick around long and there isn't much lacing to speak of. The brown borders on black, and has good clarity.

Smell is of dark chocolate, heavy on the malts, a slight amount of smokiness is there too.

Taste is solid, I'd place it between a schwarzbier and a Euro Dark, if that helps anyone. It does have a ton of dark malt though. Along with the malty overload of goodness, is a nice underlying smoky flavor, along with possibly some espresso in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin for a beer this dark and with this much malt.

Overall, a solid brew for my first taste of Lion Brewery. Definitely worth a try -- it's an easy drinker for being so dark.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

McSorley's Black Lager is pretty average for dark lagers- a caramel, malty base is met with heavy toast and even roasted grains. No fruitiness and the beer shies away from coffee or char. Still dark brown, much darker than it tastes; a little softer on the palate but still not a Schwarzbier either. Heavy carbonation and minerally flavors make the beer taste and feel a bit abbrasive. The beer needs a maltier base and more creamy texture before fading into dryness and lightness. It's an ok beer that has a hard time competing with German Dunkels but has too much roast to even compare.

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Photo of JHackney87
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a very dark amber colored, almost black with a light tan colored head.

S-Not really much of a scent mostly molasses with a hint of coffee.

T-Very smooth with a hint of dark chocolate with a finish of coffee.

M-Very lightly carbonated, nice thick beer.

D-Very smooth, a lot better than I expected.

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Photo of JoePat
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown almost black in the glass with an off white head that dissipates fairly slowly leaving a small amount of lacing behind.
The smell is not too complex with mostley a faint smell of roasted malts.
The flavor combines chocolate malts with the roasted flavors rounding out to a smooth finish.
This beer is very soom and creamy almost guiness nitro creamy which makes it easy to go down and rounds out the beer great.

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