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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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,618
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
352
pDev:
14.29%
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Ratings: 352 |  Reviews: 163
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Photo of FoamyMustache
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a dark brown with hints of deep cherry red from a bottle into a becker glass. Two finger cream head quickly dissipated leaving no lacing.

S - Initially lacked any noticeable smell aside from a faint roasted malt, but as the beer warmed I noticed hints of dark fruit and alcohol.

T - Definitely leaves something to be desired. Restrained roasted malt with very mute chocolate flavors if I strain for flavors. Tastes like a heavily diluted simple stout.

M - Moderately carbonated, appealing initial feel, but finishes dry.

D - They definitely go down easy...mostly because the beer lacks any form of impressive flavor you wish to enjoy.

This was my first experience with a McSorley's brew. Didn't expect much as they're part of Pabst, but overall not a terrible beer. For about a buck a bottle, it's a good value.

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Photo of obywan59
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. A 5 finger head leaves copious lacing.

Aroma of sweet dark bread with a bit of floral hops.

Lightly sweet with toasted malt, but primarilly tart like a wheat beer, which is appropriate as I'm drinking it out of a weizen glass.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, but it leaves a light sticky coating on the tongue and some heartburn in the throat.

This beer is decent, but not great. I probably won't try it again.

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Photo of chefelf
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a toasty, caramel flavor. I will try to be objective since it's from one of my least favorite places in the world: McSorley's Irish Pub. It's not actually brewed there but rather it has a label slapped on it in Latrobe, PA where all the finest beers in America are brewed. Latrobe, PA is 324 miles away from McSorley's. Too close for comfort in my opinion but enough of a buffer that the beer is able to escape the intense pull from the black hole of despair that is McSorley's Irish pub.

Okay, objectivity didn't work out so well.

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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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3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Big Puff-ball beige head. Like a root-beer float. Leaves a reasonable amount of stringy lichen lacing. A good bitter-sweet chocolate color body. Dark, brown, and opaque.

S - Nothing too fancy. Some mild chocolate notes, maybe a bit of roasted barley. All pleasant if only a bit too simple. No hops to speak of.

T - Sweet. Simple. Maybe too simple but it's just a generic euro lager so no biggie.

M - Creamy but slightly loose. Not unpleasant but needs a bit more maltyness

D - Another cheapish alternative to the popular and easy to find Guinness. Pleasant and quite drinkable but not so remarkable.

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

Photo of sweemzander
3.32/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours just about pitch black in color. Produced a decent cap of tan froth. Good retention and lace.

(S)- A nice bready roasted component with lots of raisin and licorice.

(T)- Heavy on the raisin and licorice. Subtle bits of that same bread-like roasted part.

(M)- A mellow carbonation level. A decent balance, but really thins out on the finish texture-wise.

(D)- A good little lager, though extremely straightforward and thin; even for the style itself.

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Photo of plaid75
3.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a black hue with amber edges below a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet adjunct grain coupled with roasted barley.

The taste consisted of a slight sweetness tempered by a moderate roasted malt.

The mouthfeel was typical foe style with a vigorous carbonation.

Overall a tasty ale.

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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 StaveHooks
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a hefty mocha head that has pretty good staying power.

S - Dry roasted barley, toasted brown bread, mild caramel and cocoa.

T - Roasted malts, brown bread crust, mostly dry but some sweetness is mixed in as well. Faint cocoa comes through and the finish is dry with a bready aftertaste

M - Moderate carbonation, coarse at times, light bodied, dry finish.

Texture was a bit off but overall pretty solid for the style. Nothing fancy but a solid session beer.

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

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a near black. Has a very small of white head, that settles to a thin layer. Some patchy lace left behind. Average looks.

Brew smells of very faint maltiness, roasted notes. Not much of a nose of this one. Average.

Brew is smooth and creamy, light roasted malts; coffee, nut and some hints of chocolate. Brew is very mild and drinkable. A little thin in the flavor department. Finishes slightly dry. A very sessionable brew. Pretty good tastes.

Brew is very drinkable for sure. Not a ton of flavors, but enough to enjoy a few. Pretty good stuff.

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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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