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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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 barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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 biegaman
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

McSorley's may sound tough, but it looks like a weak cup of decaf. While the better part of the beer is black, a good deal of it is still light brown. Those spots not only showcase clarity but a good deal of sparkle against the light. As for head, it has none. As for lace, it leaves none. Hence, again, the weak cup of decaf look.

I was expecting stout, but the nose is unmistakably schwarzbier. The difference may be negligible to casual drinkers, but I assure you it's night and day to those who've acquired the taste for the coffee and roasted barley aromas of stouts. A lot less chocolate (though with hints of cocoa), this has a much more moderate maltiness.

On the palate it is medium-light bodied and smooth with no harshness whatsoever, despite the prominent taste of dark and lightly roasted malts. It is a very neutral (some may say 'clean') character that deposits a pleasant nougat-like sweetness in the aftertaste, but nothing at all coffee or chocolate-like. I want to say 'dark fruits' but maybe not.

The beer's extreme dryness contributes to its neutral feel on the palate. Even the sweetness parts quickly. It drinks very much the same as a golden lager, albeit with the additional dark maltiness, and has about the same bitterness (which is to say little). As such, dark colour notwithstanding, it should really appeal to mainstream drinkers.

McSorley's may have an Irish name, but it's a German-style beer brewed by an American company. Too weak for stout lovers, this black(ish) beer may be a good introduction for those too timid yet for the dark roastiness of authentic Irish stouts. And when viewed in this regard, it's not too bad an offering at all. I'd happily have another.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rira in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of black and roasted malts with hints of dark fruits - dates and raisins mostly.

Tastes similar to how it smells, however the dark fruit flavors are a bit larger than the smell would intimate. Black malt flavors up front with a bit of complexity added by roasted malts. Mild fruit flavors enter into things midway through the sip and fade out before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I actually got two for the price of one but one was enough for me.

Overall this beer didn't seem terribly clean, and while not terrible it's not worth seeking out.

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Photo of TheSeeker61
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a dark brown with a one inch head which dissipated into a ring which hung around.

S- Smelled some dark fruit. Not too impressive.

T- A decent taste. Tasted some dark fruit,malts.

M- Had a pretty good mouthfeel. Medium body.

D- Because of the low ABV and the smootheness of the exprience overall, I could drink a few of these in a session.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Gotta love the chops on ol' McSorley's jowls, yo! Anyway, this stuff pours a deep sienna topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa powder and a kiss of roasted malts, both thoroughly intertwined (as much as they can be, given the mass discrepancy) and fairly faint. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a strong contingent of cola. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice little schwarz, though it's Irish-ness doesn't really come through (whatever that would mean, anyway).

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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 AlpacaAlpaca
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 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 psulovesbeer
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass with good head, nice lacing and a deep black color.
Smells bland and maybe a touch of roasted malt
Taste is clean upfront with a nice roasted grain finish
Mouthfeel is true lager upfront with a nice roasted linger to make you wan another sip this is highly drinkable and a refreshing example of the style... Not standout but good and worthy of a try

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Photo of clings
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There is nothing that is blatantly wrong with this beer, but there is nothing that makes me want to buy it if I have the choice between other beers. It's not bad by any means and for some it may be a good choice however it doesn't do anything for me.

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

A- Pours dark brown, ruby tones revealed when held up to light, tan one finger head with decent retention, nice lacing throughout.

S- Smokey, coffee, dark fruits.

T- Just as it smells pretty much, though more coffee is revealed, and toasty malts.

M- Nice carbonation, smooth, as someone else mentioned, like a light porter.

Overall, a simple beer, that goes down quite well! Would make a great session beer.

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

I poured this into a pint glass to have a lighter beer at the end of the night.

It is a pretty dark shade with minimal foam. I smell coffee and light caramel.

It feels like a very light porter. I find this to be very drinkable. There is light coffee and a little bit of sweetness.

This is a very easy to drink beer. I enjoyed relaxing with it.

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Photo of lumberjerk
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Pours very dark, but you can see points of light around the edges. When held up to direct light (think desk lamp; who doesn't drink where they work?), it's a deep and clear reddish-brown. Head was thin and coffee-colored, but constant.

Smell is nothing to right home about. I can smell the dark malts, but nothing outstanding.

Tastes of coffee and caramel roasts, right down to the bitterness of a dark cup of joe.

A very creamy head. Some sharpness from the carbonation. Smooth and light.

Very drinkable. At the price and at 5.5% I won't be slamming these down, but I'd be happy to have this with a meal.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A not quite black, topped by a slightly tanned one finger head. Some lacing, though not extensive.
S- Smells sweet. Tends toward a caramel aroma.
T- Definite flavors of caramel, which are quite pleasant, backed up by a bit of a milk chocolate flavor. Low hop bitterness. Quite sweet.
M- Body is light, though not terribly. Carbonation is a bit too biting for me. Carbonation did not help the flavors much here.
D- A decent drinking beer, but nothing that will blow your socks off. Simple and light.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a deeper brown colored beer with a two finger tan head. The head faded rather fast to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of roasted malt as well as some aromas of molasses as well as a light herbal hop smell.

Taste – The taste starts out heaviest of roasted malt. A light caramel/brown sugar sweetness is upfront, but as the taste advances further it fades more and more. More toward the end some hop flavors as well as a licorice flavor come to the tongue giving a lightly sweet and rather pleasant aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the lighter side with a carbonation level that is average. The thinner body could use a boost, but other than that it’s OK.

Overall – Quite nice and easy to drink with some decent roast and malt flavors. Not bad.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A cauldron of dark topped with as many fingers as you could furiously pour...Light chestnuts and weak unsweetened cocoa in the nose. Some dark malts there as well.

A tad sweet, some cocoa flavor, hmmm delicious molasses and raisins

Incredibly smooth bodied, just velvety, I with the Irish pubs around here had this on tap.

Over all, a surprisingly good beer and one I'm glad a snagged in a make your own sixer

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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 BigBry
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the draft taps I had not tried before, recommended by our waiter at "The Saloon".
This arrived deep, dark brown (almost black) color with a half inch of slightly tan head. Foam quickly melted to a thin cap, thin lace lines left behind. Smell had some roasted malt, a bit nutty and bready. A solid Euro dark taste, some coffee notes with nice malt character. Touch of bitterness to finish. Body was a bit thin, but appropriate. Refreshing and drinkable, but at the same time nothing too memorable.

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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 yesyouam
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

McSorley's Irish Black Lager is a very dim brown beer with a thin, sald colored head that fades to a film and leaves decent lacing. It has a sweet, malty aroma with a lot of roasted coffee and a touch of greenness. It's medium-light bodied, a little watery, pretty smooth and the finish is chalky. It's pretty lightly flavored. It's roasty and tastes a lot like dark malt extract. There's no bitterness, really. It's not sweet or dry. Roast lingers in the aftertaste. It's nothing stand-out. It's a pretty bland session beer with no glaring faults.

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Photo of Naugros
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hi. My name is Dave and I'm a beer geek that likes Pabst's Blue Ribbon. Yes, I turn my nose up at Bud, Miller, Coors and their ilk, but finding PBR on draft makes me happy. I know that admission is the first step to recovery but I feel it best that I am weaned off rather than go cold turkey. So let's try a Pabst beer that poses as a craft brew. That should help.

This is beer right? I poured it into the nonic and could have sworn I had poured a Pepsi. It's so highly carbonated that the bubbles continue to sizzle and pop on top for a few seconds. And it's got that dark brown color of colas.

Then I smell it and I swear that someone's messing with me and has slipped a Mounds bar under my nose. Coconut esters are richly surrounded by chocolate and caramel. Caramel? Okay, it's not a Mounds bar, but imagine a Mounds bar with caramel. That would be yummy. Back to the "beer"...I get a little peat with some brown sugar. No hops presence whatsoever.

And to take a bite...er, a sip. I don't get nearly as much coconut in the nose, but the chocolate and caramel still remain, but in this case it's well within the framework of a beer. The peat is still there and it's easy to tell that the caramel is coming from the malts. The high carbonation has settled down a little, but it's still fizzy. Despite this it remains pretty smooth for a dark lager...hell, any kind of lager. This is very drinkable and I find that I actually like this.

Yeah, my sponsor's not going to like that. This was supposed to be a "step down" beer, but it further proves to me that Pabst brews beers I like. Shh.

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McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 353 ratings