McSorley's Irish Black Lager | Pabst Brewing Company

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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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
350
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
17
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Photo of michaelfcasey
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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 duceswild
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of p-wagz
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of edwardkersh
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of moshea
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of mttdls
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of fdig23
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of pajeff
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of bdeast1
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of kinolust
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of AlexLMS
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: black with ruby highlights when looked against the light and almost opaque due to its colour. The head is beige, well formed and moderately low. Fades rather quickly leaving a little bit of lace.
Aroma: lightly dark toasted sweet malts and hints of dark chocolate.
Taste: quite simple taste that confirms the aroma.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good to high carbonation, low alcoholic strength and very light, almost watery body.
Finish: not very long sweet finish.

Overall: nice but not a really interesting beer. Easy to drink and easy to forget.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a dark, non-transparent brown color with a tan 2 finger head of nice creaminess. Retention isn't very good.

S - Smells of cream, roasted barley and coffee. The aroma is inviting, and invocative of something that's not a lager.

T - Afair amount of roasted malt coupled with cream and a nice alcohol sweetness. Smoky/toasty notes. it's a bit simplistic, but I'm having it.

M - Light to medium bodied and coarse. Suits the flavors well.

D - Good flavors and a nice balance. I'd have it again.

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Photo of barczar
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a half inch medium tan head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving light lace.

Caramel malt, cola, and roast aromas dominate, with a hint of diacetyl surfacing. Little floral hop is present.

Chocolate and roast malt form the flavor backbone, with an acrid coffee taste rounding out the finish, leaving a bitter note. Hops are underlying, slightly herbal. Esters of dark fruits surface as it warms.

Body is medium light, with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly astringent.

Not a bad brew, but nothing spectacular in flavor or aroma. Glad it's something different in style with such wide availability.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Black color. Two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is good, but little lacing is left.

3.0 S: Dry, dusty roastiness. Very faint neutral maltiness. Clean. Otherwise, not much going on.

3.0 T: Light dry roastiness. Slightest touch of chocolate. Very faint malt sweetness. Again, not much going on.

3.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy.

3.0 D: Fairly tame schwarzbier, but not bad. Goes down quite easy.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Samuel Smith's pint glass.

A: Poured a dark brown, near black, ruby tinged amber color with a thin head of fizzy off white foam which left little to no lacing.

S: Smells of slightly roasted caramel malt, carob and light herbal hops.

T: Flavor is a bit bland, but the slightly roasted malt character of the brew is decent enough. A slight weak coffee flavor melds with bittersweet cocoa and that light roasted malt mixture. A faint grassy hop flavor rounds our a slightly buttery finish.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and easy drinking enough.

D: A dark or dunkel lager fan might session this as the ABV seems modest and flavors are alright. If you can have it for a good price and there's really not much available, I'd condone picking it up. Although if there were something available in the way of a true schwartzbier I'd easily leave this one behind.

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

A- A very dark brown, bordering on black. The head is a thin ring at the edge of the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate mocha. Sweet and Irish smelling, whatever that means.

T- Same as the aroma with a Coca Cola aspect to it at the end.

M- Sort of sweet then a dry finish. Kind of bitter, but not in a hoppy sense.

D- A generic dark lager. Drinks like one. Drink it and forget it.

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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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