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

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Added by oriolesfan4 on 01-29-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
351
Reviews:
163
Avg:
3.5
pDev:
14.29%
 
 
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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.00 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a near black body with some ruby-hued highlights when back-lit by restaurant lighting and topped with a finger of beige foam.

Smell: Aroma comprised of relatively mild notes: you've got some coffee, some baker's chocolate, some cola nuts, and some dark fruits in there.

Taste: Lightly roasted taste following with flavors of charred nuts and a splash of the rightfully discontinued Coca-Cola BlāK. Scarcely sweet. Mild dark fruitiness prowls around in the background. Some slight cocoa hints appear as it warms. Modest touch of hops provide a small measure of bitterness. Final notion of sweet roastiness on the relatively crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, drinkable brew. Not bad, not great; it gets the job done.

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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 vazy
2.13/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance- a rich black with a burnt brown head. Decent head which dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell- a fair amount of hoppiness with very subtle chocolate undertones. Picking up some dark espresso hints.

Taste- Very rich and heavy. Rich coffee like flavors with mild bursts of nutmeg and cinnamon. Gives a warm and toasty feel to the tongue.

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy, I get the texture of coffee grinds as an aftertaste. Definitely dense and bold.

Drinkability- I was expecting something different from this beer, not that thats a good thing or a bad thing. Its flavors are rich and overall its decent but its wouldn't be the first dark lager I'd pick up.

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Photo of Arenbeer
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Snifter

A- Pours a solid black with a thin 2 finger tan head that left decent lacing.

S- Sweet malts with coffee. Maby some dark chocolate.

T- Like the smell there wasn't too much going on here. Roasted malts and coffee hit you up front with a bit of bitter sweetness from the chocolate.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation, really tickles the tounge on the way down and a bit bitter but not bad. One big flaw with this beer is it's extremely dry finish. Leaves you wanting a glass of water when your done. But other than that it's pretty solid for the price IMO a solid darker session beer.

SkÅL!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this was marked "Latrobe PA" for where it was brewed. High hopes here. It's the water. Poured dark like a porter or stout with no head and just a touch of lace. Smelled slightly of burnt malt, but nothing special.Mouth was mild creamy with a distinct wine and chocolate aftertaste.

So, taste notes. Chocolate, burnt malt, slight wine sour touch of alcohol. The malt flavor was intense but was tapered by the chocolate and made a decent drinker. I did notice a taste like better Bock beers too.

So, this is what they are drinking at a small joint in NY. Maybe someday I'll see it, but until then, this is a good sturdy bottle of beer I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of brando56894
4.65/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this at a liquor store by my apartment and bought it since it said it was an "Irish Black Lager" and I'm of Irish decent. I cracked it open and drank it out of the bottle and was amazed at how great it tasted, definitely one of the best beers I've ever had. It was kind of sweet yet acidic at the same time, no noticeable after taste. Very high drinkability, I could easily drink
a whole six pack in one sitting.

I'm definitely going to get another six pack of this when I kill the current one that I have.

Highly Recommended.

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Photo of ShinerStArnoldTX
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this off a shelf, not refigerated. Once again, too impatient to let it cool sufficiently, but aint that how they drink it over there?

Anyway, aroma consists mainly of alcohol and floral hops, pretty faint.

Appearance is clear, jet black, ruby red in the light, with a light tan head consisting of pretty big bubbles and about 1 and a half fingers thick after pouring (into a pint glass). Looks kinda like soda.

Taste has some obvious alcohol notes up front, followed by summore floral hops. After that, a surge of bitter hop taste, then a roasty, corny malt finish. About all that's left afterwords is light corn notes. Medium-bodied, almost watery but clean mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

My inner drunk likes this beer, high drinkability. My only complaint is that it kinda leaves a dry mouth behind, but that encourages more drinking. If you wanna get solidly drunk at 6.99 a 6 pack (Louisiana), pick this up.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Super dark mahogany, nearly black with ruby highlights. Short tan head that fades quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts mostly of bittersweet cocoa, hints of coffee, some caramel and sweetness come through as well. It smells pretty good, but it's not a very typical lager aroma. And definetly not a schwarzbier. The nose is more like a thin clean porter (maybe that's the Irish part).

T: Chocolate and coffee dark roasted malts predominate. Sweet, but there is a sharp note in there as well - can't really say if it is burnt or lactic or what. The caramel is not as strong as in the nose - it's more of a dark, sugary toffee. Also some hints of dark fruits. Earthy powder cocoa finish with lingering bitterness. Overall effect is of a mild porter done as a lager. However, it is not all that clean for a lager.

M: Creamy with a medium body and a fine, tight carbonation that adds to the smoothness. Although it is plenty on the sweet side, especially at the start, it finish dry.

D: Pretty decent drinker actually. And sort of an interesting concept. It does have some quirks, but is really quite well put together. Still you do get the feeling that the name preceded the brew (those rascally marketing guys).

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Photo of association330
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours dark brown with a fleeting, light-tan head. Barely any lace.

S - Stale roasted malt, light milk chocolate and a lactic note. A bit like flat cola (oddly also what it happens to look like).

T - Roasted malt, milk chocolate and a swallow of bananas. Odd roasted malt/cola aftertaste.

M - Light side of medium bodied, with slightly harsh carbonation.

D - A lot like mixture of Killians and Guinness Draught - darker and perhaps a bit more flavor than either. Not something I'd buy again, but I've certainly had worse.

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Photo of morebeergood
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ordered a bottle at the Lansdowne Pub near Fenway. Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark brown almost black color, with a thin white head that faded fast. Smelled a bit like cola syrup. Tasted was interesting. Reminded me of a combination of pumpernickel bread and black licorice. Very thin mouthfeel, with a weird fizz and an acrid aftertaste, like burnt coffee. I can see how some might enjoy a big mug of this, but I don't think it was good enough to encourage me to order another.

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Photo of njthebestofme
2.2/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- was a dark brown.. light head to lacing.. didnt now seem to be over caribanted

S- malty,, no hopw to nose a little coco or a roast smell

T- reminded me if you if an ash tray with Guinness and drank it.. did not enjoy it at all

M- let an after tast a ash

D- not recmoned for a six pack.. try one and see how ya like it.. different tastes for different poeple.. but not for me... cheers

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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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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 RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

McSorley's Black Lager has a minimal, yet creamy head and is very dark brown is appearance, just short of black. Carbonation is low. The aroma is light nutty. Taste is very slightly hoppy and mild, almost like root beer without much sugar. Mouthfeel is watery. Overall, I think this is a good black lager to try, and I found it to be superior to others I have tried.

RJT

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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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Photo of mcann2pu
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an dark brownish/black color with a slight tan head,

Smell: smells of dark malt and sugar, not too much as far as smell for this one,

Taste: mostly a malt taste with some sweet brown sugar coming through,

Mouthfeel: appropriate amount of carbonation but truly nothing special,

Drinkability: fairly high drinkability, but again nothing too special,

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Photo of Redrover
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on at the Abilene, which is a very cool little beer and music bar in Rochester, NY,

Poured into a pint, the beer is dark brown/black with a thinish brown head.

The nose is of brown sugar and roasted malt.

The taste is sweet and leads with more brown sugar, mildly roasted malts and caramel. The taste works nicely as a cross over or introduction to darker styles type of beer.

The mouth was slightly thick with low levels of carbonation. Could be a session beer for some.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three-finger light tan head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Just about black with no highlights. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Light roasted coffee nose. Flavor has some sweetness - a malty coffee. Best by May 18 2009, bought in May 09 and forgotten - still good. $1.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of saztheorybook
2.1/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks exactly like cola, an almost-black brown with no "fizz" after the initial burst. Even my vigorous pour only encouraged about a half a finger's worth of head, suspect because of the plethora of bubbles covering my glass and a head that dissipates in seconds with zero lacing.

S-Caramel and aluminum notes. Obviously the head this the source of most volatiles but there is little to no smell after the head vanishes so quickly.

T- Decent malt profile with a nice roasted flavor that outlasts the negative flavors into the finish. At times there are notes of dirt/grass. Maybe a little DMS, too. This is pretty astringent and a little bit chemical.

M-I could chug this if it weren't for the astringency, but as it stands, it could only be truly quaffable with a sausage in the other hand.

D-I'd get this at a festival and drink it from the bottle. Honestly, I think this might taste better that way. It was cheap, and it's okay, but I don't think I would buy another one at a beer store or restaurant, even though it was relatively cheap.

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Photo of smcolw
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that settles into a ring of bubbles, but it does leave some spotty lace. Dark, dark brown with a little garnet color. Some light shines through.

Mild darker malt aromas. At the end, there was a notable metallic smell.

Definitely a dark lager in terms of taste, body and crispness. Note of black patent malt and mildly burnt toast. Thin body and relatively high carbonation. Light hop in the swallow. The aftertaste is a combination of two bitters--hop and dark roast malts.

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Photo of david18
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this for a friend's party. He grew up in Manhattan and I knew it would have sentimental value. I don't drink a lot of Euro Dark Lagers so I have nothing to compare it to. It was ok but no great shakes. Impressive dark color, good tan head. Aroma is almost non existent. Mouthfeel and drinkability are ok and this beer would be good for almost any season.

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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 BeerMasterD
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of bottles.
Poured into a glass, a very dark brown almost black with dark amber in the light, tan head with little lacing.
Roasty malts, smelled like a guinness to me.
A smooth malty taste with a faint chocolate/coffee finish, slightly bitter almost dark chocolate.
A mouthfeel that is medium with little carbonation and is somewhat chalky/dry.
I found it enjoyable and drinkable, relaxing but not refreshing, i could see it going good with a meal and a cigar, i was happy with the beer and ill most likely purchase again in the future.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pub glass

A: Fluffy beige head, that has nice lacing. Dark, nearly black with some dark amber...

S: Roasted malts, burnt caramel

T: Malty and somewhat nutty with faint chocolate finish

M: Light/medium creamy, minimal carbonation.

D: A good beer. I have not had many of these black lagers, but I could see myself getting a case of this

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

Pours a dark black with ruby highlights when held toward the light, head is light tan forms nicely with a sturdy pour into a tulip chalice from the dollar store. Aroma slight milk chocolate with roasted dark malts and light coffee characteristics. Flavor hits me with a wicked lactic sour note that I wasn't expecting, still has roasted malt dark chocolate with a hint of coffee but there's this wild ripe fruit note with the souring effect I didn't care for in a black lager, but it honestly reminds me of a lighter Stegmaier Porter in a weird way. I think they mixed this recipe with the Penn Dark recipe, because this looks moore like the Penn Dark of old than the newly bottled stuff from the Lion does. Really solid dark lager when said and done and after the slightly sour twang goes away it gets better with each sip. Mouthfeel is creamy with sturdy carbonation a very velvety feel to it all. Drinkability overall is quality impressed to see a decent beer coming from a McSorley's label I remember an Irish Red that was pretty shitty at one point in my drinking career.

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McSorley's Irish Black Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
3.5 out of 5 based on 351 ratings.
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