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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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#40,887
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
352
pDev:
14.29%
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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 stakem
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. The brew pours a dark brown with lighter brown coloration around the edges. When held to the light it shows some ruby clarity. A tan froth sit atop and quickly fades to thin film.

The smell is strong of licorice and faint dark grain quality with some roast elements mixes with some dark fruity sweetness like raisins and later like molasses.

The taste is fairly crisp with fruity raisin flavors and a hint of citrus hops. Some dark roasty grain has a bit of chocolate and coffee. The aftertaste is lightly musty and filled with a mild earth element.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is quite crisp and easy drinking. Overall it was a pleasant take on the style but not something I would seek out regularly.

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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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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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

At the time of this review, this is the #24 Euro Dark Lager on the beeradvocate.com best of style lists, served in a McSorley's stein because I am capable of it.

Beer is black and clear with a thin tan head of small bubbles, low carbonation, low lacing.

Aroma is sweet and mildly roasty, overall a mild aroma.

Beer is thin to medium in body with a mild tartness on the finish and a roasty aftertaste. The forward of the beer is minimally sweet and the overall beer is fine. I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it again and I would outright recommend it either but overall this is an OK beer.

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Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tobelerone
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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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Photo of sd123
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, pale, crystal, and chocolate malt scent along with some slightly fruity yeast esters. The taste is decent. It has a smooth black and crystal malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some light earthiness. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carobnation. This is a pretty good black lager. I like a little more crystal malt flavor, but this is a fine representation of the style.

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of puboflyons
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 051809-1613022. Sampled on March 16, 2009.

Before I get into details I must say that this was one of best tasting beers I've had lately.

The pour is deep black with a short-lived tan head. The aroma is a luscious smelling licorice, smokey, pipe tobacco, chocolate malt mixture. I really couldn't define it. All I could think of was a smoke-filled pub (and I don't smoke).

The mouthfeel was medium to heavy and somewhat creamy. The taste was very much like its aroma of licorice and smoke with a vibrant but subtle hoppy sensation. Wow, I wish I picked up a 6-pack of this one.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

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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4.5/5  rDev +28.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.3%

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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3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep, dark brown; ruby on the edges when held to the light. Poured a 1 finger brown head that dissipated to a thin skim. Laced in random spots.

S: Faint toasted malts and maybe some fruit. Also hay and grass.

T: Muted toasted malt flavors; maybe some burnt toast, chocolate. Very smooth to a mild bitter and dry finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and fair balance. Dry finish.

D: Easy to drink for sure. Lacks character to be a regular beer though.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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