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Angler Black Lager | Barley Creek Brewing Company

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Angler Black LagerAngler Black Lager

Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 50
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.43/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a ruby brown darkness with a large tan head that leaves thin strips of lacing down my pint glass. Aroma has chocolate herbal layers in there along with a touch of coffee notes. Taste has a grainy chocolate with a weird yeasty herbal profile not much coffee more grainy offness than anything else. Mouthfeel is thin even for a schwarzbier wow this is different. Drinkability not anytime soon please give me a Sam Adam's Black Lager over this one it's just a bad example of the style.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
2.61/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Fine, light cream colored head sits atop the dark cola brown colored beer. The aroma is interesting, a bit of caramel malt and a bit of fresh cut grass. The taste is very dissapointing, a mix of stale malt and bitter chocolate with a light sweet hop aftertaste. This a pretty light bodied beer with a fairly clean finish. Normally I would cut a brewery some slack if it tastes like there beer has gone bad, but I bought it directly from them so it wasn't improperly handled by the distributor/Store and looking at other reviews it's not a one time deal. This is the 7th or 8th beer I've had from this brewery and the first bad one. I bought two Black Widows so hopefully the other will be better (miracles do happen right?)

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Photo of jhollick
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 12 oz. bottle, served chilled. Poured a cloudy, almost opaque brown with deep burgandy tones throughout. There was a minimal, but very creamy head that formed, although it dissipated quickly. Minimal carbonation. Decent looking beer.

Smell - Sweet caramel and malts, also a nutty character and a hint of something from the woods...blackberries maybe?

Mouthfeel - This one feels pretty smooth in the mouth, and has an almost nitrogen-injected feel in the mouth. The brew is also buttery, which helps it glide around the palette quite easily. This was the highlight of this beer for me.

Taste - Heavy nut flavor initially along with some sweetness from the caramel, butter, and various malts. This is followed by a sharp roasted malt bitterness that goes away quickly and leaves a dry finish. There is hardly any hop presence. There is also an earthy tone to the entire beer.

Drinkability - For me, this was too sweet and tangy to drink more than one.

Overall - I think Barley Creek might be a bit confused as to what they want this beer to be, or at least the label of "Dark Bavarian Style Lager" throws me off. It almost reminded me of a nutty iced tea. Not a favorite of mine. It just isn't that well balanced, and the flavor and aftertaste wore on me during the second half of the beer. I won't be buying this again.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a thin light-tan head that doesn't retain very well. The color is nice, a seriously dark brown (light black?) that just barely lets any light through. I was confounded by the floaters that danced in my glass, many more of them sitting at the bottom. I can only guess this is yeast. Usually not problematic for me, I like that normally, but considering the disappointment I've experienced with Barley Creek stuff (all their beers being tangy to one degree or another), I can only imagine this is more poor brewing in practice.

A dark fruit essence dominates the aroma, with a lighter maltiness following. Pretty laid back overall.

Malt hits the tongue right away, with a roasted element, sweet and smooth and quite good, but the hops are lacking, there's no depth, the mouthfeel is too thin for the style, and the finish is a spreading sourness that seems to typify all Barley Creek beers.

Without the tartness, this would've still been an average beer, but this is totally off for the style, and totally off if you're simply looking for great beer. Next...

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer poured into the Rescue IPA glass blackish brown with an off-white almost tan head which lasted but an instant then wisped away to try at lacing the glass.

The aroma was coffee most notable but with a tart character. The nose was lightly fruity, but mostly tart, souring, coffee.

The flavor was lightly tart with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Some caramel was present, but was overshadowed by the tart and souring nature.

The finish was dry with lasing light tart coffee into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and very watery with a very low carbonation. Gotta say skip this one, or find it fresh.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks BeerBeing!

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Photo of Ralphs66
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Absolutely nothing memorable about this beer. I had the barleywine earlier in my sitting and it wasn't bad....probably should have had this much thinner beer first. Minimal head, little nose, taste very watery. Coloration was nice, and I probably could have drank a few gallons of it. But water is cheaper...

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Photo of BirdFlu
2.71/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is the beers strong point, though it looks like pepsi If light passes thru.. Smell is mildly roasted malt, not much else. Very light and barely noticable. Flavor is, similarly, not very impressive. It's got a crispness to it but the bitterness in it isn't very pleasing. Sort of burnt tasting and feeling but not in the good way some beers are. Mouth is thin and the aftertaste is unpleasant. Overall I wouldn't ever get it again, but it's not the worst thing in the world.

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Photo of steamingheap
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown "cola" color. Thin, short lasting head.

Aroma - There was a roasted chocolate smell that was mixed with a surprising tart aroma.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Continuing the surprise was the tart aspect jumping in to dominate the initial portion of the flavor profile. And the middle portion... A roasted flavor crept in at the end before blending back into a tart-roasted aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The tart flavor takes away from the roasted flavors that are trying to come out. Even without the tart flavor, it seems as if this beer was thin and light on flavor. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one but I wouldn't be opposed to another bottle if I were presented with one.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 07/03/2009. On tap at the brewpub. This beer pours brown with a ring of white head. The aroma is of generic sweet roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with lots of malt and an almost sour finish (infected?). I found this to be drinkable but quite dull.

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Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Prune juice colored lager with almost non-existent aroma and taste.I think if I try really hard I can taste a smidge of chocolate.Very watery in both taste and mouthfeel.Not very impressive.I would drink it again if it was offered free but I would not pay another dime for this!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown body with ruby highlights. Head is a beige table top. Aroma has bread,chocolate, and coffee notes. Taste is fairly bland, some roasted malt, a slight hop tingle at the end, but overall this is a little too clean. Needs something in the malt department to stand up and be noticed. Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess, and drinkability is certainly easy. OK, but certainly not exceptional.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.16/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a mostly opaque, deep brown, almost black color. It is topped by a frothy light brown to tan colored head that . The aroma has notes of sweet caramel as I pour this beer. Once I go in for a proper sniff, I get notes of diluted coffee, a strong burnt grain-husk note, and a solid toasty character. The aroma is ok except for that strong burnt husk note.

The beer is pretty light up front, and has a noticeable note of acidity throughout. I am not too sure if this is from the roast grain used or from some other source. The acidity is quite clean tasting. The beer finishes with a roasted note that is reminiscent of black coffee. There is not too much to this beer other than the light twang of sourness and the finish of roasted malt finish. Certainly easy drinking, and clean, but I could certainly wish for a lot more flavor.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark Brown in color almost black, with a nice tan head at the top and left some lacing around the glass, just a tiny.

S: The nose was probably the best part of the beer, some good chocolate notes, some dark roasted malts and some brown sugar as well.

T: The nose is present in the taste, but the taste is rather subtle and quite boring, some chocolate on the front and some slight roastyness on the tail end.

M: Light bodied, slight carbonation a little sticky on the end.

O:This beer was well balanced but nothing to really go crazy over, this beer was not so complex but didn't taste bad.

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Photo of hopdog
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Poured a medium mahogany color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of toasted nuts, light chocolate, and I was getting some caramel. Tastes of toasted nuts and even lighter chocolate. Just a trace of coffee too.

Notes from 1/10/07

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Photo of jwc215
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured brown with ruby highlights. A small fizzy head quickly disappeared to nothing. It was highly carbonated.
Burnt coffee and caramel were present - but, after the first sip, the watery thinness became more apparent.
A bit bitter and a bit too "burnt", but fairly smooth - not very well-balanced, though. The dull thinness lingers.
Overall, it's not bad, but it could be a bit richer - It's like a watery lager with touches of coffee and caramel thrown in - a bit too thin for the style. I've had several of this type for the same price or even less.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark mahogany red with only a slight sudsy dirty white head that quickly vanished.

S: a really sweet malt flavor with some complex caramel lacing, dark chocolate and sour malt.

T: For flavor there was soft roasted grains, bitter chocolate, and a light smokiness. There was also a decent nuttiness to the flavor with some dried fruit detected (raisins). A big caramel flavor that came off tasting more like a brown ale then a black lager.

M: The mouthful was thin, with little/no carbonation with a slight dark roasted malt coating on the tongue.

D: Drinkability was average as well the overall enjoyment of this beer.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm a big fan of the schwarzbier style, this particular one being a watered down version of the normal european offering. It poured somewhat lighter than others I've had, but its body and carbonation were spot on. What was missing was the flavor- very evident malt and balanced hops, with a hint of dried fruits, but all of these were very delicate and subdued, more than i normally look for in this style. Good drinkability, but i'll stick to their IPA.

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Photo of apintofknowledge
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark cola brown... appears almost black in low lighting, but light does pass through... with a slight head. Aromas of roasted coffee, nuts, butter and pretzels come through... Yes, I know pretzels sounds strange, but it's the doughy/buttery aroma that just reminds me of them.

Now for the taste... initially sweet, followed very quickly by a bitter, root-like, licorish and woody taste... like nut shells and chickory. Has an oily, buttery mouthfeel, with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Slight buttery taste in there as well. Notes of dark roasted coffee come through as well the more I drink.

Not bad, but I'm reviewing this from the bottle, and it makes me wish I took notes when I had it on-tap. I remember it being less buttery and less bitter, and superior overall. In other words, have it on-tap if you have the chance... both bottle selections I've had so far from Barley Creek have been inferior to the tap versions. (I'm basing my score on the bottles I took home... otherwise the taste would rate higher). Pairs very nicely with sausages... try it with the sausage platter at their brewpub... the beer brings out the caraway and other spices quite nicely in the sausage.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a mix and match 6-pack at Barley Creek.

A: Poured a dark brown color, pretty close to black color. Left a very thin, brown/tan head.

S: A good mixture of chocolate, coffee, caramel and nuts.

T: At first, the beer came across as beeing rather sweet, with flavors of chocolate and coffee standing out the most. Nothing overly robust. The beer, seems to dry up a bit after initial tasting.

M: Was definitely a light body beer, almost too thin, thinner then expected.

D: This was my first experience with a Schwarzbier. It didn't overly impress me but at the same time, it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown with some burgandy highlights. Short 1/2" head falls quickly. A spot or two of lace develops during the session.

Smell: very soft roasted malts and a touch of smokiness.

Taste: roasted malts, hint of licorice, soft smokiness and a mild bitterness. Overall the flavor profile is a bit mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start to finish. Light-medium in body. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: not bad a beer but not one I am craving to drink a few of them. Worth it to give it a shot.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very deep brown color with miniscule tannish head. Rapidly disappeared with no lacing.
Smell is of over ripe fruit( very similar to the brown ale) and not overly pleasant.
Taste is better than the smell, mostly because it has virtually no taste at all.
In the finish I can detect a bit of chocolate, but very little.
Not much of a beer, easy to drink because the flavor is lacking.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell featured a light caramel aroma with a hint of burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a husky grain, with a drying utilitarian hop.

The mouthfeel was average for the style.

Overall a tasty brew, however not all that authentic stylewise.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with an average cream-colored head over medium to dark brown liquid with ruby highlights. Nose is roasted grains with some overtly coffeeish notes. Taste revealed a mouthfeel on the thin side of things, with noted grain dryness, some restrained fruitiness, slight hop bitterness and more coffee taste than there should be for this style of lager. A good and well-made brew...but not very true to style, it had more in common with a light-bodied porter than a German Dunkle.

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Photo of DRyan
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic at 50 degrees
Full review at http://lownobudgetreviews.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/barley-creek-brewing-company-tannersville-pa-navigator-angler-and-antler/ (Ryan's Reviews)

ANGLER is a great example of a lager that actually maintains some pretty deep and interestingly complex flavor profiles, even though it is a lager… and that impressed me immensely! ANGLER pours a deep near-black brown with a creamy light tan head that dissipates pretty quickly and leaves nearly no lacing, but this is to be expected with a lager. The scent rising out of the nonic is all coffee and roasted malt, big smoky scents without smelling like a smoked beer, a lot more depth to it than I was anticipating from this lager.

Taking that first taste, I think: this is a lager I could actually… like. It has some of the flavors you’d expect from what I’m smelling – coffee, roasty, deep flavors akin somewhat with a stout – yet it also has that dry crispness I expect from a lager, and a very mild hoppiness on the exit, just enough to remind you that there are some hops in the beer. The lagering process has made the flavor profile a lot more one-dimensional than it would be if it were an ale, which is not necessarily a bad thing; not everyone is into big flavors and not everyone will appreciate the complexities of a Russian Imperial Stout. ANGLER would be a great stepping-stone for someone working their way out of AAL and into better beers, darker beers.

ANGLER looks thick, until you hold it up to the light and see how thin it really is. The beer is meager and zesty in its body; while from across the room it looks like a stout, drinking ANGLER makes its lager heritage extremely obvious. That lager body makes ANGLER a very easily drinkable beer.

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Photo of Phatz
3.66/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Below you will see I had this on-tap and wrote a full review. I also brought home a bottle and I must say, it was better at the brewery. Unfortunately, I found this Schwarzbier to be very simple and straightforward. That is not a bad thing, but it is a bit unimpressive. The version I had on-tap at the brewery seemed to have more molasses and sweet caramel in the nose and mouth. This beer seems to be a bit burnt, like leftover ashes and carbon. The smell has a hint of dry stout black roasted malts but the taste is a bit thin, IMO, for the style; as is the mouthfeel. It is light in the stomach though and is certainly a drinkable beer!

Hope this helpful.

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