Angler Black Lager | Barley Creek Brewing Company

Angler Black LagerAngler Black Lager
BA SCORE
3.27/5
50 Ratings
Angler Black LagerAngler Black Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Barley Creek Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
barleycreek.com

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by beerluvr on 12-09-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,219
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
50
pDev:
15.6%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
3
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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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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 JMS1512
4.04/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: Barley Creek Brewing Co.’s Angler Black Lager

Growler filled: 2/13/17

Poured into: Lone Eagle Brewing Co. craft glass

Sight: From a long way off, you’d swear the glass held the darkest stout in the world. But come closer. A more attentive inspection screams walnut hardwood or if you want to get esoteric, bistre (sooty brown) with reddish-orange highlights. The head, though short lived is a quick-forming beige cap. Lacing is minimal and delicate. The cap recedes into a swirl of suds and a small conclave of bubbles on one side of the glass. The body is dark enough to prohibit the detection of bubbles rising to the surface.

Aroma: Malt is definitely the star here, as this beer yields an aroma of darkish baker’s chocolate and cocoa powder. There’s a slight suggestion of roasted coffee, and an earthiness that reminds me of either tobacco or leather. Either is fine.

Taste: Closely mirroring the aroma, is a malt-driven brew. Chocolate, sweetish malt and a hint of brown or pumpernickel bread. The slightest trace of caramel. There’s a roundness here that’s appealing. Only on the end do the hops make an appearance in the bitter balance to all the smooth, dark malt flavors.

Mouthfeel: The commonly held misconception is that dark beers are heavy. Well, some are. But this? This is light, elegant, and dances on the tongue, a medium- on the body. Fine carbonation. Crisp, smooth finish– just like a lager should have.

Overall: Is it an imperial, barrel aged stout with vanilla, coffee, cocoa nibs, and blessed by a priest? NO. This is a fine example of a beer style that receives way too little attention in the beer world: Schwarzbier. For those that love lagers, for those that love German beer, for those that love dark beer, for those that love session-able beer (5.2% abv), this beer is for all of you.

Suggested food pairing(s): banana chocolate-chip pancakes (beer with breakfast anyone?!), coffee-encrusted flank steak, smoked wurst, sharp English or Irish cheddar, chocolate-pecan terrine

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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 psujesus
4.14/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this on tap at the brewpub on 11/18/09

first black lager ive had, very delicious, a beautiful black color poured from the tap, more bitter than sweet, flavors of roasted malts, caramel and yummy molasses, i couldn't really get a lock on the smell for some reason, a nice medium body to it

i'd say this is a very drinkable beer, i would have ordered another one but opted for their IPA instead

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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 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 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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Angler Black Lager from Barley Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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