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Angler Black Lager | Barley Creek Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Schwarzbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by beerluvr on 12-09-2002

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Ranking:
#41,748
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
50
pDev:
15.6%
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Ratings: 50 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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 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 IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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 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 WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/brown color with a 1/4" tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a very malty scent that is sweet with caramel malts and slightly dry from lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a grainy caramel malt flavor that is dry and a bit weak compared to the aroma. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and earthy. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. It has great aroma, and decent flavor; a fine sessions brew.

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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 petermethot
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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 Suds
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a six-pack of this beer from the brewery. Pours a very dark brown (bordering on black), with a thin tan head. The aroma is full of chocolate and coffee…it’s got a very powerful roasted graininess, with a bread and nut character as well. Only slightly sweet in the front, and the beer dries out by the finish. It’s got a very light, almost too-thin body, but is very drinkable. The roasted, coffee-like sensations follow from the aroma all the way to the finish. The beer is slightly bitter, but hops definitely take a backseat to grain and malt. All in all, it’s a solidly good, well-made brew.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sulldaddy
4.47/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am sampling this brew at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a deep dark brown with heavy ruby highlights. A fizzy tan head foams up about .5 cm and fades to a spotty surface layer quickly. The aroma is roasted malt, caramel, some faint chocolate and a bit of smoke. Pretty nice nose and spot on for a schwarzbeer.
First sip reveals a silky smooth body with almost creamy texture, very soft on the palate. The carbonation is soft and gentle as well, so far this is a great beer, very easy drinkin.
Flavor starts with a bit of caramel and chocolate, rolls to roasted malt with a bit of molasses and then finishes with a bit of a drying roast malt finish. Almost an espresso roast flavor there. After the beer I had in the pub my expectations were not very high for this beer, but it turned out to be quite a winner IMO. I would definitely buy again!

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Photo of newbeeraday
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

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 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 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 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 JohneHoodlum
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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 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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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 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.
Cheers!

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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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