McSorley’s Irish Black Lager

It’s almost the weekend! I’m getting a beer review out of the way before I get to see Katie and it’s another brew from the Irish six-pack. Again, it’s not actually a brew from Ireland, but it had the word “Irish” on it, so I figured that it would work. I had the other McSorley’s brew (The Irish Pale Ale) last January and really wasn’t thrilled with it.  As I mentioned in that post, this is brewed by the Pabst brewery for the iconic New York bar McSorley’s, which I have yet to go to. Hopefully the Black Lager fares better than its counterpart.

ABV: 5.5%

Style: Schwarzbier

Trivia: According to, “Many notable people have visited McSorley’s, including Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, Peter Cooper, Boss Tweed, and Woody Guthrie. Literary figures like Brendan Behan, Paul Blackburn, LeRoi Jones, Gilbert Sorrentino, George Jean Nathan have been cited as regulars.”

Random: I got my tickets for the AC beerfest today. My sister and I are going, which should be an absolute blast. Although, I’m not allowed to tell her where we’re going because everytime we’ve planned on going to a beer festival, some one has either been hospitalized or died. So I’ve been referring to it as “the event that cannot be named.” True story.

I have to say, I’m really digging the bottle. It’s definitely got the retro feel, complete with the motto “Be Good or Be Gone” on the neck, coupled with a very cool bottle cap. The beer itself only poured with a hint on an off white head on top of a dark brown body. Light carbonation was visible through the brew. There was no lacing left on the glass. The nose had a bit of roasted malt with some smoke and a bit of chocolate and sweetness. The taste was more subtle than the nose. I got roasted malts, mild chocolate, with a bit of coffee. I didn’t get smoke on the taste like I did on the nose. The body was on the lighter side for a schwarzbier and had low carbonation. The finish was relatively quick given the flavors that came into play. I have to say, I had pretty low expectations for the brew, but I enjoyed drinking this. The mouthfeel was almost silky. I would definitely have this again. It blew its counterpart out of the water.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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