Sunday, November 20, 2011

Uinta Brewing Company BABA Black Lager

Black lagers don’t generally get a lot of love from beer geeks, and the utter mediocrity of Guinness Black Lager isn’t exactly helping. But in my humble opinion, a well-made black lager is hard to beat. There are times when I’m in the mood for neither a pale lager nor a rich stout, but rather something perfectly in between. And that would be a black lager! Utah’s highly-respected Uinta Brewing Company has given us a black lager that really hits the spot. BABA is not a particularly complex beer, but then again it’s not supposed to be. It’s lighter bodied than a stout yet more fully flavored than a standard lager. The taste is of dark roasted malts, with minimal hops and little if any bitterness. It’s drinkable but by no means “weak” tasting. Balanced and crisp, this is a simple but absolutely wonderful beer. Always one to appreciate the simple things in life, I have mad respect for a brewery that can make an A-caliber beer even when it's doing the basics. BABA is straight up delicious. I could drink it every day of the year! By all means, this is what Guinness Black should have tasted like!

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