This week's belated Sunday Night Suds looks at Uinta's Baba Black Lager.
[This week's column is a belated post for a very special occasion as we were zoche to celebrate our daughter Yael's bat mitzva last evening. Due to the lateness of the hour when the simcha ended and my daughter's desire to deliver left over food to our local food bank, I was unable to write this post last evening.]
There used to be a commercial years ago wherein the spokesperson advocated - don't be afraid of the dark. I can't recall what food or beverage was being advertised, but I try to live by this creed and fully embrace dark beers, such as the Uinta Baba Black Lager.
As frequent readers of this site may recall, Uinta is a Utah based brewery which within the last two years came under the kashruth supervision of the Orthodox Union. Also within the last year, Uinta has folded its four plus (organic) brewing company label into Uinta and now produces organic beers (such as Baba) under its own label.
The Baba Black Lager has some characteristics of other dark lagers such as Shiner's Bohemian Black Lager (reviewed here - http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2009/08/sunday-night-suds-shiner-bohemian-black.html) and Waterloo Dark Lager (reviewed here - http://kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2008/09/sunday-night-suds-waterloo-dark-lager.html), but in truth, the other dark lager's can't hold a candle to the Baba Black Lager.
The beer pours a jet black color, with little lacing or translucency. The first taste is not overly heavy and there are quite a few flavor notes such as caramel and even a little hops which hit me early in the brew. The malt is also readily apparent and makes itself known with each sip.
This beer is not as flexible in food pairings as a traditional lager, but I could see experimenting with poultry as well as charred meat with this beer as the flavors seem to mesh well with roasted meat or fowl.
As mentioned above, Uinta Baba Black Lager is certified kosher by the Orthodox Union and bears an OU on the label. For the experts' take on the Uinta Baba Black Lager please click here http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/1416/73965.
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