brokensail (10645) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: The beer pours a very dark brown with a rather creamy tan head.
S: Starts off a little buttery, but that seems to diminish with time. Moderate roastiness with some nice toasted malt and an earthy and floral hop profile. A little bit of bread and toffee sweetness.
T: The flavor also shows some butter. Sweet with a big creamy caramel flavor. Some roast, but not all that intense. A mild bitterness to go along with some light earthy hop notes.
M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: One of the least awful beers at Babeís, but thatís not saying much.
DuffMan (6555) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the tasting platter at Babeís BBQ & Brewhouse in Rancho Mirage. Now called "Blackfin Lager" with an ABV of 4.8%. Deep clear mahogany. Burnt malt entry, followed by a surprising fruity sweetness (cooked berries). Finish is dry with low bitterness. Very nice.
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Blackfin Lager On tap at Slim Pignís Redlands. Dark brown with a slight creamy white head. Faint malty aroma. Caramel and roasty taste with a hint of chocolate and a clean crisp finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - APR 15, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had a pint of this on draft. They call it "Blackfin Lager" and list it now at 4.8%. This is a Very Good Schwarzbier. Great nose of smoke & roasted grain, this was great w/ BBQ
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - FEB 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Babeís. Dark brown with a small, dense off white head. Aroma of rich, dark, bready malt, with some coffee and chocolate. Flavor is more dark, bread and some dry cocoa with a light hop bitterness. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry, clean finish. I really like this, lots of malt flavor but not sweet at all, goes down very smooth.
ABUSEDGOAT (2336) - California, USA - MAY 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Well, Iím guessing this is their schartzbier I had. It was called the Blackfin Lager. Tap at the brewpub... black body with a rich creamy roasted caramel aroma with lesser notes of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth and drinkable. After a long hike this hit the spot.
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Probably the best of Babeís current line up and a brew that takes a little time to develop its full character. Profound chocolatey and roasted coffee cream flavors, with a thick smooth palate that might fool some into thinking that this is an ale.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler that my brother brought over. I had this about a year ago and enjoyed it - and am enjoying it again today. I havenít had that many schwarzbiers, but this was as good as any that I have had. Malt and smoke are present, but donít overkill the base beer, which is a nice flavorful lager. If youíre ever in Rancho Mirage/Palm Springs, stop at Babes for some good BBQ and beer.
Getbetter (815) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - AUG 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Off a Tap@Babes,white head ,Dark Red in color,light body,crisp, caramel and a lite roasty malt taste,4.8% abv.Also noted itís called Blackfin now
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 16, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Babes Bar-B-Que Grill & Brewhouse 1/8/10. Now marketed as Blackfin Lager. Pours a dark brown with moderate tan head. Aroma is biscut malt and caramel. Flavor is very sweet and not smoky for a supposed schwarzbier. Lots of caramel and toffee flavors and just a hint of light coffee malt.