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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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Reviews: 33
Hads: 69
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 14.87%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-22-2002

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Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well its not that bad, deep brown with a tinge of red, some annoying industrial, plasticy aromas hang around, and its not exactly complex, but it has some nice roasty malt flavours in their (surprisingly), and a is not as sweet and nasty as i thought it might be. But lets face it, its no masterpiece.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.4/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark and quite opaque, a deep black-brown colour, although the head is incredibly lacklustre. It's not even a film, just a collar of rather overtly large bubbles. Oily residue on the top. Very light body. It's very ininspiring.

Nose is very thin as well, slight dark grain note, faint adjunct character, with an earthy character than genuinely reminds me of soil. Slightly sweet, very faint. Not a huge amount on it.

Taste is similar. Slight caramel sweetness, bit of corn syrup and a very faint burnt crisp character on the back. Feel is abominably thin, and lends nothing to the otherwise bland palate.

Very thin, and really not worthy of a lot of discussion. It's bland, neutral and really quite unexciting.

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.47/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: dark amber color. Head: tan color, moderate size, may not be long lasting and kind of frothy. Clear.
Aroma: agreeable nose with a hint of caramel.
Taste: burnt flavor.
Mouthfeel: dry, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength and light body.
Finish: bitter and persistent aftertaste.

Overall: a not very pleasant dark lager. The first impression given by the nose is lost after the first swallow. I probably will not give this one another try.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
2.57/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I have no idea what this beer is about. I see this all the time at Total Wine & More, and I didn’t realize it was a Heineken product. But I have seen the logo somewhere… I just don’t remember where. Besides Total Wine that is. Perhaps it has something to do with soccer. When I was in Poland, we went to a few soccer matches. Maybe that is it. Not sure… but I am excited to drink this low ABV beer. Especially when the tasting notes mention caramel and sweetness. I love my sweets! Let’s see what this cerveza tastes like.

In the Glass: It pours thin, but very dark. Black, really. The thin head is in fact tan, but is gone quickly. There is little to no lace, as well. I am hoping this beer smells as sweet as they say!

Nose: Yep. It does! There is a ton of sugary sweetness in the aroma. Not really smelling caramel, but I love the sugars I am picking up. Not having had this beer before, I have to assume (based on price and the thin lace) that this should be drank cold. Or is it drunk cold. Either way, drink this beer cold. We pulled this from the fridge and are drinking it as cold as we can. Let’s see if that sweetness carries over into the flavor.

Flavor: It does… a little. But this beer smells WAY better than it tastes. There isn’t much flavor here until the aftertaste. We will get to that. Not sure why I had higher expectations, but this beer is really disappointing. There is no caramel in the flavor, and what sugars I get are toward the end. Those sugars taste burnt and over saturated. This might be OK on draft and in a huge cup during a sporting event, but I wouldn’t order this at a bar. I am not even sure food would help this one.

Mouthfeel: There is a ton of carbonation going on here. It kicks off and stays full of bubbles until you swallow. The beer is also thin (as it appears in the glass) and goes down smooth. This is nothing to write home about.

Aftertaste: This is the best part of the beer. As soon as you swallow, what sweetness there was is gone. However, you get some burnt sugar flavors that rest easy on the tongue. If you like that taste, then you will want to finish this beer every drink just to experience those flavors.

This beer might be nice for those living in Portugal, but my palate is more advanced than this. Not trying to be a snob here… but man, this is just not a good beer. Glad it was a small bottle! Oh, and the burp provides more of those burnt sugar flavors. Now I want to light up some sugar and see if I can replicate that flavor.

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Photo of warnerry
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a deep brown, though still translucent. About one finger of head with poor retention.

Smells of some earthy malts, but not much aroma to speak of.

Taste is pretty thin. Again, some earthy malts, but really nothing else to speak, save maybe a faint bit of hops.

This is really thin and pretty watery; carbonation level is nice though.

Other than the wateriness (which is a pretty big problem), nothing taking away from the drinkability, but not much making you want to drink more, either. For 0.65 euro from a Lisbon convenience store, you could do worse.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very attractive rubied brown, topped with a full cap of sandy head. Great clarity, like looking through reddened glass. The suds settle into an even coating, leaving sticky belgian lace in it's wake.
The aroma is richly malty, thick with burnt malt and toffee scent. A soft, grainy undercarraige, leaving a wake of black cherry and fig fruitiness, as well as a faint nuttiness. Not much in the way of hops, simply a prickle of herbal earthiness that blends seamlessly with the malt.
The first sip is surprising in the lack of flavor. The nose suggested a rich, earthy maltiness but what the flavor presents is a weak, counterfeit interpretation. Really nothing sticks to the tongue immediately, just a tickle of softly fizzed carbonation. A bored malty blackness follows, rather halfheartedly offering diminished toffee and roasty flavors. No real nuance, the fruity, nutty traces the aroma presented all but gone. The malt picks up some in the finish, although the weak body and mouthfeel offers little foothold. A decaffeinated hint of coffee and feeble hops. The carbonation is nice enough, with a soft sparkle, but only serves to make this beer even more flighty. It disappears from the palate as soon as it came.
A very nice presentation, but it all goes downhill from there. The brew is appealing to behold and sniff, but that's about it. A bland, weakened dunkel lager probably geared for duller palates. It reminds me of something like AB's Bareknuckle stout, in the fact that it feels dumbed down to appeal to the consumer that would like to drink a dark beer, but can't handle the bittersweetness. I'd pass on this if you're looking to try a quality brew from Portugal.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.76/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml Bottle served in an ordinary glass in bar in Coimbra.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with red notes. Clear. Half finger beige head with medium carbonation. Medium retention and only few lacings

S: Roasted malts with some notes of coffee. A bit sweet and some yeasts

T: Follows the nose: Roasted malts with some notes of coffee. Quite watery. Mild bitterness. Disappointing

M: Very light body and medium carbonation. Watery

O: Expected more. Portuguese market hunger for better personality beers

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Photo of tbeckett
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from grocery store in Albufeira. From notes.

A - Poured a dark, dark brown with red notes. Bright. Half finger beiege head with minimal visible carbonation. Good retention at a half finger and no lacing.

S - Coffee was obvious. Chocolate, sweet notes, yeast and cola. Yeast melds with the flavours in a very odd way, losing points.

T - Burnt coffee, cola, nuttiness, very sweet, and some chocolate. Again the yeast is mixing in here and just stirring things up in ways it shouldn't.

M - Mild to medium carbonation and a mild to medium body. Sweet finish cut by some coffee bitterness.

O/D - More of a mishmash than anything. It was an ok beer, just lacked structure and purpose for me. Kinda like they didn't know what they were trying to do. I didn't dislike it, but I was ready for something much better.

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Photo of horseblanket
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: very light malt aromas

Appearance: Huge foamy head, light brown in color.
Very dark brown, with ruby highlights, almost opaque.
Clarity is very good in the highlights.

Flavor: Dark malt flavors dominate up front:
light chocolate and coffee.
Not roasty in any way, just dark malts.
Malt flavors seem somewhat muted, so I'm thinking
this example is a bit old and oxidized.
Hop bitterness is low, IBU about 20.
Very light hop flavors.

Body & Mouthfeel: moderate-low body.
Finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A disappointment:
I bet this beer tastes a lot better fresh from the brewery.
If I ever get to Portugal, I'll try it there.
I would classify this as a Schwarzbier style.

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Photo of Gusler
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The pour is a deep brown in color with an average sized head and tolerable lace, both a light beige in color. Nose is light malt, with a slight hint of coffee or caramel. Start is clean malt, the top skinny, the finish is bitingly acidic, scarcely hopped, aftertaste dry.

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Photo of Augustiner719
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark syrupy looking with carbonation rushing to the top yielding a large head that dissapates very quickly.

Smell: smells like caramel and dark malts. A little bit one dimensional but nice.

Taste: syrupy with dark flavors of cherrys and brandy. A little bit boozy tasting with leads me to find a very fake malty component.

Mouthfeel: thin for a dark beer but syrupy to the point where it sticks to your cheeks. Not my cup of tea.

Drinkability: Average beer, nothing memorable. I'd rather drink this over budweiser any day and its the same price at the liquor store... 4.99 a six pack.

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Photo of ARoman
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma is very mellow with notes of dark fruit (raisin), roasted notes, and a light nuts and/or bread crust hint. The beer is a rich, dark caramel brown hue with a tan, dense head that disappears quickly leaving only a light retention and lace. The taste is a dry, medium sweet and medium light bitter. The carbonation is soft and fuzzy for the lightly chewy, and sticky beer. The medium light body is flavored much like it smells with a zippy finish that has light root beer and licorice notes to it and light chocolate and caramel creeping in late. the aftertaste is light with notes of root beer, a touch of chocolate, and a light burnt note which mellows quickly and turns to fig.

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Photo of FLima
3.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep black color with one finger beige head with short retention.
Aroma of chocolate and coffee.
Refreshing flavor of toasted and roasted malt, coffee, charred wood and a hint of lemon. Quite dry aftertaste with a medium bitterness likely from its roasted notes.
Light body with good carbonation.
A refreshing Dunkel, not overly sweet or cloying, resulting in high drinkability but very low complexity. Nevertheless, I would prefer having this to any Adjunct Lager. But that is it.

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Photo of Foxman
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a surprisingly deep-hued dark brown, murky and opaque. There are lighter chocolate tones at the edges where light passes through. A mottled moderate tannish head comes and goes quickly, leaving a very thin frothy legacy.

There's a dark, toasted malt aroma, mingling with a milder cocoa tone. An ephemeral caramel tease flits about the malt sweetness.

The first sip brings a very flat malt character, much dryer than expected. A fleeting toffee taste quickly morphs to an ashy, earthy muskiness. The ashy dryness lingers to the finish, along with a distant doughy sourness. Overall, the flavor fails to cash the check that's written by the aroma.

It's a bit lighter than medium bodied, coating to some small extent. A dull dry bitterness remains on the tongue at the finish.

It was $1.00, and from Portugal, the first beer I'd seen from that country. It's a shame the flavor doesn't deliver on the aroma's promise, because if it did, this beer would actually be quite good. As it is, however, it's simply so-so, even disappointing after that initial build-up. If I ever find myself in Portugal, I'll drink this and not feel at all put-upon. At home, though, it's not something I'll buy again, in spite if it being rather drinkable in its way. It comes across a tad boring. I guess I just don't like a tease.

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Photo of sfprint
3.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

exp: 12/2012
A: Jet black, but with a huge 4 finger head and lots of little streams of rising carbonation.
S: Toasty, wall plaster, acidic.
T: Toasty with a bit of sour fruit. Or perhaps just sour, implied lemon. But quite ok. Very plain, but easy to drink. Chocolate.
M: Not exactly dry, but alters the inside of your mouth in a funny way.
O: Decent, unexciting but very drinkable.

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful off-white head. Extends over the rim of the glass. Very nice lace on glass. Mahogany color.

Smells of spent grains and adjuncts. No malty sweetness.

Lots of burnt black patent malts. There's also some gentle chocolate and coffee flavors. No notable hop. Very thin body with high carbonation--similar to Coca Cola. Very short aftertaste.

This may be the best of the Porteguese beers, although that is not saying much. Definitely below US/UK beer standards.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%

Popping the top yields a nice roasted malt aroma. Pours to a dark brown barely translucent color with a foamy tan head. Taste is a nice roasted malt with only a hint of bitterness. Finish is clean and sweet. This is an easy drinking very flavorful brew. A sessioner without a doubt. Simple and refreshing but not monotonous.

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Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

When first poured, this beer showed some promise. Dark brown and shadowy, with crimson undertones. The head is an attractive tan color, and the aroma is of roasted and somewhat smoky malts. Somewhere after the first impression, though, this one dropped the ball. The taste is one-dimensional and very restrained. It’s dry and a little metallic. The nice smoky, roasted character of the aroma is lost on the tongue. There’s some chocolate malt flavor, but it doesn’t come out in the taste. Very light body, and a willowy finish. It sort of left me wanting more. Good effort, but it’s not what it could be.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces three-fingers of lightly browned, tan colored foam. The beer is a dark, concentrated brown color (not quite black) that does have some burnt amber notes to it; when held up to the light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, deep, ruby / plum color. The aroma smells of toasted bread crust and perhaps a touch of dark chocolate up front, but then picks up a tinny, cheap lager like note towards the finish. Some caramel notes are here as well as just a touch of diacetyl that supplies a hint of butterscotch that also boosts the caramel aromas. I like the light roast influence in the nose, but the mix of diacetyl (that most will miss as I am a bit sensitive to it and it is subtle here) as well as the metallic finish just make this a touch off-putting to smell.

A fizzy carbonation couples with a dry'ish, but dark malt sweetened flavor up front. The beer finishes with a solid toasted grain note that is reminiscent of biscuits and crackers that have been well browned in the oven. A touch of berry-like fruitiness is here as is a faint coffee note that reminds me of a pale-roasted coffee. The malt provides a slightly earthy undertone that is mixed in with the toasted grain character; toasted whole grain character actually, as there is a touch of complexity to this note.

The beer isn't all that bad in the flavor, it is well within the style of a schwarzbier, but the aroma is not quite as clean as it needs to be. Not bad, but I can't see myself giving another one of these a go.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of hunteraw
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Taste in Kowloon Tong.

Pours black, but not quite opaque. Reasonably sized head, some lace. Smell is predominantly of roast. Wasn't sure what to expect - definitely not a doppelbock, a schwarzbier maybe? Roast at the front of the palate, but little else to back it up. Finishes dry. Reminiscent of Xingu - must be a Portugese speaking thing. Mouthfeel lighter than expected from a beer this color, carbonation fine. Drinkability is reasonable - goes down easy, but not much to commend itself flavor-wise.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with a thin and bubbly white head on top that has some light tan tinges through it. It starts about half a centimetre think before reducing to about half of that and staying the same after that, managing to leave some light lacing on the sides of the glass too.

Slightly darker, rich malts and a little bit of chocolate that is well-balanced and not too overpowering. There is some roasted barley and a little burnt sugar along with some light coffee notes.

Barley and darker malts along with a little chocolate and coffee. There is some cocoa and sugar in there too and overall the taste is a rich but sweet one.

Smooth for the most part with only a tiny bit of grain present. There is a dark and rich feel to the beer but also a sweetness throughout. There is a good balance also and whilst nice, nothing is out of the ordinary.

An okay beer and a welcome change for the scores of pale lager Portugal has to offer. This one is by no stretch a fantastic beer but it is a pleasant enough one and definitely worth a try if you're in the country.

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Photo of titvs
3.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 4C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch 3438650766. AROMA: roasted notes with a coffe and dark chocolate character and a mild sweet background. clean lager profile and no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: dark brown color with some ruby highlights. translucent. medium tanned head with average retention. TASTE: light malt flavour with a neutral character. moderate roasted notes of coffe and dark bitter chocolate lasting into the finish. low bitterness with a semi-dry finish. no noble hop flavours discernible and clean lager profile. PALATE: medium-light body with moderate carbonation. no astringency. OVERALL: a nice portuguese schwarzbier.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.41/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint.

Appearance: Dark as the night, brown tint to brew with little tan head maybe 1/8"

Smell: Light malty scent, that's really it.

Taste: much better than the scent, malty, and light sourness that reminds you of rye. Hops are there but not too strong just enough to offset it with the right bitterness.

Mouth: medium and smooth. Light bitter after taste but still sticky and feels toasty.

Overall: Complimented with a medium-rare steak this beer is even better. Straight and simple. Salud

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear. Very dark brown, although not opaque. The fluffy tan head holds fairly well and leaves some very nice lace. The aroma displays a sweet, toffee-like maltiness. The body is light-medium with a standard carbonation and a gently crisp mouthfeel. The flavor is lighter than the aroma suggests, but fairly nice with a smooth, chocolatey, and gently molasses-tinged maltiness. The bitterness is in balance but display a little roughness in the dry finish, which lingers with some light roastiness. This beer has some character to it, but is overall a bit light, leaving it just a bit better than your average beer.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boy, the new beers just keep coming tonight...third and final new (and exciting!) brew...a first from Portugal. 33 cl bottle, listing a slightly lowered 4.1% abv. Also shows 'Dez.09' on the label - uncertain if that's a 'brewed on' or 'best by' date, but we'll take our chances. A pour to the '2008 Fresh Hop Festival' shaker pint glass...one can hope.

A: Attractive pour, a deep/dark mahogany with a fluffy 1-finger+ pillow of almond cream. Held to light, a vibrant inverted cascade of bubbles rise and refurbish a dwindling head. A good-looking lacing, too - clinging in broken cobwebs.

S: A dark 'grainy' scent that entices, yet ultimately smells of both a musty ashtray and an acrid, day-old coffee. That's kinda the style, so I'll go with it - and the strength is promising.

T: Malted grains are so dark, yet balance between ashy dryness and a more treacle-sweet blackness. Tea-like spice dances around...it's got some complexity behind a fairly simple exterior. Caramel and a nutty roast, hints at cocoa and a cola-leaning roast.

M: The (slight) downfall of this beer (and perhaps the style); thin and a little slick. Sure there's lasting bitter char and a sticking darkness of mildly sweetened grain...just nothing too memorable. Light-medium body with a lively carbonation.

D: Easy enough to drink and of a completely sessionable strength. No complaints; while I won't necessarily seek this out again, it definitely is a tasty/well-done selection for its style. Worth a try.

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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
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