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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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62 Ratings
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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.12
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Portugal

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 ygtbsm94
2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.45/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a 1/2" tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a rich and creamy dark malt aroma that boasts of crystal, roasted, and chocolate malts. The taste is decent. It has a weak and watery malt feel that boasts of roasted and chocolate malts. It's easy going, but quite dry and earthy on the finish. It has some metallic aftertastes. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. I was hoping for a thicker, creamier body. This is a good drinking dark lager, but it could be so much better.

Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a rich off-white head that leaves some lacing down the glass.

The smell is of lightly roasted dark malt with caramel/toffee.

The taste is of darkish malts with a caramel/toffee character - sweet with balancing roastiness and a subtle Continental-type hop bitterness in the middle. LIght touch of smokiness leads to a dry finish.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a nice, easy-drinking EDL that goes towards a schwartzbier (though a bit more caramelish). Pairs very well with shell-fish, especially mussels.

Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.26/5  rDev +4.5%
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

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.4/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of plaid75
3.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice dark brown/black hue. The head was amazing - five fingers. The retention was not good but the thick head left very nice lacing.

The smell was of toasted barley and espresso, cut with a nice hop aroma.

The taste was rich and full. A deep toasted flavor. A nice flavorful coffee/espresso accent which lasted long after the sip. The beer finished remarkable dry, thanks to a nice bit of hops.

The mouthfeel was full as well, and finished extremely dry. Very nice.

This was an incredibly drinkable dark lager. I recommend it highly.

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Gusler
2.98/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of tbeckett
2.83/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Photo of warnerry
2.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Suds
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of FLima
3.09/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of kwjd
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of rastaman
2.06/5  rDev -34%
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.

Photo of cfalovo97
2/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of Burt
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of UnionMade
2.73/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of cadaugherty
2.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of flyingpig
3.36/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of mick303
3.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
74 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.