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Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) - Sociedade Central de Cervejas

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52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Portugal

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 09-22-2002)
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Burt

Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -2.6%

11-29-2011 16:29:43 | More by Burt
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Thehuntmaster

South Africa

3/5  rDev -2.6%

11-15-2011 09:33:08 | More by Thehuntmaster
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

2.73/5  rDev -11.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 19:53:44 | More by eduardolinhalis
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2011 00:01:55 | More by tbeckett
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warnerry

Michigan

2.63/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 01:46:58 | More by warnerry
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

2.42/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 09:04:53 | More by lacqueredmouse
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev +13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 07:46:13 | More by msubulldog25
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.28/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 20:47:10 | More by Gueuzedude
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NewGeneric

California

3.93/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

After being in Portugal for several days without any hints of anything other than basic golden lagers, I was pleasantly surprised to find this at a local grocer. Still somewhat nervous from my experience thus far, I only bought one. When I opened it, I was happy to catch a big roasty smell with some caramel undertones. I poured it in my glass and enjoyed the deep, dark amber almost-brown color, with a nice light tan head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Upon drinking, I was blown away to taste rich, roasted malt and toffee, with hints of coffee! I had been just about ready to give up on my beer tasting while in Portugal until I found this gem. The mouthfeel was a little disappointing in that it was slightly overcarbonated and left a slightly slick feeling on the tongue. But after having this beer, I got it everywhere I went, very drinkable. Thank you Sagres!

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 20:20:22 | More by NewGeneric
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Nickls

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep, dark brown that closes in on black in color. Thinnish, slightly tan head that dissipates quickly. Looks fairly substantial...

S - Sweet maltiness, nearing in lactose in the nose. Pruney/raisiny aroma that's fairly mild. Just a slight touch of roastiness

T - Very much mirrors the aroma. The pruney sweetness is the dominant flavor, and it's actually not bad. A bit of an "off" flavor with the papery (perhaps oxidation) flavor.

M - Pretty thin MF given the color, with subdued carbonation.

D - I would say this ranks as pretty drinkable for me and the general pleasant flavors. Certainly not difficult to take down, but I've seen both better and worse takes on the style.

Overall, not a bad brew, but nothing to go out of your way to get.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 22:20:02 | More by Nickls
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endovelico

Portugal

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes, reviewed on 07/02/2009. Best before date: 06/2009. Reviewed under medium low artificial light. Poured into Pokal.

Appearance: Pours a one thinger creamy beje head. Color is dark Mahogany. Medium perceived effervescence. Cristaline brew. Head immediately collapses into moderate sized cap.

Aroma: Medium Strenghth and bold. Chocolate and Coffee mostly with other perceivable caramalts.

Taste: Balanced and of medium strength. chocolate malt, Roasted malt and some caramel on the background. Pleasant. Grainy. Some black malt smokiness. No noticeable hop flavour.

Mouthfeel: Medium to Medium light bodied. Medium light Black malt bitterness. Medium carbonation. Crisp finish. Leaves a smoky aftertaste.

Drinkability: Alcohol balanced with the rest of the beer profile. Its a really easy and refreshing beer and rich and bold at the same time.

On a final note: One of the best brews from Portugal, although thats not saying much. The beer itself is closer to a Dunkel than a Euro Dark Lager. Will have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2009 02:07:32 | More by endovelico
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Augustiner719

New York

3.03/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:08:35 | More by Augustiner719
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 11:54:44 | More by jwc215
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hunteraw

China

3.33/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 05:45:05 | More by hunteraw
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AlexLMS

Portugal

2.4/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 18:15:25 | More by AlexLMS
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2006 13:13:40 | More by Suds
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plaid75

New York

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 02:06:43 | More by plaid75
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2006 02:28:48 | More by smcolw
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WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2005 01:01:16 | More by WesWes
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horseblanket

California

2.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 19:15:57 | More by horseblanket
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UnionMade

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2004 07:00:42 | More by UnionMade
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep mahogany brown color. Very clear and was topped with a creamy lacy head. Pleasant and subtle aroma of small bits of chocolate, coffee and roasted grains. The taste is dry and bittersweet. Has some chocolate nutty texture. The body is light and flavorful. I enjoyed this easy drinking dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 16:33:56 | More by pezoids
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 14:14:47 | More by Foxman
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jeffboo

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beer from Portugal that could easily have come out of Bavaria.

Bubbly tan foam tops this nice black beer with red highlights. The flavors are traditional Dunkel with chocolate and coffee in the flavor and aroma profiles. The finish is enjoyablly acidic and dry in a light/medium bodied brew that hits the spot on a hot summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2003 21:17:58 | More by jeffboo
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -33.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2003 01:54:17 | More by rastaman
Sagres Cerveja Preta (Dark) from Sociedade Central de Cervejas
73 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.