Samuel Adams Black Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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4.3/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A: Pours black but when held up to the light shows a very deep blood-cranberry red/purple. Beautiful. The head is average, tan and fine with decent retention and a thick layer left on top after all is said and done.
S: Very impressive...and toasty! Carmel malt dominates with the chocolate malt in the background. Noble hops are there but very docile as they bow to the malt. Interestingly enough, it smells more like an ale then the lager. I have been told that it smells like raisins but I humbly think it's better described as brown sugar/alcoholic, aleish sweetness...mmmm...could have worded that better probably.
T: Soft as a cloud... the malt obviously dominates but the it seems much more balanced in the taste then it did the smell. The hops are there to add much needed adventure. Mmmm...wow. When I taste this beer I can tell just what the brewers were up too. I know exactly what they wanted to do with it and they did it near perfect. Near perfect execution for what it is.
M: Not thin but wet. But it does push the envelope and is on the border of being too thin. But it's not. It is supposed to feel slightly thin. I beg to differ with my colleagues when they say there isn't enough CO2. The CO2 is perfect.
D: Very drinkable but the style gets older quicker than most.
I am not a SA cheerleader by any stretch of the imagination but this...this is a damn good beer. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2007 19:53:47 | More by Mryup
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