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Samuel Adams Black Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager

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2,376 Ratings

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Ratings: 2376
Reviews: 1429
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TheJudge on 12-27-2004)
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3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tan or off white head with good lacing.

Smells of coffee, chocolate, light notes of toffee with over tones of dark and sweet malts. There's also a light hop aroma, but it's fairly subtle.

Tastes primarily of dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with some nice malty & caramel sweetness. A very dry and crisp flavour, pretty roasty and very good. There's a dash of hop flavour on the end with a nice bitter and roasty finish.

Medium bodied and dry, just what I'd expect for the style that is essentially the lager version of a stout. Very clean, roasty and satisfying. A very solid brew and a great style; I wish other brewers would make more attempts at the Schwarzbier.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 00:39:17 | More by adams82
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A - Pours a dark cola brown, nearly opaque in the glass with some dark ruby showing near the edges. A finger and a half of khaki-tan head. Some okay scattered lacing throughout.

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Samuel Adams Black Lager ---3.5/5

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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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