Samuel Adams Black Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Picked up a seasonal sampler pack and now I’m working my way through it. First time trying the SA Black Lager. Just FYI, my favorite black lager is Moonlight’s Death & Taxes, although I know that it is a bit of a radical when it comes to the style. I’ve had other schwarzbiers that failed miserably—usually too malty and not enough roast—and some that were exceptional. Drank this one while rewatching the Cohen bro’s Miller’s Crossing. Not sure that the style fits the genre, or that any of this matters, but I thought I’d throw that in here.
Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. I received a healthy amount of billowy foam that died down into a creamy ring around the glass. Cold, the malt dominates on the nose. I expect more roast to come through on the aroma as it warms although the malt maintains the upper hand. Mildly roasted, no harsh edges. It’s definitely a black lager, pours a dark chocolate with some light showing at the edges. Just barely. Glad to see a black lager that lives up to its name, judging from simple appearances.
First sip gives me a lot of that maltiness. It’s rich, but not heavy. Not thin bodied, either, but somewhere in between say a porter and a brown or amber ale. I definitely get a front-loaded sweetness that turns dry on the end. It’s well carbonated, and the carbonation keeps it from feeling heavy in spite of the malt body. I don’t expect any hop profile but I’m trying to pick up on the Bavarian Noble hops the label identifies, just for my own edification. I’d finish the night with this one but I wouldn’t have two in a row.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2011 22:48:19 | More by elNopalero
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