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

Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager

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2,377 Ratings

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Ratings: 2377
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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3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the sam adams black lager is a rich a hearty beer. The coloris a deep black with crimson low lights and a nice tan head. The smell is of rich chocolate barley. Taste like chocolate and lightly smoked malt. The finish is surprisingly mild and that makes it more drinkable that some dark lagers. People that are scared of dark beers should give this one a try it's much less harsh than some out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 23:43:45 | More by mattkoon
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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 from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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