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

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BA SCORE
84
good

2,438 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 2,438
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 45
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 2,438 | Reviews: 1,432 | Display Reviews Only:
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tlamb9

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-16-2011 04:03:04 | More by tlamb9
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SammyD

Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-06-2012 22:16:08 | More by SammyD
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kingstonma

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-20-2011 21:24:54 | More by kingstonma
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BierBliss

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-16-2011 02:14:33 | More by BierBliss
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Goldfoot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-16-2011 16:01:38 | More by Goldfoot
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ryancorn

Illinois

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-26-2011 13:40:20 | More by ryancorn
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jrutigs

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-16-2011 04:47:41 | More by jrutigs
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uconn126

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +34.8%

02-11-2012 01:14:02 | More by uconn126
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spedprof

West Virginia

5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-13-2011 04:15:35 | More by spedprof
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its65andsunny

Florida

5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-05-2011 04:32:06 | More by its65andsunny
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hoorayfourbeer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-29-2011 15:54:57 | More by hoorayfourbeer
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BeerNut78

South Carolina

5/5  rDev +34.8%

01-25-2012 02:49:54 | More by BeerNut78
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Jeffani

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +34.8%

03-10-2012 05:33:16 | More by Jeffani
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touchmeimsac

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +34.8%

11-22-2011 14:25:45 | More by touchmeimsac
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +34.8%

12-08-2011 19:55:18 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Mosul

Arizona

5/5  rDev +34.8%

01-18-2013 04:52:04 | More by Mosul
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.93/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark dark brown with ruby hues, a nice full creamy tan to light brown head, and decent carbonation which leaves some lace rings. Dark chocolate and roasty aroma; espresso like coffee character. Dark chocolate flavors dominate with a roasty coffee bean finish in the Robust Porter style. Medium bodied and smooth with a dry roasty finish.

Quite possibly the best Sam Adams brew I've ever had !! Nearer a Robust Porter in my book.

Per Label: "Roasted caramel and Chocolate malts" & "Noble Bavarian hops"

Per BBC website:
OG 14 P / 1.096 SG
191 cal
4.9 ABV
Malts: 2-row Pale, Munich, Weyermann Dehusked Carafa
Hops: Spalt Spalter


Purchase Before: 09/05 (notched)
Tasted: 06/26/05

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 15:53:01 | More by RBorsato
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krunchie

Sweden

4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours pitch black into my flute glass. Brownish head with poor sustainability (don't expect that from a lager). Looks almost like Guinness with a much thinner head.

S: Chocolate malts and roasted barley. Hints of bread and earthy hops.

T: Fantastic! Perfectly balanced. Distinct chocolate and coffe flavours as well as roasted malts. Less bread compared to the smell, but it's still there. Very very good!

M: Top notch. No unpleasant bitterness. Light body and great carbonation with many fine small bubbles (when you can see them through this black haze)

D: Very smooth and drinkable. I could drink gallons of this brew!

Unexpectedly, this is a fantastic beer. Definitely world class, it tasted perfect to the last sip. This one's already one of my very favourites! I highly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 17:41:28 | More by krunchie
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark, ruby red color and has a thick tan head. The aroma is of chocolate and coffee... Definitely a lot of malt in here. The flavor is exceptionally balanced. There is no really overpowering flavor... a nice meld of the coffee tones from the roasted malt and a nice chocolate flavor as smooth as any fine chocolate beer, but balanced in a way that it does not become cloying at all. The label says it all when it comes to the finish... Smooth, spicy and very clean for all of the flavors going on here. I really like this beer and I hope it becomes a regular in the BBC lineup.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 07:36:59 | More by RushLimbmalt
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thelagerheads

Michigan

4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O my good daddy who built me with my knockers on the low! I love this sap! It is the perfect accoutrement for the low-class denizen desserter of Keebler cookies and Chips Ahoy! I'm not a fan of coffee but this reminds me of coffee with a dark chocolate brain. It thinks burnt but says savor. I could easily become a drunk rotting my teeth out further on this brimmed black wizened wine of puddings! All stars here along with his step uncle SCHWARZ!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 22:14:48 | More by thelagerheads
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roddwolff

Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This time i drank my friend Sam Adams in a cold december afternoon. Once served in my glass "Pilsener Victoria":

A: A deep black color, like beer of coke, some amber flashes at the bottom, without bubbles, the foamy head is thin and long lasting, good lacing;

S: Dominates malt with scents of roasted coffee and biscuits;

T: Roated coffee, chocolate and cookie;

M: Clean and crisp, high bitterness with a sweet finish, medium body and carbonation;

D: Excellent beer from Samuel Adams.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 21:26:17 | More by roddwolff
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deliriumtremens

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't wait for the Black Lager to be available in 6pks in my area. As it is, I'm getting kind of sick of buying the mixed six and making my fiance drink the other 4 beers. Appearance and smell are good but somewhat unremarkable, but the taste is phenomenal. After drinking a Kostritzer and then one of these, I'm struck with the impression that *this* is how a black lager should taste. Caramelly and effervescent, sweet but well-balanced, mouthfeel is full and slightly creamy, not too much carbonation. Only a trace of the signature hops that make most Sam Adams beers taste exactly the same. If the Boston Beer Company would lay off the hops a little in all of their beers, I'd drink more of them.

The only reason I can't drink multiple Black Lagers in a sitting is because I don't have the fridge space for all of that Hefeweizen that I can't stomach and Boston Ale that I will drink only when I'm out of everything else.

If you like beers that are sweet-but-not-sticky, and if you're not a huge hophead, I can't imagine a more perfect beer, at least not for the price (as long as I don't think of it as $6.99 for a 2-pack).

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 01:36:59 | More by deliriumtremens
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +28%

11-14-2011 16:36:03 | More by TEAMHOLT
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice dark color very good thick creamy head.
Excellent mouth feel, nice velvet creamy texture as it floods the palate.
Nice coffee flavor at first with a taste of sweet caramel. Nice finish.
Very, very nice drinkable beer every sip seemed to get tastier.
I was happy to see they have added this to the Holiday Pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2005 22:23:37 | More by SteveO1231
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ely2000k

California

4.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A couple things first. I have never had this style before. If all beers of this style are like this, count this as one of my favorite styles. Second, I consider to be hands down the best Sam Adam's beer I have had. It's unique, it's complex, and it's not too hard to find. I'm sure they sell 6ers of it, I got it in the one of the "brewer's choice" variety packs, which is actually well worth sampling some of the other beers in there as well.

Onto the beer. Black in color as the name suggestions. Great head. Looks very similar to a stout. The nose is malty which I was expecting, with some light molasses or perhaps honey scent. Light, but pleasant. I love the taste of this. For 4.9% alcohol, this feels like a very full beer, like there is a lot going on with it. Initially a very sweet malt taste, and as it goes down, the taste leads to some subtle hoppy bitterness, and ends with a smokey whiskey style taste. Love the taste. Mouthfeel has some good carbonation that perfectly fits what this is going for. Definitely will get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 05:42:56 | More by ely2000k
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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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