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

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Samuel Adams Black LagerSamuel Adams Black Lager

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2,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,475
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 52
Gots: 76 | 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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Photo of Arborescence
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, pours a decent creamy head.

Aroma: Very mild. Slight hint of chocolate and malt.

Taste: Still mild, but there is some roasted malt present. Bitterness in the aftertaste. Not much depth.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, rolls nicely on the tongue; oily.

Overall: Decent attempt, but nothing special. The Czech and the Germans do this type of beer much better.

Arborescence, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of dbtoe
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Look black body with a 2 finger tan head that stuck around. Very good looking beer.

Smell Molasses dominate and some roasted malt

Taste malt, molasses, and Carmel. A sweet chocolate finish.

Feel a little thick but carbonation was good.

Drink this was a little on the sweet side for me. One or two is enough at a time.

Comment I prefer other beers over this. A little too sweet for a lager in my opinion. I'd drink it if offered but I'll pass on buying it again.

dbtoe, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of CMUbrew
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mug

A: Poured with less than a finger of darker off-white head. Faded quickly. Color is actually very dark brown with deep ruby highlights.

S: I get some spicy hop smell.

T: Spicy hops up front with a small bit of roasted malt on the back end. Aftertaste is somewhat metallic.

M: Feels kind of watery and flat with some foam.

O: My least favorite from Sam Adams so far. It seems to follow style, but this really isn't that drinkable or good in my opinion.

CMUbrew, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Pleepleus
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle to new Sam Adams pint glass a deep dark brown with ruby red hues and an almost non existent cream head that quickly disolved with no lacing to speak of. It had a minimal malt aroma and a trace of caramel sweetness, but not the strong nose I had expected. Tastes like roasted malts with some sweetness of chocolate and caramel. Over carbonated and thin, very disapointing. A very drinkable beer, if you like thin, weak, overly carbonated false advertising. I can not understand the fascination with the swill these guys pump out. I try and go into every Sam Adams beer with an open mind but always walk away scratching my head. Just once I would like to say "this is a great Sam Adam's Beer!" Sadly I cannot say that here.

Pleepleus, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had tried Miller's Chocolate lager earlier in the evening, so why not keep with the dark lager spirit and try Sammy's. This is another I have heard good things about.

The pour went over with a big head and little light getting through. Creamy head too with the cream lace all around. Smelled stout. Malt , and lots of it, alcohol and just a hint of chocolate. Mouth was a little thin, it did cream up on the tounge but went down like water with little if any note of bitter.

Taste was , well, I was hoping for a little bit more. It leaves a very malty flavor, dark, caramel, touch of maple but nothing to really make this excel. It is , well, thier Boston lager, made dark. Not much more to say.

If they had this as a seasonal choice at a bar, I'd pick it over BMC but it's "eh" otherwise. Average.

Ricochet, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of barleyroad
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark, no really dark. Smell is very toasty. Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue, this does linger a while. Taste is more like a light porter. The toasted malts are nicely balanced with the carmel and chocolate malts. Overall this is a nice brew, but we feel is miss labled.

barleyroad, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of mcallister
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amberish brown that is somewhat transparent. A cream colored head nearly an inch high fell to the nethers of the liquid rather quickly with little to no lacing apparent.

Sweet malt aromas, very little hop, lavender, caramel, and choclate.

Chunky caramel hits the tatebuds with smooth choclate malt and subdued hops. Very creamy mouthfeel yet the beer lacks complexity. Signigicantly high in RS. I tend to like a brew like this too have more weight and depth. Bold would be the word.

Brew is very smooth making is have decent drinkability but can't say much else.

mcallister, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of Alex-Alkis
3.08/5  rDev -17%

Alex-Alkis, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of ThaBobfather
3.08/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a creamy black with about an inch of dark tan, nearly brown head.
Smells faintly of some roasted malt, bitter coffee.
Taste is fairly watery with some roasted and toasted flavors throughout.
Finish is poor, there is a bitter taste left that isn't desirable, to me anyway.
It is drinkable because it is pretty thin beer, but the bitter taste makes it more difficult to put down.

ThaBobfather, May 26, 2009
Photo of samie85
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a pitch black color with a mocha colored, two finger head.

S-Smells slightly of roasty malts and a little of smoked malt with some earthy hop notes.

T-A bit of roasted malt with some smoked malt hints and an earthy spicy, slightly dry hop finish.

M-Light bodied with medium to heavy prickly carbonation with a slightly coating and slick mouthfeel.

D-Not a bad beer at all and I'd rather have this in some of the sampler packs than some of the beers that make it in. I have had much better schwarzbiers though.

samie85, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this one up in a mixed sixie last week, and I actually had some pretty decently high hopes for it; sadly it let me down. Poured a dark brown color, with a decent light tan head. Lightly roasted malt, decent quality chocolate and some coffee on the nose. Light bodied, with lightly roasted malt, generic chocolate and coffee.

emmasdad, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of TechMyst
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PURCHASED @: Sullivans
COST: medium
HEAD: minimal
LACE: none
AROMA: roasted malt-lager
TASTE: Toasted malts and coffee.
COMMENTS: Good for the style.

TechMyst, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of nriech
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First impression was a very malty dark beer making my mouth water. Heavy on the carbonation but hardly any head. Lacing lingered though. Good aroma of malt.

The flavors I picked up were molasses, chocolate, maybe a weak coffee. In fact I would use weak for the body also. There was alot missing from this beer but I think it would be over the top for a traditional american beer drinker. I let it warm a bit more and it was more drinkable but still wasnt quite the beer that I would expect from the "Brewmasters Collection."

Good option for those establishments where the best they serve is Sam Adams and you want something a little different.

nriech, May 25, 2006
Photo of amstelcat
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Very dark ruby color, almost black. Hints of chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smokiness on the nose. Big malt upfront with just a touch of bitterness and coffee. Kinda odd, thick aftertaste.

Probably wouldn't get this one again and it's not my favorite style. Had to drink it since it's on my beer tour.

amstelcat, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with 2-row Harrington, Munich, and Weyermann dehusked Carafa malts. Hopped with Spalt Spalter. Fermented with a lager yeast strain.
OG=1.062, 4.9% ABV, 191 calories per 12oz.

Pours out to a clear, very dark mahogany, forming a modest light tan head with average retention and sparse lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, light caramel, a light grainy sourness. Mouthfeel is lightly sharp with a weak acidity contributing to a semi-dry finish. Medium bodied. Taste starts out with some not so pleasant herbal and semi-sour hops, followed by roasted overtones and a budweiser sensibility. Finish has distant earth and tobacco overtones.

Doesn't really do anything for me, but this has never been one of my favorite styles. I'd drink it in a pinch, but it tastes like a macro-micro, like a Pete's or Saranac. Yeah, pass on this one.

Mitchster, Apr 30, 2005
Photo of psinderson
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark, but not black. When held up to the light, a deep ruby color shines through. Huge tan head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer on top. Great sticky lacing to the glass.

Smell: Initially, I thought I detected a bit of light smoke, but it faded quickly. After that, there wasn't much there. Perhaps some extremely light malts in the background. Was hoping for some additional roastiness in the nose.

Taste: Somewhat bland considering the description on the neck of the bottle. There are some dark fruit flavors in the middle with a mild roastiness in the finish. That quickly fades, however, to reveal a rather smooth and clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin with just a tad of hop oils on the tongue. Despite the huge head, there doesn't seem to be much carbonation in the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Definitely a drinkable beer. Mostly clean and light alcoho.

psinderson, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a good-sized tan head. Aroma is malty and sweet with a cocoa, molasses and maple syrup mix.

Taste is sweet and dark, with lots of black patent and chocolate malt. Shades of charcoal and a little bit of bitterness. Mouthfeel is heavier than it should be (IMO), gets too close to stout terrirory. Gives me coffee breath… I like that.

Sweeter than I would prefer, but not bad at all. I could session this for a while, but I would eventually switch to something more bitter.

assurbanipaul, Sep 29, 2005
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

WuAnquo1, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

wattoclone, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of ccurrid
3/5  rDev -19.1%

ccurrid, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of Sobertso
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Sobertso, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of jaredseaman77
3/5  rDev -19.1%

jaredseaman77, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of cisteve
3/5  rDev -19.1%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of lcdawg
3/5  rDev -19.1%

lcdawg, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of pastramionrye7
3/5  rDev -19.1%

pastramionrye7, Jul 16, 2013
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,475 ratings.