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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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2,479 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,479
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 52
Gots: 79 | 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 deanwilson
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark, stout/porter-like. It pours with a nice thick creamty tan head that slowly dissapates while you drink it.

S: Slightly sweet and malty

T: Hints of the caramel and chocolate malts, very smoothe and with a mild but noticeable hop and malt finish. A nice amopunt of complexity. Perfectly blended for this type of beer.

M: Smoothe and soft on the palate.

D. Very drinkable. Not overly carbonated.

deanwilson, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of Bdel34
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Bdel34, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of kmwilson76
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

kmwilson76, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of innuendobrewskiman63
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

innuendobrewskiman63, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Std73
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Std73, May 28, 2014
Photo of twentyfour01
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

twentyfour01, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up on a whim, being a fan of the Saranac offering of the same type. Since then, I've bought a few 6'ers and found each bottle consistently high quality, smooth, drinkable with a very rich taste. This is definitely a beer to be savored. Smell is rich and malty. Taste is rich, with hints of carmel, but much more carefully balanced than some. Full mouth feel with just the right carbonation to be refreshing. What can I say? It's great! I hadn't always been a huge Sam Adams fan until this came along. Those Boston Beer guys (and gals) know what they're doing!

tugdriver7, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler in late 2013.

A: Looks like a stout. Black as night. No head.

S: Coffee, malt.

T: Coffee, malt, caramel.

M: Quite a bit of carbonation. Feels a little too watery too.

O: This is a very enjoyable, and underrated, schwarzbier.

WAbeerfiend, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

TaylorK, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of FlatRabbitRed
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good beer, straight forward simple black malted beer, nothing like a Guiness, or even like theyre "Holiday Porter".

Coffee notes, dark but not heavy! Easy to drink and very smooth for a dark beer, does not come around often, so grab some if you see them.

FlatRabbitRed, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Spider889
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Spider889, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of reyna311
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

reyna311, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

rxthree, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of mquinn919
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

mquinn919, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Lincolnman
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Lincolnman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of JustinSamuelson
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

JustinSamuelson, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of joex444
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

joex444, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of ironchefchris
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

terrific beer. one of my favorite sam adams around. dark rich color matches the smell and taste. you really can't drink many of them though, definetely a beer for food and that's about it. it's heavy, malty, sweet, and a bit nutty. it's your typical dark beer...but does everything really well.

ironchefchris, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of steveh
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this a lot when it first came out, but never reviewed it -- remedy now.

A -- Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a dense, long-lasting, light tan head.

S -- Roasted malts with a light coffee character and light breadiness back.

T -- Mellow roasted malts up front that blend lightly into bready malts, but finishes with that dry, nearly bitter roasted flavor. There is the lightest of hop bitterness throughout, but it blends with the roasted malts. Also a mellow sweetness in an underlying backbone.

M -- Smooth body with a dry finish with a medium body.

O -- Overall, Sam Adams nails the style pretty handily. Smooth and roasty like you'd expect from the style and just what you'd be looking for if you asked for a Schwarzbier. Yet another 4.9% beer with a ton of character.

steveh, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Gregwa, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Keyes88
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Keyes88, Dec 26, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

BTFU, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

thedapperhacker, May 27, 2013
Photo of micahmye
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

micahmye, Apr 19, 2012
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,479 ratings.