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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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BA SCORE
84
good

2,439 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,439
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 45
Gots: 60 | 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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Happy_Camper


1/5  rDev -73%

04-26-2012 17:08:16 | More by Happy_Camper
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BGsWo22

New York

1/5  rDev -73%

03-20-2013 23:38:48 | More by BGsWo22
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UncleJon206

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -73%

05-31-2012 14:46:12 | More by UncleJon206
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Drk93TT

Michigan

1/5  rDev -73%

05-13-2012 03:22:25 | More by Drk93TT
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JimOdiumAD


1/5  rDev -73%

08-18-2012 03:25:44 | More by JimOdiumAD
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CrashOverride

Texas

1/5  rDev -73%

12-25-2011 18:46:04 | More by CrashOverride
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soxandbeer

Massachusetts

1/5  rDev -73%

04-12-2013 02:55:23 | More by soxandbeer
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TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

1.4/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a black color with a tan head, nice retention, no real lacing. Smells of decent malts and some hops. Tastes really smooth with some nice tasty malts -- a bit boozy (may have a bad batch). Mouthfeel medium, but pretty nice. Overall a fairly bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:09:56 | More by TheKingofWichita
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Gamemako

France

1.48/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Let me just preface this review by saying that this beer nearly ruined my night.

Here's the lowdown:

Standard 12oz bottle into a properly-sized mug. Pours a deep black with a lovely tan head. Stays pretty well. Absolutely no complaints here.

Smell: Let's start with the good. Some good coffee notes here. Now the bad: overall smells like dog food.

Taste: Unfortunately, like the second part of the smell. Coffee aftertaste, but mostly dog food. And it doesn't go away. Oh no. 1/4 of a glass -- all I could stomach drinking -- and I could taste nothing but that horrible, horrible flavour for an hour. It took me an hour and much water and bread to lose that flavour. Oh lord. It hurts. Finish is rather sweet with some hints of molasses as well. If it were only dry. If only.

From here, I'll stop. The beer is terrible. I highly suggest you avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 07:26:31 | More by Gamemako
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rgille2

Ohio

1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

04-27-2013 22:00:28 | More by rgille2
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

1.83/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Asphalt coloration with a small half hearted white head. Lasts only for about ten seconds and bam its gone...

Smells of faint black licorice and roasted malts

Tastes of well an afterthought of flavors; used Yerba maté tea bag, spent malts really nothing else... water maybe

Watery in the mouth, thin and diluted, even keeled medium carbonation makes it soda like

Well I hugely disagree with the B+ rating given by most on here. This is a weak flavored, weak nosed, weak textured, weak beer. I did not expect to have my mind blown but hot damn this was boring

This is not something to recommend to anybody without wasting their money

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:37:08 | More by JoeAmerican77
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vkv822

Oregon

1.85/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.
Best Before: March 2012

Pours black with a frothy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly.

The nose is of faint roasted malts. Smells nice, but the aromas are very muted.

It's the same story in the taste, decent roasted malt notes, but still quite faint overall. Has a quite unpleasant after taste of smokey charcoal, though it only comes through occasionally.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Nothing particularly enjoyable about this, and the overly roasted, char notes are fairly unpleasant.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 08:16:38 | More by vkv822
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Grooveman53

Maryland

2/5  rDev -46.1%

12-29-2011 00:40:02 | More by Grooveman53
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dmorley21

Michigan

2/5  rDev -46.1%

02-09-2012 00:10:08 | More by dmorley21
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cjoan24

Connecticut

2/5  rDev -46.1%

02-07-2012 01:23:28 | More by cjoan24
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odbjs735

New York

2/5  rDev -46.1%

05-07-2012 06:59:40 | More by odbjs735
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Joshuwutphilly

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -46.1%

07-30-2013 01:56:30 | More by Joshuwutphilly
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Jemenhiser

Indiana

2/5  rDev -46.1%

12-18-2011 01:56:36 | More by Jemenhiser
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rusty3335

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -46.1%

02-10-2012 03:02:17 | More by rusty3335
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Brutus627

Maine

2/5  rDev -46.1%

06-24-2014 01:38:53 | More by Brutus627
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2Shaws

Virginia

2/5  rDev -46.1%

11-21-2011 16:43:11 | More by 2Shaws
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emakings

Puerto Rico

2/5  rDev -46.1%

02-10-2014 21:47:07 | More by emakings
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Mechphisto

Missouri

2.03/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First and foremost, not impressed.
The color is kind of a dark brown tinted black, but not entirely opaque.
It looks VERY much like a cola.
The head even looked like a Pepsi head and lasts about as long.

No aroma that I could detect.

At a pretty cold temperature, it was nearly undrinkable. It taste like a cold, carbonated coffee. Or, a very weak coffee flavored cola. It's very carbonated, sharp in the mouth, bitter yet weak, with no interesting notes.

I let it warm up a bit, and that improved it slightly. It no longer tasted like a sharply carbonated coffee cola; and more like a slightly carbonated, oily feeling weak coffee.

Cold the feel was watery. Completely. Warmed up a little, it seemed a little creamier, but actually is more oily than creamy. Lasts in the mouth a little, but not in a great way.

For someone with a little experience as I have, I find myself very surprised that I prefer a strong Guinness over this black lager. I certainly wouldn't choose this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 14:22:57 | More by Mechphisto
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CAP1868

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Poured a dark cola color with minimal head but had some decent lacing.

S-Smell was decent not too much to speak of here

T- I just really didn't enjoy the style...nothing against the beer it just had a contrasting bitter versus sweet taste...that was wholly unbalanced

M-It is a lager and its mouth feel is light for being such a dark brew.

D-Light and with a low ABV you could drink quite a few, but I will not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 23:39:50 | More by CAP1868
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JDWEX1117

New York

2.25/5  rDev -39.4%

04-16-2012 16:15:59 | More by JDWEX1117
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Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.