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

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Ratings: 2,514
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 50
Gots: 92 | 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:
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(Beer added by: TheJudge on 12-27-2004)
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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, black color with very minimal tan head. Malty aroma. Taste is a burnt caramel, very malty with a fair amount of sweetness and almost no hop flavor. Very easy drinking beer, with just the right amount of carbonation. My first venture into this style, this is a beer I could drink all night.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the three beers included in the Brewmaster's Collection six pack that I bought last week. I've had this before but have never reviewed it.

Poured into, what else, a Sam Adams fancy glass. Beautiful dark brown color with reddish-orange tint at the edges of the glass. Rich mahogany color when held up to natural light. The head is thoroughly impressive; a two-finger dark tan foam that settles down but has incredible longevity. Good lacing. The nose is okay, but not too impressive. Malty chocolate with a bit of licorice and coffee. A hint of smoke. Taste is quite good, though, and multi-layered. Among the assorted flavors I detect here are dark cherry, baker's chocolate, coffee, plum, banana bread. A hoppy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is firm but not overly thick.

A really well-done beer by SA in my opinion. I've been impressed by the Brewmaster's Collection so far; the Irish Red ale was also quite tasty. At just 4.90% ABV, this is a totally sessionable beer, and one that I would happily revisit in the future. Superior to the handful of other American craft black lagers I've had in the past.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Blackish, slightly brown and amber in color, with a tan, frothy head. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Aroma - sweet, like a stout. Chocolate, dark-roasted malts, and caramel, are the most prominent aromas.

Taste - Dark-roasted malts, sweetness, chocolate, MAYBE a little caramel, and some hops that remind me of strong coffee, and maybe some fruity hops as well.

Finish - semi-dry.

Overall - Feels like a lager, tastes much like a stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer by Sam Adams and I think this could be one of my favorite versions of beer. It pours a beautiful dark color and has wonderful rich coffee like flavor. This is one beer I want to enjoy again and again. Too bad it seems to be only available in a variety pack. This is one of Sam Adams very best!

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aside from a slight over-carbonation at the start, this is quite a delightful surprise.

Appearance-- pours a very dark black-amber with a moderate dense off-tan head.

Smell-- complex and strong, with licorice-chocolate and florals prevalent.

Taste-- follows the smell with a strong floral complexity and some mild licorice and chocolate, less noteable in the taste than in the smell. A very nicely integrated taste which received a "WOW" out of me. There are modest bubble-gum hints after it sets for a while, in the aftertaste. Aftertaste is a bit more of the dark-chocolate (ie Swiss 80% style) with hild bitters. It's similar to the taste of Kostritzer but maybe slightly more bold and yet less sweet.

Mouthfeel-- pleasant, a hint of a bite but not annoying.

Drinkability-- the strong taste belies a minimally 4.9%ABV. Aside from a slight full-feeling from the carbonation, this is a very drinkable beer, in single or in-session.

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