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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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2,502 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,502
Reviews: 1,433
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 52
Gots: 89 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

kobeer, Jul 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

DCH, Jun 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

braican, Apr 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

likethetaste, Oct 09, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

JordanHageman, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

maplacek, Oct 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

jrohrbacher, Apr 26, 2013
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

NHOKNYCKC, May 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

ffshore545, Jul 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

therica, Nov 05, 2006
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

ronbo5421, Apr 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

daniel27, Apr 26, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Savarese85, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Beer4Mike, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

magoover, Jan 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degress. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip.

Appearance, is dark and lightless; with a medium tan head and a scattering of cob web lace.
Aroma, is sweet, with some essence of licorice, oats, some cocoa.
To the lips, there is a roasted, minor sweetness, some brown sugar, lite on the honey, a nice hop finish.
Mouthfeel, is medium.

mnapier, Nov 28, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

DrunkIrishman, Sep 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown (almost black) with lighter brown hues (given a well lit room). A thick tan creamy head with great retention. Beautiful lacing which remained for the duration of the beer.

The smell is smooth of roasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Overall it is clean and crisp but it is not all that 'loud'.

Medium body which is very consistent to the style with a good level of carbonation. The initial taste is of chocolate roasted malts with a crisp finish (on the dry side).

Very solid beer! This is a great choice if you want the feel and taste of a traditional stout without the heavier body (as a black lager should be).

TacoSaladin, May 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

shigg85, Nov 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice Schwarzbier. Poured into a glass at just below room temp.

Head dissipated fairly quickly, with just a fine lacing on the side. Pleasant smell of roastiness followed by excellent roasty flavour with hints of chocolate. Plenty of complexity and still a smooth drinker. A very good candidate for a session beer, imho.

Bitterbill, Sep 24, 2005
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's exactly as a schwarzbier should appear including slightly tan head (a good fingers' worth), a black body with reddish edges and a nearly opaque quality about it. Well done.

Once again, nearly perfect aroma for the style. Caramel theme leads into roastier notes. Still, there's an overlying rich, buttery quality that sets it apart from many of its peers.

Caramel malt is strong at first and then gives way to a gentle roasted taste with a surprising (but understated) hop bitterness on the finish. There is a lingering malt sweetness that somewhat hurts the overall taste but by and large this is a great schwarzbier.

Despite the color, my experience has shown the style to not be a good deal heavier than it's lighter German counterparts. This, on the other hand, is a touch thicker. Still, the carbonation is just fine and the overall drinkability is exceptional. It's a good thing I can't find this in anything other than the Brewmaster's Sampler because I'd drink far too much of this. Stands alongside the Oktoberfest as SA's best beer in my estimation.

malcontent, Feb 05, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

snocntry, May 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

olbubba, Apr 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into 19 oz. pilsner.

Appearance: Dark, almost cola-like blackness (duh, it's a schwarzbier). Foamy head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving decent lacing.

Smell: Nice roasted smell right up front. Very nice.

Taste: Heavy roasted taste. A bit of a metallic taste at the end, but nothing too bad.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full mouthfeel. Little carbonation.

Drinkability: A relatively good schwarzbier. Not the best I've had, but pretty good. Typical of Sam Adams. Sam Adams seems to me to make a wide range of decent beers in a variety of styles, but nothing too impressive. This is one of their better beers.

wahhmaster, Dec 11, 2008
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,502 ratings.