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

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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 57
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Schwarzbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheJudge on 12-27-2004

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Photo of SetarconeX
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep brown color, with a nice silky head on it. Smooth and creamy. Smells wonderfully malty with some chocolate and molasses. Tastes like toasted malt, through and through, with a bit of sweetness to it that makes the whole thing much more drinkable than I would have expected.

I really like this one. Not complex, but hands down one of the easiest drinking dark beers I've had in a while. I do wish I could get this in bulk.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pub glass,a clear deep ruby red color.A very thick and creamy head,lacing the glass,with execelent retention.
The aroma was a bit faint a bit spicey,with malt tones of chocolate,toffee,light caramell,and a bit nutty.
The taste was a bit spicey,with chocolate,toffee,nutty,roasty a nice complex blend of maltiness. the finish was very clean,spicey,with a pleasing bitterness at the end.
A light to medium mouthfeel,slight cloying,creamy and very smooth.A very drinkable dark lager.
A session dark lager,very tastey and quite pleasing,easy drinking.A very good beer.Worth a try!

Photo of CpnYates
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a holiday sampler 12 pack, purchased at a Roanoke Kroger
Poured into a nice foamy brown head, with strong retention. A dark beer, but sunlight visible if held up to a window. Taste is smooth with roasted malt being the main character in the mix.

A good beer, but a little two sweet to be a daily addition to the fridge.

Photo of techdiver
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep clear very dark brown with a two-finger head that dissipates moderately. Visible carbonation leaving delicate lacing. Nice malty aroma. Taste is well balanced and very tasty and clean. Surprisingly light and very drinkable. One of the better offerings from Samuel Adams.

Photo of Drew966
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Samuel Adams Black Lager pours, appropriately enough, a black color with ruby around the edges with a thin off white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is caramel malt and sugar. The taste has nice roasted malt flavors and is on the sweet side. I like it, it's a pretty good interpretation of a schwarzbier.

Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. About a finger and a half of head, but not much lace at all. It smelled like an Irish Stout. Very very smooth. No bad after taste. I have enjoyed this Sam Adams the most out of all the Sams I have had. Don't drink and review.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black color with ruby hues when held to light, with a nice tan colored head that lasts a long time and leaves a thin layer of lacing when it finally goes away.

There is a sweetness in the smell of carmel and chocoalte along with some roasted malt. Not too strong of a smell.

Taste is of roasted bitterness along with some licorice and some carmel sweetness.

Medium bodied, but mouthfeel finishes a little dry.

This beer is extremely drinkable. A great session beer that I will pick up again. Very nice.

Photo of pgenius
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After the Double Bock and Cream Stout, this is my favorite brew by Sam Adams. Pours out a really nice dark color and smells good. Its got a nice body to it and goes down beautifully. I tasted some nice chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt taste. Finishes off with a nice bitter taste. Good stuff.

Photo of daliandragon
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thiis is one of Sam's selections that they never put into their mixed packs and has thus escaped my clutches so far into this beer drinking life. Pours a healthy dark brown with slivers of red at the edges and a decent foamy head and lacing. Smell is interesting, with first licorice and then toffee and figs making the rounds. Nose improves markedly as it warms.

Satisfying dark malt taste with roasted coffee leading the aftertaste. Could stand some thickening in the body but doen't suffer as much from skinny mouthfeel as a lesser brew would because the flavor still stands up well and there's plenty of it. A little overboard on the carbonation but still drinkable and surprisingly smooth. I would definitely seek this out again.

Photo of rarevos
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Not black, but a deep brown with wonderful amber hints at the edges. It's opaque, with a finger+ of light tan head that has good staying power, eventually becoming a solid foam blanket. No sticky trails.

S: Aroma is toasty grain, caramel, ripe cherry and fig. Bit of a smokiness in there, too. Inviting and interesting already.

T/M: Big roastiness up front with some hints of cherry and marshmallow. Finish is lightly bitter (but a fruity hoppiness), followed by a long, lightly burned tail. Mouthfeel is crisp, a bit tingly, and slides down the throat with a rush of bubbles. I'm not sure if that's to style.

D: This is good stuff, and I can think of quite a few porters that aren't this good. I'll be getting this again. Smooth, well-balanced, tasty.

Photo of BurnsTau
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, amber highlights, nice amount of head stays with the beer, leaving some lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, hints of chocolate, smells very much like a porter would smell.

Tastes is something unique to me. Definitely a good maltiness up front, roasty, chocolately flavor. But then something a bit different, where a porter or stout would be a bit bitter this is a bit sweet. Mouthfeel is light-medium, as is carbonation. This beer has a great mouthfeel, full flavored yet refreshing.

This is actually the second time I've had this beer and it was much better this time than I remembered. A great brew I think, I will drink it again.

Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label says to enjoy by December 2006.

Appearance: Very dark brown in color with a little hint of red. Thin head, but creamy and seems to stick around for a while. Lots of bubbles coming up. Lots of head sticking on the sides of the glass as I drink it down.

Smell: Malt with a smell of roasted barley. A little bit of sweetness in there too.

Taste: CO2 bite up front followed by a mild roasted barley flavor. Finishes with a nice level of hoppiness and little bit of sweetness. A very full flavored and well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Average to above average level of carbonation. It helps to blend the flavors together nicely.

Drinkability: A nice, flavorful beer.

Photo of MrHolland
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown head and is vivid black color with ruby red highlights, quite impressive for a lager. Smell is of roasted malts and a little hint of chocolate. Taste is very smooth and crisp, with lots of malt and caramel notes. Mouthfeel is just what a lager should be smooth and clean and thats just what it was. Hopefully I will look around and try to check some of the same style out.

Photo of joe1510
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass
Sam Adam's Black Lager poured a color a little to be called black but close enough, with some dark ruby highlights. Lightens when held to the light. A 2+ finger fluffy tan head that slowly faded just to cover.

There Are some different scents. Right up front I smell something that reminds me of chalk dust and dirt. Strange I know. It's followed by some roasted malts. As it warms the first scent disappears and turns to more sweet malts.

Taste is pretty good. There's some chocolate and sweet malts. A slight bitterness comes through at the end along with coffee but the final flavor seems a little weak to me.

Mouthfeel seems good. Medium bodied and slick. Carbonation tingle on the tongue.

The black lager is pretty easy drinking.

Overall Sam Adam's Black Lager is a decent beer. When it warms the flavor and scent is much better but nothing exceptional.


Photo of peabody
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark but slightly opaque. Smell is fruity malt with a bit of hops.Coffee and or chocolate are it there too.
Taste is a dark carmel with coffee and dark chocolate.Burnt toast is there if you reach a little.
Mouthfeel is very clean but leaves just the right touch of bitterness at the end.
No alcohol is present here and this might be a session beer, depends on who is drinking this.

Photo of EPICAC
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Fridays there's a weekly beer hour that follows a brief talk by a researcher in a Cancer Center affiliated lab. The beer selection varies from week to week. This week it looks like someone bought a couple Sam Adams mixed twelve packs. I had a Harpoon IPA while talking with some labmates and I grabed a bottle of Sam Adams Black Lager to take home. I served this at around 45º F in my NERAX pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tints. It's topped by a thick, fluffy, beige head that thins to a sudsy film leaving patchy lace on the glass.

Smell: The nose is predominantly malty. There are notes of caramel, tart fruit, burnt sugar and coffee.

Taste: Sweet caramel, dried fruit, smoky roasted flavors, with a very light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied, a tad sticky.

Drinkability: Mild flavors and low alcohol make this easily sessionable.

Overall: Not much to say here...

Photo of Neehan
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown that flirts with the idea of black, but not quite. A thin head with minimal lacing appears. Smells of roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate as well as a bit of hops. The taste is quite sweet with more milky chocolate, some caramel, coffee, and a hint of licorice. Good, but a tad sweet. A mild mouthfeel with light carbonation. Drinkability is limited by the sweetness and it could be a bit more dry.

Photo of Morris729
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep black ruby in color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is a bit subdued but there are scents of roasted malts and chocolaty caramel detectable. The same roasty chocolaty caramel in the aroma comes across in the taste along with a bit of coffee and dark fruit. Hop bitterness seems at a minimal level.

Photo of hideous
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh...my...God...this is most definately the best beer I have had. Drinking one now and it is most certainly an enjoyable experience. Went looking for a six of just the black lager, can only find the mix pack where I live. Oh, well...I will savor the two that came in the pack and move on to the rest...which ain't too shabby either
...I have had the brown ale and the Hefe Weizen that is in the pack at another time...looking forward to the scotch ale...think I already know what the regular lager is like...that is everywhere...
Very happy that I found these Sammy mix packs...it has allowed me to try many different beer styes, as I am somewhat new to beer exploration (have drank beer all my life, but never really worried about styles and such, just gimme a beer, plz)

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint glass.

A - The color of cola. Black with a hint of red, with clear carbonation notes. Very nice.

S - Very strong and malty.

T - Nice big flavor with bitter accents at the end. Again, quite malty as the nose implied. One of the better beers I've had from such a large brewery. I am quite a fan.

MF - Somewhat heavy in the mouth, which is consistant with the style and taste.

D - Very easy to drink, even for a darker beer. Straight 4s across the board. A very solidly good beer. Don't hesitate to pick up a 6-pack.

Photo of scalffd
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown and ruby, not quite black, small off-white head which reduces quickly to a ring, average lacing around the glass.

Aroma: Fruit, smoke and malt.

Taste: Smooth and light, slight astringency, slight hop bitterness, smoke and malt.

Very drinkable beer and a very nice offering from a large brewery. Easy to have a few of this easy drinkin' good tastin' beer.

Photo of goochpunch
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark dark brown almost to the point of being black. Some dark ruby hues. You can just barely make out your fingers on the other side of the glass. Thick almond head that settles down to .5" and leaves thick lacing patterns. Smokey, roasted malts stick out in the nose along with some chocolate, dried fruit and clean lager aromas. Smoky, roasty, lightly chocolatey, slightly acidic, and clean in the finish with some hop bitterness and mild astringency. Has an interesting malted milk ball flavor thing going on. Mouthfeel is fairly light with some prickling carbonation. Tasty and drinkable.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: Dark ruby-brown color, but still transparent. Cream-colored head doesn't stick around, but looks darn appetizing. Very slight lacing.

S: Not much here. Slight hint of hops, and something I can't put my finger on...currant/blackberry?

T: The malt, lightly toasted, starts it off. Followed closely by currant, plum, and blackberry flavors, almost Belgian. Maybe some clove in there, too, but it's hard to tell--the beer is very slick, and the flavors meld well. Hops smooth out the finish. Really very nice.

M: Lighter than I expected, even though it does classify itself as a lager. Refreshing, and more effervescent than I expected.

D: All in all, a pleasant surprise. Dark color, smelled fairly serious and heavy. However, the fruit flavors and light mouthfeel really provided a pleasant surprise. I could session this one, for sure.

Photo of vtfan77
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Not really black but a deep ruby. Small tan head that disappears in seconds leaving very minimal lacing.

S- Roasted malts give this a coffee/ cocoa aroma with perhaps a touch of molasses. Kind of stout-like, but not real strong.

T- Roasted malts carry into the taste with more coffee. Beer is pretty sweet and finishes with a berry-like fruitiness. Hardly any bitterness to speak of.

M- Nice and medium-bodied, not too thick or thin. Not much carbonation.

D- Pretty darn drinkable. The low abv, mild flavor and smoothness combine to make it quite quaffable.

Another good one from Sam Adam's. This is another style that I am not very familiar with, so I don't really know how this stands up to other schwartzbiers. It was kind of stout-like, but cleaner and with a milder flavor, kind of like I would expect from a lager. It wasn't the best beer in the world, but it was tasty and I would drink it again. Recommended.

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pitch black/dark brown color with a creamy light tan head. Aroma is sweet chocolate, caramel and a little bit of malt. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel and a bit of hops. Wow, this is definately better than expected. Overall, this is a great Schwarzbier that is recommended. I am quite impressed with this offering from Boston Beer Company.

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