Samuel Adams Black Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
Spot on the style, and one I really enjoy. Hops waft from this opaque black coloured elixir, with generous light brown head that leads a mastery of spider lacing. More roast in aroma and taste, as the beer settles. Very drinkable. Enjoyed in The Samuel Adams Glass.Middling mouthfeel. SUitable carbonation.
11-17-2010 04:11:01 | More by Sammy
3.93/5 rDev +5.9%
A: The beer poured very dark clear amber (near black) in color with a creamy beige head that quickly faded away leaving some lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of dark roasted malts and nuts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of chocolate, coffee, nuts and roasted malts. There are some hops in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate. It is rather smooth and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: It's not very difficult to finish this beer very quickly; the low alcohol content makes this quite sessionable.
09-26-2010 01:00:09 | More by metter98
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Dark walnut brown with prodigious red and orange sunburst highlights. Ruby when backlit. The golden beige crown is three fingers to start and lasts for a good bit. While it isn't a crazy lacer, it does lay down a respectable amount in the end.
The aroma is more dark malty than anticipated and is huskily, muskily, earthily hoppy. It isn't really porter-like, but then it isn't a porter. Given what I know about schwarzbiers (not much), the nose is right on the money. There's plenty of power, which always helps.
Black Lager is pretty tasty. It isn't a wow! kind of beer, but it's unquestionably well-brewed. There's more flavor than expected and more roasted malt as well. I've had porters that didn't have this amount of black/chocolate maltiness. The hops more than hold their own and are as important in the grand scheme of things as the malt.
The flavor profile consists of cocoa, dark caramel and, surprisingly, black coffee. Those flavors are complementary to each other (as well as to the herbal, earthy, slighty spicy hops) and are soft and powdery in character as opposed to charred. It's as if the brewers stopped roasting the barley at just the right moment. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, which it maintains all the way to and through the finish.
I never know what to expect from Boston Beer Company. Some of their offerings are yawners and others are very good. Black Lager is closer to very good and was a nice surprise. It's only my third beer of this style and is clearly better than the two German schwarzbiers that preceded it. Good stuff.
07-27-2005 19:41:45 | More by BuckeyeNation
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights; the head retained nicely and left quite a few splashes of lace
Smell: Chocolate shavings and café au lait; rather creamy at that
Taste: Starts out with a brown bread flavor that, after the swallow, is joined by a mild bittering aspect that brings along some of that creamy café au lait that was so present in the aroma; relatively clean finish
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with crisp carbonation; a bit creamy
Drinkability: Pleasant and drinkable
08-08-2006 23:51:19 | More by brentk56
3.83/5 rDev +3.2%
One of Sam Adams better offerings. Medum body with a powerful, yet smooth, with a powdery roasted flavor and texture. Black at first sight, but then allows amber highlights to perminate. Promising, lightly tanned head retention starts off thick and creamy, but fades quickly under the lighter than expected body. Moderatly malty sweet with roasted grain (not quite coffee) bitter balance. A light cocoa flavor adds character and complexity. Low hopping allows for grain to supply bitterness. Finishes nicely clean and lightly charcoal-like. Quite enjoyable and remarkably easy to drink despite it's bold roasted character.
03-17-2006 16:25:06 | More by BEERchitect
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
A Poured a rich deep dark brown with a towering off white head. Lots of retention kept the head hanging around for a good long time. After a few minutes it gracefully settled down into a nice one inch layer of foam that kept throughout the session. Nice amount of carbonation could be seen coming up as the liquid was not totally transparent. Decent side glass lace as well. Overall this was fairly decent looking, like a nice porter, but I am not sure really what a black lager is, I guess it kinda would be a porter.
S Aroma was nice and rich. Full of caramel and sweet roasted nuts. A light taste of grain was sitting in the back and everything else was built up upon that. It created a nice foundation and defiantly did its part to push things along nicely.
T Very nice. A light porter would be the best way to describe it easily. Now there was a good grain presence here that could be tasted right from the start. Needed some little bit of a hoppy bite to really push it over the top and make it stand out, but again I am not really sure if that is what they are going for here as I am not sure what the Black lager should be and as such am looking at it as more of a porter then anything else. A nice roasted or smoked teaser came curling up from the back and gave it a nice little touch in the end without being to overwhelming as to knock it around or take away from its sessionable nature.
M Nice and smooth. A good light porter. Not too thick, actually a little thin for my taste, but fairly decent and I cannot truly knock it for any reason. Had a decent finish, not very dry and the taste faded kinda quick, but it was about average.
D Very good. This was light enough to be a session ale, but at the same time had enough body in it and enough flavor to be enjoyed with every sip and not just washed down with spicey Mexican or something .A nice little nighttime session ale for sure.
Overall I am still not really sure what a black lager is supposed to be other then a light porter which is really what I reviewed this based off of. I thought it was a more then decent light porter and in facr quite drinkable. Worthy of being in the brewmaster selection, sure. This was really pretty good. My only thing I would have liked to see would have it be a little thicker. Other then that I thought it was quite good and would defiantly try one again.
09-14-2007 01:05:03 | More by mikesgroove
2.4/5 rDev -35.3%
12oz bottle poured into River Horse pint glass for lunch. Poured a dark redish brown color with small head. To me it has a strong barley smell and taste. I love dark beers but this one doesn't do it for me. I can drink it but I choose not to. Maybe I need a little more black lager experience.
10-01-2010 15:51:01 | More by acurtis
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle courtesy of Shp555: Poured a deep black color ale with a nice foamy head with some pretty good retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some chocolate notes is quite good. Taste is a nice mix between some chocolate malt and some roasted slightly bitter malt. Body is slightly above average with some medium to low carbonation. I thought this was nicely done and fits nicely into style without breaking any barrier.
02-27-2007 17:18:09 | More by Phyl21ca
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
From old notes.
A: The pour isn't quite black but rather a very dark brown color with a finger of khaki head.
S: Lots of roasted malt aroma with a touch of coffee to it. Slightly acidic, likely from the heavy roasted qualities. Maybe a little bit of licorice and some floral hops. A touch of sweetness comes through.
T: More roasted malt and a touch of char. Definitely coffee and some bitter dark chocolate flavors. Moderately bitter with a sort of drying finish.
M: Medium in body with a moderate to high carbonation.
O: This was one of my first Schwarzbiers, but I found it to be quite enjoyable and still do.
03-20-2011 18:42:38 | More by womencantsail
3.73/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: Pours a black body with a thin, light beige head.
Smell: Gentle aroma of roasted chocolate malts with a sprinkling of spent coffee grounds.
Taste: Soft, roasty character with flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, roasted grains. Only the very slightest touch of hops on the crisp, clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Well carbonated. Fairly watery.
Drinkability: About as rousing and stirring as a light lager can get!!
06-28-2007 00:52:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.53/5 rDev -4.9%
This beer pours out as a really deep brown color with a pretty strong head on it. The aromas of some roasted malts and caramel are on the nose along with some hops. The taste of the beer has a good bitterness to it. There's a light burnt flavor in there too. The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I expected. Overall pretty good beer.
05-26-2011 15:08:33 | More by Knapp85
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
Part of the Brewmasters pack I wish I could get the Scottish Ale again,anyways pours a near black but with some ruby highlights thru out some bitter chocolate deep roasted grain in the aromas just smells sweet.Taste of chocolate and sweet caramel with heavily roasted malt but the caramel sweetness almost becomes cloying after awhile.Wow SA wasnt playin around here making a real sweet scharzbier here would have like a little more drier balance liek others I have tried of the style,well to each there own.
03-03-2005 22:44:00 | More by oberon
4.1/5 rDev +10.5%
Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.
Back in the day, I used to enjoy this one more when it was warm than cold, but I'm gonna start off on the latter end of the spectrum this time. Shits and giggles, y'see. It pours a dark ruby-brown topped by a finger of slightly dirty sandstone foam. The nose comprises toasted toffee, plenty o' cocoa, and a touch of light coffee. The taste doesn't deviate too far from this, though the cocoa is definitely dominant here (especially as it warms, making a sort of light version of a milk stout after a while). The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, a very nice schwarz, one of the best regulars Sam Adams puts out.
04-16-2011 02:23:52 | More by TMoney2591
3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
A - Poured out a jet black color with a thick, foamy, off-white head. It left small traces of lace on the glass.
S - It smelled of caramel and roasted malts. It also had a slight grassy/hoppy aroma.
T - It tasted of roasted malts and some dark chocolates. Also, a nice blend of caramel and toffee.
M - It was smooth and soft. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This is a very good dark beer. Very sessionable.
11-25-2007 04:02:55 | More by zeff80
4.47/5 rDev +20.5%
The Boston Beer Company has done it again, delivering an accessible and quite authentic rendition of another classic style! There's a little bit more caramel flavor and sweetness here than most German examples exhibit, but gosh darn it, it works!
It pours an almost opaque black body that only lets a glimmer of dark ruby-mahogany through beneath its creamy head of khaki colored foam. The head retention is very good, and it initially leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass.
The nose is darkly caramelish with an almost-burnt-sugar note, and a subtle roastiness.
It's dextrinous, medium body is livened by a fine-bubbled, median carbonation that leaves it gently crisp and then smooth on the palate.
The flavor is as the nose suggests, with rich caramel notes threaded with a note of dark and roasted bittersweet chocolate. Some leafy and mildly spicy hops appear towards the swallow, and in conjunction with its lightly roasty edge, help its firm bitterness to usher in a dry finsh.
Very nicely done! And interestingly enough, the caramel character of this one reminds me very much of my other favorite Sam Adams beer, their Cream Stout. I could enjoy this beer year round, and I think it would be just as appropriate at a bachelor party, poker game, summer BBQ, ski trip, company picnic or Thanksgiving Feast. Excellent!
08-07-2005 21:36:02 | More by NeroFiddled
4.38/5 rDev +18.1%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: The beer itself is a rich dark brown. The head is thick and creamy leaving a good lace on the glass, but the head disappeared a little bit quicker than I had expected.
S: Strong but sweet smell of chocolate and malt, not overpowering though.
T: Initial taste is of chocolate, malt and hops with a faint taste of coffee. A sweet coffee flavor is more prevelant in the after taste. Very enjoyable taste.
M: Very smooth with decent thickness, not bitter at all as many Sam Adams products tend to be.
D: I could go through a lot of these very easily. The only reason I don't give the beer a 5 in this category is because of the heaviness of it, which is customary for the style of beer.
I enjoyed this beer a great deal, so much so, that it prompted my first beer review. Execellent smoothness and taste. My only complaint about this beer is that to the best of my knowledge, it's only available alone in sixers or variety packs with other Sam Adams beers. 2 per 6-pack; 3 per 12-pack. I don't mind trying the other beers but I would like to buy this beer in alone in a 12-pack or larger.
12-29-2005 04:58:49 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.35/5 rDev -9.7%
A - One finger of brownish-white foam on top of a black body. Head retention is kind of weak.
S - Clean, weak malty note, slight hint of raisins. A little coffee like roastiness.
T - Clean flavor of roasted malt/ coffee with just a hint of hops.
M - Light body with high carbonation.
D - Easily drinkable but not a lot of flavor or complexity. It is quite clean, however and overall it is a decent example of a black lager.
10-22-2007 02:54:37 | More by nickfl
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,457 ratings.