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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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2,463 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,463
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 49
Gots: 72 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

07-15-2013 17:34:20 | More by HisBoyElroy
Photo of macster


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours from the bottle a clear dark brown color with subtle burgundy hues. Faint, subdued aromas of toasted wheat bread and malt, dark caramels, molasses and chocolate. Maintains a beautiful thick and dense tan head with intricate lacing patterns throughout the glass. Palate is pleasantly thick, full and creamy. Flavor profile much more satisfying and assertive as comapered to the aromas. Nice notes of dark roasted malts, burnt caramel candies, cocoa, with a faint hint of molasses-like sweetness and Noble hop spiciness in the finish. Very drinkable as a session beer and a solid rendition of the style.

05-27-2007 04:21:48 | More by macster
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Black with ruby highlights, half-finger dark head which dissipated quickly, left no lacing.

S: Butterscotch off the bat. Smells like a nice, dark red wine because of the dark fruit overload here. A sweet burnt-caramel smell develops, as well. Very subtle hop twang.

T: Tart. Smoked malt flavor goes to the forefront while the dark fruit take a back seat. Subtle bittersweetness from the combination of hops and caramel

M: Like a thin porter with high carbonation.

D: It's good, not amazing. Not sure if I'd shell out for a full sixer, but a worthy variety-pack member.

04-29-2009 18:34:35 | More by dudecandle
Photo of aval89


3.95/5  rDev +6.5%

First off I'm going to say that I dont think this 6pack I purchased was very fresh, the date marked on the bottles was March.

It poured a black ruby red color. I had about a 1/4 inch head, if that with minimal lacing. So I'm guessing it wasn't very fresh. I tried to get a decent head on the whole 6 but couldnt get one.

Smelled of roasted malts with hints of hops and nuts.

The taste was of roasted malts and hints of caramel and also chocolate. Followed by a hoppy(very slight taste) smooth finish, with a tad bit of spicyness.
The mouthfeel had a little more carbonation than I expected.

Overall a good beer that I wouldnt mind drinking again.
The label was correct when they said it was between a stout and a porter.


02-19-2009 22:58:41 | More by aval89
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

06-27-2012 18:13:51 | More by jaybags
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2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

09-15-2012 00:04:18 | More by JJFordick
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

06-08-2013 16:16:58 | More by RedWeizen83
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

09-17-2013 23:44:27 | More by randysandals
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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

Beer pours an opaque black with a > average head. Spicy aroma with dark malts evident. Roasted flavor upfront that gives in to the sweet malts. Smooth aftertaste that is a bit watery. Overall effect is a very pleasant mild beer. Very sessionable and would be a good introduction for someone just getting into craft beers.

02-02-2007 03:13:14 | More by John1985
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3.65/5  rDev -1.6%

Pours a black body with deep mahogany accents, short cream colored head. Homemade carmel corn and chocolate aromas. Toffee flavors, slightly fruity with a little coffee flavor and rounded out by bitterness. Medium body, moderate carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

This is a solid offering from Sam. It was slightly fruitier than I expected, which didn't make it bad, it just made it more porter like. I'm glad to see Boston Beer continue to make seasonal brews, instead of just pushing Sam Light.

03-09-2005 03:27:02 | More by frazbri
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4.03/5  rDev +8.6%

Pours a robust chunky cocoa colored head over a deep-black body with orange edges. Great head retention and thick bands of lace. Wine-like aromas dominate, but some coffee and toasted malt come through as well. Sweet roasted malt flavor with chocolate, caramel and a slight nuttiness. Hops are present but in the background. Medium body. Smooth mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness. Drying.

Like a good schwarzbier, this is deceptively light bodied for its appearance. This beer samples from the best of two more common styles: great roasted malt characters, hop bitterness and aroma in a lighter bodied beer that isn’t out of whack. A nice take on a rare style.

12-01-2005 15:06:16 | More by Shovelbum
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

06-06-2012 00:48:45 | More by markallmon
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-12-2012 16:35:22 | More by 2378GCGTG
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

11-25-2013 02:28:17 | More by Kroller86
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4.28/5  rDev +15.4%

Poured a bottle into a weizen glass -- a dark brown beer with mahogany highlights, with a pillowy tan head that receded from over an inch of sizable bubbles to a fine ring atop the liquid. Some nice sticky lacing, but not much retention.

Smells mostly of caramel malts with roast and burnt characteristics; some hop spiciness is present. Tastes excellent -- smoky & roasty (mocha), the Czech-style hops (Saaz?) and roast characteristics perfectly balance the malty sweetness. Light diacetyl gives a slight toffee taste in the finish. The overall effect is perfect for the style.

Medium body with a dry, slightly astringent finish. The carbonation is persistent enough that even at the end of my glass, I feel the tingle on my tongue. A very drinkable offering from Koch & BBC, perhaps my favorite of their beers that I've tried.

10-12-2007 03:11:36 | More by jbsteiny
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-23-2012 16:38:54 | More by Omer4176
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3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

A: A very dark reddish color, against light you can see very little going through, two finger head that dissipates a little fast with a nice dark beige color.

S: Very toasted aroma with some sweet aroma.

T: Toasted taste, a good toasted combination with a very faint sweetness there is something else natural flavor not identify.

M: Full of flavor, but not to complex.

D: Nice at the beginning but rather fast becomes bitter, with a medium lasting and bitter ending.

07-24-2010 23:08:50 | More by karait95
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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

12-02-2013 21:45:20 | More by Crumpetsnbeer
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

05-30-2013 05:02:28 | More by Johnnyv310
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3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours solid black with a big, tan head that just screams "drink me!"

Smell: Has a strong roasted malt aroma with very little hop presence.

Taste: Has a very nice malty flavor that reminds me of a mix of coffee and chocolate. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Has a mild body. Nothing too special here one way or the other.

Drinkability: By the time I got to the end of the glass, it was getting a little tough to finish. Having one would be good from time to time, but I couldn't drink it all the time.

10-12-2010 20:18:01 | More by civilizedpsycho
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-01-2012 19:21:28 | More by DiscGolfRobot
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-17-2011 03:58:05 | More by Pjev11
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3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

Never poured, straight from the bottle.

Got this with the Sam mixed 6-pack. Smells of roasted malts. Great taste, full creamy flavor, malts, and smooth all the way through. No bite or bad aftertaste. Not a very thick beer, but holds itself nicely.
Good beer, try it.

03-11-2008 04:21:58 | More by nrpellegrini
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-13-2012 14:39:21 | More by swinyeju
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

11-21-2012 05:52:35 | More by kirbmeist
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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