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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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2,523 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,523
Reviews: 1,434
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 57
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.32/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a thick dark color with some mild head. Does look red on the outside somewhat--very uniform throughout.

Smell - Amazingly chocolaty, some sweet notes, hints of malt, coffee.

Taste - Reminds me of the SA cream stout, yet distinct. The thick roasted coffee finish is the best part about this beer (not bitter at all finish). I would also have to agree with a lot of the other readers that there is no distinct taste to it--theres a concoction of many notes, yet none overwhelm you with the exception of the coffee aftertaste.

Drinkability - This is a pretty drinkable brew. Not something you can get drunk of because of the flavors, but this is definetely enjoyable amongst friends.

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3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark with a tan/amber edge. Off-white/tan creamy foam head that remains until last sip. Leaves smear down sides of glass.
S - Chocolate and roasted nut is the majority. Also, earthy-wood aroma.
T - Mellow roasted flavor. Slightly bitter all the way through. Sweet, but not overwhelming.
M- Smooth and lightly carbonated. Medium body.
D - I could drink two or three of these. Easy to drink and a good transition beer. One of my favorite Sam Adams.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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1/5  rDev -73%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.72/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sammy44
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was black with ruby colors around the edges. Off white head that was a bit thin. The taste had some dark chocolate and slightly coffee flavors. There was a very slight amount of hops in the after taste. Mouthfeel was nice and not as watery as some stouts can be, of course I guess that's because it's not a stout. As far as drinkabilty goes I guess you could knock back a few. If you get the Sam Adams Holiday pack this has the lowest alcohol in there so it would probably be the only one you could have a few of and not lose your legs.

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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.

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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one from the Harvest mix pack

Appearance is deep brown with ruby edges when held to the light. A tan head which lasted around the edges.

The smell is mild and hard to pick up: clean lager yeast with slight sulfur notes, only a hint of roasty malt.

The taste starts with the dominance of roasty malts, bready to toast, chocolate. The finish you're left with the roast and a residual sweetness.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, silky smooth with no astringency.

Overall a nice drinking beer, easily sessionable, appropriate any time.

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5/5  rDev +35.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying this beer in a pint glass at my folks' place. My dad has been branching out a bit in his beer choices, so I was happy to get the chance to show him this site. Pours a nice coffee black with a half inch of loosely foamy, khaki head that dissipates pretty quickly without leaving much for lacing. The nose is very pleasant, with notes of black licorice and chocolate coming through the malt. The taste is very inviting, with the chocolate and licorice flavors asserting themselves mid-taste, but not overpowering the overall profile. While I know that this style is often much lighter-bodied than other dark beers, I still find the feel to be more watery than I'd like--even so, it's not much of a detraction.

It's great to see my dad branching out a little bit in his beer purchases, and I'm excited to be able to show him a little bit of the BA world. This beer reminds me that I really do need to take the time to review more Sam Adams offerings: I am very rarely disappointed with the quality of their beers, and my experience with their Black Lager is no exception.

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4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A couple things first. I have never had this style before. If all beers of this style are like this, count this as one of my favorite styles. Second, I consider to be hands down the best Sam Adam's beer I have had. It's unique, it's complex, and it's not too hard to find. I'm sure they sell 6ers of it, I got it in the one of the "brewer's choice" variety packs, which is actually well worth sampling some of the other beers in there as well.

Onto the beer. Black in color as the name suggestions. Great head. Looks very similar to a stout. The nose is malty which I was expecting, with some light molasses or perhaps honey scent. Light, but pleasant. I love the taste of this. For 4.9% alcohol, this feels like a very full beer, like there is a lot going on with it. Initially a very sweet malt taste, and as it goes down, the taste leads to some subtle hoppy bitterness, and ends with a smokey whiskey style taste. Love the taste. Mouthfeel has some good carbonation that perfectly fits what this is going for. Definitely will get this beer again.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured into a standard pint glass, very dark with a decent head. Good lacing and the head does not disappear entirely.

S - A nice creamy coffee smell.

T - Smoke at the start fading ending with a lingering malt taste.

M - Biting carbonation that somehow seems to complement the style well.

D - A bit too carbonated to drink more than a few.

A great beer from SA! I just wish this style was more widely produced.

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4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark, if not black, color with amber highlights. The smell is mild with a hint of roasted malt. The taste is rather strong of the malt. The mouthfeel is similar to a porter. This is a heavy beer, as one might expect, and is therefore not good as a session beer.

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