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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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2,444 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,444
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 46
Gots: 62 | 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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3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours very dark brown, basically black with red copper around the edges and a tan head

S- Good smell of roasted malts with chocolate and coffe and just enough hops to balance

T-Just like the smell, great roasted malt and chocoloate taste, smooth spicy hops to balance

M- Medium body, but on the lighter side for the style. Good carbonation

D- Very drinkable, easily can have more than one. I was expecting a little heavier of a body, but still good. Typical Sam Adams, great quality but nothing to go crazy about

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 00:35:58 | More by mtyrrell
Photo of lufra1983


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-23-2011 15:06:18 | More by lufra1983
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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-25-2011 21:09:23 | More by OremLK
Photo of torchedpunk

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- pours a 2 finger head that is moderately thick. Dissipates slowly. Dark in color and true to its title.

Smell- Very roast. The caramel and chocolate malts are noticable. Both alcohol and hops are not prevalent.

Taste- Very strong and malty. Both chocolate and Caramel malts are smooth and well blended. Small bite of alcohol.

Mouthfeel- Pretty smooth, but very malty. since its think I probably couldn't drink more then one or two of these a night.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 22:12:27 | More by torchedpunk
Photo of jake87


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

L. deep dark opaque black
S. malty with toasted grains and a sweet fruit smell out of the bottle.
T. maltiness comes through in the taste as does the almost overbearing toastyness, has a semi-sweet chocolate taste down the back of the toungue
F. thick and syrupy with moderate carbonation and even thicker down the throat

definately a good beer, something I would eat with brautwurst or another greasy smoky meat. A little thick and was not a fan of the syrupyness

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 01:58:21 | More by jake87
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

04-28-2014 16:37:42 | More by jbeaulieu59
Photo of 6thomas3


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rich darkness allowing zero light penetration, suds cling to the side of my glass in a purposeful manner, slight head retention approximately one of my bony fingers in depth, quick and spirited carbonation bubbles on a mission to reach the top all most as if driven by a force outside of gravity

Smell - Modest hints of coffee and caramel fill my nasal cavities; not overly powerful or impressed perhaps underwhelmed sum it up sufficiently

Taste - A stark contrast to it's appearance, rather light and ginger, tip toeing across my lips with sore feet and the utmost respect for my dignity, leaving a bitter sweet aftertaste of precisely roasted morning coffee

Mouthfeel - Alluring slipperiness postulates a smile and the mouthcoating leaves me wondering, "Is there more to come?"

Overall - My senses and consciousness are conflicted with complexity versus simplicity

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 22:44:04 | More by 6thomas3
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

06-13-2012 22:31:52 | More by JerseyDevilMike
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Rhode Island

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

07-06-2014 15:34:00 | More by NervousBlakedown
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-16-2014 00:07:12 | More by ravenlynne
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-11-2012 02:15:01 | More by JayfromBoston
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4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very surprised by it;s easy drinkability. Usually dark or black beer tend to have a very molassasy taste but this did not.

Sweet at first and with a very distintive finish. Not bitter at all.

Color was a rich hue of very dark brown with a nice amber edge.

Very nice compliment with spicy steak or even seared tuna.

A one.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 21:14:51 | More by crispy620
Photo of Kingdom4aPint


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - best by July 2008. Poured into standard pint glass.

Black with amber showing around bottom of glass. Two finger fizzy head on a good pour, sometimes I get carried away with agressive pour and this guy goes everywhere. Head reduces to ring and leaves solid lacing of small, almost soda like bubbles. Smell is solid, molasses, caramel and chocolate are represented. Taste is good, chocolaty and malty with dry finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable as it tastes great and isn't overly filling.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 21:05:00 | More by Kingdom4aPint
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4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by March 2012, Enjoyed Feb 15, 2012
A: Very dark with ruby red edges, nice off-white head.
S: Chocolate, Slight Roast, and Bready, a very well-integrated malt aroma. A touch of grass. Clean with just a touch of lager yeast.
T: Pretty sweet malt flavor. Chocolate apparent over a nice, bready malt backbone. Then becomes slightly roasty and dries out a little in the finish. Drying seems to be more from light roastiness than hop bitterness. I get just a touch of acidity. Breadiness lingers in the finish.
M: Solid medium body throughout, a little more than I expected for 4.9 abv. I would say it’s is even a little pillowy. Very impressive and still remains very crisp.
O: Very nice beer. I have only had a few schwarzbiers before and this one was cleaner and maltier than the others i've had. My favorite part of this one is that the chocolate and roast really only added to a really solid malt backbone. A lot of malt flavor packed into a low abv, crisp lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 01:42:26 | More by loftisCT
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

03-12-2012 20:46:59 | More by jrpeka
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.8%

02-05-2012 06:50:07 | More by cheers2u2
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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

10-15-2012 17:57:07 | More by BikingDutchman
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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-26-2014 01:49:28 | More by jburris64
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2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours deep mahagoney, almost black, with a small tan foamy head that dissipates to a thin rocky film. Roasted and caramel malt aroma with a dark coffee, chocolate finish. Faint hop notes rise into the air as well. Initially smooth sweet dark chocolate flavor. It finishes lightly hoppy and spicy. Medium body and fizzy, a bit butpy, and crisp finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2005 17:44:26 | More by BeerandBlues2
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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz pry-off brown bottle, freshness date present.

This brew isn't actually black as stated in the name, but it does pour a very, very dark ruby color, especially noted around the edges when held up to the light. Presented a head about one finger thick, slightly off-white head, some lacing present but not much. A great looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, some hints of chocolate, hints of roasted malts and coffee. I didn't think it was very aromatic, but others might disagree.

Has a nice malt bite up front, fairly sweet, roasted malts, chocolate malts, coffee. Not a very strong hop profile; bitterness is kept to a minimum, but there is a nice balance here. A light bodied brew that's easy on the palate.

Good drinkability as the ABV isn't too high and it's not too filling. I could drink a few of these back to back.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 03:25:18 | More by Hatch
Photo of TMinton22


4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black with tan, creamy head.
Pretty good lacing.
Smells of sweet malts and a slight bit of hops. Taste was much the same. Had a bit of a spicy character, sweet malts, .
The beer was pretty smooth, and overall pretty drinkable.
Would buy again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 13:56:53 | More by TMinton22
Photo of ATSJer


3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Room Temp

Appearance: The black lager is as you'd expect a very dark brew, and is also very clear. The light does penetrate but not overly so. The almond colored head builds quickly with a nice medium density foam that fades to a layer on the beer. The lacing was nice and even but not thick. I noticed some carbonation streams on the surface.

Smell: The first thing I notice is the hoppy spices which are pleasant, in fact I like very much the way this beer smells, under the spice there is a solid foundation of the dark malts, all of which is touched off with a hint of sweetness. This is a well balanced aroma and has not a hint of alcohol present.

Taste: The hoppy spice and bitterness is apparent upon the first pull, but as my mouth filled I tasted the dark malts. I did not taste any bitterness from the malts at all in fact the malt taste was very well balanced. At the finish I could definitely taste and smell the chocolate malts which give an espresso type taste and smell, or a very dark chocolate. The malts have a nice simple arrangement where I tasted the lighter malts first and then finished with the more robust and darker malts. This lager finishes like some dry stouts in that you get the spice and bitterness at the same time.

Mouthfeel: The lager has a medium body but feels very smooth on the tongue. The carbonation is moderate and pleasant, and there is a very nice dry finish again like the dry stouts.

Drinkability: This is an entirely drinkable brew, its heavier than a Guinness ale (I know different family) but goes down just as easy. The carbonation would keep me from drinking too many of these but I can see having this with dinner and then following it after over a good conversation with friends, although I did noticed some light bloating from the carbonation.

In the end this what I've come to expect from Sam Adams; a good flavorful beer that serves to introduce new flavors and brewing experiences into the American palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 04:03:44 | More by ATSJer
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4.75/5  rDev +28%

04-19-2012 10:22:42 | More by jkeeney2010
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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an inch-thick cream head, with low retention and slight lacing.
S - Very decent roasted malt smell with coffee undertones and some cacao notes.
T - Creamy malts, much sweeter than expected. Still nice.
M - Very low carbonation. Enjoyable.
O - A decent beer, very drinkable, but altogether not something particularly special.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:13:36 | More by RolandoHH
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3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a mix pack with the Honey Porter and the Brown Ale.

Pours a rich, dark, mahogany, but I wouldn't go so far as to call it black. It's definitely a dark, dark brown. Nice head retention, lingering a few moments before disappearing into a fine lacing.

Taste is big caramel, with a very, very thin mouthfeel. Not much else is present here, but the caramel is pleasant enough. The thinness adds to the experience, lending some drinkability.

Not a bad choice. But if you're looking for more complexity in this mix pack, I'd select the Honey Porter.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 02:01:09 | More by jaymirage
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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