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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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BA SCORE
84
good

2,458 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 2,458
Reviews: 1,432
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 48
Gots: 70 | 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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silvanus

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

02-19-2012 04:50:36 | More by silvanus
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Dadoftwogirls

Florida

3.43/5  rDev -7.5%

I was not enamored with this beer. It pours great, looks great in the glass so I was expecting big things. However, for me, something is missing. It had a slight bitterness and a slight aftertaste that just didn't appeal to my taste buds. I could probably have a couple and maybe with a good heavy meal it might pair well. However, unless it was free, or the only thing available, I couldn't see myself having a session with this offering.

10-26-2010 20:47:07 | More by Dadoftwogirls
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NJHopHeadBob


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

03-02-2012 18:14:24 | More by NJHopHeadBob
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twentyfour01

New York

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

04-24-2013 21:49:15 | More by twentyfour01
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Vervefloyd


3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

08-10-2014 22:54:12 | More by Vervefloyd
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HurricaneMo

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

Happened to be in traveling in West Virginia and this was the only thing that caught my eye at the local grocery. Good choice.

A - Extremely dark with moderate head and retention.
S - Caramel and malts.
T - Very pleasing. Fairly sweet with some burnt caramel. Light on the hops but no so much that the taste was unbalanced.
M - Medium mouthfeel.
D - Enjoy several.

01-29-2007 01:25:14 | More by HurricaneMo
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rhythmguitartz88

New York

3.7/5  rDev -0.3%

The beer poured nice smooth into the glass. It was a very dark colour with a tan two finger head. The smell was a warm smokey malt taste and was sweet-esque with a nice caramel under tone to the scent. The taste was definiatly above average. It started very rich and smokey but had a nice sweet after taste. The mouthfeel was rather satisfactory; not too heavy but definately not too light. It went down semi smooth. Drinkability was above average.

03-29-2007 21:21:24 | More by rhythmguitartz88
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reallyhoppie

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. It poured a deep brown/black with a thin, light tan head.

Smells of hops and chocolate.

Mild flavor of chocolate and malt sweetness with very little bitterness. Not very much of a finish, but what there is is faintly chocolately.

Very smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

Goes down very easily. So does the second and the third. Quite possibly my favorited Sam Adams.

01-23-2009 18:23:09 | More by reallyhoppie
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ProudGreen89

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%

one of my new favorite SA beers.

poured from a 12oz bottle into a bulbis goblet (larger version of a snifter)

A-pours a deep black chocolate, lots of small bubbles and a frothy tan head with good retention and sticky, whispy lacing. once the beer warms up the head disappates into a skiff but still leaves decent lacing.

S-a pretty basic nose for this beer, roasted malts, caramel is there and some subtle dark chocolate notes come thru the bready undertones.

T-there is definitely chocolate/caramel in the mix of roasted malts, grains and a savory breadyness followed up with some lightly spiced hops to finish the beer off with a bitter note to help balance out the sweet flavors you experience at first. i would have liked a smokier flavor to the grains and some more hops (i like a more bitter finish) but really a very nicely brewed dark lager.

M-i couldnt have been happier with the creaminess and slick viscosity of this beer, really matches with the style nicely, it goes down smooth and clean.

D-now i wouldnt go pounding these at the bar but definitely something to kick back with and enjoy with a hearty meal. one of my favorites for the fall/winter holidays. i highly reccomend.

10-10-2009 08:38:19 | More by ProudGreen89
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hardigree2831

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

01-28-2012 22:42:23 | More by hardigree2831
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magoover

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

01-29-2012 18:35:45 | More by magoover
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hookahmaster


4/5  rDev +7.8%

09-28-2012 04:41:44 | More by hookahmaster
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NervousBlakedown

New York

2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

07-06-2014 15:34:00 | More by NervousBlakedown
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mtyrrell

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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

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

Mexico

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-23-2011 15:06:18 | More by lufra1983
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OremLK

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

11-25-2011 21:09:23 | More by OremLK
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ReadingRambler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

08-18-2014 17:03:19 | More by ReadingRambler
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torchedpunk

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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

08-09-2008 01:58:21 | More by jake87
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jbeaulieu59

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +7.8%

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

Florida

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%

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

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

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

02-16-2014 00:07:12 | More by ravenlynne
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JayfromBoston

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

04-11-2012 02:15:01 | More by JayfromBoston
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crispy620

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

09-03-2006 21:14:51 | More by crispy620
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,458 ratings.