Samuel Adams Black Lager - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 2,462 | Reviews: 1,432 | Display Reviews Only:
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
12 oz. bottle, with best before May 2014 notched on the label. Another new beer to me from Samuel Adams, this one a schwarzbier, not a style I am too familiar with. Acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - Pours a dark cola brown, nearly opaque in the glass with some dark ruby showing near the edges. A finger and a half of khaki-tan head. Some okay scattered lacing throughout.
S - Smell is pretty light, but what's there is nice. Some roasty chocolate malt presence, subtle hints of char / smoke, some creaminess / soapiness, and perhaps just a bit of lightly earthy hop-derived fruitiness.
T - Taste follows the nose - roasted chocolate / caramel malt, some dry graininess, woodsy, smoke & char, and some underlying tart dark fruit (figs, dates, raisins, prunes).
M - Feel is crisp, smooth, creamy, and lightly roasty on the finish. Mild bitterness left on the palate. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation.
Overall, of the three schwarzbiers I have had so far, this has been the best of them. An accessible, approachable take on the style, that's for sure. One of the more impressive beers I have had lately from the Boston Beer Company. Well done, guys.
Samuel Adams Black Lager ---3.5/5
03-13-2014 02:57:03 | More by mfnmbvp
3.7/5 rDev -0.3%
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a perfect pint glass.
The color is a dark black with some maroon and dark brown highlights. A single finger of foamy brownish head ans some slight lacing.
The smell has a dark malt aroma, coffee grounds comes out a bit with a little toasted aroma as well.
The taste has a touch of coffee in the flavor more dark malts coming out toward the back. There is a nice biscuit flavor that is there for a moment before giving a slight bitter flavor.
This beer has a nice drinkable feel like most largers with this same amount of alcohol. It has a medium to lighter body and is smooth going down.
02-27-2014 14:50:14 | More by Duhast500
3.5/5 rDev -5.7%
Poured into a shaker pint glass.
Look: Cola black with ruby coming through the edges. A tan colored foam head that calms to a thick film, then recedes completely. Little or no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet roasted malts, very toasty and hearty with streaks of chocolate. An almost toffee-like finish.
Taste: Roasted barley and rich, sweet malts give this some substance. There's some faint chocolate, and light smokiness. A caramel or toffee note to finish it off.
Mouthfeel: Medium in weight, crisp, dry.
Overall: I will remember this beer for it's roasted, toasty profile. Pretty flavorful.
02-20-2014 23:27:39 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.61/5 rDev +24.3%
Sampled back on 2/2/14 and split it with a friend. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a small pilsner flute glass.
Pours a dark brown like cola. A 1/2 finger beige head is seen with a decent amount of lacing. Lots going on with the aroma with burnt brown sugar, chocolate, roasted malts and dark fruit. Even more going on with the taste and sweeter than excepted. Very nice balance of flavors as well as perfect carbonation. One of the better 'black lagers' for sure.
02-04-2014 21:19:47 | More by BeerWithMike
Samuel Adams Black Lager from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 2,462 ratings.